Emily Ampersand.

Educator. Writer. Daydreamer. Big heart. Small life. Lover of beautiful words especially of the heartsick variety.
One of my very best friends who I’ve known since middle school passed away suddenly this morning. I had lost touch with her over the past year. I regret it so much. She was found in her apartment. I don’t know the details. She was just…no longer alive. I’m going to my friends’ house tonight to be with my friends. She had just turned 27 in March. She was one of the healthiest, most vibrant, & most positive people I have ever met. She lived next to me & carpooled with me almost every day in high school. I loved her. I’ve never lost anyone that was my age before. Let alone such a close friend.
I am devastated. Please tell everyone in your life that you love them. Tell them every day. Tell your friend who moved away that you love them.  Call them right now. Enjoy every moment of life you are blessed with. Because it can honestly be blown out as quickly as a candle. 

One of my very best friends who I’ve known since middle school passed away suddenly this morning. I had lost touch with her over the past year. I regret it so much. She was found in her apartment. I don’t know the details. She was just…no longer alive. I’m going to my friends’ house tonight to be with my friends. She had just turned 27 in March. She was one of the healthiest, most vibrant, & most positive people I have ever met. She lived next to me & carpooled with me almost every day in high school. I loved her. I’ve never lost anyone that was my age before. Let alone such a close friend.

I am devastated. Please tell everyone in your life that you love them. Tell them every day. Tell your friend who moved away that you love them.  Call them right now. Enjoy every moment of life you are blessed with. Because it can honestly be blown out as quickly as a candle. 

You’ll pry my Oxford comma from my cold, dead, and lifeless hands.



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Literature Necklaces

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Violeta Hernando is an artist based in Spain who sells beautiful mini book necklaces on her Bunnyhell Etsy shop.

These miniature book necklaces feature first edition cover designs of such notable and iconic works of literature like Lolita, The Great Gatsby, Moby Dick, Jane Eyre, Dorian Gray, The Old Man and the Sea, Rosemary’s Baby and The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. All of these mini book necklaces are handmade using cardboard, paper, a golden chain and varnish.

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Need a To Kill a Mockingbird one. 

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Five Random Things About Me

(Tagged by jjday10)

  1. I absolutely have no will power when it comes to salty snacks. I can’t keep them in my house. I will absolutely eat an entire bag of chips in one sitting if left to my own devices. At Mexican restaurants, I have to literally move the chips out of my reach to avoid gorging myself. It’s…not pretty.
  2. I have a dog named Harper who is named after Harper Lee, author of my favorite book To Kill a Mockingbird. I also have a cat named Basil who is named after…the herb basil.
  3. I have a tattoo of an ampersand on my left wrist. You all probably know that by now though. (Hence my Tumblr name.)
  4. I played volleyball all through middle & high school. I was the captain of the varsity team both my junior & senior year. I was good. I miss it a lot.
  5. I know how to cook, but I don’t like cooking for just myself. Also, the grocery store & meal planning overwhelm the shit out of me. I really don’t know how people do it. 
  6. (BONUS) I didn’t start cursing like a sailor until I began teaching. The teacher’s lounge & Friday Happy Hours quickly helped me develop my habit. I still won’t do it in front of my family though.
Happy Birthday, darling jjday10! You are absolutely one of the most delightful ladies I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. I admire your passion for, well, everything. You are such a wonderful friend. Thank you for always, always being there for me. I’m excited for all the future wonderful/crazy/bizarre situations the two of us are bound to find ourselves in together in the future. You clever, wonderful flying squirrel, you.

Happy Birthday, darling jjday10! You are absolutely one of the most delightful ladies I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. I admire your passion for, well, everything. You are such a wonderful friend. Thank you for always, always being there for me. I’m excited for all the future wonderful/crazy/bizarre situations the two of us are bound to find ourselves in together in the future. You clever, wonderful flying squirrel, you.

Lovely flowers from my backyard. Staying present in the moment tonight. That is my new mantra in fact: “In the moment. In the moment. In the moment.”

Lovely flowers from my backyard. Staying present in the moment tonight. That is my new mantra in fact: “In the moment. In the moment. In the moment.”