7 Quick Takes: 11/30/12

It’s FRIDAY! and that means that it’s time for yet another installment of 7 Quick Takes. I’ll be joining Jen and the others, over at Conversion Diary like I always do…go read the others and add your link!

1. My last QT post was all about Black Friday….I know that I said I wasn’t doing any shopping that day, well….I was wrong. I ended up at a bookstore to buy gift cards for those people on my list that don’t like anything. While I was in line my attention was drawn to a display of Christmas CD’s and I just HAD to add another one to my collection. I picked up A Capella group Straight No Chaser’s CD, Holiday Spirits. You absolutely HAVE to check these guys out, they will blow you away! Here, let me show you….

2. My actual Christmas shopping is done….technically. I’m doing homemade gifts, so I don’t consider buying paint, embroidery floss, or canvases to be “Christmas Shopping”. I have one cross stitch project finished, another one started, and two finished paintings….however, my list keeps growing! I still have to start another cross stitch project, and a few small sewing projects. I really hope I’m not cutting it too close this year!

3. We had our first combined rehearsal for Messiah this week. Our church choir will be singing along with four area high schools (one of which is my Alma Mater), and a local Chorale. I know that it’s only been a few years since I graduated, and my former director is still there, but man did I feel old! I may only be a few years older, but a lot can change in those few years….

4. I really forgot how much fun it was to sing Messiah….it was four years ago when I did it last, this time I feel like I know what I’m doing, and I SOUND like I know what I’m doing! I’m having a great time  being a part of something that is so special to our community.

5. In addition to singing in Messiah , I will be playing in the orchestra for our church’s Christmas concert the next weekend. This is what I love! As much as enjoy praising God with my voice, when I can glorify him through song, and play my horn….that is what truly brings me joy!

6. I signed up to bring an appetizer to my staff Christmas party. I thought to myself “oh, this’ll be great! I have all kinds of recipes pinned to Pinterest!” This thought, all though true, turned out to be quite misguided. The majority of the recipes that I have pinned are deserts….so any suggestions on something that is easy, and can feed a crowd would be quite appreciated!

7. Winter Semester ends in THREE WEEKS!!! It’s not like I’m counting or anything : )

7a. Advent begins this Sunday, I want to wish you all a wonderful advent season!



Small Business Saturday

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is traditionally “Small Business Saturday”, a day to go out and support your local businesses and small business owners. I did my part today, by supporting a small business that I absolutely LOVE…The Flint Crepe Company.

The Mama Mia….this thing is AH-MAZING!!!

FCC is a local resteraunt that uses all locally grown ingredients. Local produce, local meats and cheeses, and if they can’t find an ingredient without high fructose corn syrup, they find a way to make it themselves. Supporting our local farmers, and the farmer’s market…I can go in their and know the name of the farmer who grew the tomatoes that go into my food, and the name if the man who they buy the cheese from.
They are the quintessential small business, they started as a food cart at the local farmer’s market, and eventually that business grew into having a small business in a growing college town. Prime location in downtown Flint, settled between thre college campuses they are a prime location for lunch with friends, or a nice place to study (with the best coffee I’ve ever tasted).

Some, would walk in, take a look and leave. Some may call it “hipster”, but that label has (ironically) become too mainstream in our culture….I believe that “Artisan” is the best way to describe the atmosphere…and as far as the food is concerned…I’ve never had better! They make it fresh, so you know it comes to you hot! They are stuffed full of whatever you choose. You can order a menu item, or you can create your own….the possibilities are endless, and I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

So, today on Small Business Saturday, go out and support your favorite small/local business(es)

and let me just add…GO BLUE!! BRAT THOSE BUCKEYES!!

7 Quick Takes: Black Friday Edition

I’m joining Jen at Conversion Diary for the highlight of my blogging week, go see her at Conversion Diary, and add your link!

Now, on with the takes:

1. Black Friday shopping is non-existent in this family….we just don’t do it. On Black Friday, we turn up the Christmas Music, and pull out the decorations.

2. We put up the Christmas tree accompanied by the voices of Bing Crosby, Michael Buble, and the fabulous A Capella group Straight No Chaser….just to name a few.

3. Once the tree is up, we turn OFF the Christmas music, and the DVD collection of HBO’s Band Of Brothers comes out. We watch as many of these as we can on Friday, and if we can’t finish we make a weekend out of it and watch the rest on Saturday.While Band of Brothers is playing we put up the lights, garland, and ornaments. (This is one of our family traditions, started a few years ago when one of our TV networks started showing B.o.B….now we do it each year).

4. Tonight, we will be turning off the lamps and overhead lights, and plugging in each and every Christmas light in our house. We will pop popcorn, and settle in to watch Sherlock Holmes 2: Game of Shadows. Black Friday does NOT have to include department store brawls and/or shopping at midnight! : )
If you are a BF Deal Hunter I would love to know how you fared today! Did you get what you set out for? What time did you start?? Do you have any BF traditions??

5. The first snow of the season is finally upon us! We were just sitting down to part two of B.o.B and the snow was blowing like crazy outside….I love this time of year. Watching the snow fall, the glow of Christmas lights, the sound of Christmas music, and the sweet smells of sugar cookies and cinnamon…to me, that says winter. I have a few days off from school that I will spend with my family doing who-knows-what….and I will certainly be enjoying it.

6. The winter village is up, as is the Nativity. Now, I will be putting lights up in the rest of the windows, and possibly fixing myself some hot chocolate, and watching Mary Poppins on ABC Family

The Nativity, the centerpiece of our Christmas decorating. 
The Winter Village; Stays up until all the snow is gone at the end of the season
7. The advent season will soon be starting, and I don’t want to lose focus this season on the reason for celebrating. The tree is gorgeous, the village scene is cute….but the Nativity, and what it represents is what is truly important. Enjoy your Black Friday, and the many days to come leading up to Christmas! Tell me about your holiday traditions, what special things you do with your family! I love to hear feedback from my readers!
Let me leave you with one of my very favorite Christmas Songs: 


A number of years ago, I remember that the weekend of Thanksgiving my dad was preaching on a Sunday night, and he was giving his Thanksgiving message. Something that he said really stood out to me. He asked the congregation “Why is it, that we only focus on giving thanks once a year? Shouldn’t we make a lifestyle out of giving thanks? So this year, instead celebrating Thanksgiving….celebrate Thanks-Living”.

I haven’t forgotten those words because HE WAS RIGHT! We put so much focus on Thanksgiving, and the days leading up to it, but on Friday we go out and buy more stuff! To be fair, most of the time we are buying for others but, I digress. On Facebook people have been listing something new each day that they are thankful for. That’s great…it’s fun to see what people think of, but what happens on Friday? When Thanksgiving is over are you still going to post what you are thankful for? Instead of giving thanks JUST in the first few weeks of November, I want to be able to honestly say that I live a thankful lifestyle. I don’t want to only be thankful for God’s blessings, my family and friends, and the freedoms that I have once a year. I am thankful for those things year round, and live my life that way.

I’m not saying that the Facebook posts, or “what are you thankful for” traditions are wrong, but that out focus might just be a little off. This may sounds somewhat like a New Year’s Resolution post, but think of it as a Thanks-Living Resolution. Try to give thanks each day for what you have. Whether it’s waking up that morning, or the circumstances in your day that surprise you. Give thanks for the people that cross your path, or the one that holds a door open. Give thanks to the Lord for the blessings in your life, and for his grace.

Now, I want to thank YOU, my readers (however few there may be) for putting up with this post. I’m sorry if I sound preachy, but this has been weighing on my heart this year and I wanted to share.

Thank you all, and I wish you the happiest of Thanksgivings, and I hope that you will join me in a spirit of Thanks-Living.


Greatest Accomplishment of 2012

I’m joining Merrick, Janssen, and Landen for My Greatest Accomplishment of 2012.

My greatest accomplishment hasn’t (technically) happened yet, but before the END of 2012 it will have happened, the Lord willing.

My greatest accomplishment for 2012 is that by the end of 2012 I will officially a part of my college’s Nursing program! These last two years have been brutal, and soon, very very soon, I will finally see it all pay off!

By this time next year, I hope to be working in either a Doctor’s office, or a hospital….it doesn’t seem real yet that I’ve come this far…but it’s great to start seeing my hard work pay off!

It has been a long couple of years of prerequisite classes, and nursing classes, and it all leads to one end goal:   CLINICAL ROTATIONS!  Now I say end goal, but that is the SCHOOL end goal. My end goal (career wise) would be to either end up in a pediatrician’s office, or the emergency room of a Children’s Hospital.

This is just to serve as a little reminder to myself….

There you have it, my greatest accomplishment of 2012!
What is YOUR greatest accomplishment for the year? Let me know in the comments, then head over to Merrick’s Art, Everyday Reading, or The Cloakroom at Victoria Station, and add your link!

Thanksgiving Blessings to you,

Quick Takes 11/16/12

I’m really slacking this week, and I can’t come up with anything other than Microbiology or Psychology. Since I don’t want to bore you to death with that, I’m making this a theme post. 

7 Quick Takes: Books

Make sure you go to Conversion Diary, and check out Jen and the others……

1. I just started going to a Christian Fiction book club, and I will be leading our January meeting. For January we will be reading Randy Singer’s legal thriller Directed Verdict. This is one of my all time favorites! Check it out!

2. I finished reading Tess Gerritsen’s The Silent Girl, if you like a good mystery I would recommend ALL of her books, they will keep you rivited.

3. In sticking with the book theme, Les Miserables is coming out on Christmas Day! I cannot wait to go see this movie! The book was marvelous, and I’m sure the film won’t disappoint.

4. There is no better thing than getting a book delivered to your house! I just got my shipment of text books for the winter semester, and am quite excited!

5.  I’m really looking forward to the movie adaptation of the Guernsey Literary, and Potato  Peel Pie Society, slated to come out sometime in 2013, directed by Kenneth Branagh…I LOVE Branagh; He was my favorite Hamlet, and as annoying as his character was, I loved him in Harry Potter! I’m sure that he will do this story justice!

6. I would recommend if you enjoy light, fun reading check out the Savannah From Savannah series by Denise Hildreth, they are funny and lighthearted. I read this series at least once a year. It’s one that I just keep going back to….they are THAT good!

7. Do you have any book recommendations? Something that you love to read? Your Favorite book, author, series??? Let me know in the comments!

Let me leave you with this: 



Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie- In a Coffee Mug!

Dad went to the pantry Saturday night, and between his odd mumblings about this college team, or that team…he mentioned something about there being nothing in the house for a snack. I, being the Pinterest addict that I am, set about clicking through my boards for that pin that I pinned just for an instance like this….Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug. YUM!

Here is what you need so you can make it yourself…..

1. Melt one tablespoon of butter in your mug(s)
2. To the butter add one tablespoon each WHITE and BROWN sugar
3. Add one egg YOLK , a few drops of vanilla, and a dash of salt
4. Stir this mixture together, just like you would if you were making a full batch, you’d cream all of these ingredients together then add the dry stuff. 
5. Next, add one quarter of a cup of flour to the butter, sugar, egg mixture. 
6. Finally, stir in two tablespoons of chocolate chips (but seriously, that’s just a suggestion, I ALWAYS use more than that!)

To cook: For one minute cook on high heat in your microwave.

(This is what it should like like when you take it out of the Microwave)

 You can top it with just about anything; vanilla ice cream, cool whip, even peanut butter would be good. The possibilities are endless! Just have fun with it!

I topped ours with FROZEN Cool Whip, it was so YUMMY! It was a hit with the family too….I will definitely be making these again!


7 Quick Takes 11/9/12

You know the drill! I’m joining Jen and the others over at Conversion Diary for the highlight of my Friday….

Seven Quick takes…let’s get to it!
1. Monday, I registered for my winter classes. I will be doing the winter semester entirely on-line, which allows me to pick up more hours at work! Praise the Lord for that!
2. My classes for the winter will be Child Psychology and Nutrition and Diet Therapy. I’m looking forward to Psychology the most. I have had two previous psych classes that I absolutely LOVED and this one I feel will be lots of fun! Nutrition is a necessary punishment that I have to put myself through for the nursing program….we shall see how this one goes.

3. Sign language is more and more fun every day…I can not only introduce myself and my educational background, but I can tell you that I like to knit, my favorite drink is Pepsi, and that I don’t like orange juice….this is progress people!

A little ASL Humor!
4. Stomach Flu hit our abode this week….well, actually what we call stomach flu is really Gastroenteritis,not connected to the flu at all I won’t go into details ’cause it’s not pretty. I’ll just bet that you all wanted to learn about that today right?!
5.  I started my Christmas shopping on Wednesday! I didn’t get much, just a cookbook for a family member who may or may not be reading this, and coffee mugs for a few others. My plan is to start working on all of my homemade gifts while I am off for Thanksgiving break….hopefully I can stick to that plan…we’ll see : )
6. I voted in my FIRST Presidential election on Tuesday. I Won’t disclose who I voted for, but I will say this…No matter who our leader is, we need to lift them up in prayer, regardless of if we agree with their opinion or not. It’s easy to be hateful when you get disappointed, but as a Christian I know that people are watching me, and that I can set an example with my actions and my attitude. Sorry to get all political on you, but that’s how I’m feeling with all of this post-election  stuff but these are my opinions, and we just need to remember that God is in control, he is still working in our nation, and he will guide us through.
7. Thanksgiving is 13 days away…..how will you be celebrating? What is your favorite Thanksgiving side dish? Do you have any special traditions? Let me know in the comments! I like to hear from my readers, there may not be many, but I do like to hear from you! : )
Have a great weekend everyone!

Semester Registration

I stood in line today for two and a half hours. The last time I stood in a line for that long, Justin Verlander was at the end signing autographs….that was not the case today. Today I was waiting to see an academic adviser. Winter registration! What a wonderful thing….unless the line is two and a half hours long, and that’s just to get a number.

I had a plan….on-line classes. Sounds like a great plan (right??) What they don’t tell you (EVER…at least not until you try to register) is that there is a prep course that you have to take in order to even REGISTER for the online classes. So I got home today and took the online prep course….I learned:

  • How to send an e-mail
  • How to log onto my computer
  • What a web browser is
  • How to type emoticons….and I was even given a list of them!
  • How to open a file
  • How to download an attachment
  • How to write an online post…something similar to a blog…hmmmm?

I feel *so* much smarter now! Well, at least now I get to register for the classes I need, and though I hate to see it go, I never have to take this prep course AGAIN!!

Have a good election day everyone!