Monday, January 31, 2011

school always gets in the way of the fun stuff

so this is what i'm currently dealing with:

and this is what i wish i were currently dealing with:
if only this were a perfect world...
have a good night!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

wrapping up the weekend

 i'm sick. yep, i've got the cough, stuffy nose, and raspy voice to prove it. totally not how i wanted to spend my weekend, but i didn't really have a choice in the matter. i still managed to fit some fun things in this weekend, though.

i went to a yogalates on saturday with my roommate, which was actually really nice. some of the moves were a little hard {balance wise}, but it made me feel so free and peaceful afterward. we went to chipotle right after, which was a little disappointing. it's definitely not as good as moe's or tijuana flats. i think i'm in love with tijuana flats now, which is okay with me. i want some right now.

i hit the mall today and managed to get a cardigan and a necklace. the cardigan is so comfy, i can't take it off!

this week will be a hectic week for me, which i am not looking forward to, but that's life. well, college life. i have three exams to study for. yay.

how was your weekend?

Friday, January 28, 2011

i really love this

 i follow 'tinybuddha' on twitter, and today they tweeted something that caught my attention. it was an article on "25 ways to be a better friend." i love lists like this that help you to be a better you, so i thought you might all want to read it, too.

1. Always be there, even in silence. (Nerrisa Nam)
2. Be kind and listen. Be fun and light. Be serious when needed, love extensively, and forgive always. (Sandra Lumb)
3. Don’t be scared to tell each other the truth no matter how difficult it may be. (Eva Valencia)
4. Guide each other in times of need with your honest opinions. (Ashna Singh)
5. A true friend is someone who always listens and is genuinely interested in the good and bad, and someone who calls or writes just to say hello. (Kimberly McCarthy)
6. Be loyal in confidence and character, always open and inviting to share concerns, always honest even if you disagree. (Peggy Turner Beatty)
7. A true friend tries his best to cheer you up when you are upset and makes you feel special. (Kalpana Tewani)
8. Try and improve their life though your friendship. (Barry Cassidy)
9. Be who you truly are—be that vulnerable–and provide the other person the space, safety and choice to do the same. (Cynthia Ruprecht Hunt)
10. Be genuinely happy when they get, receive, or achieve something you truly desire. (Heather Tucker)
11. Share the truth in your heart, without the fear of misunderstandings. (Ricardo Marques)
12. Be loyal and forgive but above all: love and respect. (Casey Jo Wagner)
13. Accept the person as they are, as an individual, without conditions. Also, as important as it is for you to be there for them, sometimes you have to be willing to let them be there for you. (Casey Kimes)
14. Remain friends despite a person’s choices in life and don’t bail on them when they aren’t who you want them to be. (Kim Shaw)
15. A true friend always supports the person but doesn’t feel compelled to support the situation. A true friend knows how and when to say the firm, “No.” (Leslie Mollay)
16. Help yourself and those closest to you grow. To live means to grow, and a true friend is someone that you can honestly say has helped define you as an individual. (Kevin Ball)
17. Celebrate the wins and being there to support the losses. Keep your word and acknowledge it when you don’t. (Margalit Ward)
18. Walk in to a friend’s aid when others are walking out. (Larry Stilts)
19. Don’t hold grudges over petty disagreements. (Annika de Korte)
20. Show up! You can pretend to care but you cannot pretend to show up. (Sherri Levy)
21. A true friend is someone you feel as comfortable with as you do when you are by yourself. No illusions, no holding back. (Liz McConomy)
22. Be there for the other person in the same way you would be there for yourself. Granted, if you can’t be there for yourself, that’s probably something you should address first. (Elizabeth McDaniels)
23. Don’t let your own stuff get in the way. The ego is powerful. (Sabrina Toffey)
24. Know someone’s least admirable characteristics and still love and support them. (Talia Startsman)

p.s. i hope you start following through with these! i found them extremely helpful. i'm already thinking of how i can follow through with these to be the best kind of friend to those that are close to me.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

plans for the weekend

because i'm staying on campus this weekend, it was important that i find something to do. i absolutely hate being in my room, doing nothing but sleeping and studying {although the first part does sound nice}, so of course, i had to plan something.

tomorrow my roommate and i are going to go see "no strings attached," and then we're going to meet some girls for pizza at the local pizza place in town. i honestly have no idea why i haven't had a chance to try it, i've heard nothing but good things about it. and then we're going to end the night doing girly things, like manis/pedis, movies, and girl talk. i'm actually quite excited {i mean, who wouldn't be?}. it'll be a nice change. i'm so used to not being at school on the weekend, that i might actually want to stay here more often!

i'm not too sure what i'm doing the rest of the weekend. i know saturday morning i have an event to go to for a club i'm in, and saturday night i have to go see a play for a class i'm in. looks like the rest of my time will be spent on studying {i have four exams within the next two weeks}. oh what fun.

i hope you have a good weekend!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

real birthday

today is my real birthday! i'm 20 today! how crazy!

my roommate took me to lunch at tijuana flats, where i had the most delicious chicken enchiladas. yummmmmm. and i also had this really awesome dessert, called cookie dough flautas. seriously, so good and so sweet. they're now a staple for whenever i go to tijuana flats again.

she also gave me survivor by chuck palahniuk {which i can't wait to start reading!}, essie nail polish, and some shower goodies. best roommate ever? i think so!

oh, and i can't forget to mention that nik bought me this really cute shirt and my lunch when we had a girls day out. i really do have the best of friends. love love love them.

p.s. my r.a. left this for me on my door tonight. win.


Monday, January 24, 2011

fake birthday

this past weekend, i went home to celebrate my birthday early with my fam. it was great, just as expected. i even had time to see my two best girls! i just wish i were still home, spending time with everyone, but i'm not. instead, i'm sitting on my bed, attempting to write a news report that is due in approximately five hours from now. poo.

so here's what went down this weekend:

thursday night i drove to see the boyfriend. we were in the mood for some good food, and decided to celebrate our anniversary early, too. {it was yesterday. our one year, eight month anniversary to be exact.} so, we headed over to our favorite italian chain restaurant. yep, you guessed it, olive garden. i'm never one to turn down endless amounts of salad and breadsticks, so i was in heaven. that is, until my entree arrived. ew. i took a chance and ordered a new dish {stuffed chicken marsala}, and let me tell you, what a mistake that was. seriously, it was not stuffed. in fact, the dish was merely two chicken breasts stacked on top of each other drizzled in a strong, not-so-tasty wine. so i traded thomas for his usual chicken alfredo, which was alright. i need to just stick with what i know and love: chicken milanese. yum.

friday, after thomas got out of class, we drove home. that night consisted of our traditional trip to target, along with one of my favorite home-cooked meals by my mother, spaghetti and garlic bread. and then later that night, my best friend came over. the night consisted of ice cream and catching up, which are always favorite past times of mine. along with spending time with this fella.
saturday morning, i woke up to warm and delicious lemon poppy seed muffins and eggs, thanks to my mother. {isn't she the best?} and headed to the mall with my two girlfriends, lindz and nik. we shopped and ate the oh-so-healthy food court dishes {i had a pretzel}. afterwards, my family and i decided to go thrifting, because my mom is the best at thrifting. she always finds good stuff, no matter the location. however, this trip was, in a word, a fail. none of us really found anything, except this gem thomas found me.
 later that night, my mom made an absoutely delicious birthday dinner. it consisted of meatloaf {my favorite}, roasted red potatoes, steamed squash, cauliflower, broccoli, and fresh out of the oven rolls. it was amazing. then we had cake, which was strawberry with cream cheese frosting. yum.
we ended the night with the movie buried. let me just tell you, that was not a favorite. in fact, i really disliked it. i'm all for happy movies, so this was not a good choice for me.
and yesterday thomas and i went to chilli's for lunch. and we ended up with free chips and queso, which made it even better! the night ended with thomas making dinner for me, which was delish, of course. 
overall, it was such a good weekend. the best fake birthday i've ever had. i want it back. and maybe a nap, too.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

yep, i'm shy.

 this weekend, i'm heading home to celebrate my birthday {ahem, twentieth birthday} with my loving family and boyfriend. although my birthday isn't until tuesday, i'm happy to celebrate early with my family. i've missed them!

so tonight i went to a meet & greet for a club i'm thinking about joining. let me just tell you, i'm shy. really shy, when it comes to meeting new people and having to mingle. i just don't know what to say, and conversation seems almost forced. however, i was able to meet quite a few people and just be myself. well, a quieter slightly sick version of myself. {yeah, you heard right. i'm getting sick. thanks, immune system. i was just praising you for keeping me healthy...}

needless to say, i think joining this club will help me break out of my shell. which means i can finally say good-bye to slightly awkward shy sarah. au revoir!
 look how precious! i'm trying to convince thomas we need a pet for his apartment.
one of these will work!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

goodness gracious

i'm so tired! and by tired, i mean exhausted. and by exhausted, i mean i could probably fall over and go to sleep right on the floor. getting up at six in the morning to leave your boyfriend and drive an hour and a half back to school sure is tiring.

instead of napping all day, i decided to take a break from homework, 
and do a few things that make me happy.
 such as:
 painting my nails red. fierce!
and caught up on all my favorite shows. eeeek!

so now i'll leave you with a photo of what an overly tired/in dire need of sleep soon sarah looks like.

Monday, January 17, 2011

this morning

so this morning, thomas asked me if i was hungry, which of course is a stupid question, because duh! i'm always hungry! and he proceeded to tell me that he wanted to take me to village inn! let me just tell you, village inn is my absolute FAVORITE breakfast restaurant. i realize the general group of customers that also love village inn are above the age of 55, but that's just another thing i love about it.

so after looking around town for our precious breakfast spot, we found it! {when it closed down in our hometown, we were devastated. however, we managed to find one near thomas' school, which is just awesome!} every time we go, we tell ourselves that we want to try something different, but we always chicken out and end up getting our favorites. there's nothing wrong with the familiar...
so i ended up with chocolate pancakes {which are huuuuge}, over easy eggs, and bacon. yum! and thomas got the chicken fried steak skillet. i'm not gonna lie, even though thomas' meal isn't something i would get, it's still hearty and delicious. and we ended our little morning date at target, of course. my favorite store ever. okay, well maybe not ever, but it's definitely up there.

hope you're having a good day despite all the rain.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

studyin' it up

as of right now, thomas and i are sitting in panera, eating/studying/doing homework. although it's not exactly the most glamorous date, it's still a date. not to mention yummy.
thomas has been sick for the past week, so i came to medicate him and nurse him back to health. and i managed to not get sick. thank you, immune system, for stayin' strong and keeping me healthy. i owe you one.

i'm quite excited about not having class tomorrow, which is why i'm trying to tackle all of my homework now, so i can relax and read my stack of magazines that i've been neglecting. to be honest, i would love to re-read my harry potter books, even though i've just finished them. i really really enjoyed them, and now i feel sort of empty and bored without reading them. totally channeling my inner-nerd. but hey, it's harry potter, who doesn't like those books?

hope you have a great holiday, i plan on sleeping in!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

and this is why I love my roommate

because she doesn't mind taking weird pictures of herself for me on pizza night!
{by the way, it was stuffed crust if you were wondering}

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

my favorite thing ever

Whenever I'm in a downer sort of mood, or I'm upset with school {which seems to happen a lot}, Thomas seems to always know how to ease my mind and make me laugh. How? He sings to me. Not only that, but the songs he sings are his own. As in, he makes them up on the spot. 
And for that, I love him. A lot.

Monday, January 10, 2011

oh boy

So I just got out of my three hour lab. It's three hours long and it's from 7:30 to 10:30 at night. If you're wondering why I would ever take a class that late, it's because I have to. It's a required lab for my major, and unfortunately the scheduling gods weren't looking out for me when it came time to make my spring semester schedule. Ho hum. There's nothing I can do about it now, except keep going {duh, it's required}, and maybe complain about it a few times...

But anyway, how was your weekend? I spent mine with my family and boyfriend for my sister's birthday. She really enjoyed the dinner Thomas made for her. I'm pretty sure we all did, it was that
good. He roasted two whole chickens {in a pot of veggies, yum!}, made garlic cous cous, corn on the cob, and baked whole wheat rolls. Delicious. Oh, and I made my sister a cake. We all got extremely impatient and decided to not let it cool before frosting, which led to melted chocolate icing on top of warm cake. Let me just say, sometimes it's worth it to be impatient because the warmth of the cake made it ten times better.
{If you didn't notice, the frosting is dripping off the side of the cake pan. Yeah, it was that warm...}

{Even the candles bent a little bit from the heat. I swear it wasn't that hot!}

{My mom told him to...}


I'm not sure what I'll be doing this weekend, but I do know that I'm quite excited about the fact that I do not have class this coming Monday. I'm in need of a nice break already two weeks into school...not a good sign. But that's life, so I'll get through it, I always do.

I hope you have a wonderful night!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

gloomy and miserable

Yep, the words gloomy and miserable pretty much summarize my day yesterday. For yesterday was the first day of spring semester classes. To make matters worse, the weather {who is currently not my friend} decided to rain and pour all day, making it not so awesome having to walk to class in. Gross.

But on a happier note, after my two classes this morning, I'm going home for my sister's birthday. She's going to be thirteen on Saturday. What?! Yeah, I know. I think it's pretty crazy, too. She's growing up so fast! I'm pretty excited for her birthday dinner, Thomas is cooking for her. Mmmm. I'm already thinking about wearing my elastic band pants for this meal. They'll be much needed...

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

how could I forget?

So in yesterday's post, I briefly mentioned the fact that my wonderful boyfriend just recently had a birthday. A twentieth birthday, as a matter of fact. I know 20 isn't 21, but hey, it's still a big number. I mean, Thomas is now officially an adult. Whoa. It's gettin' crazy all of a sudden...

But back to Thomas' birthday. We really didn't do anything too exciting during the day. Just spending time with his family was enough for us. At dinner time, his mom made him his favorite homemade lasagna, along with delicious garlic bread. For his cake, we had homemade carrot cake with cream cheese icing {also his favorite}. I know I mentioned this here, but I just wanted to specify that these dishes were made especially for him, because he was, of course, the Birthday Boy, er Birthday Man. Something like that.

Speaking of Thomas, I had to drive him to the ER yesterday morning because he burned his hand at school {he goes to culinary school, pretty cool, huh?}. Poor thing couldn't keep an icepack off his hand for a whole thirty seconds without looking like a sad puppy. But he's all better now. Good thing, too, because I was scared!

So, I didn't take any pictures on his actual birthday {fail} because, well, I suck. Plus, I'm really bad at remembering to capture these sorts of moments. But I'm working on it!
 So here's just a photo of Thomas at the airport. {This is him giving me "the look" after I asked if I could use my cell phone on the know, to listen to my music and totally NOT go online.} Fail again.

Monday, January 3, 2011

what a week it's been!

Goodness, this past week has been so busy! I haven't had time to blog as much as I would have liked {more like not at all}, but here I am. So let's play catch up!

On Christmas Day, after a huge Christmas breakfast with my family, Thomas and I boarded a plane and flew to Texas to visit with his family for a week!
{Thomas and I at Chilli's in the airport, before boarding the plane}

During our time in Texas, Thomas' mother cooked each meal for us {before leaving, Thomas told me his mother was a great cook, and she did not disappoint.}, even dessert was amazing! Some of my favorite dishes were her homemade lasagna, sesame breadsticks, plov {one of the best meals I've ever had!}, and the best, in my opinion, were the appetizers she made on New Year's Eve, which included pepperoni bread, sausage buttons, bruschetta, and tiropitas {ricotta and all sorts of other yummy cheeses wrapped and folded in filo dough}.

She even baked for us! I mean, this woman is a Saint. Cookies and candy made prior to our arrival, made special for us? Score. She made homemade peppermint bark, Mexican wedding cake cookies, lace cookies {my fav!}, carrot cake with cream cheese icing {for Thomas' 20th birthday- oh. my. gosh. he's 20 already!}, and a deliciously sweet apple pie.

{These are the lace cookies. Although the picture doesn't quite give them justice, these cookies are delicious!}

I can't forget to mention the fact that Thomas made dinner on Wednesday night. He made bacon-wrapped chicken breast, corn on the cob, and parmesan risotto. Let me just say, that this was the BEST chicken I have ever had. Seriously, not to be weird, but it was the juiciest, most tender chicken I have ever had, and I've had my share of chicken. Anyway, I'm proud to say that my boyfriend will make a fine chef, for he has my support, and I will always be down to for some samples. {I really wish I would have taken a picture of the meal, but I ate it too fast to reach for a camera....}

Other than eating, Thomas and I went out shopping a few times, which obviously I loved. My two favorite places that we hit were Ulta {my favorite beauty shop}, where I got nail polish {even a sparkly one for New Years!}, and World Market, which is awesome. Basically, it's a store that has all sorts of foods from around the world, along with foreign furniture and kitchen utensils. Needless to say, we were in love. We got dark chocolate almond biscotti, chocolate panda cookies, and cheddar soy  tortilla chips. Yum! The only disappointment was that they were out of the Kinder Biscuit candies Santa brought us in our stockings. Boo.

Hmm. What else? Oh yes! Almost every night after dinner/dessert, all of us gathered 'round the table and played board games. The game that we seemed to play the most is called Fluxx. I can't really explain it, because I wouldn't really know how to, but just know it's a really fun card game. There are different varieties of Fluxx, such as Zombie, Martian, Monty Python, and Stoner. I'm sure you're totally lost, so again, I'll just tell you how much I enjoyed it {which was a lot}.

On New Year's Eve, Thomas and I went out to lunch with Jorge, Thomas' mom's boyfriend. We went to Pei Wei, which to be honest, wasn't that great. I was excepting some delicious Chinese food {chicken lo mein}, but was immediately disappointed when it arrived. It just tasted like an American version of a Chinese dish. Bleh. Anyway, after the disappointing lunch, we went home to his mom's homemade appetizers {mentioned above}, and played board games until the ball dropped. It was weird being an hour behind my family, even the New Years coverage was a little delayed...I saw the ball drop twice. Whoops.

{Thomas and I on New Years Eve!}

{This little fluffer was one of the two cats Thomas' family had. Too cute!}

The only thing I regret about our trip {and overall break} was the fact that I didn't get much time to see my mother. I missed her so much when I was at school, then spent a week with her and had to up and leave her again for a week. And then being around Thomas and his mother during our visit made me miss her so much more. Needless to say, I still miss my mother

{via Google}


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