Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Procrastination in Progress.

Senioritis is a real thing!
And I am suffering.
I have no motivation to do my homework.
A social worker learning to brief a case, I am not seeing the point here.
Being assigned a glorified book report in a 400 level course-ripping my hair out!

So last night to avoid doing my homework I was asleep by 8:30.
I am not even kidding, not even a little bit.
And then I slept in until 9 today. (I normally rise between 6:30 & 7)
And all day I have been assigning myself little tasks.
And here I sit, blogging.

Make lots of coffee to prepare for being completely unproductive

Organize seasons of shows
Finally hang up ribbon shelf and display new goal list
(Note to self: buy more ribbon)

Hang up shelf so key bowl has new home
(Note to self: shelfs a little bare, buy something to go there)

Begin decorating for Easter

Stare at the cursed homework that I should be doing, stare long enough and it might disapprear

Bye bye from my grungy old puppy slipper that I love so much and that Mike says should be thrown away
(Over my dead body)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Can there be a more fitting title for a Valentines Day post?
I am completely obsessed with love and everything that it entails.
People who know me best must know this about me.
Im into that deep, feel it in your bones, swirls around in your veins love that I have for my siblings.
Im into that sometimes feisty and passionate but usually mutual, silly, all consuming love I have for Mike.
Im into that makes me cry because its so genuine and valuable love that I have for my friends.
I love love.
And so I of course LOVE Valentines Day.
I agree when people say you should show the people you love how much they mean to you every day of the year, yes, this is obvious.
But why not have one special day every year when hearts are posted everywhere, and I can wear really pretty pink nail polish (like I needed the excuse), and you can give out thoughtful gifts!

Mike and I started the gifting early.
Actually, I started it really early!
I have been surprising Mike with little gifts everyday in February leading up to Valentines Day.
I got the idea off of Pinterest, and it was just so fun : )
My life would be unbearable without you : )

Last night Mike just could not wait any longer to give me my gift.
We actually haven't done Valentines gifts in years, so we were both pretty excited!
I made him open his first!!
A Big Bang Theory sweatshirt (unfortunately it fits really funny and I have to send it back for a different size)

Then it was time for me to open my present. 
He was so excited to give it to me and I could not imagine what it could be.
To my way more than pleasant surprise it was a fancy new camera y'all!!!!!
This calls for a y'all doesn't it?
A Nikon coolpix L120 to be exact!
Hense all the pictures on my normally picture-less posts, duh!
: )
I am just thrilled.
The crazy picture taking has already started.

The festivities continued on this morning.
I decided to make my Doopie a nummy Valentines Day breakfast.
Table is ready for some scrumptious eats!

Breakfast is cooking!

Breakfast is served!
Hashbrown casserole, breakfast pizza, coffee, and orange juice.
The breakfast pizza was amazing. toot toot! (Thats me tooting my own horn)

If anyone is interested in these recipes let me know. They are super easy and mighty tasty.

And now I leave you with a giant Happy Valentines Day and the image of Mike dancing around with Maggie telling her that she is our Valentine...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

To do, to do, to do.

I woke up early this morning to finish up a paper that was due for my 9 am Capstone course.
(Honestly, not early for me..7 am)
But I still felt really good about myself for getting up and finishing what little I had to go, sipping on a hot mug of coffee (feeling extra happy because I was drinking out of my Valentines Day mug), and gently waking up Mike with his Feb. 2nd gift and reminding him that it was time for him to go to the gym.
While on break during this class I took out my planner to scratch up a quick to-do list for the day.
That is when I realized it...
I forgot to do my homework for the next class!
The class that starts 10 minutes after this one ends.
Can you say anxiety?
So I made a choice; I would skip class for the remainder of the day, go home and knock everything out!
That included some to-do's such as completing my learning contract, working on my study guide for my Legal Studies test next week, catching up on my Soc. powerpoints and readings, among other things.
Then I figured while Im home Ill catch up on some things around here like cleaning out my truck and preparing it for sale, vacuuming, laundry, among other things.
And guess what? I got stressed!!! I started freaking out over these little things, over big future things, over everything!

So I took a moment to sit down and catch up on a few blogs. This blog community is so amazing and inspirational, I knew it would slow me down and give me some perspective.  First on my list, Kelle Hampton.  Kelle's most recent post Joan of Arc  gave me all the perspective I needed.  I love when she says, "There is reason for everyone to be unhappy. There is reason for everyone to be happy. What's your focus?"

So I have created one more to-do list.
Don't worry, this is a good one : )

  1. Stop stressing out, everyone is busy.  You just left a class full of people who have just as much on their plates as you do, some probably more.  So if you are feeling discouraged, drop to your knees and give it to God.
  2. Don't compare yourself to others, even academically. Grad school will always be there, and as Mike said, "If anyone can work and get their masters it's you." 
  3. It is okay to take time for yourself.  You are paying for these classes, so if you need to miss once in awhile in order to catch up or even just to take a breather, do it!  You are a social worker for crying out loud, you know well enough about the importance of self care.
  4. Do what you say you are going to do to the best of your ability.  Remember how good you felt this morning when you were accomplishing your little goal? Reach for that in all of your to-do's.
  5. Rejoice in the opportunities that stand before you.  What a blessing to be able to get a higher education, to have TWO jobs and to be passionate about your work and enjoy the people that you work with, to have a place to come home to, to have a loving support system.  To have a bright future to worry about!