{First Taste of Autumn}

October 8, 2014 § Leave a comment

We had simply marvelous weather over the weekend and just had to take advantage of it! What’s the best thing to do in 60-degree weather? Hike, of course! I didn’t get pictures of the treacherous part of the hike; too much concentration was being used not to slip off of fallen logs and into murky, swampy water! We had a fun- if not short- 12  miles. Enjoy! 🙂

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My sister and BIL carved these last year. 🙂

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Homework- English Comp. Journal Entry- 1 {08.29.2014}

August 29, 2014 § Leave a comment

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In response to Clive Thompson’s article “The New Literacy.”

Journal Prompt: Has your time spent on social media helped or hindered your writing ability?

My response:

“Between blogging, instagramming, and tweeting, social media plays a big role in my written communication.  I definitely think that time spent writing online, particularly blogging and tweeting, has made a positive impact on my writing skills.

While blogging has motivated me to express complex feelings and ideas to my followers, tweeting has challenged me to clearly get an idea across in 130 characters or less.  Both have noticeably improved my diction.

Knowing who my audience is can definitely affect the style and tone of my writing.  I write to effect an intimate feeling of friendship and connection with my readers on my blog, while on Twitter, I invent ways to shoot out sarcastic, humorous, and relatable monologue condensed into one or two sentences.

If I did not have any social media, I would most likely only write for school assignments.  Because of this, I concur with Thompson’s claims that my time and involvement spent writing online have improved my writing ability.”

 

 

{Wisdom}

August 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

“I have not learned wisdom,
Nor have I the knowledge of the Holy One.

Who has ascended to heaven and come down?
Who has gathered the wind in his fists?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is his son’s name?
Surely you know!

Every word of God proves true;
He is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”

Proverbs 30:3-5

{Growing Up}

January 30, 2014 § 5 Comments

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(I wish I would have gotten a picture of a slice…)

To the future.

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This is an Inspiring Post. {all things floral}

August 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

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A flower – shrivelled, bare of fragrance,

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Forgotten on a page – I see,

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And instantly my soul awakens,

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When did it bloom? the last spring? earlier? How long?

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Where was it plucked? By whom?

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By foreign hands? or by familiar?

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And why put here, as in a tomb?

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To mark a tender meeting by it?

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A parting with a precious one?

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Or just a walk, alone and quiet,

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In forests’ shade? in meadows’ sun?

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Is she alive? Is he still with her?

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Where is their haven at this hour?

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Or did they both already wither,

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Like this unfathomable flower?

{The Flower – Alexander Pushkin}

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Oh, the Veganity! (+ pain + simplifying) {Day 2/30}

August 7, 2013 § 2 Comments

When I originally began planning for my 30 days of veganism, I felt like “it wouldn’t be that hard” and “this will be a breeze.” Instead of taking it slow and gradually climbing into the lifestyle, I took its welcoming hand tightly in mine and dove in. I decided to cut out all grain except oats, and become a raw foodist, at that. All-the-way, 110%, blinded-by-the-dazzling-light, off-with-her-head determination. I’m like that in pretty much every aspect of my life. There is no in-between. Everything is black and white. Finding balance is challenging.

I realize now, two days into my journey, that I need to slow down. Begin a bit more gradually. I wanted to cut out grains, become not just vegan, but a bona fide raw vegan. Go big or go home.

I was wrong. Sort of.

Well, let me be honest: I’m not ready for all of this, at the same time, quite yet.

I have decided to take a teeny step back. 100% raw is not yet my current goal. Eating an abundance of raw meals is. Cutting out all grains is a big, BIG step for me. I’m going to start out by limiting them to one serving a day.

I was feeling somewhat overwhelmed at first, but my revised plan has me excited again! I do love living a healthy lifestyle, I just have to practice some things I often don’t: planning, perseverance, and perspective.

On another note, I could use some advice: I twisted my knee almost a month ago. I stood up funny (great way to go out, huh? 😉 ) and I felt a major, twinge-y pain in the front of my knee. It was painful to stand up or walk down the stairs for a few days. I rested it (no exercise) for about a week and a half. Now that I’m getting back into my exercise routine (Cycling about 30-50mi/week and a teeny tiny bit of running) it is still achy. I’m not sure what kind of injury it is, so I don’t know how to treat it! I’ve iced it a few times, but I don’t know if it’s helped. Should I rest it again? Cut down on exercise? I’m clueless and very frustrated! 😛

My quest for a tidy, orderly abode is apparently just beginning. Isn’t it hilarious (not) how we suddenly form such emotional attachments to random inanimate objects when we start going through our junk? Everyone tells me not to throw away my drawings from when I first started drawing, but I feel suffocated by all of my old notebooks! I think I’ve found a solution to that one though. I’m going to keep a few drawings from each year, until they start to get good enough to appreciate! 😛

Anyways. I didn’t realize how much stuff I had until I began pulling out drawers and sorting through them. Oh, boy! This might be tougher than I thought… 😮

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