Sexy Wordplay: Jive Vs. Jibe (Bonus: Gibe)

When you agree with your friends, do you jive with them, or do you jibe with them? When you’re dancing in the 1950s, are you doing the jibe? If you’re making fun of somebody, are you gibing them?

Raise your hand if you assumed that jive was the right answer to all of these questions. 

(Me too, until a few weeks ago.)

If you want to show off your sexy vocabulary skills to all your friends, pour yourself a glass of full-fat eggnog and keep reading to learn the difference between jive and jibe (and whether or not you ever need to use gibe).

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Being a Human Is Exhausting

You guys. It’s been 3 months since I’ve posted. What??? Get ready for some #RealTalk. This is just going to be a long rant stream because I just want to get some stuff off my chest.

I swear, every year I have such high hopes for this blog, and every year I just…fall off the wagon. Granted, this year kicked my whole ass, but still! I like writing, I’m good at writing, so why is it so hard to keep up with this blog?

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The Triumphs and Trials of Dressing Deliberately, Part 1: The Purge

For the last ten years or so, I haven’t really had much success with my wardrobe. Back-to-school shopping really takes a backseat when you’re working a 9-to-5 all summer, which is exactly what I was doing every summer during college. So my wardrobe aspirations slowly trickled away, resulting in a closet full of $20 jeans and $5 t-shirts. And there I stayed, waking up each day to throw on whichever t-shirt was closest and pair it with my same-old ragged pair of Chucks.

I still have those Chucks and I still have a few $20 pairs of jeans, but I can count my t-shirts on one hand and have rules for wearing them. Take a look at how, over the course of a Saturday, I reinvented my wardrobe.

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Sexy Wordplay: Flack vs Flak

When your editor-in-chief is ripping you a new one, are you getting flack or flak? What about when your B-52 bomber is being fired upon from the ground?

I thought this would be a simple enough distinction, but as soon as I started doing the research for this post, I found that there’s more to it than just flack vs flak. So light a candle, pour yourself a glass of wine, and settle in for this month’s sexy wordplay!

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Book Review: It Falls Apart by Kate Pawson Studer

Book review rating by Amber Tapahe for It Falls Apart by Kate Pawson Studer

Rating: 4.5 / 5

(And honestly, the only reason I had to take half a star off was because it could’ve used a smidge closer Ameri-pick because Studer is Canadian and there are a couple times I noticed.)

It’s been a long time since I burned through a whole novel in one day — in fact, I don’t even remember the last book I read in such a hurry. But It Falls Apart, Kate Pawson Studer‘s debut Young Adult Romance, got its hooks right into me from the get-go. This YA romance is a great summer read with relatable characters, Big Picture issues, and fantastic pacing.

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Inexorable

Merriam-Webster defines inexorable as “not to be persuaded, stopped, or moved; relentless.”

(Yeah, I went there. Just go with it.)

This word has been on my mind a lot lately. I don’t know exactly why — and that’s a lie if I ever told one. I’ve got this phrase stuck in my head, “The inexorable march of time.”

I’ve spent my entire life going on drives and trips with my family, looking out the window and feeling my heart leap at the sight of abandoned homes and wondering about the people who once lived in them even though those weren’t really homes at all, usually they were just sheds. My favorite stories were always about discovering secret ruins or ancient treasure — not for fame but for the knowledge that you had seen something nobody else ever had.

And now I’m 27. I own a truck with four-wheel drive. I have a job and a smartphone with GPS. You see where this is going.

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Introducing: #ambyactive

Those of you who’ve followed my Instagram for the last few months have probably noticed that, for the first time in my life, I’m exercising regularly and making an effort to eat right.

Yes, you heard me correctly: for the first time in my life.

And for someone who enjoys snacks as much as I do, it’s hard! My favorite snack is Smartfood White Cheddar Cheese Popcorn. I can eat a whole bag of that in one sitting while reading a book (and I have).

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