October 29, 2011

Snow in October!





It's 34 degrees outside (above freezing!) 
About 70% of the trees still have leaves on them, and
The snow flakes are large, fluffy, wet and heavy. 
Thundersnow!
We are expected to get between 6 to 10 inches, and so far, we have about 3 inches of snow. 

I went out to a kiddie birthday party earlier today, and of course I got stuck on my way back home (at the bottom of the hill of my road). I've only had my license for a little over a year, so I'm definitely not an experienced winter weather driver. I just kept my foot on the gas pedal to get me up that hill. Needless to say, my car now smells like burnt rubber. But I made it home safely and I am warm and cozy in my room.
Thank God.

October 28, 2011

Currently...


Listening to: My iTunes on shuffle. Most of the songs and albums on there I don't even listen to anymore. For example, Fall Out Boy, Mya, and Ciara are the albums that I loved from high school into my early college years. My taste has changed quite a bit. (In case you were wondering what song I was listening to as I type this ---> The Flowers by Regina Spektor)
Watching: I tuned in to Project Runway last night and watched the finale. I think I did the same exact thing last year. I watched the finale, and nothing else. I also started watching Up All Night. It's not like lol funny, but it's entertaining enough. And I think Maya Rudolph is my new favorite actress. I also discovered Whose Line Is It Anyway? on late at night. Remember that show?
Craving: Mrs. Fields' Semi-Sweet Chocolate chip cookies... yum.
Thinking about: What to purchase boy/girl twins for their birthday party tomorrow. The twins that I babysit from time to time are turning two. I'm thinking coloring books and reading books?
Wishing: That my life was easier to handle, and that mom wasn't such a meanie (yes, I'm 5 years old) sometimes... harsh, but true.
Loving: My beau. He's taken on the title of best friend for sure. He doesn't judge me, he's super easy to talk to about anything, and he's slow to anger (which is great because I can't deal with people yelling at me all the time. I break down into large buckets of tears).
Worried about: My histology exam in a few days. What exactly is the difference between the way the  three segments of the small intestine looks on H&E staining?? *sigh*
Excited about: Christmas and winter break!
Lacking: Veggies. I must go grocery shopping soon. 
Mood: So-so.

October 19, 2011

"A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips"

... which is exactly why I have taken up hula-hooping.



I suck pretty badly at it right now, but I'm sure that if stick with it and practice often, I will be able to master it. My ultimate goal is to be able to hula hoop constantly and use it for 20 to 30 minute workouts during the week. I've read a lot of articles about "hula hooping your way to a slimmer waist" and I think it would be a fun way to lose a tiny bit of weight and define my waist.


Any tips for keeping the hula hoop afloat?

October 17, 2011

The Weekend In Photos











This weekend:
1) I received beautiful flowers from my beau,
2) went to the women's ministry breakfast at church
4) browsed though the town's Fall Festival for about an hour (it wasn't really that exciting)
3) had dinner and watched a movie with a couple of the women from church , and
4) hung out with my QU friends.

October 16, 2011

A New Day Has Come


A New Day Has Come -- Céline Dion

"I was waiting for so long
For a miracle to come
Everyone told me to be strong
Hold on and don't shed a tear

Through the darkness and good times
I knew I'd make it through
And the world thought I had it all
But I was waiting for you"

October 14, 2011

Power Word

Is there such a thing as a power word? (Probably not. But I think there is.) In any case, if the word did exist , it would be defined as the one word that describes that positive characteristic you exude. 
I think I may have just discovered my power word: RESILIENT. 

Seriously, with all the mess I've gone through in my 23 years of life, there's a reason why I am still sane. 

Image via here

October 10, 2011

Wonderfall

You guys!
Oh. My. Goodness. 
I fell in love this weekend!
... with Pier 1 Imports. 

I went on my usual drive around town this weekend to get out of the house for a few hours. I had a specific goal in mind: finding pretty decals to spice up my bedroom wall a bit. Of course, upon entering the store, I felt awkward and out of place, especially since I've never been there before. But, as I explored beyond the wall decor section, I absolutely fell in love. 
Everything in the store was so vividly bright and colorful. The pillows were soft, plush, and luxuriously designed (especially those that were designed with a Middle Eastern flare). The kitchenware were brilliantly colored and the other bits and bobs were just so cute and unique, I wanted to purchase them all.They were also having an 'End of Summer' Sale, so everything just seemed to be reasonably priced.


I can definitely picture myself decorating my future home/apartment with some of the items seen in the store. I can't wait for an excuse to go back there, and if I can't think of a reason to return, I'll go back just to window shop. 


Images taken from here

October 7, 2011

My Junk



My Junk by Spring Awakening (Broadway Play)

I fell in love with this song Spring Semester, freshman year of college (2007). My school was a liberal arts school, there were tons of art/music majors, and we were just an hour train ride from NY so EVERYONE was a fan of Broadway musicals. I'm not even going to lie, I loved it too... but did I have a choice? My roomie at the time had the Spring Awakening soundtrack on repeat for about 2 months after seeing it on Broadway. Good times. 

October 5, 2011

Wanted: Old Support System



Sometimes, I miss all the support I once had from friends.
I miss being able to tell them just about anything. 
About those times of excitement and terrifying times
(Like, junior year of college when I had a mini-breakdown during a 'Grey's Anatomy' commercial break. There was my friend ready to listen, pass me tissues and offer advice)
Lately, I just feel that I can't tell anyone much of anything,
For fear of being ridiculed or having details of my personal life spread abroad (and more often than not, the two go hand-in-hand)
Besides, who is there to tell?

With time, I've been learning that as I get older, the close friends of the past may not be the close friends of the future.
It is as if our lives and paths of friendship have bifurcated and they have become strangers.
And why would I want to share the most intimate parts of my life with strangers? 
Although, I have hear that this can be extremely therapeutic for some.
It just wouldn't be the same for me though, because they are not strangers. They know pieces of the 13, 16, and 20 year old me that no one else knows.
I guess that makes them strangers of the present me.
Maybe it's better this way. 
For fear of sounding ungrateful, I would like to mention that I have a great support system otherwise. My beau and my friend from high school are the greatest and most trustworthy people in my life right now. Not to mention a few of the women from my current church home in Connecticut. Maybe that's all I need right now, you know? But it sure does feel like I'm missing out on some...

This may take a little getting used to.

October 3, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention Month


 If you've been out to supermarkets, stores, or done some online shopping lately, you may be fully aware that it is now October and Breast Cancer Awareness month. Today is also the second annual "Blog for your Breasts Day". I wrote about my connection to and interest in Breast Cancer in this post last year, and it was both nerve-wrecking and relieving to share that part of me with readers.

I know many of you may be thinking that 'of course we are all aware of breast cancer by now', which may be true, but here are some other tidbits that you may not know:

  1. Breast cancer is one of the major illnesses women face after the age of 40. 
  2. Symptoms (other than a palpable lump) include: thickening and swelling of the breast, irritation or dimpling of the breast skin, pain in the nipple area, any change in size or shape of the breast, and non- lactation nipple discharge (i.e. blood).
    Mammograms are used as a method of detection. They are mainly recommended for women starting around 40 years of age. It is also highly recommended that women over the age of 50 receive a mammogram every two years. 
  3. Tips for lowering risks of breast cancer include (Source: Center for Disease Control): 
    1. Limiting your alcohol intake.
    2. Maintain a healthy weight and diet.
    3. Take note of your family's history with breast cancer. 
    4. Do self-check exams regularly. If you feel something irregular, schedule a breast ultrasound, as this may be one of the least expensive mechanisms of detection. 
Lastly, remember that for all of us, "Breast cancer is not a pink ribbon", as this pin on Pinterest has so vividly portrayed. So won't you please join me in becoming a part of Dr. Susan Love's Initiative: Army of Women (AOW). For this "Blog for Your Breasts" event, she states:
We invite you to use your voice through your blog to spread the word about the Love/Avon Army of Women. The Army of Women initiative, a program of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, funded by a grant from the Avon Foundation for Women, is recruiting ONE MILLION WOMEN of all ages and ethnicities, with or without breast cancer, to sign up and participate in breast cancer research studies. If we can get ONE MILLION WOMEN involved in research, we are one step closer to understanding the cause of breast cancer and how to prevent it.
The Army of Women campaign is an online initiative, where women can sign up at www.ArmyOfWomen.org. We are dedicating ONE day to reach ONE million women to sign up for the Army of Women. Together, we can move breast cancer beyond a cure and eradicate it once and for all.
Believe it or not, cancer is a multistep cellular  process that affects everyone differently. If enough people from different racial backgrounds, ethnicities, etc sign up for AOW and participate in some of the research studies that they have going on, I'm sure researchers would be closer in finding a disease mechanism in which to attack. I promise you, you'll only receive about one email per month (a monthly update) delineating all the new things happening with AOW and any new studies that they're having that you may be able to participate in. Please consider joining Army of Women today. Not just for yourself but for our future generations.
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