Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Happy birthday to me! Today I turned 23, and I had a really wonderful day all thanks to my marvelous husband. We started the festivities a little earlier last night when Mark gave me my homemade "present" which was a card, some favor coupons (we make these for each other for birthdays and anniversaries sometimes), and he set up a special "spa day" complete with lit candles and a bubble bath.

He also surprised me with the above cake, took me shopping, out to dinner, and to the movies. Not to mention it was in the mid-50s today which was wonderful! I got off the phone with my mom not too long ago and she said it was funny because on the news today they were talking about how we almost beat the record high for this day - which was set back in 1989, 23 years ago. She reminisced about how that day it was so warm my dad grilled out steaks for dinner before they left for the hospital in the rain & had me :) I thought that was a cute story to hear.

I always feel like I get too worked up about birthdays and they're never what I hope they'll be, but this one was really great. Too bad it's back to work and studying and all that stuff tomorrow again! If today turned out to be a groundhog day I'd be perfectly content :)

Friday, January 27, 2012

More hits.

One of my husband's good friends passed away on Wednesday. He was just shy of his 26th birthday.

It's so hard to understand why these things happen.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I mean, I don't know

The husband and I were just giggling last night about how when we're like 80 we'll be sitting in our rocking chairs and say to each other "remember our very first year of marriage? that was horrible."

I don't know.
I mean my car keeps breaking down and his hours keep getting cut and I have to work a boatload of hours and I had to drop a class because I wouldn't have been able to keep up and he is sort of not even figured out if he's chosen the right major or not and we can't afford to do anything fun much less barely even pay our bills or save any money.

At least we are enjoying each other's company.
If we can get through this mess we can get through anything.
And I have all the faith in the world that we can.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Weekly Menu & Recent Events

Last week's weekly menu plan didn't go as planned in the slightest. But this week should be okay, we shall see! We shouldn't be meeting with any family members or friends for unplanned dinners out so there will be quite a lot of cooking going on.

Sunday: Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Soup, salads, and french bread

Monday: Hamburgers, roasted red potatoes, steamed cauliflower

Tuesday: DIY day

Wednesday: Spaghetti and meatballs, salads, and french bread

Thursday: Sesame Chicken with rice and steamed broccoli

Friday: Sausage with Garlic Lentils with roasted cauliflower

Saturday: Leftovers

In other news, after having a near meltdown this week I decided to drop my counseling techniques class due to the insane workload. I spoke to a girl I know who has already gone through most of the program and she told me a little bit about her class with a different professor which was MUCH less intensive, so I'm going to wait until the summer to take it. The worst thing that could happens is that I'll end up with a similar/same professor and class, and I'm hoping by then things will be a little bit less stressful around here.

Also, my birthday is in ten more days. I'm not very excited for it but I am taking the whole day off of work and school so I'm hoping to have an extra relaxing day!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Weekly Menu

Last week went really well with sticking to the plan, minus pushing back one recipe to today. Here is our plan for this week:

Sunday: Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Monday: Chicken Parmesan with Pasta

Tuesday: Leftovers/DIY

Wednesday: Grilled Lemon Chicken Breasts with Garlic Mashed Red Potatoes

Thursday: Hamburgers with Tator Tots and salads

Friday: Slow-Cooker Sweet & Sour Country Ribs with salads and baked potatoes

Saturday: Leftovers

Should be an easy, but delicious week!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Debbie Downer.

I've been feeling like a bit of a Debbie Downer lately. I'm sure it is a combination of factors - the ending of Christmastime and winter break, starting school back up, back to a full 30 or so hours of work per week, and the cold weather. I'm having some trouble adapting to my new schedule but I'm sure I'll get into it.

Not only that, but I'm kind of feeling a bit down about life in general. About being a college graduate and yet not really feeling accomplished. About certain days where life is flying by way too fast, and other days where I'm anxious for the next best thing. About worrying that I'm not choosing the right path. And even feeling down about the goals I've set for this year - that I'll just never accomplish them and never change.

It's like I'm at a standstill in my own life while the world whirls around me. I know that this feeling is temporary and that my faith will pull me out of this dark hole. For now though, it just stinks.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Weekly Menu

As you may recall, one of my new year's resolutions is to cook more often and eat at home. We typically grocery shop on either Friday or Saturday, so my meal plan for the week is up and ready! Because of some birthday celebrations we will be eating out more than usual this week, as a side note.

Sunday 1/8 - Going out to dinner for Mark's birthday! And having Devil's Food birthday cake for dessert.

Monday 1/9 - Skillet Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole

Tuesday 1/10 - Leftovers OR Pizza/Fast Food. I have a late class on Tuesday nights so I'm not exactly sure how Tuesdays will work with dinner throughout this semester.

Wednesday 1/11 - Soy-Glazed Salmon with roasted red potatoes

Thursday 1/12 - Crockpot Beef Stew

Friday 1/13 - Out to dinner with my family for January birthdays

Saturday 1/14 - Leftovers

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Happy 2012!

Wow, where have I been? During this break I tried to unplug a little bit more than usual and I feel really good about it. Getting away from the internet for a while (sort of, I mean, I can't really escape my smart phone) cleared my head a lot and helped me relax. It also resulted in my reading of the entire Hunger Games series!
Which of course was phenomenal. Although I am still emotionally and mentally drained from Mockingjay, which I finished a few days ago. And I am beyond excited for the movie to come out in March. Midnight showing, please!

Just before Christmas I also took the plunge and donated a large chunk of my hair. A coworker had giving me the information for the Pink Heart Funds, and so a few days before Christmas I headed out to chop off 8 inches.

A word of advice - do NOT go to a cosmetology school when getting a large amount of hair cut off. It won't go well. I cried and cried when I got home, and then measured the ponytail she snipped away at - 12 and a half inches GONE!

 BEFORE - can't even see the ends of it, it's so long!
AFTER - I also darkened up the color a little bit and added some bangs. I have always loved bangs. This short hair thing is taking some getting used to though.

Christmas and New Years were both fairly uneventful, but in a good way. I don't have much to recap other than we really enjoyed spending time with family and friends during the holiday season.

I'm so ready for a new year though! I have a good feeling about this year. Last year was great, but half of it was spent consumed with wedding planning. This year is going to be all about having fun and memorable experiences while working hard in school.

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!