The Podcasts I Can’t Get Enough Of

Happy Monday!

I’ve recently gotten super into podcasts, and honestly, it’s a problem. Every time I get in my car I have to choose between listening to music or audiobooks and now I’m adding podcasts to my options which just makes my commute even more high-pressure.  I have found some podcasts I really love listening to though, so today I’m sharing my top four podcasts that I’ve been listening to lately

That Sounds Fun

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Annie Downs’ podcast is, well, fun. I have loved her books for several years and her podcasts are just as good. I can guarantee that you each one will make you laugh and leave you with something to think about.

What Should I Read Next

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Thanks to this podcast my to-read list is miles longer that it was before I started. So many books, so little time. Anne Bogel also has a blog called Modern Mrs. Darcy if you want even more book recommendations.

The Goal Digger Podcast

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If you’ve ever wanted to start your own business you need to listen to this podcast. Jenna has awesome stories and advice on how to shine as a female entrepreneur.

Speaking with Joy

 

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Art, music, books, and great ideas are all discussed in this podcast. I especially love the series on women, Joy has an amazing take on femininity and strong womanhood.

Which podcasts do y’all like to listen to? Tell me in the comments!

~Maizy

Custom Invitations by Basic Invite

Happy Monday!

Recently Basic Invite reached out to me asking if I was interested in collaborating on a post. After researching their brand a bit and looking around on their website, I decided I definitely wanted to work with them on a post, as well as ordering some adorable custom stationary.

Some of my favorite things about them are:

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There is an almost unlimited variety of colors. And there are almost 40 different colors of envelopes. I was able to match the stationary I ordered exactly to the color palette of my blog. I decided on white envelopes but I loved the colored options.

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You can order samples before you place your final order. I initially ordered samples so that I could see how they would look printed out before placing a full order which is especially nice if you are ordering wedding invitations or graduation announcements or anything you really want to look nice.

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Basic Invite makes all kinds of printed products, from graduation announcements to Christmas cards. But right now they are doing a big promotion for their invitations. They have tons of options to customize party invitations or to make picture invitations that would be great for events like graduation parties or a baby shower.

Right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off your order with the code 15FF51

~Maizy

I received compensation and free samples in exchange for this post. All of the opinions are my 100% my own. Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

2017 in Photos

2017 was a blast! I graduated high school, started college, went backpacking for the first time and made a ton of amazing friendships. I’m a little behind on getting this post up but I still wanted to share it so here is a month-by-month photo journey through 2017!

January

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January I saw the movie Hidden Figures with my mom, which was probably one of my favorite movies of the year, along with Wonder Woman. The number of movies about women and by women and celebrating women in 2017 was seriously awesome.

February

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In February, among other things, I celebrated galentines day with some of my friends, we got dressed up, treated ourselves to brunch and went shopping downtown.

March

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In March my family visited my oldest sister in Portland, OR. We explored the city for a couple of days and then roadtripped down to see the redwoods in California. You can read my blog post about it here.

April

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In April I went to my senior prom. I actually wasn’t planning on going to prom this year but I ended up deciding to go five days before. Finding a dress and getting everything ready was a bit rushed by my date was really cool and some of the people we went with where actually old friends from the beginning of high school so it ended up being a lot of fun.

May

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In May I graduated from high school which was quite possibly the highlight of my entire year. My high school experience was a huge blessing in many ways but it was also really hard in some ways so I was excited to move on from that stage of my life and start going to college full time. The best part of graduation though, was that my best friend came to visit and actually got to hand me my diploma. She graduated a year before me and it had been a year since I had seen her so that made graduation that much more special.

June

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In June, I went backpacking for the first time. The packs were so heavy, and I was really scared the first night but it was such an incredible experience and I can’t wait to keep backpacking.

July

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I turned 18 in July and filled the month with as many hiking and backpacking trips as I could.

August

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In August, my older sister got married, I don’t have any photos from the actual wedding so this one is a selfie I took before the rehearsal. The wedding was really beautiful and it’s been awesome to gain a brother.

September

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In September I saw Needtobreathe at Red Rocks Amphitheater. Needtobreathe is one of my favorite bands and I understand why Red Rocks is such a popular venue. There really isn’t a bad seat when it comes to acoustics and the rocks are just beautiful.

October

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October began with a retreat with Cru in Estes Park. Estes Park is one of my absolute favorite towns in Colorado and the weekend was an amazing time of making friends, enjoying the mountains, and growing in my relationship with God.

November

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In November, I started going to a new church. The young adults group at the church is amazing, everyone was so welcoming and I’ve made wonderful friendships with the people there.

December

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In December I finished my first semester of full-time college. Finals week almost killed my through lack of sleep but the rest of the month was filled with relaxing, reading, sewing, and celebrating the holidays and ended with a New Years party that my friend and I threw. Everyone dressed up in the style of their favorite 20th century decade and it was a blast.

What were your highlights of 2017? Tell me about them in the comments!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

 

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a wonderful and blessed day with your loved ones!

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Semester Reflection: Fall 2017

Finals ended about a week ago and I decided that now is a good time to share a bit of a reflection and my impressions from the past semester. This is going to be a different from what I usually post but I wanted to share something a bit more personal today.

When I started the semester I was really disappointed about my choice of school. At the end of my Junior year I had pretty much decided to attend John Brown University in Arkansas; I loved the campus and the culture and it had a fantastic business program. By December of 2016, however I looked at the numbers and decided to stay close to home and go to the University of Colorado so that I wouldn’t have to take out student loans to pay for school. I decided to jump in and give it my all at my choice of school and after a semester I can honestly say that I am really really happy with UCCS and I’m excited for the next three years there!

Academically, this was a pretty easy semester. I took community college classes my junior and senior years of high school so I entered this year as a sophomore and just needed to finish a few freshman requirements. I took a literature class that reignited my passion for reading which had faded a bit during high school and I took an administrative writing class which, although it was a bit dry, got me interested in a professional and technical writing minor which I’ll be looking into more in the coming semester.

At the beginning of the semester I connected with some girls from my city who also are at UCCS. We met up out before school started and while out different majors made it difficult to see each other much during the semester we’ve managed to meet up off and on.

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I joined an on-campus ministry called Cru (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ) and it has become the most wonderful community and really why I have enjoyed my time at UCCS so much. In October I went on a retreat with Cru to Estes Park, where we hung out and worshiped God with Cru groups from other schools and stayed up until the wee hours of the morning swing dancing. It was a fantastic time of community in the mountains.

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This semester it really was the people who made all the difference and I am so so thankful for the friendships that I made this semester and I can’t wait to continue at UCCS and see what the future holds. What were your experiences at school this semester? Tell me in the comments!

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Fashion Friday: How to Look Cute for Those 8ams (Even when you woke up at 7:40)

Happy Friday!

I always tell myself that I’m not going to sign up for another 8am and then every semester it seems like I end up in one. I live off campus so it can be hard to put any effort in when I have to be up and out the door that early in the morning. I’m usually guilty of just throwing a new tshirt or a hoodie on over the leggings I slept in and calling it good. Just because you’re putting in minimal effort doesn’t mean you can’t look cute or make a statement though. Instead of a shirt that you got from school or a club try a shirt with a cute floral detail like this one or fun sleeves. They are just as comfy and look way more put together.

I also love tshirts that support a cause I care about this one from Everlane donates to Equality Now and is made super ethically. Girl Set Free and My Sister are working to fight human trafficking and make adorable tees like this one and this one.

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tee Mercy House Global shoes REI

The tee I’m wearing is from Mercy House Global and I love that it is supporting maternity houses to young mothers in Kenya.

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Also I’m ridiculously happy that this shirt matches my chacos so there’s that.

What’s your default 8am outfit? Tell me in the comments!

~Maizy

photography by By Quiet Waters

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t use all the time and think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Dorm Decor Ideas with Printiki

Happy Monday and happy back to school season!

I just started my sophomore year of college and my first semester at a four-year college. I live really close to my school so I’m still living at home but I wanted to add some new touches to my room to still have some of the fun of decorating a dorm. It was almost more fun because I don’t have to share with anyone.

These prints from Printiki are aboslutely adorable. I love the look of polaroid photos but have never wanted to spend the money on a new camera and especially not on all the film. With Printiki I can print polaroid style photos that I’ve already taken with my phone and camera.

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I got the retro square M prints.

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I decided to string some twine along some shelves I have and have the prints with some little silver clothespins this way it will be super easy to add new prints or change them out. I think it would also look really cute to arrange them on wall to make a sort of gallery wall.

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I used little nails to hang my twine up but you could also use command hooks or a little bit of masking tape if you need something that won’t put holes in the wall.

If you decide to order the prints use the code CEJRQ9KW * to get free shipping if you are a first-time customer to printiki!

How did you decorate your dorm/room for the new school year? Let me know in the comments or tag me on Instagram, my username is amaizylifeblog

~Maizy

I received these prints for free in exchange for a review. Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month. I received these prints free in exchange for a review. All opinions and words are my own.

Five Things to Know Before You Go Hiking

Hello!

Living in Colorado, I’ve grown up hiking but I only started doing it seriously last summer. I’ve learned a lot about how to do it safely. In this post I’m sharing my top five things to know before you go hiking if you’ve never been in a place with mountains before or if you just haven’t had much experience with hiking.

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      While hiking in the bluffs behind my house I found a couch that someone had hauled up on top of a cliff.

      The first thing you’ll need when you go hiking is a good pair of shoes. You’ll need something sturdy, with good arch support and deep tread so that you won’t slip around on the trail. I love my Saucony trail running shoes and my Merrell hiking shoes. If the trail is not too rough I sometimes hike in Tevas and Chaco sandals have an almost cult following here in Colorado. If you are doing multi-day hikes (also known as backpacking) you will eventually want to invest in a pair of hiking boots to support your ankles.

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      Once you have your shoes you’re going to need some clothes to hike in. Weather is extremely unpredictable in the mountains so you are going to need layers. I recommend a pair of leggings or shorts, a tshirt or tank top, a warm jacket or sweatshirt and a rain jacket or emergency rain poncho. Having the proper clothing to stay warm and dry will make your hike so much more enjoyable and is extremely important for staying safe because hypothermia can occur during any season in the mountains.

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      Hiking can be very strenuous exercise and you are going to need to stay maintain hydration and nutrition. This may seem obvious but you’d be surprised the number of people who think a bottle of soda is all they need to take on a hike. For hikes two miles or less one way you shouldn’t need to pack much with you. As long as you are properly hydrated and have eaten well beforehand all you should need to bring is a water bottle and maybe a granola bar. For longer hikes or hikes farther away from civilization you will need a combination of protein, complex carbs, and simple carbs/sugar. I like to combine almonds, coconut flakes, and dried cranberries and a few m&ms never hurt either haha. If you are sweating and working hard water is super important but not enough to keep you hydrated gatorade works but I recommend throwing something salty in with your snacks and I like to use Gu gels that I get from REI. They have 100 calories in carbs and lots of salt and potassium. For longer hikes I like to use a 2 liter resevoir in my backpack to make it easy to keep drinking.

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      The higher in elevation you get, the stronger the radiation from the sun so pick a sunscreen with a high SPF and reapply often.

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If you go to any place with mountains from any place without them you are probably going to be making a decent jump in elevation. Altitude sickness is caused by lower air pressure and the resulting lower concentration of oxygen. The most common type of altitude sickness is acute mild altitude sickness which is serious but there are much more serious types that happen at very high altitudes that can be fatal. Symptoms of altitude sickness are a throbbing headache, lack of appetite, nausea, feeling weak and tired, not sleeping well, and feeling dizzy. Staying hydrated is super important for preventing altitude sickness and if you are at high altitude and feel any of the symptoms I listed or feel like you can’t catch your breath go to lower altitude, and drink water, you can also take aspirin or ibuprofen or something similar to help with any headache you might have. If the symptoms don’t go away after you’ve rested at a lower altitude see a doctor. If you come to Colorado from a lower elevation and want to do some hiking in the mountains spend a couple of days in a place like Colorado Springs or Denver and get acclimated to that altitude before you set off into the high country.

Do you like to hike? Where are your favorite places to go hiking? Tell me in the comments!

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Spring Break in the Pacific Northwest

Hello!

Long time no post right? Life has been a bit crazy this semester with school and working 24 hours a week but I’m excited to get back into blogging regularly this summer!

For spring break this year my family visited the Pacific Northwest. My oldest sister lives in Portland, Oregon so that was where we started and ended. The trip was a blast and I highly recommend exploring that part of the country if you haven’t already.

Friday

We flew in on Friday afternoon and met up at my sister’s house to decide where to eat. We ended up going to a restaurant called Screen Door. It’s a cute little southern style place, I had chicken and waffles and the french toast. The french toast wasn’t that exciting but oh. my. goodness. the chicken and waffles was amazing.

Saturday

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Saturday we drove up to Washington to visit Mount St. Helens. The road to the actual mountain ended up being closed so we decided to explore Ape Cave instead.

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We hiked down into the cave but didn’t make it all the way through because of how dark and wet it was. Hopefully someday I’ll go back with a headlamp and explore some more.

On our way back we visited Multnomah Falls

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The falls were absolutely stunning but make sure to bring a rain jacket especially if you plan on hiking the trail to the top because you will get in the spray.

Sunday

On Sunday we visited Cannon Beach and the town of Astoria, Oregon which were the two filming sites of the movie “The Goonies.” I’d never seen the movie before the trip but my sister talked a lot about it so of course Saturday night we had to watch it. It was actually quite hilarious and made Sunday’s adventure a little more fun knowing the history of the places we visited.

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Cannon Beach

While in Astoria we had lunch at Buoy Beer Company. I recommend eating there just for the experience, the restaurant has a great view of the ocean and is built out over the water a bit and the area underneath it is a popular hangout spot for sea lions. After lunch we spent a little bit of time in the Columbia River Maritime Museum. The Columbia River bar is one of the most hazardous areas of water in the world so naturally the museum had a section on Coast Guard rescue swimmers which, being a lifeguard, I thought was really cool. I might have considered changing career paths.

Monday

Monday we tried to vist OMSI but the line was so long we headed over to Powell’s Books. There are no words to describe how wonderful this place was. I wanted to copy the kids from From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and live there. I was in heaven. I bought at least five books, I know that’s not that many but they had to fit in my suitcase.

After Powell’s we visited one of Portland’s many food truck pods on SE Division St. It was so much fun! I had chicken curry and chicken tika masala from an Indian food truck and a smoothie from Moberi truck. If you ever visit Portland you must eat at least one meal at a food truck pod. After lunch we went to Salt and Straw. They have new flavors every month that are inspired by kids from the local elementary schools near their locations. All the proceeds from those flavors go to the schools that inspired them. I had rose flavored ice cream with white chocolate and waffle cone pieces in it and it was amazing.

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Tuesday

After lunch on Monday we started driving down highway 101 towards California. It was grey all day Monday but on Tuesay, our second day of driving, the sun came out and it was absolutely beautiful.

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The north Pacific coast is so rugged and beautiful it was quite the enjoyable drive.

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While in Crescent City we got to watch some surfers. They were in wetsuits but it still must have been freezing for them. They are way tougher than I am.

Wednesday

Our goal in Cali was to visit the Redwoods and they did not disappoint. The trees really are awe-inspiring.

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While in the Redwoods we managed to lose one of my sisters. She is a runner and while we all went on a leisurely hike she decided to go running. When we didn’t ever meet her on the loop we were all supposed to be on we got a little worried. We regrouped, realized that it was highly unlikely that she’d actually get lost in the forest and my dad set out to hike around and look for her while we stayed at the car. My sister showed up about 20 minutes after that and then the worry was that my dad wouldn’t get back before the sun went down and everything got really cold. He got back just fine and was actually in a great mood from his long hike through a place he’s always wanted to visit. Needless to say Wednesday was a bit more of an adventure than we anticipated.

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Thursday

Thursday we spent a couple of hours in the Redwoods before driving back up to Portland to spend the last night with my sister before heading home on Friday.

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Have you ever been to the PNW? What was your favorite part?

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.

Movie Review: Priceless

Starring: Joel Smallbone, Bianca Santos, Amber Midthunder, Jim Parrack, David Koechner

Directed by: Ben Smallbone

Rated: PG-13

“We’re all on a journey but it seems somewhere along the way I took a wrong turn.”

James’ life fell apart when his wife died. He can’t keep a job, he lost his young daughter, and desperation has led him to a cross country, for cash, trucking job. Don’t ask, don’t tell, and drive straight through. It’s all fine until, in the aftermath of being run off the road, James hears a person crying the the back of the truck. James breaks the lock and starts down a path that he never imagined.

“If you’re hearing a little voice that’s telling you to stay, that there’s a larger hand at play here. Then you might want to listen to that voice.” 

Priceless is a movie about human trafficking and as such it dives deep into its horrors without making a graphic display. After opening the back of the truck, James chooses rather than to look the other way, to step into that world to rescue a young woman and her sister from its grip.

In the world of “Christian” movies, I am often disappointed by the lack of quality in acting and cinematography but I was very impressed by Priceless. The story was well developed despite the short length of the movie. My only complaint is that I felt that the romance between two of the characters was not developed as well as it could have been.

Priceless was starred in and produced by Joel and Luke Smallbone of For King and Country, one of my favorite bands, and it was directed by their brother Ben Smallbone. Joel and Luke for years have been spreading the message that women are priceless and worthy of respect and honor and I think that this movie was an excellent application of that. It’s not a fun movie, I wouldn’t recommend it for a cozy girls night and it is definitely not entertainment but it is a story that needs to be told and a it shares a reality that desperately needs people to be aware of its horrors. I highly recommend watching Priceless, sharing it with your community, and when you’re done, seriously thinking about what you can do to fight human trafficking.

~Maizy

Unless I let you know otherwise, my posts aren’t sponsored by any of the companies whose products I mention. I won’t accept sponsorships from companies whose products I don’t truly think are really great. However, links marked with an * are affiliate links. Should you click on the links and make a purchase, at no extra cost to you, I’ll go add to my growing stash of tea, or yarn, or pay the fines on that library book that I couldn’t put down for a month.