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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)


Delicious homemade squash soup (also from the garden)


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.


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.


I feel un-fun.  Until that subsides, enjoy this video.

1.  I panic at least once a day at my new job.  This is the first job I’ve ever had that has goals and numbers set for each person, and I’m such a freaking perfectionist/crazy person that I constantly criticize my performance and make myself super depressed.  I’m stopping this tomorrow.  It’s driven me to tears a minimum of 3 times, more like 5+ if I’m honest.  I’ve had nightmares about it and wake up crying. That’s not okay.  I think I just feel like everything else is so out of control that I put all the pressure into this one thing that I feel like I can control, but the action itself keeps me from being in control.  Like I said, crazy person.  Feel free to leave comments with tips on how to be less ridiculous.  ANYWAY.  Tomorrow, it’s all sunshine and unicorn glitter.

2.  I did very little this weekend.  That made me feel like I had enough time to bake, so I made Barbecue Chicken Pasta and Chocolate Cobbler.  Yum.  Then I started Insanity again because I’m pretty sure I’m about to gain 400 pounds.

3.  I woke up to about 5 glorious inches of snow.  The only way I could have been more pleased was if we didn’t have to go into work.  Too bad, we did.  At least we have a great view of it.

4.  I’m seriously about to go do some research on how to be an adult.  I just don’t think I have a grip on this.  Oh well.

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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