Simple Sundays

Since with this blogging challenge I am writing more outside of work than I have in a long time, I thought having themed days might help the process a bit. It’s easy to have lots of ideas for posts, but sometimes it can be difficult to write them out. So, today will be the first post of a new themed day – Simple Sundays, with shorter, simpler posts. Without further adieu, the first Simple Sunday post:

Today started drippy and rainy – and very humid – but the sun soon came out and I managed to get a little gardening in. I relocated my pathetic little Japanese maple to a pot, on advice from people in one of the gardening groups I belong to on Facebook. I bought it a couple of years ago, and each year, it’s completely died back and then begins to grow again in the spring, but never makes it too far. Right now it’s literally 3 inches tall. That’s it. The little thing is practically dead already, so the general consensus is, what’s it going to hurt? In theory I’ll keep it in the pot for a while, hoping it grows and gets stronger.

My poor little Japanese maple

I am excited because I made ice cream for the first time today! I’ve always wanted to try making my own ice cream, and I recently got an ice cream maker attachment for my Kitchen Aid mixer. I put the bowl in the freezer last night and made the ice cream today. It came out delicious, but it was very soft so it’s in the freezer to harden and I’ll have some later.

There’s nothing too exciting going on in my corner of the world today (leftovers for dinner, trash night, “90 Day Fiance” on TV, some reading, etc.). It’s been very quiet, which is very good. I will leave you with some words of wisdom:

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Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot…

Well, here we are at the end of 2012 and it was one hell of a year, not necessarily all good.  It started out fine, but went downhill quickly to the point that by mid summer I was looking forward to 2013.  So here are the highlights and lowlights from my own little personal corner of the world:

EMU 2I started grad school.  At this point I am halfway through a two-year master’s degree program in Integrated Marketing Communications at Eastern Michigan University.  And I have a 3.56 GPA.  Yes, I am proud of that!  At this time next year I’ll be graduating.  I’ve wanted to get a  master’s degree since I got my bachelor’s degree but just never got around to it.  I finally put my foot down and did it.  

My glasses - Vera Bradley "Natalie" frames in Make Me Blush

My glasses – Vera Bradley “Natalie” frames in Make Me Blush

I scratched my cornea, which resulted in my having to wear glasses for two weeks.  Thankfully late last year I got some super cute and totally fashionable new frames – they’re plummy purple and oh-so-subtley metallic.

I saw my first opera.  In May my friend Mike and I went to see I Pagliacci at the Michigan Opera Theatre.  It was a wonderful experience, far better than I expected it to be!  I hope I can go again next season.

sarah symphony

I saw Sarah McLachlan at Meadowbrook on July 1.  She always puts on a great show.  Despite the heat and humidity (and stupid me wearing my hair down and forgetting to pack a pony tail holder in my giant Vera Bradley bag), it was an awesome show.  It was a little different as she had a symphony backing her, but Sarah was splendid.   Continue reading

Apologies…

It has been FAR FAR too long since I last posted (I mean, like, months…), but I do have a good excuse.  Grad school is eating up every minute of my spare time these days, and a minor house issue is forcing me to do something I should have done years ago.  Between the two, there’s little time left.  But I promise I will be back very soon.  I have lots of ideas for posts and I think you’ll like them all.

Hang in there…(I know I’m trying).