Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring Break & 36 Days of School!

Here I sit, on spring break. And it's snowing. Interesting how spring decided to actually take a break while I'm on spring break. . . But alas, it shall be grand nonetheless!
It's only Monday night and I've already. . .
-been bowling (I didn't win. I did eat 3 slices of pizza, though. For me, that's a record.)
-visited my second family (there were many fun and wonderful times had by all. I also learned a new card trick. . . and was also perplexed by tricks that all of the kids were getting. . .)
-eaten fish sticks! (I love them, but they're never served at Northwest. If they were, I think I'd be suspicious of their quality anyway. Also, my mom made these for me, so that's a bonus!)
-gotten a hair cut! (nothing drastic. Just a trim to tidy this unruly bunch of hairs up!)
-gone to the chiropractor (It sounded like this: crackcrackcrack crunchcrunch poppoppop. (refer to a box of Rice Krispies for a more accurate sound representation.) It felt great!)

Many great spring break activities are yet to come!
-I'm driving with Kelli and Dad to Omaha for a college visit for Kelli. She's checking out Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing. (Hopefully we'll also be checking out Ted & Wally's, the local homemade ice cream place!)
Mi amiga Eliza and I enjoyed Ted & Wally's this summer!

-I get to hang out with Erin (my "big brother" from Kappa Kappa Psi). It's sure to be an excellent time!
-Potential coffee dates!
-Piano playing!
-Just hanging out with mom and dad all day. (Ex: We all went grocery shopping today. We scored granola and I convinced my dad to buy 2 gluten free cereals instead of just one. (The gluten free-ness is for him, but we just kinda cut gluten-y cereals for the moment. Good thing Kix and every kind of Chex is gluten free!)
-Hopefully acquiring a formal dress for the upcoming music fraternity/sorority formal coming up!

After spring break, many exciting things are happening, but one thing that is keeping me focused it the fact that I will officially be done with school at 9:30 a.m. on April 30th! This fact is seriously one thing that is helping me keep my nose to the grindstone, per se. "I can make it. I just have to get to the end of April!"
And, if everything works out, I'll get to see my family 3 times in April. I'm a lucky girl!

Monday, March 17, 2014

12:30 AM

I am so happy I could bust.

Every once in while, I plan a day in which I allow myself to eat any kind of unhealthy food I want. And tomorrow is one of those days.  You have no idea the utter bliss those days give me :)

So far, the plan for my summer is to assistant lead a team of highschoolers to the Asian country of Myanmar.  I would be gone June through August.  This is the biggest dream come true, oh my goodness.  Seriously, so blessed.

I have no exams next week.  Which means I will have actual honest-to-goodness FREE TIME.  Like, the kind where you hang out with other dorm-dwelling humans.  YES.

I have a Rachel Ray magazine by my side and my Rodgers & Hammerstein-stuffed Spotify playlist open.  I have a Nancy Drew game installed (help Nancy find a kidnapped groom in a haunted Irish castle!) and too much euphoria to sleep at a godly hour.  (If there are ungodly hours to be awake, sure there are godly ones?  haha)

So tomorrow's menu may include cappuccino in order to be conscious during chem (so many crisp little C's) but that's okay.

God is really good, guys.
Even when nights aren't like this.

P.S.  I will be channeling this woman tomorrow :)

Eat all the things!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

10 Excellent Things About the Past Month!

As I sit here, recovering from being sick (no worries, it was thankfully very short-lived) and trying not to focus on the fact that I didn't get a supervisor position at work, I have resolved that reflecting on the great things that have happened in the past month would be a stellar thing to do. I definitely try to focus on the positive as much as possible, because if I don't, I easily become the all-too-realist and think of everything going wrong.
So! Here are some great things about the past month!
1. Yesterday and today's weather has been downright gorgeous! If I wasn't still feeling blah, I'd probably find some excuse to be outside. The breeze is wonderful and the temperatures are perfect. (For now. It's the midwest. If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes.)
2. On Sunday I got to  Nathaniel's graduate recital for French Horn and voice! It was stellar for sure! I loved it and he did an outstanding job!
(This is Nathaniel, by the way. He's one outstanding guy!)
3. I got a chance to hang out with some outstanding Kappa family! Erin, Parker, Kyle, Ally, and I all got together, watched an excellent and hilarious movie called Porco Rosso, "played" Minecraft, and had an all around great time! There was much laughter!
4. I've had some especially fun times while interviewing everyone in Kappa Kappa Psi! Two highlights include making Pinterest-y melted crayon art with Ashley and helping Brittnay with the choreography for "The Mexican Hat Dance" for her Elementary Methods class.
The aforementioned art project. Much fun was had!
5. The people at the Financial Aid office "found" my scholarship that had been "lost." In reality, they hadn't read the letter that went with the check saying that the money went to two different people, so another girl from my high school got all $1,200! I am just glad they finally resolved this after 9 months! I do feel a little bad for her, though. She's down $600 she thought she had!
6. I've gotten to have some really good conversations with some friends whose thoughts I really value. They have meant a lot to me!
7. Thursday nights at the Baptist Student Union and Applebee's! I believe I have finally found my niche at the BSU! I enjoy everything about it! Thursday nights are for RealLife, their worship service, and after the service, most people head to Applebee's for half-price appetizers and 45-cent wings! It's been so great to continue meeting people I know from church and having a great time worshiping together and relaxing together, too! It was also nice that I had an Applebee's gift card from Christmas that came in ever so handy!
8. The Navigators women's retreat! A fun time was had by all! There was so much good food, great worship time, and great lessons! I got to spend some especially fun time with Sarah, whilst pranking another cabin, and Sarah, Kenealy, and I baked some darn good Devil's Food Cake cookies! (See below!)
Both picture from Sarah herself!
(Cookie making can get messy!)
 We even had some unexpected "fun." To avoid potential bad weather, we came back a half-day early and had the rest of the worship time and speaker at the Edge girls' house. (Basically, they all live there and they're on staff for the Navs.) It looked a little something like this:
This is called "40 girls in a living room"
Courtesy of Rachel Denne
9.My dad got an unexpected appointment for a doctor he thought he'd have to wait until August to see! Yay!
10. Miranda's mom made a short, surprise visit on Saturday, which resulted in a very interesting shopping trip to HyVee with her, Miranda, Shellie (our friend), Matt (Miranda's boyfriend), and me. Much fun was had, we each got our own box of pop tarts (Thanks, Jo Veta! :) ) and I wound up saying "use your inside voices" and "take a no-thank-you bite" during our time in the store. I'm definitely "that" friend. But they love me anyway! :)