Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Save our Rain Forests!

Good Morning!

This morning while checking my email, I stumbled upon something awesome! I love being able to make a difference in this world we live in, whether it be something big or small.

There is a new search engine called Ecosia. Here is what they are all about! 

Powered by Bing and Yahoo, Ecosia is a search engine with reliable results that also donates a huge chunk of their profits to work in the Amazon.

Every time you click on an advertisement in Ecosia’s results, Bing and Yahoo send their profits back to Ecosia. Twenty percent of that income is used to maintain Ecosia and the rest goes to an Amazon rainforest protection program supported by the WWF.

All you have to do to help every single day is change your default search bar, and occasionally click on a sponsored result. It'll go toward WWF Brazil's efforts to preserve the Tumucumaque region and its rainforest preserve roughly the size of Switzerland.


Ecosia is setting the search bar pretty high. Almost as high as our tolerance for our own puns.

 
How cool is this!? Something that we can ALL do to help save our rain forests with hardly any difficulty! Now, who's going to join me?
 




Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunday Inspiration

His portrayal of his love of the earth, is inspiring. Waking up with the sun. Coffee with the bees. They are amazing creatures, and I agree whole heartily that we could learn so much from watching them and understanding what they accomplish in a day. Such an amazing little place he has opened! If I'm ever up in NY, I'm definitely paying a visit!


Rockaway Taco, A Selby Film from the selby on Vimeo.



I adore bakeries! Such an art. I've never made homemade bread and watching this video makes me want to learn even more so than before.


Tartine Bread from 4SP Films on Vimeo.


Chocolate makers!? Oh, how my heart swoons!


The Mast Brothers from The Scout on Vimeo.


All videos were found on this website

Friday, August 26, 2011

Fill in the Blank Friday!

1. One of life's most simple pleasures is sitting on the front porch sipping Iced Tea out of a mason jar. Listening to the birds chirp & watching the lightening bug.

2. People who are so negative about every aspect of life makes me want to punch someone.

3. I like nature because, it soothes me.

4. Cheese-Ball (maybe not a word, but a nickname) makes me giggle is a funny word.

5. If I had to choose one beauty product to use for the rest of eternity it would be something that has multi-purposes! I can’t handle being dirty, eh!

6. I'm happy that tomorrow is the weekend! I’m ready for some rest and adventure! Hmm, that’s a bit of a contradiction isn’t it?


7. I would never have a snake for a pet. I can’t stand them. They are so creepy crawly! Ah!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Crafty - Card Making


I adore handmade gifts. Maybe it's the thoughtfulness, the time spent, creativeness, etc. They can be so simple, and I'd definitely choose that over a card bought in a store any day of the week. How about you?

Jon (the boyfriend)'s sister's birthday was on Tuesday and I decided to hand maker her a card instead of buying one in the store. Sure, the supplies may cost you to begin, but overall you're able to make a lot of cards for a great price! Not to mention, they are sentimental and mean much more to your recipient!

This is my first attempt at making a card. A bit cheesy, maybe. Very colorful, but still thoughtful! She loved it and was extremely touched that I spent time to make it, showing it off to everyone that attended her party! *Smile*


The front of the card.

The inside of the card. I, of course, wrote a special message inside. *not seen here*

Do you enjoy getting thoughtful gifts? What's your favorite one you've received?

Am I Crazy?



The past couple days have been filled with sunshine! My heart, I have opened, to the changes that may possibly be taking place.


This past weekend Jon’s biological mom was telling me that she knew of a great job coming open. She said, that it was for a foster care agency but she was unable to remember the name of the organization. I told her, I had applied to an agency about 2 weeks ago but yet had heard something. I gave her the name of the agency I applied to and she told me that sounded like the place she was thinking about.

Tuesday morning while driving to work I was talking to my mom, about how I truly despised my job. She said, that the right opportunity hadn’t come along yet, so that’s why I hadn’t received any phone calls back. I sighed.

A few hours later while sitting at my desk at work, my cell phone rang. It was a number that I didn’t recognize so I let voice mail pick it up. When I listened to the voice mail, it was the foster care agency calling me in for an interview. Wow!

Yesterday while in the interview the lady asked me, where I saw myself in 5 years? I told her that I was very interested in psychology or social work, and would love to obtain my degree. She smiled. She said, you could then become a case manager here.

Today I received an email from our local university. It was regarding their Psychology program online that I had inquired about a few months ago. The email stated the online program was now up and they were going to start accepting applicants for the Spring 2012 semester.

Maybe it’s me, but things seem to be coming full circle. I won’t hear anything about the job until tomorrow but it’s as if God is sending me signs letting me know this would be the “right” move.

Am I crazy?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Woodsy Adventure

From the moment I woke up on Sunday morning I knew that it was going to be a great day! I woke up and left Jon in bed, and was looking forward to some peaceful moments. Just me and my coffee. As I was making my coffee I heard thud, thud, thud down the stairs and here Jon came. I brewed my coffee, that smell is so inviting to me in the mornings. I decided that I was hungry and cooked a portabello mushroom omlet. I offered Jon one but he declined.



We got ready after some morning lovin’ and headed out to buy me a new gun! I am now the proud owner of a Marlin 795 .22 semi-automatic! I love it! We came home to break it out of the box, load up some ammo, more guns, and off we went to go on a shooting escapade. Jon and I headed to his parents farm to shoot down in the “bottom”, where we wouldn’t bother anything or anyone. We shot for about 2-3 hours, and Jon kept praising me on how great I was doing. A few times I even out shot him. Words of praise are always great to hear, no matter what you may be doing.




After we shot for a while he asked me if I wanted to go kill a “Squack” aka Squirrel. Off we went exploring. We went and walked until we found a good grassy hideaway and we sat down, surrounded by God knows what. On our walk we passed a box turtle, the things that nature blesses us with is amazing. We heard a squirrel eating an acorn. The leaves were falling off the trees, and the sound would deafen you. It’s incredible when in complete solitude how things seem much more alive. We sat in the woods for a good hour or so before deciding to leave. As we were leaving I spotted a doe on the top of the hill to the right of me. I whispered to Jon, and he quickly grabbed his gun with the scope to take a peek at her. Him and her played peek -a-boo, as she hid her head behind a tree. Jon began to stomp his feet and “grunt” at her, as he wanted me to hear what a deer sounds like in distress/or being scared. It’s definitely a sound that I won’t ever forget. A shrill squeal almost.



Being completely surrounded by nature, in solitude not knowing what is watching your every move is exhilarating. It’s also incredibly peaceful and I’ve not felt that at “ease” in such a long time.



Jon knows that I have not been “hiking” since I lost my leg, but he didn’t even question my ability to climb the grassy/root covered hill. At times I held onto him, but for the most part I was able to do it on my own accord. I’m not sure that he realizes that this made me happy and proud of myself, and thankful for him. Something so little, but something so amazing.



We went back to Jon’s parents house and visited with them for a while. His mom gave me a pear fresh from being picked, so delicious! My first time eating one picked from a tree. Jon bragged to his mom and dad about my shooting capabilities. *smile*



We came home and I cooked Oven Baked Chili Dogs for dinner and worked on a project.



All in all, a GREAT day!

The turtle Jon and I saw as we entered the woods.

My view from where I was sitting.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Nature


I'm feeling a bit nostalgic/reflective today. My mind seems to be everywhere but where it should be. The weather is gorgeous outside, and I have this sudden urge to be completely surrounded by nature. I don't want to hear people talking, cars driving by, phones ringing, etc. I just want it to be me, the open air, and nature surrounding me. This morning the air was cool and crisp, reminded me of a fall morning. I was yearning to go sit by a lake that I visit often and watch the fog rise as morning comes to life.

For now, I'm stuck inside my office plugging a way on this computer. So, this image will have to suffice.

Image taken by me on Sunday afternoon.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

180 South


I watched this movie the other night and loved it! Such a great story of an individuals passion of traveling and adventure.




Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Movies

While being at home sick this week, movies have been on my agenda. These movies are usually ones that wouldn't be on my normal "watch" list but I'm attempting to expand my horizons. Have you seen any of these? What did you think?

"Sugar"
I really loved this movie! Maybe because I have family that have fought their way through the hardships and up the ranks in baseball. 95% of the entire movie was in Spanish with translation at the bottom, but I never lost interest.



"Two Lovers"
A movie about heart break. Attempting to move on. And finding love again despite being fearful of heartbreak once more.


"SWEET land"

A love story. About two individuals coming together. Loving the land you live on. And coming to a foreign country. This movie is so much more, just watch it! It was great!



Monday, August 1, 2011

Sick....

At home sick and off work til Wednesday. Thank goodness I stopped by the library and picked up 4 movies, a book, and then came home to the new Anthropologie catalog and Garden & Gun Magazine in the mail. That may keep me entertained....

Summer isn't made for sickness!

Hopefully I'll be back in the swing of things soon!