{Summer 2013} 11.12.13

November 13, 2013 § 4 Comments

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In the wake of countless pumpkin recipes, pictures of sweater-clad pretties cradling a steamy mug of tea in their hands, leaves trying to change colors (for the most part, they’re going from green to brown… live oaks, pine trees, and magnolias are rather boring when it comes to fall, which is sad), and most of all, the seemingly IN MY FACE UNTIL I BUY THEM riding boots,

I’m feeling a bit melancholy. (And really, the boot thing is kind of ridiculous this year. Maybe it’s because I’m more aware of fashion {Thank you Pinterest}, but the trend seems almost cultish this year. I’m resisting, mostly because I’m poor, but also because I’m poor.)

The melancholy is mostly not about boots. It’s about summer.

I usually dread the long steamy muggy mosquito-y sweaty April-through-November (Yeah, it was in the seventies today. The chilly air is hit and miss this month.) hot summer days,

but this year

I enjoyed it.

Perhaps it was because I had a fun bike riding partner

or because I was able to travel a bit

or maybe I just focused on enjoying the moment more.

All I know is, I’m kind of missing it. It could be the fact that I’m being faced with real life things like “Are you going to college?” and “Will you take the ACT again?” “You’re becoming a nuclear physicist-brain surgeon-paleontologist, right?”  and heavy schoolwork and responsibility and self improvement.

I suppose I just miss living more simply, more carefree.

No tight schedules or have-to-get-this-done or very much stress.

I have to try to act like a grown up.

Which, humorously, I spent most of my early young adult years (if 10-now is considered a young adult…) trying so desperately to be.

Like, can I just be four again?


I’d totally cash in all those naps I refused.



{Early Autumn Recap}

November 10, 2013 § Leave a comment

I had a great post, but my computer decided to have a diva fit. ( No comment. EXCEPT THAT COMPUTERS SHOULDN’T HAVE DIVA FITS.)

Here are some pictures I’ve taken this fall instead.



This guy is a little bent out of shape…


Fall flowers are my favorite.


I’ve always wondered what kind of plant/bush/tree this was. we have so many around my house, and they smell really nice.


Why hello, Mr. Mushroom!


My unique leaf of kale…

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The Harvest Moon we had last month.

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This wagon and leaf pile looked so photogenic, I couldn’t resist snapping a quick photo of it.


This is an Inspiring Post. {all things floral}

August 9, 2013 § Leave a comment


A flower – shrivelled, bare of fragrance,


Forgotten on a page – I see,


And instantly my soul awakens,

e863c3a111c8b72ed44a159d82c50aabFilled with an aimless reverie:


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


Where was it plucked? By whom?


By foreign hands? or by familiar?


And why put here, as in a tomb?


To mark a tender meeting by it?


A parting with a precious one?


Or just a walk, alone and quiet,


In forests’ shade? in meadows’ sun?


Is she alive? Is he still with her?


Where is their haven at this hour?


Or did they both already wither,


Like this unfathomable flower?

{The Flower – Alexander Pushkin}


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… 😮



Life{style} Changes

August 1, 2013 § 2 Comments

As my sister and I were discussing health about a week ago, I told her how great I feel now that I’ve eliminated sugar from my diet. (18 days free as of today!) mimicking my friend, I started out just doing a 21-day sugar fast to detox and rid my system of the addiction it was. Honestly, the first few days were tough. All I could THINK about was sugar! Now, I don’t even want it. My next phase in this is to completely delete any and all processed grains as well, due to the poor nutrition of the off-the-shelf bread products, not to mention the fact that what carbs to straight to sugar during digestion. I like this “no sugar thing” so much, I’m continuing with this lifestyle indefinitely. Now, I’m not saying I’ll never have another thing that contains sugar in it; I’m just going to be much more selective! (Think raw honey, molasses, and dates as sweeteners.)

My sister decided she wanted to take a break from sugar after her birthday (the end of July), so she’s decided to join me for the month of August. *Whoo, Yay Sarah! :D* In addition, she told me she was also going to eliminate all meat and dairy from her diet for the month. Then she asked moi to join ses. I agreed, eager to encourage her in this temporary lifestyle change.

A bit surprisingly, though, I came to an odd conclusion.

I’m about 85% vegan already. Because I’m allergic to dairy products, milk, cheese, and all associates have already been eliminated. The only animal products I consume are limited amounts of meat (I’m not a huge fan most of the time) and occasional butter. Um… This might be easier than I thought.


since I like a good challenge

I decided to make it a bit more complicated.

For the month of August, I will be eating a raw vegan diet. That means at least 75% of the food I consume will be 100% raw. I’m weirdly super excited to try this out! 😛

A raw food diet includes:

  • all raw fruits and vegetables
  • nuts and seeds
  • sprouts
  • roots, root vegetables and squashes
  • fresh herbs and raw spices
  • seaweeds

In addition to these lifestyle changes, I’ve also decided to majorly simplify everything I own. If it doesn’t have a use and I can’t (or won’t) put it to one, I’m selling it, giving it away, or throwing it away. I have clothes I never wear, books I don’t read, and junk I don’t use. There’s no point in keeping it!

I hope these excited ramblings weren’t too boring… I just had to tell someone! 😉

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A Summer Getaway {Part 1}

July 4, 2013 § 1 Comment

A few weeks ago, I had the lovliest time in Fairhope, Alabama, with a choice group of close friends. It was marvelous! I thought I would share a few snapshots I captured while vacationing. Happy summering!


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Hedgehog Butter Cookies

June 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

Aw, I’m in love! 😀