Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Empty Campus

So obviously it's the day before Thanksgiving and everyone is out of class except for a small handful of people. This morning my bus completely skipped 2 stops because nobody was there. I get on campus and it's kinda creepy and dead like it was this summer. I have an exam in about 45 minutes and then it's home to pack and go see my family! I was planning on going home but due to some family drama that won't happen. So I'm going to Houston while my roomie has thanksgiving at our place. How exciting. I just hope she cleans up her mess before her family arrives. We'll see. I will be enjoying family time and studying plus the big game against Texas. Have a happy Thanksgiving! Fall asleep in front of the tv :)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Super Swamped

Its almost halfway through Tuesday and I'm just now sitting down for a weekend recap. Sheesh. Things sure have been crazy, and its just one of those weeks. Next week will be even worse. But for now I won't think about that. Instead I'll think about how nice it will be to spend time with my family and enjoy the weather getting cold. I've worn shorts the last 3 days, and its almost December. The weather keeps getting stranger every season. And think about THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS! ♥ ♥ ♥

Friday was pretty uneventful, I had registration (which I completely forgot about) and Sammie came to visit for the football game. We rented a movie, and it was terrible. Andrew thought I wanted to see it when in reality there was a short clip that I wanted to see and didn't care anything about the rest of the movie. We didn't go to Midnight Yell, which was okay with me.

Saturday I spent studying and making a run to the grocery store before the game. I don't think I got much done but I feel like I did. The game was epic. No joke. If you didn't hear, the #19 Aggies played #8 Nebraska and we beat them 9 to 6. Now the Aggies are ranked #17 and I think we will play at a bowl game. After the game I was in another baking mood and baked more goodies.

Sunday was the usual church and lunch routine, then home to study. And a Thanksgiving potluck with my favorite mentors and sister community :) it was delicious. I came home and almost fell asleep. Shame on me.

As this week started I could feel the stress hit me like a freight train. Andrew might have the flu, and I'm doing my best to take care of him. To give you an idea of what I have going on, tomorrow I have an exam. I've been meeting with one class group to finish a project and that is taking way more time than I expected. On top of that I'm studying like a mad woman. What all do I have?

Monday - 2 assignments due for first aid, 2 assignments for my lifespan psych class
Tuesday - quiz and video presentation in developmental
Wednesday - last exam for first aid
Thursday - self defense final, developmental exam and paper due, medical terminology final
Friday - last CT of the semester
**this doesn't include other assignments that haven't been given out yet**

Maybe when I put it like that it doesn't sound so bad, but really??? 2 exams, 2 finals, a paper and numerous assignments. I'm going to explode next week. Seriously.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

There Goes my Memory Again

Since coming to college I have become more and more forgetful every day. Maybe its from stress, maybe some medication, or maybe I just have too much going on. Who knows. Tonight at 8pm was my registration for my spring semester classes. I have a post-it on my desk as a reminder AND I also put a reminder on my phone to go off 15 minutes before registration opened. Unfortunately, I fell asleep while waiting for Andrew and Erik to come over, and once Sammie arrived I forgot all about my classes and how important they were. We went out for dinner, then came back and decided to watch a movie (thank you, Redbox!) and that was it. The guys left, Sammie fell asleep on the couch and I organized my room a little bit before hopping in the shower. About 2 minutes after being in the shower I remembered about registration. I couldn't just jump out of the shower though, I had already started the lengthy process of washing my hair and wasn't about to drip water everywhere. So I waited, and after getting out of the shower I called Andrew to respond to a text he had sent and he could tell I was freaking out and even he felt bad for not helping me remember or that I didn't remind him that it was tonight. Thankfully, registration for whatever reason hadn't closed yet! Normally it closes on the weekends and I was gonna hafta wait until 5am Monday morning to register. Sick. But I got all the classes I want with the exception of Drugs & Society. Its one of my in-high-demand health classes and they first force graduating seniors in before letting other students register. Technically I should be a graduating senior, but I'll have to wait until the fall semester for it to really count. So I have to wait until open registration in January to get into that last class.

Major freak-out avoided. Score!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Just Call Me Susie Homemaker


Yep, its pretty much official. I've changed my name to Susie Homemaker. Just kidding. This week I have been on a cooking/baking craze. I went to the store on Wednesday and spent over $70 just on groceries alone. Yesterday for dinner I made chicken noodle soup, which was a little bit salty but still eatable. And eatable is totally a word...because I said so. Then after dinner I decided to prep early for my potluck dinner on Sunday and made 2 buttermilk pies which took so much longer than I was expecting. And today I made some pumpkin bread and cereal haha. Sadly I am almost out of eggs, otherwise I would have made some banana bread too.

I have no idea what has gotten me into this whole cooking craze, I know I used to LOVE watching Food Network on Saturdays instead of watching cartoons like normal kids. And I LOOOOOOVE to eat. Which explains the belief that fat people are the best cooks! (and no, I'm not calling myself fat, but I'm a pretty damn good cook). Plus my grandma used to be able to cook just about anything and everything, but now that she's gotten older its harder on her and she doesn't cook much like she used to. Or perhaps its just the fact that now that I'm finally in an apartment and actually have a little time to cook that I'm just going crazy with it. Additionally, I find that cooking and baking really seem to help me de-stress. Which is always what I need :)

There's one website that I just recently found, and I am a little obsessed with it. Just a little. I haven't yet had a chance to look through all the recipies, but the pictures look amazinggg. It's called Joy of Baking and you should check it out!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Miami's Favorite Serial Killer

Whoa, I don't know how it already got to Wednesday. It feels like Monday and Tuesday just kinda dragged by but then today seemed to whiz by and I have been rather productive for it being so close to the end of the semester. I've been in a serious shopping mood, but sadly thankfully I don't have money to be spending on clothes and jewelry and gifts for family members. So instead of indulging myself in shopping, I've gotten into watching Dexter. I'm one of those people that loves CSI and Law and Order (SVU and CI in particular) and Dexter is also right up my alley. I started watching a few weeks ago and I'm already done with the first 2 seasons. I think it might be a healthy obsession. I looooooooooooooooove it.

Speaking of obsessions, I'm kinda OCD when it comes to cleanliness and organization. I have the sudden urge to go through all of my music on my external and sort it by genre then artist. Which means that I will be moving stuff around and will have to fix my iTunes and whatnot. Maybe that will be a good project for me over the Christmas break...

This has been one of those random rambling posts and I hope you've enjoyed it. Its what you get when I try to blog and watch Law & Order SVU haha :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ring Weekend Recap

Whew. These last few days have been crazy! I can't believe I haven't updated since last Wednesday, my bad guys. Let me fill you in on the great (aaaand not so great) things that have been happening since then.

Thursday
1. class and work all day long
2. cooking dinner and cleaning my entire apartment (as I mentioned in my to-do list)
3. getting myself all cleaned up for Friday

Friday
1. had to go to work, we had a speaker from the Student Health Services put on a program called "Sex in the Dark" which is where students anonymously write down 1 or 2 sex questions and the lights are turned off (so everyone is in the dark) and the SHS speaker answered as many questiosn as she could.
2. got my nails done and I saw a friend from high school, Elissa, who was getting her ring too!
3. grandparents arrived and they brought furniture and I love it!
4. my mom and megan arrived with lunch. by the time they arrived I was beyond starving.
5. my dad arrived and got settled in his hotel then came over
6. everyone moved like a herd of turtles to get ready to go to campus -- y'all it took my family over an hour to get ready to go. who needs that much time???
7. found parking on campus and walked to the Alumni Center, in the past parking has been crazy hectic.
8. stood in line for my FIGHTIN TEXAS AGGIE RING!
9. GOT MY RING! yayayayayayayayay!
10. took a bazillion pictures..or what seemed like a bazillion pictures. for some reason my family has the hardest time taking normal pictures
11. came home and changed clothes since the sun was setting and it was getting cold, and we went to Olive Garden for dinner.
12. prepared to dunk my ring! but it almost got rained out! yes I dunked my ring in beer, no I didn't throw up, it took me a minute and 48 seconds to chug that whole pitcher. good thing I never have to do it again!
**if you would like to see pictures scroll down to the bottom of the post or just keep reading**

Saturday
1. tried to sleep in, failed miserably.
2. made blueberry muffins and chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast
3. mom left and headed to see some of her old friends in Houston
4. dad, andrew, megan and I went shopping around town
5. I would like to elaborate on said shopping trip at one place in particular. Okay. So obviously being a tall Amazonian freak it is darn near impossible to find pants long enough. Only one store that I shop at carries jeans to fit. I won't mention the name of this store, but all of their clothes are extremely overpriced (including the jeans which can run about $80 a pair but are amazing and last FOR-EVER.) Anyways, they were really busy and I assume that everyone is already starting their Christmas shopping. I looked through the entire store and didn't find a single pair of jeans in my size, and neither did Megan. Finally 2 guys came over to help us out, we told them what size we were looking for and they began to hunt. They came back with one pair for me and 2 pairs for Megan. One of the guys tried to explain to me that if I would just try on a pair for the waist then I could order online. Wrong answer dude. I've done that several times in the past, and with my ginormous thunder thighs I can't ever fit into a pair of jeans UNLESS THEY ARE LONG ENOUGH. It doesn't work that way. But this guy didn't understand that. So Megan and I left both empty handed and pissed. Thanks for listening to my little rant :)
6. went out for dinner, then came back to watch the Aggies beat the hell outta those Baylor Bears. I definitely yelled at the tv for the entire first half. What a game!

Sunday
1. went to church--the message was rather long and the pastor seemed to drag it out an extra 15-20 minutes
2. ate lunch at Texas Roadhouse...amazing.
3. Megan and dad left to head back home (unfortunately Megan left some extremely important items here which are currently being mailed back to her)
4. took an hour and a half nap
5. went to the Indoor range with Andrew and took a practice CHL test. scored a 247/250. Not bad!
6. didn't do much the rest of the night, and it was wonderful.
Holy cow, I didn't realize that I've done so much in the last few days. But the most exciting part of it all was getting my Aggie Ring. And of course I have tons of pictures to share with you!




Before getting my ring but at this point I wasn't very excited yet.


Aren't we cute? This guy means so much to me!


Even though he was in a lot of pain, he still made the trip just for me and my special occasion! Love you Dad!


Waiting in line for my ring time to be called, and my mom told us to look excited so we did but I don't think it was quite what she was looking for.


There's that beautiful ring! My excitement couldn't be contained any longer


Doesn't it look pretty on my finger?


I think this is my favorite picture of myself from ring day :)


Can't forget the famous part of getting your ring, dunking it in a pitcher of beer and chugging as fast as you can!


Chugging....


Still chugging...


Almost done...


Got it!
I'm definitely not proud of dunking my ring in 1 minute 48 seconds, but it's better than nothing. A big thanks to everyone who came to my dunk and celebrated with me! Hope you had a great time! And if you're still reading this props to you for sitting through my entire weekend recap. You're a great reader :) and this post took me like an hour to write. No joke.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dragging Along

Is it just me or is this week going by super duper slow? And its only Wednesday, but almost Thursday! Maybe its just me and my anxious awaiting of my Aggie Ring (does that make sense? Rereading it makes it sound weird...) on Friday! Woooohooooo! I couldn't be more excited. My family is coming to visit, as well as my grandparents. And I can't forget about the dunk & party. I've been trying to get ready for that all week. Everything is almost ready, I have a few more things to throw together tomorrow night. Plus my clearning spree is about to take full effect. I don't know exactly why, but I am obsessed when it comes to cleaning. Part of me enjoys it, and I love the end result. Is that weird? Maybe I should start my own cleaning business hahaha.

What I have left to do:
1. fix the meatball dish
2. make the jalapeno-cilantro dip
3. vacuum the living room, kitchen, and bedroom
4. clean the sinks, toilet, and mirror
5. GET MY AGGIE RING ON FRIDAY!

If you would like to come to my ring dunk, let me know and I'll send you the info :)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Football Heaven, Good as Gold

Hi everybody! Happy Monday! This past weekend has been one of the best this fall! The Aggies beat the hell outta OU on Saturday night, and I couldn't be happier! There were some ups and downs from the game, and the refs sucked for the first half but it turned out amazingly well. All the while I was texting my mom to keep her updated, and she finally turned on the tv after halftime. The wrecking crew has finally returned to Kyle Field! If you don't know, the Wrecking Crew is a name given to the Aggie defense team. It was coined by defensive back Chet Brooks and became popular during Coach R.C. Slocum's tenure in 80s and the 90s. They did a killer job. With this win, it put us in the #25 spot with the BCS rankings aaaaaand #23 in the AP poll. And it is also the first time A&M has beat OU since 2002 in football. GIG'EM!


The rest of the weekend was fairly unexciting, I spent my time studying and relaxing which felt amazing. This morning I woke up extra early to get my Ring Ticket! Eeeeeeeeeeeeekk! Am I really about to get my Aggie Ring? Yes Yes YES! If you would like to come to my ring dunk, let me know and I'll send you a Facebook invite :)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Recipe Turned Right

Hey all! It feels like forever since I've been on here to update, and I guess in a way it has. Tuesday seems like it was so far away. Anyways, not too much has been going on around here besides school, work, and getting ready for my Aggie Ring! I've fallen in love with the cold weather because it means that I can cook lots of soups and delicious goodies in my slow cooker! Wednesday night I attempted to make chicken noodle soup. I was lacking on veggies (carrots and celery) and only had spaghetti noodles and 1 can of chicken broth. But I made do with what I had. Andrew loves a ton of noodles in his soup so I added extra. A TON EXTRA. After finishing everything up, the end result was alright, not my favorite but decent for the few ingredients that I had. Thursday night was Big Bang Theory night so Andrew and Erik were over, and I didn't really feel like cooking so I whipped out the extra soup and some for Andrew (it made a whole lot, enough for me to eat for about 5 or so days at least) and I'll be darned if it didn't taste exactly like the Chicken N'Dumplins from Cracker Barrel. IT WAS AMAZING. I don't know what I did or didn't do to make it come out that way, but I love it even more now. And all of this makes me want to cook even more. My normal grocery list has grown extensively since Wednesday!

Tonight the Aggies are playing OU, I don't know if I want to go to the game or not because it will be cold and I don't think it will be a very good game. Just sayin.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Preparation for the Partying Sensation

Hello friends! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend and a happy Halloween! My weekend was fairly uneventful, Megan was here all weekend and we did a whole bunch of nothing besides sleeping and going to the football game, and the Aggies beat Tech 45 to 27! Whoop! They definitely needed a win to boost their confidence to finish out the season with some dignity intact. The weather was nice but unfortunately we all got sunburned. Oh well.


Pre-game picture. The high was only supposed to be somewhere in the mid-70s but with the killer sun and no clouds, I think it was in the mid-upper 80s so we were super sweaty


Post-game picture. Favorite one from the entire game because you can't see the sunburns and we were happy that the Aggies won :)



Me and Andrew. Just a reminder, he is not that much taller than me. He was on the bench and I was on concrete, but I like having him that much taller than me haha.

The rest of the weekend was spent helping Megan study for her exams this week. After Megan left town Andrew picked me up and we went to the shooting range with Erik, Shala, and Erik's younger brother Andrew. Kinda confusing with all these Andrews going around! I got some target practice in to get ready for my CHL test next semester (that is if I can afford it and once I gget my own handgun). I kicked butt on the practice test that Andrew gave me! But I'm pretty nervous about the actual test.

On to my party preparations! 10 days from now I will have my Fightin' Texas Aggie Ring! Which means that I will be dunking my ring and having lots of people over to my place to watch me chug a pitcher of beer as fast as possible and possibly throw it all back up :) exciting, isn't it? So be on the lookout for a ring dunk invite sometime soon!