Weekend Coffee Share: Fall Colors and Full Houses

If we were having coffee, I’d comment first on the weather.  It was a beautiful week!  Sunshine, morning fog, crisp Autumn air… it doesn’t get much better than this.  I live for this time of year.  Summer is too hot, winter too long, but fall?  The best.

Inspired by the weather, I was able to get outside for some early morning walks.  Inspired by the foliage, I pieced together this video.  I’m no professional when it comes to videography, but I sure do enjoy experimenting.  It’s amazing what you can do with an iPhone!

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Weekend Coffee Share: Fall is in Full Swing

If we were having coffee, we’d be wrapped up in sweaters and scarves wandering through the woods with no clear destination.  We’d look up into the golden and red leaves and let out a long, contented sigh.  Fall is at it’s most beautiful point here in Minnesota and I am loving every minute of it.


Walking in our woods last weekend

If we were having coffee, I’d apologize for being absent from the blogosphere.  Today is my first full day off in three weeks–although I may have to go over and help give staff lunch breaks if the orchard is busy.  Between working full time at the library and helping out at the family apple farm, free time has been sparse.  When I DO have time to relax, the last thing on my mind has been writing.  Which is okay.  I miss you all, but sometimes you just need to step away from things if you don’t have the energy.  I’m hoping to give blogging more attention when things settle down–and this includes finally updating my WordPress account to premium, getting my own domain, and customizing my site. Continue reading


Top Ten Tuesday:

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday centers on recommendations.  This is a tricky subject because of times when people recommend books to me, interest ends with the conversation.  I either forget to follow through or know it’s not something I would like.

Nevertheless, I do follow through every once in a while and here is a list of some my favorites.  (Interestingly enough, a high number of books on this list are fairly progressive Christian nonfiction.) Continue reading


All About the Enneagram

When I was in college, I had friends who were obsessed with the Meyers-Briggs typing system.  They were constantly diagnosing each other and discussing what that meant.  They even typed fictional characters.  At the time, I found the discussions grating, especially when they turned their gaze to me.  I felt like they were putting me in a box, trying to figure me out and sum me up instead of actually getting to know me.

Although it was annoying, I eventually began doing my own Meyers-Briggs research.  As I learned more, I began to appreciate personality typing systems as useful tools for self-knowledge and relationships.  Knowing I’m an INFJ helped me understand more about myself and how I function, which has been useful in self-care.  It helped me understand more about others, which has helped me strive towards empathy.

Recently, I have discovered a different system that is a thousand times better than Meyers-Briggs: The Enneagram. Continue reading

Weekend Coffee Share: Overstimulation Hits

If we were having coffee, we’d be taking it to-go because the weather has been far too beautiful to spend the day cooped up in a coffee shop.  We’d be strolling on a path through the woods, going out of our way as we talked to step on particularly crunchy leaves.  The fall colors are turning and we’d be lost in a sea of red and orange and gold.  Isn’t it crazy how fast this fall is going by?  It’s already October!

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I’ve been seriously overstimulated the past few days.  I think part of the problem is that I’ve been spending too much time in fantasy worlds.  On work days, I spend two hours in the car listening to audiobooks.  At home, I either read or watch TV.  Because I work in a library, I’m constantly figuring out what world to enter next.  (It’s gotten to the point where I have at least one book coming via interlibrary delivery every week for the next three months.) Continue reading

Tear Ducts of Steel

I rarely cry.  Is that weird?

I know people who cry at everything from sad movies to diaper commercials (apparently, the babies are so cute they can’t emotionally handle it).  Tears of devastation and rage are shed in the wake of global tragedies and tears of joy flow forth when reunited with loved ones.  There are tears for everything–tears of frustration, of deep sadness, of the messiness of everyday life.

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Weekend Coffee Share: Late Night Live Music & Early Mornings at the Library

If we were having coffee, we would most likely be in a car cruising down the interstate clutching cardboard Starbucks to-go cups.  I’d be tired and not super coherent–not that it matters due to the fact that the music would be blasting.  (Why I’m in this state will become clear later in the post.)

It’s been a busy week.  Well, the first of what will be many busy weeks.  When I’m not working my day job, I’m helping out at my family’s apple orchard.  We’re on the verge of peak apple season, which means that crowds are coming and no one in the house gets any rest.  I don’t have a single day off in the next month.  I’ve managed to squeeze in fun activities with friends here and there, which doesn’t do much for my overall energy levels, but completely worth it. Continue reading

Top Ten Songs That Tell Stories

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is an audio freebie.  It was difficult for me to narrow down my focus–should I do favorite albums?  Favorite podcasts?  Something more themed?

In the end, I decided to center this week’s list around songs that tell stories.  I know that almost every song tells a story in some way.  I could EASILY write a paragraph about each song and why I love it–about the characters, the plot, the writing… but I’m going to let the songs speak for themselves.  Hope you enjoy!

1.) Cleopatra by The Lumineers

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Weekend Coffee Share: Camping & Old Books

If we were having coffee, I would first tell you that I’ve been pretty absent from the blogosphere over the past couple of weeks and that I have missed you.  Things have been pretty busy in Amelia land–I’ve barely opened my laptop in the past few weeks.

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I went camping last weekend with my friend, Maddie.  We spent two nights camping on the North Shore of Lake Superior in northern Minnesota.  Well, I say camping… we actually stayed in my great-uncle’s secluded cabin in the woods.  We had a roof over our heads, but it was fairly primitive.  We cooked over a fire, had to walk for water, use a biffy, and there were no other residences in sight.  It was an introvert’s paradise! Continue reading


The Drunkenness of Things Being Various

This past weekend, I had the opportunity to camp in Northern Minnesota.  A friend and I stayed in my uncle’s self-built rustic cabin in the woods a few miles from Lake Superior.  We had a wonderful time going on hikes, sitting by the lakeshore, exploring waterfalls, discussing morality in Game of Thrones, and reading poetry aloud at the campfire.

It was a peaceful weekend.  I felt all the clutter in my life fade away.  The sounds of daily life fade in comparison to the rush of a waterfall.  Alone time in nature, for me, is soul detox.

In my quiet moments, I reflected a great deal on how complex the human experience is–how beautifully multifaceted we all are.  I wrote in the margins of my sketchbook:   “Personhood is a complicated, beautiful thing–what an adventure it is to live inside myself.  There are so many corners, so many contradictions–How can I be so many people at once?” Continue reading