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My name is Laura.

I am in my late twenties. I am new-ish to Austin, living in Texas with my new-ish husband Kevin, and our pets Hazel, Wink and Lennie Briscoe. I enjoy college sports (particularly my Jayhawks), old movies, popcorn, outdoor dining, Scrabble, bourbon, pretzels, bad reality television, and the Chicago Blackhawks. I'm learning to be a better cook.

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Kevin and I had a nice weekend in Arkansas last weekend. It was lovely, and good to have some time to relax and just hang out with him and my parents. I had to say goodbye to our family dog (who has terminal cancer) which was extremely difficult, but I was glad that I could spend time with her, especially while she’s still feeling okay.

My mom sent me this video of this pug reacting to Homeward Bound. It’s marvelous.

Too many young women I think are harder on themselves than circumstances warrant. They are too often selling themselves short. They too often take criticism personally instead of seriously. You should take criticism seriously because you might learn something, but you can’t let it crush you. You have to be resilient enough to keep moving forward, whatever the personal setbacks and even insults that come your way might be. That takes a sense of humor about yourself and others. Believe me, this is hard-won advice I’m putting forth. It’s not like you wake up and understand this. It’s a process.
Hilary Clinton, on taking criticism. (via ayabug)

(via haygirlhay)

It was a beautiful day at the races (@ the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn in Hot Springs, Arkansas)

After all of my whining this week, I woke up to an email this morning letting me know I’d been added to the Civil Rights Summit guest list today. I get to see President Obama speak today. How crazy is that? (at The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum)

Rejection does not feel good.

"What I’ve found over time is that when it would come to bonus time or raise time, I would hear from the gentlemen, "I want to make X." I don’t think I ever heard from a woman who worked for me, "I want to make X."

Woof. But man, I can see this being 100% true because I’ve been there. I have accepted jobs where I was way, way, way undercut (like I’d ask for X amount [which was what I was getting previous] and get offered $9k less… and TAKE THE JOB because I was an idiot once [and desperate for a job]). I think I was afraid to negotiate because I was afraid to get turned down, and I also think I wasn’t confident or didn’t understand exactly what I was worth. 

I know better now, but it stings a little to comprehend that I let people take advantage of me and my skills once upon a time.

I’m not sure how or if you are supposed to celebrate dating anniversaries once you are married, but I feel like Kevin and I should get some credit for five years together. Happy anniversary, us!

- Kevin and I saw a house today that we loved. We put in our application the second we got home, but it was submitted fifteen minutes after another couple applied (they saw the house maybe ten minutes before us). They got the house. We didn’t. I was a little crushed.

+ Then Kevin found out that he won a large fellowship to study abroad in Berlin this summer. Do you know what this means for me (selfish much?)? It means I have a solid excuse to a) actually fulfill my New Year’s resolution for the last three years (getting a passport) b) actually fulfill my life goal of leaving the country at least one time before I’m thirty. YOU GUYS. I am so excited.

Song of the Day: Lorde - “Team”

Dear Lorde, I’m sorry for all of the mean things I said about you when I was really just mad about the song Royals and the fact that people wouldn’t stop playing it and I really don’t like it. At all. This song is actually kind of sweet. Please accept my apology.