• President LBJ ranch Texas White House

    Deep in the Heart of Texas

    I’ll wrap up the week with some pictures I took while touring around with my mom and dad last week.  We’re an academic family and we sure do love our history!  President Lydon B. Johnson was from the central Texas region and his Presidential Library is in Austin on the University of Texas campus. The […]

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President LBJ ranch Texas White House

Deep in the Heart of Texas

I’ll wrap up the week with some pictures I took while touring around with my mom and dad last week.  We’re an academic family and we sure do love our history!  President Lydon B. Johnson was from the central Texas region and his Presidential Library is in Austin on the University of Texas campus. The […]

How to start a compost pile

Mmmmmm Compost!

I grew up with a giant compost pile at the bottom of the back yard.  It has always seemed to be a natural thing to do and only in recent years with tips published for how to be more environmentally responsible (or simply be a more authentic hipster), composting has become a “thing.”  In my […]

trimming overgrown rosemary

Grunt Work

I am quickly learning that real life is the exact 180 degree opposite of an HGTV episode.  I’ve never thought my projects should be like a television episode, but when you watch an hour episode and then *poof* everything is all fresh and perfectly manicured… it kind of makes me want a magical *poof* to […]

Installing a new mailbox

Curb Appeal

Curb appeal.  I mean that literally.  As in, fixing what is on the curb.  In this case, my old mailbox.  My house is about 25 years old and the old mailbox was definitely circa 1991.  May it rest in peace. My parents are visiting and they have been helping me knock out a series of […]

dog bow tie by School of Moxie

Pugs & Bow Ties

Most of you know that in my daytime career I am a librarian.  I specialize in technology and business/entrepreneurship (Yes, you can use your local library as co-working space and it’s FREE!), but even librarians have to cut loose sometimes.  We do this by throwing puppy showers for our near and dear.  One of our […]

School of Moxie finished baseboards and trim

Fresh Home Reset

I did it!  A few weekends of measuring, cutting, nailing, and wood putty-ing… Voila!  A fresh home.  Who knew that fresh baseboards and trim could make a home feel this polished??  Let’s do a quick review.  I started with a lot of material that had be removed.  It didn’t fit with the feel of the […]

new and fresh white baseboard moulding

10 Lessons from my Fixer Upper

Time for me to be direct:  I broke up with my boyfriend.  I realized that there are some Moxie Peeps who don’t like reading between the lines and who can blame you?  It’s been just about one month since the split and while the private details of said breakup are not for my public blog, […]

SXSW Interactive 2015

Soaking It All In

5 days.  Total exhaustion.  Complete inspiration.  Another year of SXSW Interactive came and went…  I finished my week by scraping myself off the pavement and heading straight back into the office… and now I’m getting cozy with the cold I picked up.  It was so worth it, though! My Lizzy is on her way back […]

Giles after his bath

Mr. Giles (version 7.0) & DIY Forecast

There has been a lot happening in my life lately, so you’ll have to pardon my absence on here for a while!  I have missed blogging a lot more than I realized and am back to a more normal schedule.  While I’ve been juggling work-life balance and setting up my life as a single gal […]

Simplicity 2224

Keep Your Pants On

The UFO marathon continues!  I’ve prioritized my projects by (1) things I need for work wear, (2) projects that fit the current season in Austin (i.e., I think my UFO shorts can wait another couple months), and (3) garments that help fill in wardrobe gaps. I’ve made these Simplicity 2224 pants before and they are […]