Tracy’s Grand Adventure

Tracy’s Grand Adventure

Once upon there was a girl who wanted to move. Not too far away, close enough to go home for a weekend but far enough away for something new.

She went through life, grew up and then stayed and staying was hard. Staying was harder than leaving, but it’s what she did. She got a good job, had a wonderful apartment and fantastic friends.

Then – somewhat out of nowhere she decided to move after a conversation with her far-away best friend.

Seven months after that Skyped conversation with a packed car and tear-filled eyes and she finally moved – to Massachusetts; definitely not close enough to go home for a weekend but definitely somewhere new.

Now one day I will maybe blog about why I moved beyond the fact that was always my plan. I may talk about how moving without a job was never in the plan and nor was moving for the idea of something and not for a concrete plan. Maybe I’ll talk about the broken plans that led to me sitting in a Starbucks in the land of Dunkin’ Donuts and how I am living in a tiny apartment with my no long far-away best friend and how I am rather unemployed but trusting that won’t be the case for too long.

But for now – here is my cross-country move in pictures because I still refuse to get a Facebook.

More Fun Sized Blogs

More Fun Sized Blogs

It’s time for everyone’s favorite fun sized blogs again! (no one told me this was their favorite, but that’s okay… I know)

Here are a few of the things that have been on my mind and have been occupying my time….


Two weeks away until the end of summer quarter and I am oh so excited.
One book to read, one movie to watch, five journal entries and one paper and Intro to Novel is done.
One assignment, two discussions, one quiz and one final and Nutrition 101 is done.

I am all registered for fall quarter. 17 credits in all, however I may drop my 2 credit class, even though it sounds really interesting and it is only offered in the fall. Despite my occasional complaining (usually on one aspect of school) I really enjoy school. Or at least I really enjoy learning things. I even made the Dean’s list for spring quarter

I have come to find that I really enjoy online classes, I have a much better handle on my time management and am able to do better work when I can view the PowerPoints or watch the videos on my time. There is one aspect of online classes that I am not a fan of though….

Group Projects

Seriously the worst thing ever. (actually my Nutrition project went very well, I was super impressed and surprised) My Intro to Novel group did not grasp the idea of deadlines, and now one is trying to blame me for one of her things not being done, even though I did 5 of the 9 items in our newspaper, along with editing and formatting the whole thing. Super awesome. (although, I just saw that one girl in my group is defending my work to the mean one, so that makes me feel better and less whiny about the whole thing)

Professors, teachers, all educational professionals why do you do this to us? It does not teach us responsibility or to work together, it teaches us to trust no one. Also, if I ignored deadlines like some of these people did, I would have been fired after one week at my job.


The Tumblr version of aDifferentBrandOfCrazy turned two on Sunday! I am truly shocked there is still no one who wants to pay me for my sporadic writing. Truly shocked.

In honor of this most auspicious occasion. I am going to attempt to set my blogging schedule (I tried this before, it lasted all of 2.5 weeks, dedication) Mondays, Thursdays, the occasional Saturday (if I’m feeling crazy) My next goal is to put less things in parenthesis (just kidding) also, use more puns and continue to refuse to follow AP style (watch me spell out whatever numbers I want, two thousand thirty seven.5!)


Guess where I am going (in like seven weeks)…..

New England. One week on the other side of the country, spending time with one of my dearest friends who I don’t see nearly enough. Living on opposite sides of the country may have something to do with that, hmm.

New Hampshire (my boss said he never saw a person so excited about New Hampshire)…. Boston…. Cape Cod…. I can barely contain my excitement. When I booked my plane ticket I told my friend that this is one of the moments that if I were a happy crier, I would be totally crying,

I actually tried to go on this trip in the spring, on my break between spring and summer quarter, it didn’t work out, but a second chance came I took it. Besides don’t all the songs talk about Boston in the fall (or is that just VeggieTales?)

What fun and exciting things are there to do in that part out the country?


Lately I have noticed the amount I complain has gone up and I don’t like it. I don’t really know when this started, or got to this level, but I need to work on it. The question is how? I usually just have one or two people who I will vent to, but that seems to be a growing group.

I’m thinking of doing a daily thankful list everyday or adding something to my thankfulness board everyday for a while to try to refocus my mind on the good things rather than the little annoyances. (I also want to start doing Thankful Thursday again, don’t hold me to it)

What do you think good ways to stop complaining are?

Thankful Thursday (thirteen)

Thankful Thursday (thirteen)

Today I am thankful for my job.

I have said many times that I really like my job, but it’s nothing that I am passionate about. This remains true.

So here are some reasons why my job is fantastic!

First the people. I work in a small office with only three people. Myself, the office manager and the executive director. Both are great to work with. I love that we get to go our for birthday lunches and Christmas dinners and all those things. They are both really supportive. I am blessed to have such great coworkers.

And secondly, my job allows me to do things that I love. I have been able to take vacations and I have been able to help with youth including taking kids to camp. My job allows me to be independent, I have my own apartment and pay all of my own bills and can stay out of debt. Since working here I have been able to take a vacation to Montana to visit a friend and another to California to watch my best friend graduate from college. And now I am, fingers crossed, going to New Hampshire in March to visit my best friend again.

I have been working here almost two years and while the work isn’t something I love, I truly love working here.
I am so blessed to work here.

Thankful Thursday (six)

Thankful Thursday (six)

Today, like every day, I am thankful for my best friend Emily (also, her husband is fantastic and I am also thankful for Josiah and the wonder that he is, but this is about Em.)

(At Emily’s wedding)

I’ve written and rewritten this but nothing I could say would make you understand how much Emily and her friendship mean to me.

Em is the closest thing I have to a sister.

This is the friend that knows everything about me. The friend who bought me housewarming fish and the friend who wanted me in her wedding. Emily is the friend that has heard me crying about my heartache for the past too many months and for some reason isn’t tired of me yet. Emily is the friend that gave me a house key the same day they got their house keys and Emily got a key to my apartment the same day I did. Emily is the friend who helped me move three times in less than a year and the friend who let me move in. Emily is the friend that I know will be in my wedding and she is the friend that whomever date must get along with. She is the friend that I will have Christmas dinners with and the friend who gave me a cupcake at midnight on my birthday.
Emily is the friend that knows all my secrets. She knows the things that I would never admit to another person and she knows the things that I can barely admit to myself.

Emily is the friend that I don’t have the words to describe how great she is so I just list not enough reasons to do her friendship justice.

 (graduation, winter tolo, my 18th birthday, respectively)

Thankful Thursday (three)

Thankful Thursday (three)

It’s been a crazy busy week but it’s all good because….
I leave for vacation TODAY!!!

I am crazy excited and have barely been able to contain my excitement for the past couple weeks. I am headed down to California for one of my best friend’s college graduation… which bring us to thankful Thursday.

Today I am thankful for Kaitlin.

This girl has been one of my nearest and dearest friends since the 4th grade

(This is us at our “invention convention” in the 4th grade. We made a super cool *hairbrush deluxe* fancy, I know)

It’s hard to put in words how much Kaitlin and her friendship has meant to me over the years, but I’m sure going to try.

We have had a lot of ups and a lot of downs in our friendship. In fact, there was a while our senior year of high school that I thought for sure that our friendship was done. But thankfully I was wrong and it wasn’t.

(super classy ladies before homecoming Junior year)

I was with her while she cried over her first boy-induced heartache our sophomore year (?) of high school (and subsequent ones). And she was always on the other end of the phone or facebook chat while I cried over my first boy-induced heartache this past year.

One of my favorite things about her is that she is sooooooo boy crazy (a condition she deems boy-itis.) The reason I love this about her is that I am the complete opposite. I don’t get crushes easily and I always love to hear her talk about who she likes and why.
This is one of the many things in which we are complete opposites.

When I look back over our years of friendship I am amazed at the type of woman that she has grown into from the girl that she was. Kaitlin constantly stretches me, challenges me and encourages me to be a better person. And I am crazy blessed to have her in my life.

Kaitlin moved to California in 2009 and I was happy and sad. Jealous and excited for her. Scared and proud. (obviously I had mixed feelings about this.) But my excitement for her won out and listening to her adventures and hearing about all of her new friends brought me such joy. And whenever she came home I looked forward to seeing her.

(my joy over spending time with Kaitlin is apparent in this picture)

Even states away, Kaitlin is one of my go-to friends when I want to talk about pretty much anything…. Guys, Jesus, relationships, stress, joy, life, food, adventures, work, family. And if I am having a bad day a call to Kaitlin seems to make it all better.

So now she is getting ready graduate and end her current California adventure and start a new one. Now instead of her moving a couple states away she is moving across the country to New Hampshire. And I am already soooo excited to hear about all of her new adventures.

So all my thoughts are poorly constructed but what it all boils down to is…
I am so very thankful for my crazy beautiful, ridiculously smart, super classy best friend, I love her oh so much, and I am looking forward to spending time with her and celebrating her graduation with her!