Tuesday, December 31, 2013
This past year has brought so many beautiful changes into my life, both personal and professional. Last year, I could've never guessed that 2013 would bring me a new major (Ag Communications!) OR a new position (MI's official blogger/social media and marketing intern!!!!!). I am so grateful for all the opportunities that have been set before me and for all the people that encouraged me to seize them. My life has never been so filled with love and laughter and for that I feel extremely blessed. Although I cannot say what 2014 has in store for me, I CAN with certainty that the best is yet to come.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
... to eat seasonally fresh produce, that is! "Eating seasonally" by choosing fresh, organic, locally grown produce is a wonderful way to support your local farmers, as well as ensure that your produce is at its peak ripeness. Not only does eating seasonally mean better quality but also more variety. Have fun creating new dishes by incorporating seasonal fruits and veggies into your favorite recipes. Explore and savor the bounty of each season while doing your body and your local farmers a favor.
For the past few years during the holiday season, I've gotten the opportunity to help out in the bakery. Although the ladies back there work quite a bit faster than I'm able to, they never forget to thank me for helping and always make me feel like part of their little family. I am continually astounded at how quickly they can whip out huge numbers of beautiful desserts. My specialty is cream pies - chocolate, banana and even coconut cream. Although assembling 50 or 60 of the same pie may seem like a bore, I get so lost in my creative groove that the hours end up flying by. It's almost like each pie is a little work of art for me.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 4, 2013
After recovering from my candy-induced hangover and setting back my clocks this weekend, I woke up this morning to a lovely November Monday: marked by the lingering luxury of that "extra" Fall hour. And while I am admittedly a bit sad to see the sun setting behind the hills so early, I am just tickled by the earlier sunrise and the warmer mornings the time change brings.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Yesterday as I was leaving my last class, a pretty funny thing happened that got me thinking. To set the scene for you, it was about dusk and there was a very warm stillness in the air that was decidedly eerie, yet comfortable. As I was walking quietly along Poly View Drive, something in the distance catches my eye. The lighting was very twilight-zone-esque and I found it hard to see much -- but thought I could make out three bodies up ahead, sort of running after each other. As they got closer, I could clearly see three males, wearing what appeared to be ripped and bloodied t-shirts, with powdery white faces, blackened eyes, rotting teeth, and messy hair. Although I wasn't quite sure of what I was witnessing, a stride or two closer confirmed for me that this was indeed a zombie encounter. As "they" continued along in their hurried, limping zig-zag of a gate, I could hear them grunting and carrying on... heckling people as they went along. I was practically in stitches by the time they passed by me, and even squealed a little when the last character nearly staggered right into me. Whether this "zombie" encounter was the work of some Halloween hooligans, Cal Poly's student government, or was truly the return of the living dead... I may never know. I will say, however, that the experience reminded not to take myself so seriously. Especially in the midst of midterms, it's important to have a belly laugh or two. Even at my most frazzled, I simply can't help but feel better after a good dose of laughter, and yesterday was no exception. So to all my fellow Mustangs out there, I wish you the best of luck this week with your midterms and advise you to keep an eye out for those zombies!
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Friday, September 20, 2013
Although there aren't many ways to detect the changing of the seasons in San Luis Obispo, you certainly know summer is coming to a close all the "WOWies" arrive. During Cal Poly's WOW, or Week of Welcome, over 4,500 new students come to SLO the week before school begins to become oriented with both the campus and the community. Hundreds of WOW groups flud downtown SLO in brightly colored attire -- becoming acquainted with new people and places, taking pictures, and just generally having fun. This year, a couple WOW groups even took a tour of the Inn and munched on some fresh baked cookies afterwards by the pool.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
While there are many things that set the Madonna Inn and Madonna Enterprise offices apart from other work places, "dog-friendliness" is one of my favorites. Our K-9 counterparts truly seem to enjoy seeing their other human and doggy friends around the office, and create a relaxed and easy-going work atmosphere. My dog, Rita, gives me the excuse to get up and walk around when she needs potty breaks and eat lunch on the grass while her and the other dogs play. As Roger Caras (host of the Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show) once said, "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."