Summer Reading List

As the semester comes to a close I decided to compile my summer reading list. I’ve decided to tackle some classics that I have not yet conquered. There are 16 weeks of summer, so 16  books, in order to keep up with my 52 books a year challenge.

(Update: June 11, 2017)

  1. The fellowship of the ring
  2. The Two Towers
  3. The Return of the King
  4. The Hobbit
  5. Jurassic Park
  6. The Lost World
  7. A Little Princess
  8. Fight Club
  9. The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
  10. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
  11. Life, the Universe, and Everything
  12. So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish
  13. Mostly Harmless
  14. The 48 laws of power
  15. I, Robot
  16. Schindler’s List
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Fitbit Alta

last valentines day my husband bought me a Fitbit Alta. Now that I have had it for a month I can give it a review. I LOVE IT!

There are a lot of good features with my Fitbit. There are also a few features I dont care about. For example I don’t care for the food tracker. I dont take the time to put in everything I eat nor do I find it Necessary.

I do like that it tells me how many steps I take and gives me reminders to move when have been sedentary to long.

my favorite thing though is how it monitors my sleep. Often tired, I thought maybe I needed more sleep and was one of those weird people who need like 10hrs every night. But I actually find that I am more tired when I over sleep. This has helped me to pinpoint exactly how much I should sleep and build a bedtime and morning routine around it. (my routine involves me going to bed at 9:30 and getting up before 5)

the other nice thing is the silent alarm. My Fitbit will vibrate to wake me up rather than making noises that would also wake my husband. This has been very nice as I started waking up earlier.

I really like my Fitbit, and it was so thoughtful of my husband to give it to me.

Huckleberry Banana Bread

the huckleberry madness continues.

we had some unfavorable looking bananas sitting on our counter, so naturally I had to make banana bread.

banana bread is one of my many talents. I’ve made it so many times I am way past measuring ingredients. Just banana,egg, vanilla, sugar. The baking powder, Soda, a pinch of salt. Mix in flour to the right consistency(if you add to much flour you right the wrong with a splash of milk).

however this time on a whim I added huckleberries to the mix. And it was a hit! Probably a new favorite of ours. Will definitely recreate again.

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

I have always been a fan of Saint Patrick’s Day. Some may consider it a boring holiday but I think it is great. Who doesn’t love folksy Irish music, and there’s nothing like an excuse to make green jello and a corned beef and cabbage dinner! And after getting married to my husband I even have a proud Irish name to go with my Saint Patrick’s Day Love.

Our St Patty’s day was celebrated in advance. I wanted to make a corned beef, and there was no time for that on a work day so we celebrated early. I made the meal in a crock pot and used a big corned beef, carrots, onions, multi-color potatoes, and of course cabbage. We washed it down with Root Beer. For dessert I made a jello layer desert using the colors of the Irish Flag.

On the official Saint Patrick’s day we actually went and saw the new beauty and the beast (which was phenomenal!) and ordered Pizza.

Oh how I love Saint Patrick’s Day!!

A staycation weekend

Mr. And I really needed a vacation but didn’t have the time to drop work and school for very long. I knew he wanted to get away but he didn’t think we had the time nor resources.

so I planned a mini vacation just for us.

Our trip started Saturday morning, hitting up our favorite breakfast place. Then we grabbed our gear and headed for the mountains. We enjoyed the day skiing and snowboarding until we had had all we could handle. At this point Mr. thought we were going home but instead we headed farther north for a hotel that I had booked. After settling in we went to the local hot springs and enjoyed a relaxing mineral soak. Just what our aching muscles needed after a day on the slopes. After a quick dinner at Denny’s (a snow day tradition of ours) we returned to the hotel and had a relaxing evening, and a leisurely morning. Finally, refreshed, we headed back to the city.

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Little Moments

I just wanted to express my gratitude for the little moments that bring me and my husband closer together. I had last Sunday off (the first in months) and we spent the entire day together. We didn’t do much. Slept in, made breakfast and played video games. But it was one of the best days I’ve had in a long while. It was exactly what I needed before finals week.

The busier I get the more I long for the simple pleasures that come from being married. I love my spouse so much, and he makes my days brighter and my life better. But mostly he takes away all pain.

Most people do not know but I suffer from a pretty sever anxiety disorder, that has been around most my life but I only recently started getting treated for. I’ve realized that while the meetings are great and the medication helps, nothing quiets my mind the way a simple touch from my husband does. We are a very affectionate couple, and I’m glad my husband doesn’t mind my clinging, becasue touching and being close makes the panic subside and the anxieties weaken. I can be on the couch and him at the computer but I will still often reach out and have my hand on his arm. In the car he is constantly putting his hand on my leg or holding my hand in his lap. On one of our trips we got a hotel room with a king size bed, and we still only slept on a third of it becasue we keep so close to each other.

Its just the little things.

Academic Inspiration

so this semester was the worst.

I’m not exaggerating. The semester was by far the worst i have endured and I’ve been doing this college thing for a long time (8 semesters to be exact).

I failed my Chemistry class (well C-, but Med schools wont accept that). and its really bummed me out. It the little fails like this that put you miles back physiologically. The struggle these last few days during finals has been way too real. My self-doubt has increase, my self-esteem has decreased, and my over all outlook has been gloomy at best.

This has made me rethink a few things about school. Mostly it made me relize i was trying too hard. Im trying to fit to much in, go to fast, and its hurting me academically. while it may be doable for some, it is clear that 17 credit hours was way too extreme for me. I have decided to take it slower. From now on I’m lookin at 12 credit hours max.

Will this mean i will graduate slower? no i will still be done on time.

Does this mean i wont get into med school as soon? Probably. Im going to take it slower and really do well in my science courses. they put so much weight on them in med school i really can’t afford not too.

Is it going to be a waste of money to draw out the process? well ya kinda. but not really. Working for the university i already get 1/2 off tuition anyways so why not take the slow rout and be more deliberate with my classes.

next semester is going to be a good one. i can feel it. I am not taking Organic chemistry II (after getting a c- in the first, i dont want to struggle all through the second.) I am taking two anthropology courses ( thats my major for those that dont know). and online writing course (becasue i have too) and another class for my pediatrics research minor (i love those classes as they let me do clinical shifts at the children’s hospital). this will amount to a whopping 12 credit. no more no less.

I will continue working full time during the semester (thats how i get the 1/2 tuition and i cant give that up) and i am also getting a volunteer position at the Natural history museum (I hope). Im very excited about that. I will be putting my degree to good work and will hopefully learn a lot!

An end of a gloomy semester, and a Hello to a brighter future

 

An Update on the 100 days of fitness challenge!

I cant believe how fast the fall flew by!

My fitness challenge went…. ok to say the most.

I know i said i’d be doing updates on about here but i actually ended up requiting my family into the project. All of my siblings and i have been doing the challenge based on a point system and so I’ve been checking in with them rather than on here. which has actually worked out better. its way more fun when there is sibling rivalry!

I dont feel healthier, though my gym habits have definitely improved. I still eat a ton of junk food (who can say no to chocolate and burritos) So my new goals will definitely involve working on eating more clean.

My families competition ends on December 31 and hopefully i will win becasue there is Money at stake!

I am however going to start a new challenge in 2017!

More to come on that later 🙂

Capsule Wardrobe

If you don’t know what a capsule wardrobe is then your going to think this is crazy. But once you understand the reasons behind building a capsule wardrobe you might think its genius.

A capsule wardrobe is essentially a well built wardrobe that uses as few pieces as necessary. It doesn’t have to be a defined number but a lot of people tend to stick to the Project 333 rule. The Project 333 rule would have someone build a capsule wardrobe that would work for 3 Months using only 33 items. So essentially you could change your capsule every season.

Now I don’t necessarily fallow that rule, but it is one that is extremely popular. No, my capsule rule is a little more cut and dry. Where I live we only have 2 seasons. Hot and Cold, the little bit of comfortable in-between that most places have during fall and spring only lasts about 3 weeks here. So building a capsule for that small period is counterproductive.

With that being said here is a look at my Fall/Winter Capsule Wardrobe

(First off, Id like to mention that I put together this new capsule without buying a single thing. So it is more or less exactly the same as the capsule I used last cold season. I just got down my winter box from my closet and opened it up. Then I took my summer clothes and stuck them back in that box. That’s really important to me. I want to have a wardrobe were I can cycle through Hot/Cold every year without buying new clothes every season. Not counting minor updates when things get worn out, I hope that my current wardrobe will last me another 2 years until I finish college)

Just like last season (and the season before that) my colors are blue, red, and black.


Contents include:

  • 3 Pairs of Scrubsminimalism-1
  • 1 Dress
  • 2 Skirts
  • 1 Pair of Dress Pants
  • 2 Collared Shirts
  • 2 Pairs Jeans
  • 3 T-Shirts
  • 3 Nice Shirts
  • 1 Pair of Leggings
  • 1 Sweater
  • 1 Hoodie
  • 1 Leather Jacketminimalism-2
  • 1 Pair of Tennies
  • 1 Pair of Flats
  • 1 Pair of Rain Boots
  • 2 Workout Outfits
  • 2 Long Sleeve Under Shirts
  • 2 Strap Undershirts
  • 2 Sets of Lounge Wear


A total of 32 items (if you count scrub Tops+Bottoms and Workout Outfits as 1 each)


This capsule will last me till the end of march. The only things that will change is switching the light jackets for heavy ones and the knee length skirts for long ones once it starts to really cool down.I also think somewhere around my birthday I will buy myself a new sweater. I only have the one right now but I swear I wear it all the time during the winter because I love it so much.


Just to update, My spring/summer capsule worked well but not perfect. I actually think i had too many items (during the summer I worked full time so 5/7 days i had to wear scrubs. that only left 2 days for casual clothes) And I also think I put together my capsule too early. I was still a little chili in march when I put it together so I kept picking through my summer and winter capsules. I probably should have just left the winter capsule a while longer, which I will do this time around. So with that foreknowledge I think that this time round will be much better. 

HuckleBerries

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My husband’s family has an amazing tradition of going to pick huckleberries. They go every year, but despite our being together for the last 3 years I have never had the chance to attend….. until now.

Our weekend started off with a 5 hour drive north. We loaded up our tent and sleeping bags and hit the road. Once we got to our destination we set up camp. (I am not a big camping person, but for my husband I will do anything). His parents and siblings had arrived earlier in the week, so for the most part the hard work was done. All we had to do was assemble our tent. But once camp was set up, the real work began.

You see the thing about huckleberries is that they are tiny. They are spread out on the vine, and they don’t grow in large bunches the way grapes do. My husband had of course told me this all before hand, but i guess i thought he was exaggerating….. turns out he was not. These tiny things take FOREVER to pick.

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Did I mention that huckleberries apparently only grow in weird places? They have to be at the right climate and altitude before they will grow. This meant we had taken to the mountains (well a canyon to be precise) to find us some huckleberries. Hiking is fun and all but its not exactly the Foley style which meant we got to use ATVs!

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(we don’t own an ATV, we borrowed his family’s vehicles the entire trip. He also spent the entire trip trying to convince me that we needed to buy our own ATVs. He had some decent arguments)

It was a really excellent weekend. Everyday was filled with picking, and riding, and games around the campfire. Not to mention the food was phenomenal. I don’t know how they pull it off but his family always had the most gourmet camp meals. After three days and hours and hours of picking we came home with a whole gallon of huckleberries. Which means only one thing…..

Huckleberry Cream Cheese Crepes! (a Foley Family Favorite)

  • 1/2 cup watercrepes
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • Melted unsalted butter

 

  • Huckleberries
  • Cream Cheese
  • Sugar

Set aside meted butter. It will be used to grease the pan. But mix all the other ingredients for a good amount of time until they are very smooth, no clumps. (Iprefer to hold the water, and add slowly to make sure I get exactly the right consitency). Finally cook over Medium-High heat until golden Brown

Mix Huckleberries and sugar to taste. Mix Cream Cheese and Sugar to taste. Smother crepes to your heart’s content. (for a little something extra, mix lemon juice and powdered sugar to make a simple glaze, drizzle over top)

ENJOY

I think I’m going to like this new tradition.