robinmay Do you remember Choose Your Own Adventure books? I used to read them with such fierce concentration, keeping track of each choice I made so I could backpedal when I reached a dead-end. Every conclusion felt premature. So many roads not taken. At some point I'd inevitably find myself in too deep, overwhelmed by twists and turns and doubling back, convinced that somewhere along the way I'd made a fatal decision. There I'd be faced with one of two weighty choices, neither of which felt entirely right: Accept the ending as final and move on to a new book, or start the same book over again and yawn my way through a re-reading of well-tread plot points, repeating the good choices, righting the wrong choices, and stumbling over and over again over which was which. Ugh. I get stressed just thinking about it. But still...they were my FAVOURITE. 5h
  •   noeins There's a slam poem called Choose Your Own Adventure- quite good and kind of a refrence to the books 3h
  •   smile_formiles26 Never read the books, but I had a business transaction that wasn't calculating right this morning and was stressing me out and I had to go back and forth multiple times. your caption as always is almost to the T of how I felt this morning. 3h
  •   mostlyskipper Read with with a passion for about a year way back there, had forgotten all about them :) 2h
  •   indrakshas @jesmin_ahmed WANNA GOO 2h
  •   doctornoraptor I lost a couple years of my life just reading this caption. So stressful! 1h
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  •   modboymom @obie2 ha! I was just talking about these, huh?? I LOVED them too Robin! 57min

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robinmay My fickleness is soothed by the enduring things. The sunsets. The waves. The way that a potful of splattery, simmering tomato sauce will always ignite my appetite. And the way that it tastes like home. 1d
  •   robinmay @pineappleparasol And it means so much to me! Thank you! It's always nice when someone says, "I get it." 8h
  •   robinmay @_northcutt14 Thank you! 8h
  •   robinmay @imsimongl Thanks very much! :) 8h
  •   robinmay @agingwithstyle Agreed! I've been trying to move us towards eating meatless except for a Sunday roast of some sort, but as a kid we'd get together with our extended family at my grandparents' house every Sunday and it was almost always for spaghetti. Still the smell of tomato sauce mixed with dishwater reminds me of the post-dinner coziness, right before I'd climb sleepily into the car to fall asleep well before arriving home. I'd love to continue that tradition. 8h
  •   smile_formiles26 @robinmay so kind of you to always share you're finest of details and memories with everyone, keep up you're inner beauty you are a great inspiration for me. 7h
  •   robinmay @smile_formiles26 Thank you, Michaela :) Few things inspire me as much as the connections I've forged on Instagram. 6h
  •   smile_formiles26 Ahhh @robinmay I feel the same, you and @matthewjay have a beautiful life from it thankfully,and I'm thankful you share it with us as always.your friend from California! 3h

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robinmay Lately this little grey football is only happy when she's snug in my arms. Throw in an extra-large sweatshirt and the steady patter of snow melting in the afternoon sun, and I do believe we've achieved maximum coziness. 3d

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robinmay I melted down so hard last night. But not in a dramatic, get-it-out-and-get-on-with-it sorta way. It was more like I just emotionally folded in on myself, really, really tightly, like the way we used to fold notes for our friends, pre-text-message. When I awoke this morning, the creases were still there. Matt took one look at me and he didn't say, "What now?" And he didn't say, "You're still in a bad mood?" And he didn't say, "C'mon! Cheer up!" He said, "You are so beautiful." I laughed awkwardly, the way one does when one's hair is rumpled with sleep and one's heart is rumpled with gosh knows what. "No really," he said. "It's not a joke." And he looked at me with wonder and all the creases were smoothed away. 4d
  •   paperandash This is perfection. Your words are amazing. I'm glad you have your someone that helps smooth the creases away. 4d
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  •   smile_formiles26 Just amazing.i feel like @robinmay and @matthewjay have the definition of love down if anybody is looking. 3d
  •   pugbarnes Love your photos 3d
  •   randydj32 Bless you and that wonderful Husband. So happy to read things like that. Brings hope and happiness. Not that you were hurting so bad. But that your Husband has such compassion for you. 3d
  •   rainyromance THIS ACCOUNT. She's awesome and very lovely @xsamster 21h

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robinmay Our local Trader Joe's felt distinctly pre-apocalyptic tonight as crowds of fair-weather neighbours flocked to stock up on bread. It's the strangest, most endearing phenomenon, and one which we were actually warned about by several locals in advance of our move to North Carolina. I think whenever it snows, wherever I may be, from now on I'll imagine families with full pantries--because let's be honest, they're usually full--just STUFFING themselves with bread. Maybe it's like insulation? 5d
  •   rhi_mixx This happens in the UK when there's the threat of a flurry. Literally everything shuts down when it does snow & everyone seems completely surprised & baffled by the White stuff. We're on the same latitude as Moscow for goodness sake! The Gulf Stream can't stop the snow! 5d
  •   stephaniann6 Here too, bread and milk. I keep asking people what they do with so much bread and milk. 5d
  •   rtodd0503 Interesting . Didn't know it was so like that when the snow takes over 4d
  •   chris.paschal Here is why...though it still doesnt make much sense...ahhhh...the human psyche. http://myfox8.com/2015/02/16/why-do-we-buy-milk-and-bread-before-a-snowstorm/ 4d
  •   robinmay @chris.paschal Interesting theory! I read another piece about the psychology behind it, which suggested that purchasing pre-storm perishables--like bread and eggs and milk--was a way to stock up while remaining optimistic about the storm's duration. So who knows! All I know for sure is that we can't have the delicious sandwiches I planned for tonight because TJ's was out of rolls. 4d
  •   robinmay @its_brittanyy_d We're just outside Raleigh. I still have trouble finding it on an unlabeled map. 4d
  •   ivygrace3194 Haha 4d
  •   christinepolz It's always the same here too. I'm living in the mountains and you would think they are used to snow... 2d

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robinmay My favourite views--like my favourite dreams--are equal parts seen and unseen. A little for the eyes and the seeking brain... A little for the imagination and the seeking heart. xx. 5d

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robinmay We stayed up late into last night, looking back and looking around and looking ahead. Our desperate roots, it seems, keep over and over again hitting frozen ground. 6d
  •   ncjrn06 So sorry! I meant no offense. I've been rooting for you guys to feel at home. Sorry to misread 6d
  •   old_woman @robinmay my daughter just got engaged and they have been going out for 7 years... Her dad and I went out for 8 years before we got engaged then another two before we were married lol and celebrate 38 years this year....but it was at first 6d
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  •   robinmay @old_woman Congratulations to her! And to you and your husband for a well-earned 38 years! How wonderful. 5d
  •   robinmay @ncjrn06 That's very kind of you, but no need to apologize! I like when people read my words in their own way, through their own filter. And really there's only room here to tell the briefest snippets of my story, so that leaves quite a lot of room for interpretation :) 5d
  •   gkfleming We're so lucky to have four seasons that keep us looking look forward to the next one. Each has its own pleasure. 5d
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robinmay There's something just the teensiest bit backwards about boiling kettle after kettle full of water to prevent our brand new high-efficiency hot water heater from freezing over. It's kind of like we're pioneers. But pioneers who really like to over-complicate things. 1w
  •   caliva The irony of modern technologi! Keep warm!! 1w
  •   zunair28694 Ironic 1w
  •   binkdub Lol 1w
  •   kimh212 My daughter went home today to find that three of her waterpipes had busted. Water all over the laundry room and more than a foot if water under the house. It was a mess 1w
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  •   _jessicalarge At least it gives you an excuse to drink lots of hot cocoa 24h

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robinmay Somewhere along the way, I categorized living near a large body of water as a want rather than a need. My bones reconsider this daily. 1w
  •   robinmay @redblueox And we actually have tons of little lakes around us. They're beautiful! And they're probably what most would think of when they hear the word "lake." I guess the Great Lakes ruined me. And then the Pacific made it official. 1w
  •   wattzz @robinmay Yes, I was. I love to travel but when I come home and see those mountains it's a sigh of relief. I think I've figured out that I bloom best where I was first planted. A lot of people can move and adjust in due time, but with me, it seems that i flatline. Hence, respect to you for pushing through the tough moments and blooming everywhere. 1w
  •   ferretti1 I always look forward to new places and enjoy the visits but there truly is no place like home. 1w
  •   blueeggsandtea I agree yes. I think we always do. I'm going home this weekend...it's going to be so sad. I crave it but it won't help anything 1w
  •   bethanysusan Agreeeeeeee 1w
  •   ozsmurf It's a need. I quit a job once, because it was too far from the water. #irresponsible Glad you're happy in your new environment. 1w
  •   yellowspace_ Wow, deep 1w
  •   _jessicalarge I feel the same way. There is something in the vastness of the ocean that draws me in and holds me captive, mind, body, and soul. 24h

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robinmay I think I spend more time than most carving personal peace from the clutter. My negative space is precious to me. Essential. 2w

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robinmay Focus shmocus. Even the most perfect of life's perfect moments can be textured with flaws and challenge. Did you know that even as I praise the snow with a spring in my step and light in my eyes, my husband is cursing it and the cloud it rode in on? Or more textured still, that even as he curses the snow, he cheers it on for bringing me joy? Peace is littered with compromise. And that compromise is wild, jaw-dropping colour against the peaceful blues of harmony. 2w

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robinmay Y'all, it is winter-ing SO hard right now. My first fat, feathery flakes in nearly two years, and I just want to shriek and twirl. 2w

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robinmay These spiny little beasts are such menaces to our poor dog's feet. I call them tree urchins in my head, but I hope someone will tell me the proper name below. xx. 2w
  •   patricklohkamp Sweetgum trees.. 2w
  •   ivygrace3194 From the sweet gum tree but CAN be prevented. Ask your local garden center for a product called Florel, or some type of inhibitor. Apply to tree right before leaf buds swell. Sorry for so much info, I have a degree in horticulture and I'm a huge geek like that! I sometimes talk about plants on an entire date! 2w
  •   mostlyskipper They are very same same looking as the seed pods from our liquid amber tree in Australia... And how I love your 'tree urchins' as a name :) 2w
  •   jhosejamin Hi 2w
  •   aislingsneedfulthing Love the name tree urchins. Perfect description! 2w
  •   leeleemalia We used to call them porcupine balls when I was little. Actually, I still call them porcupine balls. 2w
  •   sooziegirl Loving everyone's names for these things! 1w
  •   tonianna_ I call them ankle breakers. They are unforgiving if you step on one. 7d

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robinmay If you're like me, you absolutely cannot sleep without a blanket. I blame it mostly on a steady diet of horror films, starting at a very young age. But even on the hottest nights I've gotta cover up. Just a toe in the fresh air is vulnerable. And that's how I feel right now under this snow. I feel like I've pulled the covers up to my chin--in this new neighborhood, in this new country, in this strange new everything. And finally, FINALLY I can sleep. 2w
  •   aureagv You dont know the horrible heat in the summer nights in Madrid...... 2w
  •   alyattwood No feet out of covers. Ever. Because. Monsters!! 2w
  •   old_woman Feet and socks ... A must 2w
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  •   clepske I can't sleep without a blanket either, just can't! 2w
  •   tashasita Aw glad you are settling in, with a familiar comfort of home! 2w
  •   joeyddaley I don't know who you are but your pictures are captivating. You remind me of my niece who is do in tune with the earth 1w
  •   jusboyyin Sometimes i love the way you write the captions. 1w

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robinmay It took only minor coaxing to remind my sidekick that snow is our happy place. 2w

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robinmay We just had the best time. 2w

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robinmay I celebrate you daily with all of my heart. Happy birthday, my love. xxxxxxo. 2w

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robinmay Huge heart. Tiny silhouette. 2w

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robinmay On this day six years ago, I put off wishing my dear uncle a happy birthday. I was busy being stressed at work and then I was busy being stressed at home and I felt like I had all the time in the world. And then I was hit by a bus. I remember being in the emergency room, not entirely coherent, but still thinking, "Uncle George is going to think I forgot his birthday." And it was awful. Okay, so the getting-hit-by-a-bus part was also pretty bad, as was the recovery process that I realize now will last a lifetime. But the lesson I learned--that tumbled down through my bones and smashed headlong into my core--was to never put off saying happy birthday. Or I love you. Or you mean everything to me. Because not much else matters when you're being crumpled under the side of a bus. 3w
  •   chris_krikke Very well said️thank you3w
  •   dparryschafer You are amazing Robin, and such an inspiration to me. Thankyou for sharing your self with us! 3w
  •   bccoo7 Lost my dear uncle today . Lived to 90. I appreciated this piece the other day. Thanks again 3w
  •   butterflies191 Very inspiring! Although so sorry about your accident! Yes, I understand how some things change forever. Hoping there will be less pain and more options for the future regarding your whole body being so hurt! Take good care! Thanks for sharing your photos and thoughts! 3w
  •   thisisjules Feel like I can't not comment after reading this, yet am lost for words ️ you're inspiring lady 2w
  •   erinitrelo @sweetbabyjean I love you 2w
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robinmay Well, my friends, today is the last day of my personal #PutYourHeartToPaper mission (in collaboration with @Hallmark) and after pouring my heart out in cards to some of the sweetest people in my life, I'd like for you all to consider this my valentine to YOU. If I could put these words to paper, I would. But unfortunately I don't have all of your addresses. Or nearly enough stamps. So please just know that every single one of you holds a shining little place in my heart, on Valentine's Day and always. The precious time you take to leave kind comments? The way you've cheered me on in my relationship with Matt? It just makes me want to hug every single one of you! Did you know that when Matt and I were dating across 2,500 agonizing miles, your excitement for our fledgling love story helped buoy me up when I missed him the most? You really never know when you'll make a difference in someone's life. So if you're wondering now whether or not that special someone would love a valentine from your beautiful heart, they absolutely, positively would. Put it to paper. Seal it with a kiss. Honour the most beautiful relationships in your life. And have the happiest, most love-filled Valentine's Day ever. xx.

P.S. If you've not yet seen Hallmark's sweet video series, follow the link in my bio! My Facebook friends have been sharing these like crazy. Warning: You'll probably bawl.
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  •   robinmay @kelseymart Aw :) Yay! Thank you! 3w
  •   robinmay @ninasalasc Thank you so much, from Gracie and me! 3w
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  •   xtinechristine Thanks for the mention, Robin! I may have told you this once, but I too have a chronic health condition that I fight like crazy every single day. Your ability to have a normal life in spite of your horrific accident inspires me all the time. I have a degree in photography and your photos inspire me to never give up on that. And your story with your husband inspires me that you don't have to have a perfect life to get a wonderful partner. So, thanks for ALL of that! Happiest Valentine's Day to you! 3w
  •   kimh212 You have inspired so many people with your love story, beautiful photos and poetic words. You deserve the happiest valentine's day ever. I hope you feel all the love and hugs coming your way. And my own personal best wishes and thank you. 2w
  •   tiffanygiffany @robinmay - I did it, I gave a valentines card to my mum. She opened it a day early. We both cried. It was 'totes emosh' as they say over here in London. I've also left one for my sister, who'll probably open it later. Thank you for inspiring me to do this. I think you've started a new tradition in my household. All the best. And happy (almost) valentines day, from a grey rainy UK! x 2w
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  •   thisisjules Oh Gracie! You little ray of sunshine 2w

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