Prom & Memorial Day!

Truthfully, the prom part of this post is not about me. But how kind of you to think I look young enough to go to prom! You’re not the only one– that afternoon while trying to be my helpful self and pick up the flowers from our local florist, the lady wished me a fun night on my way out…. My sister was invited as a sophomore to go with her friend, a junior. Conveniently for us, he’s also our neighbor, so we only had about a football field to walk next door for pictures. Here’s some of my favorite shots:
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(A note to my self pride: Shan’s wearing heels here. We’re actually about the same height.)
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And of course, HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!! Yes, this is actually a holiday I enjoy =) A weekend of beautiful weather, backyard games, opening our pool for the season, getting peed on by the first toad of summer, along with a sort of family reunion and two parades! Yay, summer! Here’s some treats Mom and Shan helped me make for the picnic:

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Pretty Post-Rain Pictures

Today, Connecticut found itself in a bit of a storm with on and off drizzles all day.  In Ireland last fall, I quickly learned to appreciate and enjoy the rain.  So, once the shower stopped and before darkness settled, I grabbed my camera and donned my lilac-colored Crocs.  [Yes, I occasionally am a martyr to the socially forbidden garden shoes (insert shame here.)]   Regardless of my footwear, I think I got some great macro shots!

Geraniums

Geraniums

Geraniums

Deck chair

Deck chair

Rhododendrons

Geraniums

Love all the raindrops! :)

The Battle

The recent weather has been absolutely gorgeous!  Shan and I decided to have a water balloon toss, which obviously turned into a water balloon fight :-)  She first shot was actually quite candid, but Mom was on her toes and started snapping pics for evidence:

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Prepping the ammo

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Shan running away after the first splash… Heehee whoops!

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Shan using her pitcher’s arm for retaliation… and me running away like a laughing banshee

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Shan getting revenge!

Remnants of the war

End of Semester Part 4: Work, MTELs, and Mom’s Day!

Instead of speeding off into the sunset after my last paper was due, I accepted a position working for one of my professors in the English Dept. We spent twenty-four hours sorting piles, drawers, and cabinets of assignment sheets and articles. After days of ink-stained hands, paper cuts, and five recycling bins of old paper, the mission of re-established organization was accomplished! The week was proof of how a positive employer/employee relationship can make even the most mind-numbing task of sorting paper easily bearable. Though mentally exhausting, the hours passed surprisingly quickly working alongside Becky, and I’d definitely do it again.

After an eventful Friday night visiting friends in Boston, Erin, who housed my homeless self for the week, and I returned to Springfield. After re-assembling my possessions strewn about her house, I moved on to the next mission on my ambitious list: taking the pilot MTEL. I received an email early last week seeking out anyone wishing to be a “tester” for some of the MTEL test questions, of course with some reward attached. This may sound weird, because after passing my English test in March, I never thought I’d step back into a room of MTELs again. However, the draw of a $100 gift card to Penguin books for an hour’s worth of effort definitely sparked my interest. After completing the practice questions in good time, the proctors offered me to do another. Another 35 minutes later, I was promised that $200 worth credit to the book company would be emailed to me soon. I’d call that an entire week of worthwhile work!

And then on to the lovely CT valley! A sleepy night with Dad and Shan turned into a delicious brunch before delivering our presents for Mother’s Day to Mom. It was a beautiful day for hanging out on the deck with family and catching up! :)

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I was not shunned for cutting the cheese for once. Har har.

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Accidentally swiped some crackers off the counter and one manged to balance precariously on the millimeter thin drawer ledge for over 15 minutes!

My newest creative hobby (aka obsession) of this spring semester has been card making! Thank-yous, birthdays, graduations, etc. I’ve made about a dozen this semester taking anywhere from forty minutes to embarrassingly long amounts of time pondering color patterns and fine tuning scrapbook paper snippets. This detail-oriented activity takes my thoughts off whatever worries can possibly be poisoning my mind and channels my focus into pretty creations for loved ones :)

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To Mom :) (she appreciated the painstaking tuft of grass)

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I also busted out some more creativity–stealing a cute idea from the addictive website Pinterest. On a small scrapbook paper taped to each card of a gently used deck, I wrote one thing I love about my mom. Some funny, some sentimental, I managed to choke her and a couple family members up.

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My wonderful sister, Shanny, helped me by tracing her hands for these 3D cards, stretching out into the image below…

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Newest addition to the fam!

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My pretty kitty

Time for summer :-)