7 Quick Takes: 1/4/13

Linking up for another Quick takes post….Jen, the usual host, has recently been hospitalized…please keep her in your prayers!

Instead of linking up at Conversion Diary, the link up is taking place at Moxie Wife

 So, let’s get to it, shall we?!

1.) For the life of me I have not been able to write 2013 on anything these last few days! Sometimes I can start the year off remembering to write the new year, and some years I can go until February writing the old year. The way things are going now, I have a feeling I’ll be writing 2012 for a while….but hey at least I remembered it for this post!

2.) On New Year’s Eve, we had some friends over for dinner, and played some games, and by 10:30 I was zonked out in bed….in my defense, it had been a long weekend and I haven’t been sleeping well….I did wake up briefly to (what I hope was) the sound of fireworks being set off a few houses down….yeah, happy new year to you too buddy!!

3.) New Year’s Day, we go to a friend’s house, where they host sometimes up to 30 people; and the men watched football, the women sit around and  knit/crochet/cross stitch/eat for the whole day.

4.) My Wolverines offered up nothing but disappointment…..once again.

5.) I was back to work on Wednesday, and enjoyed being back. I like having a break, but I also like my schedule, and structure, and it’s nice to get back to that. I’m starting my winter (most of spring) semester in about a week and am really looking forward to it.

6.) From January 18 -20 I will be a college sponsor on our church youth group’s annual discipleship retreat. If you think about it between now and then please pray…

pray for:

  • The Students; Grades 7-12
  • The Sponsors; College Students 
  • The Host Families; Brave men and women opening their homes to us
  • and last but not least, our youth pastors who have worked so hard to plan this weekend, and make it a wonderful worship experience for these kids. 

Most importantly, pray for God’s presence, and for the kids to just open themselves up to the amazing things that God can do in their lives. I will let you all know how the weekend goes after it’s over….look for that post in a few weeks.

7.) I will be leading the 8th grade girls for that weekend….I was one ( a long time ago) and I know how they can be, so please pray for me to be able to offer them some guidance, pray for the family opening their home to us, and pray for the girls. Please just keep that weekend in your prayers. I remember being a student years ago, and having my life changed on this retreat, I know that if we open ourselves to the Lord he can do great things. I’m really looking forward to being on the other side of things, as a leader to these kids! I’m so excited to see what God has in store for all of us!

Happy New Year to you all!
Blessings,

Megan

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7 Quick Takes: 12/14/12

I’m joining Jen and the others at Conversion Diary like always, so let’s get to it!

1.) the Messiah Concert went so well! We had a packed house, not quite sold out….but packed! It was great to be a part of something so special (and so fun!) I had a great time and hope to be able to do it again sometime!

2.) Saturday I did a little Christmas shopping with my grandma, which is always fun! Picked up one more project to add to my pile. Luckily this one is for my mom and I don’t necessarily have to have it done for Christmas, I can do it later. I will be embroidering an apron for her, hopefully it turns out okay : )

3.) Sunday we had rehearsal for the Christmas concert. This is my favorite time of year to be in the orchestra….we have songs that we play every year for Christmas that I love playing….that’s not to say that I don’t love playing the rest of the year, but at Christmas the French Horn gets much better parts! Obviously that is not my only reason for loving to play at Christmas, but it doesn’t hurt : )

Christmas Concert Flyer

4.) Monday, I had my last in class exam for psychology, and classes were cancelled for Tuesday. The atmosphere around campus is certainly one of joy! People are in good spirits, and ready for the semester to be over! I have two take home exams, and one more in class exam for microbiology and I am officially done with on campus classes at Mott.

5.) I turned in my transcript request form and transfer application this week, I should know after final grades are posted, whether or not I’ve been accepted to U of M Flint for next fall…I meet all of the requirements for transfer, so I feel pretty good about it.

6.) One cross stitch project, and three gifts left to buy and my Christmas gifts are DONE!!! It feels so good to say that on December 14th, because normally I’m not done until at least the 23rd….

7.) My weekend line-up:
  •  Babysitting
  • Staff Christmas Party
  • Christmas Concert
  • Filming ASL homework ( should I post the video here?)
  • Writing Two papers for ASL

This ought to be fun! Happy third week of Advent!

Blessings,
Megan

I wrote most of this post last night, and published it early this morning….after this was published a tragedy occurred, one that makes my busy schedule, and my complaints seem trivial…and in this case they are. My heart breaks for the families of these innocent children, these babies that lost their lives today to an act of senseless violence. I grieve for these families; mommies and daddies, brothers and sisters, friends…..they are experiencing such loss, such heartbreak. My prayers go out to these families, I can’t even begin to fathom this loss, but I can begin to pray…pray without ceasing for some sort of comfort…some peace in this troubling time.

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!
Blessings,
Megan 
Let me leave you with one of my very favorite Christmas Songs: 

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,
Megan

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: 





Blessings,

Megan

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!
Blessings, 
Megan 

Seven Quick Takes 11/2/12

Happy November!
This year seems to have really flown…I can’t believe it’s November already! Time to start the transition into Christmas music!

Now onto the point of this post…I’m joining Conversion Diary like always, so head over there and take a look, or if that’s how you found me I say, Thank You!

1. Midterm exams are over! One of the most stressful parts of school for me are the exams….I get horrible test anxiety…and I am so glad that midterms are done!

2. Tuesday was Microbiology….I’m sorry if you’re tired of hearing about this class! We didn’t get to taste the yogurt that we made last week (it smelled terrible! Something went wrong somewhere in the process ruining everyone’s experiment). That class is making me paranoid. I promised myself that I wouldn’t become a germaphobe…but that is slowly changing!

3. This year our church did a Trunk or Treat….that was moved inside because of the weather. I helped paint faces, and had SO. MUCH.FUN!

4. I worked the Trunk or Treat, but I didn’t dress up for Halloween this year….I normally do homemade costumes, but I don’t have a great track record with them. One year I decided to go as the White Witch from The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. It was working out fine, until mom and I tried to make the crown….using kind of like a poster board type paper….people thought I’d dressed as the Pope. That year I was the White Witch without a crown.
This year, I thought I’d go as Belle pre-Beast.

I have a blue dress, a white apron, and had a basket of books. I got dressed, did my hair, came out of my room, and this discussion followed:

Dad: Who are you supposed to be?
Mom: (trying to help) Can’t you tell?
Me: *silence*
Dad: uhhhh, no.
Mom: Belle from Beauty and The Beast….you know, right at the beginning?
Me: Yeah….if I have to explain it, then that probably means it doesn’t work. I’ll go change….
(I had rehearsal that night anyway, so I went as Megan, the French Horn player…no costume required.)

5. If you are from Michigan, and I tell you that I was at Bronner’s this week, you will understand what I’m talking about when I say…..IT WAS WONDERFUL! The lights, the music, the trees, oh my goodness!

For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about….Bronner’s is located in Frankenmuth Michigan, and is called Michigan’s Christmas Wonderland. Though it’s open year round, they specialize in one thing: Christmas! I equate it with seeing Cinderella’s castle at Disney World for the first time. You walk in, and are speechless…you can’t do anything but just stare, and move forward with the crowd….but maybe that’s just me….I LOVE Christmas (can ya tell?)

6. Michigan plays the Minnesota Golden Gophers tomorrow….GO Blue!

7. I went to Costco for the FIRST TIME today! I. AM. IN. LOVE! I just couldn’t leave! What a wonderful place! : )

Have a blessed weekend everyone! Don’t forget to turn your clocks BACK!!

Blessings,

Megan

7 Quick Takes: Student Life

I’m (once again) Linking-In with Jen over at Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes….something that I have found myself  “taking notes” about during the week whenever something interesting happens……
So here it is…

7 Quick takes…..the Life of a Student:

1). I am a commuter student, I get to campus pretty early in the morning and find myself a nice quite place to study. Usually that nice quite place is in the biology building….where I spend most of my time anyway. I have no problem with other people using the same space, I understand the need for a quite place to study HOWEVER if the music coming from your headphones can be heard from down the hall, not only are you missing the point of headphones, but you are messing up the quiet study space that the rest of us enjoy…..don’t make me go all Rory Gilmore on you!!

I will find you….

and I will pay you…..
to kindly go somewhere else and listen to your loud music to your heart’s content. 
2).So, we had a Pre-Exam week- Exam week….it was awful, here are the results of over studying:
     Psychology exam: Passed
    Microbiology exam: Passed
    ASL exam: Passed….as long as all I ever have to do is introduce Fred, at tell you what language he speaks I’ll be fine….
Seriously though, I do know a lot more sign language than that, but that is what we were graded on this week!
3). On Wednesday nights, I get a nice break from all things studying, and head to church for Orchestra rehearsal. I SO enjoy my hour and a half or so of NOT studying…yes, I’m “working” (sort of) but it has nothing to do with psychology, science, or signing. It is the highlight of my week, especially when the song we’re playing features the French Horn section…there is nothing better. Follow the link to here one of the most beautifully orchestrated songs I have ever had the honor of playing….
The Majesty and Glory of Your Name (The video is not of our choir and orchestra…but these guys are good!!)
4). There is no better e-mail to get in your student account, than the one that says you have cancelled classes. My Classes on Thursday were cancelled….that meant no Microbiology Lab, or lecture for at least one day. It was a nice little mental vacation from bacteria, fungus, and yeast. You have no idea what kind of mental state those will leave you in when you leave a lab/lecture. I have this urge to just wash my hands over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and…….oh, I think you get the picture. 
5.) With no classes on Thursday, I went into work…..let me just tell you I LOVE my work! I am a part-time secretary in my church office. Basically my job title means that I do whatever I’m told, and work on whatever project finds it’s way to my desk. It can be anything from music, to folding bulletins for a Sunday morning. I LOVE what I do, and wouldn’t trade it for anything!
6.) I am searching for a good recipe for a potluck dinner. Our choir and orchestra has an annual trip to a farm for a hayride and bonfire….every year we are asked to bring a dish to pass, that could feed 5-8 people assuming that not everyone is going to eat your dish. So (naturally), I turned to Pinterest…..where I proceeded to browse aimlessly for over an hour…..without finding anything!

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, if you are willing to share a good fall, potluck appropriate recipes leave it in the comments!!

7. ) Studying commenced after my hour of indulging my addiction on Pinterest. I hit the books, and went back to learning about personality development in toddlers, the diseases that Staphylococcus bacteria cause, and how to sign “I grew up speaking english….and in middle school, learned spanish, but I forgot it all”. I was  decently productive in my studying, and then it was time, time to watch my Tigers take on the A’s in Oakland. I had high hopes going into Oakland, but this season was such a roller coaster anyway that my hopes were probably TOO high. The played great at home, lost the first two on the road, and then, in a spectacular showing by Justin Verlander ( yay!) the Tigers shut-out the A’s and are moving on into the League Champion Series! Go get ’em Tigers! 

Have a great weekend everyone!
Blessings, 
Megan 

7 Quick Takes

I’m Joining up with Jen over at Conversion Diary for my very first 7 Quick Takes post.

1. To highlight or not to highlight?? My hair stylist is a good friend of mine, and she’s trying to talk me into highlights…..hmmmm.

2. Do you want to learn about the microbes and bacteria in your food?? No? Yeah, neither did I, but I have no choice. Microbiology is lots of fun, but when you hear it said that ignorance is bliss……in some cases it’s true.

Yeast, stained with Iodine, 1000x Magnification
I did the culture swab, and stain myself. 
3. I’m taking this really fun class this semester….I’m in ASL 101. American Sign Language, it is so much fun, I’m learning more and more everyday, and am almost to the point of being conversational! It has been so much fun to learn a new language, and all bout Deaf culture and society. I’m looking forward to continuing studying this. 
4. I’m really enjoying the fall weather we are finally getting here in Michigan…the leaves are turning, the air is crisp, and I can finally pull out my boots and sweaters. 
5. I’m doing tutoring now…I’m going to be an Anatomy and Physiology tutor for my cousin. I’m excited to get started on that!
6. I’m participating in the Feed My Starving Children project. 
We are packing meals to send to starving children and families around the world. The meals are pre-packaged soups, that you just add to boiling water. Each meal can feed a family of five, and we are packing 100,000 meals…so in the course of 6 hours, we will be making meals for 600,000 people! 
7. My Tigers clinched the American League Central, and are going to the Post-Season for the second year in a row. They will be playing the Oakland A’s and the last time they met in the Playoffs, the Tiger’s ended up in the World Series! Bless You Boys!
Well, that was my first 7 Quick Takes….maybe next week I’ll have some better material! 
Blessings, 
Megan 

Favorite Fall Recipe

My favorite fall recipe is my mom’s pumpkin chocolate chip bread…

We make this every year, and it is best when fresh from the oven, or warmed in the microwave. Served with a hot cup of Chai Tea, or coffee….yum! 
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 t. soda
  • 1/2 t. nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. cloves
  • 1 1/2 t. salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2/3 cup cold water
  • 2 cups pumpkin
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (optional, but recommended)
Bake at 350 degrees. If using a large loaf pan, bake for about an hour. And, if using mini loaf pans, bake for about 40 minutes. Poke a toothpick in the center of your loaf, when it comes out clean, it’s done.
This is one of the greatest fall recipes I know, and it makes great Thanksgiving neighbor gifts, or to share with family!
Enjoy!
Blessings, 
Megan