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Thursday, March 21, 2013

What's Left of my Sanity






I have been slacking BIG TIME on my blog lately. Finally figured out why. Papers I've had to write have been more demanding than they were in the past. By the time I'm done with them I am wiped out! No desire to write anymore whatsoever. So it's beyond difficult for me to come on here and crank out a post. I've been cutting out things that have added to my stress level so I won't feel so overwhelmed trying to fit everything in. Which means I'm going to stop posting for a while. Just until things calm down for me. It sucks having to say that, but I need to save what's left of my sanity  so I can focus on getting my degree finished with. It's not goodbye forever, just for right now. I'll miss y'all! Ta ta for now :-(

Monday, March 11, 2013

Daylight Savings


Oh it's that time of year again. Time to lose an hour of time. I'd love to know who's idea it was to do this whole Daylight Savings thing anyways. One of the many things I love about technology is not having to reset my clocks. Used to be a pain having to run all over the house checking every clock. Microwave, TV, VCR, radio, alarm clock, watch.....annoying.


Funny Reminders Ecard: Thanks for reminding me to change my clocks that change themselves.


Now that I've gotten that off my chest LOL! Time for me to finish my first paper of the semester. Comparing domestic violence beliefs between the U.S. and four other countries. Decided to give myself a break and play one of those hidden object games and let my brain take a rest from my note taking session. After the things I read my brain was very happy to have that break. It's a sad sad world we live in. Soon as I'm done writing I'll treat myself to The Walking Dead, Once Upon A Time and Revenge.


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Back to the Grind

I think it finally just set in that I'm a senior in college. This isn't something I thought I was going to be able to say considering my history. Right out of high school I was talked into going to this school I had no interest in. Friends of my mom worked at the school, they said it was a good school and I would be well taken care of. Fast forward to 6 months after I've been enrolled: switched majors twice, had a breakdown thanks to the stress of dealing with the jerk I was dating at the time. So I packed up and left that school. Apparently departments don't communicate well because they had no clue I was gone until 3 months after I'd left. Mind you my mom and I went through the process of filling out all the necessary paperwork for me to leave the school.

Took some time off and decided to go to culinary school. That was a mistake. I have no desire to live that kind of hectic lifestyle. Missing birthdays,  holidays, not being able to spend time with your family. I struck out with my first two schools so when I started at Kaplan I decided I'd do everything to make sure this wouldn't be strike 3. Which is why I'm so happy I've made it this far and the finish line is getting closer every day. My expected graduation date is 12/24/13....now that's what I call a Merry Christmas!

Anyways, I've started working ahead a little on my first project which looks like it'll be a doozy. Should be an interesting semester though. I've got great professors again and that makes seminars so much better. Plus the topics are really interesting, domestic violence and organized crime. Well time for me to get some work done. I'll try not to be too scarce but school comes first.


Thursday, February 28, 2013

My Adventures with Cupping

Well yesterday was another adventure in the world of alternative medicine. From last Thursday to Sunday I had this sharp pain in the back of my shoulders and my sides. Figured it might be referred pain from the acupuncture, so I brought it up to her this week. So she decided to do some dry cupping in addition to my acupuncture treatment. What's dry cupping you ask.....well let me tell you. Now I couldn't see what she was doing because I was face down, I could only feel it. So I went to WebMD and they helped me out with an explanation for it.

There are two forms of cupping: dry cupping (suction only) and wet cupping (combo of suction and controlled bleeding). The first time I went for acupuncture treatment she did wet cupping on my calves to help my circulation. This time she did dry cupping. According to WebMD: During both types of cupping, a flammable substance such as alcohol, herbs, or paper is placed in a cup and set on fire. As the fire goes out, the cup is placed upside down on the patient's skin. As the air inside the cup cools, it creates a vacuum. This causes the skin to rise and redden as blood vessels expand. The cup is generally left in place for five to 10 minutes.

So this is what the cups she used on me looked like:
courtesy of http://www.acuwang.com/image/cupping.jpg
Before she started she asked if I was going out this weekend.

Then she explained that cupping leaves bruises on the body. So if I was going out somewhere that required say a backless dress, then she wasn't going to do it. Which is understandable considering how you look afterwards. 

So here's pictures of cupping bruises other people have had:
courtesy of http://www.cuppingtherapy.org/images/swimmer.jpg; http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40364000/jpg/_40364255_paltro203ok.jpg and http://jonathanlarsen.com/log/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/dscn3427.jpg

And here's pictures of my cupping bruises. My chocolate skin makes it a little difficult to see my bruises. Plus there wasn't great lighting in the bathroom where I took these pictures (shootout to Cosi my favorite coffee place!). But if you look close you can see indents on my lower back from where she cupped me. 
See that swirly looking thing that's where one of the cups was

Honky tonk badakadonk


She put 11 of those things on me and I have to say it was weird. I guess it's similar to what it would feel like if I got down and dirty with an octopus. It didn't hurt there was just pressure from where the cups were sucking on me. So 15-20 mins later I'm done with cupping and she puts 19 acupuncture needles in me.....like so:
2 inches of acupuncture goodness


I'm starting to think she has a thing with odd numbers, which is funny cause I have a thing with even numbers. It's part of my slight case of OCD. Anywho, I got about 45 mins to an hour of moderate relief after it was all said and done. Of course I would've been a lot more relaxed if it wasn't for the IGNORANT COW who decided the "No Cell Phone Use" sign on the wall in the waiting room didn't apply to her. The room I was in is right in front of the waiting room so I had to hear her babbling about nonsense until my acupuncturist said something to her. You're not special honey, no cell phones mean no cell phones! What part of "Quiet Please" don't you understand?! Well classes have started back up again today and I'm looking forward to this semester. 11 projects (what is that my lucky number for today or what??) and some cool professors. One professor loves southern rock, country and basically every genre of music I love and likes to play music before class start. My other one sounds like he's going to be a lot of fun too. Senior year LET'S GET IT ON!!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Busy Bee Eats: Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin

So I stole this recipe from my friend Maura's blog and I have to say it sounds sooo yummy! I do love a good crock pot meal. Something about letting a meal just simmer all day and filling the house with the smell of yummy foods....sorry had to wipe the drool off my keyboard. Anyway check out the link to her blog and try the recipe for yourself. Oh and if you try it let me know how it turned out!

Busy Bee Eats: Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin

Monday, February 25, 2013

Random Moments

So many parents think that if their child asks them to buy something then that's the only way to make them happy. They waste hundreds of dollars on buying the hot new gadget, or the same clothes every other kid is wearing. The only thing that does is make a spoiled child temporarily happy. People put so much emphasis on the amount of money they spend on their child and expect that to be a symbol of their love. Smartphones, tablets, expensive clothes.....those aren't symbols of love. Those are just things to satisfy them for the moment.

When children get older they don't use the things their parents bought as a measure of how much they were loved. They talk about moments. Not just birthdays and holidays, but random moments. When I look back on my childhood the random moments are the ones that stick out the most. There are things my mom bought me that I do remember, but there are memories attached to them. Like my Easy Bake Oven. I remember making so many of those little cakes for my mom to try out. Of course when I think about it now I can see through her attempts to try and choke down those awful cakes. But it's not like all I remember is getting the oven, I remember playing with my mom and being silly with her. There's a memory attached to it so it's not like all I remember is the object, it's the experience.

That's what children take away from their childhood when they grow up. Things mean nothing compared to moments and simple traditions. Traditions like having a family dinner or something like a family game night. Those are the moments that help build memories. Speaking of family game night we had one recently, more like game day. The boyfriend had his son over for the weekend and we decided if we're going to stay in we might as well make the most of it.

So while I was working on some things for school his son was busy playing with his wrestling game. He decided to turn his dad and I into wrestlers, and I thought that was so cute. So he and his dad are the Tag Team champions and I'm the Diva's Champion woot woot. After he was done with his game we decided to play Monopoly because he's never played the original version. Apparently what they say about beginner's luck applies to kids too because he wiped the floor with us! Soon as he learned how to get hotels he had a hotel on EVERYTHING! Now if you've ever played Monopoly you know that in the right spots having a strip of hotels is all you need to bankrupt someone fast. Despite the fact that we lost we had a great time though. It was a lot of fun sitting down and playing a game together. Just taking that time to have some quality downtime together was awesome.

Children just want you to spend time with them. Doesn't have to be anything big like a trip around the world, although that'd be really cool. They just want that quality time from random moments that'll leave a lasting impression on their lives.

Friday, February 22, 2013

More International Love


Every once in a while I like to give a big THANK YOU to the readers from near and far who take the time to click on my blog. So a HUGE THANK YOU to readers from the following countries:

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