Family vacations, nature, sans computer

I’ve been slacking in posting, I know, I know. I didn’t post mostly because my keyboard and mouse touch pad broke, and so I sent out my laptop for repair. The good news? I have a new keyboard, touch pad, laptop casing, and LCD display. Way to go HP!

Also, I went on vacation to Lancaster, New Hampshire to visit family. As this small town is located in the mountains and I was at my grandmother’s house much of the time, the cell phone reception and computer availability was limited. But that’s ok. Some time away from constant internet and more time in nature and family is a good thing. We had several family dinners and barbeques, stopped for ice cream (I had butter pecan flavor), and spent a lot of the time in the car. My brother is looking at a few colleges in the Vermont and New Hampshire areas.

We also spent a day kayaking in a beautiful lake brimming with nature. The lake is a nesting ground for the loon, and we also got a glimpse of an osprey that caught a fish. Most exciting of all? I saw my first black bear! It was an adolescent bear, found eating out of a tin bowl by a lake house. (Maybe they feed the bear–or it was left over dog food? who knows).  Sadly, I didn’t want to get my camera wet out on the kayak, so I didn’t have a chance to snap a picture.

The view of the New Hampshire lake.

I would highly recommend renting, buying, or borrowing a kayak and heading out on the water. It’s a workout–but well worth it!

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July 4th

Last night's fireworks.

Did you know? The first fireworks were actually green bamboo, used by the Chinese to ward away evil spirits, explains a video by The Middletown Press.  And while we like our light and color shows, the Chinese preferred loud noises (source, About.com). Most recently, these brilliant displays are lighting up the sky in celebration of America’s independence. Yea America!

Fourth of July hasn’t even actually rolled around yet, and already I’m having an awesome weekend. Last night, my hometown put on a great display of fireworks. A group of friends and I met up early, found a spot to put our blankets, and enjoyed some pizza while we waited for it to grow dark. Finally– at about 9:30, my town and the neighboring town began their shows. To the right was my town, Shelton, and to the left was the neighboring town, Derby. For those that aren’t familiar with the area, the two places have a longstanding “competition” where they try to out-do one another. I was growing nervous because Derby was off to a beautiful start, but Shelton really kicked into gear halfway through. And beating Derby wasn’t enough…we just HAD to shoot off a second finale and late fireworks for the final say ;)


But fun competitions aside, it was an enjoyable evening. The weekend is just beginning…for there will be more family and friend time, grilling, parties, and  more fireworks to come!

I’d also like to wish my mother  a happy birthday today :)

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The Future

Sometimes, things don’t go as planned.
Sometimes, things take a little longer than expected.
Sometimes, you don’t get what you want right away.
Sometimes, it can be hard to be positive when things are more difficult than expected.

Today, a friend of mine posted this quote online: “If you ever feel stuck, look up. the sky is an endless valley of freedom.”

I want to remember this. I still have control over my life. It just takes time.

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Hello again, internet world.

Yes, I’ve finally decided to resurface to My Bit of Happiness. Why you ask? A few things:

First, I’ve been noticing a lot of friends who are also beginning or returning to blogging, and seeing them update makes me miss this.

Second, my life post-graduation seems a bit dull–leaving the college life, returning home to Connecticut, and not being a workaholic for once makes it feel like I’m not doing much.  So although I’ve actually been having a blast with friends, since I’m not working, taking classes, or serving leadership roles, and since some of my best friends no longer live in the same house or down the street, life seems a bit empty.

I also still don’t know where my life is heading. I’m looking for jobs, mostly in Pennsylvania, meaning I may be moving in with friends and starting a new chapter of my life, but I’m not sure. Uncertainty is scary.

So, with all this being said, I figure it might be beneficial to start focusing on the “good things” again. It can be easy to be negative in such a transitory part of my life, and I don’t want to be.

"What is essential is invisible to the eye" -Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Let me know of what you think about all this. I’d really appreciate feedback or suggestions for my blog and for me. Cool hobbies, websites, things to do, ideas for a blog post, things I can do to make this blog better, anything really. Welcome back, and thanks for reading!

-Steph

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Taking a Break

Goa Beach Chairs by miqspix

To be honest, I started this blog for a class assignment, and  I have learned in my class that I really enjoy blogging. This blog became, for me, more than a “duty” or a “grade”.  It was a breather from work, from stress, and it really did hone my vision to focus on “the little things.” Words cannot explain how rough and stressful this semester has been (see this post below to get just an idea of what I’ve been up to,) and this blog actually became “My Bit of Happiness.” I loved posting, getting feedback on posts (still do *hint hint*), and enjoyed spending time finding other interesting blogs to read, too.

However, lately, I’ve been forcing myself to find something to write about, and updating my blog has become more of an item on my to-do list than something that I’ve been enjoying.

Natalia at A Side of Simple put it best when she said “And it’s times like that when you need to take a little breather.” I completely agree, Natalia.

So, for now, I am going to focus on surviving the rest of my semester, and then on enjoying my senior week festivities and celebrating becoming a college graduate. I’m not leaving, I promise. In fact,  post-graduation I plan on not only keeping this blog up,but  expanding it, and maybe even re-designing and refurbishing it. My future is unknown…I’m leaving my college in Newport, RI and I’m not quite sure where I’m living or what I’ll be doing, but I do know my life is going to take a different direction, and it’s time to sit back and enjoy the ride for a bit.  It may be only a week, it may be a few months, but keep on checking back, because I’ll return. Be excited :)

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Memories

3 weeks until I’m a college graduate. It’s so hard to believe that I’m almost done in college. Granted, I did my undergrad in only 3 years…but these past 3 years have truly changed me….. I had so, so many other memories that I simply can’t list.  If I was to sum up my college experience, I would say:

It was a roller coaster of  experiences,  people, emotions and memories that changed my life and changed how I see the world, and I will never forget that blur of events and moments of learning.

Here are just a FEW of the photos from the past 3 years:

http://photopeach.com/album/qrxd1c

How would you sum up the past three or four years of your life?

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Here comes Peter Cottontail…

As a kid in my Easter outfit...awww

I love spring...and the overabundance of flowers.

As I’m recuperating from a wonderfully delicious Easter dinner of ham, sweet potatoes, kielbasi, bread, strawberry shortcake…and oh so much more… I am am going to wish that everyone else had a wonderful day, whether or not you celebrate Easter.

Sadly, my brothers and I were too old for an Easter egg hunt, but just for the sake of the child in us all, here is a silly online game that requires hunting for eggs:
http://www.akidsheart.com/holidays/easter/egghunt.htm

I also missed the Easter egg decorating again, but here’s an online easter egg decorating game, too:

http://www.akidsheart.com/holidays/easter/decoeg2.htm

Of course, I know the true meaning of Easter.  But I must admit, this holiday always reminds me of childhood, more so than even Christmas or Halloween. I think it’s because of the feeling of spring in the air, the feeling of renewal and rebirth. Today it’s sunny and warm–I think one of our warmest days all season so far– so it really does feel like spring.  Also, Easter’s pastel colors, the bunnies, the eggs, the Easter egg hunts… all are so refreshing and youthful. This holidays timing during the month of April, when it is just getting warm here, really is perfect for a holiday celebrating Christ’s resurrection.

Take a breather today, spend time with friends or family, and celebrate life.

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