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Life’s Too Short…

I really love listening to this song lately.

It’s one of those songs to which I have a visceral reaction.  It speaks to my moody, broody side and I find myself thinking, “So true, so true” as I bop my head to the radio.

As I listened to it today, however, I found that I had a disagreement with it.  As the music blared over the radio —Life’s too short to even care at all— I found myself thinking, “But that’s exactly why we do care.  Because it is so short.”

In order to feel better I try to tell myself that all of the things I want don’t matter.  I find projects to work on and ways to stay busy to take my mind off those things.  But they do, in fact, really matter.  They mean everything.

This is why it hurts like hell to realize that the things that matter are moving in reverse or that you don’t register on anyone’s radar or that you might be in this alone.

It would be easier to not care, but the fact that I do is always bubbling under the surface.  I don’t know how to stop.

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What is it with January?

It seems like every January I find myself either wanting to go back to school or change my career or move to a new state.  Often it’s a combination of these things and I think that they might be a coping mechanism to help me deal with the blues.

Every year I really struggle to get through January and I’ve compiled a short list of theories for this over the past few years.  One reason is that it’s kind of hard to get back to reality after the joy of the holiday season.  Another reason could be fewer hours of daylight triggering some sort of seasonal depression.  Or it could just be that the cold weather starts to get to me and leaves me hopelessly longing for spring and summer.

This January I’ve already spent a fair amount of time with the blues.  But it isn’t because of any of the things I usually blame. This year I’m just scared.

Over the past couple of years I’ve had to deal with heartache and adjust to a lot of changes, but I haven’t done a very good job with either of these things.  I know that everyone goes through hard times and that most of us come out of them eventually, but I’m still really nervous about the possibility of having another year like the ones I’ve been having.

At least February will be here in a few weeks.  February usually does wonders at getting me out of my January slump.

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Tipping Over

We are all cups, constantly and quietly being filled.
The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
–Ray Bradbury

When I first began blogging a few years back, I did so with the intention of creating a space where I could openly share those things that were on my mind.  I remember writing about how, although I wasn’t the greatest writer, I was an honest one.

Since then, I’ve noticed myself shying away from that kind of expression.  I was afraid of hurting people and creating problems by sharing my thoughts with others.  I closed myself off from others in a lot of ways to protect myself from situations that caused me pain.  I didn’t want to think about them, much less talk about them.

But this action of closing myself off did more harm than good.  I could feel myself becoming quieter and unsure of myself.  I wasn’t just holding back the negatives;  I was holding back everything, even the good and inspiring things I felt and experienced.

It’s not easy, but I want to start writing authentically again.  Maybe in doing this I can relearn how to share my stories with others and get back to being me.

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September is one of my favorite months of the year.  I love the way it seems to mosey on into fall-like weather.  Already there is a chill in the air when I wake up in the morning and I’m craving warm, cozy foods and beverages.

To welcome in the season, I decided to come up with a list of my must-do September activities:

1.  Visit an orchard.  I’ve never done this before and I’m not sure where to go for my visit, but picking ripened apples off trees seems like the perfect way to celebrate September.

2.  Buy the perfect pair of riding boots.  My skinny jeans have been looking very lonely and are begging for some company.

3.  Host a dinner party with a fall harvest theme.

4.  Face my fears and finally utilize that gym membership I purchased last month.

5.  Read a non-academic book.  Going back to school leaves very little time for fun reading, but one can hope.

6.  Find a great recipe for vegetarian lasagna and bake some apple crisp.  Apple crisp has already been on my mind for weeks now!

7.  Oktoberfest for beers and brats.

8.  Add more organization at home and work. Time to simplify so I can face these busy times!

9.  Finish crocheting the throw I’m making for my living room, and just in time for cozy winter days.

10.  Sneak in one last hike or outdoor activity before the colder temperatures and snow start to settle in.

What’s on your September must-do list?


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Do You Believe It?

“Believe your life is worth living,

and your belief will help create the fact.”

William James

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Rainy Days

Rainy Mountain View

I don’t know why

but with you I’d dance

in a storm in my best dress.


Taylor Swift

It rained all day long today.  As much as I’m longing for a little sunshine, I can’t help but really love rainy days and their coziness.  It was nice to spend my evening eating comfort food, reading, and listening to the rain.

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Well, Hello


Hi!  I’m Mel!

I started Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles so that I could have a place to document the things in my life that make me happy, such as food, cooking, local events, everyday photography, and other sources of inspiration.

I also hope that this blog will be a place where my readers (that’s you!) can come whenever they want to add a little sunny-ness to their day.

See you soon!

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