Bren Bunny

 Hi Everyone!

Just wanted to share a picture I was having fun with this evening. Had come across a sketch of Bren Bunny in a notebook from The Tales of Bren Bunny & Tiger Bunny webcomic that I started in 2006 and just had to see it in color! TBH it’s been a really long time since I’ve done anything with this series but it was nice walking down memory lane. :3

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Bren Bunny 2009

 

I plan on working on ToBB&TB again – eventually. As I’m in the middle of significant life changes, it just not gonna be right now.

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Play Me a Song

The only instrument that I ever learned to play with some proficiency is the guitar. (I ♥ guitar!) When I was a teen I really really wanted to be in a band and I was – technically. When I was 18 I was a part of the vocals for a new band called Lethal 7. We only had one practice and parted ways due to the driving distance between band members… lol! I wasn’t too heartbroken since I was starting college and didn’t have the time. But way before the short lived band, back when I first started my private guitar lessons with Dave at Marshall Music, my goal was to learn how to play Follow Me by John Denver for my parents anniversary. Due to the difficulty of the chords, they had to be simplified for me and every week I practiced different parts of the song with Dave.

When my parent’s anniversary came around, I’m not sure what exactly happened, but I didn’t perform it.  :(( Once private lessons ended I moved into group guitar lessons which I stupidly blew off due to my social life. Not long after that I got involved in music ministry at youth group where I would assist in leading worship songs. After graduation I laid down my pick and really haven’t touched guitar since.

Until now that is! Introducing my new electric guitar Sakura! (I just call it Blossom. ;))

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Despite playing for over a year, I never owned my own guitar so this is my first one! 😀 😀 😀 I’ve always wanted an electric guitar (’cause they’re cool!) – specifically the Warlock Black Agathis with Silver Bevels and the Widow Head-stock. I drooled over that pretty piece in the Guitar Center catalog for ages and had that description memorized! Lol! In college I had tried one out (without silver bevels) and was turned off by how heavy it was! D:< That desire was no longer existent when I purchased Blossom. 🙂

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So as a part of my Golden Year Project I decided that I wanted to finally play Follow Me for my parents anniversary. 🙂

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And with decisions come sacrifices…

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My long nails had to go. 😥 (I know how to grow them out if I really want them back)

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I was really stoked when I found someone on YouTube who simplified the chords for the song into D, G, C, A which I was able to start recalling pretty quickly. So after two weeks of practice…

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I did it! 😀 So many things could’ve went better with my first performance in 10 years, but I had a very forgiving audience.

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!!!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Golden Year Project status: 7/28

  1. 2/14/2015: Oh Canada!
  2. 2/20/2015: Just do it! A Morning on the Slopes
  3. 2/28/2015: Facing the Rockwall
  4. 3/10-12/2015: The Amazing Chi-Town!
  5. 3/18/2015: On Target… or Not.
  6. 4/11/2015: The Tridge
  7. 4/17/2015: Play Me a Song

The Tridge

Happy Saturday Everyone!

Earlier this week I encountered this picture of “The Tridge” a three way foot bridge in Midland Michigan and it intrigued me. I had never seen or heard of it before and really wanted to experience it in person. the_tridge

Once I had a rough idea of where it was located, plans were made to see it Saturday, 4/11. Cool. When Friday rolled around, an ice cold splash of reality washed over me. I was spent. After stepping back and assessing where I was at, I had to come to accept that I was neither physically or financially able to take on such a frivolous trip at this time. 😦 So I let it go.

This morning I did my usual routine of jogging and swimming at the RAC and was planning a chill day of chores and R&R when the darndest thing happened. I asked my older brother why my younger brother had to be dropped off so early from spending the night. He advised that he and my younger brothers had an Eagle Scout ceremony to attend in Bay City and had to get ready. My head snapped up. Bay City is next to Midland. The wheels started turning and opportunity knocked. I was quick to answer. I made a quick call to my parents and worked out a few details. I would tag along as a passenger to Bay City and borrow a vehicle to scoot over to Midland.

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I don’t know why this worked out, but I am so glad it did!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San♥

Golden Year Project Status: 6/28

  1. 2/14/2015: Oh Canada!
  2. 2/21/2015: Just do it! A Morning on the Slopes
  3. 2/28/2015: Facing the Rockwall
  4. 3/10-12/2015: The Amazing Chi-Town!
  5. 3/18/2015: On Target… Or Not.
  6. 4/11/2015: The Tridge

Adopt an Attitude of Gratitude

Hello hello!

It’s easy to get so focused on my goals that I forget to step back and appreciate the good that is happening in my life right now. So I would like to just take a moment to share a few things that I am currently feeling thankful for. Here goes. 🙂

  1. I am thankful that through the Lord’s grace I have lost 56 pounds since January 1st, 2014.
  2. I am thankful that I am now able to squeeze into size 6 pants. (Say wut?!)
  3. I am thankful for those who share their ideas and experiences freely on the internet – they have been a huge help.
  4. I am thankful for my family and friends who are always looking out for me.
  5. I am thankful that I had a breakthrough and no longer think of myself as a boring person.
  6. I am thankful for the revelation of “false gods” in my past that were still affecting the now.
  7. I am thankful for discovering natural beauty products 🙂
  8. I am thankful that I made it to the top of the rock wall! (Yay!!!)
  9. I am thankful that I K.O.’d my happiness saboteurs today!
  10. I am thankful that I have been given the opportunity to assist others too.

For the next week I am going to be challenging myself to find three things that I am thankful for each day and praise the Lord in a special way. Feel free to join in!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San

Happy Easter! 2015

He is risen! He is risen indeed!

Happy Easter everyone! I hope you had a beautiful day today! Mine was amazing. 🙂 I cannot begin to express how blessed I am to have such a large close-knit family. My Mom and Grandmas’ are awesome cooks and one day I hope I’ll be one too! For now – everyone will just have to enjoy my super-extra-well-done oven french toast. LOL!

Traditions make holidays super special. Some of the ones we have for Easter are having poppy seed rolls (passed down by my Czech grandmother), purchasing an Easter Lily, having a butter lamb and eating horse radish before getting our Easter baskets – the last two which we adopted from the Polish parish we were members of before. (We’re not Polack! Lol!) Variety is the spice of life. 🙂

And… of course I couldn’t resist and had to record the day through a series of pictures. Enjoy!

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Our decorated Japanese Maple :3

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My sisters gorgeous Easter Lily 🙂

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Butter lamb – have you lost weight???

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Mom’s china out for the holiday!

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Some of Grandma’s goodies – so good!

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Mmm…mashed potatoes.

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More of Grandma’s yummy treats.

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Poppy seed rolls – our Czech family tradition! Yum-may!

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Candied Yams

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Beer spiked sauerkraut and kielbasa – seconds please!

Jello fluff

Other Grandma’s awesome jello fluff! You make the best Grandma!

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Light Strawberry Cheese Cake

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In the famous words of Ponyo “HAMMM!!!” lol

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Ambience 🙂

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My glass – half full! 😉

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Grandma’s colorful salad. 🙂

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My Easter “basket” – Om nom nom!

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Daffodils at my parent’s home. So pretty!

 

Good food, great company and many wonderful memories!

Thanks for reading!

-Anna San