Friday, September 5, 2014


If you follow me on Instagram, you saw this post early in the day yesterday. This is how my car has looked for 9 days. NINE DAYS. I was taught to drive like a semi driver, and I'm blessed to have a vehicle equipped with a rear camera, but I'm ready to have my vehicle emptied. 

Here's the story. I was supposed to move four days ago. There were snafus the entire way, and I just have my fingers crossed that I'll get in tomorrow morning. What's been stressful about the whole situation, though, is that I have had all of my stuff packed since Sunday. All my clothes, dishes, food, all of it. I've been staying with Nathan, but my three changes of clothes is exhausting. 

I just try to keep reminding myself that I'm stressed because I can't find clothes to wear to job interviews or to work, and that I should be grateful that two weeks out of college, I have a part time job and I'm scheduling interviews. It's helping a little - just gotta keep my chin up! 

I have so many drafts that I need to format still for you all, but, alas, my computer is packed away somewhere. Forgive any formatting errors in this post - the Blogger app only does so much!

How's your first week of September been?

Monday, September 1, 2014


Happy September! While I'm all about endless summer, there's something about September that gets me every time. Yeah, there's the "new beginnings" aspect of it, but it's so much more to me. There's a sense of organization I get - new Post It's, my favorite pens, a fun new notebook. I start looking at new planners, putting in months of thought before I commit to one in November. Football season is here, and I've grown up knowing that it brings so much (more on that later!) I'm moving this week, looking for jobs, and starting so much. But what I get most excited for is holidays. September is the beginning of holiday season, and I cannot get enough. Keep your eyes out for my #fallfavorites post coming soon, as well! 

What is September to you?

Saturday, August 30, 2014


Hello everyone!

I am back.  Last time we talked, I was about to get down and dirty with the blogging.  That was, what, almost a week ago?  Here's what's been going on.

- I finished my 10 week intensive German course, which means I have finally and officially finished my degree!

- I spent a week being jobless, and spent it catching up with family, getting a couple super temporary part time positions, and doing some Dankbar stuff.

- Had a fantastic post-graduation weekend that I'd been looking forward to for months.

- Attended the Great Minnesota Get Together

And so many other things that I am so grateful to have experienced and so excited to share with you.  The end of my summer research program work experience, volunteering with the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and so many other experiences have happened and it's so much to talk about, I don't know where to start.

I'm way behind, I know, but forgive me.  Fall is bringing in a wave of new-ness for me, so fresh starts are on their way!

Sunday, August 24, 2014


guys I'm awful, I know. But, hear me out. You'll actually have to wait. Oops. 

I'm finally finished with my degree. I'm heading to bed, completely zonked, but I cannot wait to share with you what I've been up to! 

Cheers xx

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

minnepolis musts:: Pat's Tap

Pat's Tap on Nicollet has been on Nathan's list for awhile.  A couple weeks ago, I was dying for some patio time and he was dying to try Pat's, so off we went.  It had a great patio, great food, great drinks... I did not regret our decision at all.

Sunday afternoons at 4:45pm, when we chose to go, aren't terribly busy.  Leaving a couple hours, however, was a different matter entirely.  Being on Nicollet Avenue, there wasn't a ton of room for parking.  I'm fairly used to walking, but just be prepared that it might be a couple blocks away that you're able to park.

We got the house made Cheese Its right away.  I was absolutely starving and they instantly satisfied my hunger and blew away my taste buds.  We didn't make it in time for happy hour, but everything was very reasonably priced and the Apricot Hefe (their beer for July), was so good I got two, and have been craving it ever since.  The menu itself is a work of art.  I love the graphic layout and the typography, and their website has one of the best restaurant layouts I've ever seen.

After we finished dinner outside, it was in to the building we went.  Dimly lit, the place was adorned in the most fantastic wallpaper, and a plethora of sports and bar-themed memorabilia.  We headed into the back and played a couple rounds of Skee-Ball (I dominated, for once), and darts (also dominated).  It was only a quarter to play Skee-Ball or Darts, so we had plenty of fun off of a couple bucks.

I highly recommend going here if you get the chance - who doesn't love Pat?

Monday, August 4, 2014

summer outfit.

As I mentioned awhile ago, I have been insanely busy this summer.  Between working and getting through round 2 of intensive coursework (a 5 credit 18-week course in 5 weeks), I have hardly had time to breathe, let alone blog.  While I'm running around from point A to point B, my typical outfit is put together for comfort, functionality and, most importantly, weather-ready.  Minnesota summers are always warm (read: hot and humid), but a single day can bring high dew points, low dew points, rain, and piercing sun.  I always try and make sure to wear something that can function in all of these situations.

Patterned shorts, a chambray popover, cute sandals, a hair tie, and a watch.  To be honest, I hadn't even realized this was my typical outfit until a friend called me out on it - "typical Taylor, running shorts, but cute everything else".  HA!  If it's really hot out, I swap out the chambray for a racerback tank top (similar here and here).  I have the shorts pictured above in black and white - I cannot get enough of them.  I found them in Florida at a Nike Factory, and I kick myself that I didn't buy more pairs.  They're a beach short, so they aren't as loose or runner-ish looking.  Let's not kid though...I'd wear these Nike shorts too.

Any doubts that this does't work? (Trust me, I've had them, my sisters tease me all the time.)  Remember that anything one wears works, as long as you've got the confidence to go with it.

What's your summer go to? 

Monday, July 21, 2014

beauty review:: dry shampoo

Inspired by Becky's recent (ish, I'm behind as usual...) post on this same topic, I was inspired to do this ranking for you all.  Dry shampoo is my dirty (clean??) little secret that I've been using for years.  To be honest, it started when I began college and tended to rush to class before a shower, or just needed a refresher after a nap.  My blonde hair tends to show products and look oily easily, so dry shampoo has been a go-to beauty-saver time and time again.  Over the years, I've made sure to try a few different brands, so here are my reviews of a few...

Suave Dry Shampoo
I've used this brand once.  Some people absolutely LOVE it, but it wasn't for me.  There is a distinct scent to it, one I wouldn't necessarily describe as pleasant.  The biggest issue I had with this one was that it left a slight residue in my hair.  Yes, I brushed out the white powder, but my hair still felt grainy to the touch.  If you don't mind either of those, it is a wonderful budget option, and it did add quite a bit of volume to my hair!

Let me start by saying, the smell isn't nearly as wonderful as some other products.  It's not bad per se, just not fantastic.  It eliminates some oily sheen, but not all.  If you're only using dry shampoo for a bit of volume, or to get rid of some oils for a quick meeting (face-to-face/Skype) before you hop into the shower, or one last errand after the gym, this is a great, low-cost option.  For all day use, you'll find yourself needing to reapply. 

This is my favorite.  It's not as popular, or as easy to find, but it is my favorite brand (it's cheaper at Wal-Mart or Target!).  Personally, I love the smell.  Others find that it's a little strong.  I agree it's strong at first, but it doesn't linger.  The only linger is a nice, light, clean scent.  The only con to it is that if you spray too much, roots can look a little gray.  If you take the time to brush it out and shake it through the roots a bit, it disappears.  It lasts forever though, which is why the pros outweigh the cons for me.  As someone with hair that shows grease so, so easy, a long-lasting product is what I need.

In a pinch, Johnson's Baby Powder is the go-to.  I bring the little 3oz one with me on vacation and just put a little on if needed.  Cheaper than a travel size dry shampoo, easier to find, and great in a pinch, just puff some on your roots, brush, and go!  This one is the winner in smell too, ha!

What's your dirty (clean??) little secret?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ginger Hop:: Minneapolis musts.

I apologize for the lack of good pictures on this one... I only had my iPhone with me, and the lighting there isn't the best for photos.  If I had taken more, you'd see the gorgeous palm fans in the bar!

Ginger Hop, in Northeast Minneapolis, is one of my favorite places.  I started my birthday there for one reason alone - the cream cheese wontons.  Nathan and I went back awhile ago, and I've gotten the wontons on take out multiple times since.  Literally the best cream cheese wontons I've ever tasted.  They have both plain cream cheese and carmelized onion cream cheese options, the latter coming with a soy/peanut/something delicious dipping sauce (though I'm a traditional sweet & sour).

Their cocktail drinks are delicious, and their wine & beer list isn't bad.  I will warn about the food - it is slightly spicy.  I made sure to order a dish that did not list "spicy", "hot", "medium", or "tangy" in the description, and I still ended up not being able to finish my meal due to my mouth burning.  Aside from it being surprisingly spicy, I enjoyed my dish, as did Nathan.  It should definitely be a place you check out, and if you're just going for the wontons, go during happy hour.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

be you.

Just a friendly reminder for your weekend. Stay you, stay true. Enjoy it everyone!!

*be-you-tiful acrylic and gold leaf on canvas is available in the Dankbar Designs etsy store and on Facebook. Mention this post and receive a discount on any of our paintings, even if it's a custom order!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pineapple Obsession

If any of you have checked out my Pinterest lately, you'll notice that I'm obsessed with anything and everything pineapple related.  It really is just making me crave grilled pineapple from my favorite Brazilian steakhouse and a linen shirt from J.Crew last summer (similar here).  Here are some of my favorites...

I actually found this dress at J.Crew Factory when I was in Florida.  I literally wear it every chance I get!

Now I just need an iPhone 5...

What's your latest obsession?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

take me back..4th of July

I was running errands for work yesterday and received these lovely flowers from the grocery store.  As they had no use for red, white, and blue flowers any longer, each purchase was accompanied by these - so wonderful!  I couldn't stop smiling over them and I couldn't help but think about the amazing Fourth of July weekend I'd just had.

For the first time in over two years (!!), I was able to go out on the lake that my grandparents have had a cabin - and now a house - on, for over a decade.  Nathan had never been on the water, but my joy of sharing that with him was surpassed by my happiness of just being out there again.

I managed to only get a bit of splotchy sunburn (#sunscreen4ever) and it was all worth it.  Growing up, my grandparents had hosted a bash each Fourth of July and I have so many happy memories from those parties.  Unfortunately, my grandmother was hospitalized during the weekend.  It was a bummer, but Nathan and I made our way to Sioux Falls to spend the afternoon with her and enjoy a dinner out with Papa.  

As I reflect back on the weekend, not one part, not even spending half of a gorgeous day in a hospital room, has a negative cloud above it.  Fireworks on the lake, old friends boating over to say hello, games of guesstures with some of my favorite people, and just enjoying a part of my childhood happily, without the sad-tinged nostalgia of growing up, is enough to tide me over for quite awhile.  

And if it doesn't, I can look back on the one picture of the weekend that Kit sent me...

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

buttered tin.

I'm so behind on my posts it's embarrassing.  I visited the Buttered Tin in St. Paul with my friend Michael weeks ago.  Over a month ago.  So embarrassing.

We happened to be able to go on a weekday morning, so there was virtually no wait.  I ordered the Banana Foster French Toast and a mimosa - hello, it's brunch! - and I was not disappointed.  Everything tasted perfect, and the house-made whipped cream was the perfect touch.  Michael ordered the Biscuits and Gravy.  It wasn't to my taste (I don't like pepper), but I'm pretty sure I'm the only person who wouldn't like it.  I even got one of their cupcakes to go.  I brought it back to my apartment and put it in the fridge for a few hours until Nathan came over and I could share it with him.  It was soooo good, even hours after it was made!

One of my favorite parts of the Buttered Tin was their table numbers - playing cards!  It was the perfect quirky touch, I took a picture of it right away.  I cannot wait to go back.  I want to try the Buttermilk Pancakes and the Loaded Hashbrowns, though I may end up just getting the Banana Foster French Toast again!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

chloe + isabel

My friend Lindsay has started selling chloe + isabel - so, naturally, I picked out an item and couldn't have been more impressed.  The packaging is adorable the earrings I ordered were perfect, and have been working well for me the last couple weeks I've been wearing them.  I leave my earrings in all the time, so cheap ones (and a couple not-so-cheap ones) have caused my ears to get an odd greenish hue as the vibrancy of the color faded.  Not with these!  When I do take them out, they still look like they did the first day I put them on!  I definitely recommend this brand to anyone and everyone.  What's not to love?

Aren't the earring backs so unique?  I love the shape of them, and they feel great on sensitive ears.  I love that chloe + isabel is engraved on them!  Here's the pair I got and the adjustable (!!) cuff I'm lusting over.

What will you be purchasing?

Monday, June 30, 2014

prioritizing & m.i.a.

Hey all.  Everything has been such a crazy disaster of love and life and everything inbetween.  With starting a new job, cramming what was already an intense semester class into 5 weeks, working on Dankbar, and still managing to see people and not be a hermit, I hate to say that the blog has been pushed not only to the back burner, but behind it.  So much has been going on, there's so much I could share, yet the minute I sit down to type something, click goes the off switch on my brain and I'm ready for bed.

I've been reading a ton on priorities, and most of my favorite blogs have had great tips and advice on how to prioritize (see Nicole, Carly, & Ashley).  They've been so, so helpful and encouraging while I've been working, yet there's been this disconnect between my goals, my have-tos, and my priorities. 

While it's easy to say that Dankbar Designs is my number one priority, it's not easy to make it so.  Then on other days, it's easy to say "oh yeah, my relationships are definitely my number one priority".  But what about the fact that I need to finish my degree?  Welp, guess school just became my number one.  Where do I draw the line?  Is it realistic to put my relationships before school or Dankbar?  But can I put school before either of those?

What I'm trying to say is, it's been complicated.  This blog, the SailorrTaylorr me, just isn't my priority - however, it's my outlet.  It's my place where I can write, where I can share, and where I can obsess over little things (and big things).  While it isn't my priority, it's always on my list.  So please, bear with me as I flit in and out throughout the summer - nothing will be as consistent as I'd like it, but I will get you content.  I'm struggling enough as it is trying to juggle three number one priorities.  Having something that isn't a priority, that I can just go to like a favorite pillow or book, it's what I need.  And I love it.  I love you.  So thanks.

Here's some quick snapshots of what I've been up to since we last talked:

I got to spend time with my second family, and loved every minute of it.

I've been taking plenty of walks and runs across the Stone Arch Bridge, giving me great views of Downtown Minneapolis, and an amazing view of Mill City.

Starbucks and walks with Nathan have kept me sane more than once, though I'm pretty sure that the Starbucks part of the habit needs to end soon or my wallet will cry.

Learning and growing in this building.  Folwell Hall is my favorite and least favorite building on the U of M campus simultaneously.  I have learned more than I could ever express in this beautiful building, but I've had growing experiences that have made me want to cry, as well.

That's a snippet of what I've been up to.  I have the chance now to sit down and crank out a few posts, so hopefully there will be plenty of material coming your way!  

What has everyone else been up to?

Sunday, June 15, 2014


This weekend was crazy!  I kicked it off grilling burgers and asparagus for Nathan, then we headed to a birthday party for an old friend, a co-worker who I hadn't seen in ages.  Getting to catch up with her again was wonderful, and it wrapped up a fantastic Friday and started the weekend.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the Twin Cities area, it's important to note that we truly love festivals here. Irish, Beer, Pride, Children, Art, Nations, Neighborhoods, Cheese... If more than five people love it, there's a festival for it.  Saturday morning, we made our way down to the Stone Arch Bridge Festival, which is only a few blocks' walk from my apartment.  It was raining the entire day, yet there was a great turn out for the 10am festival start time!  So many great artists and vendors were there for the two-day festival and it was a pleasure to see what was offered.  I tried some fantastic rootbeer, won a prize from the Blick booth (where I spend too much time and money on supplies for Dankbar!), and just had a blast walking around and seeing so many people and their dogs out and about.  

It took a few hours to warm up and dry off, but after a quick nap, Nathan and I took the long way to one of our favorite dinner spots to join in with the Green Line Opening Day festival/celebration.  Having the Green Line open is wonderful - I can't wait to utilize it more!  Having a light-rail run through Minneapolis and St. Paul is much needed and has been eagerly anticipated.  It was fantastic getting to check it out!

After a delicious dinner we meandered over to the Weisman Art Museum to kick off Northern Spark 2014.  When it had been in Minneapolis two years ago, I was working the overnight shift of the event at the Weisman and couldn't have been happier to kick it off there.  Getting to see the new exhibit, partaking in art with one of my favorite local artists, Anne Labovitz, and seeing some of my former co-workers was a blast - so was sheltering from the rain for a little bit!  However, when we made our way to West River Parkway, the downpour had started. We toughed it out for awhile, but finally decided to call it quits when the insides of my rainboots became soaked and Nathan's toes were numb from walking through puddles.  I wish we could've seen more, but it was fun to be there regardless!

Father's Day was spent catching up on sleep, working on some things for Dankbar, and reviewing German in preparation for class starting this week.  How was your weekend?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

rest-up sun-up tips

The last few weeks have been crazy! With commencement, Florida, a long weekend with an old friend, and countless of other dinners, drinks, and events in between, I'm exhausted!  I've been working at my new job for a couple days now, and adjusting to a working schedule again just wears me out!

I find myself wanting to just come home and collapse, kick off my shoes, and take a nap.  While I've done this on (more than one) occasion, it's important that I don't take a nap.  Taking a nap after coming home from work means I wake up with no motivation or I can't sleep that night and wake up even more tired !  I will miss 20 minute naps between classes versus the kinda nap where you wake up disoriented.  Not only do I struggle to get re-motivated and be sleeping at a decent time, I struggle to feel rested.  I found out last year that I have a Vitamin D deficiency, which tends to wear me out and get me in a mood slump (which doesn't help with motivation).  Although I take supplements*, I love getting the sun of summer and my Vitamin D naturally versus another pill.  Instead of just letting my head hit the pillow, I've come up with a few ways to stay alert and enjoy the summer sun after a long day.

Go on an adventure
After coming home from a long day, don't let yourself stop.  Keep going, grab a book or your iPad and get back into your car, hop on your bike, or keep on walking to the beach, lake, or park.  Getting things done and getting sun is a fantastic combination, and you can do it lying down, so it's practically a nap.

Sit down, stay alert, set an alarm
I do this often.  I sit down in my favorite chair, set a timer/alarm on my phone, and take 10 minutes to play a game on my phone, check Facebook, and generally just check out for a bit.  The thing I need to remember when I use this method is to keep my feet flat on the floor.  If I relax into my chair too much, it gets too comfy to think about leaving.  This method is nearly always followed by getting outside to go for a run!

Same with adventure, don't let yourself rest when you get home.  All you want to do is rest and stop moving, but you're probably feeling hungry (just me? Dinner not coming soon enough?).  Grab a glass or bottle of water, and drink it really fast.  Then go sit outside, sit in the sun, or sit down in your comfy chair.  That glass of water you drank will probably hit your system fast, and you'll have to get up to go to the bathroom.  By then, you've already been resting for awhile and are ready to take the rest of the day!

I know not all of these are easy - resisting the urge to nap takes an absurd amount of self-control (no? just me again?) but these are quick and easy ways to give yourself a break while also enjoying the sun.  The quicker you get stuff done, the quicker you can enjoy the rest of the sunny days.

*I take supplements from the direction of my doctor in a dosage she prescribed.  Please consult a physician before adding any medication or supplement to your regime.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Tony Awards 2014

You know me by now... These are my favorites!  The Tony's hold a special place in my heart, one that will never be replaced by anything else.  I grew up dreaming of becoming a Broadway star, I did summer shows in my small town, participated in plays and musicals when I could, and followed the NYC Theatre scene as best as an 11 year-old could.  Ten years ago (!!) I fell in love with a musical that changed my life (it was Wicked), watched Idina Menzel's acceptance the next day on YouTube, and vowed to never miss a broadcast of the Tony Awards again.

Well, I only missed a handful.  While the Oscars and Golden Globes tend to be focused analytically for me on the films, performances, and fashion of the ceremony, the Tony's are pure joy for me.  I love looking at the dresses and suits (Emmy Rossum and Orlando Bloom, I'm looking at you this year), but it's the performances, the jokes, and the camaraderie of the Tony Awards that gets me every year.

When the awards are handed out and the reactions filmed, every face is genuinely happy and proud of the winner.  In all my years, I don't know that one has ever stuck out to me as being negative.  While critics may argue jiltings, rip-offs, and a bad vote, I sit back in Minnesota and am just happy that a celebration of theatre is being nationally broadcast.  I have little opinion on who should or shouldn't win - after all, I didn't see all the shows this time (or anytime).

Last night's performance was incredible, as always, and I've got some of my favorites - definitely not all of them - listed below!

As the most nominated musical this year, I knew next to nothing about A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder.  After this performance, I could not wait to get my hands on the cast recording.  I'm literally listening to it on repeat as I type this.  Cannot wait until it begins a National tour!

Hedwig and the Angry Inch anyone?  I know the storyline, but I avoided listening/reading anything until I could see the Tony performance.  AH-MAZE-BALLS.  Blown away as always by NPH, but Lena Hall?  Damn, girl.

Speaking of Lena Hall, can I just listen to her acceptance speech all day?  Or Audra McDonald's, Mark Rylance's, or James Monroe Iglehart's to name a few more?  I love the Tony Award acceptance speeches more than any other award ceremony.  Each speech is either incredibly humble, or incredibly excited.  The hand shaking, crying, fumbling papers, and nonsense is a beautiful representation of real people, proud of what they've done.

Idina Menzel's performance from If/Then was near perfection, but I was so pleasantly surprised by Jessie Mueller and Carole King's performance.  I'd heard of the show, but wasn't terribly familiar with everything surrounding it and even (I'm so ashamed) didn't particularly care to learn more.  Well, I'm sorry Ms. Mueller and Ms. King.  I am humbled by how PHENOMENAL you were.

Uhm, yeah.

Here's the complete list of winners!

Sidenote: The Wicked tribute made me tear up.  Ten years ago my life truly was changed for good.  Wicked4ever.

Did you watch the show this year?  What did you think?

photo credits: google images

Sunday, June 8, 2014

happy heart.

This last weekend has been magical.  It was my last "off" week before I started work and class for the summer, and there's no doubt I did it right.

The original plan was to have a morning meeting before having lunch with a friend.  My meeting ended up getting canceled and when I texted my friend to see if he'd like to meet earlier, he was at the coffee shop next to my place getting work done.  I finished up some things and walked down to the coffee shop to meet up with him.  We wound seeing friends, grabbing food, enjoying patio weather, and getting sun and laughs to last for days.  We discussed how crazy it was that, for the first time in months, no one in our party had any other commitments for the day - it was just us, enjoying the day.

There was plenty of cleaning, errands, painting, runs, and long walks between, but I was soon joined by a dear friend from England.  It's been over two years since I last saw her, and it was such a treat to have her with me for a long weekend!  We hit up some great Minneapolis spots (Stone Arch Bridge, Moscow Hill - I know it's St. Paul!, U of M Campus, Main Street, the Guthrie, Mall of America, to name a few), she met and we went out with my darling J. Crew family, and made it to a Twins game.   

Experiencing this city as a tourist, experiencing the Mall of America through the eyes of someone who'd never been, and then catching up with even more old friends just made it even better.  Watching the Tony Awards to finish off a great weekend doesn't hurt either!

P.S. I also received this in the mail...wonder what it could be!? ;)

How was your weekend?xx

Saturday, June 7, 2014


Nearly three weeks ago, I was sitting in this crowd, waiting to hear speakers and ready to walk up and receive my diploma, or at least, the diploma holder they would give me while I waited for the actual document.  It was a weird feeling.  This wasn't going to be my final college moment - German classes were planned for this summer - and yet, it felt like it was all going to be over.

(I see you up there, Mom!)

I had participated in one on-campus group, had a couple on-campus jobs, and attended events sporadically.  I never went Greek, didn't do band, choir, or arts shows, made a handful of really good friends, and a few handfuls more of people I could wave at on campus.  People walking across stage were high-fiving each other and hugging faculty members, while I couldn't think of a faculty member I had kept in touch with.  There were plenty of exciting thoughts running through my head, but I was beginning to think I had seriously missed out on something, that I'd done something horribly and terribly wrong.

At the time, the speakers were poignant - nearly three weeks later I couldn't quote one line for you.  I don't know why that is, and sometimes I wish I could remember.  But even if I could, it wouldn't make a difference.  As a recent grad, as a 20 something, the words of advice are inescapable.  

I laughed a lot through the ceremony, sitting by a good friend, talking about people we knew walking the stage, cheering when our mascot accepted his "diploma" and celebrating as we threw our caps in the air and then searched for our families

Goldy Gopher graduated!

I couldn't have been happier to have my family and Nathan there to help me celebrate.  College was the single hardest thing I've ever done in my life, physically and mentally.  Numerous times I called a meeting with my parents to discuss the possibility of transferring or dropping out.  I'm not destined for education, college wasn't glamorous for me, and I'm okay with that.  While I sat, thinking in that moment that I had failed the social aspect of college, I needed to remember that I was content with the experience that I had.  Sure, I didn't join clubs, but I had a great group of friends my first year at the U that kept me company with late night dining hall trips and marathons of watching Sherlock.  Brownie bites and half off apps, bad chinese food, football games, even my job...  Those were  my "clubs", those are my memories.  I am so utterly blessed to have them.

Three weeks after graduating, I'm getting ready to start a summer job and my last bit of German.  I'm searching endlessly for full-time positions in September (using my on the hunt methods) and an apartment to go with it, while simultaneously attempting to make time for dankbar, family, and friends.  It's stressful, and exhilirating, and the beginning and end of something.  It's commenced.

my biggest six year-old fan

my grandparents

fellow UofM alum, thanks for everything Nathan

my mom and step-dad, always supportive and 
doing their best to keep me in school and positive

daddy, always there for rational advice and a kick-in-the-butt when
laziness seems like the best option.

What are other recent grads up to?  How was your commencement and college career?