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Final!

Tomorrow morning I take the final exam for my current class. Four weeks of crazy has led to this test. Final exam moments always make me a little nervous. You never really know what will happen. I’m as prepared for this as I can be – or I will be by tomorrow because I’m still reviewing notes – but something crazy could always happen. It’s happened before. 

As I go through my notes and look at the little bit of psych material from Wednesday I feel like I remember a lot of this. That’s good. Of course, it’s only been four weeks so even the oldest material is less than a month ago. Yes, really. We started class on May 22 and tomorrow is June 19. Three days shy of exactly a month. We will finish the second class exactly one month from tomorrow on July 19. That sounds crazy. 

Who am I kidding? That is crazy.

Here’s to a good test tomorrow!

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Heroes

Today, my lovely blog readers, I am very excited. Tonight, I get to meet one of my heroes. Honestly, how often does this happen, right? Well, four years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting two of my heroes (how many do I have, you may ask? A few, I suppose… perhaps people that I greatly admire is a better word? I digress…).

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So, yes. Four years ago I met Adam and Jaime of Mythbusters. Well, they were still on the show then but you get my point. I loved getting to meet them and listening to them speak. It was one of those monuments moments where you get to meet someone you never thought you’d meet ever because they are simply so well known that they are inaccessible to most people. Safety is the most important thing here. Plus, schedules are crazy for people as popular as these two.

They are not the point of my post though. I met them. It was amazing.

Tonight, I meet someone else.

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

This man amazes me with his ability to take complex topics and break them down in a  way that anyone could understand. He reminds me of Richard Feynman that way. I understand some of his work. My bachelor’s degree is in Chemistry and I studied some Physics. I don’t truly understand it but I can begin to grasp it.

I am beyond excited.

I just ran four miles in an effort to remind myself that the world around me still exists and I haven’t slipped into some alternate universe. I haven’t because those four miles kicked my ass. I will bring you all details later in the week.

Short and sweet, right? I will be back on planet Earth and with you all soon!

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Travel Tag

This is a quick little hello with a tag from BeaFree that talks about one of my favorite topics. So you all get an extra post this week. Show her some love and go check out her blog! Now on to the questions. 🙂

What is your favorite place that you have visited?

Well, I haven’t gone to a whole lot of places, to be honest. However, England has been my favorite to date. I got to see London, Stonehenge, and Bath and the experience was amazing. I have a lot of places that I still want to see though, so some other place may replace this some day. We’ll just have to see.

If you could visit anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?

Anywhere in the world? Australia. It’s one of my wish list places.

Would you rather go on a city holiday or a beach holiday?

City, for sure. The city is always so much fun to explore. I like the beach but I would rather spend my days wandering a city to see what I can find.

My top three holiday essentials:

  1. Camera   2. Journal   3. A good bag (how else can I carry that stuff?

Are you an over packer or an under packer?

I probably under pack. I try to remember that I’m not usually going somewhere that wouldn’t be able to give me something that I need. This is probably more true since I’ve been working towards minimalism. Less stuff makes travel easier.

What is your favorite thing about going on holidays?

Getting to see somewhere new. That’s what I love about travel. It’s always an adventure. There’s always something new to see or do. New food, new sights. It’s all kinds of interesting and different.

Would you rather go on holiday with family or friends?

I’ve never been on a holiday with friends. I feel like that could be fun if the people you’re traveling with have the same mindset as you.

What is the most adventurous dish you have ever tried from another country?

Well, I’ve only ever been to England as another country, so nothing to crazy. I did get fish and chips but that’s not really adventurous. I don’t have a lot of issues with trying new foods so I’d try almost anything.

Who do you want to do this tag?

Everybody and anybody. If you want to share, please do! I like to hear other people’s thoughts. Just let me know you’re doing it!

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Summer Vacation?

So, I have class this summer until the middle of July, so there is a month and a half in front of me still. However, I have already begun to think about what to do with the time from the middle of July until the middle of August when I won’t have school. I know, it’s a novel idea, not having school for about a month. I also took a whole weekend off from work. I had more than enough time saved and so I asked and I got it and I am thrilled. That means I have almost two weeks with no responsibilities except my kids. And hey, camp is paid for the summer so if I really want to, I can have all that time to myself.

Who am I kidding? I won’t send my kids to camp the whole time. Part of it, sure because otherwise, they’ll be bored. So what’s the plan for all this free time that I’ll have? That, my friends, is a fantastic question.

The short answer is I don’t really know.

Y’all probably want the longer answer though, huh? So my thoughts are varied. The kids have asked to go to the beach. I’m not crazy about the cost to go to the beach though. I mean, if we could even find a place. I have entertained the idea of camping at the beach. That may be a more workable idea. I also have thought about going to Carowinds for the day. I have also thought about going to Atlanta for a weekend or a couple of days.

I have also given thought to reading as much as possible. I could try to get through some of the book is have sitting in my to be read list. There aren’t many that I already own that I need to read but there are considerably more that I want to read that I don’t own. How many could I get through? No idea. Probably not all of the ones that I own, so the others are probably less likely. Also I have committed to not buying anymore books until I read the ones I have. I have to get anything I don’t own from the library and right now I don’t know what they have that I want to read. I did get a copy of A Court of Thorns and Roses, which I am interested in but is also a series and this is the only book in the series that I saw in the library. This could be problematic. Again, time will tell.

The pool is also a good option for spending time over the summer. It would be nice to head to the pool with a friend of mine and just chill. So there are my thoughts. I will work on my blog during that time, obviously and I may try some more writing since I’ll have more time. I still have ideas that are not on paper and need to be. This summer class is not the time to devote to writing but I may be able to in the fall, so NaNoWriMo is a possibility.

I will of course, update, once I have more definite ideas. I will probably start thinking about more definite plans in the next couple of weeks. I have this week and next week to finish this class and then we start the second course (another four week course). Once I get through the first final, I will probably think about plans. Almost there.

As a quick update, the first week of clinical went ok. It was the first time we didn’t have prep time before clinical and jumped right in. I thought it was not good but my instructor said I did fine, so clearly I am being to hard on myself again. Deep breath, right?

For now, I am off to some yoga and then need to study because we have a test tomorrow. Wish me luck and I will talk with you all tomorrow. Have courage and be kind.

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Keeping up with the gym

Today was one of the days where it would have been really easy for me to not go to the gym. I have a test tomorrow, I was hungry (although I had a snack with me so that helped), I was tired and felt stressed out. It would have been so easy to say never mind and just go home instead of hauling my butt to the gym. Then I forgot my paper with my list of arm exercises and current weights. I went anyway, made some stuff up and adjusted as I went. I am thankful that I went.

There’s almost always an excuse, some reason why I could skip going today. I can always go tomorrow. How many times have you said that to yourself? I said that about running for a long time. Except tomorrow turned into next week. And that became next month and before I knew it, more than a year had gone by. Would running have been helpful during that time? Yes, especially since running gives me a chance to get out frustration and stress. I still skipped the time, justifying the reasons why it would be ok.

So today, I am working on reaffirming the fact that, yes, I need to go. Even when I feel tired or stressed. Maybe especially because I feel stressed. No, that run is not just as good tomorrow. I am committing myself to the fact that I want and need to do this for myself. I am better when I do it. It’s been awhile since I did yoga and I have been using the same excuses. Which is crazy because I have a yoga mat and know enough poses that I can do yoga on my own. Also, I have YouTube and let’s be honest. There are a million places with yoga workouts there. I need to do it.

People around me do the same things, every day. You’ve probably done it once or twice or a few dozen times in the past. We all do it. But we need to remember that the benefits of going and getting it done are well worth the hour we may spend at the gym. The benefits last much longer than that hour and may be responsible for helping us live longer, healthier lives. Persistence will pay off in the end. More importantly, if you have been making excuses, admit it and move on. Go back today and promise to start fresh. Yesterday is the past but we don’t live there. We live in the present and we need to do everything we can in the present moment to make our lives the best they can be. Forgive the mistakes you made and move on. The future is waiting and don’t you want to be the best version of you that you can be when you get there?

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Liebster Award

BeaFree has been posting all kinds of blogging questions on her blog and since she always nominates everyone, I figured I’d do one. So, you know, head over to her blog and check it out. She’s awesome.

The rules are as follows:

1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you.
3. Give 11 random facts about yourself.
4. Nominate 11 blogs.
5. Notify those blogs of the nomination.
6. Give them 11 questions to answer.

The questions that she gave were:

  1. Where would you like to visit?

I’ve been to England but that’s pretty much it. I’d like to go see the rest of Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.

2. Other than English, can you speak any other languages?

Sadly, no. I can kind of speak bits of French from high school but I was never any good at other languages.

3. Do you prefer to bake or cook?

I’m good with either one, actually.

4. Would you rather go out to eat or stay home and cook?

If I could always find healthy food eating out then I would love to eat out. Sadly, most eat out places are not terribly healthy because of lots of frying and such.

5. Are you good about answering your phone calls, texts and emails or do you often forget?

Texts and emails I usually remember, probably because I have a reminder. Phone calls… well, if you call me you may never hear back and I apologize for that.

6. Are you a country person or a city person?

I have lived in both places and I currently live in a more country area. I don’t mind the woods and like to hike and camp but I am truly a city girl at heart. Boston is my favorite place in the world.

7. What kind of music do you prefer to listen to?

I love Ed Sheeran and Lady Gaga but I also have all of the Backstreet Boys and N’Sync who I also love. However, during a workout I need something really upbeat so I put Pandora on dance music and listen to whatever.

8. What is one of your favorite childhood memories?

We used to go to the beach every summer. I loved that time with my mother and the friends that I met up there. We would play skeeball and wander along that shore collecting shells.

9. Do you have a go to outfit?

Do scrubs count? Probably not. Outside of that, I prefer simply outfits, usually jeans and a t-shirt.

10. Wild night out or stay home and chill?

I’ve had plenty of wild nights out. I don’t think I could handle a wild night at my age.

11. Are you good at bowling?

Not at all.

Nominations: Anybody who wants to answer the questions!

Your questions:

  1. Chocolate or vanilla?
  2. What’s your favorite television show?
  3. What’s your favorite thing about yourself?
  4. Do you like to dance?
  5. If you could learn to do anything that you can’t already do, what would it be?
  6. What is your favorite movie?
  7. What has been your favorite vacation?
  8. Do you have any pets?
  9. What’s your favorite book?
  10. How do you like to spend your free time?
  11. What quote do you live by?
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I just have to get this out

I just watched the most recent episode of Criminal Minds. Having watched this show for all eleven previous seasons and now being in season 12, I feel like I have a good bit of understanding about how they write the show. This season has been absolutely crazy and beyond anything I could have ever come up with. The storyline with Spencer is insane and the preview for next week just makes me think that there are more surprises in store before we’re done.