A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words

Hello Joyflakes!

I cannot believe that it has been so incredibly long since my last post.  Part of this was because I suddenly got very busy, and the other part is that after a while, I didn't quite know how to come back to the blog.  I thought about some big dramatic post or maybe a super short "hi there" post or maybe just putting up a random recipe or photograph but none of those really felt right to me.  Over the past few months I have made quite a few large and small changes in my life.  I've moved, cut my hair, come out, and lost 5 pounds, started to really make decisions based on me and my happiness, committed to work, started a business, stopped wearing makeup unless its a big occasion, and learned how to cook rice properly.  For some of you who know me, these may have been huge surprises, others of you (like my mother) have been waiting for theses "changes" for the last 15 years.  The point is, I finally found the courage to say to the world "I don't give a rats pattooti what you think, I'm going to be comfortable" and I couldn't be happier.

Since it has been so long, I'm going to let a few pictures stand for a few thousand words and catch you all up on my life visually.

Hiking around the res became one of my favorite activities...if only I did it more often!

My little FINALLY turned 21!!!!

The first of my close sorority sisters got married

Almost ALL of my close friends graduated and started real life

I made a point of reuniting with friends I haven't seen since my hair grew past my ears

Took an amazing trip to our family cabin in Wisconsin for a week of nothing but flannel and sunshine and canoeing

Ate steak like a pioneer

Found my new favorite beer

stayed home while my best friend flew halfway around the world to see her family

Drove through traffic at O'Hare Airport in order to pick up said best friend and her parents

Was rewarded for my traumatic driving experience with a perfectly ripe melon

Participated in our first ever Family Fantasy Football draft (The family that plays together stays together!) and basically #CRUSHEDIT

Went to the local pumpkin patch (how autumnal)

See? I really did chop off 4 inches!

Saw Savion Glover preform...

was only slightly excited about it...


Went to a super fancy auction and spent money I wasn't planning on....but who cares we WON!

TADA! There you have it.  The last however many LONG months in photo form.  There were many many more events and a lot of laughs but I somehow never got my grandfathers amazing ability to always have a camera ready so I missed out on sharing them with you all.  

Until next time loves...