Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A New Challenge

Alrighty folks!!! I am about to have all kinds of time on my hands because in just 2 days and roughly 4 hours I will start my sabbatical from work. And let me tell you, I could not be more excited.

I work for an amazing company that offers it's employees one of the long lost benefits of our time; the elusive sabbatical. Every seven years we get two months (yes TWO MONTHS, sixty days!) paid off, in addition to our normal vacation time. I have deferred my sabbatical for one year already and decided to take it before the baby comes. Now, this leaves me with all kinds of time on my hands. Since my husband doesn't get the kind of time off that I do, I had to figure out something to occupy my time. I know I will be working on the nursery (I will be sure to post before and after photo's of that) but I needed something else. I promised myself I would go to the gym 5 days a week. Since I am not working, I can get my butt to the gym for one hour a day and at least walk or bike! We shall see how that goes...

In addition, I have decided I am going to do a daily Pin challenge. I have over 2,800 pins on my Pinterest account and I want to start trying out some of those recipes, craft ideas, and DIY funzies I've been pinning over the past two years. I will document my success (or fails) here for shits and giggles. I will be sure to share the original pin and let you know my opinion on how it turned out. Good thing my husband is not a picky eater. I have a feeling I will be cooking a lot of things I don't normally cook. I hope we don't go hungry...

I do have some travel planned in May where I won't be able to do it daily but I plan to do the best I can to keep up my challenge on a mostly daily ritual and post the results.

I think my first one will be Eggplant Pizzas. I love eggplant and pizza and I am trying to eat better since I am preggo. This one might be a good one to start out with.

Julia Child's Eggplant Pizzas

Wish me luck! I shall be back Tuesday when the journey begins.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Why I've Been Absent

I've been gone for awhile. Which is OK, because I have been working on another creative outlet. This post doesn't really go with the theme of my blog but that's OK! It's my blog and I can do what I want.

I am still doing nail designs and I have a few really cute designs I plan on posting soon.

I've been so busy lately because my husband and I are expecting our first child in the beginning of August this year. We've been trying to pick out names (we've narrowed it down to 4!), nursery decoration, necessities, etc all fitting these in between Dr's appointments and our social life. In addition I enrolled in a photography class. I recently bought a Cannon Rebel T3i and I didn't know how to use it. Now I am slowly learning and I am also learning how to edit the photos too.

I wanted to share some of my photos here. I am new, and inexperienced but I really like the way these turned out. Enjoy :)

Our new kitten, Axl

Scorpion Gluch at South Mountain 

South Mountain

South Mountain 

Time with my niece in Flagstaff

Messing around with my macro lens

My sister Megan at Glamis Sand dunes


My husbands bass

After a good rain

Mesa Arts Center

Mesa Arts Center

Mesa Arts Center

After our first rain in 70 days

After our first rain in 70 days

The orange tree in our backyard