Monthly Archives: November 2012

Month of Thanks


All month I’ve been keeping a running list of things I’m thankful for… however small, silly, random they may be. It’s been a good exercise and I think I’m going to keep it up throughout the coming months. That way, whenever I feel I have something to complain about I can just look at all the little things I’m thankful for.

1- For a new picture for the monthly calendar in the office! And the ability/opportunity to participate in webinars and learn all sorts of things as an AmeriCorps member.

2- Thankful for running water, even if it is super cold at work when I wash my hands.

3- Thankful for dogs whom I love dearly,  and the fact that dogs know how to get back home! [they ran away. Post on it’s way 😉 ] Also thankful for my married friends whom I love and have so much fun with although I don’t get to see them often!

4- Time change and an “extra” hour of sleep. And caramel macchiatos. Read the rest of this entry


Last Days of November


As the last days of November are approaching, I’ve been getting all emotional. Yes, I’m a girl.

December is almost upon us, and after 31 days of that month, we’re onto a new year. 2013. I can hardly believe it.

This month has truly been a month of transition, changes, stretches, new experiences, and obstacles. I’m glad to see the month ending, but in a way, I almost don’t want it to end. I don’t want to step outside of this comfort zone, this security blanket, that November has enveloped around me.

December is going to be an extremely busy and exciting month for me. It will include taking the GRE, sending in my grad school application, going to see The Nutcracker, hoping I can make ends meet on an AmeriCorps budget, a lot of time off work & tutoring, Christmas, catching up with friends, end-of-semester work deadlines, and a trip to California for the first time.

Thinking about the month of December has me nervous, excited, and stressed all in an instant… and it will be here and done before we know it! Yikes. Read the rest of this entry

Thoughts on Thanksgiving


It’s a little before 8pm and here I am, in sweatpants on the couch blogging.

Today went a lot like I expected. Tears, prayers, too much food. There was also a lot of laughter and reminiscing, so it was a good balance.

Riding home from my grandparent’s house stuffed like a stuffed panda pillow pet, I got to thinking. And that’s never good 😉

I just kept thinking about how blessed we were… are. How much we take for granted daily and how silly it is for us to recognize those things on one specific day each year. Why not be thankful all year long? Why does it have to be one November day? 

All month, I’ve been keeping a running list of things I’m thankful for each day. I’ll be sharing it next Friday, as the month is almost over! (CRAZY!) It’s definitely an exercise that has made me realize the little itty bitty simple things that I am thankful for.

Last night, one of my cousins spent the night with me. This morning as I was still trying to fully wake up (at 7:15, after going to bed at 11:30, mind you!!!) I told her “Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for?” Without a second for thought, her immediate response was “family.”

Kids say the darndest things because honestly, her family has been such a big part of her life lately after the loss of her mother. Read the rest of this entry



Hi! How’s it going?

I am OFF work today! It’s a miracle. Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, but an unexpected day off is super nice! (As an AmeriCorps member, I only get a handful of days off work!) And actually I’ll be checking our volunteer inquiry emails over the next few days so I guess that’s considered work…

I slept late this morning… until 7:45… and ahh it felt so good. I made a few Cinnamon & Spice Pumpkin pancakes and a fried egg, along with a cup of coffee. Great start to my morning, right? Now I’m sitting on the couch and a sleepy puppy is curled up next to me. (He just did a random kick in his sleep, and he changed the channel! hah)

My to-do list is crazy today. I’ve got phone calls to make, mail to stick in the mailbox, studying for the GRE, going to the Verizon store and getting my phone fixed, haircut, studying for the GRE, grocery shopping (because my family procrastinates), possibly buying a plane ticket to California, using a Groupon for frozen yogurt, cleaning the kitchen, studying for the GRE, watching To Kill a Mockingbird. Ok, so it’s not so crazy, but on a day off from work I can think of many other things I would like to do instead of the above.

What are your plans for today? Read the rest of this entry

On Blogging


Well, I’ve hit the proverbial blogging wall.

I feel like my life isn’t interesting enough, like I haven’t traveled enough places, like I don’t have anything worth sharing, like I’m not cool enough to blog… and that’s why I haven’t blogged much lately.

It’s not that I haven’t had time because let’s face it, I have definitely had time. Instead of getting into bed at night at 9:30pm with fresh chocolate chip cookies, a cup of milk, and something to watch on Netflix, there are numerous other things I could be doing… like working out, cleaning my bathroom cabinet out, studying for the GRE, finishing Anna Karenina, but you know… sometimes there’s nothing better than this grandma being in bed at 9:30pm.

I just feel like whatever I have to say about anything isn’t important, and won’t be read.

I could blog about Durham but my posts are never quite as exciting as other Durham/foodie bloggers. I could blog about my mundane days at work and getting hit on by awkward volunteers and tutoring. I could blog about the boring recipes I’ve made lately using mainly sweet potatoes, mushrooms, butternut squash, and spinach. I could blog about my “everyday outfits” but that’s mainly just skinny jeans, boots, tshirts, cardigans and scarves, so nothing special there.

Basically, I’ve run out of things to blog about. Unless the lame everyday is appealing to you? Read the rest of this entry

Act of Valor


Today is Veteran’s Day.

A federal holiday that is observed on the 11th of November each year. It’s the celebration of all U.S. Military veterans.


I’m sure we all know someone who has served. You might have a spouse, sibling, child, parent, who served. For all I know, you might have served in the Military.

I have nothing but the utmost respect for those who fight for the freedom of our country. And I have nothing but thanks to give them. They deserve so much more than a simple “thank you,” but it’s all I have to give, other than prayers of safety and endurance. I can’t even imagine what they are faced with day to day; the dangers that they may encounter… the acts of valor that are done. Read the rest of this entry



Shocked about the topic I chose to blog about today? Well, you shouldn’t be. Today is a HUGE deal for our country.

It will determine the future of our great nation, and our lives.

In less than twelve hours, we will possibly know who the President of the United States will be for the next four years. Obama or Romney?

Regardless of your political standpoint or views, know that God is in control. He’s got the whole world in His hands and He already knows the outcome of this stressful election. He set rulers above us and it’s our duty to obey and pray for them and not question His authority. Keep that in mind as the outcome of the election is determined.

History is unfolding, and it’s our right to do something about it.

Early voting, for the win!

Instead of going on political rants (trust me, I’m not very good at those; and if you know me in real life you probably already know where I stand, politically speaking) I’m going to leave you with a piece of advice:

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