Monday, April 25, 2011

I am thankful for…


...the mess to clean up after a party
because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
...the taxes I pay
because it means that I'm employed.
...the clothes that fit a little too snug
because it means I have enough to eat. shadow who watches me work
because it means I am out in the sunshine.
...the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot
because it means I am capable of walking.
...all the complaining I hear about our government
because it means we have freedom of speech.
...that lady behind me in church who sings off key
because it means that I can hear.
...lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing
because it means I have a home. huge heating bill
because it means that I am warm.
...weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day
because it means that I have been productive.
...the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours
because it means that I am alive.
There are three kinds of days:
  1. Good days,
  2. Great days, and
  3. Outstanding days.

I hope yours is Outstanding!


I found this while stumbling around being productive at work the other day Smile with tongue out.

It just made me stop and immediately add it to my favourites. I love it and it helps put things into perspective!

I am going to try and make this day as outstanding as possible! I have the day off, and for the first time in what feels like forever I don’t have something I should be doing, like studying.  I don’t know what I am going to do yet, but it will be fun! Brandon has the day off too and one of my besties is back from school now that exams are over so hopefully I will get to see her today.

I’m thinking of starting to try to run outside today as well. The weather is finally NICE so I feel like I should take advantage of it, especially since it’s supposed to rain all week.

I’ll let you know how that goes Smile with tongue outI have to start somewhere right?

Friday, April 15, 2011

Pep Talks and Pretzels!

This week was exhausting!

I had three exams in a row (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) and two of them were intense. One was worth FIFTY percent of my grade, which just shouldn’t be allowed in my opinion, and the other was in Advanced Accounting – my hardest class this semester. It was also my last one for the week thank gawd – I am mentally exhausted from that one.  I may or may not have left that exam in tears (hint – I totally did).

One thing that got me through this week were my mini pep talks I gave myself. I always over stress way too much and I find taking a minute to remind myself that I know the material, that I need to just remember to breathe and take my time through the test really helps.  I totally look like a crazy person sitting at my desk on the third floor of the library talking to myself, but hey – it usually works!

I even left myself some post it notes like the one in the picture throughout my agenda, kind of like my own personal Operation Beautiful for studying.

Pep talks + caffeine are what got me through this week. One more exam next week and I am DONE.

I’m sure my 5+ cup of coffee days were not healthy. Wednesday night Brandon cut me off at coffee number 6. I was starting to get twitchy!

Today I decided to give myself a mental vacation full of NOT studying. It was low key and amazing and just what I needed.

Brandon picked me up from work and we headed out grocery shopping. Afterwards we came home and he decided he was going to cook supper – no complaints here! It was nice to just sit back and let him do all the work Smile with tongue out.  He made spaghetti with garlic bread and it was just the comfort food I needed.

Then I got to catch up on the important things I missed this week, like How I Met Your Mother and finish up clearing out my Google Reader – go MIA for a whole week and Holy Moley does is ever fill up! It was over 200! I got a good chunk of it read today at work and finished up at home will Brandon cleaned up from supper.

Yepp, cooked and cleaned! I got spoiled today Winking smile

Then we finally did something that we have been meaning too for weeks!

Made pretzels!


My mom gave me this mix forever ago, and we have been wanting to make them for ages but never got around to it.

They were so good!!


Brushed with butter and sprinkled with sea salt – so simple but so good Smile 

It was my first time ever making pretzels, but it was so easy I think next time I will try making them from scratch! Also because I have no clue where to repurchase this mix – my mom got it from a friend at work.

Any suggestions for a recipe I should try?

Also, sorry for the slightly broken promise last week. I didn’t realize how little “free” time I was going to have lately.  I did make a page for the Bloggie Book Club though – and 100% will be doing it when the new book gets picked for May!

Expect more regular posts from here on in!

I’m back – for real this time!


Monday, April 4, 2011

Still Here & BBC


I just wanted to quickly post to let you all know I am still here! I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth even though it seems like it Smile with tongue out I’m just still swamped with school, and the move still hasn’t happened yet (hopefully tomorrow!) so the past few days have just been nuts leaving me with no time to blog!


I do plan on getting back on track this week, so I promise I will have a real post for you soon!

I missed Sunday’s first Bloggie Book Club post on the Last Lecture – but to make up for it I will be doing it by Friday so I can be back on track with next Sundays set of questions!

If you want to read the first bit of questions right now though, Caitlin and Sara have some great posts about the book!