Archive | March, 2011

Things I learned this Wednesday

30 Mar

1. You can never trust the weather.

No, I am not standing in a big fancy light box. That white background is due to the blanket of snow falling out of the sky. I had to wring my hair out in the bathroom before entering the classroom. True story.

2. The kid sitting across from me is having issues with his girlfriend. How do I know this? He just had a loud ten-minute conversation with her. And we’re in the library. Seriously kid, I do not need to know the details of your love life, so please take your phone call elsewhere.

3. Last minute study sessions are often the most valuable ones. On Monday, I forgot that I had to didn’t read a play for class. With some help from and an intense 30-minute study session before class, I scored a 100% on my quiz. This morning? I  forgot that I had a history quiz. Between taking bites of my oatmeal, I typed out a 2-page study guide and did my best to remember what I had typed out. I’m pretty sure that I answered all of the questions correctly. It only took me 4 1/2 years to realize that I don’t need to do all of those readings…last minute pressure makes the brain remember ;).

4. Turning off the computer for an hour and half can make a world of difference. I finished skimming reading for my next class, and got started on some homework for next week.

5. Being the kid that runs into class late, banging on the door because it automatically locks once the professor closes it,  is never cool. Which is why I better leave the library and “Relationship Boy”, and head for my next class :).




A day for pizza and sushi

29 Mar

This morning I felt like I was a running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I had one interview, came home for an hour, and then went back out for another interview. By the time I got home for good it was not even 1:00, but I felt like I had been gone all day. I can happily say that I am now back in my sweats and everything is well in the world :). Thank you for all of your kind thoughts about my interviews. I think they went well; if anything, I am the one that is not as interested as I should be. So many things to consider when growing up…

Anyway, I worked up an appetite with all of that running around, so lunch was on my mind when I walked in the door. Seeing as we had a half of piece of naan left in the cupboard, that expired two days ago, I figured I might as well use it up. I decided to bake a goat cheese, spinach, & tomato naan pizza. My lunch is usually something simply assembled (PB w/a side of fruit, anyone?) and eaten cold out of my lunchbox, so this was a nice change.

Goat Cheese, Spinach & Tomato Naan Pizza

serves 1

1/2 piece garlic naan

1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese

1/2 cup spinach

1/2 cup diced tomatos

(I have to be honest, I did not use any measuring cups as I made this recipe, so just eyeball it 🙂 )

On a baking sheet, layer the naan with cheese and tomatoes, and top with spinach. Bake at 400 degrees for 7 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown.

I love using my Silpat for pizza, no mess on the baking sheet to clean up!

And, an orange on the side. I have been trying to up my intake of fruits and veggies. Seeing as I had a whole cup of blueberries with my cereal this morning, so far so good (for today, at least).

Alright, I am off to do homework. I talked Jordan into getting sushi tonight, so I must get everything done so I can fully enjoy our weeknight date night of take-out and TV. I can’t lie though, that sushi will be on my mind until dinner. When I get a craving for avocado sushi, it sticks :).

What are your favorite pizza toppings?

Do you have any fun weeknight date night (or girls’ night) ideas?

Do you use a Silpat when baking?


I am on a roll

29 Mar

Apparently, I am on a roll…


(No, as tempting as it was, I did not buy this shirt)

Two more companies called me yesterday, which means that I have two more interviews today (!). My boss is allowing me to work from home, so I will be completing internship work between interviews, not to mention getting some homework done on the side. Hopefully a pilates session will fit in there somewhere, as well. It is a busy, busy day for me.

I want to thank you guys girls for all of the responses about guest blogging. I am still welcoming more bloggers to join in on my guest post series (if you don’t have a blog, but want to take a stab at blogging, you’re welcome to contribute!), while I’m doing fun grown-up stuff, like…finding a job ;). If you’re interested in doing a guest post, email me at

In the meantime, I will be exercising my interviewing skills. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Bye bye college, hello real world.


Okay, so be honest, have you ever bought one of those shirts with a cheesy saying?

When Jordan graduated from college last spring, I got him a shirt that said “Trust me, I’m an Engineer” and then surprised him by wearing one that said “I ❤ my Mechanical Engineer.” Yes, it was super cheesy, but a good conversation starter and in celebration of his accomplishment. Or maybe I am just a nerd :).

What is your “light at the end of the tunnel”?

Weekend review

28 Mar

Ahh…where did the weekend go? I feel like I was almost too busy to enjoy every minute of it, but it was definitely full of fun and surprises. Let’s review, shall we :)?


Unlike my usual Saturday morning of a leisurely breakfast and a trip to the gym for Zumba, I began my Saturday by waking up to my alarm at 7am. After a quick bowl of cereal and the last minute decision to change out of my jeans and into yoga pants, I was off to campus for Cesar Chavez Day of Service. My group was assigned to Gleaners Food Bank, where I volunteered not too long ago.

This time we were boxing food items for senior citizens in need; in the course of two hours we boxed over 600 pounds of food! Needless to say, by the time I got home at 2:00, I was hungry and tired.

There was no time for rest in the afternoon though. I ate a quick lunch and went to the gym for a 35 minute session on the ArcTrainer and treadmill. I knew that Jordan had planned a surprise for me in the evening, so I had to be ready on time. His surprise? It began with dinner at my favorite Mexican restaurant. After dinner we drove into the city, where he surprised me with…(drumroll)…tickets to the Broadway Across America production of Grease!

If you’re not a fan of theater or music it may mean nothing to you, but it was seriously the best musical I have seen in my lifetime! We were sitting in the balcony, and when I looked below me I could see rows of people in front of me bobbing their heads and dancing along to the songs. It definitely made for a fun date night that kept me up way past my bedtime :).


Sunday was filled with church, friends, and homework . On Friday night two of my old friends (you know you’re growing up when you use the term “old friends”) from camp (we worked together as camp counselors) contacted me about grabbing lunch on Sunday. Since I haven’t seen either them for over a year, of course I said yes! We met up at Chipotle, and I tried my first veggie bowl. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was! Seriously, try it if you haven’t already. I didn’t take any pictures because I wanted to enjoy the moment with my friends, so you’ll just have to trust me on this one.

Of course, after a weekend full of friends and fun, I had to do homework sometime. After lunch, I headed to Barnes and Noble for an intense study session.

Three hours later, with dry eyes, stiff muscles and too many cups of complimentary water, I decided to call it a day and fit in a nap before dinner.


Since I had such a busy, busy weekend, I called off my morning workout for an extra hour of a sleep and time to make a batch of chocolate peanut butter oatmeal.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Oatmeal

1 cup coconut milk

1/2 cup oats

1 tbsp. chia seeds

Toppings: 1 tbsp. peanut butter, sprinkle of chocolate chips, and a handful of Quaker Oatmeal Squares

Yum :)….and now I must get ready for class.

Enjoy your Monday!

What did you do over the weekend?

Have you seen any Broadway muscials?/What’s your favorite?

A rebellious Friday night

26 Mar

This was dinner.

There’s some chocolate in the keys to prove it.



A new perspective

25 Mar

So now that all of you were able to hear my accent, I think that it’s time to hear something else- a new perspective (aka- a post that is not written by me).

Here’s the thing. I have five weeks of college left . I officially placed my order for my (annoyingly expensive) cap, gown, and tassel today. It has hit me that these last five weeks are going to fly by, and they are going to be very busy. My weekend normally begins on Friday, but instead of sleeping in and relaxing today, I am driving to campus to attend a meeting and work on a group project. Tomorrow I am volunteering at Gleaners Food Bank again, and finishing up some work from home. Not to mention, I need to do homework and continue job searching! Just thinking about my to-do list makes me tired.

This is where you guys come in (Is it weird that I hate that I ended this sentence with a preposition? Don’t answer that 🙂). I would love to have some guest bloggers contribute over the next five or six weeks. I am going to set a goal of having two guest posts per week, so I will need about ten to twelve bloggers total. If you don’t have a blog, but read blogs and want to take a stab at writing, I would love to hear from you, as well! Contact me at if you’re interested, and we’ll figure out dates and topics.

Well, I am off to lead a meeting and work on my History of Theatre II project (oh yeah…fun fun).

Enjoy your Friday!


Vlog it out

24 Mar

A few days ago Colleen posted her first video blog (vlog), which inspired me to create one of my own. As I was getting ready to record myself (ah…I don’t like listening to/watching myself on camera, do you?), I remembered watching Caitlin’s accent vlog in January, and decided to do an accent vlog of my own. I find it so interesting to hear what bloggers sound like, because like Colleen, I think that I have an idea of what they sound like as I am reading their blog, and then I am surprised when they sound completely different.

Before you view the video, I should tell you my background (or, where my accent probably comes from). I am originally from Michigan, and my parents and relatives are from there, as well. But…I lived in Ohio for five years, and have lived in Indiana for over a decade.

Here are the words and questions, if you’d like to follow along:

Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught

  • What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
  • What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
  • What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
  • What do you call gym shoes?
  • What do you say to address a group of people?
  • What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped
  • body and extremely long legs?
  • What do you call your grandparents?
  • What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry
  • groceries at the supermarket?
  • What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
  • What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

Do I sound like what you expected? You’re going to try this vlog now too, right ;)?

P.S.- I am slightly embarrassed of my appearance. I hope you ignored the pimples on my cheek and the slightly messy pony…it’s just been one of those weeks. And…I am not that fidgety all the time. I was sitting on a bar stool when I recorded myself and apparently I have a habit of swiveling when I’m sitting on a fun chair 😉