Thursday, April 28, 2011

Brain Food

As mentioned in an earlier blog post, I need to snack while I'm studying.  Maybe it's because I eat during stressful situations.  Maybe I need to actively move my jaw like a cud-chewing cow to stay awake and focus.  Maybe it's because I just like to eat.  Yup, i think it's that last one.

Thanks to the lovely Oh, Mishka, I discovered a powerhouse snack food for my late night study marathon: Roasted Chickpeas!  I tweaked her recipe a bit, and decided to just use seasoned salt.  I figured something spicy wouldn't be the best idea for a late night snack.  Boy are these li'l guys TASTY!  Also, I don't feel guilty eating handfuls of them because chickpeas are a healthy food :)  win.

But wait...there's more.  Of course, with all that salty goodness, I needed something sweet to balance out my tastebuds.  So Matt made a white cake from scratch, and I made some peanut butter frosting to put on it.  YUM.  So much for the healthy snacks.

And what about the "brain food" that helps me procrastinate and avoid studying?  Because it's not really a time waster if you are learning something or exercising your mind, right?!

Well first there is, an abundant treasure trove of interesting factoids and links from the interwebz.  Mental Floss also hosts a monthly trivia contest called How Did You Know? which is like an online easter egg hunt.  A site that I just recently rediscovered is, with all of it's ridiculous quizzes, like the Chemical Element Border Blitz!  I also have a plethora of crossword and sudoku puzzle books around the apartment.  Lastly, have you heard about Google's new daily search engine trivia game?  A Google a Day is a creative way to learn new and interesting facts while at the same time, allowing Google to do research on their search engine capabilities.  Every day the question gets harder and harder (a la NYTimes Crosswords).  It's pretty fun!

OK, 5 more days of cramming and examming, and I will be officially done with my first semester of grad school!  I can do this!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

a Simple Woman's Daybook

I have been pretty exhausted and suffering from writer's block due to it being the end of my first semester as a graduate student.  Thus, I am doing a little meme that I've seen on a few of my favorite blogs.  Here is the original concept that I tweaked a bit.  Since Wednesday/Hump Day is usually considered the worst and most tiring day of the week, perhaps I will continue this as a weekly Wednesday post.  So for now, here are some simple thoughts for the day...

there are lots and lots of BUGS!  They fly around our porch light and get into the house whenever we open the door.  McGhee loves chasing the intruders junebugs.
to bed as soon as this post is written!  I should sleep but I will most likely watch something on Netflix on the ol' iPad.
for my husband who puts up with me when I am crabby from multiple all nighters of studying.
of my family who I haven't talked with in a while since I've been buried in textbooks and papers.  I'm still alive and I love and miss all of you!!
Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation" from the opening credits of Freaks and Geeks.  Just watched that show over the past 2 days (as a reward system for myself, I was allowed to watch one episode per 1 hour of paper-writing/studying...hehehe) and it was AWESOME.
for our friend's little daughter who is in the hospital.  She's been sick and they don't know what's wrong :(  praying for a speedy recovery, for the wisdom of the doctors, and for peace for our friends.
it is a huge mess - books and papers and dirty dishes and soda cans - from my studying frenzy. 
brown sugar chewies!! one of my favorite desserty snacks!
see above :)
study. take exam. repeat.
From our recent visit to the New Orleans Aquarium...those are some funny looking sea-life!
Game of Thrones.  Have you seen the new HBO series?!  I haven't watched any of it yet, because I am waiting until all my exams are over with and so I can finish the last 20% of the book.  It is SO good.  If you like fantasy or back stabbing politics (heh) this book (actually from the series A Song of Ice and Fire) is a MUST read!that people aren't lying when they say it gets hot in Mississippi.  It has been in the mid to upper 80s and I am DYING already. Its not really the heat that bothers me, but the humidity. I will surely melt away in July and August.


Sunday, April 24, 2011

He is Risen!

He suffered and died so that I may live.  He rose again so that I would believe.  

Oh how He loves a sinner like me.

He can move the mountains
My God is mighty to save
He is mighty to save
Author of Salvation
He rose & conquered the grave
Jesus conquered the grave

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead... 1 Peter 1:3

Monday, April 11, 2011

Star Wars: the musical?

Oh. my. goodness.  A simple little equation for you:

1 = In high school I was a big theatre nerd, and I am still a huge fan of musicals.  I've seen numerous Broadway shows and touring casts, and have performed in many community theater and high school productions.

2 = You all already know of my love for Star Wars.

1 + 2 = 3

3 being this awful/amazing production of Star Wars the Musical.  While watching, I am particularly enjoying playing the "name that musical tune" game (there are some obscure ones...I'm impressed!) in addition to enjoying the awful witty lyrics that often don't rhyme or follow the musical phrase.


Star Wars the Musical: Act 1, Part 1 from Funny Farm Films on Vimeo.

Friday, April 8, 2011

What a Week

Monday was our 2nd anniversary!  Matt and I aren't really big "celebration" people, but we made a chocolate rum cake and played some Halo:Reach since we had received our second controller in the mail that day.  I'm thinking we should do something awesome for our anniversary in 2 years though, because it will be our 4th celebration on 4/4!  hehehe.

I love my husband so much and I am so thankful that the Lord has blessed us in our struggles, even when we don't seem to recognize it.  How we have managed to get married, finish college, move cross country for graduate school, and pay rent on part-time salaries is only by God's grace and provision!

Tuesday was full of studying in preparation for...

Wednesday I had an exam in Med Phys which covered physiology of the cell, pulmonary, renal, and muscle systems.  I thought I did well...or better than the first two exams.  Got our grades today and I did "better", but still got a less than average grade.  Lots to think about for my future...which will come in another post.

Thursday I had an exam in my Med Phys Special Topics class which was on Endocrine and GI physiology.  Because I poured most of my efforts into my exam on Wed, I didn't feel as prepared for this one.  I'm not expecting good results...

Which brings us to...

Friday, Friday, gettin' down on know it's already been stuck in your head all day :)  I discovered the amazingness of freezer paper stencils last night.  While I was skeptical (it looked like my paint and textile medium mixture was too runny) and thought it would bleed, I rejoiced to find that my stencil provided a crisp clean image on my old tank top!

hi-tech stencil material...i found it funny that the box
lists its use for crafts, and not necessarily for the freezer... 
mix acrylic paint and textile medium, paint and
 let it dry on the fabric for 24 hrs, but I read on a craft forum 

that you can cheat and use a blow dryer to speed the drying process.
after paint is dry, heat set according to instructions
on textile medium bottle - iron 3-5 min medium setting
this makes the paint "set" into the fabric and it isn't stiff

I am a Jedi, like my father before me...
I have many, many, many, nerdy shirt designs planned for this weekend.  The possibilities are endless!  This is especially good considering our plans to attend Disney's Star Wars Weekends in May and Dragon*Con in the fall!!  Gotta stock up on awesome shirts!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Dreamz with a Z...

I have always had a very active and creative imagination.  When I was little, I had not one, but TWO imaginary friends.  When I was a little older in elementary school, my friends and I would "play" different characters from our favorite book series (which included The Babysitter's Club and Animorphs).  Not to mention a game called "Civil War" that my friend and I made up using colored marbles on a trampoline "battlefield."

So it shouldn't surprise you that I have CRAZY dreams.  Many times they are in "video game" format where I am trying to "beat" different levels in my dream (how about THAT, Inception?).  Sometimes they are in the form of a fantasy epic journey, such as the one where I had to help a group of refugees escape from a landscape with crumbling ground and rain that fell UP into the sky.  How does that even work?!  Sometimes they are altered memories from my past, and sometimes I don't remember my dreams at all.

Well last night, I had another fun one.  We were battling DINOSAURS with LIGHTSABERS.  And this makes perfect sense to me due to what I was doing before bed last night: watching episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and playing my new favorite iPad addiction game, Pocket Frogs.


I should really keep a dream journal.

P.S. The title of this post comes from the so-bad-its-good movie, American Dreamz, with Mandy Moore and Hugh Grant.  If you love American Idol, watch and enjoy this parody.  If you hate American Idol, watch and enjoy this parody :)