Growing up is weird. As our lives change, we’re forced to decide what facets of ourselves we’re willing to keep and what we’d prefer to discard. Suddenly, we arrive at this stage known as “adult”, where we begin to point and laugh at our past selves, but also learn to embrace what has transpired to encourage our arrival at our current state.

Strangely enough, going through this stage, where I force myself to accept what cannot be changed, I find myself less willing to publicly disclose any real thought or emotion. I do not feel settled enough with what I would like to project as a public image to make many efforts in writing. I see so many bloggers get too comfortable in the content they’re providing, leading to them coming across to some of their audience as deluded and conceited. Clearly, I do not fit into this category for the sheer fact that my audience probably includes ~5 people worldwide. I’m just going to move on and get over it.

Summary: growing up is weird, I’m weird, and this is weird. Let’s be weird together!

Now for some life updates, mostly in pictures.

First, eats:

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Barbecue Chicken Pizza on Fillo Dough.

This pizza was tasty enough, but I do not recommend using Fillo for the crust. Yikes.

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Scrappy “Shepherd’s Pie”

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Also Scrappy “Shepherd’s Pie”

Made this from scraps, including beef, frozen hash brown potatoes, corn, mushrooms, spinach, etc.

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Eggs Benedict

My first attempt at hollandaise and poached eggs. This was actually more successful than I expected. I added a bit too much water to thin the sauce (hence its voluminousness), but I’ll never complain of too much sauce. I followed this recipe, but used toast and turkey instead of English Muffins and Canadian bacon. The sauce was a bit too lemony for me, so I’ll use less lemon juice next time.

Scenes:

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Cute kitty snuggles

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Stunning sunrise (no effects)

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The lake where I walk next to work. (Also, prison in the distance)

Christmasing:

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The tree I decorated for work

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Tree at home

I moved back here:

I work here (well, in a building in front of this):

They give me a lot of food, so I make:

Homemade tomato sauce with zucchini (both from the garden at work)

and

Delicious homemade squash soup (also from the garden)

Also:

Strata made with local cheese, tomatoes and red pepper from the garden, and mushrooms, onions, and broccoli.

I live here:

The cat lays here:

and here:

I visit friends, who do things like this:

Breakdancing on the 4th of July.

I vacationed here:

Lake Michigan 10/8/12.

And, in case you missed the big announcement, I now drive this:

The end.

As the day I bought my first car.

 

It’s a 2013 Ford Fiesta and it’s my new favorite thing ever.  Happy early Birthday to me!

Where to begin?

My job (mostly) plunged me into the deepest depths of despair, from which I was unsure I’d be able to return. Not wanting to be miserable forever, I began looking for another. I tried to stay as long as I could, but the job offers were just not coming in quick enough, so I gave my two weeks notice. It was all I could handle, and only just barely.

Luckily, I got an offer just after giving my notice. I got a week off between leaving and starting, most of which was occupied with the business of arranging various facets of the move. After 6 years in this city, I will finally be moving back to my hometown. A fact which scared me at first, but has grown to be exhilarating.

I’m still ironing out what seems like hundreds of little details and getting my mental/emotional state back in some semblance of order, but I definitely think this is a step in the right direction.

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating:

 

I ran out of groceries and had to start improvising by making whatever food I could with what I had.  That meant these cookies and granola bars.

Don’t rainbow sprinkles just make every day feel a little more special?  And I love the crunch the nonpareils add.

I like my rainbows with a side of inspiration:

I could definitely use  a little inspiration right now.  And more rainbows.

 

Just one more college grad looking to share my new adventures. No specific purpose, just a mix of any and all creative hobbies that I can get my hands on.

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