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Enjoying: Spring! We’ve had a very mild winter. In the past that would’ve irritated me, since I normally prefer distinct seasons (not to mention a chance to wear my cozy sweaters)…but after that one weekend not too long after Christmas, when the temperature hovered around freezing during the day and we, like a bunch o’ crazies, […]

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Guyyyyyyys, I turned 25 on Friday. I’m a quarter of a century old! And oddly enough, it doesn’t give me an “ewww” feeling anymore. 25 is a very nice number. It has a very…grown-up ring to it. I had an absolutely lovely birthday, too. My parents took me and my little sister Lillie out for a special day […]

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Time for my annual “year’s end” tag! FYI, I’ve deleted some of the original questions; they just dug up too many painful things, so I decided to forego them altogether and focus on the good things that happened this year. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before? I was a bridesmaid! I volunteered […]

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Ta-da!!! What do y’all think? Formidable Courage has received a major and much-needed makeover, just in time for 2017. Something this drastic begs an explanation, of course… In my last post I alluded to 2016 being an exceptionally difficult year. So many things have happened that I didn’t feel comfortable talking about here…which is why I’ve neglected this […]

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Hi, peeps! Time for a Currently Post because “I’m running out of time I’m running out of time and my time’s UP, rise UP, eyes UP!” And no, that reference does NOT mean I’m about to duel Aaron Burr–but time seems to be slipping out of my fingers these days and a “Currently Post” is all […]

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Water is pretty much omnipresent where I live. Unless we’re in a drought, “Louisiana Summertime” usually means a thunderstorm every day: dark clouds roll in from the Gulf, and once they’ve dumped their load they leave behind the sweet, heavy smell of rain and an oppressive humidity that makes your hair and clothes stick to your skin. The Gulf […]

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I just wanted to assure all my readers: yes, in spite of the horrific flooding in Louisiana, my family and I are all fine. Our house is safe. Light debris, very full ponds, and washed-out gravel in the driveways are the only indications that anything was ever out of the ordinary on our street. Drive about […]

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A toast to the groom! To the bride! From your sister Who’s always by your side To your union and the hope that you provide May you always be satisfied! (Lyrics from the musical Hamilton) I have a sister-in-law. Oh my gosh. *I* AM A SISTER-IN-LAW!!! And I couldn’t be happier for my brother TJ and his […]

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Getting ready for a wedding: My brother and his fiancée are getting married in March, and I’m going to be a bridesmaid! One of 15 bridesmaids, to be exact, counting flower girls, junior bridesmaids, and senior bridesmaids. We’re all wearing different styles, but the color scheme is baby blue and this is what mine looks like. […]

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Goodbye, 2015! So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye–AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! In some ways 2015 was tough. It was full of transitions, changes, recognizing personal weaknesses and flaws, and learning to move beyond them. Not all transitions and painful introspection are bad, of course.  There have been wonderful developments, even if they’re just little things shifting and molding deep inside […]

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Wow, it’s been a long time since I did a life update. My blog has consisted so much recently of movie/TV/book reviews, showing off my wee FunkoPOPs, and having fun with tags, I haven’t really talked about Life In General. Which is actually A-OK with me. Who wants to write solely about yourself and then come off […]

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I collect three things: books, movie soundtracks, and FunkoPOP figurines. You know, the little vinyl chibi versions of Beloved Fictional Characters? Square heads, big round eyes, with astonishingly accurate little details that make them unique? If you recall, I bought a tiny Lady Sif back in January or February, and got Thor for my birthday. I […]

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Brain: “Shame on you, Maribeth. Neglecting your blog for two whole weeks.” Me: “I’m sorry, but–” Brain: “You call yourself a blogger–what is your problem?!” Me: (*flustered*) “I haven’t had anything to say! And experience has shown me that forcing a blogpost is never a good idea. Besides, nothing particularly interesting has happened recently.” Brain: “Pish-posh. You had […]

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Our family is currently down with a stomach virus. I spent most of yesterday in bed–which I absolutely HATED. I wouldn’t mind being sick so much if I could at least sit on the couch and watch a movie, or even write a little bit…but nooooo, there’s no concentrating on anything when you’re that sick. Thankfully I’m […]

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“Evvvvverything is awesooooooooooome!” And I mean that in all sincerity. First off: I am now the proud owner of one. Single. Solitary. Goat. And that’s not an April Fool’s joke, either. (There will be no April Fool’s jokes in this post, I promise.) We’ve sold all our goats except for one! Stonewall, the only goat […]

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So, what’s on the agenda this Valentine’s Day? 1) Enjoying the humor and thoughtfulness behind the Valentine’s Day card my mom gave me this morning. I should’ve known somethin’ was up yesterday when she posed the question: “If you could pick a Marvel character to be your Valentine, who would it be?” And my response after trying to […]

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…you’re at work, pondering your new novel, and you think up a major and very awesome plot twist and re-cast a major character to your liking in the span of, oh, about a minute and thirty seconds. …as a result of the aforementioned plot twist, you start to feel an overwhelming affection for the hero and […]

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A lot can happen in a year. A lot of things that I never would’ve expected . . . and a lot of things I did expect. All in all, I think 2014 has been a fairly good year. It’s had its moments, no doubt. My dad’s work situation has been very stressful this year, and I […]

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Borrowing this idea again from Jamie of Through Two Blue Eyes 🙂 Currently thankful for: Sweaters. Sweatpants. Warm knee-high socks. Blue jeans. Scarves and mittens. My big black parka in which I can pretend I’m an investigative journalist digging up a big scoop in the Arctic. (In other words, it’s very cold and I’m thankful for […]

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Enjoying: Foyle’s War! It’s another British murder-mystery TV show, but this one is exceptional. I was going to do a post about it this week, but I think I need to finish watching all of the episodes we own before I do a full-fledged review. Will it suffice to say for now that I loooooove this show? The […]

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