Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Choc Full O' Babble

Happy Wednesday, everybody!!  Where has Babbling Brooke been, you ask?  I have been rather MIA (but prepare for the babbling - it's here!).  First of all, I was on vacation all last week in beautiful Vermont, which was fabulous.  We drove back on Saturday (and it is quite a long drive - 12 hours!) and I've been working on fixing my computer ever since.  It seems a few computer problems have been plaguing my sister and me lately.  My MacBook's memory was full, so I was unable to upload any new pictures (and I wasn't able to do much else without a great little message popping up constantly telling me my memory is full), so I spent a longggg time sorting through and deleting thousands upon thousands of pictures in iPhoto - and let me say, the vast majority of those were of my own fingernails.  But things are back up and running and I was able to upload some new pictures finally.  My sister's computer battery bit the dust - it won't hold a charge at all anymore (mine it quickly approaching that same status).  Apparently Apple computer batteries (this may be all computer batteries, I'm not sure) have around 300 charges before they head for the hills (you can check this by going to "About this Mac" then "power").  My sister's has a little over 300 and no longer works; mine has nearly 400 and it tells me that it is in "poor" condition.  So we both have to shell out $120 for new batteries - ugh.

Our lovely Caracita, looking decidedly spunky on a very brisk, foggy, Vermont morning

But you don't care about my computer battery, do you?  (Unless, of course, you're having the same issue with your MacBook, which I hope you're not!)  Let's talk about vacation instead!  Last semester, one of my students told me that going on vacation is the #1 way to revive yourself - and he was so right!  Going to Vermont was incredibly relaxing, rejuvenating, and utterly fun.  Vermont is a gorgeous state, plus, you would not believe how easy it is to find vegetarian restauarants up there - land of my people!  We went kayaking, boating, swimming, did a lot of reading, tried new recipes, visited the capital (as well as the Cabot factory, aka: best cheese ever, and a maple sugar house), and tried out watersports for the first time.  My dad's friend let us borrow her fabulous fun speedboat and we had a blast tubing, kneeboarding, and just cruising around.  And guess who learned how to wakeboard?  Yours truly!!  I am one of those types that really sets her mind to something - sometimes we call that 'stubborn'.  If I want to achieve something, I become hardcore determined - and this vacation, I decided I was absolutely going to learn to wakeboard - no matter what it took (and you should have seen the bruises!!).  I spent hours upon hours out in that lake while my dad tirelessly circled the boat around and around until, all of a sudden, it just clicked (on the very last day of vacation).  It was amazing - and after I got it, I just had it - and wakeboarding is AWESOME!!  Seriously fantastically fun.  I am just so proud of myself.  I definitely have room for improvement, but I'm just happy I was able to stand and stay up in the water (my final try, I stayed up for nearly a mile!!).  I can't wait to go wakeboarding again :)

Eureka!  I've got it!

I'll post some more/better vacation pictures once I sort through all of them.  This week I've been working on my syllabi for my fall courses.  I'll be teaching two classes at my alma mater (which is also my sister's school!) and two courses at my sister's boyfriend's school (isn't that funny how that happened?).  School starts soon, and I am really looking forward to it (although I am very, very sad that I will have to stop babysitting.  I really adore the two great kids I babysit and I'm going to really, really, really miss seeing them every morning).

It will be weird (and kind of scary!) teaching four college classes, but I think it is going to be a great adventure for me and my students.  I can check my course roster and there are already students in my classes - it's so exciting seeing their names as new students register (I'm such a dork).  I just love being a teacher :)  I went shopping today with my sister and got some 'teacher' clothes.  I kept asking her, "does this make me look like a teacher?" and "do I look like a professor in this?".  She finally broke down and told me that most of her teachers were men last semester, but she didn't think a tie would look too appropriate on me.  But I got some nice cardigans and a bunch of v-necks in various colors and a gorgeous ruffly shirt and a polo - so I feel set for the first couple of weeks.

I've also been going to the gym every day this week.  J broke my elliptical machine last November, which really stunk because I used to use it 4 or 5 times a week until that happened.  So my sister and I have started using the college gym since we both get a free gym membership there.  They have great elliptical machines (plus, they work - can't beat that!) and all kinds of weights - it's a lot of fun!  And it's great having my sister to go with - she lives nearby and it's nice to spend time together.

On a polish-related note, I ended up wearing China Glaze Endurance pretty much my entire vacation on my ridiculously-long (for me) natural nails (more about those soon).  I hope to do some swatches later this week if it ever gets sunny again - it's been totally dreary ever since I got home from vacation.  Makes coming back from vacation that much more difficult!

And now, alas, I must leave, with a promise of some polish pictures soon and a photo of all the tomatoes I got out of my garden when I got back from Vermont.  I am completely obsessed with my garden.  I have never spent $5 so well.  Seriously, if you have a spot of dirt, plant some tomatoes next year.  It is ridiculous how many tomatoes I get out of these plants!  Every morning, I hop outside all enthused to see how many tomatoes I have to pick - and they taste so great.  Plus, there really is such a sense of satisfaction that you get from growing your own food.  I really need to expand my tomato operation next year!

A very delicious welcome home!

Flowers at the lake house ("camp") in Vermont

A misty morning with the trees and sun reflecting on the lake

Ah, I've missed you guys.  I hope everyone is well!
Have any of you taken any fabulous, rejuvenating, relaxing vacations?  Please do tell :)
Oh, and wakeboarding tips are very welcome!
Have a great Wednesday, everyone!!

*I just realized that those last four lines kind of rhyme.  How fun!


Aurora's Nails said...

Beautiful beautiful pictures! Sorry about your elliptical :/

Where exactly were you in VT? My grandparents live in Milton, right on Lake Champlain :)

polishedlyrics said...

Sounds like a wonderful vacation! I'm sure you'll be just perfect as a teacher/professor :) I've finally 3 tiny tiny lil tomatoes, my garden didn't do much of anything. All the greenery grew but no actual raddishes, carrots, strawberries or lettuce, I've got about a hand full of peas. Everyone keeps telling me its because it never got really hot here this summer, we had 1 week where it was actually hot and I don't get a lot of direct sun. Maybe next year I'll try it again and I'll have an actual yard :)

Recalcitrant Nails said...

What a lovely post. The laptop batteries suck, but overall your post was so full of awesome and genuine happiness that I could feel the love. You'll be great as a Professor, I'm sure and I love gardening too. Every morning I rush out to see what's changed as its always a wonder to me. :) Happy Day!

Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty said...

Beautiful post, and I love the rhymes at the end :)

Zara said...

What a nice post - I'm sorry about your laptop battery, but I'm glad you had a great vacation and I can't wait to see pictures!

Skulda said...

Looks like you had a great vacation! I'm sorry about your computers and eliptical machine! I wish I had one. :P

Unknown said...

Lovely pics. It sounds like a great vacation xx

Jana said...

Your vacation sounds wonderful! Congrats on wakeboarding, long nails, tomatoes, and new teaching jobs!

Chantal said...

Love that photo of Caracita!

Kitty said...

I LOVE tomatoes! Looks like you got a good year for those!

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