March 31, 2012

Happy Dance


Let the countdown begin!
There are only 6 weeks of grad school left. 

:Cue my happy dance:

I do a little jig for just about every bit of good news.

March 27, 2012

It's A Shore Thing

Good things come from Daily Deal websites. The primary perk was getting a really affordable deal on a visit to the chiropractor, which was well needed. The secondary perk? Discovering this....



To my surprise, the chiropractor was literally across the street from the Connecticut shoreline in West Haven. It was mainly a residential area, but drive a little bit further and you would stumble upon a nice little parking pad and free access to the beach (at least what I believed to be free). Drive further even, and you will discover a mini boardwalk and tree lined beach looking out onto the Long Island Sound. 









I snapped so many photos, my poor little camera died. I'm glad I take it with me just about anywhere I go these days. I would be so unhappy if I missed the chance to capture this. I can now cross #3 off of this list.

March 24, 2012

Lately



1. I was never much of a fan of polishing my (finger) nails, but I am now! I am starting to find colors that complement my skin color, and that makes nail polishes fun again. 
2. Somedays, I have too much to do and so little time, that I just do take out for dinner. It truly takes some stress away.
3. Weather-wise, this week was beautiful. Campus was buzzing and there were so many people outside in the courtyard taking in the sun. I don't think I have ever seen this many people outside at one time since I started attending this school.... maybe I'm exaggerating. 
4. So, you know how I bragged about spending my spring break doing absolutely nothing... yea, well that caught up with me. I stayed up ALL night Thursday night trying to finish a lab report. No caffeine, just pure will-power kept me motivated. I have to say though, that once I finished watching the sun rise at around 7:30 am, I HAD to take a nap... and woke up 2 hours later to complete the assignment. I felt like a zombie all day. Lesson learned.

March 19, 2012

Give Me a (Spring) Break

My last spring break for possibly ever (if I don't pursue my PhD-- in a few years) has come and gone. You may be wondering, 'What did you do during your spring break, Jhan?'.... Well, I did absolutely nothing and enjoyed every bit of that time. Sometimes, we need those moments to sit and just be. I usually feel that way toward the end of the week. People ask me how I'm doing, or what I have planned for the weekend, and I tell them that I just want to do nothing but exist.

I spent a couple afternoons with my beau. First we visited one of our favorite places, the Schuylkill River Path by the Philadelphia Art Museum. I think it was the most beautiful Monday we've seen in a while, so everyone was out taking walks, biking, or jogging around. The clouds rolled in before the sun set, but it was a beautiful time nonetheless.


As I crossed the state line from New Jersey into Pennsylvania on my drive home, I noticed the trees in Pennsylvania were budding. A few of the cherry blossoms were also blooming. For the first time ever, I was a little jealous of the landscape PA had over Connecticut's.


On my last day home, I received this wonderful packet. Another reminder that this phase in life is almost complete


I think I did a pretty good job of existing last week. Now I feel refreshed and ready to go on with the last few weeks of school. 

March 15, 2012

Messiah

I made the 3 hour journey from CT to Philly Saturday morning with just enough time to grab my tickets and get dressed for the performance.

I received complimentary tickets from Pennsylvania Ballet for any performance during the 2011/2012 season for completing a survey. (You see, I love The Nutcracker. I've been to that performance numerous times, and the survey sought to find out why I only attended that performance. I enjoy seeing ballet performances in general, it's just that being away at school doesn't allow me to see many.) I was excited to receive the voucher for the free tickets and even more excited that they had a performance playing during my Spring break.

The performance I decided to see was Messiah, at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. It was a beautiful portrayal of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. It was both stunning and moving. Surely a great conversation starter for those not fully aware of who Jesus was, or who might have been curious about his life. I also really enjoyed the music which was by George Frederic Handel. I learned a lot about him in an undergraduate music class and still have some of his work marked on my iTunes as favorites.


Messiah was very enjoyable and I would recommend it to everyone. Actually, I would recommend the ballet to anyone. I love the costumes, strong dance moves and simplicity of the props, while my beau usually sits and enjoys the live orchestra (and the performance, but more the music). I think anyone can take joy in a ballet.

John 14:6-7
"I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known Me, you would have known my Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him."


**All photos (except the first) are via

March 12, 2012

Top 10 Things to Do to Prevent Breast Cancer

"What can I do to prevent breast cancer?" "What is the best way to find my cancer early, before it has spread?" These are two of the most common questions women have. Here's what we know:

There is nothing that you can do to ensure that you absolutely do not get breast cancer. However, studies suggest that some lifestyle choices may help reduce breast cancer risk.

These include:
1.    Eating a healthy diet that is low in animal fat and high in whole grains and fruits and vegetables. (There is no data indicating that a specific diet, per se, can help reduce breast cancer risk.)
2.    Taking a multivitamin and make sure it includes adequate folic acid.
3.    Having your children before 35, if you have a choice.
4.    Breastfeeding your children.
5.    Avoiding unnecessary X-rays.
6.    Drinking alcohol in moderation and make sure you take folic acid when you do drink.
7.    Losing weight (if you are overweight).
8.    Not gaining weight after menopause.
9.    Getting regular exercise.
10.  Using hormone therapy to treat menopausal symptoms for the shortest time period necessary, if at all.

You should also be sure to:
  • Evaluate any breast symptoms or changes that develop.
  • Have mammograms when appropriate.
  • Consider raloxifene if you are postmenopausal and need to take a drug to prevent bone loss.
  • If you have a family history of breast cancer or for other reasons are at high risk of getting breast cancer, visit Army of Women's section for High-Risk Women.

To help AOW learn more about breast cancer prevention, you can:
  • Join the Love/Avon Army of Women, revolutionary initiative that is changing the face of breast cancer research. (It's free, and you won't be solicited for anything except your participation in scientific research studies).
  • Participate in studies sponsored by the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. 
  • Become a breast cancer advocate, and work with us to insure that research on breast cancer prevention is supported and funded.
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March 9, 2012

This Face

 You know how people sometimes have this inspiring life-story to tell? How they went from being like some happy kid, to going into a fast uncontrollable downward spiral of deep emotional despair and then somehow managed to overcome it all to tell you and I about it?
Yea.
I feel like that will be me one day... Like it should be me.

I wrote the above post on Sunday, March 4, 2012 with no intentions of posting it. I just wanted an outlet to express how I was feeling at that moment. I was feeling a bit out of it. I couldn't quite pinpoint the exact emotion I felt at the moment, but I knew it wasn't good. The week took a turn for the worst from then on. I felt sad, empty, with a need to cry, but I wasn't sure why. I didn't feel overwhelmed with life and school as I did the week before, I just felt disconnected from the world.

I still did schoolwork, read blogs, watched youtube videos and things like that, but apart from doing those things, when all was still and quiet, I burst into tears for no apparent reason. I didn't feel like being in class, I did not want to be around people in general, and I was excused from my work study early on Tuesday because I had tears pouring from my eyes, but still proclaimed that I was "okay... no, really. I'm fine".

As the week went on, I felt a little better, but I still had/have an underlying sadness. I have always been pretty moody and melancholy to say the least, but I haven't felt like this in a long while... and I would hate to go back to those times where I did feel pretty depressed and burdened with sadness.

I hope I am able to shake this thing off soon, because life is still going on around me.... And honestly, I'm getting pretty tired of waking up and going to bed with this face.
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