August Reading Recs

August 14th, 2015

On family vacations when everyone is outside doing something active -- hiking, walking the beach or even sightseeing -- I can usually be found sitting inside, curled up with a book. This has happened so often that the phrase "...or you can sit inside and read like Emily" has been added to the end of every option list of activities. [caption id="attachment_3641" align="aligncenter" width="640"] My…

Adult Coloring Group: “Color and Cuss”

July 22nd, 2015

I jumped on the adult coloring book fad after reading articles from NPR, The New York Times and The New Yorker. I was embarrassed at first, but having now spent more time that I would like to admit coloring in my adult coloring books, I can not say enough positive things about it. When coloring, I find myself using the creative part of my brain,…

Favorite Summer Camera

July 22nd, 2015

I have a bad habit of buying new cameras regularly. I do take a lot of photos, but not enough to justify my extensive camera collection. One camera that has been totally worth the space it takes in my purse is the Fuji Instax. This cute pink instant camera has been so much fun on all our travels this summer. There is something about light…

Best of Shreveport, Louisiana Dining

July 7th, 2015

Though I grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana, I have been living in Arkansas since I was 18 years old. However, I frequently go back to Shreveport to visit my dad and my friends.  When I go home, I definitely have an opinion about where and what I eat. And surprisingly, a number of people I know from Arkansas end up visiting Shreveport and always ask…

Fly Me North For The Summer

June 25th, 2015

I think summertime is beautiful from inside my air conditioned house or car and behind my tinted windows or sunglasses. That is the only time I enjoy summer. The bright sun gives me a headache and I sweat profusely if exposed to temperatures above 75-degrees for longer than 15 seconds. I avoid sun exposure to my skin as if it were delivering the plague. I…

I Am Not A Gamer, But The Music Influences My Mood

June 23rd, 2015

[caption id="attachment_3286" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Source[/caption] This morning, as I was getting ready for work, my background soundtrack was the "music" of the video game Minecraft as my eight-year-old step-daughter played before she left for day camp. It was driving me crazy; it felt like it was music that would be used for hypnotism and even felt sad. I remember playing Super Mario Brothers, Excitebike and Zelda…