• a saturday spent banding hummingbirds

    Did you know that southern Arizona boasts the most diverse types of hummingbirds in the United States?  A couple weeks ago, Will and I went with our friends to the San Pedro House, just outside of Sierra Vista, to visit this historic ranch house where they tag hummingbirds.  In fact, we went on one of the last weeks that they do it because of migration season.  A lot of hummingbirds pass through southern Arizona on their way to Mexico. The area is significant for world bird conservation, and according to Bureau of Land Management, it has been “officially designated a globally important bird area.”   While I’m not super into…

  • Dear Quiet Girl

    Dear quiet girl,  I don’t care if you are 11, or if you are 19, or if you are 37. The world probably tells you that you need to change. That it is wrong for you to be quiet. That what you really need to be is outspoken and outgoing. And you feel that every day. What I really want you to know today is that you are beautiful just the way that you are, and that you do not need to change. My story When I was younger, I was very shy.  I know that’s not everyone’s story—one does not equal the other—but I bet a lot of you…

  • summer in the desert | Arizona Part III

    As month three in Arizona pulled to a close, Will and I quickly realized that there were only a few weeks left in the desert before we will be moving back to North Carolina.  What a whirlwind we have had out here!   The #SuiteLifeofWillandJamie In month three we settled into a little bit of a routine.  We went on a few adventures here and there, but also found ourselves staying at home a little more often.  I spent my time watching the last month of Big Brother season twenty (yes, it’s still on the air, and this was a FANTASTIC season), working my butt off in the workout program…

  • our disastrous first camping trip together

    Our first time camping together was slightly spontaneous and outrageously under-planned.  We did little to no research, left much later than we intended to, brought no smaller bills to pay for our camping spot, and ending up setting our tent up with the use of flashlights and the very last bits of orange on the skyline as the sunset had already passed. Parker Canyon Lake The camping spot was actually super cute and had a great view.  It’s five or ten dollars a night, all the spots have easy access to the bathrooms, and the break in monsoons had left the place nice and green for us. As far as…