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An Autumn Day Spent Exploring

These pictures of from a fun Autumn Saturday, two years ago, spent exploring. They were taken on the same day as these photos that I used in an outfit post the other week.

Me, Steven and his brother met up for some Chinese takeout and then went on an adventure to find a way to walk on a train bridge that we always rode bikes under, and we also ended up finding some other neat things as well. We finished the day by getting a bunch of fun snacks from a gas station and discussing our great adventure!

We found a place to park close to the train tracks, and started walking towards the direction of the bridge.

Found it!

It goes over the greenway that we like to walk and bike on, but we had no idea how to get up to it.

It is really high up. Not to mention it’s still in use. We kept freaking ourselves out thinking we heard train whistles and were ready to bolt at any second. (Hi Mom!)

I edited this one two years ago and the rest were done this month. It’s interesting to see how much I’ve changed my editing technique, it’s a much more natural look now. In some cases I still like the strange look I used to give my photos, but I feel like it would be exhausting to look at my posts if all the photos were like that.

The street we parked on to get to the bridge was in a pretty run down area, there were lots of abandoned houses and this one had a way to get in!

It didn’t have a whole lot going for it..

Next we walked on the old pedestrian bridge that was close by. I had ridden under it a million times on the interstate, but never walked on it before. I’m glad we did because it’s torn down now. 

That’s another train bridge in the distance that we didn’t walk on because I was too scared of that one for some reason. This area looks completely different now, they are putting in a giant intersection.

Next to the pedestrian bridge was an old forgotten cemetery that I had no idea existed!  I wonder if it’s still there even though this area is under construction now.

This was one of those days that I often think back on and remember how much fun it was.

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New Job and Many Thoughts on Leaving My Old Job

I can hardly believe that it happened, but I have a new job.

Next month would have been my three year anniversary at my previous job. A job I once loved and was certain I would work at for the rest of my life. I was a microbiologist at a start up company, growing bacteria to be used in environmentally friendly products. It was a small company and it felt like a family; everyone got along and we always celebrated each others birthdays, and anniversaries and had the best Christmas parties.  I’m not exactly sure what happened, but sometime around this time last year things changed. I could probably write a thousand page book about all the ridiculous things that went on there. It just kept getting worse and all the crazy little things kept adding up until eventually no one could take it anymore, but nobody really wanted to leave. We all wanted everything to work out. I stuck around as long as I could, until I just couldn’t handle it anymore, yet I still feel weird about leaving. But I think it’s for the best..

Anyway, my new job.
 I actually now work at the same company as my husband! It’s a deffirent department than his, so we don’t really work together, but we run into each other a few times a day which is always funny. It’s a medical testing lab and I never in a million years thought I would work there, I always thought I would work in the research field. The job I applied for was literally my last resort; I had already applied for everything else and was feeling hopeless. Crazily enough I had an interview there at the end of the week! My job is to receive in all the samples that get sent in from hospitals, sort them, order the tests and prepare them for testing. Which is a huge change from my last job! For one, I am constantly busy. There is never a second of downtime, compared to my last job where it wasn’t rare to have hours with with nothing to do.  Also making the switch from a tiny company to an enormous one is pretty different. On the good side they have everything figured out, and on the bad side there isn’t any freedom or flexibility like there was at the last job. Also going from having about 10 or 12 coworkers to having 100s, is pretty weird.

My new hours will take some getting used to, I had been on part since April  and pretty much stopped working in August, so I really got used to all that free time. I probably won’t be blogging quite as much, but that’s okay because I post a little too much anyway. But, it will be nice to finally have money again, I had been afraid to spend anything for about a year now because I never knew if or when the next paycheck would come.

Anyway, this is a new adventure and I am looking forward to the change! I didn’t expect to write all of this but I guess I had more to say than I thought.
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New in The Shop

Tiny shells!

I got a little obsessed with tiny seashells on my last trip to the beach, and just like everything else I like, my first thought was to put them in resin. So I ventured out into the ocean where there were a bunch of these tiny shells and I scooped them up and brought them home. I also brought home a bag of sand while I was at it!

This is what I currently have listed in my Etsy shop. But I’ll be adding more soon!  These are so much fun to make.

I love seashells, but I always had a hard time trying to figure out how to display them. I think this is a really cool way to do it, and to be reminded of the beach all year round.
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What I Wore- Fall Gingham

I have been looking forward to taking autumn outfit pictures for months now! The leaves and colors are just so pretty this time of year.

 Outfit Details
Shirt: Thrifted
Skirt: Forever 21
Shoes: Target
Belt: Forever 21
Necklace: A gift!

I found this shirt at a thrift store and it ended up being just a little big, but I liked the pattern too much to leave it behind. I usually wear it tucked into a skirt or under a sweater and it works out just fine! 

I got my husband to take these photos of me. I was getting tired of our backyard as a background, but I’m not quite sure I want to be seen in public dragging my tripod around to take picture of myself with. :0
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Cat Photos Friday # 35- Getting Pumped for Halloween

As Halloween gets closer, the cats are busy getting into the spirit of this spooky season.  I thought I would share some photos of my cats and my moms doing Halloween-y stuff from years past.
 Sookie likes to pretend she’s a spooky decoration

Zoe was unsure what had happened to these poor pumpkins!

Sookie, pretending to be the witch’s cat, and helping with the brew.
My pumpkin cat blends in!
Cloud thought she should be part of the decor as well.
Teddy was Sookie’s twin brother who disappeared years ago :'( He was such a cool guy and loved hanging out with the pumpkins.

Hope everyone is having fun gearing up for the big day next Friday!
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Finally Frank Lloyd Wright

Hey, remember that time I went to Pittsburgh to see some Frank Lloyd Wright houses, and then proceeded to post almost every picture I took except the FLW pics?  Yeah.. Me too!

I took the photos on my husbands camera because I read something that said only small cameras were allowed and I was worried they wouldn’t let me use mine. However, the cord to transfer the photos from the camera got lost for months. But now here we are!

Frank Lloyd Wright was an amazing architect in the early 1900s, designing over 1000 buildings with a modern style, and approximately 500 of those designs were built. He always tried to bring nature into his designs, with warm earthy colors and large windows. One of his most famous designs is the falling water house which is located just outside of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and was the reason for our trip.

My favorite part was that there was a glass trap door in the living room that opened up to these stairs that led down to the river. I want that in my house! I imagine my cats would have a good time with that.

They don’t allow photos to be taken inside, because of art collections.. But plenty can be found online!

Frank Lloyd Wright built this house for the Kauffman family who lived here for the rest of their life and then their son let it be turned into a museum. They originally wanted a house near the river, but Frank, being he wild guy he was, thought why not build it right on the river!

The next house we visited was just a few minutes down the road and it was called Kentuck Knob.

Kentuck Knob was the name of the small mountain the house was built on; it was named by an explorer who was on his way to Kentucky but decided to stop here because it was just as pretty as the Kentucky mountains were in his opinion.  At least that’s the story the tour guide told us!

The house is actually built right into the side of the mountain and curves around into a hexagonal shape

The original owners of Kentuck Knob were friends with the family who owned the Falling Water house. They liked Falling Water so much that after it was built, they decided to hire Frank Lloyd Wright to design a house for them as well.

Here are a few interior shots I found online.
The hexagon shaped kitchen was my favorite. It was at the very center of the house, with no windows, but there was a skylight at the top! 

The view was beautiful!  It would be nice to go back when the trees have leaves on them.

The house is currently owned by a Lord who lives in England and occasionally he and his family will come and stay for a while. It was interesting to see his stuff set out on the desk and family pictures on the wall.  He also has an interesting collection of statues which he has scattered about the grounds..

Including a piece of the Berlin wall!!

I did not expect to see the Berlin wall on my trip to Pennsylvania.

It was a pretty fun trip and I loved seeing the houses. It’s hard to decide which one I would rather live in if I could choose. I almost would prefer Kentuck Knob because it’s set up to be more practical, But you just can beat leaving right on top of a waterfall!

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Giant Cemetery

I was surprised at the amount of cemeteries we saw in Pittsburgh, but the one that really caight my eye when I was looking at the city on goggle maps was this giant one that must have been a mile long! I knew we had to make a stop to check it out.

 It was full of these fancy old crypts.

The cemetery was so large that when you were in the middle you couldn’t see anything except headstones, as far as the eye could see. 

This was mildly unsettling. Was it too keep something out?  Or to keep something IN?

The little roads just kept going and going. While on this road, it kept getting narrower and narrower… But we were on a steep hill so there was no turning around.

Eventually the road turned into a grass path, which obviously hadn’t been driven on for quite some time.

 Annnd there was a really steep drop off the other side! It was pretty scary there for a few minutes because we didn’t know if the road would just stop and we would be forced to drive in reverse just to get out of there!  But luckily we got back to the paved road. Whew! I was afriad we were going to end up being part of that cemetery permanently.

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The Fair- At Night!

I love the magical land the fair transforms into at night. The way the bright lights create a stunning silhouette against the night sky.

I’ve always loved taking pictures of the zipper, but I have never ridden it. Partly because I’m too scared and partly because it seems like it is always broken down, which only adds to my fear! This was the first time in years I’ve actually seen it running. Th screams of people riding it could be heard all over the park.

My interpretation of what it would be like to ride the thing.

I almost fell out of this thing when I rode it years ago, with nothing but a metal bar keeping me in. But that’s part of the fun of carnival rides I suppose? 

When I close my eyes at night after being at the fair, I can still see all the bright lights and rides.