May 29, 2014

my little space

It wouldn't be my life without an address change every 1-2 years. (-:

I have a new address! [that's the official announcement]

A week and a half ago I packed up all my boxes and Sarah and Peter helped me load them up and move them to the new place. I live waaaaaaaaay closer to downtown-ish which makes me closer to campus and the hospitals which is awesome.
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I'm crazy, insanely, immensely grateful for S&P's help because the one trip we were able to take would have been at least 3-4 on my own. The first thing I unpacked were my textbooks of course. 
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Now that's it been about 10 days, I'm getting settled in. This is the kitchen. You may notice that there's not a stove...or a sink...or a full-size refrigerator. I procured a toaster oven and a hot-plate-cooking thing yesterday [thanks, V!]. I have more than I need!
I'm still looking for a little chair to put in the area where those pillows are sitting. I'll find something eventually, but for now I'm being patient. My little space is in an old attic, so the ceilings are sloped [read: I hit my head ALL THE TIME] but the space behind the bed was perfect for my massage table and linens.
The bathroom is where my dishes get washed. See? I have plenty.

So, that's the quick tour of my new, quirky, small space where I'm taking up residence. I love it!

sidenote: I drive by Lucas Oil and close to Bankers Life daily when I go to campus.

Yesterday I saw a young man covered in tattoos driving a Porche. Do you think he was a professional athlete? I do this thing where I don't look at people when I'm at stoplights because it can be weird, so I didn't look at his face. Not that I would know who he was from his face.

May 15, 2014

our Braggin' Book

Last weekend I was left home alone for a few hours at my grandparent's house. Always a little scary...for anyone who has pictures in the house. (-;
I found these Braggin' Books in the hutch and started snapping pictures of pictures. Aren't they awesome? There's one for my mom, my Uncle Rob, and my Aunt Suze.

It's my mom's birthday today, so I'm guessing that this book is somewhere around 56 years old. I love these pictures!
That over the shoulder look! Ack! So cute.
I can't quite tell if that's just a curl on the top of her head or a little boinker. [Do you call the top pony on babies "boinkers"?]

Uncle Rob:
That grin. 
I think my Uncle Rob may have been into Sophie before Sophie was a thing.

Aunt Suze:
That face. That mohawk o'curls. Gah. 
Aunt Suze was not having any of that posing without toys thing at this photoshoot.

May 11, 2014

ten things

1. I'm on my break from school! eeeeeeeeeeeeee! My break is consisting of: work, filling out my private loan paperwork, kissing my grandma for Mother's Day [Kansas was too far away for kisses to my mother], visiting with friends, giving a couple of massages, and going back home to do some more working before classes start on Wednesday. Best break ever? Probably not. Am I crazy-happy to have had a few days where I didn't have to think about school? YES. YES. YES.

2. I'm listening to this: This American Life | Death and Taxes
Act one is the "Death" portion and they speak to nurses giving hospice care. How little I know [and am comfortable with] surrounding death.

3. You might not know this about me, but I basically only drink coffee and water. Sometimes there's milk in my coffee, but for the most part I've transitioned to black [and when I'm needy I get half a Sweet-n-low in there] coffee. Lately though? I can't get enough of sparkling flavored mineral water. It's not sweet at all and in the citrus flavors? GAH. SO GOOD.

4. I'm watching The Blind Side on ABC Family right now. Why do all the commercial previews for other shows involve so much sex and shows based on sex? WHYYYYYY? I thought ABC Family was more family oriented and less casual sexual relationship oriented? Am I delusional?

5. I can't stop listening to the Delta Rae album Carry the Fire. Shoot, Jessica. More proof that my friends know my ears so well. (-:

6. I hate to be terribly superficial, but I am. I'm having hair problems. I have reverted back to my 14-year-old self where I didn't have any clue about what to do with my curls. I literally spent a 2 hour drive thinking to myself "I hate my hair. I hate my hair. I hate my hair." Probably not the most positive thoughts ever.

7. Today I had a good hair day.
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Hal-le-freaking-lujah. I'm still getting it cut - and by someone new.

8. I'm thinking of doing a Manly Monday series around here. Not that I'd be talking about "manly" things [whatever the heck that means], but where I'd talk about me and men and relationships and that kind of thing. I suck at series, but I've started so many posts in this area and I can't get anything finished because I have so many different topics running through my head. Perhaps if I give myself the space to write several it will be better/easier/purposeful?

It sounds so structured...we'll see what reality brings us.

9.Dear people who knew me in college when I wore sweats daily,
I wore running shorts and a hoodie to class on Friday. It was the first time I've worn athletic apparel to class. At least three people commented, but I'm pretty sure I get a pass since I woke up at 4:30am. I need a new hat though. I'm basically a grown-up now...or at least someone who tries to look cute.

10. I can't stop thinking about these words:
These were part of the Love Feast I went to the Thursday before Easter taking about Jesus. How could I not want to live like that?


May 8, 2014

ack! [changing my web address]

I am in the midst of finals. I actually just took one and turned it in about 17 minutes ago, but who's counting? My final final is tomorrow and I'm giving myself 30 minutes to gather my wits before I bust out all the papers that will go along with studying for that bad boy.
This is a selfie from around 10pm on Monday, I'm the one with papers strewn all about me.

Anyway, during all this getting ready for the end of the academic semester stuff and all the other life things that are happening, my domain registration expired. I'm no expert, but typically I'm decent at figuring out computer stuff and I've taught myself enough to juuuuuuust get by with this little blog. Kudos to the professionals to can keep up with everything. High fives, y'all.

Did you see the part where I said I wasn't an expert? 

They changed the registration/domain stuff through google and I got mad-confused and spent hours [holla at me procrastination!] trying to figure out what to do. I signed up for a different webhost which would switch me over to a WordPress site.

Then I realized that
a) the new host cost $83 a year,
b) I don't actually make any money for blogging because I do it because I like it, and
d) I don't want to take the time to learn part c when I'm busy learning things about renal function. Priorities.

I cancelled the new host information/payment [hallelujah for refunds] and explored google a little more. Now, from what I can figure out [and I'm no expert], it looks like google will cost me $50 a year PLUS the money to the domain registration host [which seems to be anywhere from ~$12-90].
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Do Extreme Moose Tracks ice cream and iced coffee count as coping mechanisms? Healthy ones? 

In years past this was an easy payment of $10 where I clicked a "renew" button.

I can't handle complicated right now, blog friends. In the rest of my life, in my relationships, or in school I'd suck it up and figure it out. In blog world...nope.

All those words to say that I'm switching back to the (dot)blogspot(dot)com.

So, I'm updating everything to be and I hope it's not too terrible for you to figure out how to stick around [if you want to stick around]. I'm working on the bloglovin' stuff and facebook connections, so hopefully within the next week or so the kinks will be worked out.
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I spent all day yesterday outside in the sunshine. IT WAS GLORIOUS. These furry friends kept me company.

If you're smarter than I am about this stuff, wanna be BFF and do it for me? I'll purchase you a half-price frappuccino. (-:


May 1, 2014

apple almond cinnamon scones

that doesn't sound terrible does it? #examjambreakfast
When I'm stressed I get cold sores and a strong desire to bake. One I can do something about and the other just sucks. Today I made a pot pie and scones.

I'm stress baking. It's what I do.
prettiest eggs ever? 

We have an early study session tomorrow morning, so I'll be sharing these with my peers. Otherwise I may eat them all myself. That would be bad, right?

Apple Almond Cinnamon Scones
-2 3/4 cups Flour
-1/2 cup Brown Sugar
-3/4 tsp Salt
-1 Tbsp Baking Powder
-2 tsp Cinnamon
-1/4 tsp Ginger
-1/4 tsp Nutmeg
-1/2 cup Butter, cold
-3/4 cup Slivered Almonds
-1 to 1 1/2 Apples, diced
-2 Eggs
-2 tsp Vanilla
-1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream

Combine dry ingredients [flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, spices], cut in cold butter until mixture is crumbly. Mix almonds and diced apples into the dry mixture. In a separate bowl combine eggs, vanilla, and cream. Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture and combine until it's all moistened. Pat the dough into a quadrilateral shape and make some triangles. Separate the triangles on your baking sheet. Take 30 minutes and throw the dough in the freezer uncovered. Preheat your oven to 425. Bake the scones for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until browned.
Cool slightly and give the scones a bath in some cinnamon frosting.
Cinnamon Icing [full disclosure: this is an "ish" icing, I didn't measure specifics...]
-2ish cups Powdered Sugar
-1 1/2ish tsp Cinnamon
-1ish Tbsp Butter, melted
-3-4ish Tbsp Heavy Whipping Cream [or milk]

Combine powdered sugar, cinnamon, and butter in a bowl. Add in heavy whipping cream until the consistency is where you'd like it. You can play with the ratios here!
holy cow. this must be shared. #examjambreakfast #comingupnextonmn365

I'm terrible at staying focused...but I have piles of papers to study all around me!