Meeting Memphis...adulthood included?

fallontonight:

When it’s 4pm on a Friday and you’re like, well…maybe I’ll just head out a little early….

oh jimmy: this gif is speaking to my soul right now. 

fallontonight:

When it’s 4pm on a Friday and you’re like, well…maybe I’ll just head out a little early….

oh jimmy: this gif is speaking to my soul right now. 

Source: fallontonightgifs

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as you might recall, denver wasn’t that kind to us in february. the quick trip to hampton was refreshing, but over in the blink of an eye and sandwiched by the always pleasant memphis airport. i know i should stop and count my blessings here…many hard-working adults don’t have the opportunities to travel like i do. but still, i am ready for a break. and mr cs and i are counting down the hours until new orleans. 

 

we’ve never been, but we decided early this year that now is the time to start seeing the south while we live within driving distance. we flopped around for a while before caving and booking this awesome apartment through airbnb: my new vacation website obsession. and in true style, we’re not leaving memphis until 5pm on friday to save those precious vacation days. counting. down. the. hours.

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consider this headline from the huffington post: Phyllis Schlafly Claims Women Paid The Same As Men Won’t Find Husbands

and then consider that her main reason for this claim is that women choose spouses who make more money…

well that would be a big “duh.” because we already know that men make more money, so if a woman marries, that guy is probably already making more money. women don’t make that choice because we’re gold-digging homemakers; that choice happens automatically because of the pay gap. 

its like saying americans prefer to buy cars where the driver sits on the left. that is not a choice; that’s how cars drive in this country. 

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laughingsquid:

Meerkats Use Photographer As Makeshift Lookout Post

laughingsquid:

Meerkats Use Photographer As Makeshift Lookout Post

(via npr)

Source: Laughing Squid

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cheers to our friends, heather & david, who tied the knot in a one-of-a-kind wedding this weekend! i have to admit: i had my doubts. and this is coming from the woman who was married by a cowboy and then squirted by fish-shaped water guns. 

first, it was a private ceremony in their home. if you’re scratching your head, you’re not alone. in a world full of over-sharing, you rarely see this kind of quiet romanticism. but, you gotta respect them for it. they stuck to their guns and turned their dream into a reality. i’d tell you how beautiful it was, but i wasn’t there! 

all guests were invited to a reception at a local bar…thus the name of this post. that’s a direct quote from heather’s thank you toast. but the genius of it showed: it was a lot of fun. if i had to guess, i’d say the median age was around 34, so that helped, but there were grandparents there too! they spiffed up this charming dark-wood irish pup with white linens and dark blue votive candles. additionally, empty beer bottles became vases with lilies and other white flowers (mr cs and i were charged with emptying a few of those). no band or dj; just an eclectic playlist…also board games. i raised my eyebrow at that idea, too, but it was brilliant. what a better way to make new friends than a rousing game of cards against humanity (apples to apples, but much more dangerous)? i just wish i had taken more pictures! 

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if you’ve been reading for long enough, you know the month of april and i are not the best of friends. 

this april has been surprisingly okay…

i mean i’m not holding my breath waiting for the curse to finally end, but i am looking around and feeling a little bit safer this year. mr cs and i started off with a wonderful weekend in hampton, this weekend we’ll celebrate the wedding of some dear friends in memphis, and next weekend we’re bound for New Orleans! i really can’t complain. 

spring is here and for the first time, its actually been pretty balanced (knock on wood). i’m used to weeks of rain and thunderstorms, but we memphians have had a good mix this year. 

 allergies aren’t great though, but oh well. i’ll take some sniffles over full-on disaster. 

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Sailing in hampton with the family, including mr cs.

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MEMPHIS, YOU HAVE FINALLY DELIVERED! literally just ran through the office exclaiming this news. SO EXCITED!

MEMPHIS, YOU HAVE FINALLY DELIVERED! literally just ran through the office exclaiming this news. SO EXCITED!

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the definition of puppy dog eyes. 

the definition of puppy dog eyes. 

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TODAY IS THE DAY! today, hours of work that began in January pay off. if you’re a KD, today is the day you’ll receive your new KD Connect e-newsletter. 

it started as a hair-brained idea that came out of a brainstorm in November. what if we could customize content for individual members? hmm. 190 HTML tables, 1,650 custom distribution groups, 3 unique videos, 1 working saturday, and 7 vases of thank-you flowers later: here it is. there are 5,181 ways to receive this newsletter based on your state of residence and affiliated collegiate chapter. 5,181 ways! 

this project has challenged me in ways no one could have expected. suddenly, i’m referencing the equivalent of 8th grade math to talk about lowest common denominators and permutations. i memorized state’s names in alphabetical order while building distribution groups, but alas only the states that submitted content…which is going to be helpful never. 

but the most exciting part of this for me is not the stats or number of possibilities. it’s the fact that this is the first newsletter i’ve ever built from scratch in rich-HTML. i designed every button and measured every cell. there’s a lot you might not notice, but that’s what clean design is supposed to do. its effortless. 

so today, if you receive your KD Connect, know that you are receiving a piece of history: mine & Kappa Delta’s. your news might be one of 5,181 possible combinations, but it’s also one-of-a-kind because you are receiving it and filling it with your own emotions and memories. it’s not mine anymore; it’s yours. and i couldn’t be happier. #ConnectWithKD

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