Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I've had a wonderfully relaxing week. Yesterday I didn't have to work, so I spent the entire day reading a book, drinking hot tea, and organizing my new planner. I was in bed by 9:30.

I'm 95 years old.

Today I am very thankful for 2010. There's only a couple days left of this awesome year. I am so thankful for the new friendships I've made and old friendships I've nurtured. I am thankful for my health. I am so thankful to attend one of the best universities and also to work for the Best Bank in Town.

I am thankful for the people in my life that choose to love me every day. Brian is the love of my life, my best friend. And is it just me or is he the most handsome man you've ever laid eyes on?!

I am most thankful for the people that are forced to love me every day. My family. I am truly blessed to have a sister that I can share everything with and a mom and dad that are happily married, in good health, and are great role models in my life.

Take time to reflect on the year and thank God for the blessings in your life. I read that it is helpful to write down EVERYTHING you've done this year--from the mundane to the monumental--in order to see everything that you have accomplished. I plan on doing that task and I suspect I will be surprised at some of the things I've done (and forgotten I've done) this year.

If you make New Year's Resolutions--good luck! I hope everyone follows along on my blog as I live Facebook-free in 2011. I'm excited to share with you the things I have planned for next year! THANKS to my faithful followers. My blog is my daily journal, but I only write it because I have an audience (however small it may be).

The days are long, but the years are short.

Happy Thursday everyone!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


Going to Barnes and Noble gives me a high. 

And who's idea was it to put a Starbucks in every store?

That person deserves a prize.

Books and Coffee.

It really is the simple things in life.......

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

This Week

This week has been filled with Christmas parties, long days working at the bank, and early bedtimes.

Sorry to my faithful readers for the lack of blogging.

On another note,

My boyfriend sometimes makes this face:

No, he's not sleeping.  He claims this is his "frown" face, but I'm still unsure why he has to close his eyes in order to frown.

It's weird.
He's weird.
I absolutely adore him. 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Today I am thankful my wonderful boyfriend bought me a KitchenAid Mixer for Christmas!

Here's the mixer...

I've been Ooo-ing and Ahhh-ing all morning.

And I've been putting it to good use!

Monster Cookies

Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies

Low Country Cookies

Chocolate Gooey Cake Cookies

Pecan Praline

Coconut Macaroons

I've been taste testing all morning. Which might explain the tummy ache.

All of these recipes were taken from Food and are all top-rated cookies!

But if I had to rate which one is the best.....

Low Country Cookies win my vote. These "cookies" seemed a bit odd (and actually they are more like bars than cookies), but the reviews made me want to try them. Hands down they are the best of all the recipes.

Enjoy your holiday baking! 

Yours truly, 
The Cookie Monster

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Hello Christmas Break

Here is an example of a question taken from my Chemistry exam:

You wish to determine the weight percent of copper in a copper-containing alloy. After dissolving the sample of the alloy in acid, an excess of potassium iodide is added and copper cations and iodide anions undergo the reaction:
2Cu(2+) + 5 I(-) -------> 2 CuI + I (3-)
The liberated I(3-) is titrated with sodium thiosulfate according to the equation:
I(3-) + 2 S2O3(2-) ------>S4O6(2-) + 3 I(-)
If 26.32 mL of 0.101M Na2S2O3 is required for titration to the equivalence point, what is the mass percent of copper in 0.251 grams of the alloy?

Now that you've read this (or at least half of the first sentence), you might understand the immense joy I feel today knowing that my semester is over.

And you might understand why I'm ten pounds lighter than I was when I started the semester.

And you may be impressed that I was able to correctly solve that problem.

Okay. Maybe you're not very impressed.

Either way.

For the next 3 weeks, I will be in a food coma.

The End.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Cat in the Basket

I am not (nor will I ever be) a cat person.

I've decided that there is only room in my heart to love one cat. RIP my sweet DC.

However, my parents have had a cat for the past four years that resides in a basket. Yes, the cat lives in the basket. It does not leave the basket. Ever. And for that reason alone, I sorta think it's a pretty cool cat.

My sister's little dog decided to chew on a basket one day, and my mom sat it on our dining room table with the intent to throw it in the garbage.

But then our cat, Cammie, decided that the basket belonged to her.

And she has lived in it ever since.

8am- Hey, it's me, Cammie. Sitting in a basket.

9am- If you need me, I'll be in my basket.

12pm- Is it just me or is this basket a little small?

Any normal cat would look at this table with delight. So much stuff to sit on! So much opportunity to be the center of attention!

7pm- No thanks. I'll just stay in the basket.

No, Colby. I haven't forgotten that you're standing there.



10pm- You callin' me a basket case?!

11pm- It has been a long day. I think I'll call it a night.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Oh, that? You mean my engagement ring...

Today, the kids and I were at a salon for a haircut.

The salon also sold jewelry. As I was looking at the selection of necklaces, rings, and bracelets, Cooper picked up a ring and announced that he found the perfect engagement ring if Brian were to ever propose.....

"What do you think Ms. Kelly? It would be the perfect engagement ring, right?"

"Um, I'm not sure perfect is the word I would use, but I would definitely be speechless."

On another note...

Usually when we are driving home from school and Cooper is in the backseat talking incessantly, I will throw in an occasional "cool", "oh, cool", or "that's cool, Cooper" to give the impression I'm listening (note: this can backfire and occasionally Cooper will stop his story and say "wait, what's cool?" at which point I act confused or simply act like I didn't hear him).

But last week I definitely tuned into Cooper's chatter when I heard him make this announcement:

"Ms. Kelly, did you know that last time my family went to the beach, I forgot to bring underwear and my mom made me go commando the whole weekend. I had no underpants for the whole weekend!"

Thank you, Cooper. I couldn't have lived another day without knowing that. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Exam Week

This week is exam week! I have a Chemistry exam tonight, an Anatomy exam Monday, and a Chemistry final next Tuesday. This time next week fall semester will be over! I guess time flies even when you're not having fun!

So since I am studying for finals and I am miserable in the process,

I wanted to take a moment out of my day to smile....

Colby, Charlie (photo courtesy of The Pioneer Woman), Chloe, Pug (courtesy of Pioneer Woman), Mason (photo courtesy of Sherwood family), and Charlie

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Upgrading (but not updating) My Status

It happened on a cold, overcast December afternoon. There I was, attempting to study for a final, but instead skimming my Facebook news feed and watching “I Didn’t Know I was Pregnant” on TLC. Funny, isn’t it, how we often claim that there aren’t enough hours in the day, complain that we have way too much on our plate, or attempt to function on only two hours of sleep? Where is all our time going?
While I’ll resist my urge to proclaim that Facebook is causing the downfall of humanity (simply because I’m a guilty Facebook addict myself ), I’m convinced that our culture of social networking is definitely harmful to one of our most precious commodities: time. I will often find myself on Facebook when I sit down to write a paper. The children I babysit fight over the computer every afternoon because they all want to get on Facebook. While I used to defend my Facebook and Twitter behavior as keeping in touch with friends or taking a temporary mental break from schoolwork (My synapses are hurting, okay!), there’s no denying that my time spent reading about someone else’s life is negatively impacting my own.
Statistics from the Facebook website indicate that there are over 500 million active users on Facebook, that 50% of active users log on to Facebook every single day, and that people spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook. Just think about it. Maybe without Facebook (or Twitter or Myspace), people—myself included—would invest their time in more productive things—perhaps studying longer, exercising, doing their jobs, or focusing their attention on driving instead of looking at a mobile device.
Although there are various claims to the amount of time the average person spends on Facebook, a widely accepted amount from a study in January 2010 revealed that the average person spends seven hours a month on Facebook. And although I often try to deny it, I guess I can be labeled as “average.” It was on that unproductive December afternoon when I had my light bulb moment. I knew it would be hard, but I decided I would give up Facebook for a year. An entire year. Of course I’ll wait a couple of weeks so I can get my Facebook fix a little longer. But yes, my 2011 New Year’s Resolution would be to abandon Facebook.
Once I had made the decision, I thought about what this would mean for me. Short of stripping me of my sanity (I imagined myself wandering the streets, shouting my status for all those to hear. “Kelly is on a walk!” “Kelly is in a relationship!” “Kelly is Thank God it’s Friday!”), I figured that it would benefit my life overall. In fact, I might even make better grades next semester. Or maybe my relationship will improve if I’m no longer stalking my exes. Sure, I might miss out on some social events because I’ll never receive the Facebook invite, but maybe I’ll finally make time for all the stuff I’ve never gotten around to.
In an undergraduate psychology class, I once learned about Higgins’ Self-Discrepancy Theory. If our actual self differs from our ideal self, we are motivated to change. Ideally, I was adventurous. I was discovering. I was trying new things. I was active. I was making the most out of my short life. In reality, I was a somewhat lazy, Facebook-stalking, computer addict. That was who I actually was. And that had to change.
In the year ahead, I will dedicate myself to a year of ideals. I am going to train and run a 10k. I am going to start volunteering. I am going to take cake-decorating classes, which is something that has been on my to-do list for over a year. I’m going to become a political activist (or at least do more than just actively voice my complaints). I’m going to start the book club I’ve made excuses not to start. I’m going to finally take the pole-dancing class at the gym that I’ve been too nervous to try. And finally, I’m going to write. And write a lot.
            Maybe, while I’m exercising, volunteering, dancing, reading, and writing, I’ll discover something new about myself. Hopefully I’ll have time to tell you about it. Because you won’t be reading about it on your news feed. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

On (lack of) Patience

Patience is a virtue...that I do not have.

I've heard it said--good things come to those who wait. Well, I'll take the mediocre if it means instant gratification.

Going back to school has been the hardest thing I've ever done. Really. I just racked my brain for 30 seconds considering all the hard things I've done in my life. That was at the top of the list.

I hate it. I absolutely hate it.

I had graduated college, started my banking career, and loved my job on the teller line. Of course, like all jobs, there were feelings of being over-qualified, under-paid, and frustration at my co-workers when their kids were always "sick." But I had an income, I had freedom during my nights and weekends, and I had vacation days (and an abundance of banking holidays)! I even felt like an actual adult. Sort of.

And then I decided to put my life on hold.

And go back to school.

And take on an incredible amount of debt.

And be flat broke for the next five years (assuming I get accepted).

And assume I'll get accepted.

And you know what they say about those who assume.

This is dangerous, people! My sanity is on the line. Along with my money. And my patience.

Today, in my moment of madness (i.e. About once a day my mind screams something along the lines of WTF ARE YOU DOING, KELLY?!), I did something I don't do often--I read the Bible. Because who better to offer me wisdom and guidance than Jesus Christ.

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12

So then I prayed for patience.

And sometimes I use curse words when I pray.

So then I prayed again for forgiveness.

This whole "plan" of going back to school and one day being the world's greatest dentist is really causing me to go crazy. Please first and foremost have sympathy--lots and lots of sympathy. And also, if you think about it when you're talking to God, please pray that I don't lose my mind (if I haven't already). Your prayers would be much appreciated and I'll be forever thankful.

Patience with others is love.
Patience with self is hope.
Patience with God is faith. 

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wednesday Recommendation

When it comes to shopping, I always favor quality over quantity. I would much rather have a few really nice things, than a lot of really cheap crap. In the past, I favored a large quantity and high quality. This situation is problematic and will likely get you here: Dave Ramsey Live.

When it comes to handbags, I'm pretty picky. I buy one handbag and expect it to last at least a year. I will carry this bag everywhere. In fact, since I purchased my previous bag over a year and a half ago, I have not once removed the items and placed them into a different bag.

These are the qualities I require in a bag:
-Must be large enough to carry everything I need
-Must have a shoulder strap
-Must be brown (I find that this color will go with just about anything. And if it doesn't match, oh well.)
-Must be between $100-$350 (too cheap = won't last, too expensive = there are starving kids in Honduras)
-Must look great (that's a given, right?)

I present to you the perfect bag (which is what I carry now and am hoping to replace soon):
B. Makowsky "Bella"

Best money you will ever spend, and definitely worth the splurge!