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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.

What Other People Ate #2 (WIAW)

Just for the record, I have held off on doing a sequel to the original What Other People Ate that I posted in May. The main reason being that I was worried everyone would think I was being lazy and using other people’s gorgeous photography. Maybe I am being lazy. But I truly do just like sharing the love and linking to the often downright inspiring recipes of some of my fellow bloggers.

Today just feels like the right time for a second edition. As I shared in my post this past Friday, my life has been a little less than perfect lately with my never-ending stomach problems (I’m finding out the results hopefully tomorrow… although my mom and I have agreed that they will most likely come back normal). In addition my grandma’s recent surgery which you all so sweetly prayed for on Friday, as well as another tragedy this past weekend when my Great Uncle died.

I didn’t know him very well. Actually, to be honest, because he didn’t live extremely close, I don’t actually ever remember meeting him (although I’m sure I did when I was much younger). Still, a loss is a loss and I have been hearing from my mom all of the wonderful things that he did in life. He held a host of interesting jobs including being a well-recognized costume make-up artist and also an expert gardener who crossbred flowers to make up his own original species. I have thought of him more than once over the past few days and how admirable he was for following his passions and living life to the fullest.

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Enough sappy talk for now though- it’s time for another mash-up of Jessie’s Together Tuesdays and Jenn’s WIAW. Once again making the impossible possible as Tuesdays and Wednesdays collide!

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I present…

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ATE (and what I not so secretly

wish I could be eating right now too) PART TWO:

Breakfast

Paleo Cookie Crisp Cereal from Real Sustenance

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Who else loved having an excuse to eat cookies for breakfast when they were younger?

Snack

Homemade Nut Cheese from The Fitnessista

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This recipe sounds like it would be absolutely perfect paired with some crispy crackers. This recipe is made even better by the fact that it’s dairy-free and vegan!

Lunch

Vegan Carrot “Hot Dogs” from Clean Eating Veggie Girl

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Seriously? How real do these “hot dogs” look? Amazing.

Snack

Basic Acai Bowl Blueprint from Bittersweet Blog

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Acai bowls are always just so pretty and I love the idea of having a basic blueprint recipe to be able to customize to your liking.

Dinner

Grilled Pesto Chicken and Tomato Kebabs from Skinny Taste

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Skinny Taste always has such simple and tasty recipes. This one is no different with a delicious and easy to make pesto sauce marinade.

Dessert

Almond Butter Banana Cookies from Civilized Caveman Cooking

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Another super simple recipe, these cake-like cookies are free of refined sugar and packed full of delicious, whole ingredients.

My last What Other People Ate post ended with me commenting that my eyes were drifting closed… Sadly not much has changed because before adding in the images tonight I took a short and unplanned 15 minute cat nap.

Whoops.

Hope you all have a great and productive Wednesday!

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Questions for you:

What recipes have you been eyeing this week?

Have you had any family members die that you weren’t very close to? How did you react?

Do you ever feel lazy when it comes to blogging?