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Cat Photos Friday #52- One Year Of Cat Photos!

Cat Photos Friday is one year old! I can hardly believe I succeeded in posting different pictures of these guys and their friends every Friday for an entire year. It’s been a lot of fun and they’re definitely my favorite posts to put together!

Here are some of my favorite posts from this past year

What were your favorites?

I love taking pictures of these guys and I can’t wait to share whatever crazy things they get into this year!  Stay tuned!

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Christmas 2014

I meant to post this when it was still December, before everyone got burnt out on seeing Christmas posts, but life doesn’t always work out like you plan it!  Anyway, bear with me through one last Christmasy post about the big day!

Christmas morning at my mom’s house!

Steven and I are into drawing pictures on gifts, it gets more and more out of hand every year. Some of them ended up not even having names on them. Just pictures.

On Christmas Eve we drove around and looked at Christmas lights. I took pictures but I am going to save them for next year!

Zoe was in love with my gift.

(It was a birdfeeder! Thanks mom!)

A gift that Steven got me. Our nickname for Jeeves is corndog because he stretches out really long and for some reason we think he looks like a corndog.

Inside were some GIANT MICROBES. I’ve been wanting some of these guys for a while so I was pretty excited to get them!

I got hay fever! 

Here’s my mom hiding behind her present. Or if you read the drawings, from my cats to her cats.  It was a vegetable spiralizer!

My sister got an cool sewing basket full of old books!

The cats had a good Christmas too!

Some other presents I got included miniature erasers in the shape of food, a book about my favorite fish, the coelacanth and some film!  What did you guys get? 

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A Look Back on 2014

2014 was a pretty good year, filled with fun adventures and some changes, here’s a look back at some highlights of the past year.

We ended up taking four trips this year!  I always have the urge to travel and am constantly day dreaming about my next trip, so being able to go on four little vacations this year was a dream!

The first trip we took was to Pittsburgh, and visited the Frank Lloyd Wright house, Falling Water

The next trip we took was to the Blue Ridge Parkway, to see the lovely mountains.

Then we visited Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s house with my Mom, Aunt and Grandma.

 And lastly we went to the Beach!

 Last year around this time all I could think about was starting my vegetable garden. It turned out to be everything I imagined and it was wonderful to be able to grow my own veggies, even if I lost most of them due to squash borers.  I can’t wait to try again this year.

I tried out doing a “what I wore” post in February, and surprisingly enough I kept up with it, posting one almost every week.  I never liked taking pictures of myself, I was always very critical and found something to dislike about each photo. But I forced myself to post them anyway and found it easier and easier the more I did it.

 My cats became stars of the blog when I decided to start posting cat photos every Friday.

I finally finished school in May! I started taking classes at a community college when I was 16, and then worked towards a bachelors degree in biotechnology, taking only two or three classes a semester while I worked a full time job. That took seven years. I am so glad to be done. I was in school so long that I think I burnt out. I once loved biology and wanted nothing more than to get my PhD in it and study that for the rest of my days. Now I am rather un-enthused by the subject and would much rather spend my time learning how to use old cameras and developing film, or something like that. But, who knows, maybe I’d burn out on that too if I was forced to learn it. 

I also had to find a new job this year, which I didn’t expect at all. Things went bad at my old job and everyone’s hours got cut, which meant I had a lot of free time for about six months and I really got used to it. I had so much time to spend taking photos, writing up blog posts and working on my jewelry. Now I am back to working long hours, but I do have money again which is nice. I’m not sure how long I’ll keep this exact position, I may stay in it if I get better hours, or maybe I’ll transfer in the company to a new position, or maybe I’ll get an entirely new job.. My future that was once so certain has turned completely uncertain! Maybe I just need to find the right job to make myself excited about my career choice again.

Other than that it was a pretty good year, and I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!  I’ll be back in a few days with some goals for the new year along with seeing how I fared with my goals last year.  I hope everyone had a wonderful 2014!

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One Year of Blogging

One year ago today I wrote my first blog post.  I’m not exactly sure what prompted me to start a blog, but it sort of went along with starting my Etsy shop which also turned one yesterday. 

So I guess it all started with some bonsai stamps Steven found on a package at work. He knew I liked stamps and bonsais so he brought them home to me and I had them for months but couldn’t decide what to do with them. Then one day last November I remembered how much I had always wanted to put stuff into resin. I had bought some resin years earlier and did a few things with it, but then got busy with school and hadn’t thought about it very much since then. I realized the perfect idea would be to put the little bonsai stamps into resin!  But then what?? That’s when I had the idea to turn them into necklaces and give them as Christmas gifts to my mom and sister. I was so excited that I just went for it and didn’t do a whole lot of research or practice which resulted in me ruining my cute little stamps. 🙁  But that led me to ebay where I found more of the same little bonsai stamps plus loads of different stamps from all around the world. Then, finally I got the idea to start making resin stamp necklaces and magnets to sell on Etsy. I have sold 12 things from my shop so far!  It’s so neat to think about my necklaces or magnets, hanging out in somebodies home, far away.

 Back in my days on Flickr I followed a few bloggers and it always seemed like it would be fun to have one, but once again, school always zapped my time. Now that I was nearly rid of school I guess it seemed like a good time to give it a try! I figured that I would just be writing to no one; there are so many blogs out there that I couldn’t imagine anyone ever finding mine. I was never even sure what I wanted to write about, I just started sharing whatever I thought was interesting, or what I was up to lately, and to my surprise I got a few followers in my first month.  Now I am up to 38 followers and nearly 10,000 views after one year! I can hardly believe it!  I have met so many interesting people through blogging over this past year, I love learning how life is like for people in different states and countries. This has been an awesome first year and I can’t wait to see what this next year holds!

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November Recap

It’s the last month of the year already. How did that happen?! It seems like just a few weeks ago I was just starting to dig my vegetable garden.. Anyway, November is over and here are some highlights of the month!

I started the month off with some Christmas food. The first five times I had stollen I thought it was really weird and I wasn’t too sure about it. But then I decided I loved it and it’s a tradition to eat it every year!  And eggnog of course is another holiday favorite of mine.

Big news! We have a dishwasher!  Actually we’ve had it for two years because it came with the house.  When we first moved in we looked inside it, convinced ourselves somehow that it was completely rusted and shoved it in the corner of the pantry. We almost threw it away twice, but the only reason we kept it was because we ran out of yellow paint while painting the kitchen and the dishwasher hid the little bit of green that was left.. One day, in a fit of desperation and a sink full of dirty dishes we decided to open it up and see just how bad it was. To our surprise it had no rust at all!  It was just a little bit dirty and it easily came clean.  It didn’t work at first, but we fixed it with a 10 dollar part ordered from amazon and now we have a rolling dishwasher!  Party!  Chester of course enjoys watching the water drain from it.
I took a break from knitting my blanket, to start knitting myself a sweater. We’ll see how long I keep up with this one. Haha.

I got a new lens! I finally switched out my kit lens for this nicer 18-140 mm one. I haven’t had a lot of time to try it out yet, but I’m liking it so far. I’ll write a little review on it once I use it a little more!

We set up our tree and found the cats a new gingerbread house!

Last winter we spent the majority of our time playing minecraft. So as soon as the weather turned cold this year I got the instant yearning to play it again. I love that game so much!

I had to work a half day on Thanksgiving, which wasn’t too bad. It was really slow so I snapped some sneaky pictures of my new workplace. It’s about the size of a walmart!

After work it was time for a Thanksgiving feast at Stevens parents house.
My contribution was a delicious version of a fruit cake. Something I call a fruit loaf.

I’m still getting used to these long workdays. Steven and I ride together since it’s a 25 minute drive, but he goes in at 7 and I don’t go in until 8:30.  I keep myself occupied by knitting and reading, and sometimes I get to clock in early, yay overtime! A downside is that it’s dark when we leave for work, and dark when we get home 🙁 By the time we make and eat dinner, and do any chores and errands it’s usually after 7 and I’m pooped!  Which doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for blogging or resin making, but I’m still having fun blogging when I do find the time! 

So how was everyone else’s Novembers?

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October Recap

October is over already!  It didn’t seem to fly by as fast as September did, but it still went by pretty quick. Here are some highlights of the past month.

We took a few trips through the mountains to see the turning colors. Something I’ve wanted to do for the last couple of years but we could never find the time.

The local fair happens at the beginning of October and I took a ridiculous amount of photos there.
 I ate plenty of autumn treats, including these homemade caramel apples, apples martinis and of course, plenty of pumpkin spice coffees!

I watched the trees change colors.

My mom found the cutest lost cat! We made posters, put them around the neighborhood and he was back at his home by the end of the day.

We decided to check out a little restaurant a few blocks from our house and were not disappointed by their breakfast! I had an egg and cheese on a croissant and it was sooo good!

The month ended with a pumpkin carving party and a fun Halloween!

I finally found a new job!  It’s weird going from being free all day every day, to being very busy all day at work. I’m usually exhausted by the end of the day. But hopefully I’ll get used to it soon!

I kinda went a little blogging crazy in October, with a post nearly every day! I usually try not to have one more than every other day, but I just had too many ideas. Since I am working again I’ll probably go back to less posts, hopefully I won’t run out of ides or be too tired to write anything.

I bought an older version of photoshop elements at a good price and I am pretty excited about it. I used an online photo editor before and I just wasn’t happy with the way it compressed all my photos.

I am VERY excited for November because in my opinion, Christmastime starts the day after Halloween! (Yeah, I’m one of those people)  But Christmas is my favorite time of the year, why wait to start celebrating if it make me so happy? I had the biggest smile on my face on the drive home from handing out Halloween candy at my moms because I was so darn excited that it was time for Christmas! And no I didn’t forget about Thanksgiving, I just see it as part of the holiday celebration!

Anyway, I hope everyone had a happy October!
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September Recap

I think this September has been the quickest month I have ever lived through. It just flew by! I only ended up working 12 hours at my job this month so that left plenty of time for activities, it was a pretty fun month.

It’s pumpkin season!  We bought our pumpkin a few days ago along with this pretty plant.
And of course I have been burning plenty of pumpkin candles.

And sampling lots of different pumpkin beers.
I was able to make a whole bunch of resin pieces, including these magnets which you can find in my shop.
We bought a vegetable spiralizer and have been making veggie noodles like crazy. I definitely recommend it!

We had my mom and my sister over for a home cooked meal.

We served zucchini noodle alfredo with shrimp, it was so good!

I went on a job interview and just might have a new job pretty soon, which would be major!
My luffa fruits finally starting flowering instead of turning yellow and falling off like they’ve been doing all summer.
I’m in to making smoothies now…

I’ve made a liiittle bit of progress on my blanket and ended up starting two new projects because I have a short attention span.
 And I enjoyed some pumpkin bread and a pumpkin spice latte at my favorite local coffee shop.

September was a really good month, I’m just sad it went by so fast. 

One other thing I forgot to mention is that I got an xray for the first time and I am really excited about it because I’m weird like that. When I was little I wanted to get an xray so bad because I thought it seemed like the coolest thing ever. And it was!I loved seeing my bones. Haha.. I got it because my shoulder has been bugging me for months and it wont go away so I finally went to the doctor and got an xray taken, it looked normal so hopefully the medicine they gave me will help. 

Hope everyone else had a great September too!  I am excited for October, that is when fall really starts around here, plus the fair comes to town and of course, Halloween!! Stay tuned!

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August Recap

I can’t believe how fast August flew by! August always used to feel like the longest and most boring month for me but this year it was pretty good.

August first was our four year anniversary, which is also our four year anniversary of trying sushi! So every year we go a Japanese restaurant and get sushi 🙂
We have been eating lots of veggie dishes with the vegetables from our garden.
My favorite part of August was going to the beach! Those are some photos I took with my land camera.

The cats did NOT want us to leave!
I found so many sand dollars at sand dollar island! 

 Sorting out my mini shells. I think I’m going to make some resin things with them 🙂

I found a french Harry Potter book at my favorite used bookstore! Hopefully one day I can read it, haha.
 I started a new kitting project and Jeeves thought I choose the best possible colors for it. It’s going to be a big blanket! Hopefully I will finish it before winter is over..

Cosmo is all grown up and has a baby now!!! They like to hop around my backyard together.

And of course it’s not summer without a couple of good root beer floats!

It’s kind of weird because this is the first time that I have not been so sick of summer by this point! I am still enjoying the warm weather, wearing shorts, and the long daylight hours. But I’m sure once the weather starts getting cooler and the leaves start turning then I’ll get into fall mode. Maybe I should light some pumpkin spice candles! 

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July Recap

I can’t believe it’s already August and the last full month of summer! Time has really flew these past few months.  Here is a look back at some highlights in July:

 For the Fourth of July I baked a pie! I never knew how easy they were to make. We also had some yummy kabobs.

Playing with sparklers.

For my sister’s birthday she had a costume party and dressed as Elsa from Frozen.

And I dressed as a 60s house wife! Check out my mom’s party planning blog for more pictures: makeitspecialpartyplanning
 My aunt and grandma came for a visit and we all went to Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s house. 

Cloud was angry at us for leaving her and wouldn’t let me touch her. She also pigged out while we were gone and got really fat.

We made fried green tomato sandwiches with tomatoes from our garden just like I had been dreaming about! We used pesto havarti cheese and it was so yummy!

 I have been making a lot of jewelry recently, these ones can be found in my shop!

And just last week we visited a dairy farm where I got to pet a day old baby cow and nearly died from cuteness overload.

I am really looking forward to August, we are going to the BEACH.
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June Recap

Wow, I can’t believe the year is already half over! (Six months till Christmas! Eek!) Since the time seems to be flying by I have been trying to enjoy every day as much as I can, but that can be tricky because sometimes I end up wasting the day trying to come up with ways to have fun, instead of enjoying each little moment.

Here are some of the highlights of the month

I had a little graduation party. I got my diploma in the mail finally, so now it’s official! I always thought I would feel this sudden rush of relief and joy when I finally graduated, and I guess I did.. But it mostly feels like it was all just a bad dream and going to school never actually happened. Like when you’re having a nightmare, you’re surrounded by it; it’s all you can feel and you so badly want it to go away, but then once you wake up it quickly fades away and a few hours later you can hardly remember it. That’s how I sum up my experience of going to college. Haha

We went on lots of adventures exploring the city, including…

 Visiting a junkyard for the first time! Party!

Visited my garden almost every evening to see how everything is growing

Planted these neat pumpkins! And.. Whatever the heck a turk’s turban is… 

I started couponing! Every so often Harris Teeter has thing thing called super doubles, where they double any coupon up to four dollars. I spent 64 dollars there on groceries and saved 33 with coupons. It was amazing. As soon as I checked out I wanted to do it all over again. Hahaha. Also Harris Teeter has some amazing pizza for like 2-3 dollars a slice! We may or may not have eaten there three times last week……

We got new porch furniture so it’s nice to sit out there and watch the sunset.

Jeeves had an identity crisis. 

 We watched a documentary about a little dairy farm called Moo Man, and it made Jeeves crazy! He sat in front of the TV watching it, meowed whenever the cows mooed and even climbed behind the TV to try and find them! It was really funny. 

 I also dyed my hair red. I was going to do a blog post about it but whatever was in the stuff I used to lighten my hair, made it so other colors don’t stick to it. It’s been a week and it’s already faded so much!
Overall June was one of my favorite months yet! I am looking forward to July; my Aunt and Grandma are coming to visit and we’re going on a little trip to Monticello.

Hope everyone else had a lovely June as well!