Versatile Blogger

My friend Sara awarded me this lovely little blog award and now I am going to tell you seven things about me and pass it along . . .

1. I started blogging to document my travels to Ghana and Spain during the year after graduation.

2. I started loving blogging after I looked back on my previous entries and dove right into the situations I had found myself in. Riding tro-tros, running from elephants, teaching moments, contemplating the future . . .

3. I think blogs are frustrating because there’s a constant sense of self-censorship. My audience includes my grandparents, parents, friends and random internet passer-bys so sometimes I can’t use the blog as a totally honest journal. I just can’t reveal my deepest thoughts and deeds to the entire internet population. And don’t even get me started on discussing work issues on a blog.

4. I have been dating Andy for 5 1/2 years and we are still discovering interesting new things about each other. I’m in no rush to get hitched.

5. I love eating Trader Joe’s frozen quiches for lunch at work. I buy them in multiples every time.

6. My biggest pet peeve is long toenails.

7. I dream about having a bigger kitchen so two people can actually fit in it at the same time. However, I learned to cook in a totally outdated kitchen in Spain where the oven was lit by match and had two settings: Hot and Slightly Less Hot. I think I secretly like crappy kitchens. I can still make good food in them. It makes me feel like if I ever do get a nice kitchen, my cooking will be the best in the whole world.

Now to pass this thing on(I just read these, I don’t actually know the authors. If you do, then go ahead and let them know they’ve won!): Posy Gets Cozy, Smitten Kitchen, Decor8, Young House Love, 2000 Dollar Budget Wedding, All the Pretty Birds, Anna Maria Horner!

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If I was to get married . . .

which is not yet in the plans, I think I would be over the moon to copy almost everything from Young House Love’s gorgeous backyard wedding. In their own backyard. Young House Love is a great DIY themed blog started by a couple newlyweds documenting their house renovations. They also happened to come up with the brilliant plan of hosting their wedding in their backyard and planning out all the decorations, food and activities with a tight budget in mind. I especially love the lemons and limes throughout and the photo booth they rented. With Andy starting grad school in a couple weeks, our focus is now on getting him through school and staying above water in terms of finances. Luckily, my PSU discount is about 70% off tuition but it’s still going to be a long process. As we have been having a blast living together, neither one of us is in a hurry to get hitched anytime soon. I figure, I’ve let him know the ball is in his court and I’m not too worried about it. Next step for us is finding a new apartment and getting a cat!