On the 15th of this month ended my first semester of graduate school. For those of you who are not aware, I attend gradschool at the University of Illinois, studying Biological Anthropology. I won't get into too much detail about my program - unless a lot of you are interested, in which case, I certainly can - but, suffice it to say, it's an incredibly interesting field of work. This semester I challenged myself far more than I had planned on, specifically because a lot depends on this semester - future funding, and other boring, but necessary stuff. But, I'm happy to say, that I just saw my grades this evening and I have a perfect 4.0! Great way to begin a new stage in my academic career, I'd say. So, that's even more reason I won't apologize for being away for so long, since this was something I had to work hard for and get done. I will continue working on my research project all spring and summer (hopefully!), but I won't have a course load as such. So, more of me on here!
There are several times in the last couple of months that I've clicked some pictures, prepared some material for a post, but it's just not happened. Most of the times, my mind was just so preoccupied with everything going on - decorating and getting the apartment in order, classes, research/work, some health issues - that when I opened up the website, all I could muster was a quick look-through and then I'd leave. For instance, after my last post, I visited this absolutely gorgeous farmer's market, and took about a hundred photographs to write a blog post about. It's a market that's right around the corner from our apartment, and was there all summer into late fall. But those images are just sitting on my computer, ready for editing. If you guys would still be interested in a blog post about the market and my shopping trip from that first day I visited it, I'd still be willing to put it up. Else, we'll all wait for next summer when the market is back! You let me know ... =)
Other than that ... aah, let's do some pictures now. It's not a MrinHearts post unless I slow down your browser with my gazillion pictures, right?! Let me show you what I had for lunch today and a couple snaps I took the other day of a really beautiful candle I bought from World Market.
Chicago has shed its gorgeous fall colors and put on its gloomy, overcast coat of greys. But the evenings are my favorite time of the day now. The entire city's streets - especially the whole of the downtown area, which is where we live - are lined with trees adorned in gorgeous twinkly Christmas lights. I absolutely love it! It is my goal to get out one of these days, armed with my camera, and click pictures of our neighborhood for you guys. On my 'to-do' list for next week! But, what I do have pictures of is a beautiful Christmas Market that is set-up in downtown Chicago, everyday, for about two months up until the day before Christmas. It's called the 'Christkindlmarket' and is the most adorable little collection of shops, set in a traditional German-American style. The smell of that place - oh, lord! It's just cinnamon-ey, cider-ey, sugar-ey goodness in the air, and shops glistening with sparkly baubles, gorgeous handcrafted ornaments, home decor items, and so much more. I'll let you guys just enjoy the following pictures - take a look through, I'm sure you'll understand why Deep and I are going back this weekend!
So, that's that, my friends! I'm so so glad to be back, and can't wait to write the dozen or so blog posts that I've been meaning to. Keep your eyes peeled for some product reviews of things I've been loving, maybe some gift ideas ... maybe! Also, coming up soon will be a photo-tour of our new apartment. It's still going to be a while before I can call it a finished product (since we kind of are on a budget and cannot just spend on more stuff at this moment), but I'll show you some things I love. In a month or so, I hope.
Look out for my next post coming soon! 'Til then ... much love and huge hugs!