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Just Chilling… Sort Of

There’s something about the changing seasons that’s just so inspiring. With summer it’s the bright sun, warm air, green grass… everything looks so much better in comparison to the drab winter from a few months prior. And with every changing season I have new things I’m interested in doing, whether they have been revitalized from the previous year, or are entirely new in appeal.

This summer for me is all about taking a break and doing what I want. The past two summers I have had internships, and they were worth every second for the knowledge and skills that I acquired. For summer of 2015 though, I’m de-stressing. I have a job at the local school district where I’ll be cleaning and help getting things set up for fall. I’m house sitting for family friends. For the first time in almost three years I’m going to be home for longer than a two week stay (this is both good and bad, as you can imagine).

For the next few weeks I am going to be busy getting our house ready for my brother’s graduation party. I feel old. We have hardwood floors to put down, a deck to stain, a senior video (complete with embarrassing pictures and videos from his younger years), and a mountain of other cleaning tasks that need to be done.

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So I guess I’m not really taking a break, physically at least. Maybe it’s more of a mental break?

Oh, I guess I forgot about studying for my GMATs too. So there goes the whole idea of getting a breather from thinking for awhile. I’m planning on studying for 3 months and taking them at the end of the summer before I head back to school in August. Originally I was just going to get my Master’s degree at the school I’m at currently (in which case I’m not required a GMAT and would be accepted based on academic performance instead). However, I’m not sure I want to go into accounting anymore. I’m now double specializing in both accounting and management, and I’m really enjoying my management classes.

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I have no idea where that leaves me in terms of getting a Master’s degree though. I don’t know what to do. Taking my GMATs is the first step though, or so I’m told by my father. After graduating from high school I thought I would be done with exams like that ever again (except for CPA exams of course, but those aren’t for college). The GMATs sound even more strenuous and awful than the ACTs. And I really want to get a good score so that I can get accepted into a good Master’s program and get scholarships and possibly a graduate teaching position and not end up with so many loans that I don’t pay them off until I’m ancient. I don’t think that’s too much to ask, right?

So that’s what my summer’s going to be like. Starting off this post, I was planning on diving into all of the fun things I was going to do during my “break,” but after typing this out, I’m not really sure I’m going to have any more time than I have had in previous summers. *Insert exasperated sigh here*

I probably should make a list of all the things I want to do before summer is over. Like a short-term bucket list*. Maybe I’ll write one up and that will be my next post.

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In the meantime though, a few things with me haven’t changed. I’ve still been reading a lot, and enjoying my Netflix (isn’t almost everyone and their mother on Netflix these days though? I feel like it’s become such a common thing).

Here’s a list of the books that I’m currently in the middle of: 

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  • Saint Anything – By Sarah Dessen
  • Legend – By Marie Lu
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts – By Susan Cain
  • Superfreakonomics – By Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt

Question: What have you been reading lately, or what would you recommend? Not that I don’t already have an extensive reading pile both physically and just in the general listing sense, but it’s always good to have suggestions. Mostly, right now, I’m curious as to what your favorite non-fiction books are? I like ones that make you think, and I’ve been considering reading a book by Mary Roach who is the queen of humorous scientific books. Biographies aren’t really my thing, although I’ve listened to quite a few autobiographies via audiobook in the past year, so I’m really up for it all. 

I also need some suggestions on TV shows. I’ve been doing a lot of re-watching of my favorites, instead of plunging into any new territory for the past month or so.

Here are the shows I’ve been watching again lately:

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  • Haven
  • Eureka
  • Teen Wolf
  • Under the Dome
  • Continuum
  • Dollhouse

Question: So, what would you suggest? Again, I’m open to anything, but right now I would prefer something sci-fi. That’s my favorite genre in books, tv shows, movies, etc. I like sci-fi shows that have an interesting concept and compelling main characters. This summer new seasons of Haven, Continuum, and Teen Wolf are coming and I’m super excited for that. In the meantime though, I should probably stop watching random episodes of the aforementioned shows and dive into something new. Feel free to suggest multiple shows, because I’ve most likely seen a good portion of them already. I think if I were to put the full extent of the sci-fi shows that I’ve watched above, you would think I’m crazy. Or crazier than usual, however you want to put it.

I should also mention that the soundtrack to my life right now is also sci-fi…ish. It wasn’t an intentional choice on my part. I heard it once and got stuck there on repeat. Before you listen, heed my warning.

I’m not even in the same room with any of you and I still feel embarrassed. It’s just so catchy. Really, I have no idea what they are saying for half the lyrics, but doesn’t it just make you want to dance? And while the song itself isn’t very sci-fi in the lyrics, the techno aspect, and music video are. It’s very campy, ridiculous, and just kind of perfect in its carelessness. Britney and Iggy look like they are just having fun, not caring what anyone else thinks.

*It just hit me that a short-term bucket list is basically a to-do list. Well, no basically about it. That’s the definition. Except it has a slightly more fun connotation.

Pinterest Palooza Link-Up Parties

Howdy there. I’m in a super uppity mood today because I only have one more exam left and I’m scotch-free (is that the correct term? scotch? Hold on a second while I look it up…).

Oh, this is embarrassing. I guess it’s actually “scott-free”… Well, for your information, I am also free of scotch as well as free of all other illegal substances… 😉

Now that we have that out of the way, back to my regular blathering. As I sit here writing this it is Thursday afternoon and I am supposed to be studying for an MIS exam and packing. Both will get done, I promise, but I’m taking a wee little break.

Today I am participating in two fun link parties: Jessie Bear’s Together Tuesdays and The Lean Green Bean’s Pin It Party.

It is going to be one fantastic Pinterest Palooza! (The link in my description is for the post, and if you click on the picture that will take you to the pin!).

To start with, the Pin It Party where I feature 5 of my posts in a pinnable fashion:

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First is a recipe that I still have fond memories about. It comes all the way from October and is high fiber, gluten-free, vegan, high protein, sugar free, low sodium, corn-free. I give to you my Microwave Sandwich Bread.

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The second recipe that I have to share is also from last year where I was still eating human food (sort of 😉 ). You can also see from this post with my obsession of all things having to do with the microwave! How to Cook Acorn Squash in the Microwave.

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Then with the start of the new year I began my all-soup ways and shared this single-serving Kabocha Squash and Pea Soup recipe that still is my go-to most days of the week.

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You’ll bet your bottoms though that didn’t stop me from baking up a storm. My fourth pin from Eating 4 Balance is for one of the most popular posts on my blog, including Coconut Flour Banana Bread and Three Ingredient Nut Butter Cookies.

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For my last pin I want to include a non-food post that I wrote a few weeks ago on the importance of sleep. In it I shared my Top Five Tips for getting a better night’s rest and a lot of people in the comments confessed to not getting enough ZZZ’s.

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Moving on to Jessie’s link-up, I am going to share 5 recipes that I have found around the blog world and about melted in their delicious-looking wake. This one is going to be short, because SERIOUSLY, I have to get studying for that exam tomorrow morning. Did I mention that it was at 8:30 AM?

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Pumpkin Poppers, because pumpkin never goes out of style season here in blogland.

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Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt. As if I already didn’t miss Greek yogurt and peanut butter enough as it is…

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Coconut Flour Dark Chocolate Brownies. Holy cow.

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Cinnamon Egg White Chicken Mugcakes. Seriously creative and clean eating-approved to boot!

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Cilantro Shrimp and Avocado Salad. Because you need something healthy and fresh amongst all of those (albeit healthy) desserts.

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Sadly you may have noticed that my posts this week have been lacking two things: recipes and Meghan’s Week in Review. Both will be coming this Monday in one heck of  a marvelous post, don’t you worry!

Speaking of worry, I think perhaps I’m starting to get those end-of-semester jitters. Not about the exams, but about the packing! Gosh is there so much to do. Aside from the actual packing portion, I have to vaccuum, clean my shelves and desk, de-loft my bed (that should be fun), and go through a 15 minute check out where I’m either approved, or I have to pay some fine if I something is missing. Yikes. Better get on that. Talk to you all later!

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What link-up parties have you participated in this week? 

Have you always said scott-free or were you awesome like me and made up your own twist? 😉

Any tips on de-lofting a bunk bed?

What is your favorite pin (recipe or not) that you’ve pinned recently?