Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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!

Monday, December 29, 2014

What I Wore on the Train Tracks

Just a few shots of what I was wearing when we took a walk downtown one Sunday afternoon.

The train still comes down these tracks, but I didn't see it that day.

 Outfit Details
Skirt: Forever 21
Tights: Target
Shoes: Target

My sweaters always seem to get baggy after I wear them for a little bit. :p I had so much fun wandering around the old tobacco buildings downtown and have a neat post coming up about it. Stay tuned!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

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!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas / Cat Photos.. Thursday!


I tried to get a good Christmas photo of all three cats, but it didn't work out too well this time around, they were just too turnt up by all the fun decorations. But I did end up getting a few cute shots of each one.  Enjoy!

Chester loved the candy canes!

This is Cloud's snooty face.

Jeeves is a tough guy to take pictures of, he hates posing!

I had to sing in a deep scary voice to get him to look at me.

He was not impressed!

Cloud lets me know when she's done with the photo shoot.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas!  

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

What I Wore to a Christmas Party

I wasn't sure if the matching cardigan was a god idea or a monstrosity, but Steven said it worked because they were two different textures. I took his word for it because it was too cold not to wear it!

Sookie wasn't sharing my Christmas enthusiasm.

  Outfit Details
Dress: Forever 21
Leggings: Forever 21
Shoes: Target

 When I saw this dress I just knew it was the perfect holiday party dress! Burgundy has been my favorite color to wear this winter (in case you couldn't tell!). It's made out of a stretchy material so paired with leggings it was a really comfortable outfit. I wore it to the annual Christmas party at my Mom's house, which was so much fun, 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

It's Winter!

Even though it has felt like winter for over a month now, today is officially the first day. I've always liked winter, even though it's cold and dark, and the plants have died back, I still think winter is just as pretty of a season as the rest of them.

Everything sounds clearer in the winter. Maybe it's the thinner air, free of the humidity that summer carries, or maybe it's because the leaves are gone from the trees. 

The clear air makes the interstate behind our house seem so much louder, I listen to it as I fall asleep at night. For some reason it make me imagine traveling far away to someplace up north. 

I like the way the trees look without leaves on them, showing their intricate branches against the white sky.

Winter is filled with cold foggy days, where the clouds reach all the way to the ground and it looks like snow could fall at any second.

But winter also has days filled with bright sunlight and brilliant blue, cloudless skies which pair strangely with days that never get above freezing.

My favorite thing about winter is when it snows, which isn't often enough here. I love the blurry mess the snowflakes make as they turn the whole world white.

And how cozy the houses look, nestled in the snow.

I hope everyone has a great winter! I will be spending mine as I always do,  hoping and wishing for lots of snow!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Cat Photos Friday #42- Phone Photodump

I have so many random cat photos on my phone that are too silly not to share!  Enjoy!

Chester makes a good laptop holder

I got some new shoes and Cloud quickly claimed the box!

These cats are always interested in what's on the TV, Chester was enthralled by grand theft auto!

Cloud is our breakfast buddy.

Having cats means having a fan club every time you eat.

What a cute fan club!

They cats had a wild evening which resulted in the gingerbread house flipping over.

I kept shooing him away from my food, and then he appeared in a sneaky spot...

Cloud reeeally wanted to help me garden that day!

So Jeeves thought he'd try and reach the door handle. Too smart!