Going Home

In my whole life, I had never “gone home” until this past weekend. Going to college in the town where I grew up, I heard out-of-town classmates often say “I’m going home,” as the reason for their weekend absenteeism. I already was home, and actually left home to see family, rather than vice-versa, which might have been viewed as the norm. I didn’t know what it was like to “go home.” Now I know, and I get it.

I absolutely love my home and am grateful for my twenty years of life I spent in Manhattan, Kansas. I had been homesick for the past few weeks in Colorado as well, and really looked forward to the weekend back in my total and complete comfort zone. It was nice. But, fortunately, I think it reiterated to me the importance that I’ve finally left. I can see now I really did make a wise decision in moving away from home and building a new life outside of that comfort zone.

In short, I’m completely grateful for for it all: being born and raised in Kansas (mostly Manhattan), going to college there, working full time at Kansas State University, and then finally making my way out as a 25-year-young woman. I’m so fortunate to have such a place to call home, and doubly so to have a new home that is bright, fresh, and inspiring. To be with the creatures I love most, my boyfriend and my Girlfriend (The Dawg) is just the perfect cherry on top of it all; they are the ones with whom I share all of my new experiences and drink all of the beer. Having my brother here would be an extra cherry, but that might take a little while.

Thanks, Kansas. And thank you, too, Colorado.

Yarn Bowl

I want to make one of these suckers. I have two bowls on the burner for this project.

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Yarn Bowl

Time to take a break from dresses and POTTERY TIME. I took sculpture at my high school last year and my teacher was amazing! So amazing that this yarn bowl featured above was made by me! I never thought I could actually make something like that by myself! I made it for my mom’s birthday because she loooooves to knit! Now she can put the yarn in the bowl and pull it through without it getting tangled. And it looks awesome!

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September’s da bomb

The 2013 Virgo Month of Leisure was entertaining and filled with amusing recreation. Joey and I both celebrated our birthdays; I turned 25 and he 24 (#cougar), and our birthday celebrations were quite satisfying. We had some special visitors: Joey’s friend Bruce who just moved to Denver, and my brother, dad, and stepmom. I finally got started in my pottery class and I absolutely love it. I spent some time in the Old Town Yoga Studio and have found a teacher I think is the best, so I hope to continue to go and take her classes. Joey officially became a certified EMT in the state of Colorado, and he’s currently searching for a job on that front. He also got a bunch of home brewing gear for his birthday from me and his brother, so he brewed up a batch of Tallgrass Oasis (he will later add a touch of orange) that’s currently fermenting under a brown satin blanket in our living room. Girlfriend’s back right knee isn’t doing so hot, and even a long walk irritates her so she can’t put wait on it. It’s making me nervous! I bought a car, and it’s super awesome, except that I think it’s already leaking oil and I need to get the dealership to take care of that. Another trip down to Denver? Ok…

Enjoy some pictures from the Virgo Month of Leisure:

Hah! Here's Sarah and Brandon, caught off guard. Suckas.
Hah! Here’s Sarah and Brandon, caught off guard. Suckas.

We rearranged and cleaned the living room WOOT
We rearranged and cleaned the living room WOOT

Joey got me to leave the house in a freakin' Chiefs jersey. In Bronco country...
Joey got me to leave the house in a freakin’ Chiefs jersey. In Bronco country…

DERP!
DERP!

Me and my bro bro chillin' in a bar with bad music.
Me and my bro bro chillin’ in a bar with bad music.

We. Are. Sexy.
We. Are. Sexy.

BFFFFFs.
BFFFFFs (Joey + Bruce = Bro Love)

Friendship forever. This is at the Town Pump which is the oldest bar in Old Town.
Friendship forever. This is at the Town Pump which is the oldest bar in Old Town.

WHOA
WHOA

We hiked Horsetooth and all made it to the Horse's Tooth aka the top!
We hiked Horsetooth and all made it to the Horse’s Tooth aka the top!

Breakfast leftovers from Snooze (The Chef for Fort Collins but healthier... I prefer The Chef)
Breakfast leftovers from Snooze (The Chef for Fort Collins but healthier… I prefer The Chef)

A tree thing.
A tree thing.

This was a weird moment.
This was a weird moment.

Bucket of free yarn.
Bucket of free yarn.

Awesome pot I bought from Tooth and Nail Studio.
Awesome pot I bought from Tooth and Nail Studio.

I painted these pots. They're ok...
I painted these pots. They’re ok…

We also visited the ODell Brewery, of course.
We also visited the ODell Brewery, of course.

I knitted these socks.
I knitted these socks.

This is Joey being a beer witch.
This is Joey being a beer witch.

This is the part of the process when the beer has to chill as quickly as possible #icebath
This is the part of the process when the beer has to chill as quickly as possible #icebath

Another Chiefs picture for good measure.
Another Chiefs picture for good measure.

My fam. Weirdos.
My fam. Weirdos.

My uncle. Jeez.
My uncle. Jeez.

Tehehehe
Tehehehe

Look I can stir beer too!
Look I can stir beer too!

Ranger Neil
Ranger Neil

This K-State ceramics poster is on the wall in Smokestack Pottery Studio, where I take my class.
This K-State ceramics poster is on the wall in Smokestack Pottery Studio, where I take my class.

This is my business card.
This is my business card.

Kansas beer :)
Kansas beer :)

Tired dawg.
Tired dawg.

Hooray we're in love!
Hooray we’re in love!

I'm knitting a sweater.
I’m knitting a sweater.

Aaaaand last but not least, a pissing dawg.
And of course we need a pissing dawg in the mix.
This is my new car :)
This is my new car :)

 

Cheers! (coffee before work and I match the closet drapes)
Cheers! (coffee before work and I match the closet drapes)

OK! That was probably just  blur for you all, but that was the easiest way I could do that. This is what happens when I go a long time building up photos and not blogging and then I have to dump it all at once on you. I’m sorry, but I hope you enjoy the pictures. They are in no order whatsoever.

Looking forward to October and some goals I want to achieve. My goals are:

-Buy tickets to Cuba for Christmas
-Do some autumn/winter clothes shopping (obviously not for Cuba)
-Learn a song on the guitar
-Create an honest-to-goodness budget
-Get back into running
-Continue pottery, yoga, knitting, and reading daily

I think that’s my complete list, but I may have forgotten some things. Do you have any October/autumn/end of the year goals?

Thanks for viewing!

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