music · Summer

summer plans

When most people say they have plans for summer, they usually mean fun vacations to exotic places or at least something that varies from their normal everyday lives. If only.

Unfortunately, at least in this case, I am not most people. My plans for summer consist of working at the college library, and taking an online business class in order to complete my minor. Oh, and, of course, preparing for my sister’s wedding. I know. It’s sounds super fun. Try not to be too jealous.

But, just to amp up the awesome a bit, I decided to add a few things to my already super exciting summer agenda. What can I say? I’m a party animal.

First off, I plan on teaching myself how to play the piano. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Are you crazy? That sounds super hard!” Well, I actually took lessons when I was younger, and I still remember some of the basics. Hopefully, everything I learned will start to come back to me as I attempt to reteach my fingers their old skill.

*For anyone who is interested, I plan on using this neat website I happened upon. It includes free piano lessons and printouts, and it has quite a fun name! Here’s the link:

Secondly, I hope to write more. Not only do I hope to write more on this blog of randomness, I also hope to work more on my fiction writing. I have so many images floating around in my head of new characters, adventures, and worlds that it’s a wonder I can focus on anything else. I desperately need practice getting these out of my head and on to paper. Or, more accurately, my computer screen.

Lastly, I have a list of DIY projects I’ve been putting off for the past few months. I’m not the most creative or crafty person in the world, but it passes the time. And I feel pretty awesome when I’ve finished. My room is filled with the projects I’ve done over the years, both big and little. For example, here’s a map I made a couple of summers ago:


Pretty awesome, right? Maybe next time I’ll share some how-to’s. For now, it’s back to my Doctor Who marathon. Happy Summer!

Arts and Crafts · Holidays

pipe dreams and pumpkins

Last night, I had a dream. In it, I woke up and looked out the window to discover that piles of new, glittering snow had covered the ground overnight. It was like some giant being had dropped a sack of sparkles and marshmallows on the world. School had been canceled, and happy children were making snowmen and creating the imprints of angels on the frosty ground. It was perfect, and beautiful, and all was swell.

Then, I really did wake up. I looked out the window, as I do every morning, half expecting there to be snow and ice covering the ground. But, alas. Instead of a winter-y wonderland, I saw a cloudy, humid, 90 degree summer day. Ah, well.

There’s nothing more beautiful than snow. | 17 Things We Learned From

It’s no secret that I love winter. My sisters think I’m crazy, but it’s the best season there is. With winter comes sweaters, scarves, comfy socks, hot chocolate, snow, reading in front of a cozy fire, and, best of all, Christmas. What could be better? Sadly, that wonderful time of the year won’t be arriving for another few months. For the time being, I’ll just have to do my best to enjoy the second greatest season of the year: Fall.

The tell-signs of fall are beginning to spring up everywhere. Halloween candy is already lining grocery store shelves. Pumpkin flavored everything is taking back its place in the world of confectionery goodness. Even some of the leaves are beginning to change. I’m just hoping some of that nice, cool, autumn weather is following close behind.

In the spirit of this upcoming season of pumpkins, I decided to peruse Pinterest for some fall decorating ideas. (Side note: I love Pinterest. I also love decorating. I will, without a doubt, be mentioning Pinterest quite often in my blog posts. I may also share my latest endeavors in the art of DIY decorating. Just a warning.) In my search, I discovered a pin for 50 fall projects.

50 Fall Projects for your enjoyment! Includes crafts, food, and home decor ideas!

Being the generous person I am, and partially to give this post purpose (alliteration!), I have decided to share the link with you, my lovely readers. I do this in the hope that you will be inspired to do some fun projects of your own, and to encourage you to embrace the wonderful season that is just around the corner. So go, check out Vanessa Brady’s blog, Tried & True, and see if something catches your eye.