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This is me, Tina, hazelnut macchiato aficionado, believer in ordinary miracles and cat whisperer extraordinairre. I am a first time wife, long time sister, difficult daughter, pr professional and social media guru, former pre-k teacher, avid truth teller, curator of ordinary moments, and an okay friend. I like to pretend I know exactly what is going on (and I can be pretty good at convincing you I do). I am a lover of stories and art. This is my whole hearted attempt to document my memories, beliefs, notions, impressions, daily reflections, dreams and ponderings.

Here are some frequently asked questions to mull over:

What got you started on blogging?

Somewhere in between teaching, graduate school, planning a wedding and trying to have a life, I began to truly, dearly miss writing. I hadn’t written for me since I was in grade school. And I love to write. So, I promised myself (out loud so that I’d be held accountable) that once I graduated from grad school and Alex made me an honest woman, I’d finally start my blog. Since it’s beginnings in November 2011, the sole purpose of my blog has been for me to write. The layout and design have changed, but I’ve tried my best to keep myself honest. And in case you are interested, here is my very first blog post: Running.

Where did you go to college?

Gosh, I love being a student. Such a geek… I went to James Madison University for undergrad. I loved JMU. I majored in public relations with a minor in art history and met the love of my life. The, in August 2011, I graduated from American University with a master’s degree in education policy and leadership. All of those student loans, but all I want to really do is be a stay at home mom with plenty of blue eyed, ginger haired babies. The strife of the twenty-something.

Are you a photographer?

No. But I love taking pictures! I use my Canon Rebel T3i and shoot mainly with a 50mm 1.4 lens. I’d love to shoot with a full frame body and try my hands at an old film 35mm one day.

What does Alex do?

He teaches special ed in a middle school. He has the patience of a million saints. And unlike me, he has this teaching thing down to a science. He’s my hero.

What is your favorite movie?

Garden State. I believe it is the greatest love story ever told. I wanted to fall in love in that raw, real, honest, unique way. I wasn’t going to settle for less. And I didn’t. 

One day, in Austin, Texas, we ran into Natalie Portman having lunch a table away from us at Snack Bar and my biggest regret is not going up to her and saying “I don’t want to cause a scene but Garden State is my favorite movie of all times.” Big regrets there.

What is something you enjoy to do when you have me time?

Run. Or spend time with Audrey Hepburn. Audrey is my best friend.

If you could have a $10,000 shopping spree to one store, which store would it be?

J. Crew. duh. And the money would be fairly divided between Minnies and nautical stripes. Or, on second thought, Pottery Barn and I get along real well. I could do some serious nesting with 10k to Pottery Barn.

What day would you love to relive again?

Can I say my wedding day without you rolling your eyes? Because the other day I’d love to relive is our 1 month anniversary, which occured while we were on our honeymoon in Costa Rica. It was quite romantic. You can pick the lesser of the two cliches and go with that as my answer.

If your life was turned into a movie… what actor would play you?

Because I’ve had random people come to me and ask me if I’m her since Jumanji and Interview with a Vampire, it would have to be Kirsten Dunst. It’s the German in us, I guess.

(do you see it? no?)

Tell us more about Baci and Misha.

My babies. When Alex and I moved in together after college, I wanted a little grey kitten. For Christmas, I got Baci. Then, Alex fell in love with him and wanted to get him a little sister. For his birthday that May, he got Misha. He adores her. We do too. 

And now for the disclaimer. In no way do I ever post anything hateful or cruel. I have strong opinions that will occasionally come across in my posts. Furthermore, I have a tendency to speak with a sarcastic voice and nothing I say should be taken personally by anyone. Occasionally I will use affiliate links. I hope that doesn’t bother anyone. All photos and words are my own unless otherwise stated or hyperlinked. Logo photo art was taken by my good friend, Caryn Taylor-Fiebig. Professional wedding photos are courtesy of our photogs and dear friends, Jodi and Kurt from Jodi Miller Photography. Please pin responsibly and kindly ask permission before using anything from my website. Cheers, Tina.Copyright © 2012. All Rights Reserved.

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Wedding Photo courtesy of Jodi Miller Photography.

Marie Antoinette still courtesy of IMDB.