Saturday, December 15, 2012

Semester is over!

First, I have to express my deepest sympathies to all those affected by the tragedy on Friday in Connecticut.  Completely devastating.  I was in a meeting when we heard the news and we stopped to say a prayer for the victims and the families.  I don't even know what else to say because nothing can make it better.

In other news... finally... the semester is over! I can't even begin to express the relief I feel.  I actually have an extra credit thing I can submit on Sunday for my second class, but I'm not doing it.  I'm so over it right now. 

My research class kicked my a$$.  I can't even talk about it except for praying I get over a C so I can proceed to the next course in the series.  I have gotten one other C in my college career! ONE! And I can't even believe I'm hoping for that now.  Seriously tough stuff.

My writing class went well, so we'll just have to see on that one.  The final was due today and I was working on it all evening, submitting it two hours shy of the deadline.

So I bought a new agenda! I'm so excited.  I am going to have one resolution in 2013 and that is going to be to GET ORGANIZED! I am scheduling everything, including blogging, so I don't get overwhelmed and I don't leave anything out!

2013 Keep Calm and Have a Cupcake 16-month Weekly Planner (Compact Engagement Calendar)
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Also, since I've recently completed both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Greek on Netflix, I have begun One Tree Hill for lack of anything else.  And of course, I'm addicted.  These marathon addictions put me behind on my real time TV, so I need to multitask this weekend.  Netflix and DVR.  :)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Pondering With a Purpose: Loss

I'm a little late on this due to finals, but here it goes... click the button below to hop on over to Brenda's blog and write along!


This week we're talking about loss.  We'll see how well I do with this one since I'm mentally drained from my never-ending research proposal that, well, just ended... hm... :)

I've experienced a lot of loss in my life.  Loss of family, friends, pets... It is hard to pick just one instance of loss to talk about and even harder to talk about them all.  And do we mean loss in the death sense? Or in the sense of losing touch? Losing your keys or a prized possession? I did lose my extensive key chain collection and that really upset me.  Ask me today what key chains were on it though and I can name two that I can actually picture in my head... a Syracuse Orange-man and a green round flower thing from an insurance agency or something generic like that.

Anyway, back to losses... the first loss I remember well was my grandmother.  It was hard because she was my last living grandparent.  Then I remember my uncle, her brother, who was one of my favorite uncles, passed away.  He had a beach house in Baiting Hollow and I loved going out there.  My Aunt Mary Ann, my mom's sister, passed away too and that made me so sad, she was the sweetest person.  I had a few friends pass away too which was just awful.  People my age that I was close to and this was when we were under 20! Jimmy, Jody, Kelly, Ricky.  Way too young.  A boy I worked with at Blockbuster died in a car accident a few years back.  I hadn't seen him since he graduated high school and went off to college and I bought him some dorm presents to send him off with.  A couple of Brad's friends passed away in recent years, very tragic.  And some of his relatives passed away as well, the most recent being his Uncle Bobby this past summer.  In fact this weekend is the one year anniversary of his best friend's death, he's at an oyster roast right now in David's memory.

Loss is such a hard thing to deal with because it affects people so differently.  Everyone has a different coping mechanism.  Personally, I have the tendency to be the strong one, to be there for anyone else who needs a rock.  Call it the psychologist forming in me, but I'm always looking to help others heal.  But I can cry like the best of them, trust me!

Happy Hanukkah!

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tuesday Coffee Chat: Holiday Traditions

Linking up with Les over at Time Out For Mom for this week's coffee chat! It's been a while and I can't wait!!

This chat is about favorite holiday traditions.  Interestingly enough, Brad and I don't really have any traditions.  We haven't started any yet.  I mean sure, we do the decorating together and some of the baking and cooking, but we don't really have that one something to look forward to.  We just try to do as much as we can together.  We have been talking about starting a new tradition or traditions for our little family of two... so how about this? If some of my readers would share some of their fun traditions with me, maybe that will help give us some ideas we can incorporate into our own traditions! Can't wait to hear what you have to say!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Monday Music Moves Me

I'm so excited that the theme for Monday Music Moves Me all month long is Christmas!!!!

Here is one of my recent favorites!

Monday Quiz About Me

I'm trying to get back into the swing of things here so I'm banging out two hops in one night! Here is the first!

Acting Balanced

1. When was the last time you had your picture taken with Santa?

It has been so long I can't even remember.  My dad was a NYC Fireman and I remember we would always go to his firehouse at Christmas and there would be a Santa and we could climb on the fire trucks and Santa would always have a present for us! It was so much fun.  That's probably the last time I had my picture taken with Santa.

2. Which do you prefer - ham or turkey?

Turkey!! Because I love gravy.

3. Do you give more to charity in December?

I tend to give to charity all year long.  There is no particular time of year that makes me feel more giving than others.  I give a little bit every month.

4. Which US City would you most like to visit and why?

This is tough, there are so many places I want to see and two of them are on my immediate radar.  I really want to go to San Francisco and I will be going there for a work conference next year.  Can't wait!! And I want to spend some time in Washington, D.C. as well.  I've driven by, I've driven through, but I have never stopped and looked at anything.  Since my sister lives in the D.C. 'burbs of Virginia, I'll be heading there for sure as well!

My question for you...
5. Do you have any particular item you love to bake for the holidays?

I love to make cookies.  I don't know what ones I will be making this year, but I am on the prowl! I saw these Melting Snowmen Cookies at Annie's Home and I am dying to give them a whirl!
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