Sunday, April 17, 2016

Sunday #11: Roses

I.  It's spring time here in California and the flowers are really blooming. These roses are growing outside one of the biological science buildings. A longtime friend of my boyfriend's recently visited and his family remarked on all the beautiful gardening that was done on our campus. We both shrugged and the father said, "Well, guess you really don't stop to smell the roses, do ya?"  No, we do not.  We're here all the time and really just take our surroundings for granted.  So one day, I didn't and snapped a photo while catching a quick sniff.  

II.  Speaking of spring, I've discovered this year that I have seasonal allergies.  I've been walking around for the past two months with runny, itchy eyes while constantly sneezing.  I never used to have them so this is rather annoying.  I also refrained from eating very much dairy (which I consume regularly otherwise) this past week and have discovered what it feels like to not have tummy problems.  Well, guess I am lactose intolerant on top of having allergies, eh?  Harrumph.  Let's add cheese on to the list of things I have to cut back on.

III.  My graduate institution happens to be in a fairly wealthy area and I pass really nice houses on the way home (okay, to my boyfriend's house) from work.  There are gardens full of succulents, decorative trellises, and pretty houses like this one that make me inwardly scream, "My dream home!"  I've been taking shots here and there because the neighborhood is so nice.  Some of the color palettes for the exteriors are so striking.  *Jots down notes*

IV.  You'll notice things have been pretty quiet (no more or less than usual, though?) on the blog front.  In Real Life, I am stressed out and working through some things. I know online/social media platforms get a bad rap for only showing the good, but I don't want to use this blog to moan and whine.  At the moment, I'm glad to have the gym as a physical outlet.  I usually feel better after blowing off steam weightlifting.

V.  I'm going to see two concerts this coming week!  My boyfriend and I are going to see The Kills and The Front Bottoms in Los Angeles, so it will be quite a busy week.  We also have a graduate student formal this Saturday which is like prom, but for people over twenty one (also in Los Angeles).  It'll be an excuse to wear something nice and get out of my standard lab uniform of T-shirts and jeans.  In the most #firstworldproblem sort of way, I enjoy having events to attend, but it sure gets tiring trekking into the metropolis.  Or am I just getting old?  Hmmmm.


  1. Allergies suck! My nose is like permanently runny/itchy. Have fun at the concerts & the formal, good luck with everything else :)

  2. Those flowers are so beautiful! :) I'm so happy spring is finally here!


  3. Spring in CA is so pretty!
    And those two concerts you're planning to go sounds awesome! I also plan to go to two concerts on this summer vacation :D
    Enjoyed reading this post xx

    KayleeㅣJK's Dawn

  4. Allergies don't sound so fun. I'm so happy that I don't have any (well for now at least). Those little snaps of the neighborhood look so dreamy and like such a beautiful place. Also, hope you will have a great time at those concert and the event! :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  5. Allergies are the worst, and I hope yours pass soon. At least you've got so many nice things to look forward to! Both of those shows sound so fun, The Kills especially. I hope you enjoy it!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  6. It's sounds like such a fun time in your life right now. So yes, don't forget to stop and smell the roses (and take photos)!
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  7. Beautiful photos and I hope everything works out personally.

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  9. Beautiful photos! I feel the same way every time I'm around those beautiful brownstones. I know a few people who own brownstones, and the envy is too real haha.

    Blue Jazzmin

  10. Beautiful photo.. I hope you enjoyed!
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  11. There are lots of houses where I live with tons of blooming roses as well! One in particular, has a trellis of pink roses and a bright green door, I love seeing it everyday.

    I have allergies as well and they suck! Thankfully mine only last about a month, but I'm always grateful to be able to breath again afterwards.

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  12. what a beautiful rose! :D

    Have a great day!
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  13. Beautiful roses! Love this post!
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  14. I miss spring in California when the roses in my backyard would bloom! Chicago has been having a cold spring I still haven't put away my winter things! Beautiful photos by the way =o)