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2018

2018 has ended already. It seems like after July came around, the rest of the year flew by faster than I could believe.  As always there were some not so great parts, but 2018 was mostly good.

The year started off with a homemade Panettone and a major house de-clutter.

The first trip of the year was seven days spent in the desert.  The first time either of us have ever seen the amazing landscape of the west.  I’ve dreamed about going back ever since.

The spring was oddly filled with many snow storms. Snow fell in March and even April, covering the spring flowers.

A low point of the year was in April when some loser apparently sneezed and ran a red light and smashed into me one morning. My car wasn’t in very  bad shape, but it shut itself down for safely and had to be towed.  I didn’t get it back for almost a month and had to argue with all kinds of insurance people because the guy who sneezed changed his story and tried to blame me. He ended up admitting it in the end though.  Looking back, this was probably the start of the bad anxiety that plagued me for months to come..

I planted my vegetable garden with the goal of not becoming overwhelmed like I had in years past. But… I still got overwhelmed when my plants started getting overgrown and the weeds invaded and engulfed my beautiful tomato plants! I hardly got any vegetables because I couldn’t bring myself to even look at it!!

But I managed to keep my wildflower garden looking pretty good for most of the spring and part of the summer!

One of the little things that has really improved my life this year was discovering the band Ghost, which quickly became my favorite and led me to stop listening to the radio.  I am amazed at how much my mood has improved now that I don’t have to be annoyed at songs or commercials I don’t like coming on the radio. Listening to Ghost makes me so happy, and even made me go to a concert for the first time! Something I had never been interested in before. It was great.

We took two short trips to Asheville and discovered more interesting places along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Including this meadow where cows roamed free.

 

Finally, after six years, we redid the exterior of our house.  Including painting it light grey, removing the too small shutters, getting new windows and a new porch to replace the rotting one. Also a window box!

While the windows got put in the cats had to be crated so they didn’t escape.  Luckily they did great with no freak outs! 2017 was full of cat freak outs so I was worried.

 

My best friend Alex and I took another trip to NYC, this time in the summer so we didn’t freeze to death like last time. It was fun, but I felt a little messed up the whole time because I had an interview with a company in Manhattan and probably had a good chance at getting it if a pursued it harder. I still think about what my life would be like in NYC, and if I should have tried harder to get that job.  But mostly I try to block it out so I don’t drive myself crazy.

A crazy project at work occurred and I managed to hurt my wrist by getting a nerve lesion. Over six months later it still hasn’t healed all the way!

In August we took our annual trip to my favorite beach.  It was a lot of fun, but not as fun as it had been the year before. Sometimes life is like that.

I think one of the best parts of 2018 was the weekend trip to Florida, where we stayed in a wild motel, visited the space center and ate the best ice cream ever.

 

In October I got fed up with the amount of stress and sadness I was feeling and was finally brave enough to make a doctor appointment where I got prescribed some medicine.  It’s been a little tough getting up to the right dosage but overall I feel a lot better. I should have done this years ago!

At work I got promoted to a senior position.  My first day as a senior was an exciting one because hurricane Florence hit and our office leaked all over as we watched live footage of a flag named Kevin get torn up by the storm.  What a day.

For Halloween I decided I wanted to dress up as a character from my new favorite band Ghost.  My sister helped me make this jacket without even using a pattern, and I wore it to my second concert which happened around Christmas time.

In early December a record amount of snow fell, almost 18 inches!  I loved it so much, but it melted way too quickly.

 

I didn’t set any goals for 2019, but I hope it involves getting a fish tank, going to Europe and remodeling the bathroom.  Oh, and staying happy! And maybe another Ghost concert!

 

Hope everyone has a great 2019!

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Another Year

2017 was the biggest year for travel so far. A second trip to NYC with my friend, a visit to Houston for the first time, two beach trips, a weekend exploring the mountains and finally a return to Detroit.

I am still happy with my job. Even though it can be a bit crazy at times, and I work long hours some weeks, it’s enormously better than the places I came from.

The garden was expanded even more, but I ended up getting way burnt out looking after it all summer.



2017 brought some big remodels to the house!



In 2017 I got a new laptop. And then had to buy it again when someone smashed in our door to get it 🙂


The only thing I would change about 2017 is managing my time better to fit in all the things I want to do. I have so many hobbies and interests on top of the usual life chores which need to get done, that I find it quite overwhelming and end up doing nothing at all!  But perhaps I can change all that.

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2018 will be filled with more travel. Hopefully including a trip to another country, a better trip than the 30 minute drive around Canada in the middle of the night.  So far a trip to the desert and another NYC trip are being dreamed up.

2018 will involve more vegetable garden planting, but hopefully not that part where I get overwhelmed and ignore it for the last months of summer as it becomes overgrown with weeds and tomato plants that grew there by themselves. And then yell “Don’t look at it!” When people come over for a cookout..

Maybe in 2018 I’ll finally make use of the film developing supplies I bought ages ago. And write up some vintage camera tutorials I’ve been meaning to write.

Sometime in 2018, my Etsy shop will once again open. Maybe I’ll even add a few new pieces to it. Heck, maybe I’ll even make a few new pieces!

2018 will bring more home remodels. But what will it be? New Bathroom? Kitchen? Exterior? A carport for a new car?  Only time will tell!

Oh and maybe I’ll finally finish that temperature blanket I started last year!




I hope everyone had a great 2017!




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Highlights of 2016

2016 was a pretty good year. Here is a look back on some of the highlights of my past year.

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Visiting Washington DC

We had visited  DC about five years ago and had always wanted to return, so this year we decided to get there by train. I had never traveled by train before and it was a lot of fun. This was also our first car-less vacation so it was an adventure to navigate the city through metro rides and buses.

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Sewing Machine

I had been wanting a sewing machine for a while, and when one showed up on sale at our favorite grocery store, Aldi, I threw it in the cart without thinking twice.

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Sewing a Dress

In the summer I started the overly ambitious project of sewing a dress for Halloween. I’d never sewed anything very complex before, and I ended up not even using a pattern because I couldn’t find one I liked. It ended up looking a bit ragged, but that was just fine for a creepy Halloween dress.

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New Job

Probably the best thing that happened this year was getting a job that was perfect for me. I work a a regenerative medicine center and grow organs and tissues for clinical trials. I like everything about it, and have the best boss, fun coworkers and a desk with a view of downtown!

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Pastel Hair

I added some lavender color to my hair in the spring, and ever since then I have had some sort of pastel color in my hair. Life’s too short to have normal hair!

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Beluga Whale

A late night trip to Walmart involved us throwing this Beluga Whale in the cart, laughing at how funny he looked riding around, and then taking him home. The Beluga Whale is a great addition to the house.

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Volt

It was time for a new car so we decided on this 2013 electric Chevy Volt! Both our cars were close to 20 years old so driving this car has been so great.

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Paid Off

We were able to pay off our house this year! We bought it foreclosed at a very low price, so we threw any extra money we had towards paying it off. Now I can’t wait to start some remodeling projects.

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Beach Trip

We took our yearly trip to our favorite seaside town of Atlantic Beach. I love it there!

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Construction

There has been plenty of construction going on around the city. I love capturing the progress of it.

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Plane Ride

I hadn’t ridden in a plane since I was four, so I decided it was time to go for a ride. Our plane was smaller than a train car and I was so freaked out that I couldn’t look at the window for the first 30 minutes. But I am ready to do it again because I love traveling!

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New York City

The plane ride took us to NYC!  I had been dreaming of visiting NYC during Christmas time and I am so excited we finally got to do it. The city was so much fun and I want to go back.

2016 was an exciting year all around. The only negative thing in it for me was that disaster of an election, but I am trying to keep my mind off that for my own sanity. I hope 2017 brings more travel, lot of fun projects,  and exciting adventures.

And maybe a new camera because mine is in the process of dying 🙁

Happy New Year everyone!

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This July

July didn’t seem to fly by quite as fast as the two months before, but I still find it hard to believe that it is already August, and summer will be over before I know it. 


July was a good month filled with many new things.


At the very beginning of the month we got a new car!  We had both been driving beat up old cars from the 90s our whole life so it has been quite a change driving this electric bad boy around.
Work has been going well, and this month my group and I got moved to a new area that is filled with windows. I am so excited to have a view and be able to bring in some plants. Also they gave us a title change from manufacturing technician, to manufacturing engineer.
 I never thought I would be called an engineer….
Once again I am so glad to finally have a job I am happy with.

At the beginning of the month we spent plenty of time outside, taking walks and riding bikes, but soon after, a huge heat wave hit and has hung over us ever since, suffocating all who dare to venture outside.
Also, we bought a Beluga Whale. 

Each year that passes, I like summer more and more, so I want to make sure I really enjoy this last month and don’t take it for granted. August is our beach trip month and as usual I am beyond excited to go!

How was your July?

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This January

It snowed a few times! I was glad I had been too lazy to take down the Christmas lights because they look so cute in the snow.

A view of the snow from where I work. I love watching everything slowly get covered in white.

This gal finally got a home, at my Mom’s house! Which reminds me, I should do a proper photo shoot of her.

We have been pigging out on lots of veggies. This is the year of healthy!

I dug out my old computer that has been sitting at my mom’s house for years with all my old pictures stuck inside. The monitor had busted and years later I finally got around to finding a new monitor to plug in, and it actually turned on!  But then turned off and won’t turn on again so now I suppose I’ll attempt to remove the hard drive and then… Figure something out… I want those pictures dang it!



And these guys have spent the month snuggling and staying warm!

It was a pretty good start to the new year. I haven’t been able to exercise as much as I had hoped, since I spent the first half of the month trying to get rid of a stupid cold, but hopefully I can make up for that this month.
 
I am ready to get my birthday month of February started!  I have a feeling it’s going to fly by, which is ok by me because I am not a huge fan of the month of February. I think at this point in the year I am getting bored of winter and so ready to get outside and start my garden!
I am looking forward to each day getting a little longer, and watching as my spring bulbs start poking through the dirt. I am over excited for spring!
 
I hope you all had a great January!
 
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Goals for 2016

I like to set little goals for myself each year, nothing too crazy, just something fun to think about and work towards. I like taking a step back and thinking about what I have accomplished so far, and things I want to accomplish next, and the new year seems to be a popular time to do that.

I’ll start with a recap of the goals I set at the beginning of 2015, you can check out my original post here if you want.


Exercise at least five times a week
I started off slow with this goal because sitting at a desk all day made me too sore to even think about moving when I got home. The last half of the year I did pretty good, but only averaged about three times a week, and took too many breaks in between to make a lot of progress. So I guess this one was a half fail. Haha.


Put up a privacy fence in the back yard and/or get a new shed

I can’t believe we actually did this! We kind of put off the idea of getting a shed, but one day we came across a really nice one being sold cheap because it was the display model and we snatched it up! You can read about it here. We also put in a privacy fence between our yard and the neighbors. Now I don’t have to worry about anybody looking at me while I’m outside. Yay!


Finally get a washer and dryer hookup

This almost didn’t happened because we aren’t ready to buy new pipes and get a new hookup put in. But then I decided I couldn’t stand it anymore and we bought a washer and dryer to put on the back porch with the existing hookup. Not having to leave the house to do laundry is every bit as luxurious as I thought it would be. Even if it is on the back porch.


Have Etsy shop and blog events

FAIL. Being unhappy at work made me super unmotivated to work on my shop.


Get my film developed and take more film photos

Well… I got one roll developed! And I ended up taking a whole bunch more film photos so I really need to work on the developing part.


I did okay on my goals this past year. I accomplished ones I didn’t think I would, and didn’t accomplish some I thought would be easy.


Now, for 2016…

Learn to develop my own film

I have been taking so many film photos lately, and there are no good places around here to get it developed and it’s expensive to send them to a photo lab. I already have most of the equipment, the next step is to go for it!

Use some of my cameras I’ve never used before
I have quite a few vintage cameras that seem to be in working condition, so I really want to try them out.

Once again.. Exercise at least five times a week

I’ll do it this time around!


Get my hair healthy 

Ug my hair is a mess. Last year I ended up chopping it all off because it was so damaged it was snapping off anyway. I started washing with just baking soda and apple cider vinegar, which helped, but it’s still pretty brittle so I need to come up with a better routine. Advice welcomed.

Be more active with my Etsy shop
I want to get back in the flow of making jewelry a few times a week and updating my shop more often.

Finish learning French
I have been studying french on and off since I was five years old and I think it’s about time I get my act together and reeally learn it. My duolingo app says I am 40% fluent. Lets see if I can get to 90% by next year!

And finally.. Pay off our house!
We bought our house forclosed and at a very low price. We have been throwing all our extra money towards paying down the mortgage and if we keep it up, it could be payed off a year from now!

Well I have some pretty high expectations for 2016!  I have a great feeling about this year ahead and am so excited to see what it has to bring!

What are some of your goals for the new year?

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A look back on 2015

2015 was a year that started off not too great, but ended really well, At the beginning of the year I had just left a job I had grown to hate, one that I once loved and thought I would be there forever. I ended up with a different job that I hated even more, which I promptly left to go back to my original job, only to leave again a few months later. I think it’s safe to say that crazy place in finally in the past, although I feel like I will always be part of it, somehow.

Once I got my job situation in order, it was a it easier to relax and just have fun! Anyway, here are so notable things that happened in 2015.

I got to see the first bulbs I planted the previous fall. They looked so pretty and I can’t wait to see them again in a few months,


changed my hair! I chopped it all off last January and went through a crazy lightening process which resulted in orange hair for a few months. 

We fixed up our backyard by getting a new shed, a pergola and also put in a fence.

With the help of my land camera, I got a little 1960s obsessed, and have been on the hunt for some nice 1960s style clothes ever since.

I started making jewelry with tiny sea shells I found at the beach.

I got a new job a few months ago and am really liking it so far. Steven also got a new job and works across the street from me. We spent so long with either one, or both of us, working in another city so we really love working so close to home and not spending so much money on gas!

I went on an exciting ghost tour of the city, and learned plenty of spooky tales.

And I made delicious chocolate orange brownies!


Overall it was a pretty good year, and I can’t wait to see what new exciting things happen in 2016!  We are thinking about a trip to Washington DC, and of course the usual fun trips to our favorite beach and mountains. I am hoping to have a glorious vegetable garden this year, do a lot of work with my etsy shop and maybe sell some things at a local flea market. And most importantly, just have fun no matter what!

I hope everyone else had a great year and is looking forward to 2016 as well!
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Two Years of Blogging

It’s hard to believe I have kept this blog going for two whole years! It’s hard to believe I actually choose to write, about anything, and find it fun.

I always hated writing. I couldn’t stand it. The first time I had to write a paper in college, I cried. I just couldn’t figure out how to come up with enough to say about a topic to fill 2-3 whole pages. I slowly got better at writing, but I was too self conscious to let anyone read anything I wrote. It was bad enough knowing that the teacher had to read it, I didn’t want anybody else looking at my words! Eventually I got over my fear of writting and by the time I graduated I could write a ten page lab report in a few short hours and not care who read it.

That day I cried over writing a paper, I would have never believed that a few years later I would be writing a little bit every day, and then posting it for the whole world to see.. Times sure have changed.

I have really enjoyed blogging these past two years. I finally found a form of journaling I actually keep up with, and I feel like the photos I take finally have a purpose now, instead of just taking up space on my hard drive and getting forgotten. It’s so much fun to go back and look through all my old posts!

I also love all the lovely people I have met through blogging, and learning about what life is like all over the world. It has made me want to travel so badly and see all the beautiful places from around the world that I have read about over the last two years.

I thought it would be fun to go back and choose some favorite posts. Here they are!













Here’s to many more years of blogging!
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My Goals for 2015

Well, it’s 2015. I feel like every year the new number gets a little more shocking to see. Where did the time go?  I still have the mindset that 2007 was like, two years ago. Anyway, so I made a few goals last year, let’s see how I did!
Finally be done with school
 Check!  I think I’ve talked about school enough so I’ll leave it at that.

Plant a vegetable garden and expand on my other gardens
I definitely completed this goal, I had so much fun in the garden last year, and we even bought a tree!



Get my Etsy shop up and running and keep it up
 I pretty much completed this, I did take a few breaks every now and then, but for the most part I kept it going pretty well.

Fix up the house some more
 We finished our dining room this year, but since my hours got cut back in April we couldn’t afford to get our pipes changed around for a washer and dryer.  🙁

Eat healthier
We definitely ate way healthier this year than ever before, thanks to the vegetable garden and our nifty vegetable spiralizer!



Ride bikes more
 Fail. We robe bikes maybe once or twice this whole year. We did start jogging though!  Which lasted for about a month..



Get less stressed about school and work
That was kind of hard the first part of the year. I was forced to go on some really terrible and pointless business trips at my old job and the last one ended up with my boss convincing himself that we caught anthrax at the CDC. Which turned onto a whole ordeal that involved him trying to convince me take really strong antibiotics and help him sue the place. I never want to go anywhere near Atlanta ever again, or hear anything about the CDC ever again.  But after all that was over, I adopted a new carefree attitude and  haven’t gotten stressed about much since. Of course it helps that I have a normal job now!


So overall I think I did pretty well on my goals for the year. It’s nice to sit down and think about what things I’d like to complete in the next year. here’s what I came up with:

Exercise at least five times a week
I started last year out doing this, but never kept it up. I am such a weakling that I feel like I have absolutely no muscle at all. Now that I sit at a desk all day my upper back has been insanely sore and I’d like that to go away!  I think exercising and strengthening my muscles will help.

Read more  
I have so many books on my list to read, some of which I have been attempting to read for the past three years!  But so much time passes in between reading that I always have to start over.

Put up a privacy fence in the back yard and/or get a new shed
 We definitely want to replace the ivy fence with a regular fence, (That ivy is out of control!!) and put up a fence on the other side of the yard, which I am ecstatic about because I don’t like being outside while the neighbors are out there, (They might do something crazy, like talk to me!)  Also if we have enough money we would like to get a new tool shed and put it at the end of the driveway instead of in the middle of the yard like our rusty one is now.

Finally get a washer and dryer hookup 
Hopefully we can do it this year, I can’t imagine how luxurious it must be to not leave the house to do laundry.

Have Etsy shop and blog events
I’d like to start doing some fun stuff with my Etsy shop, like giveaways and monthly sales. Also finally get around to photographing the hoard of stuff I have waiting to go in my shop.

Get my film developed and take more film photos
 I have about five rolls of film from various cameras sitting around that I really need to get developed, and see if these cameras actually work. Haha.



What are your goals for the new year?


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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!