Saturday, December 29, 2012

Dark Chocolate Blueberry Clusters

Ah! I haven't been in the mood to blog recently and I don't even really feel like posting now, but here I am! I'm not sure why I've not been in the mood, as I have had some time, but there you have it. No excuses.

This evening I've spent some time finally making something in my new tiny kitchen. What? Some gluten-free treats for a dinner tomorrow. Gluten-free is an advantage, but these little treats seem much better than that.


Dark Chocolate Blueberry Clusters
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plump blueberries
  • 3/4  cup almond slivers
  • 1¼ cup dark chocolate, chopped
Directions
  1. On a parchment lined baking sheet, clump together little piles of almond slivers (approximately 1 tablespoon of nut pieces per mound).
  2. Place a small handful of blueberries atop nuts (approximately 4-6 large blueberries).
  3. Bring water in a double boiler to a simmer, place dark chocolate in the top and melt until smooth.
  4. Pour a spoonful of chocolate over each blueberry and nut pile until the blueberries are fully covered.
  5. Immediately place in the freezer for five minutes.
  6. After chocolate is set take nut clusters out and enjoy, or place in parchment lined Tupperware to serve later.
I took a tangent from this recipe and used milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate (more parties involved in eating this particular batch prefer milk to dark).

Let's see. Since my last post I celebrated two Christmases (one early with the family, the second (surprise!) on the day of with Brandon's family), packed all of my worldly belongings (except for a few missing books...), drove across the country (29 hours of driving (11 in one day, 18 in the next), unpacked everything, and started my new job. It's been busy! But mostly good. And now I've got two new roommate moving in within the next week.

:)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Job! Move! Christmas!

Things have been crazy this last week! As I visited with Brandon I also searched for jobs and housing possibilities as well. And after months of looking for the former, countless applications and resume submissions and a good number of emails, I finally got one! Actually, ironically, in the space of the last five days I've gotten three job offers. I, gratefully, accepted the first offer I got, and while it's possible that one of the other two might have paid better, I'm fairly certain that the group of people that I'll be working with is incredible and that my experience with them will likewise be incredible.

I start the 26th of this month! Craziness! In the space of one week I'll have left Utah and flown home, celebrated Christmas with my family, packed up everything back into a truck, driven back to Utah (towing my car) and moved into my apartment. Wow!


Let's just say that I have incredible parents and an awesome boyfriend and between all of them and the people that extend from them they've made this entire process possible and much easier.

Also, moving like this just feels like Christmas, all by itself. I haven't seen the inside contents of most of these boxes since early June at the latest, not to mention that I didn't even use most of the living stuff for the nine months prior to that when I lived with my parents. Opening them up will be like opening massive gifts filled with random wonderful things. And on top of that, as my parents are downsizing their acquired horde from the last 30+ years of marriage, I've been gifted with all kinds of wonderful random furniture and art. I'm excited. :)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Lights!


Last night we went downtown to Temple Square to walk around and see all the beautiful light displays. It was soooo cold! I'm not certain what the temperature was, but the last that anyone had checked, it was about 26 degrees. Brrrrr! Fortunately we were all fairly well bundled, although, I'll admit that I took far fewer photos than I'd originally planned because my fingers were simply too cold. We only took a few just before we left. This was my first time seeing the Christmas lights at Temple Square and it was very beautiful, despite the cold.



Sunday, December 9, 2012

West Coast Swing!

As an added note from the housewarming party we had on Thursday, when we decorated the tree with glass Christmas ball ornaments, as I opened one of the packages of ornaments, I cut my finger on a tiny piece of glass stuck to the tape holding the package closed. Small cut as it was, it hurt. And continued to hurt over the next twenty four hours at surprising moments. Typically I'm pretty tough and little cuts like that don't both me, but this one was surprisingly resilient. Why? Well, turns out that a tiny little sliver from that piece on the tape broke off and was stuck inside the cut. Apparently the sharp pings of pain were a result of that. Sitting at a Thai place for dinner I carefully removed the sliver of glass and instantly my finger felt much better. I couldn't help but share my joy and wonder at how much better it felt with Brandon and his roommates - several times over the next several hours. It's amazing how much a tiny shard of glass can make a difference.

That aside, Saturday I had the pleasure of attending a small bridal shower which included good food and company as well as an interesting game of questions that aided me in learning much more about the bride and groom to be!

And then in the evening! Highlight of my weekend thus far, Brandon and I went to a West Coast Swing lesson/dance on Saturday night and it was marvelous fun. I can see why it is Brandon and my sister and brother-in-law's favorite. Blues dance is still my favorite, but I can definitely say that West Coast is running a close second....and for my first time, owing to my considerable dance experience, I don't think I was half bad. :) Let's just say that watching other people dance, in real life or by video, isn't a good explanation for the dance. Doing it was what solidified it.

I look forward to doing more of it in the near future here in Utah! Brandon and I may sign up with the club we went to in order to go more often for lessons and dances at a discounted price. We'll see, but I'm happy to have found another wonderful style of dance.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Utah - Blood - Interviews

It's good to be back in Utah. :)

I arrived yesterday around noon, being picked up by Dallin (one of Brandon's roomies). I'd planned to arrive a day early as a surprise for Brandon, as well as to attend a housewarming party which they threw last night, but when I talked to Brandon on the phone a few days ago, when he asked what day I was coming, my brain refused to process the "sneaky" factor and out popped "Thursday." I quickly amended it, but to no avail. The seed had been planted. From there on out it was all subtle questions from Brandon goading me to see if he could get me to admit I was coming out early. All very amusing.

But preparations for the Ninja-Gingerbread-Castlewarming-Party went well and the event was a success with a house full of friendly and energetic individuals. A very good time. This was the only picture taken of the two of us last night, and I'll happily admit that I love it.



Today has been wonderful on its own. After dropping Brandon at work I finally went in and donated blood with the Red Cross (they've been calling me for months and months, but I've just never managed to be available). I can't say exactly why, but I get a high from donating blood. It makes me really happy. I don't enjoy being pocked my needles, but that feeling is always worth it. It infused my day with a smile.

And this afternoon I had an interview which I believe went very well. It's hard to know how I compare to the other candidates, but it left me very optimistic. I should find out early next week the results from that interview. I'm not getting my hopes too high, as I'm sure there are other good candidates, but again, I'm optimistic.

Other applications out the door and more contacts with potential housing possibilities. Life is good. :)

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Wheel of Time - finished!

And I'm done! Early this morning I finished off the last chapter and epilogue of the thirteenth book in The Wheel of Time series. For me, having started reading the books more than a decade ago, this is quite an accomplishment. Granted, I've read several of the books more than once, but the last few continued to elude me. But no longer! Now I can anticipate the fourteenth book without any anxiety over unfinished books in the series.

I should note that, with these last two books, a good portion of the time I spent consuming their words was in the form of audio book as well as the written copies. For me, this has proven a very good idea. Frequently when I read I unconsciously skim through dense portions of details when my mind starts to wander. While this still occurred occasionally while listening, I feel that I've come away from these two books with more details than from some of the earlier books. I've no desire at this time to go back and read the books again, but I look forward to trying this method out more with other books.

An amusing addition to listening to these books in their audio formats has been to listen and critique the pronunciations of the readers. I'd initially thought of them as something of verification for the different pronunciations of the different names, but after they bungled the pronunciations of a few words, I felt inclined to pay them little heed.

Good things ahead as I head out for another visit in the West. :)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Ice Skating

I've been feeling less and less inclined towards blogging lately. It's not that I don't have the time, I just haven't felt mentally organized enough to spare time towards blogging. So things may be a little sparse for a bit.

Ideally I'll get a job within the next month and it will take me out to Utah sooner, but should that not occur, I'll be heading out at the end of this year in time to start one of my last pre-requistes that I need to take in person. I'm excited to have these classes done and to be out there in the near future. I look forward to having a job as well, and hopefully the relocation will somehow aid that as well.

Things to come!






However, in the meantime, let me finish off my November thankful list with the fact that I'm thankful for ice skating. It has been a wonderful past time that I've always enjoyed very much.

I think I'd mentioned it before, but I'd like to continue adding the things I'm thankful for. Not for every day, but for every time I blog. No need to catch up, but rather to be aware.


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Raspberry Tiramisu

It's been several days since I've had any desire to post. We've been busy still with family and I've filled my spare minutes with reading. Knife of Dreams, done! I've moved on to The Gathering Storm and I've just had the idea to listen to the books instead of reading them so as to have the use of my hands for other tasks while listening. We'll see how that goes.

I thought I might update you on the recipe I made for Thanksgiving. I hummed and hawed over  a few different dessert recipes, but ultimately decided on Raspberry Tiramisu because it didn't need to be baked, and as the oven is frequently occupied for long hours on Thanksgiving by a large turkey (not to mention a plethora of other dishes), this seemed like a very good reason to avoid the oven. Thus, Raspberry Tiramisu.




Here's the recipe:
1 8 ounce package mascarpone cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
40 or so store bought lady fingers
1 8 ounce jar seedless raspberry jam
juice of 2 lemons
raspberries, a lot, as many as you can get

1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together mascarpone and sugar. Add a bit of cream and mix until combined. Add a little more cream and mix again until the mixture is well incorporated and very liquid. Pour in the rest of the cream and the vanilla. Change to the whisk attachment and beat on high until stiff peaks form.

2. Line the bottom of a 9x13 inch glass baking dish with half of the lady fingers, or however many will fit. Heat the jam and transfer to a small bowl and stir in lemon juice. Spread half of the jam mixture evenly over the lady fingers. Evenly spread half of the mascarpone and cream mixture over that, and top with half of the raspberries. Repeat the first layer with the rest of the ingredients. Refrigerate over night, or as long as you can before you can’t wait anymore.


We ate the Tiramisu fairly soon after making it and I don't think that the ladyfingers had enough time to soak in the lemon juice - jam concoction. But it was still delicious and all of it disappeared!


For the 25th I'm thankful for nice weather. It was perfectly lovely and we were able to take some family photos.

For the 26th I'm thankful for science. We visited the Space Center here in Huntsville and it was pretty fantastic.

For the 27th I'm thankful for family (a possible repeat there). We finally said goodbye to my sister and her family so they could drive home and not miss any more school.

For the 28th I'm thankful for my phone, which allows me to communicate with people all over the place.

And for today, I'm thankful for audio books, as I intend to go about using them very soon and they have always been something I've enjoyed.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving!

A few days late, but here are a few of our pictures from Thursday! It was a lovely day filled with good food and good company.

















And for yesterday I'm thankful for games, from which I derive a great deal of pleasure and entertainment. I could play games every day if there were enough people around to continually play with me. Although, on second thought, I'd perhaps prefer to only play games a few times a week. I like my quiet time too. :)

And for today, I'm thankful for hot chocolate. I prefer lighter herbal teas, but there is something wonderful about the sweetness and warmth of hot chocolate.  

Thursday, November 22, 2012

A Walk in the Woods at Green Mountain

We went for a walk in the woods around Green Mountain. Lots of fun. :)

And Happy Thanksgiving! I'll post a few pictures from today tomorrow. Today I'm thankful for quiet.










Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Quick Update!

Quick post for yesterday and today! I finally made the "most delicious" chocolate chip cookies from awhile ago and they did turn out pretty well. I'll make a few adjustments to the previous blog post about them and add my notes there. 

My sister and her family arrive today! The house is clean and Thor is basking in the all the open windows (although he somehow still prefers sitting in the windows to actually going outside. The protection of that screen....he just can't give it up.

For yesterday I'm thankful for the YMCA, as it allows me to go in at my leisure and take fun athletic classes, working harder and with more variety than I otherwise might (because, I'll admit it, running doesn't seem very varied).

And for today, I'm thankful for sunlight. I don't always appreciate it. I don't like being out in it for very long without sunblock. I don't like being over-warm in it. But it is beautiful and without the sun our planet would not function. Thus, me being thankful for both the sun and sunlight. And Thor seems to enjoy it. :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Oxford Commas

For your information, I absolutely adore Oxford commas.

It wasn't something I thought about in great detail for quite some time, but lately I've become more and more frustrated with the occasionally misunderstanding of whether it was commonly correct to use that last comma or not. At some point in the recent past I finally checked that particular point and was pleasantly surprised and pleased to learn that the little comma that I'd been so desiring was one and the same, an Oxford comma!

My wee baby sister (she's taller than me (only a little!), just quite a bit younger) has been working on a paper this evening and when she asked me a question about it, the resolution to her question resulted in a tangent conversation concerning the use of commas. Granted, I fully recognize that I am an abuser of commas. I use them far too regularly, inserting them wherever they feel appropriate, as opposed to when they are always fully grammatical. And perhaps that lends itself to why I so fully appreciate Oxford commas. They encourage more usage.

Anyhow, in our tangent conversation I read and regaled her on the inner workings of the controversy between the pro-Oxford comma party and the anti-Oxford comma party. I was perhaps just a little overenthusiastic. But I love grammar. And I badly need to pay more attention to the proper use of commas. Our conversation was some sort of renewed evidence that my heading in the direction of Linguistics as a major in college was rather well substantiated, even if there were other interests that I might have done well to have heeded.

And as a conclusion, let me just say that, for today, I'm thankful for the Oxford comma.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Progress and Sugar

Success! I finished Winter's Heart last night and moved on today to Crossroads of Twilight, which I am now approximately 200 pages in to. I will finish these books!

Today I'm thankful for sugar. I adore sugar and on some physical level it is very satisfying. There is a slight lack presently, a situation which perhaps shall have to be remedied in the near future. ..

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Life Lately - Books and PT Hours!

I've been rather lacking on the pictures lately. Life has been full of observation hours and reading. I'm about three quarters of the way through Winter's Heart right now. My attention span seems to sporadically come and go, but at the very least I expect to be finished with it by the end of Sunday.

Thanksgiving is almost here and that means we'll have more family here! :D

And as I've been terrible at blogging these last few days, here are my thoughts for the last few days.

For today, I'm thankful for quiet. I'm thankful for my earplugs which enable me to get some sleep each night. I'm thankful for the varied schedules that allow to have some "me" time on most days. I look forward to having my own room, but for now, things are working out just fine.

For yesterday I'm thankful for sleep...it's entirely possible that I'll repeat some of my "thankful" items, as I'm not keeping any sort of list. I'm thankful for sleep because it allows me to feel rested and well. I woke up on Friday tired and came home from observation and took a nap. And it was wonderful. And I still went to bed early-ish. It isn't easy to do, as there almost always seem to be better things I could do with my time, but when I wake up in the morning feeling fully rested, I can't help but want a repeat of the feeling.

And for this past Thursday I'm thankful for jobs and work. I'm still furiously looking for my own job, although I've been a bit lax this week with other responsibilities getting in the way. I know I'll find something.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Classes! Ready, go!

This afternoon I finally sorted out some of the classes/pre-req scheduling I needed to! I've got a few online courses and plans to take a few classes in person, but I should have all of them done well in time to apply for PT school this coming fall.

I was tired and hungry when I came home from PT observing today, but a much needed reality check with my mom helped to get me going. I'm relieved to have it mostly sorted and excited to see the process continue!

And as a reward, I'm headed to Zumba in just a few minutes! :D

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Home Again

And I'm back! Back to this little interesting city in Northern Alabama. And you know what? Even with two-ish feet of snow in Utah, it feels colder here in Alabama. What's with that?

In other news, we watched Brave this evening. Wonderful movie. :)

And today I am thankful for my cat Thor. He is wonderful. And warm. And cuddly. And playful. As long as he doesn't claw at the window tonight, I'll still think that. ;)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Brazilian Shrimp Soup and another Birthday

Hello lovely people!

I've been rather pathetic at blogging this week, which I can offer no excuse for other than that I've been otherwise occupied spending time with a certain previously mentioned someone. :)

And hey, I made it to 24!

To celebrate we made Brazilian Shrimp Soup last night and finished it off with some carrot cake.



Here's the recipe for the soup.

Brazilian Shrimp Soup

Ingredients:
  1. 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  2. 1 onion, chopped
  3. 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  4. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 3/4 cup long-grain rice
  6. 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  7. 1 3/4 teaspoons salt
  8. 1 3/4 cups canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree (from one 15-ounce can) (we used an entire 32 oz can)
  9. 5 cups water
  10. 1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk (we just used an entire can)
  11. 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, shelled and cut in half horizontally (we used frozen shrimp, but I think it might be better with fresh shrimp, either cooked or raw - the recipe leads me to think that the shrimp would be cooked in the soup if they weren't already) 
  12. 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  13. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  14. 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley (or cilantro, but that's obviously not what I picked) 
Directions: 
1.  In a large pot, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables start to soften, about 10 minutes.
2.  Add the rice, red-pepper flakes, salt, tomatoes, and water to the pot. Bring to a boil and cook until the rice is almost tender, about 10 minutes.
3.  Stir the coconut milk into the soup. Bring back to a simmer and then stir in the shrimp. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are just done, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the black pepper, lemon juice, and parsley.

Snow included, the world outdoors has been absolutely beautiful. I was reminded that it snowed the day before my birthday last year, only we were in Indiana.

Oh, and for two days ago (the 10th), I'm thankful for pizza, for being such an easily acquired meal and for so frequently being wonderfully delicious.

For yesterday I'm thankful for being born and for living is such a fantastic world.

And for today I'm thankful for my computer, which makes it easy for me to accomplish so many of the things I wish to, as well as keeping me connected with all of you.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Snow!

Today I am thankful for snow. I don't always feel thankful for snow, as it is cold and damp and frequently makes driving inconvenient, but it is so beautiful outside that I can't help but appreciate it. Just walking through it I can't help but smile and the beautiful crystals and the land and melt on my hair and coat.

I'm a romantic, what else can I say.


 






Thursday, November 8, 2012

Books, books, books!

Missed a day!

For yesterday I am thankful for patience and understanding, two things which I most appreciate when they come from Brandon. I'm sure I've said this before and will say it again, but I am very lucky to have him.

For today I am thankful for books. I love to read and a good portion of my excess belongings are boxes of books that I read growing up. They are in all kinds of conditions, having been bought at various stages of their lives and read many times over, but I can't bring myself to get rid of the bulk of them. I suspect that this process will continue for most of my life. I don't mind lending them out or leaving them in boxes for years, but when it comes right down to it, I want to be able to read them again, and if, in the hypothetical future, I ever have children and they are even remotely interested in reading, I want my books to be available to them.

In the meantime I've been rather terrible at fully appreciating books, having read perhaps the fewest this year ever. I think I must be at a stage where I need just a little more structure in my life to feel obliged and able to spend the time I'd like to reading. In other words, it is difficult to ward off the slightly guilty feeling, the feeling that I could be slightly more productive and apply to a few more jobs, during the time that I read. Soon. Soon that won't be a problem.

In the meantime, today I'm going to spend some time finally picking back up in the Wheel of Time series. I read through Winter's Heart many many years ago and reread many of them again since then, but I'd really like to work through the rest of the series to be ready when the final book comes out. And it's coming soon! January!

Also, let me just say that I am so glad the elections are over! Drama on facebook officially reduced. :)

Yum!


And we went out for Thai tonight at Sawadee and had the most delicious Thai custard and sticky rice as out appetizer.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Early Voting!

Today I'm thankful for early voting which has made my voting experience in the last six years very easy. In the three times I've voted, I've yet to vote on an official election day and I've always been slightly more informed about the candidates as a result of having the forms in front of me along with access to the candidate and issue websites.

I'm also thankful for the ability to apply to jobs online. It often feels like I'm simply sending applications out into the void, but when I do finally get some responses, it seems worth it.


Tonight we're getting together with some friends for dinner and I'm taking along one of my favorite salads, Mozzarella, Tomato, and Avocado, found here.

Mozzarella, Tomato, and Avocado Salad
Ingredients
 
1 container cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1 carton fresh mozzarella cheese pearls, drained
1 avocado, peeled and diced
1/3 cup basil, julienned
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
salt and pepper
baguette-optional

1. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, mozzarella, basil and parsley. Set aside.
2. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Pour over tomato mixture. Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
3. Just before serving the salad, stir in the chopped avocados. Serve salad with toasty bread.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Enjoying the Temperature Change

Today I'm thankful for my body's ability to distinguish between temperatures. I love the warm feeling that sinks into your skin when you enter a warm room or sit beside a fire after being cold, and I love the crispness of cool air as it washes over you, particularly when you've been exercising and your body is warm or hot.

I'm cold a lot of the time. Ironically I love the cooler seasons more than the warmer ones. This is mostly a result of the fact that I love bundling up in layers of clothing, drinking hot chocolate and tea, and making glorious baked goods. Not to mention blankets, piles of warm laundry, fire, and the plethora of other warm things. And I tend to appreciate the warm sunny days a lot more during the cooler months than during the summer months.

And there you have it.

Also, happy Guy Fawkes Day! Plans tonight include concocting some sort of fire/heat source, roasting Starbursts, and watching V for Vendetta...

Update: We made Focaccia Pizza with Caramelized Onions, Tomato and Rosemary for dinner! Our Guy Fawkes Day went off a little differently than expected. We found a location to do our bonfire but when push came to shove, we decided to stay in instead.  And then we were going to roast the Starbursts and watch V for Vendetta, but we skipped the Starbursts (they're still waiting to be roasted) and watched Amelie instead.

 

Focaccia with Caramelized Onion, Tomato and Rosemary Recipe (originally from here)

Ingredients:

1 package dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 tsp honey
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp kosher salt, divided
1/2 cup plus 1 tbsp olive oil, divided
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 medium tomato, cut into 1/4-inch slices
2 sprigs fresh rosemary, needles removed from stem
1/3 cup (packed) finely grated Parmesan cheese

In a medium bowl, stir together yeast, warm water, and honey. Let rest until yeast blooms and bubbles form on top, about 10 minutes. Stir in flour, 1/4 cup olive oil and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Turn the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead until dough is smooth, 5 to 10 minutes. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap, and let rest in a warm place until dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Remove dough from bowl and press it into a lightly oiled 9- by 13-inch baking sheet until it touches the edges. Using your finger, poke holes all over the dough. Drizzle the dough with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Let rest until the dough becomes puffy, about 20 minutes.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet set over medium heat. Add onion slices, cover and cook until onion is golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.

Top the dough with tomato slices, caramelized onions, rosemary, Parmesan cheese, and salt. Drizzle with remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil.

Bake until the focaccia is golden brown, about 20 minutes (15 is usually enough for me). Remove from oven and allow to cool on a rack. Cut into pieces and serve.

Serves 8.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Warm Water and Hot Springs

Today I'm thankful for warm water.

Yesterday we took the morning easy (after going to see Wreck-It Ralph last night!) and the drove up to Logan to walk around Brandon's old stomping grounds at USU. Beautiful campus and area. We got to say hello and catch up a bit with two of my cousins which was also wonderful. And then dinner at Le Nonne!





Back to warm water, we also went to the Crystal Hot Springs last night and it was wonderful. There were lots of people, but it didn't matter. The water was warm and inviting and the company excellent. As chilly as it already is, it would be fun to go when it is snowing. :)

And then, of course, the easy convenience of a warm shower was wonderful this morning. Particularly in the winter, it's nice to be able to warm up before heading out into the cool.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Novemeber: A Month of Thanksgiving

So...I'm coming to the "Month of Thanksgiving" idea late...but I like the idea...so I'm going to start now.

Realistically, as much as I do like this idea, it's something that we should be doing all of the time, rather than for one month of the year...so perhaps I'll try and do it with each of my posts from here on out. It would be good to increase my awareness of the things I often take for granted. But that might be an empty idea that only lasts...for a little while, as many of my blogging ideas do.


For the 1st of November, I'm thankful for hoodies of all types. I received a hoodie dress (I know, that sounds ridiculous, but it's awesome) for my birthday from my parents and it's awesome. I love being comfortable and warm.

For yesterday, I have to say that I am incredibly thankful for airplanes. It is so easy to feel frustrated when I don't get on a flight or when tiny details of travel don't work out quite the way I want them to. But when it really comes down to it, I'm getting into a metal box of sorts and I'm being flown across thousands of miles in a very short space of time with access to a clean bathroom, food, and beverages. Easy, convenient.

For today, I'm thankful for Korean pop music. Between Super Junior from back during Sophomore year and the more recent Psy, it's something that I think is wonderful.





Thursday, November 1, 2012

This Man


There's this man...and I love him...so much...and I get to see him tomorrow (Friday)! And I can hardly wait. It's so difficult to be patient when I know that just a few days and an airplane ride away and I'll be able to hold his hand, play with his hair, and feel his arms wrap around me. Silly small details that make my world a brighter place. I'll be out in the West about ten days. The weekends will be busy busy, and perhaps the week (job hunting and interviews for me!) as well, but I'll try to post regularly! I may schedule some little posts ahead to fill the week, but hopefully it won't take me too long to get pictures and events up as they happen.

Just know, if I don't get around to posting, there's probably a good reason. :)



And hey, it's November! It's my birthday month! :D It's hard to know how much my preference for the month is straight forward bias because of my birthday and Thanksgiving, or a result of my love for the fall weather. Regardless, I'm happy it's here!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Halloween Bash

This past weekend we attended a Halloween party thrown by my aunt and uncle. Lots of fabulous costumes and delicious food. :)

Fashion Designer


Lumberjack

Fairy Godmother

Fairy Godfather

The 13th Knight

Doctors Wagner

A Hiker covered in Poison Ivy

The Devil and his Dark Angel

Mermaid!
Happy Halloween!