What’s in my lunchbox

Brown bagging it.

Brown bagging it.

I, typically, bring my lunch to work. It’s more economical; and if I’m trying to eat better, I can better control myself with a packed lunch from home.

This was my lunch today. I typically eat at my desk and read the internets during my lunches (mostly webcomics).

  • Wheat Thins Popped, sea salt flavored
  • Coke
  • Spinach veggie dip, this is my crack. For reals. I eat it as a dip for almost anything.
  • Banana
  • Turkey wrap, made by my loving hubby :)

Progress Report: August

Just checking in to share my progress with the book clubs’ picks for this month.


Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

PROGRESS: I already read this book.

THOUGHTS SO FAR: One of my favorites.


He, She and It by Marge Piercy


THOUGHTS SO FAR: Um, I don’t think I’ll be reading along this month. The premise of this book doesn’t really appeal to me.

Are you reading along with either of these book clubs this month? If so, how far are you?


Oops, I did it again

I dropped the ball hard last week. The next few weeks at my work are crazy, and last week was, too. Sorry about that everyone. Please hang in there with me while I try to hang on to my sanity. I am going to do my best to keep up with the blog.

I have some fun posts lined up and I really want to get them photographed, written, built and posted on the days I’ve scheduled for them. I also have a my monthly board game review to work on for Part Time Monster.

And in all the crazy that is going on with work, freelance, family obligations, I’ve been really trying to carve out some time for myself. Even if it’s just 40 minutes to watch a show and paint my nails. I really need to prioritize some self-care. When I get overwhelmed, one of the very first things to go by the wayside is my personal well being. I eat horribly, my hair stays up in a constant ponytail/hair clip, I wear the first thing I see, my make-up doesn’t get done, etc. All this bad treatment (you may say “how is not wearing make-up ‘bad’ for you?” What I mean is that I just give no shits about my personal appearance or sometimes cleanliness) to my body usually ends up with me getting sick. I have the immune system of…someone/something that gets sick a lot. A LOT. So, making “me” a priority is important (I’ve slowly come to realize).

I hope I can keep up with life this week!

Book Club Reads, round-up for August

Last week I went over the monthly get together for Books, Booze and Bajingos. If you haven’t read that yet, you should check it out.

Felicia Day’s Vaginal Fantasy book club also holds its meet-up at the end of the month, you can click here to watch their video.

The books for the Vaginal Fantasy book club, for the month of August, are:

This is the alt pick for the month.

The theme this month is robot/automaton  love.


Also, just a quick reminder, the pick for BB&B this month is:

Chosen by:


Let me know if you are reading along with us, or Vaginal Fantasy!



Diana, over at Part Time Monster, did this post FOREVER AGO. I wanted to do it then, but had others things planned. So, now I can get to it!

This is just a fun post about 21 things I don’t particularly care for.

  1. Zombies. Hate them. HATE.
  2. Feet. Not a fan. Poor Mr. LL always wants his sore footsies rubbed and I just squirm.
  3. ALL CAPS IN AN EMAIL OR TEXT MESSAGE. Seriously, unless you would literally yell what you are saying to me, don’t use it.
  4. The font Comic Sans. It’s not cute.
  5. While we are on the topic, the font Curlz. These two fonts, seriously, need to be retired.
  6. Putting images in your professional email signature. I get a lot of emails, as a graphic designer, that have images attached to them for use in ads, promotional pieces, editorial, etc. I cannot stand having to deal with accidentally downloading your stupid image or being duped into thinking that you did attach what I needed, but only to find the only attachment is your signature.
  7. My slowly-developing lactose intolerance. :( The older I get, the less dairy I can consume.
  8. Needles. I hate having blood work done or getting shots. I’ve been better about it as I’ve gotten older, but I still can’t look.
  9. Surgery. I’ve been putting off my wisdom teeth for over a decade now. >.>
  10. People who flake. Seriously, if you say you’re down for something, then do it. If you know you are gonna hermit-out, then don’t commit. Simple as that. Now, I flake too, but it’s usually because my schedule and Mr. LL’s is never stable and reliable (especially these days).
  11. White objects shot on a white background. If you are going for something artsy, go for it. But if I have to cut out said-object, use a contrasting background!
  12. When someone takes FOREVER to respond to my text or email, and then get in a huff when I don’t immediately respond to them. Hey, I sent that to you when I was available and now, hours/days/weeks later, I’m not available to stop what I’m doing and reply.
  13. How long it takes for my ipsy package to arrive. I wish I got it at the start of the month.
  14. How Birchbox, suddenly, started having amazing boxes now that I’ve cancelled my subscription.
  15. When my hands just feel dirty. I’m not OCD by any means, but when my hands just feel dirty, I cannot function. I have to go wash them.
  16. Same goes for my feet. And living in the South, where wearing sandals and flip-flops is an almost everyday necessity, my feet get pretty dirty. #grocerystorefeet
  17. Having to cancel plans. Unless I really didn’t want to do it in the first place.
  18. Driving to a place I’ve never been to before, especially if it’s in the French Quarter.
  19. Having to meet friends, by myself, in the French Quarter. (I don’t know that I “irrationally hate” this one, as much as it gives me HUGE anxiety.)
  20. Not being able to find a pen/pencil. And I don’t mean not being able to find a writing instrument. I mean not being able to find a pen when I want to use a pen, and not being able to find a pencil when I specifically need a pencil.
  21. Never being able to find cute things with my name on them (my name is LYN, spelled with one N; everything with my name on it is spelled LYNN).

Follow Friday: Nubby Twiglet

My new weekly post, Follow Friday, in which I share a blog that I personally subscribe to and I want to recommend to you!

Nubby Twiglet

This week, I am recommending Nubby Twiglet. Years and years ago, when a coworker suggested this blog to me, I was not having it. I thought the name was done and that she was pretentious. Why I thought any of this, I have no recollection (although it is a silly name, IMO). I LOVE this blog. It is written and designed by Shauna Haider. She is a woman who wears many hats.

via Nubby Twiglet

Shauna’s message from her “About” page:

Hello! My name is Shauna Haider and I am a creative director, teacher and blogger residing in Portland, Oregon. Madly in love with blogging since 2001, I have a passion for sharing insights about design, personal style and the city I call home. Beneath the surface of the tightly curated visuals that fill my posts (I own a boutique design studio) is a message focused on embracing individuality. I encourage my audience to own their unique quirks and live a life that rings true to their personal style and values. My blog is a reminder that we can live beautifully designed lives without becoming slaves to the nonstop cycle of fads and trends.

Also, I wanted to share her “Manifesto” from her “About” page, as well:

Are you a creative who’s passionate about the aesthetics in your daily life? Does design play an integral role in your personal expression? Then you’ve come to the right place. Nubby Twiglet was founded in 2007 under the guise that we should embrace our individuality in order to live a unique, inspired existence. As creatives, our lives are multi-faceted and expression ruminates from everywhere including our surroundings, careers and travels. Why should we separate our lives into bite-sized pieces when we can live it as one, inspiring whole? Come as you are, take charge and embrace a lifestyle that leaves you personally fulfilled.

I got the idea for my Link Love posts from her blog. She does it way better than I do. Also, as a graphic designer, I love the design and the guidance Shauna shares on her blog.

I’ve gathered some of my favorite posts, and they are (I feel) representative of the great variety her blog has to offer.

My Game Changing, All-In-One Camera: The Sony NEX-5N | Nubby Twiglet

Tools Of The Trade #18: What WordPress Theme Is That? | Nubby Twiglet

Project Spotlight: Happily Ever After | Nubby Twiglet

The Anatomy of A Brand Identity | Nubby Twiglet

Latest & Greatest #28: Red Lips | Nubby Twiglet

Come back next week and I’ll have another blog for you to discover!

Link Love is here to stay

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my Thursday posts, and my DIY/crafting is almost non-existent these days. Also, I don’t feel like I do enough to do a whole lot of Photobomb posts with any kind of regularity.


I’m going to be making Thursdays Link Love from here on out. I will post Pretending to Craft posts on Thursdays, if I ever do anything.

However, if you are a fan of the Photobomb posts, fear not! I’m not getting rid of them completely! But you won’t find them on Thursdays anymore. :)