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Kailynn Barbour

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Annual letter to Ellen

Dear Ellen, Happy birthday to us! Every year since I’ve turned 18 I’ve written to you. I accept that you don’t want to be friends, or even acquaintances, so I’ll settle for birthday buddies ....more

Shoes

I hate my feet. They’re a size 11, which has led me to binge-shop for shoes when I find a store that carried my size. I don’t care if the shoes are ugly, if they fit, I’m buying multiple pairs of them ....more

tired: a haiku

exhausted: always. ready to nap for hours. #trueteacherproblems ...more

Rough one

Being back to school this week has been rough. Maybe it’s because I’m teaching 2 new classes, or maybe it’s because OMG SLEEP DEPRIVATION, but it’s been a rough week. I’m so grateful that tomorrow is Friday ....more

Why I’m okay with not having met my 2014 goals

The concept of new years resolutions usually taunts me, primarily because I forget my resolutions within 3 days. Last year, I made 3 (seemingly) simple goals: Blog everyday. Save money for our wedding ....more

Smart phone, smart relationship

I joined the smart phone world on December 29th, 2012, exactly 2 days before my first date with V. I used my new phone as an excuse as to why I wasn’t texting back right away. I’m pretty sure my text said something along the lines of, “Oh, sorry! ...more

Last Christmas at home

Today was my last Christmas as an un-married lady, my last Christmas morning waking up in my childhood home, and my last Christmas before v & I move in together in the Spring. I was a roller coaster of emotions these past few weeks, for so many reasons, but today was a day of love […] ...more

I wasn’t killed by a psycho doll.

A few weeks ago, Val & I were reflecting on how we’ll be in our own condo and celebrating our first Christmas as a married couple next year. I joked that our place will be so decked out in Christmas cheer that we’ll have singing snowflakes up… and then Val said, “Do those even exist??” […] ...more

SUFFRING

I received this email from a student in one of the classes I’m leaving this morning. It’s going to be a rough week, yo ....more

Breaking up with teenagers sucks

Today, I broke up with my students.A few weeks ago, my supervisor asked me to take over a college-level writing course when another teacher leaves to teach abroad in the new year.  The catch is that I'll be trading two of my periods for the two periods of this class.I had to wait for different approvals to go through, and for different red tape to be crossed, but, at the end of last week, the change became officially approved.I knew it was coming, but that didn't stop me from crying in my car the entire commute home....more