Saturday, January 28, 2012

27 before 27 Update: 4 months to go

Since my birthday is on May 28, I have decided to give updates on my list on the 28th of each month.  Today is the first full list update.  I've been blogging as I've completed some things, but on the 28th of each month, I will repost the list with updates on what is completed.

27 Things To Do Before I Turn 27

  1. Get a handle on the paper clutter in my house. - Started going through some papers. Need to really work on an organization system. 
  2. Make all As and Bs in my classes for the Spring 2012 semester. - Classes are going OK so far.  We'll see how this one ends up. 
  3. Make at least $500 profit from selling Tupperware. - Had a Tupperware Party on January 20.  Profit so far, $100. 
  4. Actually make or do 10 things that I have pinned on Pinterest.
    1. Felt Flower Wreath
    2. Cupcake Stands
  5. Go through my closet and throw away/donate/sell things that I no longer need or wear. - Not started. 
  6. Set up Home Office/Craft Room. - I have to wait until the last roommate moves out next week before I can start this. 
  7. Read 10 books. - I've read 3 so far. 
    1. Belle Weather
    2. More
    3. Assault with a Deadly Glue Gun
  8. Try 10 new recipes.
    1. Snickerdoodle Cake
    2. Pepperoni Roll Ups
  9. Watch the entire Sex and the City series in order.  (Including both movies.) - I've started on Season 1. 
  10. Take a winery tour. - I will probably go one day during Spring Break. 
  11. Put money into savings every paycheck. - I've had 2 pay checks, and I've put money into savings both times. 
  12. Throw my Daddy a 50th Birthday Party. - Party scheduled for March 11.  I've started planning. 
  13. Lose (at least) 20 pounds. - I have a starting weight.  I haven't weighed since. 
  14. Quit smoking… for real this time. - No progress. 
  15. Go on a first date. - No progress
  16. Wear a dress everyday for a week. - I haven't decided what week this will be yet. 
  17. Finish my Alphabet Blog Series.  - I have some posts in drafts, but haven't completed any of them. 
  18. Turn in a school assignment a whole day before it is due. - Not yet. 
  19. Blog at least twice a week, every week. - So far, I've stuck to this one.  Some weeks, I've barely made it, but I have. 
  20. Have a picnic. - Not yet. 
  21. Have people over for dinner. - I need to clean my house first. 
  22. Go a week without Twitter or Facebook. - Not yet. 
  23. Drink 70 gallons of water.  (8 cups of water per day for 140 days) - So far, I've drank 12 gallons.  That's 24 days of half a gallon each day. 
  24. Send 5 people Birthday cards through the mail. - Not yet.  There are a lot of birthdays coming up in Feb, so I will probably knock a lot of these out then. 
  25. Cook dinner for my whole family, including dessert. - Probably in February, around my mom's birthday. 
  26. Finish the photo album for my parents’ 25th Wedding Anniversary party.  (It was almost 5 years ago!) - Not yet. 
  27. Blog about my progress on this list.  - I've been good about this so far. 
I think that I've made a good dent in some things, and I'm on track with the rest.  I really think that I will be able to complete everything.  The smoking is going to be hard.  Going on a date is going to be hard too, since I can't seem to meet anyone... but we will see! 

School Decisions

Last week, I went to meet with my adviser to talk about when I might graduate.  As you know, school has been a long journey for me.  I wanted to set out a game plan so that I can make some decisions about work.  Once I start my Student Teaching Internship, I won't be able to work a full time job.  I'm not too sure what I will do for money, but I still needed to figure out how much longer I can work.

I originally thought that I would have about 2 years, which would mean that I would graduate in May 2013.  While talking with my adviser we mapped everything out, and it would be possible to stay on that path, but I would probably die in the process.  I would be going to school continuously from now until then, with no break, not even summers.  I would also have to request special permission to complete classes after I walked for graduation.

So, the new plan is to go to the first summer session this year, play catch up in the fall, and start my student teaching in Spring 2013.  This means that my internship will be split over two school years, and that I will graduate in December 2013, which is a semester later than I wanted, but it will be a lot better for my sanity. So, I will graduate college 10 1/2 years after I graduated High School... its been this long, so what is one more semester in the grand scheme of things?  There are pros and cons to doing this, and it will be a little harder to find a job right away, so I'm going to have to make myself more marketable.

In order to even have this option and to make myself more marketable, I need to change my concentration.  Right now, I am an English as a Second Language concentration.  I love this area, but there aren't a lot of jobs, and the classes that I still need to take aren't offered every semester, and are very limited.  I have several options to consider before I change my concentration. At first, she suggested Reading.  If I switched to Reading, I would automatically have a 2nd license for K-12 Reading.  All that I would be able to do with that is teach remediation reading, which doesn't really appeal to me.

Her next question was, "If you could teach anything all day long, what would it be?"  My immediate response was Social Studies.  I was originally going to be a Secondary History Ed Major, a long time ago.  Switching to Social Studies is high on my list.  Eventually, I will probably add on a Middle Grades License, so that I can teach Middle School. (Something that I never considered when I was younger.)  If I switch to a content area, such as Social Studies, I will only have a few more classes to complete to have that 2nd license.  I immediately ruled out Math, because while I am good at math, it is not my favorite subject.  The other option, and the one that would probably make me the most marketable, is Science.  If I had a Middle Grades Science licensure, I would probably have an easier time finding a job.

I still haven't decided 100%, but I'm definitely debating between Science and Social Studies.  If you could teach one thing all day long, what would it be?  Even if you aren't a teacher, what is your favorite subject?

Friday, January 27, 2012

Recipe 2/10: Pepperoni Roll Ups

This is definitely my kind of recipe... quick, simple and yummy.  I remember when I was in middle school and  high school, a friend's mom would always make Pepperoni Rolls when we had functions that required food, and they were so good.  When I saw this recipe on Pinterest, I was reminded of those.  This is more like an individual sized Pepperoni Roll.

There are only 3 ingredients... Crescent Rolls, Pepperoni and String Cheese.  They only take about 5 minutes to prep and 10 minutes to cook.  I had them for dinner tonight and it was delicious.  After a long week, it was a good, fast dinner.

Serve with Marinara Sauce for dipping. 

I will definitely be making these again.  You could easily make them smaller and use for a quick party food.  These are a good appetizer size. 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pinterest 2/10: Cupcake Stands

Inspiration Pins:

My creation:

I couldn't find the tart pans, so I used burner covers from the first pin.  I got the set of 4 from Family Dollar for $5.  The candle sticks came from the Dollar Tree.  I used a total of 6 (two, super glued together for the taller ones).  The spray paint came from Walmart and was about $1.  Total cost for 4 stands was $12. 

Recent Reads

Last semester, I read a lot, but none of it was for pleasure. I was taking a Southern Literature class, and it took up all my reading time.  Recently, I have been reading more... still loving my Kindle.  Here are some of the books that I've read in the past few weeks. Only 2 of them will count for my 27 Before 27 list, since I read them after I started the list.

51/50: The Magical Adventures of a Single Life by Kristen McGuiness
This book is about the 51 dates that Kristen goes on in 50 weeks. She was on a mission to find love, and though it doesn't happen by the end of the book, she finds a lot more.  She works on finding herself.  I really liked this book.  If I thought that I could go on 51 dates, I would give this a try... but I'm kinda lacking in the date area...

Crimes Against Civility by Richard Simms
In this book, Simms comments on the rude and ridiculous things that are sending our society to "hell in a hand basket." While reading the book, I often found myself nodding in agreement with his observations and comments. The chapter on Customer Service should be read at every staff training everywhere... Very funny and oh so true... Perhaps I should buy a few more copies and keep on me at all times, and instead of just giving the next rude person I encounter the stank eye, I should throw this book at them.

Belle Weather: Mostly Sunny with a Chance of Scattered Hissy Fits and Conniptions by Celia Rivenbark
(Book 1/10)
I've read a couple other books by Celia Rivenbark, and she is hilarious!  Last year, my friend Stacey and I went to a book signing in Raleigh.  You can read about our adventure on Stacey's blog. This book did not disappoint.  Pure Southern hilarity.  I highly suggest that you read Celia's books.  I have a few more on my Kindle that I need to catch up on. Here's my picture with Celia.

More by Heidi Marshall
(Book 2/10)
This book was pretty good.  It was a freebie on the Kindle, but it was definitely something that I would have paid for.  One thing that drew me to this book is that it was set in Rocky Mount, NC, which is only about 45 minutes from here.  I love local literature, and I thought the author might be local, but she's not.  The book is basically about a young single girl, who finds herself wanting more out of life.  Her friends are married with kids, and she wants that life.  (Sound familiar? Hello!) She falls for her best friend, and gets rejected... (again, sound familiar?) but eventually finds more.  Parts of the book seemed rushed, and others dragged on, and in the end, I was the one left wanting more... more of the ending... it just seemed to end.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Let's catch up, shall we?

It has been a while since I've written a general update about the stuff going on in my life, so I feel like we need to play a little bit of catch up! I'll try to be brief...

  • School: Last semester was my first one back in school full time.  It was hard making the transition to having both work and school full time, but I think I did OK with it.  After a few breakdowns, and some tears, the end of the semester finally came, and I ended up with 3 As and a C.  I'll take it.  As it stands now, my cumulative GPA is a 3.1.  This semester, I am taking 16 hours, which is 4 more than last semester, but I think I can manage. All of the classes I am taking this semester are core classes for elementary methods, which means that I might actually enjoy them.  I'm hoping to make all As and Bs this semester, and I'm going to work really hard at it. 
  • Work: I've been working a lot less lately, because of school.  I'm not complaining, though. Some days, I like my job.  Most days, I'm ready to leave.  This might be my last semester there.  If I start my internship in the fall, I don't think that I'm going to be able to work full time too, but we will see.  I'm still trying to figure all of that out. 
  • Roommates: Well, I'm back down to no roommates.  Both of the ones I had ended up getting married (well, one is in February), so I'm back to living alone.  I need a roommate to help with the bills, but I kinda like living alone too.  There are parts that I hate about living alone, and things that I love.  If I do get another roommate, I don't want it to just be anyone, so I'm right back where I was 7 months ago..., 
  • Relationships: I pretty much had my heart crushed recently, but I don't really want to talk about all of it... I need to just put the past in the past and move on to something new, but that is a lot easier said than done... almost 6 years of being single, and very few dates, but I'm still trying to hold out hope. 
  • Depression: One of the biggest things that I did last year, besides returning to school was to start Counseling.  In December, I was officially diagnosed with Clinical Depression.  This came as no surprise... but I am finally seeking help to deal with all of my emotions.  It has been a long time coming, so I'm glad that I'm finally taking steps to cope with all of this better. 
I think that pretty much brings you up to speed on most things... I'm really trying to blog more and to update more... it really is a release for me.  

Monday, January 9, 2012

Music Monday: "I'm Not That Girl" from Wicked

Due to some recent events, that I won't go into a lot of detail about here, this song, from the musical Wicked, has been on repeat in my Mental Mp3 player for a couple of weeks now.  I have been listening to it, and singing it pretty much at least once a day... the lyrics are perfect.

Hopefully, one day, I will be that girl...

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Pinterest 1/10: Felt Flower Wreath

Inspired By:

My creation:

I added more felt flowers, and started them lower on the wreath.  A friend of mine made one of these and started hers lower, and I liked the look.  I also used three colors for the flowers, just to add more interest.  You can't tell by this picture, but the pearled pins are also two different colors: white and pink.  I really liked how this turned out.  It was super easy! I might make some more for different holidays or gifts.  This one works well for Valentine's Day.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Recipe 1/10: Snickerdoodle Cake

I love Snickerdoodle Cookies... the perfect mix of sugar and cinnamon.  When I saw this cake on Pinterest, I knew that I had to try it!  I was going to make it for Christmas, but ran out of time, so I decided to make it on New Year's Day.  Since it was officially the new year, I am counting it as one of my 27 Before 27 recipes.  (Side Note:  I will not be double counting recipes in the 10 things that I do/make from Pinterest.  The 10 things will be something other than recipes, so that I truly complete each list item.)

This was the first cake that I've ever made from scratch.  No boxed cake mixes here... I just knew that this was going to be so good from reading the recipe and the ingredients.  What made the cake even better was the Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buttercream icing... I am in love with the icing.  The cake was easy enough to make.  The hardest part was letting it cool and waiting to frost it before eating it.  The other things that I'm not really good at yet are cutting a cake layer in half (mine were not even at all) and frosting the cake (it ain't pretty, but it sure was yummy!)

You can find the recipe for this cake here.  If you love Snickerdoodle Cookies, you will love this cake.  I will definitely be making this again.  One thing that I also discovered is that if you drink this with a glass of milk, it is divine!

Here's my not so pretty cake:

And here's what it looked like cut... see those uneven layers? 

It might not win any beauty awards, but it tasted so good!  Anyway, my mama always said that ugly cakes taste the best!

Monday, January 2, 2012

27 before 27

I've been a really bad blogger lately. (Seems to be a running theme on this blog.)  The last part of 2011 was really busy for me. (Stay tuned for a post about that...) But I promise, I'm going to TRY to be better about writing here in my little corner of the Internet. I'm making 2012 a year of change, so hopefully, my blogging habits will change too!

A couple of my Internet friends have done or are in the process of doing a 30 before 30 list.  Basically, they are creating a list of things that they want to accomplish before their 30th birthday, and then blogging about them. Others are doing this for other milestone birthdays as well.   I really like the idea, but the big 3-0 is a still a couple of years off for me. So, I decided that I will do this every year up to my 30th birthday.  I will turn 27 on May 28, so I'm getting kind of a late start this year, but I have created a list of 27 things that I want to accomplish in the next 146 days.  I've even added a little countdown over there on the right sidebar so that we can all keep track of how many days are left in this challenge.  The 27th thing on my list is to blog about my progress on the list, so you will be seeing updates about the things that I am marking off the list.  Without further ado, here is my list...

27 Things To Do Before I Turn 27

  1. Get a handle on the paper clutter in my house.
  2. Make all As and Bs in my classes for the Spring 2012 semester.
  3. Make at least $500 profit from selling Tupperware.
  4. Actually make or do 10 things that I have pinned on Pinterest.
  5. Go through my closet and throw away/donate/sell things that I no longer need or wear.
  6. Set up Home Office/Craft Room.
  7. Read 10 books.
  8. Try 10 new recipes.
  9. Watch the entire Sex and the City series in order.  (Including both movies.)
  10. Take a winery tour.
  11. Put money into savings every paycheck.
  12. Throw my Daddy a 50th Birthday Party.
  13. Lose (at least) 20 pounds.
  14. Quit smoking… for real this time.
  15. Go on a first date.
  16. Wear a dress everyday for a week.
  17. Finish my Alphabet Blog Series.
  18. Turn in a school assignment a whole day before it is due.
  19. Blog at least twice a week, every week.
  20. Have a picnic.
  21. Have people over for dinner.
  22. Go a week without Twitter or Facebook.
  23. Drink 70 gallons of water.  (8 cups of water per day for 140 days)
  24. Send 5 people Birthday cards through the mail.
  25. Cook dinner for my whole family, including dessert.
  26. Finish the photo album for my parents’ 25th Wedding Anniversary party.  (It was almost 5 years ago!)
  27. Blog about my progress on this list. 
I'm excited about doing this and I'm interested to see how it will all turn out! Some of them are going to be a challenge, but I tried to include things that were SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Bound). I have a little more than 5 1/2 months, so I think I can do all of these! 

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