Hey Everyone! Let’s Get Summer Started

Hey guys!

So, I graduated from GRCC with my Associate of Arts on May 1st, and got diagnosed with tonsillitis, laryngitis, and a double ear infection. I actually called into work for the first time in the three years that I’ve had a job, so I’m thinking it’s a pretty big deal. Like I said before, I’m going to try and get back to posting regularly now that summer’s here, although I have a feeling that you’re going to be seeing a lot more variety in my topics, considering how many things I’m planning on exploring over the summer. Let me list just a few of them here:

Right now, I am tiptoeing into the world of comic books. After getting hooked on Marvel movies and poking around the internet a little, I’m really excited to start reading about my favorite characters. If anyone has some suggestions, I’d love to hear them. Naturally, I’ve even begun to imagine my own superheroes, although my complete lack of drawing skill means that you probably won’t be seeing me making any comics ever. I might post some short scenes or character ideas though, since I think I’m really original and exciting occasionally.

I have a sewing machine from goodwill that’s been sitting under my bed for almost a year now that I would love to figure out how to use. Being 4’ 11” means that learning to hem things is basically a necessity for me, even if my boyfriend keeps insisting that I could always just have his grandma do it for me. Of course, my crafting aspiration don’t end there. I have two boxes of yarn and new knitting needles that need to be used, so expect lots of interesting pictures and possible rants about my knitting struggles and occasional accomplishments. Right now, I’m working on the Rye socks patterns from Tin Can Knits’ Simple Collection, which I really recommend looking into for anyone interested in learning how to knit. I tried making some late last summer, but they were too tight so I frogged them. I got my first sock finished during my sick days. I’ll try to remember to post some photos once I got the pair finished.

Of course, there’s also my reading and writing to attend to. I’ve got a bunch of story ideas running around in my head, and my pile of “To Read” books hasn’t shrunk since I finished Shadow and Bone (which I highly recommend, btw) in January. I’m also planning on trying to visit my local library on a more regular basis, since I want to save my money to pay for a lot of my GVSU tuition, or to get a place of my own. I also need to go through all of my story binders and notebooks and maybe get rid of some unusable stuff since I simply don’t have the room to keep ever piece of paper I’ve ever written a sentence on. Plus, that means I can start buying new notebooks, maybe even some with more than just plain colors on the cover. I’m also investigating what doors I can open with my Associate’s and writing skills, which means I will hopefully be making money off of what I write soon.

The last little project I can think of off the top of my head is cooking. I’ve made a couple meals for my family over the last couple of month, and they both turned out pretty good, so I’m excited to see what else I can do. I’ve been pretty focused on just my entrees so far, but I really want to focus on making some yummy side dishes and desserts as well. I also found out that I’m horrible at making smoothies, which is a problem because it’s going to be summer soon and what good is summer if you can’t have awesome smoothies?

Of course, there’s also this blog, and the fact I’m looking for another job for the summer, and thinking about maybe working at the zoo or a movie theater. I’m already have one job and a babysitting gig, but money is important. Because of that, I’m going to be cancelling the Monthly Writing Prompt Competitions until I can get everything settled again.

Anyways, I just wanted to let everyone know what was going on. Expect a post from me in the next week or so, although I have no idea what it will be about. Comments are always open. I’d love to hear about everyone’s school accomplishments or plans for the summer.

Love,

Nicole

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