June On & Off Instagram

Towards the end of June, I was laid off unexpectedly when my company downsized. The layoff has left me feeling really unsettled and insecure about my life. However, when I look through my images shared on Instagram in June, I’m surprised and pleased to see how happy my life is, even when unemployed. I started June wading the Green Belt with Sugarface and our dogs. I tried to force Bob the dog to enjoy swimming but he remains very much like me, a panicked swimmer. I bought myself peonies and reveled in their short season.

Bob the dog and I took a weekend trip to Houston where I would leave him till mid-August. He stays with my parents when I travel and I had four weekend trips from the time of drop-off to August. In Houston, I met up with my friend Thomas and we practiced our night-time photography. Sugarface left for a conference for a week which is the longest we’ve been apart. While we were apart, I had a rough week of not only missing him but also getting laid off. I spent that week reeling and spending a lot of time in coffee shops job searching. I tried to fly to Arkansas to meet Sugarface after his conference and to spend time with his friends and family. I ended up flying halfway and driving the other half with a stranger. (Our connecting flight was delayed and then canceled so we split a rented car.)

Sugarface and I were reunited for a very relaxing weekend. The first of two consecutive weekends (second one being in July) in his hometown. He showed me his childhood home and I met his parents. The natural beauty of the lake and trees compounded with his mom’s amazing cooking and the kindness of his family and friends felt restorative.

I commented on one of Humans of New York’s photos because it reminded me of a passage of my dad’s journal. Which reminded me that I had dropped the project of transcribing his story he recorded for me for years now. I pulled out the journal this month and started transcribing again.

Not depicted on Instagram, aside from that spontaneous road trip to Arkansas with a stranger I met while waiting for our soon to be canceled flight, was another ride with a stranger! This one less risky. Blacklane gave me a complementary ride to the airport in a luxury car. I was not otherwise compensated to try out their service or obligated to tell you about them. This is the third time I have used their service and have felt quite spoiled every time. Also not depicted, I officially joined the board of the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance as their Social Chair!



Bob the Dog

Bob the Dog

Houston Nights




Lake Ouachita

Lake Ouachita

Dad's Journal


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Question: What were the major happenings in your June?

  • I love your photos of the peonies. Funemployment!

    • We can do this ! We can do this! We can do this?

  • lisasyarns

    I’m so sorry to hear that you were laid off due to a downsizing. I hope you are able to find a new job soon as I know it’s stressful to go without work and to not be sure when you will find a job. :( I am glad that you’ve got Sugarface to lean on, though. When you are going through tough stuff, it’s especially important to have someone like that in your life. I’m glad that June still held some pretty amazing moments! Your weekends at Sugarface’s parents sound amazing!! There’s nothing like being on the water and being treated to someone’s (delicious) home cooking.

    June was a weird month for me. I know changes were coming at work but I couldn’t talk about them and I was reminded how much I hate secrets. It gave me a lot of anxiety. But all in all it was a good month. The highlights were getting Phil’s cat, going to an Ingrid Michaelson concert, seeing Once the musical (which was amazing) and going to a family wedding with Phil and introducing him to more of my extended family.

    • I love photos of Phil’s new cat baby! Glad the secret is out and you’re back to be open. Cheers to fresh beginnings!

  • I’m so sorry to hear about you being laid off! Fingers crossed you find something else soon. In the meantime, I hope you’re able to enjoy your funemployment!

  • Ugh, I’m so sorry to hear that you were laid off. That is such a bummer. I hope you are able to find someone else soon. I’ll be thinking of you!

    For me, June was all about planning my mom’s wedding! And some fun times with friends. :)

    • Ah congrats to your mom again!! And you on your move.

  • Whoa, didn’t know about your lay-off. Sorry to hear about it, and definitely sending good job hunting vibes (only if you need them!).

    Congrats on your new BOD position with Austin Food Bloggers Alliance! :)

  • Great photos of a happy life. I truly think the right job will pop up soon for you :) You’re honestly too brilliant to pass up!

  • Sorry to hear about your job but it looks like you’re being positive about it rather than moping, which, from experience is the best way to handle this sort of situation. Your instagram photos are great – I love the look of that cake, I’m drooling whilst looking at the screen :-)

    • Hi Chiara!
      Thanks for popping by and taking the time to comment with such kind words! I see you enjoy travels and food too. <3

  • Hi Linda! Its been a while since I’ve stopped by your blog. I’m sorry to hear about your job, but I’m sure that you will find another amazing opportunity elsewhere! From reading your blog through the years I can tell you are one hard-working woman and you’ll get somewhere soon!

    It’s nice to hear that you had some time to spend with your boyfriend. That’s always something nice to do. I’m not sure if I’d ever get in a car with a stranger, but that was very adventurous and brave of you. These days it’s hard to trust people and which is probably why it’d frighten me to just get in a car with someone I didn’t know


    • Hi Abby! I see you have a new blog! I can’t wait to check it out. So great to hear from you.

      Thank you for the vote of confidence! My friends have expressed the same concern and have warned me not to do that again! You are right to be cautious. ;)