December 31, 2011

I'll Miss You 2011!

As 2011 comes to an end in a few hours I can't help but think of all the great things that happened this past year. It did start off a little rocky, as most of my years do, but soon found the stride and met my "Repro Girls." We had a lot of fun times this year going on dog walks around the area in the most beautiful places and they even got me to try lamb chops for the first time. Plus there was that time we spent hours upon hours watching beef cows give birth. A few weeks ago they graduated and I could not be more happy for them. They hold a place in my heart and I hope we can hang out again soon (VEISHEA). I wish you both the best of luck and know that no matter what you girls set out to do in life you will be great at it!

One of my younger cousins also graduated from high school in May. It was great to see family and we could not be more proud of him. May also brought an end to my Junior year of college. Over the summer I worked at a food processing plant in my hometown and had a lot of fun working in the office. I met a lot of great and hard working people and my thoughts and prayers are with them due to recent events. This past week the plant had an explosion and one of their own suffered from severe burns. Luckily he is doing well but there is still a long way to go so we all pray for a speedy recovery.

During the summer I also was able to spend a lot of time with my family and of course the two dogs that take over most of my heart. Midnight is beginning to show his age getting a little more white on the nose and not moving around like he use to. But all in all he still has that "puppy power" about him when he wants to show it. This summer we discovered that Tempest suffers from allergies. It was so sad seeing her be so itchy but we finally found something that worked and with the winter setting in she is doing great.

August soon came and I said goodbye to my work family and hello to my family at college. The beginning of my senior year and boy did it go by fast with all of the course work, job hunt and the random trips to Hobby Lobby. In August I also started a YouTube channel for my other blog Crafting: Plus-Sized Edition and started scrapbooking again. I haven't scrapbooked in awhile due to school but I hope when I get back to my apartment in a week I can squeeze some in before classes take over again.  Plus there is a new project I can't wait to start so be sure to check over there in the next week. 

As I said this past semester went by in a blur really but the last week definitely took its toll on me. I had a final that took thirteen pages typed to answer as well as the usual final exams. I can not wait to see what next semester will bring. 

I hope you all have an excellent and safe New Years Eve. And I wish you all the best in 2012, may your lose ends get tied and those pieces fall into place. I will talk to you all tomorrow!

December 23, 2011

So Much to Tell and so Little Time

The last month once again has gotten away from me and was jam packed full of events that I want to tell you guys (but they each deserve their own post so look for those soon I hope).

Currently I am back home for winter break where my schedule gets messed up and drives me nuts haha. But it's so nice to be back with my family and my puppies! This past week I decided to make my own Hawaiian Pizza and snapped some pictures on my phone (so sorry that they are so crappy). It was delicious and required only a few ingredients.

All you need is a pre-made crust (the one I used required a brushing with olive oil), pizza sauce, Canadian bacon (or ham), pineapple and of course cheese.

I started out by spreading the pizza sauce (note I went right to the edge), spacing out the Canadian bacon and then tumbling the pineapple around.

 Then I sprinkled on the cheese. OH THE CHEESE!!

Then cooked it according to the directions for the crust. Look at the burnt cheese around the edge. YUMMY!

Look at all the golden browns, so good. The only thing I would do different is sizzle up the Canadian bacon before I put it on the pizza to give it a little extra crunch but other than that it was magnificent.

Hope you all have a splendid holiday season and I will be talking to all again soon!

December 2, 2011

3 weeks

Well it's that time again: "the three week itch." This is the time of fall semester where the brain is already on winter break, dreaming of all things Christmas and cozy, while professors are piling on the coursework with projects, quizzes, exams and FINALS! Plus that tiny little illness of "senioritis" is not helping matters (procrastination is not my friend, yet we keep hanging out). This also is the point of the semester where everyone (and I really do mean everyone) spends more time on calculating what score they need on their finals than actually studying for them. Don't worry about me though, I did my calculating over fall break. Right now I'm just happy that it's the end of the first week and some of my to-do list is going down.

"The three week itch" is also the time when winter is deceiving. You see my area hasn't really gotten any snow but the temperatures have dropped. And I don't care what the weather channel says for numbers, they can feel completely opposite i.e. one day it was 13F and I was sweating, the next it was 22F and I was shivering (maybe it's just my body?). Needless to say I'm not ready for winter yet.

So really I have not been up to much since Thanksgiving other than being bogged down with classes. I'm really looking forward to December 16th (the end of fall semester, thus my countdown begins). But there is still so much to do before then that I need to work on...

Next on the list: Presentation and Handout on the Use of genomics in genetic selection of donor cows for embryo transfer (thank goodness this is a group project).

Wish me luck!