A weekend with Moses

Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post. I really appreciate it! I’d like to say that things are back to “normal” around here, but four victims are still in the hospital. Ugh. Please continue to keep this situation in your prayers.


So, guess who got to spend the weekend with my family… Moses!


He’s my brother’s golden retriever… except he’s white. He’s also awesome. I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this, but Moses was re-homed. He used to be a therapy dog for a child with cystic fibrosis, and the parents ended up having another child and decided to re-home Moses to my brother! He is such a sweet dog and I love him so, so much.
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Close to home

Yesterday was a tough day. I was (and still am) extremely saddened to hear about the stabbings at Franklin Regional High School. I don’t even know what to say, really.

I live about 10 minutes from Franklin Regional, and know a lot of people who live in the area. My sister-in-law graduated from that school. I know students of all ages who currently attend school there. I went to football games and swam in swim meets at Franklin Regional when I was in high school. I spend time in Murrysville (the town of the school) at least 2-3 times a week.

This has even has definitely hit close to home.
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Making me smile

I’ve been smiling a lot lately. Here are a few reasons why…

-Spring weather.
-Having a coffee date with a good friend.
-Receiving a really encouraging card from my mom.
-Baking an order of Hearty Handfuls granola.
-Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.
-Enjoying my environmental science class.
-Funny memes from my brother.
-Jimmy’s dad sending me pictures of how he used the bread I baked for him.
-My sister. She makes me laugh and is just all around amazing.
-Celebrating 5.5 years with Jimmy!

Some pictures of all of these awesome things…


Spring weather = rain boots!
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Bread head

I love crossing things off of my baking bucket list! This time it was sandwich bread. Cookies have always been one of my favorite things to bake, but I think I’m becoming a bread freak lately, between making english muffinschallah, and now good ol’ sandwich bread! I love it.
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On finding a place to live

I promised I would discuss this topic, so here we go…

Jimmy and I are getting married in June. We will move in wherever we live after our wedding, due to our belief that couples shouldn’t cohabitate before marriage. As of right now, we still haven’t found a place to live.

We would love to own a small, cheap starter home once we’re married. Finding one has been such a tough process, though! We have been torn about where to live since we got engaged. Right now, we live about an hour away from each other. Jimmy is a welder for his family’s business, and lives about five minutes from where he works.


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Five random things I want to say

Hey there! As the title of this post states, I’m going to be talking about completely random things today. What’s new, right?!

1. I watched really good documentary for my Deaf Culture class. Sound and Fury is about two families with young deaf children and their decision of whether or not to give them cochlear implants. Before taking the Deaf Culture class, I thought cochlear implants were always the best option, but this film actually raises a lot of issues with cochlear implants for some families with deaf children.

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Another one off the list

The baking bucket list, that is. I decided to tackle a type of bread that I have always thought looked really cool, but was to afraid to try my hand at making. Challah!


Challah is a braided bread that is eaten by a lot of different cultures, but is likely most known to be eaten the Jewish culture to celebrate some religious holidays. It can be a three or six stranded braid, and can also be shaped into a ring. I went with the classic loaf, and made the braid six strands.
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