Week(s) in Review #5 + #6

Whew! *gasps* What a busy few weeks it has been. I’m so glad it’s Friday. I am ready to get caught up on my to-list, finish a little homework, have waffles for breakfast, and watch too much TV with my dear husband. What are you all up to this weekend? Any big plans or are you mostly chilling? Since I missed last week’s review post this one is EXTRA long. Enjoy. ­čÖé

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The Liebster Award

I was nominated by The English-speaking Frenchie for the Liebster Award. Thanks so much! I have answered the questions that she posed below. I also nominated 11 more bloggers for the award and wrote 11 questions for them to answer as well. Let’s keep this thing going! I love connecting with other bloggers and finding new content here on the blogosphere.

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70s Inspired Fall Fashion


In middle school I spent most of my spring and summer breaks visiting my grandparents and in between arguing with my brother about whose turn it was to drive the riding lawn mower and creamsicle ice cream eaten on the back porch, we binge-watched Taxi┬átogether. I remember writing down descriptions of Marilu Henner’s outfits so that I could try to recreate them at home. Her easy, laid-back approach to 70s fashion gave 13-year-old me life. From rocking red suspenders with a bright blue top to high-waisted pants and perfectly color-coordinated work ensembles, Elaine O’Connor Nardo is unequivocally one of TV’s most underrated fashion icons. She proved that 70s fashion could be not only┬áoutlandish and fun, but also wearable and timeless.┬áHere are a few 70s *inspired* trends to incorporate into your fall 2020 wardrobe…

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Artist’s rendition of the proposed statue.

I am sooooo excited to tell you all that I have started a campaign to commission a statue in honor of the women who participated in the Belfast Boycott! For those of you who don’t know, I am an Irish historian and PhD student. The goal of this campaign is to raise money to commission a statue in honor of the countless Irish women who participated in the Belfast Boycott (1920-1922) during the Irish War of Independence. It’s time we honor these women who have been forgotten by history for so long. Please check it out and the website and it far and wide. Thanks!

Click HERE!

Professors: It’s time to diversify your syllabi


Before my fall classes started I made a spreadsheet of the books that I had to read this semester (it’s so satisfying to check them off one by one!). As I stared at the list, I began to notice something: it seemed like a lot of these books were written by men. Being a woman who one days hopes to will publish a historical monograph, I was curious how many ladies were actually represented on the collective three syllabi for my classes. The results were even worse that I had anticipated… Continue reading “Professors: It’s time to diversify your syllabi”

Week in Review #3

The third Oceans movie is the best. Prove me wrong.


Can you believe it’s already Friday? What a busy week! I officially started my PhD program on Wednesday!! Whoop whoop! I hear A LOT of crappy things about grad school and how tough it is and blah blah blah but I am really trying to bottle up all of the excitement and happiness that I am feeling in these first few days to carry me through the times when things start to feel stressful and hard and hopeless. At the end of the day (gosh I love non-academic writing sometimes. I can use all the cliches I want hehe), I love what I do from the bottom of my heart. I feel like pinching myself sometimes. Is this real life?! I feel very blessed. Outside of the classroom (or zoom room), here’s what we have been up to this week … Continue reading “Week in Review #3”

Week in Review: #2

I got a new hat and Dennis Quaid got a new cat.


Happy Friday, everyone! What have you been up to? I have spent a lot of time in front of my computer attending school orientations in preparation for classes starting next week (!!). I’m tired and super ready for the weekend.┬áI am not 100% sure what we are doing, but we will probably go swimming and maybe get some frozen custard (my new obsession.) Do you have any fun plans? As for us, here’s what our week looked like …┬á Continue reading “Week in Review: #2”

Our Downtown Milwaukee Apartment

The view will blow your mind.


I thought it would be fun to share a few pictures of our new apartment in Milwaukee! We went from 1,200 square feet to 500 so it has been a process to make that adjustment. We love the new space, however, and it doesn’t feel as small as it sounds. There is tons of natural light and the bathroom is actually pretty spacious. We really scored in getting a corner apartment. The views are insane. We can see much of the downtown area and even a tiny sliver of Lake Michigan. I miss my blue walls, but overall we’re really settling into the new place well. Continue reading “Our Downtown Milwaukee Apartment”

Week in Review #1

Fitzsimmons had a BABY (omg!) and I made a really good sandwich.


Happy weekend, my dears! How have you all been? I decided to at least attempt to do a “week in review” each Friday or Saturday (or let’s be real sometimes late Sunday) just sharing what we’ve been up to. This series will be long and ramble-y and just like a fun weekly “catch up” as if you, dear reader, and I were sitting across from each other at tea. I spent a lot of time getting just the right shot and wording and aesthetic for my posts and so allowing these weekly reviews to be less-than-perfect will be … er… a challenge shall we say for me. I’ll try to post my more “formal” edited stuff as often as I can (no promises though!), but I hope to really be consistent with these weekly updates. Being so far from all my friends and family and not really in the place to make new ones (thanks, Covid) makes connections and updates from those we care about all the more important now. So please dive into the comments and let me know what you’ve been up to this week also. The cookie recipes you’ve been loving, the new shoes you got on sale that are surprisingly comfortable, the silly app you downloaded that you can’t stop playing, the sunset on Tuesday morning that reminded you of weekends at the lake with your grandpa. TELL ME EVERYTHING! I’d love to hear … xoxo Continue reading “Week in Review #1”