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Toward the end of July, I decided to take a hiatus from all social media. This meant no Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vine, my blog, and even Snapchat. I took this leave of absence for many reasons, mostly pertaining to my life, but also to go back to how it truly felt like not to be absorbed in the digital world.


Upon stepping out of the digital realm, I began to understand how “in it” I had become.  There was the “I should Instagram this” or “I should tweet about that” that came to mind several times.  My thumbs were lacking the love, which they received while flipping through photos or tweets.  I felt lost for the first week and a half, but began to feel peace towards the end of the month.

The world outside of the social network universe is real and is away from all the drama that can be put into 142 words or less. Or captured in a photo that one gets some sort of “digital high” from the amount of likes they receive. I found that being away from such vices makes a person truly realize what it means to have good communication skills beyond what typed words can produce.  The social network universe can sometimes produce a fake image of someone unlike the real world, where you get the whole package.


I truly believe that when a person takes an #unplugged venture into the real world, they also begin to focus on what is most important to them.  Everywhere I go, I see the zombified faces of “downers” (people who constantly have faces in their smartphones).  If people step away from the social media, they’re able to look forward and see the future and what it may hold for them.  I began to understand this as I took my glued face away from my phone and I wasn’t afraid to see what was in front of me.  I had conversations with random people or said hi to them rather than endless numbification of what could be seen on my phone.


As time was made less on my phone, I was able to make time for DIY projects such as my polka dot shorts and use of my JFK stamp, which will be used in future projects.  It was also spent on finishing my summer reading list, having great times with friends and family, focusing on running my marathon, and most of all – peace of mind.  I highly recommend this type of hiatus for others, as they will see for themselves what it means to have time away from the chains of their digital life to one that has absolute freedom of mind.


Classically Yours,





Top 20 Memories of my Elementary School Experience

1.     Friends I made

2.     My Teachers

3.     Recess

4.     Pizza Parties

5.     Having Milk money to drink it in class

6.     Reading in the library

7.     Oregon Trial

8.     Sock Hop

9.     P.E.

10. No pressure to learn

11. Art class

12. Music class

13. D.A.R.E.

14. Making Oreo Turkeys for Thanksgiving

15. Writing love letters

16. Shape Ups

17. Nap time

18. Singing in choir

19. School Plays

20. Celebrating my friends birthdays in class.


I have found that over time, one of the greatest experiences I remember having in life was my elementary years at Delaware.  I learned so many things that would help further my education. I made good friends and learned the overall importance of being a student that could work well independently and with groups.

A good school experience, especially when you’re younger, can help shape your outlook on education.  I remember the end of my fifth grade year and feeling mixed emotions about moving on to middle school.  My elementary education helped to form me into one who was ready for the obstacles of junior high and the feelings that came with it.  My teachers at Delaware strived to make every student feel comfortable and focused.

I feel very fortunate to have been a student of this elementary school because unlike other schools,  Delaware had a special education program unlike any other in the district, in which students were able to help kids with disabilities.  This made my outlook on education that much stronger.  As like others in my class, we became both friends and teachers to those who were learning on a different level.

Elementary school was my favorite, above all levels of education I have completed.  The school slogan “Love is spoken here” remained true as I never was pressured or felt uncomfortable. I felt that Delaware gave me a good start at being the man I grew up to be and continue to become.

Classically Yours,



Pie Night Itinerary:

  • It happens on Wednesdays at all Village Inn’s across the nation
  • Free pie can be had when you buy an item to go along with your pie such as coffee.
  • Certain pies are free, typically they’re fruit pies. You can also roll “feature,” which is a different pie every month.
  • My friends and family always have a good time – the more people who join in, the better the experience.


I cherish pie from the filling to the crust it is one of my favorite desserts. The beginnings of Pie Night emerged when my friend Charlie talked about going, and has since grown into something bigger. My family and friends have gotten into the experience of the free pie frenzy.

I also love Pie Night like Sunday Night Dinner and Hipster Tuesday, in that it is a night I get to spend it with others.  My friends and family all gather around one table and the wild ruckus begins.  We swap stories, talk about music, movies, and the happenings of the week.

If you have read some of my previous posts, you know I enjoy the idea of traditions and how we create tighter relationships with them.  Pie Night, like the other routines I have, has made me come closer to my friends and family and to continue to have a bond with them that will never be forgotten.

Classically yours,


Hipster Tuesday


·      Started in late 2009

·      This is a day that the great minds of my crew come together and discuss the great music of the week over dinner, coffee and a movie.

·      The name comes from my friend Coop’s wife Sarah, who jokingly called it “Hipster Tuesday.”

·      We eat at the same restaurant since the first day we commenced the meeting

·      Coffee is still at the same joint.

·      The crew decides on a movie we all want to watch each week.

·      The crew has nothing but fun, and laughs the entire night.

This is one of my favorite parts of the week, when I kick it with my crew who includes Coop, Snyd, Blake, and  Tuck. It has produced some of the most memorable and quotable nights.  I can remember when we first started the Tuesday routine back, back in the day and how it finally felt like I was forming the most solid crew of friends that would forever be my friends.  We swap music, tell stories, and simply have the best time.  This hasn’t changed and I hope that it continues to remain the same for years to come.

 Classically Yours,




Jori- My editor and one of my best friends. A main part of what fuels my creativity in writing and the DIYs for my blog.  Jori is always there for me, and the blog as it continues to evolve into what it has become today. Also, check out her blog.

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DNGR- He’s the man behind all of the fantastic photos of me.  He is a good friend of mine and helps share a vision through the lens his camera and how I want to present myself to my readers.

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Kendra- She’s the fantastic artist behind my icon (my cat) and my drawing of myself in my About Me section.  She is so creative and very talented with her art and is one of the best people to go to with advice for my projects.  Check out Kendra’s Etsy for her fantastic works.

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Hope- She’s one of the newer parts to my team. Hope is the one who does and will continue work on the design of my blog.  She is a whiz with computers, and is a very creative person who likes making all kinds of handmade goods. Here is her Etsy, Tumblr, and blog.

Classically Yours,




My mom started the idea of Sunday Night Dinner about three years ago in order to bring our friends and family all together.  This day is perfect for the get together – all of us are off during the evening and are able to participate.  During the beginning of the week, we decide on what the dinner menu will be. Everyone brings a given side dish, desert, utensils, etc. to contribute.

This week, we had sliders with French fries – this is one of the group’s favorite dishes to make and enjoy. Every week varies, but each choice is always solid.

 Sunday is my favorite day of the week because I am able to share good conversations and eat great homemade food with others.  I feel like this is an important thing for my loved ones and me. We can meet one night a week to enjoy each other’s company and talk about what we have to look forward to the upcoming week.

Classically Yours,



  • To hang out with friends and family as much as possible
  • Keep my run schedule consistent in preparation for my marathon in November
  • Actually complete my summer reading list
  • Go to at least one or two more concerts
  • Eat Pineapple Whip at least once
  • See more movies at the theatre
  • Enjoy the summer weather
  • Keep my looks fresh and cool to battle the summer heat
  • Make fresh lemonade
  • Buy swim trunks in preparation for learning how to swim
  • Keeping creative

Classically yours,


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In sports, there is always a drive for an athlete to earn their letters, in which he or she puts on a jacket to represent their ability.  I grew up adoring sports and athletes that represented them. The letters mean something more to me now than they did then.

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I chose to buy the letters I am wearing on my cardigan as a link to the past and to also reminisce about my upbringing.  The sports I once played and loved remain at the grain of my being. The letters, like various projects I have constructed, are small details, in which I still hold on to and deem important.

Baseball, at one time, was a sport that I adored just as much as tennis. I played my seventh and eighth grade years for a local Park Board league. I had friends who also enjoyed the sport so much, we would play it before and after practice. It was a way for me to not only to have a good time with friends but also gain focus for my future sport of tennis. I say this because baseball, to me, is more so an individual sport than it is a team effort.  I’m not saying that baseball isn’t a team sport, but it made me focus on myself and how I performed on the field as an individual.



Baseball helped shape me for an individual task on and off the field. The pictures here are of the baseball field where I once practiced for hours on end. Setting my feet on the dirt reminded me of those moments in which I spent hours of throwing, hitting, and stealing bases. These are the moments that will never be forgotten and remain in my memory as time well spent.

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During the photo shoot, Wezzy (my photographer) and I encountered the obstacle of mud being very thick on the field because of the moisture. Over time, ironically, conditions can somehow hold someone back from reaching toward their goals. A baseball player can be seen as an individual in life, for they are the sole creators of their own destiny. They make choices on the field that produce both positive and negative outcomes.

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The conditions a person encounters are unpredictable in life. This is comparable to that of a baseball player during a given game. We give it our all and face the consequences, which, to some degree we have no control. Baseball, to me, has become not only a sport I still adore, but also one that respectfully created the man I am today.

Classically Yours,




With being a fan of music and certain bands, I am always creating a bucket list of those who I want to see.  I have wanted to see The xx is a band since their first record. Their music is simplistic, yet very emotional in both the sounds and lyrics.  Their music relates to me on multiple levels and I think is most understood when seeing them live.



When I see a band live, I find it interesting to not only take in what the music sounds like, but the bands chemistry together when they’re playing the music. I have always seen The xx as a band in which Oliver Sim and Romy Madley-Croft are talking through the relationship problems and the deep concepts of love while Jamie xx creates the mood around them with his beats. Honestly, this is how they were live.  They band created a mood that the audience feels overwhelmed with emotion, not only through the two singers chemistry, but also the bass Jamie created through his multiple beat machines.



When going to see a band, especially one you love, it’s important to have your best friends with you. I made the trip to Tulsa, OK with my friends, Blake, Matt, Brad, Chris, his wife Sarah, Jason, and his girlfriend Molly. It was a blast and everyone had a really good time enjoying the sights and sounds of The xx. It has been said that seeing something great can only be appreciated in the company of others.  I find this true, especially when seeing one of my favorite bands.  The show, like many others I have attended, created great memories with not only the music, but great friends that appreciate the feelings of a band and the friendship.

Classically Yours,



The Superbowl: America’s Holiday. Over time, people have seen this day as one in which they gather around their TVs, eat copious amounts of food, drink alcohol, and talk about the game and what is happening in their lives. I was once an avid sports fan, but over time, I have grown away from it. 

To me, the Superbowl has now become a celebration of food. While everyone is enjoying the game, commercials, and Halftime Show, I am stuffing my face with everything on the table. I don’t care what the result of the game is, as long as there is those delightful finger foods and calorie-inducing nacho cheese bubbling out of the crockpot.

Instead of giving high fives when my favorite teams scores a touchdown, I am cheering on the amazing cooks and their exquisite dishes. When people are going nuts for that last minute play, I am looking for that last dish that no one has called ‘game’ on. I feel the Superbowl is secretly a competition amongst friends, showing off their diy baking skills. Most will talk about how amazing that game was or how many touchdowns the quarterback threw, or that one bad call that ruined the game. I however, see it as eating from that memorable plate that one of my guests prepared. 

In all seriousness, though, this is an important day for many to enjoy their favorite sport – the great game of football.  I grew up just like everyone else watching athletes perform at their highest potential in the game of all games. I just see the game as something that isn’t necessarily important to me now. I see the Superbowl as more of an event – when we invite our friends over to enjoys the game and each other’s company. 

I hope this day is something you enjoy and are able to experience it with the people who you care for the most.


Classically Yours,