Posts Tagged Appreciate

Terrific Thursday

Jim was really upset that I never came back for my Wonderful Wednesday post like I said I would on Tuesday. I really meant to, but it seemed that everything was going wrong yesterday (locking myself out of my apartment, deleting homework assignments, etc.) and then it was night and I was tired. Anyway he suggested I do a Terrific Thursday post instead!

So here it goes. Today is terrific because:

1) I don’t have any classes tomorrow.

2) Or work.

3) I had yummy leftover homemade carrot soup and focaccia bread for dinner.

4) And I have “homemade” brownies for dessert (they’re really Trader Joe’s brownies that came as pre-made batter you just had to pour in a pan so homemade is probably a bit of a stretch).

5) I am taking the next two days as mental health days with no homework or wedding planning or apartment hunting or job hunting or cleaning or cooking anything more complicated than frozen pizza. It is a much needed mini-vacation that I am really looking forward to.

6) Steam is finally getting an iPhone app which probably has no relevance to most people reading this, but its still awesome.

7) It looks like my reading load for the semester actually isn’t too bad so I might actually be able to read some “real” books (maybe…)

8) I pretty much put this on every Wonderful Wednesday post, but there is just something extra special about a cup of tea on a cold rainy day like today.

I hope everyone had a terrific day!



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Happy New Years Eve!

I just wanted to do a quick post about the impending New Year and reflecting on the old one. 2011 was truly a great year:

It involved consumption of dozen’s of jalapeno pizzas.

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And hundreds of cups of tea.

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The beginning of this blog.

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A bunch of outfit posts.

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A big birthday.

An engagement!

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An accidental blog break.

52 Wonderful Wednesdays (and not nearly so many Wonderful Wednesday posts).

Lots of yummy baking.


My first professional football game.


Some Christmas crafts.


And lifetimes of fun and happiness.


I have a feeling 2012 will be even better!

Happy New Years everyone!


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Christmas Spirit

I have been in such a Christmas mood lately! I keep finding myself daydreaming about all things Christmas. Yesterday I got really in the Christmas spirit, and I decided it was okay to officially start celebrating the holiday season. I have been:

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  • Making Christmas decorations


  • Thinking of fun Christmas presents to get the people I love
  • Planning to bake these yummy cookies


  • Dreaming about have a Christmas tree and stockings
  • Loving this post about present wrapping
  • Waiting to watch Christmas movies! I can’t wait to watch all kinds of Christmas movies, Rudolph, Santa Claus is  Coming to Town, It’s a Wonderful Life…

What puts you in the Christmas spirit?


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9 Amazing Things

1. Realizing how much stronger you feel after working out for a few weeks.

2. Slowly waking up with a cup of tea on a lazy morning.

3. Finishing a really good book.

4. Eating fresh out of the oven baked goods.

5. Hugging someone who you have missed.

6. Throwing something together without a recipe and having it come out tasting awesome.

7. Summer thunderstorms that break a heatwave.

8. Wearing an outfit that you truly adore.

9. Having a perfect day even though nothing spectacular happened.


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The One With Random Pictures

My last 2 posts completely lacked pictures. Therefore I thought I would have a post entirely devoted to photographs. Enjoy!

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Old New Brunswick

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Reading Rainbow

I mentioned in this post that I really want to get a lot of reading done this summer. I love to read, I have ever since I was little. Bookstores are some of my favorite places in the world. I could sit in a little mom-and-pop bookstore (or even a big chain like Borders) and just browse through all the different books for hours. I love looking at the different covers and reading little snippets of the stories. When I got an iPad last year I am pretty sure I logged about 100 hours reading book samples. Although I will contend that there is nothing better than fresh book that has never been opened (sorry technology).

Anyway I thought I would share some of the books I am planning on reading this summer:

From Top to Bottom:

  • The Shadow Rising (The Wheel of Time, Book 4) – I have been reading this series for about 2 years now. It is an epic fantasy series and it is really well done if you like that kind of thing. I am hoping to knock off at least Books 4 and 5 this summer.
  • The Golden Compass – I am fully aware this is a children’s book, but I never read it when I was younger. I figured since I liked the movie I should check out the book. Books are always better than movies – don’t you think?
  • East of the Sun – To be honest I am not entirely sure what this one is about. I got it on sale from Borders for around $2. Hopefully it is decent.
  • a long way gone – I am almost done with this book. I started it last summer and then never finished. This is one of my bad habits. I always get so excited about new books that I forget to finish old ones.
  • An Irish Country Village – I read the first book in this series the summer after my freshman year in college. It was a very relaxing read. I originally picked it up because the plot reminded me of the TV show Northern Exposure. It is about a city doctor who goes to live in the countryside of Ireland.
  • A Primate’s Memoir – I actually heard about this book in one of my classes (Life of Primates). I love memoirs and primates so I figured what the heck?
  • How to See Europe on 50¢ A Day – I have had this book for years. I got it in a small book store in New Hampshire. It is a memoir from the late 19th century and that’s about all I know.
  • Genes in Conflict – Now this isn’t exactly beach reading and I am sure most of it will go way over my head. However I find genes and genetics to be fascinating so I figured I would flip through it.


P.S. Did anyone else watch Reading Rainbow when they were a kid? I don’t remember much about because I think I watched it around ages 4-8, but I remember loving it. Also I looked it up and according to wikipedia the show just ended in August of 2009! I totally thought it ended sometime in the late 90s.

P.P.S. Sorry for the epic length of this post and the insane amount of links!

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The Beauty of Being 20

My Great-Grandma always used to say “don’t wish your life away” (or so my Grandma tells me). Now this is something that I have always struggled with. I am always wishing it was the weekend, wishing it was the end of the workday, wishing it was colder, hotter, etc. I always seem to have a problem with enjoying the here and now. I have a pretty awesome here and now and I need to appreciate that more.

Today’s outfit was all about appreciating being 20. I feel like a lot of times I dress older than I am, and sometimes I just need to wear something that I probably won’t wear in 5 years. Enter, my new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles tank top from Forever 21!I wanted to pair this outfit with 5 inch wedges because I thought they fit the mood better than ballet flats. However my half mile walk to and from class kind of killed that idea. Oh well another day.

Also in the spirit of celebrating being 20, I had tater-tots for dinner. Us college students are just healthy that way.

But don’t worry I paired it with a yummy salad.


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