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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.

Holy Buckets of Rain Water Batman (WIR)

As you can tell from the title of my post, it rained quite a bit today! Thankfully I was in my car for most of the heavy downpour but when I had to make a quick stop into Whole Foods after work I got absolutely soaked.

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At Whole Foods I bought some large bags of non-GMO frozen peas, organic bananas, unscented dish soap (all for me) and some packs of Applegate’s organic sausages (for my family).

For 2.00 off any Applegate product you can go to Facebook and “Stage a Weinervention.” Ha. 😉

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Skipping back to the weekend before last, I took a trip to Big Lots and did a little hunting for my mom. She is the director of my church’s two week summer reading program and this year their theme is Book a Trip for a Reading Adventure. Usually I get to be in charge of snacks…

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But since I’m away from home this summer I’m having to help from afar! At Big Lots I hit the aisles looking for any snacks that the kids might like that fit the theme- I took pictures of the whole aisle of international foods and photobombed my mom’s phone 🙂

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Not to worry though because I totally made up for it by buying both my mom and brother some birthday presents there as well!

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As I mentioned on Wednesday we weren’t able to have my brother’s birthday party last weekend because he got strep throat, but this weekend hopefully we are able to have it. I have been put in charge of making the cake. Here is my overambitious goal:

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I didn’t do much cooking when home except for soup for myself and these pancakes for my dad:

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I still need to work on the recipe more before posting. I tried making a peanut butter and chocolate swirl but once flipped the drizzles became more crispy than delicious…. Not exactly what I had in mind 🙁

Now for an update on some of the movies and books that I’ve been watching/reading!

This past weekend I watched two new-to-me movies: The Pelican Brief and 21 and Over.

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The Pelican Brief was really good and I loved Julia Roberts with Denzel Washington.

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21 and Over was… interesting? Overall it was pretty funny, like The Hangover for a younger age group. The images were a little too graphic and vulgar for my taste as well as the rest of my family. The main cast of characters did an excellent job though. It had some of my favorite up and coming actors- Skylar Austin who played Jesse in Pitch Perfect, and Miles Teller who played Willard in the newest rendition of Footloose.

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As far as books go, I finished The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen last week. Before that I also read a few others that are a little kiddish I admit, but still good- Megan Meade’s Guide to the McGowan Boys by Kate Brian and Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter.

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I finished the audiobook version of Bossypants by Tina Fey last week as well (I listen to that on my rides to/from home as well as on my commutes to work). This week I checked out Heat Wave by Richard Castle and have been loving it so far! It took a few minutes to get used to the author’s voice reading the thoughts of Nikki Heat, but it’s really addicting.

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Almost as addicting as the show itself of which I am now on episode six of the second season. In case anyone else loves Castle you should know that a lot of the episodes are on YouTube!

Speaking of Castle (how random is this post?) I want to squeeze another episode in before I go to bed so it’s time to go. I hope you all have a wonderful Friday!!

*This post will be shared next week with Meghan from Clean Eats Fast Feet’s Week in Review.

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Has it been raining where you live?

What good deals have you found at Big Lots?

Have you ever watched The Pelican Brief or 21 and Over?

What books have you been reading lately?

Do you ever listen to audiobooks on long car rides?