11.20.2014

HIGH SCHOOL SPEAKING GIG

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking for Franklin High School's Independent Reading class. We discussed the publishing process and specificities about my story and subsequent book. The class had read excerpts from 99 Problems and watched my interviews and compiled a list of questions accordingly.  We ended up having a conversational discussion however and just went off the cuff in terms of the Q&A. That's why got to address inquires like "Did you like Kayne's newest album, Yeezus?" It was awesome.

Another question I received was "how does it feel to be back at your former high school?" I said that it was awesome and that I loved high school and have only fond memories.  And that's true. But if i'm being totally candid, the visit did nothing to help this midlife crisis I've got going on. I turned 33 this week and basically I'm freaking the fuck out. My sister Julianna went through this when she turned 30 and seems to have come out on the other side. I'm hopeful it's a phase I'll conquer here soon. If not, you guys have a lot of long, dark, emo blog posts to look forward to. #getexcited 

Let's talk more about the students. They were so sweet and and some were already so accomplished. You don't realize, or at least I didn't until yesterday, that today's online culture  offers kids the ability to pursue a writing career and publish their work immediately. No need to wait for a diploma, bachelors degree, or more than anything permission from someone to be a writer. I don't think that was the case for say, someone who graduated Franklin High in the year 2000! #Y2KBitches 

Several of the students gave me the urls to their tumblrs, websites, and one even emailed me their work to peek it. I was impressed. I definitely wasn't that ambitious when I was in high school except when I publicly protested the administration's parking fees in a journalistic manner. #embarrassing 

This was my 2nd year speaking for this Independent Reading Class, though last year I did it via Skype. My 2015 goals, and just life ambitions in general, are simply to keep producing work that warrants this yearly gig because no speaking invitation makes me feel more honored and connected.

P.S. I'm hosting a twitter party tonight for The Potty Rockers (Think of them as the "Elf on the Shelf" for the potty training world) from 9:00pm - 9:15pm. It's gonna be short and sweet so come hashtag it up with us! Follow me on twitter (@greetingsfromtx) and The Potty Rocker and let's parrtttyyyyyy!

P.P.S. If you haven't listened to my interview on the One Part Podcast yet you can do it here. And check out Jessica's guest today, De'Mar Hamilton of The Plain White T's.



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11.19.2014

COOL NEW START-UP: BRIDESIDE

Brideside guys! It's the hottest new start-up out there.  Perhaps you've already heard of this sweet new biz if you read The Huffington Post, Refinery 29, InStyle, or any other reputable publication.

Me and Brideside founder, Nicole Staple, in her Chicago showroom

A few days ago I had the pleasure of meeting Brideside founder, Nicole Staple, and touring the Brideside Chicago showroom. I even got to spend more time with Nicole later that evening when I got mildly intoxicated at her condo - not because she invited me but because Nicole happens to be roomies with my high school bestie, Peter! (Hi Pete. I left my hat at your house! I'm so cold!)

As someone who's experienced a fair share of wedding-related drama in their life (#whoops) I love the simplicity of Brideside's ideology.


So for all you brides or bridesmaids-to-be out there (Myself included! Currently planning wedding to Chicago Fire's Kelly Severide!) consider soliciting Brideside to make your life that much easier. And in the meantime, follow Brideside on Instagram.

*Exciting Disclaimer. This was not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions were of my own free will. I suppose its possible the cucumber vodka I was drinking Friday night was Nicole's in which case this post could be considered a "trade" of some sort. But bottom-line - I didn't accept $ for this so boo-yah.



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11.18.2014

BEN RECTOR

I've been listening to a lot of Ben Rector lately. 

Completely unrelated to that, my mom bought me a selfie stick for my birthday.

That's the backstory you need for this ultra profound post today.


Have a good one friends! 


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11.17.2014

Weekend Wedding

Solange wasn't the only one who got married this weekend. (Did you see her dress though? So good!) My college friend, Katie, also joined the world of monogamy which served as an excuse to coral "the cogs*" into a situation in which we're famously known to thrive. #openbar
*Cogs, as in "Chi Omega Gamma". The best, although temporarily suspended, greek organization to rule Augustana College since the early 1900s.

     Allow me to set the scene. Kitty cocktails with vodka. #mmmm

All because two people fell in love.

    I'm super emo right now so I'm not going to attempt to say anything profound about the girls in this picture other than I love them and they mean more to me then they'll ever know. 

Because what's a wedding these days without out a photo booth? Back in the day (B.C. maybe?) a marriage wasn't official until you "consummated" it.  In today's era a couple could fundamentally never have intercourse. But as long as they provide their friends & family the opportunity to drunkenly express themselves via prolific props and a chevron background, their union could not be more real.


How cute are these two? Potential Christmas Card photo right here. Matt and Amy - contact me if you want the imagery rights. I promise I'll charge less than Tiny Prints which of course isn't saying much because Tiny Prints is today's version of legalized rape. #whyisitsoexpensive 

Bill - welcome to the COG family. We're crazy, probably have a slight problem with alcohol, and infinitely far away from being perfect. But we love each with everything we have, never have taken ourselves seriously, and nobody laughs like we do. It's the best sorority (literally) I've ever been in.

And to the unsung hero of the night. Introducing Mister Jimmy Sandula everyone. Never has photo credit to the photographer ever been so warranted. 



 I love my friends. 

The End, 
Megan



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11.13.2014

One Part Podcast

photograph by Paige Budde

I can't tell you how excited and honored I am/was to be a guest on Jessica Murnane's One Part Podcast. Career highlight for sure. 

I just listened to the interview back since recording it with her on Monday and it was surreal. And funny. And I talked about cocaine a lot for some reason.

Jessica and I only became buds this year but as she mentions our connection was instant and has an easiness to it. It makes for what I feel is a super intimate interview of myself. 

I hope you like it! Click over to it now!


XO, Megan



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11.11.2014

Dallas Book Signing

photograph by Paige Budde

Many respectable ladies before me have taken the Dallas plunge. First and foremost there was Debbie from "Debbie Does Dallas". Khloe Kardashian made the trip only to find out Lam Lam was doing tons of crack. And now friends, it's my turn so Save the Date! I'm coming to Dallas in 11 days!  (Plano, technically but whatever.) I've never been to my neighboring city and I'm excited. Please come out and have a glass of bubbly with me. And please let me know (in the comments below) what Dallas stomping grounds I need to check out while in town!

See you soon I hope! Bring your friends!

XO, Megan

P.S.  Signed books make great stocking stuffers! Just saying!


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11.10.2014

HILARY HAIR

I've always been indifferent towards Hilary Duff.  I mean, what has she really done to push anyone from one camp to the other? But when perusing my instagram feed recently I suddenly felt a surge of powerful feeling for her hair.

Cute hair girl!

This weekend I recreated the look for the special occasion of laying on the couch and researching nose rings on pinterest. It just feels like the only thing standing in my way from having a complete midlife crisis. I have all the other symptoms in place; imminent 30-something birthday, passion for xanax, and general uncertainty regarding life. A piercing is the final component I need to dive into this crisis nose deep. (Such a pun!)

More Hilary hair pics. Imagine them with a lil gold stud in my nose though. 


Thought on Hilary? Like? Dislike? Indifferent?
Thoughts on nose rings?
Please talk to me in the comments section.


THE END


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