Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rantings of Wednesday and What I'm Loving

Happy Wednesday everybody! Halfway through the week and tomorrow is the first of December... crazy! I started my new rotation on Monday and so far these 10-12 hour shifts have been kicking my butt! I am working in the NICU though and thoroughly enjoying seeing all the babies! Luckily I have tomorrow off!... Unluckily I am headed to court for a speeding ticket I got about 2 months ago... not fun. The rest of my day tomorrow will include running errands getting ready for my dads visit and possibly a few friends in town. Here is a few things I am loving this week!

If you have never tried this- please do now! It is absolutely amazing, I made it for dinner last night and also had the leftovers for dinner tonight and it still tasted just as great!

About a month ago I bought myself a Starbucks gift card, registered it online, and have been adding money to the card when it runs out, why you ask? Well when you register a card with Starbucks and accumulate enough stars aka buy enough drinks you get free customizations, in other words free milk and syrup upgrades. Being that I order all my drinks with soy milk, this is a great deal! I have officially reached the green level which means I officially am at the free customization level. Only 23 more drinks until I'm a gold member! I'm pretty sure with a month left of my internship this will not be hard to achieve.

I've been to the gym everyday day this week! I realize it is only Wednesday but hey that's better then nothing! By the time I get off work I don't have that much time before I have to start charting and working on assignments for the next day but I have been able to have enough time to go to the gym, hop on the treadmill and run for at least 45 minutes!

(Side note: After the gym tonight I stopped by Rite Aid and the woman asked if I had a sunburn or had recently gone tanning... I had to tell her no and that's just the way I look after I go for run... embarrassing.)

This past weekend I was finally able to sit down and watch the New Girl! I still have a few more episodes to watch before I am completely caught up but I absolutely loved this show! I found myself laughing out loud by myself throughout the entire thing!

Favorite pinterest pin of the week:
How absolutely brilliant is this idea! Using a doily and rolling pin you can imprint the pattern into cookie dough before you bake it, I will most definitely be trying this for the holidays!

Hope everyone had a great day!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lets Get Real...about hangovers

A friend of mine recently posted this link through her twitter and I could not help but chuckle and want to pass it along.

 The article goes on to talk about the holidays approaching and how to avoid hangovers the nonscientific method. Now is it just me or are hangovers pretty much inevitable when you've had a bit too much to drink? The article takes a few opinions from readers and their tips and tricks such as drinking water before you go bed, eating burnt toast, and downing packets of EmergenC. I don't know about anyone else but when I've had too drunk or enough that a hangover will occur the next day...I'm not even thinking about drinking at least 4 glasses of water before I go to bed... let alone making and eating burnt toast.

My conclusion: Having a hangover is absolutely not fun and can be quite painful. However if your going to put yourself in the position to have them... you have to deal with them. As my mom always says to me when I'm hungover... "I have no sympathy for you, you did the crime and now your doing the time."

Hope everyone had a great day!

Monday, November 28, 2011

What a Thanksgiving Break!

I can not believe that it is already Saturday and that tomorrow I will be heading back to Charlotte! This break has gone by so fast and I am not at all looking forward to leaving my family and friends. It has been an absolute great break and exactly what I needed. While at home I have gotten to spend time with my family and friends and even completed a couple of pinterest crafts!

These glasses were super easy to make and affordable! I made them for my best friend, who's apartment I have not been able to see until this break!

I also made her this decorative lantern! I took a regular lantern and hot glued cupcake liners all around the outside. It turned about pretty cute!

Being that I have been completing an unpaid internship for 5 months now I am thinking a lot of my Christmas gifts to my family and friends will be ideas off of pinterest! In the next couple of days I will be sharing my gift/craft ideas!

I hope everyone had a great and relaxing weekend!

Friday, November 25, 2011

The startings of my Christmas List...

I've always been someone who feels Thanksgiving deserves its celebration before even thinking about Christmas. Well being that Thanksgiving has passed, I have decided it is time to start thinking about my Christmas list! Here are a couple items I will be asking for..

Burberry Classic

New running shoes

An iPhone

I have had my eyes on these boots for quite some time now

I'm sure I'll have a few more items to add to the list as the weeks go on but this is a good start for now! I hope everyone had a great Friday!

Also congratulations to Megan over at Style Me Swanky who got engaged to her long time love! If you have not read the post yet, I suggest you check it out!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

My favorite things about thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Sorry I have not posted the last few days, the days before I left for home were crazy at work and I barley had time to sleep! I could not be more excited to be home with my family and friends! I decide to share a few of my favorite things about Thanksgiving!

- Being with my family! Living 6 hours away its not that easy for me to hop in the car and head home for a weekend. I am totally loving being at home and spending time with my wonderful family!

- Also living so far away from home I don't get to see my friends from home that much and I am so excited I have a long weekend to spend seeing everyone and catching up!

- Obviously the food for thanksgiving! While I do not enjoy the actual turkey portion of the meal I love everything else including sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce( the kind from a can), and stuffing!

- RELAXING. I cant wait to take advantage of this break I have from work and just relax. I definitely should have brought some work to do with me but my mindset was totally on Thanksgiving Break!

- Spending time with my dog, Corduroy!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2011

New songs needed and a sangria recipe...

We meet again Monday, I like you no more this week than I did last week, except for the fact that on Wednesday I will be heading home to MD to see my family and friends for Thanksgiving!

Today I worked 10 hours...gross but did receive a note from a patient I had been working a lot with that was discharged over the weekend.

He made it like a postcard and on the back was this messge...
Dear Child Life, Thank you for helping me take care of my body
Love and awesome, (patients name)
P.S. Tell Emily I like her a lot

Im tearing again as I type it. This is what makes my unpaid internship completely worth it.

Tomorrow I work until 6 again and then will be getting ready for my long drive on Wednesday! I am looking to make a few CD's for my ride and was hoping anyone could suggest some new music?!

Also on Wednesday night I have a few friends coming over before we head to the bar, I am looking to make some sort of sangria and was wondering if anyone had made an at home sangria and what they used! I don't want anything too sweet but am always open for suggestions!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Weekend Recap- super relaxing!

What a great weekend! My weekend consisted of me doing nothing, nothing and a little more nothing! It was exactly what I needed and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

Friday night consisted of going out for a few one glass of wine with my roommate and getting a little tipsy. I know... tipsy off 3 glasses of wine..embarassing.

Saturday I was up early to run a few errands which included stopping by one of my favorite stores...
I have the absolute best luck at TJ maxx and got super lucky again on this particular trip. I would love to show you what I got but I will wait until I actually wear it. I will say however that I got it for $48.00 and it was originally $150... so excited!

Also on Saturday I watched this movie on my laptop...
This was a very cute movie... until it got to the end where it left you wondering why you had just sat there for an hour and half and watched it. Yea it was one of those.

Next believe it or not I headed to the gym! I had a great workout and ended up hopping on the treadmill and ran 2.5 miles and power walked the last half mile. Although 2.5 miles doesnt sound like a lot or a big deal, this girl has not run in such a long time it was all I could do but I am looking forward to working out again this week!

I also took the liberty of ordering sushi takeout for myself and stayed in and relaxed on Saturday night!

Sunday consisted of me taking a trip to Barnes and Noble and attempted to visit the Dean and Deluca uptown...only to find out its closed Saturday and Sundays! I was very dissapointed but am hoping to try it after I get back from Thanksgiving.

Also while I was at Barnes and Noble I began reading this great book...
Already being obsessed with this author, I immediately picked up the book when I saw it and began reading it. This book is amazing and I can't wait to finish it. Also when you buy the book, another book will be donated! I highly suggest you pick up a copy!

I hope everyone had a great and relaxing weekend!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday favorites

First off, I want to thank everyone for the sweet comments that were left after my bad day yesterday! Combination of my internship and boys... it was quite a day but thank you so much for the love! Today was much better and I could not be happier it is Friday!!!

This weekend I will be doing all the things I have been wanting to for weeks but have not had the time to do because I have been out of town! As for tonight I am heading out with one of my roommates for a night on the town! Promise a good post for tomorrow!

Hope everyone has a great Friday!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Hey It's Ok...

I could not be more excited that it is Thursday! Although I do have to work tomorrow, I am leaving work tomorrow at 2:40 to ::drum roll please:: GET MY HAIRCUT! I know it seems like just last week I got my hair cut and purchased Moroccan Oil for the first time but unfortunately my hair grows like a weed and it is even longer than last time! I might compare my hair to what Medusas looked like. I am also extremely excited for this weekend because for the first time in a month I am not going out of town! Shocking I know, but I can't wait to spend the weekend doing something I have wanted to do for a longgg time (I'll share tomorrow!)
As for today... Hey It's Ok that...
- I have yet to do any of the things I wanted to do this week including: work out, incorporate more salmon and spinach in my diet, and drink more water..FAIL

- To have bought a starbucks gift card for myself so that I can become a rewards member and get free syrup and milk upgrades. ( I always get soymilk so this is totally worth it)
- I've had a glass of wine every night when I've gotten home from work except 1..not proud
- Im too excited for my weekend to do absolutely nothing
- The only thought getting me through until I go home for thanksgiving break is seeing all of my friends on Wednesday for some downtown Annapolis shenanigans
- to have a mental breakdown and just need a cry sesh, happens to the best of us
- that the only person you really want to talk to during these cry sessions is your mom :)
I am not a fan of today, it has not been a good one. I plan on making a frozen pizza, and drinking a glass of wine (I'll break the habit next week), and catch up on new girl and greys.

Hope everyone had a great Thursday!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

What I'm Loving..

This week I am LOVING anything nude... the color that is, not the state. I have always loved the way this color looks with shoes, lipstick and lately blazers! I hope every is having a great week so far!

super cute with dark jeans and boots for fall or even white skinnies in summer!

super cute with leggings or with a dress!

Nude lips... my favorite

Nude pumps make all legs look amazing, even my short ones!

super flattering

Biege blazer... perfect

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Top 5 Tuesday

This week I am participating in Top 5 Tuesday- Nail Polishes..

I'm a sucker for nude/pale pinks

Essie- Chincilly... favorite

Love the new matte look

Brown- perfect for fall

When in doubt go with classic red!

Off to work until 6:30 tonight...gross. Think I'll snag one of these on my way there...
I'm thinking of trying something new and going with the gingerbead latte...has anyone ever tried one before and what did you think?

Hope every has a great Tuesday!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Case of the Mondays and plans for the week!

I have never been too much of a fan of Mondays, especially after a fun weekend with friends that leaves me exhausted! This past weekend I went to Greenville to spend some time with my best friends and had a great time, it was exactly what I needed after a stressful work week. Friday night we went to a few bars and I was able to see a lot of people I had not seen in a longgg time! Saturday was spent relaxing outside doing a little day drinking action. It was a beautiful day and perfect weather to enjoy a few beers while watching football. I was less than thrilled about my drive back yesterday but am looking forward to getting this week over with so I can have a relaxing weekend with no traveling!

This week I do have a couple things I would like to accomplish..

Get back to my gym routine! I used to be religious about going to the gym and working out. However since I started my internship I have totally fallen off the wagon and desperately need to start working out again! I always feel so much better when I work out, I have more energy, I eat better and just generally feel great!

Incorporate these foods in my diet more...

I absolutely love salmon and am pretty sure I could eat it everyday and not get sick of it. However, completing an unpaid internship has made me really cut back in spending and I find it expensive to buy fresh salmon every week. Salmon is so healthy and super easy to make that I think I am going to start allotting a certain amount each week to hopefully make it twice a week!

Also prior to my internship I did much more at home cooking, a lot of which included large elaborate spinach salads! I would throw together whatever I had and toss it together with some baby spinach and it would be amazing! This week I am planning on using more of this tasty leafy green!

I need to drink more water. Water is an all around great source of energy, hydration and just something your body needs in general. Often times when I am at the hospital and getting tired I run and get a coffee or ginger ale or even sometimes a coke. I would like to start getting better at getting a water instead. I have heard that you should drink a cup of cold water to start your day, this is also something I would like to start incorporating in my morning routine!

This week I would like to create some sort of board to hang in my room that has each day of week and also a section for the whole month so that I can better plan out my weeks and visualize what I have due.

My list sounds like mini new years resolution but I don't think these things should be that hard to get to this week! As for the rest of the night I will be finishing a few assignments and hopefully going to bed early! I am one lucky girl and do not have to be into work until 10 tomorrow! Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Any things you would like to start doing this week?

Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday favorites

Thank goodness it is Friday! I am so sorry I have not posted in a few days, but I will be honest... I completely chose sleep over blogging. Horrible, I know but totally necessary. This weekend I'm headed off to Greenville...I know what your thinking...wasn't I just there/haven't I been there enough?? While I have been there more times than anticipated this semester, I am truly missing all of my friends far too much. I love my roommates in Charlotte more than life but with them working so much on the weekends it is sometimes just me at the house and while I do love time to myself, I often spend it shopping and buy way too much that I can't afford. Greenville is the cheapest place ever for going out and normally I only spend around $15-20 on drinks. Also one of my best friends is currently going through a break up and what better way to make her feel better then by coming in town and having  one few glasses of wine.

Here is what I'm most looking forward to...

sleeping in!

a little saturday day drinking on the porch of this lovely establishment!

Lifetime movies will most definitely be watching while recuperating sat. and sun. morning

Jamming to this cd on my way there, I swear in my car I sound JUST like her.

Seeing my best friends!

I hope everyone has a fabulous Friday!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Tuesday's Tips and Tricks!

Has anyone ever experienced a day that just royally kicked them in the butt? I had one of those today. Good grief! First off my morning was crazy town and I ended up going into a procedure with one of my patients and STOOD in the O.R for 4.5 hours. Talk about tired! I even had my gym clothes all ready in my car to head there after work...that didnt happen. I even ditched my planned meal for tonight and had cereal...dinner of the champions. As for the rest of the night, I will be completing a paper... joy. I did however go on a starbucks run to give me a little energy! Nothing like my classic favorite drink- Grande Soy Vanilla Latte with only 2 pumps of syrup.

For today post I decided to post some tips and tricks I have found off pinterest! Enjoy!

Easy way to clean your microwave - heat a bowl of water and vinegar for 5 minutes, the steam will dissolve stuck on stains. Simply wipe off

Take your favorite liquid fabric softener and soak an old hand towel or flour cloth completely with it. Wring it out and let it dry completely, then throw it in with your next load. This mega-fabric softener sheet should be good for at least 40 loads of laundry, stretching out softener use and lessening waste.

Hair Dryer as Sticker Remover - A little hot air quickly loosens price labels—with zero fingernail-chipping frustration.

Keeps lettuce fresh forever!

Different ways to wear a scarf

Pressure points for headache relief!

I'm off to finish this paper but I hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Catching up from the weekend!

As promised, here is an update of my weekend!

Went to the rehearsal dinner for my cousin, Jen, who got married on saturday! Above is my cousin Jamie and I!

Jen in the middle in the strapless blue and all of her bridemaids!

The owners of the bed and breakfast I worked for a few summers ago and all of the girls that have worked there before!

Last night my flight got in around 9 and I was home in bed by 10:15. Today I had a great day at work and was off by 4, which was a great feeling since last week I was working 10 hour shifts!

After work I headed to Trader Joes to pick up some groceries for the week! Here is my meal plan for the week!

lunch- salad from hospital cafeteria
dinner- grilled cheese and black bean soup

lunch- egg salad and soup
dinner- spaghetti squash with meatless meatballs

lunch- leftover spaghetti squash
dinner- brown rice with beefless beef, black beans, garlic, onion, shallots, zuchinni

lunch- left over rice dish
dinner- veggie burger and butternut squash

lunch- egg salad and soup
dinner- out!

If I plan out my meals for the week it simplifies things 100% and makes making meals for that week a no brainer. It also helps me not buy random items at the grocery store!

As for tonight I am planning on working on a paper, painting my nails, and catching up on episodes of The New Girl. Hope everyone had a great Monday!