Summer Vacation 2015

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I’m back from my vacation at St. Joseph and it was phenomenal! The sugar sand beaches, awesome restaurants and eclectic shops made for a great time. I got some much needed rest amongst the gorgeous backdrop of Lake Michigan. St. Joe might be my favorite place to stay along the lake. Picture time!

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Silver Beach

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View from our rental house. The water was really choppy due to high winds.

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The views were absolutely stunning. My family rented a luxury home on the bluff overlooking the lake. Needless to say, I’ll always have to have lake views at all the places I stay in the future. The home itself was uber modern and totally decked out. Everything was brand new and fancy. Can I just move in immediately?

The house

The house

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The town of St. Joe was really fun to explore. It’s very artsy and there are many unique shops to experience. There were these really cute painted animal statues all around town that I just adored. I saw a couple weddings while we were there as well. Heck, now that I can get married (thanks Supreme Court!), I’d absolutely do it in St. Joe.

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Whale with a duck in a cowboy hat in the distance lol

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The rainbow frog was my fave

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This was a sign outside one of the shops. Love how discreet it is. 😛

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Epic wall art

I work with a lady who grew up in St. Joe, so she filled me in on things I had to experience. One of those was dining at The Grand Mere Inn. Oh my, the food was delicious. Parmesan chicken, homemade pasta, vintage décor and fresh picked flowers and candles on the tables…I felt rich for a second. Silver Beach was another must visit. I could have stayed there the entire trip. There was so much to do at the beach. I walked along the shore, rode the carousel that was created in an old ballroom, checked out the lighthouses on the pier and even met an eccentric lady walking her pet parrot on a stroller. I loved it all.

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This was a huge kaleidoscope that you could stand under in the old ballroom.

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Trains run right through the action. I was sad I didn’t see one since we ate pizza right next to the tracks at Silver Beach Pizza.

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Me and my sister. She’s usually not this nice. haha

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Me and my tall brother

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Mom and dad. Aren’t they cute?

Old photo in the ballroom that I enjoyed.

Old photo in the ballroom that I enjoyed.

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The weather was colder than we would have liked. Some days it barely even hit 70 degrees! So, the lake was cold. I also threw my back out really bad the second day on vacation. Painful. Almost a week later, it’s still screwed up. This was my sign to start working out again. Yoga needs to start happening. We even had our own vacation pet, a cute cat the visited us a couple times. It was elusive, but I got a picture.

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Bluffs are kind of scary.

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View from the upper balcony

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Kitty

I know that was a lot of photos. haha I wanted to make a video with the lake in the background, but my messed up back didn’t allow it. Oh well. I had a really wonderful vacation and would love to go back to St. Joe very soon. Now it’s back to the grind. 😦 My next post will be a video of me answering the Darkling Tag! I’m so excited. Big thanks to Samm Sanity for tagging me. I’ll talk to you guys very soon.

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Pity Party

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Sometimes I feel like no one even reads my blog anymore. I suppose I can’t expect much, since I don’t post regular content. Yet, my WordPress friends seem to have disappeared. I have 154 followers and only hear from one or two of you guys. Is it me? Does my content suck? Have I changed too much? These are questions I would love to get some answers to. Please talk to me!

I love writing about music, but I do that for the magazine now. I honestly don’t feel like doing it here as well. I’ve also been thinking about my anonymity lately. My alter ego Asylum Attendant is growing all the time. Carpe Nocturne has thousands of readers who could look me up. People in my real life are starting to find out about my artist name and might even be reading this blog. All it takes is a Google search. I secretly always wanted that to happen so that I could be completely honest about myself. The sad reality is that not everyone will understand what I do here. I’m too out there for some people. I just hope I’m not judged too harshly. There’s no going back from the new world I’ve created for myself.

On the magazine end, I love sharing all of the exciting things I’m working on with you guys. Unfortunately, there are spies from competitors out there. I wish I was joking. Coincidences only go so far. While it will be hard for me to keep things under wraps, that is what I have to do moving forward. I work way too hard to have my ideas or the ideas of any of our other writers stolen. I can say that Carpe Nocturne will be debuting a new poetry column next month. Teatime, anyone? 😉

Work on my new house has been exhausting. Yesterday, I moved a bunch of furniture out to the garage and ripped up carpet in preparation for the floor renovation. I am so sore. We found hardwood floors under the carpet covered in mold. What a waste! Sadly, work on the floors will not begin until August 11. I’m hoping that the company’s schedule opens up and they can get started early. Because nothing else can be done until the floors are finished. My family and I made a shocking discovery when we started to rip up the carpet in one of the bedrooms. My deceased uncle had stashed a large sum of money under the carpet. While disturbing, it’s actually a good thing. Firstly, it proves that he wasn’t robbed, which was everyone’s worst fear. Secondly, my uncle was very distrusting of banks and kept large sums of money on his person for that reason. We were on the lookout for stacks of cash at his house because he was known to hide money in random places. My mom is very happy because the money will pay for my uncle’s headstone.

DIY gone wrong

DIY gone wrong

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It’s almost vacation time! I’ll be heading to Lake Michigan for the first time in three years after the Fourth of July. I can’t wait for some rest and relaxation on a bluff overlooking the blue water. Seriously, Lake Michigan is just as beautiful as any ocean. I didn’t get a vacation at all last Summer thanks to the massive flood in my basement. So, this is a well deserved holiday. Who’s idea was it for people to have to work in the Summer anyway? I was also really hoping to go to Toronto for the first time in August, but my plans just didn’t work out. It would have been one of the most epic things I’ve ever done. Alas, there’s always next year.

My romantic life is just as confusing as ever. I love it when people from my past try to come back into my life. I don’t want to make the same mistakes again. When another person finally starts opening up, it’s difficult just to shrug them off. I know that nothing good will come of any kind of relationship with this person. But, I’m lonely. Luckily, I have the control and I think I’m strong enough to avoid them. So damn complicated.

I’ll end with a new song from indie artist Melanie Martinez. She has a Carrie moment and sets fire to her own birthday party when none of her friends show up. Melanie is all kinds of crazy and I can’t get enough. I would attend her pity party.

Happy Summer everyone!

My Return + Lake Michigan Vacation

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I seem to have neglected this blog lately. I do apologize for that. I haven’t run out of ideas or time. I think I’ve just been putting my energy into other things. But, I’m back now and excited to get posts rolling out again. Your Asylum Attendant is still unleashing insanity upon the normal folk. 😉

I look so normal here! Scary…

About a month ago I went on a vacation to Lake Michigan. The beaches were so beautiful that I never wanted to leave. I thought I would share some pictures from my trip and the stories that go along with them.

The rental house I stayed in resembled a barn. Very different looking with a lot of character. There was also an antique full-length mirror in my room that fascinated me. I wonder how many have peered into its depths…

In front of the barn/house was a small pond. Not long after I arrived, I began to hear a strange noise coming from the pond. It was loud and odd. I saw something moving in the water and it turned out to be a frog. Once one started to croak, many others would appear and join in a chorus. It was quite entertaining. The frogs were very active at night and would respond to my calls from the deck. I never knew I could speak frog, but I felt as if I had full conversations with the frogs. They were great company on my vacation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wanted to steal the fake cow. And the huge biker Porky Pig stuffed animal. The entire ice cream parlor was full of pig figurines, toys, stuffed animals…probably why it’s called Oink’s. Too cute.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best part of my vacation was spending time on the beach. So relaxing and picturesque. I want to own a beach house at some point and just live on the water all the time.

I was sad to leave Lake Michigan, but I hope to be back next year.

~AA