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Finals, Spring 2012

Here’s how I survived Finals, Spring 2012 (If you have any desire for prints, re-use, etc. please notify me. Being my photography, I own the rights, and do not want anything reproduced without my permission.):

Tani quickly realized I was going to spend 90% of my awake time at my desk, ignoring her, so she survived by spending a lot of time snoring on my lap as I studied. When she wasn’t on my lap, she was on a decoy paper I had on my bed (as in a sheet of paper I WASN’T using for studying).

Speaking of Tani, I had dreamed up a project that would prevent her from sitting on my alarm clock, changing the volume, etc. I wasn’t going to actually complete it during finals time, but I was antsy one day, and got ‘er done.

One of the evenings when I was simply sick of studying I took a quick break to head over to Old City Cemetery, in hopes there would be raindrops of roses, since it had just showered. I was in luck.

This wasn’t my only trip to Old City Cemetery – another day I went in hopes of swinging. Again, I was in luck!

When the two weeks of torture were finally OVER my roommate and I treated ourselves to pedicures.

The sunset tonight wrapped up these past two weeks in a beautiful way.

I am so glad finals are DONE and I am free for the summer.

Now I’m off to catch a late movie at the dollar theater!

~Amber Joy

Last day.

Today was the last day of classes of my 2L year. Unbelievable.

It was also my last day of freedom for the next two weeks, as finals are looming and my brain is about to be bogged down.

To celebrate this last, I spent time in the sun at Old City Cemetery and along the James River downtown. (My freckles on my nose are finally making their appearance).

Here are some photos from my day! (If you have any desire for prints, re-use, etc. please notify me. Being my photography, I own the rights, and do not want anything reproduced without my permission.)

The tree with the best swing ever.

Look how tall! Seriously - it is the BEST swing.

Swinging.

I LOVE this place.

The James River.

Crossing from Percival's Island.

It was a great last day.

Now to get some sleep, then the work begins…

Goodnight! See you in two weeks!

~Amber Joy

Sorry for the Absence…

I just realized I haven’t posted in a while! My brain has been worn out, so I guess my blog just floated off into space with the rest of me… To make up for it, I’m going to make this a conglomeration post – some recipes, some photos, some thoughts on life.

If you’re on Pinterest (which you should be), you’ve probably seen the pins for Overnight Oats. I saw this, thought it was a good idea, but didn’t repin because I’ve done this on my own before, just with a twist! A much EASIER way to do this in the MORNING is using quick cook oats. When you get up, simply mix in your yogurt of choice with your oats, let it sit in the fridge as you get ready for the day, then add fruit and enjoy! Another plus is it’s not to soggy, since it has only been sitting for a few minutes.

Another recipe idea I saw (and pinned) on Pinterest was 50 Healthy Gluten-free Snack Ideas from With Style and Grace. I snack A LOT, and can always use some new ideas. I usually defer to a couple of tablespoons of peanuts or some toast. So, seeing this link, I got excited for the possibilities!

Lynchburg has been in full bloom for a while, but here are some photos from my front yard (If you have any desire for prints, re-use, etc. please notify me. Being my photography, I own the rights, and do not want anything reproduced without my permission.):

I love spring, but my body hates pollen, so I spend more time inside than outside. With my schedule, this is not difficult… Finals are one month away, which is SCARY. I’m not near ready for that time to come – 100% of my grade riding on one test per class is stressful. So, rather than dwelling on the inevitable, I’m busy with things outside of law school, when I’m not reading, of course.

I’ve been working 12-15 hours per week, most of which is enjoyable. Last Friday, however, I had a really strange hour. I had two high school boys the same age – one at a higher intelligence level than myself, and the other barely able to read a second grade level. It’s perplexing to experience both the high and the low at the same time. It’s also hard to keep the high one from laughing at the simplicity of the low one’s work, and the low one being discouraged by the material of the high one. It was challenging, to say the least.

I’ve also been teaching Sunday School, as usual. Those kids can be CRAZY. They can also be extremely discerning, but that’s once in a blue moon. I love teaching them, no matter their mood, although I prefer not to shout. This coming Sunday we’re going to write to the kids I worked with in the Dominican Republic. It’ll be fun.

I should probably go get ready for the day… I love Wednesdays because it’s the one day I don’t have class until 11:45!

Have a good hump day!

~Amber Joy

Old City Cemetery

Old City Cemetery is one of my favorite places in Lynchburg. Not only does it date back to the civil war era, it is full of beautiful flowers, trees, and gardens. This afternoon it was sunny and 65, so I wandered over to snap a few photos. Enjoy! (If you have any desire for prints, re-use, etc. please notify me. Being my photography, I own the rights, and do not want anything reproduced without my permission.)

Star Magnolia

I just love how fuzzy the pods are.

Saucer Magnolia

Daffodils

I have no idea what kind of flowers are in the following photos – if you know, let me know!

Oh, hey there photo bombing bee!

I am so excited for more wonderful flowers to come. Old City Cemetery makes this easy with their cycle of bloom.

Have a relaxing day!

~Amber Joy

A forecast BETTER than anticipated!

SNOW!!!! I’m so giddy, it’s a little ridiculous. I just keep peaking out my window and smiling.

There is about 3 inches on the ground, with 2-4 more to come.

I love driving when snow is coming down, especially because the big flakes smash against the windshield.

This afternoon I put on my boots, and captured the beauty around my house.

There’s already a lot more than when I took this pictures.

I really feel like listening to Christmas music, now, unlike this past December.

I’m going to refrain myself, except for this one song:

Knowing Lynchburg, there’s a high possibility school will be called off tomorrow. We will see!

I hope you had a blessed Sunday and a restful weekend!

~Amber Joy

Minnesota

Some days I really miss home. Actually, every day I miss home. I can’t wait till my trip at the end of June!

I miss the sky. I miss the lakes. I miss the weather — all four seasons. And, of course, I miss my family!

(If you have any desire for prints, re-use, etc. please notify me. Being my photography, I own the rights, and do not want anything reproduced without my permission.)

Lake Valentine at Bethel University

Blooming crab apple trees at Bethel Seminary

Lake Valentine at Bethel University

Right after a big storm.

Walking on the lake at midnight with the snow glow in the sky - BEST THING EVER.

There is no place like Minnesota!

~Amber Joy

The problem with traveling…

The problem with traveling is you get bit by the travel bug.

Since 9th grade, the longest I’ve gone without leaving the country was 2 years, until I came to law school, that is. I haven’t left the country since January 2010, and I am ITCHING to get out of the US. Thank goodness I get to go to the Dominican Republic in TWENTY NINE DAYS! You can’t even imagine how excited I am.

Before I had my trip to the DR to look forward to, I satisfied my itch by looking through photos from my past trips. Here are some of my favorite places in some of my favorite countries. (If you have any desire for prints, re-use, etc. please notify me. Being my photography, I own the rights, and do not want anything reproduced without my permission.)

My first trip outside the US was to the Dominican Republic. Here are some shots from my 2009 trip.

View of Jarabacoa from the mountains.

Sosua (3+ hours away from Jarabacoa)

I studied abroad in Guatemala in Spring 2008. Best semester ever. Here are some pics.

In the house I lived in in Antigua.

View of the three volcanoes surrounding Antigua, from Volcan Pacaya.

Tikal - The Mayan Ruins. Also the filming location of Return of the Jedi. I did not see any Ewok.

In January 2010, I gave myself a graduation gift of a 5 week trip to England to visit family. I miss it just about every day. I also took some of my all time favorite photos there, but here are three.

Right by the Globe Theatre.

Big Ben

A walk in the snow on the Downs.

I wish I could be a professional traveler. That would be the best.

~Amber Joy