Tuesday, December 31, 2013

14 in 2014

Several years ago, I found a post by another blogger that listed the 10 things she wanted to accomplish in 2010 (11 in 2011, etc), and I thought it was a really neat idea.  For the most part, I've managed to write one of these posts *almost* every year since 2010, and although I've been a lax blogger lately it's definitely time for the 2014 one. So, here is my 14 in 2014 (some of the goals are borrowed from last year because I never completed them):

  1. Get into grad school. Self-explanatory, it needs to happen. I'm not getting any younger (or smarter).
  2. Get flat(ter) abs. I haven't been pregnant- I shouldn't look like it. I'm accepting that my body is not built for an actual 6-pack but I don't like that I can squish my belly into  a donut shape and talk about Krispy Kreme with my belly button.
  3. Run a 1/2 marathon. I continue to despise running but I'm signed up for a half-marathon in April and I really should just suck it up and do it. Besides, I've always wanted to prove to myself that I could run 13 miles rather than sit on the couch and watch Castle reruns.
  4. Travel somewhere new. With grad school looming in the near future, this may not happen, but as always I'm going to aim for it. I guess this year I'll just have to aim for somewhere within the borders of the United States. 
  5. Volunteer. I originally wanted to volunteer at a shelter but I realized I'd just want to take all of the animals home with me. Since then, I've been contemplating different places but need to just suck it up, find one I'm at least semi-passionate about, and do it.
  6. Learn basic medical Spanish. "Tiene dolor?" only gets you just so far. Plus it would help when I (eventually) become a nurse practitioner.
  7. Spend as much time as possible with my nephew and sister. Because once they move to Japan it might be a very long time before I see either of them again. And I super love both of them.
  8. Start riding horses again. Do I say this every year? Why yes, yes I do.
  9. Get a massage once a month. Many people may laugh at this, but ever since I hurt my back at work and burned through some PDO I realized I need to take better care of my body parts, including my worn out muscles. Massages help and I'd rather do that than get dependent on pain medications.
  10. Find a hobby I'm passionate about. I try a lot of things and most of them I never seem to stick with. I think my personal satisfaction and my marriage would both benefit from me finding something to do in my spare time that I truly enjoy.
  11. Get my concealed carry & a handgun. The world is changing and the direction it's heading is not towards sunshine, rainbows, and unicorns. If someone decides to threaten my safety, especially in my own house, I have every intention of defending myself. 
  12. Pay off some debt. It's so much fun accumulating it but it's nearing the time to start paying it back. Damn you Amazon.com.
  13. Read a wider variety of books. Sometimes I don't read for a month, other times I get stuck on one genre and read 20 of those in one month. I really want to branch out more and attempt to include more classics or "book club" type books. It can't hurt and it's always nice to widen my vocabulary.
  14. Watch less TV. Between AB and I our DVR probably records 20 shows a week...and then we sit on our tails and watch all of them...along with some Castle reruns, some HIMYM reruns, and occasionally some 90210 reruns. Both of us need to spend less time in from of the tube and more time doing something else (see above).
Does anyone have any goals they want to achieve in 2014?

The Hiatus is Over

I said I wouldn't start blogging again until I'd taken the GRE, applied to grad school, and sat for my CPT exam. Well, I finished applying to grad school and have decided I miss talking about myself on the internet despite the fact that I don't take the GRE/CPT exam until the end of January, so here I am. Based on Google's reader trend, I believe most of the people who followed this blog have stopped checking it, but maybe some of them will find their way back here again eventually. I hope to be able to spend more time updating this site for 2014 but I don't make any promises as usual.

As for things that have happened since my last post, I threw my back out at work, spent a drugged-up Thanksgiving with my family, quit running again, finished my grad school applications, enjoyed a great non-drugged up Christmas with mine and AB's families, joined Marbles Kids Museum for my nephew, took a handgun safety class with my mom and sister, spent too much on gifts, and have managed to keep the pets alive and (so far) healthy. I've been reminded repeatedly at work how lucky I am to have the life that I have and am going to try in 2014 to be more appreciative of it all.
Christmas Day Ugly Ornament Exchange
The Bland's
Rocking the silencer
We hit the targets!
Our ladies-only handgun group
Focused on his tablet at Flying Biscuit
My sister and I at Marbles
Aunt Ali and Uncle Alister
Anyone have any suggestions for other places near Raleigh, NC to take a toddler? I'd love to hear them!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

My Hiatus

...will continue. I'll be back after I take the GRE, sit for my CPT exam, and finish applying to grad school!

In the meantime:

  • If you're diabetic take your insulin as you were told to
  • If you get dialysis don't skip it to eat some fried turkey
  • Get your flu shot
  • Vigorously wash your hands
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Wear your seat belt
  • Don't drive after drinking
  • Always keep an eye on your drink
  • Know that overdosing rarely results in a successful suicide and hospitals will keep you alive at any cost just to punish you for trying
  • If you didn't make it or grow it don't snort it or blow it
Happy Holidays! I'll see you in the new year...

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Lots of Fives

Five Addictions:
  1. Cupcakes
  2. Boots
  3. Everything pumpkin
  4. Decorative gourds
  5. Stitch Fix
Five Things I'm Over:
  1. Miley Cyrus
  2. The incompetency of our government
  3. Non-sedated ICU patients
  4. My Gmail spam filter not filtering spam
  5. Weather forecasts
Five Things I'm Currently Doing:
  1. Studying for the GRE
  2. Studying for my NASM
  3. Procrastinating doing both of the above
  4. Training for my half-marathon
  5. Cooking Mediterranean (recipes to come)
Five Pet Peeves:
  1. Bloggers who post what they eat ALL of the time and take pictures of it
  2. My husband's dog always stealing my dog's stuff (bed, toys, food, treats, bones)
  3. Commercials
  4. Bad/rude/inconsiderate/mindless/texting drivers
  5. Two-faced people/gossipers/backstabbers...really, all the same thing
Five Favorite Foods:
  1. Domino's Pan Pizza
  2. Sushi
  3. Bacon, egg, and hash browns
  4. Gigi's Nodini Cannoli cupcake
  5. Mediterranean tortellini salad
Five Things I'm Looking Forward To:
  1. The holiday season
  2. My sister and nephew living in NC for a year
  3. Being done with the GRE/NASM studying
  4. A season of pumpkin foods and decorative gourds
  5. Hunger Games: Catching Fire movie
Five Things I'd Rather Never Have To Do Again:
  1. Clean up a stranger's poop
  2. Suction a stranger's mouth...or nose...or butt
  3. Drive in rush hour traffic
  4. Pay bills
  5. Find out a pet has cancer or heart failure (among other things)
Five Websites I Can't Stay Off Of:
  1. Amazon
  2. RueLala
  3. HauteLook
  4. Pinterest
  5. Blogger
Five Things I Wish I Could Do Better:
  1. Sing
  2. Stay focused on a goal
  3. Ride a horse
  4. Stay in shape
  5. Style my hair/do my makeup
Five Things [I Think] I Do Well:
  1. Take care of my pets
  2. Tell a story
  3. Procrastinate
  4. Play the piano
  5. Argue
Five Shows I'm Loving:
  1. Sleepy Hollow
  2. American Horror Story: Coven
  3. Big Bang Theory
  4. How I Met Your Mother
  5. Glee
Five Places I'd Love To Visit:
  1. New Zealand, specifically the areas "LOTR" was filmed at
  2. Ireland/Scotland
  3. Italy
  4. The Galapagos Islands
  5. Africa
Five Bucket List Items:
  1. Get my private pilot's license
  2. Write a novel
  3. Learn to ride cross country [on a horse]
  4. Go on a safari in Africa
  5. Get an "Alice in Wonderland" tattoo
Five Things I Will Never Understand:
  1. Why people love running
  2. How morbidly obese people even get to be 400+ lbs 
  3. The ridiculous sense of entitlement that some people feel, especially in the south
  4. Why I'm such a klutz
  5. The zombie craze
Five Greatest Movies:
  1. Lord of the Rings trilogy
  2. The Sound of Music
  3. The Avengers
  4. 16 Candles
  5. Star Wars IV-VI
Five Material Items I Couldn't Live Without:
  1. Heating pad
  2. Galaxy tablet (Kindle installed of course)
  3. NF Down Jacket
  4. UGG boots
  5. iPhone
Five Best Looking Actors/Actresses:

  1. Henry Cavill
  2. Charlize Theron
  3. Chris Hemsworth
  4. Megan Fox
  5. Robert Downey Jr

Sunday, October 13, 2013


eating/drinking: drinking new belgium shift and shortly, domino's pan pizza and wings

feeling: tired. i swear i'm anemic. i haven't done anything and i'm just exhausted...all the time

listening: to the rain outside and the tv inside

watching: the most recent big bang theory

reading: a gre book and my nasm book. yeah, lots of studying to do

loving: that it has finally cooled down some and i can live on pumpkin and in boots

disliking: the stress of the holidays has begun. sigh

thinking: i have a 10k in 3 weeks and i'm back to only running 2-3 miles. i need to pick up the pace

hoping: i get all the overtime i've requested. i need the $$$ for the holidays

wishing: the government would get their shit together. it's embarrassing among other things

Sunday, September 29, 2013


This past Thursday through today AB, the dogs, and I camped at the Julian Price Campground off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. We managed to snag a fairly large and private campsite, which was helpful considering we took a large tent, canopy, and outhouse. That's right- my parents loaned us their outhouse tent complete with a Port-a-Potty. It's amazing how much more pleasant camping is when I don't have to hike to a bathhouse in the middle of the night. We also took our nifty new queen sized blow-up mattress and tent heater which means we were really roughing it for 4 days!

We were hoping to get a bunch of hiking in but needless to say, Thursday was a bust. AB and I both worked Wednesday night, and we drove straight up after work, so by the time we picked our site and got set up we had both been without sleep for 30+ hours. Fast forward to 1pm Friday which is when we finally woke up again (no kidding) and managed to hike the Price Lake Trail (2.5 miles) before settling ourselves in front of the campfire for the rest of the evening.

On Saturday we hiked my favorite trail of all time- from my childhood- the Boone Fork Trail. It starts at the campsite, elevates up through a canopy of trees, opens into rolling cow pastures, and then winds through the woods alongside the creek. There were more creek crossings and steep rocks than I remembered (and wooden ladders), but the dogs did surprisingly well despite their ages and with a little help they made it the entire 5+ miles. I was especially proud of Stetson- he kicked butt.

After a short lunch AB and I loaded the dogs up in the car (okay, so they were half asleep anyways) and we drove to Blowing Rock. Back in elementary school I went there with a girl in my class whose dad lived there. She took me to an ice cream place that served blue ice cream, and I remember it being exceptionally good. I had told AB about that and he remembered enough to want to find me the ice cream...from 20+ years ago. Needless to say, we found the ice cream place (although a bit updated) along with a ton of other tourists, and behold, they had my blue ice cream! Not surprisingly, the name of the flavor was Blue Moon (also one of my favorite beers). We sat outside of the shop and enjoyed my blue ice cream for a bit, then purchased some scuppernong grapes, apples, and apple cider before heading back to the campground. The dogs promptly collapsed by the fire and stayed there until we turned in later that night.

This morning we packed up and hauled out, stopping at the Moses Cone Craft Shop and hiking the 1 mile loop at Trout Lake before heading back to Raleigh. We picked up stray kitty ie Draco on the way home (he was vaccinated and examined by a rescue group) and are now enjoying our massive amount of DVR'ed shows for the rest of the evening (after one of the best showers ever). Overall the trip was very fun; the campsite had everything we needed, the trails and weather were beautiful, and the dogs got some much needed exercise!