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last assignment + first lunch

May 4, 2011

It’s a doom and gloom day here in Newport because of the impending fog.

But even though I woke up to the ever dependable sound of the fog horn (it’s actually a bit of a comfort) and no sign of the sun in sight, I was ready for life.


I am officially done with college.

I can’t believe it.

I’m no longer an academic student.

Of course, I’ll be learning for the rest of my life, but my days of sitting in a classroom and paying tuition (we can talk about loans later…much later) I’m DONE.

So even though it’s cloudy and “looks like rain” (Ever After da Vinci quote anyone? Love that movie!) I’m going to pretend it looks like THIS outside.

I definitely need more time to reflect on this, but for now I’m off to celebrate with my cousin who is visiting from Boston.

And seriously, what better way to celebrate handing in your last assignment than lunching in Newport for the first time with your (favorite) cousin?

I’m thinking we should commemorate the occasion with nothing better than the Newport Creamery.

This calls for fries…and naturally, lots and lots of ketchup.


What do you do to celebrate an occasion or your accomplishments? This one is calling for only the best: sweet potato fries, cole slaw, ice-cream, and lots of quality family gossip. Don’t worry, with something like college graduation on the horizon, the festivities are only getting started!

What was your first job straight out of college/high school/ trade school (highest education)? I’ll let you know 🙂 Hopefully, I’ll let you know sooner than later.

may day praise

May 1, 2011

Happy May!  

At Mass this morning the priest said during the homily a quote from someone and it really stuck a chord with me right away.

He said, “Preach the beauty and love and salvation of God all the time, but only use words when absolutely necessary.”  


After Mass I took a walk around town enjoying the most glorious day Newport has seen in a while (hello, warm spring weather, nice of you to join us in May!) and really meditated on the priest’s words and the meaning of them.

With the my face basking in the glorious warm sun, my camera clicking away at the beauty before me, and my heart opening up to whatever awaits in my future, I thanked God for letting me “just BE.” 

I hope these pictures of creation bring a smile to your face and that your weekend was filled with the simple joys of life like mine was.

From visiting with old friends, to barbecuing with new ones, from handing in one final assignment to beginning work on another, from rushing to Mass to walking in prayer afterwards, it was a productive weekend for my heart and soul.

And for that, I thank God.


What are you thankful for in life right now? I’m thankful for my health and my good friends, both new and old, that I met throughout my college years. Quality over quantity has always been my preference when it comes to people and I’ve been blessed this year especially.

Name one summer or memorable activity that you participated in this weekend: BBQ season has officially begun!

summer + life so soon

April 28, 2011

I’m not expecting some “Blogger of the Month” award for frequency in posting…or even consistency in posting…

Don’t worry, I realize I’ve been MIA and for that let me sincerely apologize.

But can I just say that I had my very last undergraduate college class EVER just a few hours ago?

You might think that I’m ready to drop the books completely, but already I’m waiting for the chance to spend an hour or two relaxing with only the best collection of books in my house.

You bet we keep our Betty Crocker’s Cookbook intact with a rubber band. That’s quality right there, and many a food stained, out of order page to prove it.

No more classes. I can hardly believe it.

Honestly, it hasn’t hit me.

I’m sure it will soon enough but because I have a few more final assignments to hand in, I’m still on that “almost there, not quite yet” trip.

It’s just that spring is doing its crazy, summer is coming soon, and life itself is on the horizon.   

So while I finish up my schoolwork (job applications, you’re just going to have to wait), here’s a quick flashback to the lovely Easter weekend I had.

There’s nothing quite like coming downstairs Easter Sunday morning ready for Mass and the celebration of the Resurrection and seeing an assortment of Easter baskets all aglow with the morning rays.

All in the family.

From left to right is my cousin, older sister, me, and my younger sister.

I must say, we’re a pretty stylish group.

What do you mean did I ask my little sister to slouch so I would look taller?

…maybe just a little…

Easter, you’ve come and gone too quickly, but I’m enjoying plenty of egg salad, thanking God for all His glory (while simultaneously placing a lot of faith in Him and praying for His intercession in my life and future right now), and holding on to the scent of fresh spring flowers.

Now, because Easter candy can only fuel me so much, I’m off to eat a quick power snack and get my work done.

Wish me luck (and please, bear with me and my current hectic schedule).

Thank you!

P.S. One thing I’m most excited about when everything dies down a bit is catching up on your blogs! Trust me, they’re more than a comfort and joy 🙂


What’s your favorite pick me up/ power food? Lately I’ve been loving bananas with a little “butter” of yogurt, a sprinkle or two of cinnamon, and a big spoonful of pb on the side.

When you accomplish something or come to a milestone in your life, do you find it takes a while to really sink in? Definitely. I’ve found that I’ll think about something like that more weeks or months later rather than right at that moment.