First up: I learned to knit!
On my way back to Ames for the Spring semester, I stopped at a Barnes & Nobel, where I found a really cheap knitting kit on clearance. I had been talking to a couple people about how I'd kind of wanted to learn, so I impulse bought it on sight.
And I made a scarf!
After I started knitting grandma found this (very) old skein of yarn in a desk and gave it to me. I took me well over an hour, maybe two, to untangle it. :p
Then I started buying more stuff and started a new scarf.
It was done in just a couple of weeks!
I was pretty happy with it!
Then I got some ring looms to help me knit hats.
These were for Shaina, and she loved them. :)
There was a flock of Canada geese on central campus one day!
They just made themselves at home.
There was a lot of melting happening, so maybe they thought it was a lake?
In late January I came home for a family get together, (where I took no pictures) but since I was going to be home, and since we'd had so much fun at the last one, and since we'd already been planning to binge watch the brand new Netflix Series of Unfortunate Events, my cousins decided to throw another themed tea party.
It was not quite as themed as before. No real decorations or costumes.
A lot of it was just stuff they wanted an excuse to make. Like more scones. :p
And eat. :p
Some of the sandwiches had mushrooms on them.
And some had horseradish.
If you've read book 11, then you know why these things are appropriate. :p
I don't think the tea was themed. I just wanted a picture of my cup. :)
Peppermint cream cheese bon bons.
Peppermint being the themed ingredient. Book 3, the Baudelaires were allergic. :)
We also had cold soup. (See book 3 again. :p)
These were basically Little Debbie cakes with gummy snakes frosting'd on.
A nod to the Incredibly Deadly Viper from book 2. (And 13!)
And that was that event. Like I said before, I didn't take any picture at the family thing I'd come home for, but Jackson was with us too, and I did get a couple pictures of him. :p
He was getting swaddled. :)
So cute! :p
The next big thing might be news to you if you haven't seen me in awhile: I got contacts!
I've had glasses since I was 6, so this is kind of a big deal.
This was a picture I took to text to Shaina when I first got them.
The next event was another trip to Minnesota. I was doing a job shadow at my cousin Kyle's workplace, and Shaina and Sasha came along for the ride so we could visit Mandi and Co. Sadly, I again neglected to take many pictures. :( I did take a bunch this one night though. :)
Trinity decided to bury Shaina alive. :p
She wanted me to document it.
Shaina found it hilarious. :)
Then Trinity decided that wasn't enough.
She wanted to model.
And then she wanted my phone. :p
And proceeded to take pictures of everyone and everything.
Most of them were of the floor and halves of faces, so I pruned before posting. :p
Mandi knows what kind of kids she's raising: Goofballs. :p
Awesome goofballs. :)
My last big event was another job shadow, and I did take a few at this one. I was applying for an internship at IPTV. (PBS) I didn't get it, but I had fun that day anyway. :)
I sat in on two episodes of Iowa Press.
In the first episode they were interviewing former governor of Iowa and former US Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack.
It was so interesting learning a lot of behind the scenes stuff!
They had these guys standing in the offices.
I think I remember them from PBS pledge drives when I was a kid!
And that's pretty much it. I didn't photograph much else. I am however photographing a LOT of things this summer as I am building a portfolio of my work, photography and otherwise. To do that I'm going to lots of different places and taking a ton of pictures, hoping I'll get just a few awesome ones I can show off in a portfolio. But that means I have tons of other pictures that don't quite make the cut that I can just post on my blog for fun! So stay tuned! I've got lots of stuff coming! I'll leave you with this one picture I took after I got back to Harlan this summer. :)