Twelve Days of Instagram Redux

Helloooooo. it’s been awhile, I know. I will simply say that the month of January and I do not get along, and leave it at that.

But now it’s February, and so I’ve returned from hibernation…shyly peering around the corner, hoping for forgiveness. And ready to bring you long-overdue posts, such as this one.

Back in the middle of December, I challenged myself to post at least one picture to Instagram for 12 days in a row. Unlike my Year of the Russian Novel, I actually completed it. Would you care to see the output? Well, read on, MacDuff! Continue reading


Happy new year!

It is completely my style to belatedly wish you a happy new year; but fortunately, the year is still brand-spanking new (and will continue to be until about April, when I finally stop writing 2012 on my checks).

It’s 2013, which seems crazy to me. We were expecting flying cars by now, right? Obviously, not everything turn out how one expects. For example, if things had gone according to the plans of my 10 year old self, 2013 would have found me married to an early 90s teen heartthrob who shall remain nameless and the mother to three kids. (I had a very active imagination and a love of lists.)

In all seriousness, I wish each and every one of you peace, adventure, and joy in 2013.


Midweek Musings: Christmas Edition

This week 12.24Image sources: Snowy morning, Christmas tree, Christmas lights

Merry Christmas, everyone! (Or, if you’re in the UK, Happy Christmas!) This week, it’s been a good old nostalgia-fest, as I’ve been indulging all my favorite memories of Christmases past. Everything on this list fills me with warm-fuzzies, or exhilaration, or wonder, or peace, or, in one case, a sugar high you can’t even imagine. And so I thought I’d share with you, if you’re curious to learn more…

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Midweek Musings: Road Trip Edition

As you read this, I am probably somewhere in the wilds of Western New York State, hanging out with my dear friend, AFlo, who is visiting from Berlin. It is almost certain that we are listening to music and dancing around (as that is what we do). What are we listening to? I’m so glad you asked!This Week 12.17Christmas lights:

A bit of background. AFlo and I met the first day of college orientation and have been inseparable pretty much ever since (living on different continents notwithstanding). We got into the habit of making a mix CD for each term, filled with whatever songs we were listening (and dancing) to at the time. So there was no question that there needed to be a mix for this trip. (Or playlist, as the kids are calling them these days.)

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December Challenge: The Twelve Days of Instagram

Good morning, friends. Happy Friday! On this, the first day of my winter vacation, I woke up super early (as usual), but I’m enjoying a lazy start to my day, staying in bed and drinking coffee. #twelvedaysofinstagram (1)

But here’s the thing: I don’t want my entire vacation to be lazy. Aside from a super-exciting BFF reunion trip (more about that early next week) and a handful of fun Christmas-y things I’ve got planned once I return home to Pittsburgh, I don’t have anything I must do. So, I’ve given myself an assignment…a challenge, if you will. Curious? Intrigued?

Starting today, December 14th, I’m going to Instagram at least one photo a day. And since the 12th day of this project is Christmas, we’re calling it the Twelve Days of Instagram. Feel free to check out my progress—my user name is, predictably, IsabellaPen—and for those who aren’t on Instagram, you can follow along here.

OOOOOOOH, or you can do it along with me!! I’ll be using #twelvedaysofinstagram and would love some company. The goal is simple. Post (at least) one picture a day from December 14th through 25th (Edit: or 12 consecutive days before the end of the month) with the hashtag #twelvedaysofinstagram. It doesn’t have to be holiday-related or anything special (see above). Just show us what you’re up to. You game?

Midweek Musings

This week 12.3.12

Christmas; Brussels sprouts photo: Food Network

In this, the third week of Midweek Musings, we are firmly into the time of year when you can’t escape the holiday season…even if you desperately want to. And if you’ve come here looking for a respite, you’ll be sorely disappointed. (I’m sorry, I’m only human. And I can only resist for so long…)

What have I been up to this week? Read on…

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