January 31, 2013

Paperman


If you are into sweet, love stories you will enjoy this short film by Disney. This adorable little short film is out just in time for Valentine's Day. I'm a sap, so I will not disclose the emotions felt after watching it, but I will say that it is truly sweet.

January 29, 2013

It's My Birthday!

  
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today is my birthday!
happy birthday to me! 
I have lived a quarter of a century.
unbelievable!

I am grateful to have made it through another year of life. 

January 24, 2013

A Dream Deferred

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What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore--
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over--
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode? -- Langston Hughes

8 months since graduating with a Masters degree and still no job to show for it. I go through bouts of anxiousness and being antsy,  but I think that has all boiled down to tiresomeness, anger, and re-evaluation.

Tiresome: because I have spent EIGHT months doing nothing but job-hunting with the highest of hopes of getting hired, especially in such a big city with tons of universities, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies.

Angry: because I spent so much time and money on private school degrees and currently have nothing to show for it.

Re-evaluating: because I am no longer sure if this career path that I have chosen is really one that I should pursue.

I mean, I love science, and have had a growing interest in it for several years now. But it does become disheartening when 200+ job applications (yes, you read that correctly -- 217 applications to be exact!!) yield nothing. Employers say they want employees with experience. How do we acquire experience without someone granting us the opportunity to learn? to grow?

I trust in the Lord for His promises to provide and grant me the desires of my heart. He has done it before. More than once. It's just a little difficult seeing where this one will go. Is there a reason why I am losing interest in working as a research laboratory technician? (other than sheer frustration over job-hunting). Is this not what I am called to do?

I guess I just have to continue trusting and see what happens.

'Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.'
Proverbs 13:12

January 23, 2013

Connecticut, the Beautiful

Beau's college friend got married this weekend, so we took a little trip up to Connecticut to see him tie the knot. I was super excited about going since I hadn't been here since graduation and we planned on visiting the church I attended while living there.

 After leaving over an hour after our projected departure time and driving south instead of north we finally made it.


Connecticut was just as beautiful as it was when I left. There was snow on the ground (old snow, but snow nonetheless), the air was crisp and the views were great. We arrived right around dusk and happened to pass by the Trap Falls Reservoir which had the most amazing view.


Beau's friend's wedding on Sunday was also beautiful. All in all, I really just enjoyed getting away for a short while. I look forward to many more road trips with my love.

January 19, 2013

Weekend Getaway

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Beau and I are off this weekend on a short roadtrip. 
I'm pretty elated!
Enjoy your weekend, everyone. 

January 14, 2013

Post-Marriage Expectations


I think Kendi said it best when she stated: "People think that when you get married and move to a small town you should get pregnant... I started a blog. (It's a girl)."

After the wedding night, it is expected that there will be a bun in the oven and the cycle of life and post-marriage expectations rolls on.  Beau and I did not plan it that way.

We have dated for 3 years before we said "I do" back in November, and have just come to know (archaic) each other after our wedding day.  

In essence, we are young. We want to get to know each other more, travel a little bit and enjoy a couple years with just the two of us before introducing another human being into our lives.

Besides, I don't think any young couple in their right minds would say to themselves: Alright, we have purchased a house and got married within a few months. How else can we spend a large sum of money in a short amount of time? Oh, I know! Let's have babies!

That's just. not. wise.

I haven't even begun a professional career yet! Life is just beginning for me. 

Baby will come, but we're not planning for one any time soon.

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January 13, 2013

Snippets


Day 7/365 Red house. Yellow door.

I took my advice and went outside in search of something to shoot. I stopped by a park and there it was. This red shed, which was very reminiscent of a maple syrup shack I spotted at a Fall Festival in Connecticut in 2011.

This photo is cropped, but I like it nonetheless. Although, I really do wish I had a DSLR to make the trees appear a little bit sharper in this image.

Day 8/365 Closed Road.

I would be lying if I said I actually took this photo on day 8. Truth is, I snapped it on day 7. I did not like the actual photo I took for day 8, so I swapped it with this.

Day 9/365 Modern Day Rosie the Riveter

I love building things (all accessories and instructions included of course). I spent the greater part of day 9 assembling a bookshelf for our room closet/library. I still have my (grown-out) manicure from my wedding day, but who cares? Some other nails needed attention that day. 
 
Day 10/365 Thank you

I am fully ashamed that it has taken us this long to send out thank-you cards for those who attended our wedding. This day was not going to end until I finished writing them up.

Day 11/365 Trolley Stop
This day was pretty cloudy. I had no clue what to capture, so I decided to go look about the trolley stops that run perpendicular to where we live. 

Living in Philly for the majority of my life, I would see the trolley tracks running through Germantown and Chestnut Hill, but never saw one on the road. I never actually rode on a trolley until I started dating Beau. I think it's pretty cool having a bit of old transportation mixed in with the new.

Day 12/365 Branches at dusk.

The former part of day 12 was as cloudy as the day before. As beau and I went out for an evening drive, the sun began breaking through the clouds just before the sunset.

There is something about bare trees in the winter. The symmetry. The beauty.


January 10, 2013

In: Fluenza


Fever. Chills. Achy Joints. Tiredness. Stuffy nose.
Influenza.

The past week have been really rough, as I woke up early last Friday morning and felt like death. I had an awful headache-- the kind that feels like your brain has dislodged and is rolling around at free will in your skull; fever; severe tiredness -- I practically slept all day; and a stuffy nose -- the kind that feels like it was blockaded with cement. I was miserable and weak.

Word on the street (i.e. in news reports) is that the influenza (the flu) is taking many victims in the U.S. and this is the highest number of cases reported in several years. Healthcare professionals are urging individuals to protect themselves by staying home when sick, covering mouths when sneezing or coughing (as to prevent the grossness occurring in the above video), washing hands frequently, and getting vaccinated.

As I've hinted at in an older post, I am a HUGE advocate for vaccines. They help prevent the spread of highly communicable diseases and help protect those with weaker immune systems (i.e HIV/AIDS patients, those undergoing chemo/radiation, etc.) from acquiring such diseases. Regretfully, I did not get a flu vaccine this year, and regretfully so. I hope you, dearest readers, will take some precaution this season and consider getting vaccinated or at least taking precautionary measures in avoiding the seasonal flu.

Needless to say, I feel better now. And I'm glad! Beau was determined to nurse me to health with this bitter Jamaican tea (Cerasee), and I wasn't having any of it!

Stay healthy, everyone!


January 6, 2013

Days 1-5

I am only 5 days into Project Life 365 and it's already proving to be difficult. Being at home just about everyday makes finding subject matters worth photographing pretty tough. I am not too happy with the photos I have gathered this week, so I threw them all in a mosaic collage. I won't even bother writing a blurb to describe each.

I really would like to make this project work, and push myself beyond my limits. Therefore, I have set a short term goal: to have next week's photos be more amazing than this past week.

My other plans for having a successful Project 365 are: 
  1.  Not taking the challenge too literally (i.e. snapping tidbits of my day).
  2.  Blogging about a photo every single day.
  3. Acquiring inspiration for my photos from the Daily Challenges on the project website until I get  the hang of things. I may even do hodgepodge of both (since blogging every day sounds tiring).
  4. Get out! get out! get out to capture quality/interesting shots. (I'm sure I could also use the fresh air).

If you are reading this and you are doing this photo challenge or have already completed one, what advice do you have to getting through?

I look forward to seeing what photos I will be able to capture next week! 

January 3, 2013

On being happy(-ier)


I have been noticeably "happier" (as mentioned by those around me). It seems as if marriage has "done something for me". 

Truth is, I am usually a solemn/serious person; increasingly so within the past year. So much has gone on. Much of it robbed me of my happiness. But it's back! I am happy with where I am in life now. I am happy to be married. I am happy to be away from what brought me tears.
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