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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

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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)

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!

I had a death in my family and also started my new job training last week.  I’m a bit exhausted, to say the least.  So, pretend this hilarious wrong # text is an actual blog post.

One fun fact is that there are currently gummy bears soaking in rum in my refrigerator.  We decided to call them Whitegirlwasted (WGW) Rummy Gummies.  Come Friday night, we intend to put them to the WGW test.

The thing people usually think of first when they think of Kentucky is fried chicken and/or horses.  But there’s definitely something else we’re famous for around here.

That, of course, is basketball.  It’s kind of a big deal.  Maybe you’ve heard of us?   If you happen to be out of touch and/or uninterested in NCAA basketball (so sad for you), just ask these folks:

This funny guy knows where it’s at.

This dude comes to hang out once in a while.

And this guy could barely contain his excitement over one of our wins last year.  Look how happy he is…right?

Anyway, I went to my first game this week.  It was amazing.  I don’t know how other colleges do the whole home game thing, but it’s definitely a big deal here.  There are fireworks.  Inside.  There are short dance parties.  There are special banners and a hundred different chants.  It’s a big event.  This week’s game against Arkansas was dunkalicious:

BROW DOWN!

I had always been afraid of going to the games because I get really agitated in crowds and the sounds of a basketball game drive me insane, plus getting a ticket is really difficult.  A friend texted me Tuesday asking me to tag along with her right after I found out that I got the job, and I thought it would be a great way to celebrate.  Even though we were all the way at the top of the arena and squeezed in a with a bunch of strangers, the atmosphere was so amazing that none of it bothered me.  We had a great view of the game, despite the height, and we were far enough that I didn’t have to hear any of the squeaking shoes or whistle blowing nonsense.  Plus, being at the game you don’t have to suffer through ridiculous commentating.  Win!

We’re ranked number two right now and I’m ready for a boss finish to the season.  See you all in the Final Four!

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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