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 ūüôā


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 ūüė¶

Happy New Year everyone!

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?

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!
 

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?

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,


I 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!

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!