Changes, Biking, setting My World on Fire

As my bike skidded to a stop in front of the library I felt the chill rain against my face. Rain is such a beautiful thing that cleanses away all the dirt and griminess. I see it as a refresh from what happens on a day to day basis. And Lord knows we all need to have a refresh. Eek.

I started a new part-time job at a hospital. It’s not a glamorous hospital job but it’s a job that pays, so I am very thankful. The position is as a dietary aid and my work involves a lot of dirty dishes. Which is a bit symbolic of my life right now. Erk, it is all kind of up in the air. Thankfully I have my hobbies that have proven great antidotes to my slight anxiety.

This week and last there’s been increased flooding in the Central Plains. It rained all of Memorial weekend. This Memorial weekend brought a lot of new changes in my life including a new love.

I jumped into painting again as a hobby which is a nice break from my work. My current medium of choice is watercolor. I haven’t done that many paintings, yet. I’m sure looking at one of my paintings you couldn’t tell the difference between them and chicken scratches. But through time, they will change and I’m sure I will get better.

Lately, I have been biking a whole lot as my mode of transportation. Pedal biking that is. Burn calories and get places; what better way to get places. Hopefully, that will change someday after I get my license. Someday in a blue moon. Haha.

Since my relocation, I have been writing and reading more. A whole montage of different books.

I currently have on my desk Get a Financial Life- Personal Finance in your Twenties and Thirties. It’s proven to be quite informative. Hopefully, this will cause a change in my life sooner the better.

I dappled around in Diana Galbadon’s Voyager book which proved a bit too explicit for my reading tastes. Though I am a huge fan of Galbadon’s work and think she is truly a genius.

Also, I am working on getting my application in for a volunteer program abroad that I hope to do this Fall.

Currently, I am WiFi-less at my house and hopefully will be getting that set up on Thursday. Which is going to be such a relief.

A Dove and a Mirror

As I gazed in the mirror at my wood wicked chair I wondered what was is to come. A dove flighted off a branch and I wondered; wondered deep.

Wandering through the paths of all the “could be’s” and the “might’s.”
To a deep wonder.
I stood gazing back at my old life.
Had I achieved enough in the past?
I briefly will look back as I walk down the graduation aisle.
Did I do enough?
Did I stay the path?

As I extend my arm to toss my cap.

The dove fly’s on.

Merry of Soul

This morning broke clean and chill over the Kansas hills.

This morning I am listening to Russian soundtracks from Toygar. Which are classical and hauntingly beautiful.

Sura, Toygar

The coffee pot at my house took a turn for the worst so I’ve been enjoying the gifts of my Keurig. Haha, which is quite amazing! I have been drinking the pods called Dark Magic and the Columbian coffee pods.

Green Mountain Coffee Dark Magic

Dark Magic has a deep chocolate undertone that is just a perfect excuse for having chocolate in the morning. It has some flavor notes of smoky cinnamon too.

Dark Columbian Coffee

This is a fantastic roast, that has a really sweet smooth nutty flavor. Though this blend is not as strong as Dark Magic it is an exceptional roast.


I am listening to one of my favorite soundtracks, from Outlander. “The Skye Boat Song”, which historically is completely butchered.

The original song detailed Bonny Prince Charlie’s Escape to the Isle of Skye (Scotland) in Flora McDonald’s boat. Charlie was disguised as a washerwoman.

The Skye Boat Song

I have to hand it to Outlander though. I love the setting and the actors are perfect for their parts–so realistically fantastical, stellar acting.

I think especially that Murtaugh’s character is profound, he is so loyal. Jamie of course is true to his character, a ravishing accent, and his acting is on cue. But honestly, if we’re getting into Outlander, that’s definitely another post.

So be

Merry of soul.

Diversion through Workouts

“A Hundred Bad days…I ain’t scared…”

This is exactly what workouts give me. Strength and diversion to defeat my fear and my bad days. It’s like for the time of my workout I’m transported to another time and place. I guess a workout is just such a diversion to normal thinking. It just is really amazing to be pushing yourself to your max. Which, for me isn’t far…haha.

through all the bad days I have a workout always brings me around. When your lifting or doing ab workouts your just one. It’s an amazing natural feeling like your stretching your body out and feeling your muscles striating like a ladder extending up to a tree.

My favorite workouts focus on abs, arms, and stretching. Though I have to say I really enjoy cardio too!

And what’s a workout without good music. Spotify has amazing workout playlists. Here’s the playlist I made for my workouts: https://open.spotify.com/user/1254973708/playlist/0EDc9bD41UcDWMTrZ9fOr7?si=G4-T69kNQZS1ZwTFXXWK4w

A couple of months ago I subscribed to Fabletics, though I don’t still have it, its was amazing! Fabletics sells workout clothes, like trendy leggings, sports bras, and activewear. And right now, Fabletics is having an amazing sale, 2 leggings for $24 if you become a VIP member. Which, is a pretty amazing deal! And there are some serious perks to becoming a VIP.

Healthy snacks are a must too. These are some of my favorite post-workout snacks.

  1. Cashews
  2. An apple (I like cutting mine up and dipping it in peanut butter
  3. banana and peanut butter on whole wheat toast
  4. avocado smoothie with cocoa (I enjoy the bitter taste of Dutch cocoa) and honey

Also, drinking lots more water definitely is a must for working out, oh goodness.

So, don’t have a Bad day do a workout and find YOUR OWN strength!

Editing News, Coffee and Online Dating

Perk, perk… As the coffee pot spit out its merry little music, I flipped through my work manual. The rain tumbled down the gutters and spit out onto the bright green grass into a little pool.

As my Spotify churned out lyrics to “Symphony” I cringed at the article on my computer. I had been working on this article for two weeks. Tracking down people and resources to complete it was absolute mayhem. But finally, the article stitched out on my screen like a newly embroidered pillowcase hem. The only thing is that the hems are all haphazardly sewn in… and the article needs lots of editing. Uggh… Every writer’s favorite thing—editing, bleh. Luckily, I found a couple of helpful articles.

This article is helpful for editing the bare bones of just about any writing piece. 25 really helpful tips:

25 editing tips for your writer’s toolbox

This article is really helpful in suggesting editing tools for journalists:

The Best Tools to Improve your Newspaper Writing

So in summary,

*Cut the extra fluff, precision is key- try and keep adverbs and adjectives at a minimum

*Use the 5 W’s: Who, what, where, why and when and how

*Strong verbs (gushing, frolicking, scratching

*Precise strong nouns (kitten instead of cat, Subaru instead of just car, etc.)

*Also when editing I go over it about a million times. Accuracy is everything.

Coffee helps.