Sunday, May 27, 2012

Wedding » Mindy

So glad the wedding is finally over. I've got even bigger of a work load when it comes to editing, but that's okay, because I'm on vacation and I'm going to take it easy and slow.

Can't believe it's Sunday already. I hope I lose track of days this week!

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Friday, May 25, 2012


Still editing... but guess what? I'm officially on vacation now. Just checking into the blog but now I'm going to hang out with some company. :)


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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Go Bulldogs

 "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" Is that how that saying goes????

I'd say that lately I've had a pretty fair ratio of working my ass off and having good times.

This past weekend had it's ups and downs. Saturday, after one of the most trying mornings ever, I came home with a lot of Pike Day treasures and ended my night by the river, drinking with good, old friends. Followed by a typical, amazing, relaxing Sunday. Of course, Monday is the first, yet least favorite day of the week, but to counteract that, I called off Tuesday. I slept a much needed 12 hours and spent the rest of the afternoon with Michael and the ferrets. After that, Corpse and I escaped to the sweet city, where we saw Gogol Bordello and Primus. It was dreamy. That is the only way I can describe it. A lot of fun. However, I struggled to get to work today after only 3 or 4 hours of sleep. It was just one of those days where I really had to bite my tongue all day. As much as I just wanted to go home and curl up one the couch to take a nap, I had to go to the baseball field after work and take some sports photos. I'm not going to lie, I prayed for rain all day, but in the end, I'm glad I got that over with and out of the way. It's some easy, extra cash to go towards my new camera fund. As much as I am still dragging this evening, I must admit, I'm still in after-concert high mode. Just floating along, giddily. I'm glad this feeling can remain untouchable though everything else.

Now what will tomorrow bring? Who knows. So often I feel as though I'm pushed to the point where want to give up, especially at work, but I just can't. Something keeps pushing me to keep going and move forward. I feel like there is a name for this particular gut feeling but I can't pinpoint it. I guess I just know deep down that it all pays off. Even though, I have this little evil, doubtful voice in my head constantly telling me otherwise.

A friend and I have been chatting a lot recently about life and she said something along the lines of how.. the good times make the hard times worth going through and how nothing great comes easy. This is all true. At least when I can slow down and think about it, it seems like it makes sense. I wish I could remind myself of these little tidbits of advice when I'm having my rough days, but alas, the wisdom always seems to be the last part of the whole process.

Well, I'm not so sure there is even a point to be made here and why it is that I keep writing posts like this over and over. Like I said, I certainly have my fair share of good times and bad times. That's human and well, I'm human. As much as I want this blog to be my happy, private little sanctuary corner of the world wide web, I guess I write like this because when I look back, I know first and foremost, I'm going to remember the good times and memories and successes, but at the same time, I want to make it clear to myself when I reflect on situations and times, how I got to this point and all the effort and hard work and struggle that can be involved. This honesty will hopefully break my obsessive thinking about how everything good is in the past and nothing will ever compare. This is a rut I often find myself in. I suppose it's just kind of a mental note to myself during those times when I'm really trying to find the strength to make it through the day.. saying that everything is okay, this is normal, things will and do get better, and they aren't truly as bad as they seem . Just be patient and just keep living.

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Monday, May 21, 2012


Yesterday was a typically wonderful lazy Sunday in Brownsville with my family. Sundays are the perfect relaxing day to end a fun weekend and muster the energy to do it all over again. It was super nice to just lay in the cool grass in the sun. I had forgot how much I missed having a yard. That is one aspect that city life can't even begin to compare with.

I'm looking forward to this being a quick week. I called off work tomorrow already. Corpsey and I are going to head to Pittsburgh later in the evening to see Primus and Gogol Bordello. So, I figured I'd just take the whole day off. Well deserved, if I do say so myself.

I still haven't came to terms with the fact that I'm not only off tomorrow, but off all of next week. I get so easily stuck in routines. I'm looking forward to the change of pace, though. It will definitely feel so good to just have all that time to unwind from the usual grind.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Duda's Greenhouse

This past week, our classroom went on an outing to Duda's Greenhouse in Republic. They were kind enough to donate each of the children a flower and helped them plant it. We toured the rest of the greenhouse and got to touch, smell, and see a lot of beautiful plants!

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Friday, May 18, 2012


Last weekend Michael and I stopped at his grandmother's house. We took her some pretty flowers for Mother's Day and did some visiting with the family. One of my favorite thing about these visits is the fact that there always seems to be new baby kittens every time we stop by and luckily, this time, I had my camera!

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day » 2012

So many sweet words about Mother's Day floating around Blogland already. What can I say that hasn't been said?

Well, first and foremost, just.... Happy Mother's Day.

I'm very thankful to have such a sweet, caring mother. She's done such a wonderful job raising me into the person I am and I couldn't thank her enough for everything she has taught me and everything she does for me. She's more than my mother, she's my best friend. My very, very best irreplaceable friend. I look forward to hearing her voice every day, even if it is just through the telephone. I've heard her tell me stories about her talking to her own mother on the phone, daily, while doing everyday activities like washing the dishes, and I can see how much she misses her and how she'd give anything to hear her voice again. With that being said, I'm going to cherish these times with every bit of my being because you never know when it will be gone. I love her beyond words. More than all the stars in the sky. More than all the dirt in the world. More than all the grains of sand on the beach. :)

 I feel like Mother's Day is even more than just that. Anyone who cares for others just like they are their own deserves a special pat on the back today, as well. I guess I say this because I work with kids on a daily basis and so many of them, sadly, don't even have mother figures in their own life. I know I hate my job, basically, most days, but I also know I'm an important caring adult in their life and there may, unfortunately, be very few of them in their lifetimes. I know I need to slow down every day and consider my impact on them because not all of us are so lucky.

If you read my blog, you know the majority of my posts are about my ferrets and you know that my pets are my world so I can't forget to mention a Happy Mother's Day to all the pet mom's. These little critters are like children of my own. My days revolve around them. As much responsibly as it is and as much as I just want to not care some days, that's an impossible thought. I'm blessed to have each and every one of these creatures in my life. They do love me and the depend on me. They know I'm there to take care of them and keep the safe and they are right. I'd do anything in my power and more to do so. I imagine this is much the same feeling a mother would have to their own children. Yes, it's an animal, but the bond is still there and still incredibly strong. You can't tell me otherwise. I can't begin to picture my life without them and I wouldn't want to.

So if your biggest priority in life is the happiness and health of some other living being... this day is for you. Enjoy it and know that you're loved and appreciated ever second of every day.

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Morning Rituals

Good morning, everyone. Just wanted to make a quick little post while I had the chance this morning. As per usual, we're having some computer problems, so I'm on the desktop for now. Not that I mind too much, but hopefully it's temporary. I've really got to try even harder than I have been backing up my photos almost every time I upload them! Man, how do we have so much bad luck?! Crossing my fingers that it's nothing to severe!

Today, if all goes well, I think we are headed to a pow-wow in Brownsville. It should be interesting and provide a lot of beautiful photo ops. I have perhaps the most vivid childhood memories of going to a pow-wow when I was younger. If it's anything like what plays back in my mind, it should be a good time.

Have a safe and happy Saturday.

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