100 Days of Blogging: Day 8

by Maggie Griffin

Today, I feel like making confessions. 

1. Right now, I am watching Dancing with the Stars--total guilty pleasure. 
2. Just got mad at Byron for tapping on the table while he works in his silent headphones because...duh, I'm watching DWTS.
3. Packages in the mail are the best thing ever. Today I received 2, one of them contained a $1 Wine Coozie that is making this a great, chill(ed) Monday night. 
4. We were supposed to have a Blue Apron meal tonight, but hard boiled eggs and pickled beet sandwiches didn't sound appealing, so we stole the Ciabatta rolls and heated up our frozen veggie patties, and voila! 
5. I got Starbucks coffee this morning. I make personal promises to stop spending so much money on morning coffee and treats, but they never stick. 
6. Right now, our anniversary fudge pie is coming to room temp, because we're still enjoying it. 
7. I'm wearing a pair of glasses that I've had for 3+ years for the first time in a LOOONG time because I got them adjusted last week after 'adulting' myself to a new eye doctor, and now they don't fall off my face! 
8. I still watch Grey's Anatomy. Can't stop, won't stop. Just saw a commercial that promised me that my jaw will drop during the next 2 episodes and I don't doubt it. Shonda, you TV temptress...you get me every time. 
9. 3 out of the 7 posts from week one were not written on the day I posted them. Very grateful for the ability to change the post date so I can trick everyone into thinking I'm on top of this challenge.
10. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. 
11. I love Taco Bell. 
12. Byron and I have been vegetarians since December, but I've cheated a few times. I think I accidentally ate some meat today in a catered lasagna--my bad!
13. I'd like to find a job where I can "summer" somewhere else. 
14. All I want to do is take a sick day and read books. 
15. Byron and I are starting to think about when we want to start our family. 

Whoa!!! Call the presses--so many juicy secrets in this post.

Last confession--just saw a new preview for "Downward Dog" and I am DEFINITELY watching. ALSO, just saw a preview for ABC's revamped Dirty Dancing--looks awful! 

SERIOUSLY. Last confession: I hope I become famous and get to publish these posts in a book someday! 

100 Days of Blogging: Day 7

by Maggie Griffin

On Sundays of my 100 Day Blogging Challenge, I'm going to share a list of things I'm grateful for. When I come across old journals, I find that I'm one part embarrassed at the cheesiness and one part appreciative of my journey and how sincere I was at each point that I put pen to paper. While I've moved from pen to keyboard, I know I'll probably be embarrassed if my kids find these words on the internet archive in years to come, but I'll be happy remembering the time I spent writing about our lives. And I know for sure I'll be happy to stumble across these lists of gratitude. 

So on the first of many Grateful Sunday Sessions, I find myself thankful for: 

  • the way I feel about our house: when the light comes in the windows, when everything blooms in Spring, when I get to rest in our bedroom surrounded by trees feeling like I'm in a treehouse, when it feels cramped and perfect all at the same time, when there's still work to be done but we're so happy 
  • our animals: even though they cost us an arm and a leg the last two months, they still jump on the bed to snuggle, comfort, and annoy us in all the right ways
  • the lattes Byron makes me
  • candles and flowers
  • Lula Jane's Fudge Pie
  • a closet full of clothes in which "I can't find anything to wear"
  • too many books in our house
  • the Portraits 25th year celebration: Byron and I were fortunate to attend a late afternoon program featuring a dance troupe, a step team, "SnapShots": 3-6 year old performers-all the way to college aged, the presentation of a $10,000 endowed scholarship to my sweet Department Director who has selflessly given of herself for 25 years to serve the youth of our community and remind them that they are somebody and they have something to say and work to do, and MORE! 
  • remembering that we have leftover brownies!

So many things to be thankful for, but these are making the top of the list today!   

100 Days of Blogging: Day 6

by Maggie Griffin

I will always love Saturday mornings. Growing up, my dad took over the kitchen on weekend mornings. French toast, waffles, pancakes...delicious--breakfast is his speciality! These days, Byron and I normally take off on Saturday mornings, trying to make it to the Farmer's Market or somewhere around town for coffee. But this Saturday, we took the Emerson approach.

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100 Days of Blogging: Day 5

by Maggie Griffin

After a year-long hiatus of "Magpie Writes," my side calligraphy business, I have slowly been accepting projects. I am grateful to be working with new people, challenging myself with new styles of writing, and learning more about business as I go. All this led to Friday, May 5.  

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100 Days of Blogging: Day 4

by Maggie Griffin

Don't get me wrong...our wedding day was full of happiness, but it wasn't the "happiest day of my life." There have been countless times since, in the four years we've been married, that I've found myself overwhelmed with a joy that surpassed what I felt on our wedding day 4 years ago. 


It often comes in the daily moments from my last post, the ones where we find ourselves giggling in uncontainable ways. The moments where we collapse in tears on each others shoulders, knowing that in that person we find a safety and comfort we don't get elsewhere. The moments where we've dreamed of experiencing that finally come to fruition. The moments where we think about all that is to come. Happiness abounds in our marriage. 

We are flawed, too. We argue. We fight. We make each other feel bad. But we know that is temporary and that our love, trust, and hope in one another is lasting. 

So thankful for a day to remember all the special moments that are wedding day offered us--the friends who surrounded us, family who came from far to join us, the ceremony, the reception, the dancing, everything! 

May the 4th be with us forever and always, B. 

100 Days of Blogging: Day 3

by Maggie Griffin

Well, Year 4, we've reached the end. 

In the last year, Byron and I road-tripped from Texas to Nantucket, exploring the country along the way. We celebrated my sister's wedding in Alabama. We partied hard with Uncle Buck in Louisiana.  We saw the original rules of basketball in Kansas.

My position at Baylor moved to full-time. Byron started his Master's and moved into a new position at his school. I brought my calligraphy business out of a year-long hiatus. 

We ate delicious food. We drank delicious drinks. 

We learned more, laughed more, and loved more.

Enjoying our anniversary pie last year: the beginning of year 4. 

Enjoying our anniversary pie last year: the beginning of year 4. 

As each year comes and goes in our marriage, I am amazed at how much we have packed into our time together. And even with all the adventures, the days at home, sharing a meal and swapping stories of our days are my favorite moments. As we were cooking dinner on Monday, laughter filled the kitchen as we tried to finish each other's sentences. That's the stuff you don't think about on your wedding day that becomes the heart of the marriage. 

Marriage has been the sweetest gift and I'm excited to start Year 5!