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Isle Royale and the Milky Way

Okay, so I didn’t see THIS, but it was still gorgeous and awe-inspiring. 🙂

No, seriously, do it. And I’m not talking about going outside, looking up, and seeing maybe one or two stars in a light-polluted area. Get outside, go somewhere dark, and really look at what’s above you.

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Sometimes I get a little weird.

Well, okay, I’m always weird. But even still, I have moments. I’m not ashamed to say it anymore – I’m an anxious person, or at least anxiety is part of my life. If I could achieve a doctorate in something, it probably would be in apologizing profusely. I’m self-conscious, awkward (until I’m very comfortable with others – and even then, I still have blips of awkwardness), repetitive, and painfully aware of my flaws, both physically and mentally.

Sometimes when I get like this, I want to make like a turtle and retreat into my shell. Or run away. Or run away, find a pit to jump into (not literally because, yeah, I’m a klutz and am not exactly adroit at upper-arm activities), and retreat there for a while – sometimes too long. Other times, when I tell the nonsense inside my head to shut the heck up and listen to reason, I’ll reach out for things that bring me comfort.

This portion of my life is something I’m working on (and failing at kind of frequently), so I thought I’d mention the things that give me comfort, dig me out of the proverbial hole, or cheer me up. Maybe a few of these things will resonate with you, too! Continue Reading »

Rio

Look at DEM FEETS! They’re not even feet – they’re TOOTSIES!

So I did something this weekend that I thought I would never do – I went to an area shelter to visit a cat that I seriously considered adopting.

Let me back up and explain a few things.

First off, I’ve never had a cat in my family growing up. My dad and sister are super allergic, to the point that they can’t enter a home that has or once had cats living inside. So if we had pets at all, it was dogs. Needless to say, I didn’t have very much experience with cats.

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Sufjan quoteToday is July 1st, which means one thing to me – it’s Sufjan’s birthday! As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, Sufjan is one of my very favorite musicians and has been an important part of my life for… my goodness, almost 10 years. His music has served as inspiration for my crazy ideas and drawings, has given me a cozy place to curl up and retreat from the world, and has allowed me to express my elation, my sorrow, my frustration. It has transported me back in time to experience happy or awkward memories. It has given me courage to face the demons in my life, to be my eccentric self more boldly, and to say “I love you” to the ones I cherish. It’s pointless to say it, but you know me – I’m gonna say it anyway: my life would have a bit of a void without Sufjan’s music and words.

In celebration of Sufjan’s birthday, I’ve come up with a list of my 15 favorite songs of his. Let me tell you, it wasn’t easy. I could easily give you 50 or more, and for different reasons. But nonetheless, here are my top 15: Continue Reading »

So I’ve had this site for a long time. I used to write pretty regularly, no matter how busy I was. I always seemed to have something to talk about, whether it was about awesome musicians, the Endangered Wolf Center, Michigan and the Great Lakes, or some other obsession of mine.

Then life happened.

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Pluto 2015Greetings, fellow Earthlings! 🙂

You might have heard yesterday that history was made, especially for us here in the United States, as a NASA spacecraft successfully passed through Pluto’s solar system and was able to take some neat photos of the planet. The U.S. is the first nation to have reached Pluto (although no one has actually landed on it – yet), and we have now reached and photographed every planet in our system. Yay!

While we have a cool picture of Pluto to admire for now, it will take about 16 months for measurements of the dwarf planet to be transmitted back to us. A few days ago, however, it has been determined that the planet is “somewhat larger than many prior estimates,” according to a mission update that was issued earlier this week.

In the meantime, we humans are having a bit too much fun with the photo shot of Pluto. Here are a few of my favorites!

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Credit given to Brawl In The Family

Credit given to Brawl In The Family

For as long as I’ve known, Nintendo and its many fun games have been a huge part of my life. From receiving my very first system when I was a little kid for Christmas (the SNES – had to share it with my big brother) to the endless tournaments and Smash Brothers battles with my friends after college, Nintendo had shaped my childhood and has given me the best friends I could ever ask for.

To say that I was sad to hear that Satoru Iwata had passed away this weekend is an understatement. I’ll admit, though – I don’t know a lot about the behind-the-scenes of Nintendo; I just play the games. But that doesn’t mean that I’m not appreciative of all the hard work, creativity, and ingenuity that Nintendo and its many wonderful people possess. I learned, though, that many of the games I grew up with were thanks, in one way or another, to Iwata-san. Hearing that the person who had his hands in many different games I love had died shook me, my husband, and my many gaming friends.

Last night, I started thinking about all the games that Iwata-san touched and the memories I have because of those games. Here are some of my favorite games/memories:

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