Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Project 365 Lets Grandma Go

I spent much of the last week with my family, as my grandmother passed away just after Mother's Day. We lost my other grandmother a little over one year ago on St. Patrick's Day. Spring is a time of renewal, but also a time of loss for us. So here are the pictures updating from when I last posted.

Day 293: I flew out of town for the funeral and broke my track record. I hadn't eaten McDonald's in years, but I didn't have any other options between my connection to KC.

Day 294: My mom came out of the bathroom and found me like this. I'm her little monkey!

Day 295: I ate White Castle. It wasn't as good as I remembered.

Day 296: We took this picture many years ago. My grandmother who just passed away is the middle girl on the right. I'm the middle girl on the left. Are we related? I think so.

Day 297: My grandmother's beautiful funeral. She was surrounded by friends, family, and beautiful flowers. 

Day 298: Me with two of my crazy cousins! See, I'm not the only one of my kind. 

Day 299: My grandfather loves to build in the woods. Here's one of his lean-to's. He's storing some of the wood for the log cabin that he's building with his hands.

Day 300: HUGE BONFIRE with my cousins!

Day 301: Me with my parents. I love my best friends so much!

Day 302: My camera on my phone takes pretty good pictures.

Day 303: I would like you to read this. I believe this article that was in my grandmother's Bible describes her loving personality perfectly. 

Day 304: Some of my mother's flowers. I love her gardening.

Day 305: One way to deal with grief is to distract yourself. I've been enjoying Golden Sun a lot lately. One of the best video games ever.

Day 306: An assortment of foreign fun--some from my beautiful girlfriend, the rest from an exchange student I work with who's from Germany. 

And that's it for this update. See you next time!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Project 365 and Mother's Day

It seems like just yesterday this semester started. Now I'm saying goodbye to all my students in a week. How did the time go by so quickly? 

This week has been full of wonderful news. I accepted the position at Mitchell College that I interviewed for last week. I also applied to a graduate certificate program for Student Affairs and Development awhile back, and I'm happy to report I got in! I received the 2014 Humanitarian Award for my contributions to Three Rivers Community College. And, oh, I think there was another poem published in there as well. Whew!

But enough about all that. Here are this past week's pictures:

Day 286: First bonfire of the season! I forgot how good wood smells. 

Day 287: My students are going to miss me...but not as much as I'll miss them.

Day 288: Meet Shadow. She's all black, 8 years old, and hopefully, she'll be all mine in the next couple of months. She certainly picked me as her hoooman. 

Day 289: Here I am with my Humanitarian Award. I was still kind of in shock when this picture was taken. In fact, it still hasn't sunk in. I'm so honored.

Day 290: Buying mint for Mother's Day. Nothing says I love you like a plant that'll grow forever.

Day 291: Happy Mother's Day to my girlfriend's beautiful mommy! Matilda, Sheila, and I will be so glad when you're back from Cali, Lyci. We love you!

Day 292: Happy Mother's Day to the world's bestestestest momma. I miss you so much! Wish you were here to celebrate with me...

In other news, I'm trying to schedule a trip to my hometown sometime this summer--before I transition jobs. If you'd told me a year ago I'd still be in Connecticut come August 2014, I would have laughed. But now, I'm happy to be spending another year here. 

Also, to commemorate my commitment to Project 365, I'm going to be making a collage blanket with the highlights from my first year in AmeriCorps and Connecticut. I'm looking forward to picking out the special pictures that show how I've grown. 

This summer, you can also look forward to 3 book reviews and 3 authors interviews from me! Keep checking back for more information on what those will be...

See you next week!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Project 356 Loves Spring

The past few weeks have flown by. This week has been no different. Spring is in full bloom here, and really, there's no color quite like that lovely budding green. I think it may be my favorite.

In news, I've had several poems accepted for publication and received an amazing email from an editor I've worked with twice now. I'd like to share it with you:

"P.S. Erin we were so happy to see your submissions. We have heard so many wonderful things from Vol. I and are exited to share your work in Vol. II. We have such a loyal base of writers that submitted in Vol. I and also in Vol. II that we are making a dedication to those writers (this includes you) and were hoping that we could get a short statement from you about this anthology to be printed.

P.S.S. We never have asked for more submissions three times except from you in Vol. I and now again for Vol. II. If you would like to submit anything else please feel free to harass us."

Also, I've had two interviews this week with a college I'm very interested in working at. I think I have a strong chance, but I haven't heard one way or the other yet. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers. 

Here are this week's pictures!

Day 279: This Monday, the pantry was the emptiest I've seen it. I put out a desperate call for donations, as we served about 75 students in a single month!

Day 280: Spring is finally here! Look at the beautiful daffodils and the sparkling ocean beyond. Yes, I'm lucky to live here.

 Day 281: We named our food pantry and created a logo! 

Day 282: A faculty member and friend of mine on campus showed me this amazing project that one of her students completed. I love our students' creativity and enthusiasm. 

Day 283: Look at how well our campus and community responded to the food pantry's needs. By the end of the week, I'd taken in a couple hundred items. We're committed to ending hunger at Three Rivers Community College!

Day 284: My girlfriend gave me this pendant before I left, so I made a necklace out of it. 

Day 285: When you drive around with no real destination in mind, it's amazing the things you come across--Cinderella Road, and practically in my backyard!

This weekend, a lot of my Midwest friends are together at the annual OWFI (Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc.) conference. Last year at this time, I lived in OK, spent some time as webmaster for the organization, and won several regional awards. I miss you all and wish you the best time EVER. Except...how could it be the best time without me? 

Only half-joking!

I'll see you all next week. :)