April in a Rainy Instagram

April was laden with those showers this year. And a bit damp, chilly, and overall very Spring like in nature. Get it? Nature?

Ok, I’m done now….April was another great month, even if the weather was a bit questionable here in the partial south. A few days of sunshine and 70’s, a week of 50’s with drizzle. When does Snoop Dog need an umbrella? Fo’drizzle….April was spectacular if we’re being honest. Several good things happened and continue to come to fruition. When I have a bad “first world day,” I just think, “you won the lottery, you got adopted to the US” and that usually ends the pity party pretty quickly!

Ok, I’m really done now.

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

April showers really brought on the May flowers. Ok, April flowers for everyone. My allergies have been in full force, meaning that all is well with my Mother Earth.

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

Stitch Fix continues to be a staple in my life. I have professed my undying love for them numerous times. NUMEROUS. Stitch Fix has been a great service for me. I get compliments on the clothes, they’re are always interesting, and not things I would normally purchase. If you’d like to give it a try, you can use my link https://www.stitchfix.com/referral/3924112

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

The return of longer days and more mild temps meant summer drinks outside. Somehow, drinking a cocktail is more enjoyable when done on a porch, patio, deck, or near a body of water.April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

 

The views of hokie town are always great. Always.

April in a Rainy Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

Finally, I spied these girls making big plans at a reception for us adults. They were adorable. They reminded me to dream big. To wonder. To have imagination.

I hope your month was as nice as mine. I hope you continue to remember to dream big, to wonder, and to have imagination in May.

 

March in an Instagram

March came in like a lion and out like a….smaller lion? Weather wise, it came in with a snow “storm” and is leaving with spring taking over. I’ll take it!

March was full of travel for me. I started March in New York. It was technically “spring” break, but the three feet of snow was rather deceiving to say the least. I enjoyed the time, spending time with the dogs, cows, and my family.

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Sunset over the snow. Really, one of my better shots lately.

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

The day I returned south, I went out for dinner and drinks with my girlfriends and we dined on the patio with margaritas. Amazing what a nine hour drive and 600 miles will do for the weather.

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

I’ve been trying to get my food on point again. March was spent on the road so when I could, I prepped food and portioned it out to save myself time and get rid of some of the salt from eating out on the road.

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

A few days at home and I was off again for work. Florida isn’t such a bad spot for work and I had some amazing eats.

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

A student who was traveling had never seen the ocean or put his feet in it. Honestly, it was one of the sweetest moments for me. He was so humble. His home country of South Sudan is a mess and his spirit is admirable. He was in awe of it and saved shells to send home to his kids.

March in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

Spring is here for me. These cheerful guys smell great and let me know warmer days are coming. I played with the light a bit and I really like the glowing effect the late day sun offers them. I’m looking forward to standing still for a few weeks. I love traveling, but sometimes it’s nice to stand still for a bit too. I hope you had a wonderful March!

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February in an Instagram

February was short, sweet, fast, and furious! I cannot believe how busy it was, how cold it was, or how long the cold I got during February lasted! I’m still coughing from it!

On with the show!

It was cold in February. Bitterly cold at times. For the south, it was cold. How about that qualifier? My poor heat pump was not designed for a high of 5 degrees and it was a pain to have frozen water even after dripping faucets. First world? Yup. The snow and cold have been utterly beautiful, however, I’m ready (and so is my electric bill) to trade in for some abundant sunshines, a pedicure, and something that isn’t filled with goose down as a layer. That being said, I’m also going to NY for my spring break to see my family. I’m truly a masochist.

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

 

A grad student’s mom knitted me this hat. It’s awesome! It fits my big head! It’s super warm! Kindness shows up where you least expect it!

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

 

Snow days meant snacks. Everyone at the grocery store was jonesing for the milk and bread so I skipped the crowds and picked up a nice selection of cheese, fruit, and crackers. I also made some homemade wine soaked cherries and it made my days of shoveling much more enjoyable. So did naps.

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

 

Spoiler alert: I still love sunsets.

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

 

Finally, with all of this delightful winter weather, sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is bundle up, leave the house, and have some fun evenings with friends. Cards Against Humanity anyone? We pigged out on Chinese, someone made Old Fashions for everyone, and it was a fun evening. It made my cold, the cold, and the winter more bearable.

February in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

January in an Instagram

What? New Year is already a month in? I feel like I just whisked in the new year last week. Woof. Jokes on me!

I greeted the new year with a lot of sunrise walks/jogs. The weather has been highly unpredictable in my part of the world in terms of 40’s/50’s for a few days, then bitter cold for a few more. Weird, but hey, the sun was out a lot, so I bundled up and enjoyed it when I could.

January in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

January in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

The new year also brought in some good eats. A new taco place opened in my town and my friends and I checked it out. It didn’t disappoint and I’d go back in a minute or after the newness wears off and lines are shorter.

January in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

I ordered this caprese salad and it was one of the most beautifully presented plates of food I ate all month. I think it made it taste better….

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We had our first substantial “stay home” freezing rain. It was beautiful. I woke up and grabbed some sunrise shots before it melted away.

January in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

It can’t all be hearts and flowers up in here. Fatty snacks are back along with Scandal each week. My friends and I make the most of the evening and it was my turn to bring the snack game. A pear makes it balanced right?

January in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

Self-portrait anyone? I did take a few selfies mostly because this hat actually fit my gigantic noggin! I can never find hats that fit! It just so happens it was made by the mom of one of our grad students and the mom made me two hats to send in the mail to me! What a generous gift! I can’t wait to get them! The drawing was done by a 7-year old at happy hour. I’d say it’s pretty spot on.

January in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

January in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

As always, there’s always time for some fun. Nothing like a little cranberry old fashioned and some cards with friends. This game kills me every time. Just can’t get enough!

January in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

December in an Instagram

This is it! The final hours of December and 2014 are ticking down. December was certainly a good month for me, heck, most of my months are good for many reasons and the good outweigh the bad in 12/12 months this year! I have come to enjoy doing these monthly photo posts to help remind ME that I’m fortunate, grateful, and dare I say it: blessed?

December was certainly no exception.

December in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

I love decorating for the holidays. Even though I have a small space (thanks to large furniture), I do my best with a table top tree and put out the whole deal. I also celebrated an evening of Hanukkah with friends this year. Lighting the Menorah, eating the latke’s, and spending time with friends was a welcome evening during the last weeks of the semester.

December in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

I started making scarves for my girlfriends last year and they went over well. This year, I upped my “a” game and went with complimentary color combo’s, and a mix of jersey and cotton fabrics to add some textural interest. I blocked off a Saturday and went crazy! 16 scarves later, I had one for each of my girlfriends, my sister, and my mother (and a few for me). They went over quite well this year and the mixed prints were a hit! I enjoy giving a homemade gift when I have the time.

December in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

December in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

I blocked off plenty of time to meditate, practice yoga, walk, and swim. It’s become important to me to stay active and keep moving and also slow down to breathe in a quiet space. I’ve started spending about 10 min. each morning meditating and stretching out from the night before beginning the day.

December in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

Christmas brought a trip home to the farm. A warm Christmas brought a hike to the waterfall on the property. The calves always like to see me. They don’t care if I published, they only love me!

December in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

December in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

I’m obsessed with my dog. I’d apologize but I don’t feel bad. She’s my favorite girl. She also loves to spoon people. I find it hilarious. You might not, but I do! Love this dog!

December in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

December in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

October in an Instagram

October was a delightful month! The humidity broke, the sun came out almost every day, and my hair cooperated with some nice waves without going to crazy and with minimal products in it. October, you were a winner this year!

It wouldn’t have been a great month without some fantastic weather to enjoy, to finally do some more baking, and to start making my favorite homemade pumpkin spice syrup for coffee. I feel like Starbucks charges me more every time I walk in there for the same product, so I keep a batch in my fridge at all times. Anywho…..on with the month!

October in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

 

This sunset. I walked out of the office/work one evening late to find this beautiful sky greeting me. The sun was getting ready for bed and the lights were just beginning to come on around campus. It was one of those rare Forrest Gump type moments in life where you didn’t know where the sky ended because it was so beautiful.

October in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

 

I was treated to some exceptionally beautiful scenery this month! I cannot say enough about the fall colors here in the south this year. As a northern girl with affinity for the foliage of upstate NY, I’ve been underwhelmed for many years since moving down here. I have to admit, Fall outdid herself around here this year. From vibrant reds to fully saturated oranges and yellows, the leaves put on quite a show for us this year. Not to dismiss the often blue and clear skies that came with those beautiful colors, but the leaves stole the show for well over a month. A hard wind and rainy mix knocked a lot of them off this past weekend, but I truly have enjoyed the leaves this year. Perhaps more than any other year I’ve lived here! October in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

October in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

 

Apple streusel muffin?

October in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

 

I didn’t buy candy and I didn’t turn my porch light on. I sucked at Halloween this year. But, my friend and I did cook some delicious food and he made some tasty drinks for us on Halloween. Someday I’ll be dressing up my kids and asking strangers for candy, but until that day comes, I’ll be having drinks and snacks with friends.

October in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

I had a meeting and the person I saw had this ironic light hanging in his office. I love it. I kind of want one.

October in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

 

A deluxe plate of lox and cream cheese. Salty capers and some fresh slices of tomato made this a decadent breakfast while writing one morning.

October in an Instagram {Domesticated Academic}

Who’s watching me drink my coffee? Matching mugs made my morning when having breakfast with a friend. We could ‘stare’ at each other for hours 😛

 

Vacation in an Instagram

 

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I went on vacation. I went home. To the farm. Where my parents farm 500+ acres and the ladies are always waiting for someone new to show up! Hello ladies! These are a few of our girls in one of our up close barns. They’re pregnant and due within a month or two. They’re put in here so they have more space, can get a super diet of nutrients to care for that calf, and are currently “dry” or not giving any milk. Every cow on the dairy gets a two month “vacation” before she has her calf. We call it nesting, they call it “mooing without a cause.”

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It’s the middle of summer haying season and my dad was getting the discbine ready to go and the cows…..they’re just always ready to get into something!

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Molly, she recognizes me, she loves me, and she’s always ready to play. Advance apologies for the exorbitant number of photos I take of her. I just love her to pieces.

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My friend flew in for a wedding weekend and since I’d never really done any “touristy” stuff in my own neck of the woods, it was extremely fun to do some things with him! We spent a day in Cooperstown at the Farmers Museum and then went to Ommegang for the tour, an amazing lunch, and tastings galore!

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Before the wedding, we got all dressed up and headed to Saranac for the tour and two full size tastings before the ceremony. I loved this tour! For $5, there’s a really detailed tour of the history of the FX Matt Brewing Co. and it ends in the tasting room. Sure, we started early, but it was a day for celebration. Don’t worry, we paid for our extra fun day the next morning 🙂


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I love this saying. I’ve been following it all summer. It’s so easy to get sucked in to someone else’s problems and when I realized how unhappy it made me at times, I started removing myself from situations and even loosely held friendships. I appreciate that everyone has some bad days once in a while, but some folks have a bad day every day and that’s not acceptable after a while.It wears me down!

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We went and got ice cream one afternoon after I had mowed lawns. She looked less than thrilled until her pup cup showed up! (like my rhymin’ there?)

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And of course, my mom sent me back with a boatload of produce. I enjoyed her fresh tomatoes with some fancy mozz and basil from my garden. Heaven. I repeated the next day w peaches–also delicious! 20140805-193734-70654200.jpg

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My mom had to be away for a few days, making me the “head lady farmer” of the house. Besides feeding hungry mouths, I also fed my dad, kept the garden harvested and the lawns mowed. Summer is a wonderful time on the farm and my mom had pickles canning, tomatoes starting to come on, fresh blueberries to freeze, and sweet corn for miles. What a lucky lady I am to have grown up with all of this out my back door! We also have one zucchini cat and one corn dog.

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Can we go and play now?

Vacation was great and just what this doctor ordered. I’m back at it, working up my syllabus for the upcoming semester and boosting a few research projects off of the ground.