The Poetry That Is Life

Trying to find the beauty, the poetry, in every moment

27 Things To Do Before Turning 27

Today is the day.  I am 27.  I still remember jamming out to Taylor Swift’s “22” over and over again the night before my 23rd birthday LITERALLY like it was yesterday….WHERE did those years go?

So, I guess I can’t ignore the fact that I’m *really* an adult now. Especially since, you know, I’m married and have a job.  I’m pretty sure that’s #adulting, although since I spend my time at work around teenagers, I still feel pretty young (and maybe even a little bit immature 😂)

But anyway, at 27 I’m closer to 30 than to 20, and that really makes a person think.  I was curious what other bloggers have written about the age of 27, and a cursory google search yielded a few interesting results, which I’ll link to at the end.  The one that stood out to me though, was a list of 27 things that you should do before you turn 27.  I thought I’d share here how I measured up.  Continue reading “27 Things To Do Before Turning 27”


An April Fools’ Teacher Adventure

I LOVE April Fools’ Day as a teacher.  It’s a busy time of year, so I haven’t done pranks every year, but it is SO much fun when I do.

Unfortunately (or not), April Fools’ Day was on a Saturday this year.  Did that stop me?


I didn’t do anything to big or that required too much pre-planning. In fact, I didn’t start planning until the night before, and only found some of my materials the day of.  Here’s the play-by-play:

Girls Bible:  I gave them a word search that was SUPPOSEDLY related to our current study of Esther.  In reality, I had printed off a word search that didn’t contain actual words, and then just made copies with “Esther Word Search” covering the original title, and names and places from the book of Esther covering the original list of words.  The girls worked for a good little bit before they figured it out.


Continue reading “An April Fools’ Teacher Adventure”

DIY Kimono: How to make a shirt into a kimono

I like fashion, but I will never be a fashion blogger.  For one thing, I may not be the last to get in on a trend, but I am never the first.

Actually scratch that.  Sometimes I AM the first.  But not because I latched on to a trend early.  Because I latched on to something I LIKED, and then it LATER happened to become a trend.

All that to say–I don’t buy into what’s “in style” unless I actually like it.  And a lot of times I *do* actually like it. But not all the time.

The kimono trend is a trend that I do actually like.  I’m a big fan of layering; in fact, it’s gotten to where I don’t know how to dress myself without putting layers together. This becomes a problem during the spring and summer months, when it’s warm enough outside that you really shouldn’t be wearing layers.  The kimono fixes that problem, because so many of them are light-weight, made with flowery fabrics, and flowy. Thumbs up from this gal.

However, I don’t like the price tag.  Every kimono I have been able to find in stores was at least 21 dollars or so, but usually I say them at 30 or more.  And while we aren’t hard-pressed for money, that’s just most expensive than I was willing to pay for that type of garment.

So, one day, I was browsing store specifically keeping an eye on the price tags for kimonos.  It just so happened that as I was browsing Rue 21, I found a few shirts that were flowy, made with prints that I personally would have liked on a kimono, they just…weren’t kimonos.

I thought to myself…surely there’s a way to make a shirt into a kimono…and there is!  I looked up “DIY kimono” on Google, and there are TONS of Youtube tutorials showing you how to make a kimono from shirts, scarves, and loose fabric.

Did I mention that the shirt was on sale for $5? Continue reading “DIY Kimono: How to make a shirt into a kimono”

#WeddingWednesday: The Blessing of Having Help

After positive feedback on last week’s post, along with the enjoyment I get out of looking back, processing, and writing about the wedding and wedding process, I think I may try to do a whole #WeddingWednesday series to talk about a lot of the aspects of wedding planning that I didn’t get to cover in the first post.  I hope that doesn’t come across as self-centered or self-seeking; I hope to pass on the little I learned from my imperfect time as a bride-to-be, and maybe inspire and help other brides-to-be in their planning.  OR, you can just learn what was going through my head as I made the decisions I made 😉

I will probably end up back-tracking and starting from the beginning to cover other aspects of planning more chronologically, but first I want to talk about the blessing of having help when planning and preparing for your wedding.

This came to the forefront of my mind the other day at work when I overheard a conversation between two ladies, discussing their children’s upcoming nuptials.  Both had sons getting married, so we’re dealing with a mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship here. One of the women said that when she asked the bride-to-be what she could do to help, she was told to “Wear beige and shut up.”

A few things come to mind from this:

  1. I know this is judgmental and I shouldn’t say this, but I can only imagine how much of a bridezilla that woman is!
  2. What a way to start off your relationship with your husband’s family 😦
  3. I feel a lot of sorrow for this bride.

Let me explain the sorrow. Continue reading “#WeddingWednesday: The Blessing of Having Help”

Should we actually be divisive, or just decisive?

 Just FYI, Hamilton is always relevant… 😉


So, I wrote a blog post about my April reading, and somehow it accidentally got deleted (or I accidentally deleted it..) In it, I mentioned my current love for all things Hamilton.  If you weren’t aware, there’s a Broadway musical called Hamilton about Alexander Hamilton: it’s got hip-hop, rap, and decades worth of history, and it’s taking the world by storm.

That’s not the point of this post though. That’s just some background information.

Anyway, last week I was listening to “Farmer Refuted” from the Hamilton Musical soundtrack, and one stray lyric really stood out to me, and it stuck with me all last week, and has continued to nag me this week..

“I’d rather be divisive than indecisive”

Continue reading “Should we actually be divisive, or just decisive?”

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