Friends, Waffles, and Work: Ren Fest Adventures

First of all, I want to thank each and every one of you who read my last blog post. Your kind words and support mean the world to me. Mental health awareness is especially close to my heart, and I am blessed if this little blog can be a place for advocacy and education. I am considering writing more about mental health, so if you have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments or send them via Twitter (or, if you know me personally, you can just tell me). Mental illness can be an especially difficult subject to discuss, and so I was hesitant to click the ‘publish’ button–but I am so glad I did. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

I know I’m late writing this FWAW (that’s my new abbreviation for Friends, Waffles, and Work–how should I pronounce that? Eff-wah? Fwah? Just F-W-A-W? Am I overthinking this? Probably.), but last week was crazy! As usual, job-hunting has taken a huge chunk of my schedule, but I’ve also been getting more involved with church. My current work schedule is also a little hectic (retail), and Drew and I have started volunteering at an animal shelter. Our first training session is this week, and I seriously cannot wait.

I was also busy preparing for one of the most important events of the entire year: the Renaissance Festival. I’ve been to a few Ren Fests in my day, but this was my first year attending the festival in Atlanta. It was also the first year where I attempted making  a costume. I decided to make a flower crown and faerie wings, because where else is wearing flowers and wings socially acceptable?

The problem: I am not very crafty. If you have ever seen Pinterest Fails, you know what I mean. It’s rather frustrating, because I love creating and I love making things, but I kind of suck at it. But with the help of Lauren Conrad, a few wing tutorials, and the miracle of Dollar General, my project was a success.


Due to time restraints and other obstacles (like buying the wrong kind of wire and too-small stockings), the they aren’t quite what I had envisioned…and compared to some wings I saw at the festival, mine looked like a six-year old made them–but still, not too shabby, right?

Tip: Buy queen-sized knee high stockings at Walgreens. They’re only 99 cents. Also, just use wire hangers. Drew was nice enough to donate a few hangers to the Faerie Fund. 

So basically, I’m really proud of making something that didn’t immediately fall apart, and I am a master craftswoman now.

Kate, Drew, and I headed for the Ren Fest Saturday morning, and we had a blast. If you’ve never been to a Renaissance Festival, I highly recommend it. There are tons of shows to see and things to buy–kind of like a huge fantasy-themed art fair.

We even tried our hand at archery…


Kate is a badass and made a bullseye.



and Drew tried axe-throwing, which was simultaneously awesome and nerve-wracking.


The lighting kind of makes him look like an evil villain, but he’s a pretty decent dude.


And all my dreams came true when I met a unicorn.



Ultimately, I think our trip was a success, and I’m already excited to attend next year (and try making an even nicer pair of wings).

Other happy little thoughts:

Going to Missouri this weekend; wishing my mom and all the other motherly figures in my life a happy Mother’s Day; seeing little girls dressed up like Disney princesses at Ren Fest and talking to them about their costumes; Drew’s excitement over our new Roomba; Game of Thrones; celebrating Cinco de Mayo with new friends; the awesome wisdom of Jonathan Sacks; walking to neighborhood parks; travel plans; Constable Chubs (as always; that cat has earned a special place in our hearts); keeping in touch with friends from all over the world; picking up shifts at work; Kid President; learning more about trusting God; falling more in love with Atlanta; upcoming beach trips and anticipating the summer.

Here’s to a happy Monday and an amazingly kick-ass week. What are you excited about this week?


2 thoughts on “Friends, Waffles, and Work: Ren Fest Adventures

  1. I vote for Eff-wah. Also so excited to see you!!!!! Aaahh!! And I am super jealous of your Ren Fest adventure. It looked like a blast!

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    1. Ahh I can’t wait!! It was so fun, but I missed you since we always went to KC’s together. They had brooms here too and it reminded me of you!


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