Dear Anatomy professor-
Remember yesterday when made an announcement to the class that "Kristen seriously needs to improve her test taking skills!"?! It was kind of rude. I am embarrassed to say that I cried on the way home. It isn't a pretty quality, lady.While I was polite and just muttered "thanks" to you, here's something that you should know.
This is undoubtedly the hardest summer of my life. My two sisters just moved across the country and my parents are in the process of doing the same.They are selling the house that I grew up in. The kitchen where I learned how to cook. The bedroom that I cried myself to sleep when my heart was broken. The driveway that I learned how to drive in.
All of these changes have caused my health to go haywire. I'm dealing with it. Your comment yesterday was a trigger for me. Another reminder that I am not the best at everything (or anything!) and it hurt me. Before you criticize someone in public, know their story. You have no idea what is going on in someone's life.
I have not missed a single class, assignment or even left a second early. I have not given up when it would be the easy thing to do considering your teaching is less than stellar. And I am not planning on it.
So here's a hint-if you have a comment for a student, say it in private. Don't embarrass them to make yourself seem funny.
Almost two months since I have been here?! Craziness. I feel the need to recap and write about why I wasn't posting (not that anyone cares, but for my journey).
Honestly, this semester has been incredibly hard on me.
Between school work, a new part-time job, family moving, etc., I saw my old unhealthy habits come back with a vengeance.
There were times that I thought about coming here and writing about it-being real, but it is scary. I am a nutrition major because I LOVE FOOD! and admitting that sometimes I let my anxiety get the best of me is hard.
This week has been good for my soul. The sun is finally out and shining, and I think that winter really is over-finally! I am motivated to be healthy and happy and not to dwell on the times that I mess up. This winter was looooong and cold.
Yesterday, my friend Kayla and I went on a long run. She is running a half with me at the end of the month and it will be her first one. We started talking about things that we have been struggling with and it was such a blessing to me. I never knew that we shared some of the same issues, and I don't feel so alone about it.
How fitting that it is April 1, not meaning April Fool's Day, but the first day of a new month.
I am committing April to be a month of HEALTH & HAPPINESS!
Writing a blog post at 6:30 AM on a Sunday morning?
I blame my upstairs neighbors who woke me up with their extremely loud fighting at 3:00. Ugh.
Currently I am 4 cups of coffee deep for the day and well into a few episodes of Gilmore Girls.
In other news, have I mentioned that I love my major?!
On Friday I made oatmeal for breakfast, put some almond butter and bananas in it and then checked Instagram while I ate. Turns out that Friday was National Peanut Butter Day! Only nutrition majors would celebrate that. Of course I then had to document.
For homework this weekend, one of my assignments was to write a paper about the KitchenAid mixer aka my favorite appliance ever!
And to be educational, I am really enjoying my nutrition through the life cycle class.
I am excited for this one: Nutrition Through the Life Cycle, Food Prep, Microbiology and Organic Chem. While doubling up on sciences will be tricky, I am going in with a confident mind-set!
I CAN DO THIS!
Last semester was a stressful one and I am determined to handle school-stress more efficiently this time. Here's how:
1. Go to spin class 3 mornings a week
2. Meal plan and prep every week
3. Go for a run when feeling stressed!
4. Allow some downtime-not always go-go-go
I am feeling good about this semester already.
Bring it on!
My best friend and I have held a tradition for the past few years of making homemade pizza and watching the award shows together. Sadly, she was cruising the Caribbean tonight, but I still made our pizza without her!
I like to load my pizza with whatever vegetables I have on hand-I even like black beans on it. Also, the original recipe calls for oil but I use applesauce instead. Try it!
Golden Globes Veggie Pizza
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons of applesauce
2 1/2 cups flour
dissolve yeast in the warm water. add the rest of the ingredients and let rise for 5 minutes.
1 bell pepper
crushed red pepper
salt & pepper
spray a 11x7 pan and spread the pizza dough.
Add your toppings and bake at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Back to the Globes...I wasn't too impressed with the dresses this year but this was my fave.
My mom and I share a disdain for the month of January.
I'm not sure if it's just the post-holiday blues or the bitter cold, but either way you slice it, January stinks. Along with the rest of America, I will be upping my workouts and focusing on my diet to get things in line after the holidays. Fun stuff, right?
If only this was my view each day....
I still have two more weeks of winter break-YES!-and I am trying to savor them.
I have been cooking a lot for my family: this weekend was cream of wild rice & chicken soup, biscuits, taco salad another night..watching father of the bride pt. 1 and pt. 2, and just relaxing.
Honestly, as much as I have realized that I am not a 'college person', I am thankful in many ways that God changed my views and that I decided to go. I never would have realized how important it is to actively spend time with family.
That is another thing that I want to focus on this year. Being present with my family and my friends, and anyone that I encounter really. 2014 is the year that I am leaving the past behind, baby!!