Future Travel Plans + a New Weekly Post

Moroccan Proverb
Photo from AIESEC.

Welp, we did it! We are officially going to Morocco over New Years, and I couldn’t be more excited. Is it too early to start a countdown? 308 days to go, in case you were wondering. I’m sure trip prep will infiltrate my blog every so often leading up to our departure, but I’m most looking forward to writing about the trip upon our return! (Well, no. I’m most excited about going to Morocco, but I’m also looking forward to having a trip to write about!)

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It’s practically a blizzard outside, and although I have a bit of freelance work to do tonight, all I really want to do is figure out every single possible detail I can (and watch Pretty Little Liars. It sucked me in.) I swear, if I wasn’t a graphic designer, I would absolutely be a travel agent/trip planner. Getting all the details figured out is like a high…who needs drugs when you’ve got TripAdvisor?! Topdeck has the majority of the trip taken care of, but it’s never too early to start thinking about 1) what I’m packing in, 2) how I’ll manage the daytime (warm) vs. nighttime (cold) desert situation, or 3) what we’ll be doing on our 15 hour layover in Frankfurt!

Anyway – after finalizing travel plans (learning about a trip from my dad when I was younger, or now finalizing details on my own,) I always find myself looking up quotes about travel. I’m not sure why I do it; maybe just to confirm that my passion for traveling the world is requited, that I’m following in the “wanderlusty” footsteps of so many others? I don’t know, but I have noticed that there are a handful of quotes that always resonate with me, that I ‘pick out’ time and time again…so I figured I might as well share them with the rest of the world, one week at a time!

Cue: Wanderlust Wednesdays!

Similar to the Moroccan proverb at the top of this post, I plan on posting  a quote over some of my photography (the photo of Morocco is not mine) and maybe include a little blurb of travel related…something. Whether it’s about our upcoming trip, a past trip, or maybe even a funny story from my 7th Grade Geography teacher, Rufus. I’ll try to keep it interesting 😉

Travel is a huge part of my life, so I figure it’s about time I bring a bit more of that into my blog!

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happy thoughts for a monday

First of all – how the heck is it already Monday!? This past week seriously flew by. Holy moley.

  1. Visitors! A house full of people is seriously one of my absolute favorite things, and this weekend our house was about as full as possible! Including me and Joe, there were 8 people in our (tiny) house for a birthday/housewarming/oktoberfest extravaganza, which meant fitting people basically anywhere we could, since we only have one actual spare bedroom. Because I can’t do anything half-way, I made a super cute birthday banner, cupcakes, and little flags to go in the cupcakes, and Joe and I made/put together lots and lots of appetizers, as well as breakfast Sunday morning (hooray for using most of the serving platters we got as wedding gifts!) It was crazy and exhausting (partially because we didn’t go to bed until about 5:30am) but it was weirdly rewarding being able to ‘show off’ all the hard work we’ve been putting into getting our house together, and getting to celebrate 2 birthdays/visit a couple of local breweries! So good. Oh, I’m also shocked by how quickly a house with 1 bathroom and 8 people can go through rolls of toilet paper.
  2. I went back to the other side of the state on Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon for a freelance meeting/networking event. It was a little intimidating, but after most of the ‘networking’ was done, we were able to sit down and work out some bottle design details that I’ll figure out this week. One step closer to being able to see something I designed on grocery/liquor store shelves – so neat.
  3. We finally have a (large-ish) house plant! We’ve been wanting one to put by the TV for a while now, and after striking out at both Lowe’s and Eastern Market (in Detroit) – I found one at IKEA when I stopped on my way back to Kalamazoo on Friday! It was only $12, and it’s perfecto.
  4. I have mixed feelings about the weather getting cooler, but I do love the fact that apple cider is now more regularly available. When I was back at my parents house (home? Whatever. I’ve now just started calling Detroit and Kzoo home. It works for now) my dad gave me some Halloween decorations to bring back, as well as a giant pack of Halloween shaped gummies. Yum.
  5. Mid-last week I was relatively convinced that Poppy, my 5.5 year old albino hedgehog, was in the process of dying (eek I promise this is still a happy post,) and I spent a good chunk of the afternoon babying her (and crying. And emailing back and forth with a local vet.) It wasn’t too great. Howeverrrrr, after that afternoon, she seems 100% back to her regular, grumpy, old lady self, and I couldn’t be happier. I also now know that there’s a local vet that will be able to take care of her if she does start showing her age, so that’s nice to know as well.