Thursday, August 14, 2014

7QT: First Wedding Anniversary Edition

Join Jen and the gang for a 7 Quick Takes.

So on Sunday, Greg and I will be celebrating our first wedding anniversary. 

Yay, we made it this far!

Not that I had low hopes in us for surviving our first year of marriage, hehe.

But seriously, I'm glad he was able to put up with me under the same roof all year, so far ;-) He will be a Saint for it one day.

And I still don't know what we're doing to celebrate on Sunday...well, going to mass to thank the Lord for all the past year's blessings, that's for sure. That's the only sure plan for now. How the rest of the day plays out, we shall see. But my idea was to go the same park where we took our wedding pictures and just walk around and relive the memories and take some pictures. And maybe we could visit that park every year on our anniversary and take a picture in the same spot and establish a little tradition like that... It would sure be nice to one day look back at all the pictures and see how we've aged matured together.


 Our little wedding memory display. 
Our engagement wine glasses, our wedding invitation, unity candles, wedding champaign flutes, and a Mr&Mrs picture frame (bought from Kohl's, in case you were wondering).

Darn...we look really, really happy in that picture. Must be love. :-)

 #3 Christ in the center of our marriage and our kitchen

Though our first year of marriage wasn't all roses and butterflies, we tried to keep the greater reason, the greater purpose of our marriage...the purpose of God bringing us together despite our differences, at the forefront.

 We put Christ in the center not just spiritually, but literally. Our kitchen is the center/heart of our home, and I placed Christ in the center of the kitchen counter (He was the first thing I placed on that counter as soon as we finished remodeling and I cleaned the kitchen post-construction...and He's been there ever since, in that exact spot. He is the first and foremost.  He's in the center of everything that goes on around here.

#4 "I'm ready to do this...."

At His Altar....His Cross...His feet...
Where we make the lifelong covenant that no man shall separate. 

For months, I would go to adoration and pray in front of this same altar, in front of the Eucharist. And tears would stream down my face just imagining the two of us in front of that altar, in front of Him, with the Holy Spirit coming down upon us, binding our lives together into one. 

Indeed, the day has come...and gone.
Oh God was it worth the wait...yes, yes it was. 

#6 Sweet memories.... 

 "So, what's the most important thing you learned in your first year of marriage, Agnes?" - you may wonder...

And this is my answer:

Let us not shoot for romantic fairytale love. If we base our marriage and set our expectations around that kind of love...our marriage ain't gonna last very long. Why? Because this is life. Crap happens in life. It is that crap that needs to mold us and bring us closer to God and to each other, instead of tearing us apart.

So let us not shoot for a romantic fairytale type of love. Or crazy, passionate Hollywood type of love.
Let us instead, shoot for love that is deep. Love that is deeply grounded in Christ. Love that is profound. Love that is beyond mere feelings of passion.

That's the only kind of love that will OUTLIVE the crap that happens to us in our life. That is the kind of love that will put on its boots, roll up its pants and sleeves, and say "let's get through this pile o'crap together" instead of pushing your partner to the ground and running to get ahead, to be ahead, to be better...or shouting at him/her, or blaming, or fault-finding, or nagging. None of those will get us anywhere in our marriage...definitely not forward.

Marriage can be hard sometimes.

Wait, no.

Marriage is hard. 

In fact, it can be so hard sometimes that we just cannot think we can do it any longer...that we just cannot carry the burden, the suffering, the negative thoughts, the weight of the cross.

But. This is what life is....that is what marriage is. You cannot avoid the ups and downs. There are fun times and there are times of darkness and boring times of everyday sameness and "marital monotony." (I think I just made up a new term). We have to bear them all. That is the covenant we entered into... that is why we must strive for our marriage to live up to that covenant that we swore in front of the one who instituted marriage in the first place. If we can accept blessings from God, then we can also accept difficulties. If He sends them to us, then He wants us to go through them and to learn and to grow and to become stronger through those difficulties.

Since love is partially based on passion, on feelings, it WILL fluctuate, just like our feelings fluctuate. And feelings fluctuate pretty frequently and oftentimes pretty unexpectedly. Feelings come and go.  Feelings of happiness and feelings of depression. That is inevitable. But if our love is deeply rooted in Christ...if it is founded upon The ROCK, the foundation that is Jesus the Lord, feelings become just like the wind, sun, storms. If the house is founded on The ROCK, on solid ground, and not on sand...storms and hurricanes will not even touch it. This was the theme...the topic...the homily of our wedding mass one year ago: Building your house, your marriage, on the Rock.

 My 3rd grade level drawing/illustration of the house on the rock.

As long as we have Jesus in the center of our marriage, in between us, I know that our marriage is safe from worldly influences...from the culture of death that tries to rip us apart every chance it gets... from the evil one that lurks behind every corner, trying to devour us.


Friday, August 8, 2014

7QT: Summer 2014 Updates about pharmacy rotations, cooking, traveling, and going to weddings

I have not participated in Jennifer's 7 Quick Takes for a while, so I thought I'd give you some updates as to what's been happening in my life over the first half of summer.

These are some of the things we did this summer:

#1 Painted our deck as a semi-final project in our house transformation.
(The final project, one day....not now though...will be to finish our unfinished basement to serve as a man cave for Greg, a nerd cave for me, and/or a play cave for our future kiddos, hehe)

#2 We traveled to Mexico
to finally spend some time together after a pretty long, difficult, lonely first year of marriage, which was sprinkled throughout with moments of post-marital bliss and gratitude. The trip was truly a blessing for our marriage! It was lots of fun too! A separate post and more pictures to come!

In front of Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe Church), where we attended Sunday mass (funny story about that to come in an upcoming vacation blogpost).

Inside Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe Church in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

I brought along the book: One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are...which I found to be very inspiring. I'm still working on the book since pharmacy rotations got in the way.

With my feet up in the air!!! Yeah! (Our suite was on the 12th floor!)

#3 Prior to the start of my pharmacy rotations in July, I basically worked my butt off full time.

This is just a random picture from a power outage we had one day due to a huge storm. We came in and basically did nothing but clean and organize for 3 hours since we had no power = computers down and fridges/freezers down (so we had to put all of our insulins, vaccines, and other refrigerated medications onto a big refrigerated truck)

#4 Cooking experiments continued.....
as always...I think cooking just runs in my both of my parents absolutely love cooking and are very good at it.

Creating a pasta sauce (pesto style, with some of my own kinks and tweaks) that comes from veggies straight from my garden. Super preservatives, no canned foods or sauces, no dairy/fats....just veggies.

Nothing like enjoying the final result of your healthy, delicious cooking by eating outside on the deck in the beautiful weather, with a glass of wine!

And some other home cooked meals...

Polish beef stew / strogonov

#5 Rotations started (read about that here and here) and I can be my nerdy self again! Yaaaaaay!

#6 We got our pharm school class pictures...

Where's Waldo Agnes?

The only picture in which you can actually see me, out of the three. I am in the 2nd row, 8th person from the left.
Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy Class of 2015
Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy Class of 2015
Midwestern University Chicago College of Pharmacy Class of 2015

#7 We attended a couple of weddings
 ...and took some silly selfies! 

And some normal pics as well ;-)

That's all folks!
As always, leave some love in the comments.

And since you're already here, go ahead and read my post from yesterday: A Quick Rant about pharmacy rotations, residency, self-discipline and the Will of God

Yours in Christ,

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Quick rant about pharmacy rotations, residency, self-discipline, and the Will of God (Part 1)

Too little discipline in my life and too much laziness and wasting time. I do all the things I enjoy (gardening, cooking, cleaning, reading, writing) but cannot get myself to sit down and study and be an excellent student pharmacist....And everyday, I just stuff my face with food whenever my body pleases, and every day I put off running because I have a million excuses, with the real truth behind it simply being my laziness. I always have "other" things to do before I do the good things that require discipline, such as studying, exercising, spending extra time in prayer, and eating well. And lately my behavior has been driving me nuts, yet I cannot seem to follow my own advice and fix my behavior. Self-discipline in today's world is very, very hard. At least for weak-willed people like me. It's hard to say no to our bodies and live righteously, following our spirit. Hence when I'm in the midst of failure or succumbing to a weakness, I say to God: "Lord, the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

But I really need to prioritize this issue and address and change my late behavior. If I don't sit and think of a plan, of a strategy to change things around, my human / bodily habits and lack of self-control and self-discipline will drive my spirit nuts. As I let each day pass by in this state of passivity, laziness, and mediocrity, I am getting more and more agitated and less and less patient with myself. This is good though! I am on my way to making some big changes in my life! I know it. I cannot live and waste these precious God-given days by just being passive and average. I have a purpose to fulfill...I have a body and mind to discipline to achieve this purpose....I have people to take care of and to inspire in my life. I shall tolerate nothing less than EXCELLENCE in my studies and on rotations and I will be the best pharmacy student and wife and runner and intern and cook and blogger and Catholic I can.

There are waaaaaaay too many average people in the world. Ain't nobody got time for being average.

I have to pray and meditate upon the specific changes I want to make but all I know is that this time I will not let myself slip and fail. My last self-discipline undertaking (aka "8 week challenge" back in May-June) failed after about 3-4 weeks. I simply let myself slip and fall away from the good habits I established in my life....all simply due to a lack of SELF-DISCIPLINE.

My favorite quote on self discipline comes from Theodore Roosevelt. That quote just really speaks to my heart and I totally agree with it. You don't have to be smart or talented, you just have to be disciplined and work your butt off to achieve great things in life.


I will have discipline and
I will make sacrifices and
I will do all of this for my Lord, offering everything to my Mighty Savior.

P.S. Lord, the other reason why I want to be an excellent student pharmacist and excellent future pharmacist is that this residency thing has really taken a hold of my heart...this clinical pharmacy position really feels like the perfect place for me...especially when combined with academia. I feel that that would be my dream job: clinical pharmacist / assistant professor of pharmacy. I really hope that this is Your Will for me and that this great "right" feeling is coming from You (that You put it there to let me know where to go...what to pursue...what Your path is for me). I hope I'm not just making this up in my head. I'm not sure what it is, but this gen med rotation gives me this great feeling of joy and peace in my clinical pharmacy (maybe even general medicine focused) is where I belong. At this point, I could certainly imagine doing that for the rest of my life versus working and being overworked at a retail pharmacy. (I have this strong feeling of motivation and the desire to excel on this rotation! I haven't felt this motivated in a long time....perhaps not ever)(By the way, here is where I wrote about my current rotation, Part 1 and Part 2). But Lord, what do I know? You know it all. I cannot rely just on my own feelings because feelings come and go...and feelings can sometimes be false or even come from the evil one. I can only hope that it is You who placed this desire in my heart. But Lord, You know me better than I know myself. You know what's best for our marriage and our future family. Whatever happens, wherever You take me, I thank You. Let Your Will be done.

 Thrilled for another afternoon of NERD excellent overachieving pharmacy student fun.

 By the way, Part 2 of this post is coming!

Leave some love in the comments for this poor, lonely pharmacy student who spends more time with her pharm notes and her cat than anything else combined. Haha. Just kidding, it's not that bad. I <3 studying pharmacy. [But seriously, sometimes I wonder if there is something wrong with me for enjoying reading and studying as much as I do. But I live a pretty normal life with a good balance of chores and activities and time well-spent with my don't worry about my sanity. I'm still far ;-) ]

Have a great day!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My 1st APPE (Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience) Rotation [Part 2]

 O My Gosh, I literally feel like I just wrote THIS post about starting my rotation at Loyola and I cannot believe that it's almost the end of week 2. That means I am 1/3 of the way done with this particular rotation (6 weeks long). Life has been extremely busy and I am learning sooooo much new knowledge. I'm always always always reading stuff, looking up stuff, critically thinking about stuff...this wonderful pharmacist that I am under (my preceptor who is also a professor of pharmacy at our school) truly pushes me to learn, learn, learn and to be challenged. Aaaand..... I LIKE IT!

By the is a fresh-off-the-grill "bathroom selfie" of me today at the hospital.

I still have a nice tan going from Mexico. Oh wait...I take that back...I'm peeling everywhere because of Mexico....shedding every inch of my skin. That's what happens when you're so white that you get completely scorched on your first day in Mexico, while taking a walk back to your hotel from the city.


I just needed to sit down here and reflect to help me to get motivated to get work done here at home. Not sure if my body is just protesting to having to wake up at 4:30am now or what....but when I come home from my rotation, all I wanna do is lounge around and eat and not do any work. But now that got myself thinking and reflecting upon this rotation and about how blessed I am to be there and to have those opportunities and experiences, I now feel much more determined to make this rotation an awesome experience. I know that we get NOTHING but learning and invaluable experiences from these rotations. And that is all we get. We don't get paid. Zero. Nada. We actually still have to pay our ridiculously high pharmacy school tuition for the school to provide these rotations for us. So since there is no compensation, since I get nothing out of this, then I conclude that the only purpose I am there for, the only thing I really CAN get out of it, that only thing that can truly benefit me and my future self as well, is the LEARNING I will acquire and the patients I will help in the future as a result of that learning. Now, that's what gets me motivated. That's what makes me want to say with confidence that I will work very hard, that I will put forth my best efforts over the next couple of weeks, I will simply do my best no matter how challenging it gets and how hard I am pushed. Because these are once in a life time opportunities....because this is a gift from GOD (just like everything else in my life).

I will never be on rotation at Loyola again. This is the one and only time to shine. And therefore I will be grateful. I will begin and end each day with gratitude. I will thank God for each and every day that He blessed me with...for each and every opportunity to learn and to affect the lives of people. I will not just try to "do enough to get by" or be an "average joe," or just try to "get through these rotations to graduate and get my PharmD." I will not be grumpy over having to wake up so early in the morning every day, or over the amount of projects we have. I will not complain about anything or anybody. I will BE fully present in every moment, with a grateful attitude and a mind open to knowledge and wisdom flowing in. I know that only with such an attitude can I really get the best out of these once-in-a-lifetime rotations. I may not even get into a residency. I may never have the opportunity to work at a hospital alongside these amazing doctors again. I don't know what God's plan for the future is. All I know is that His Plan and His Will for this time right now is for me to be present on these rotations, to learn, to be inspired, to inspire others with my own attitude, faith, knowledge, and thankfulness. This present moment is all I have..and I will use it the best way I can.  
 So Help me God. Amen.

My attempt at getting organized. My pharmacy rotations journal, my academic planner, and a rainbow of new writing utensils (I'm special. I get excited about purchasing new writing utensils). The key for me is to be organized. If I'm not organized, I'm not motivated to do work. I'm kind of a perfectionist when it comes to being organized. I love love love planners, journals, to do well as writing with colorful pens. Obviously. Haha

 I know I will have a great time and it will be a great 6 weeks full of fun and learning. Our preceptor is I heard through the grapevine. She has high expectations and doesn't repeat herself... If she says something once, we are expected to know it. But we were also told that we are lucky we have her for our first rotation because she will make sure we are all set for the following rotations...after hers...all the rest will be a piece of cake. So I heard. So I'm excited. I'm going to try to work really, really hard over the next 6 weeks to learn as much as I can. Because what we have memorized in school ....what we crammed for those endless exams basically went into our short term memories, only to be mostly forgotten right after the exam. That is why rotations are so important. 

And here is a little rant about Loyola Hospital itself. It is a Catholic Hospital founded by the Jesuits and named after St. Ignatius at Loyola. What is awesome is that all thorughout the hospital, there are crucifixes (in every patient's room and in the hallways and nurses' stations) and pictures and quotes of Saints on the walls. I get so excited to be surrounded by Catholicism. It makes me feel so proud to be Catholic when I see Catholic foundation and history of such an excellent Chicagoland hospital.

What I find the most awesome is their MOTTO:  
ad majorem Dei gloriam
 which is worn on the white coats of all the doctors, pharmacist, medical students...and it just appears everywhere.  It is a Latin motto of the Jesuits and translates to "For the greater glory of God."

(The origin of the phrase is attributed to the founder of the Jesuits, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, who intended it to serve as a cornerstone sentiment of the society's religious philosophy. The full phrase attributed to St. Ignatius is Ad maiorem Dei gloriam inque hominum salutem or "for the greater glory of God and salvation of man." It is a summary of the idea that any work that is not evil, even one that would normally be considered inconsequential to the spiritual life, can be spiritually meritorious if it is performed in order to give glory to God). 

Lord, can I please, please work for this hospital in the future? This is dream job material right there. 

Yours Truly, Agnes

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

My 1st APPE (Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience) Rotation [Part 1]

First, let me begin by apologizing for my summer blogging laziness and the resulting sporadic, few-and-far-between blog posts. I promise I have not abandoned you, my wonderful readers, I am still here....I have simply been working my butt off 40 hours per week as a wonderful pre-grad pharmacy intern.

As pictured above, my husband and I have have also done some traveling in the great land of Mexico.

We had a wonderful time together after many months of working opposite schedules, but that's a story that deserves a whole another blog post. For now, just enjoy a couple (literally) of pictures:

We have also been doing lots of work around the house (yard, garden, pool). My garden is blooming and I have already harvested some radishes, peas, zucchini, and onions. I will also talk about that and show you more pictures soon.

My first ever zucchini!

But let's get to the real topic of this post....
...I am here to talk about starting my 4th year pharmacy rotations (aka APPEs aka Advanced Pharmacy Practice Rotations).

So the story begins...

...After having my 1st rotation block off, I finally started my very first rotation yesterday. This first rotation is my GenMed (General Medicine) Rotation. Previously for my IPPE-Clinical in my 3rd year, I was in the CCU (Coronary Critical Care Unit) at Rush University Medical Center and now I am on the General Medical Floor at Loyola University Hospital. I am working alongside a wonderful gen med pharmacist who also teaches at our university, as well as a great attending physician, residents, and medical students.

The disease states that we will be mostly covering and that will be near and dear to my heart by the end of these 6 weeks are the following:

COPD Exacerbations
DVT Prophylaxis

(I told you pharmacy/medicine is all about acronyms. There is an acronym for just about anything.
For my readers who aren't familiar with these acronyms, here is some clarification. I know that probably the only ones I would know on this list if I wasn't in pharmacy school is the first two: UTI and COPD...because they're commonly used / seen... even by patients, not just by doctors. But still, just so we're all on the same page: UTI = Urinary Tract Infection, COPD = Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, HF = Heart Failure, ACS = Acute Coronary Syndromes, AKI = Acute Kidney Injury, CKD = Chronic Kidney Disease, DVT = Deep Vein Thrombosis).

I am planning on keeping a running journal of all the activities we do at all of my rotations both for myself and my own benefit / growth but also to help me write these school reflections that are part of our graduation requirements. I had already gone out and purchased a little journal-type notebook that will serve as my "peripheral brain" or a place where I jot down all the most important pearls / information I learn (which I can later use as a reference) and the best experiences I go through.

My brand new "Peripheral Brain" aka pharmacy rotation journal aka notebook of clinical pearls

In addition to that, I will bring my real life rotation experiences here, to this blog, to help some of you fellow / future / potential pharmacy students to get a feel of what such experiences are like at the various pharmacy settings through which I will be rotating over the next 36 weeks. I will try to keep up with this for all of my rotations as I know I have some truly good, valuable rotations coming up in which I get to work under excellent pharmacists who are also professors at CCP (Chicago College of Pharmacy). I know them from the classroom, now i will get to see them in action! It'll be great.

My impression of my gen med rotation so far: It's only day 2 and I already want to shout: information overload!

Every day is just so rich. There is so much knowledge to be absorbed in medicine.  It's one thing to learn the "textbook" definitions and go through textbook cases in the classroom
but it's a whole another world when you're out there, with real patients, in real life-death situations, where textbook situations do not apply due to the multiple other factors that play a role in real life.

Last quarter I was tired after my rotation at Rush (CCU clinical rotation) and was kind of glad to go back to work at my retail pharmacy job. I have never before worked at a hospital and it was just a little bit different. The hospital days start waaay early and run waaay long and you just get so tired that all you want to do is go to bed when you get home. Having to wake up so early in the morning and already be on the expressway by 5:30am on your way downtown in the lovely downtown Chicago AM traffic was a bit hard to get used to (my retail pharmacy job is 13 minutes away in a small suburb town and I know a lot of our patients by name). But I think the reason I was tired was because all of this happened while we were in the middle of our very last quarter of pharmacy school and on top of my rotations and its associated projects, I had ongoing exams, workshops, and projects in school.  Now it's different. School is over. All I got is the rotation to focus on....I can focus on my patients...focus on my learning.

Yesterday was my first day. Yesterday was good! It made me feel pumped up. The feeling of being a part of a hospital this big (~600 beds) and having an impact on patient care is awesome...And it really made me lean towards pursuing a residency. And that's just what I told my preceptor when she asked us what our plans are. Her response to us (us = me and 1 other fellow classmate that's on this rotation with me) "oh Thank God, I don't have to give you the whole residency spiel because you guys are already smart enough and want to do residency."

Today was also great! Not only did we (pharmacy students) get to participate in rounds with the internal medicine team, but they also asked us for advice and recommendations and told us how they appreciate our (the pharmacists') input and our contribution to the medical team. They said that they like when we notice drug-related problems that they don't always notice and/or anticipate or when we fine-tune their dosing. Today, I was just a sponge all day....Listening, listening, listening, and absorbing, absorbing, absorbing all that the doctors were talking about. It was aaaa lot of information to take in and process by my little itty bitty brain, but I tried my best to stay focused, quickly and constantly scribbling notes like a madwoman...and I was just be there. I think THIS IS what I would like to do when I grow up.


Right now I have a big workload to get through. I will keep telling you more about this rotation as I acquire more experiences.

 Tune in for Part 2.....

Love, Agnes

Friday, June 27, 2014

7 Quick Takes #38


I do beg you to excuse the prolonged absence in the blogosphere once again. Life is just soooo crazy since pharmacy school ended and I started working full time. Unfortunately, my first vacation block is quickly coming to an end...which means I will be going back to working on the weekends only, but at the same time, doing full time pharmacy rotations (aka working for free full time during the week). I'm assuming things will get even crazier because it'll be like working 2 jobs.

During the school year, I would blog in between classes and in class (oops) and while procrastinating instead of studying...NOW, I'm at work all day...then by the time I do some housework, eat, and shower...I'm exhausted and just want to go to bed. It's been rough but at least we have some extra income coming in. But again, this will end in 2 short weeks and I will begin the arduous journey of pharmacy school rotations until May of next year.

Due to the fact that I haven't really written a blog post since I ended school in May (except the honeymoon post), let me update you on what's been going on in our lives throughout the month of June.
Our burgers and beer/martini when we went out to celebrate after my last day of pharmacy school


I have been doing a lot of deep cleaning and organizing.

 It probably took me a full 3 days to organize my office. I went through every single binder I had from pharmacy school and from undergrad (probably 30+ binders) and consolidated, re-organized, and got rid of useless stuff, etc. 

I also reorganized all of my closets upstairs.

I organized everything into boxes and labeled it so that it's easier to find.

I made quite a mess and it took a loooong time to straighten it out. I'm so glad it's finally done!

Organizing my pharmacy school notes and labeling my binders so that it's easy to look up information in case I need to look them up on rotations or in future practice.

And the final result...after hours and hours of organizing.

I already posted about my jewelry and makeup organization, but I made some minor additions to it.

Here is what I'm most proud of: I tackled my junk drawer!

Junk drawer BEFORE:

Junk drawer AFTER:



  I have been doing some reading...

(aka finished Something Other Than God in like 3 days)

And aaaa lot of journaling...

My 2 favorite things in the world: reading and journaling!



 Lots of tender love and care to my garden aka kicking my amateur gardening skills and becoming a master gardener

The first picture is my first picture our our garden (last month) and the following are recent pictures (this month). We have had so much rain here that everything is growing so beautifully.

And my beautiful roses:



  We stood up to our friends' wedding
...and took some silly pictures!

We had such a fun time at the wedding! Greg was the best man so he was always running around to make sure things were running smoothly, but by the end of the night, we were finally reconciled together and we did a lot of dancing!!! I mean aaaa lot of dancing... considering the fact that Greg doesn't enjoy dancing as much as I do. It was a lot of fun. 



As always, I have been developing my cooking skills and making lots of mouth watering homemade meals.


(I will eventually be putting together and posting our family recipes for some of these homemade soups because they are oh so good)



We visited my parents on their "farm" in Michigan

Selfie with our family doggie


We visited the beautiful tourist town of South Haven, which is just a 10 minute drive from my parents' house. We walked on the beach as well as the full length of the main street of downtown South Haven. It was a very, very nice Sunday...the sidewalks and beach were just crowded with tourists.


And as I mentioned...

I wrote this wonderful post in remembrance of our honeymoon, so go read it....or at least look at the pictures!


That's all folks! 

See for more quick takes!