Halfway Through Spring Semester 2012

This has been one of the hardest semesters I have had in awhile. I am taking 12 credits and the classes are NOT easy. Well, at least for me they aren’t easy.

I have a high B in statistics and nursing nutrition, but a C in a organic/biochemistry. Chemistry is no joke! I do not wish the material were easier, I just wish I were smarter and more efficient in studying. It will all work out though, it just has to.

There has been a lot of reading for my nursing nutrition class (NURS 299). It was around 200 pages a week for the first few weeks, but now it’s down to 50-60 pages a week. This class is supposed to mimic a common nursing class due to the amount of material covered in short periods. I’m handling it pretty well though, so I’m happy.

Statistics, specifically PSY 210, has not been that difficult. The book we are using is very user-friendly and easy to read. The assignments and quizzes are also not hard. I don’t completely suck at math, so this might be the reason why I like this class. Continue reading

Christmas 2011 Recap

Christmas was bittersweet this year. I really missed my parents and my sister’s family, since they are now living in Philippines. There were also less presents under the tree, but we were all together, and that is what is most important.

Every single gift I got was so great. I got some new flats, an awesome eyeshadow palette, a manicure kit, a much needed pedicure kit, and a portable iPhone/iPod speaker. I told Prentyce not to buy me anything for Christmas. He has already spent so much money on me this year that it’s almost embarrassing. Thank you for all my gifts family, during Christmas and throughout the year.

Christmas mass was nice. We went right before the party and had to leave an hour early to guarantee seats. The lesson the priest spoke of was about how someone asked him, “How come there’s never something new for Christmas mass? Why isn’t there a new scripture? Or story?” He told us to enjoy the things we already have. We do not always need something new to be happy. I cannot express how true that message is, regardless of what religion you follow or don’t follow. Every holiday season, we are all so eager to get that new iPad or to buy that blouse on sale. This Christmas was the first Christmas that I didn’t ask for anything except for my health, so that I could go back to work and back to school. I have never wanted anything more…

This Christmas was different for me for a lot of reasons, but I know everything happens for a reason. To end, here is my family’s Christmas photo. Can you find Prentyce? : )


Christmas Photocards & Last Minute Shopping

For some reason, I want to send out Christmas/holiday cards this year. It might be my recent obsession with stationery, all this free time I have, or the fact that being engaged makes me want to do a million projects.

Here are photos from the past three Christmases of Prentyce and me.

Photos edited with iOS apps: Diptic, LabelBox, and PhotoTreats 
(Yes, I used all three apps per pic.)

I think we look pretty gosh darn sexy, but you might beg differ. My favorite thing about all three of these photos is that our poses are so similar. I also absolutely love that Mr. Albright has gained weight since 2008. Doesn’t he look scrumptious great?

We have yet to take our picture this year due to the fact that Christmas Eve has not arrived (only 6 more days!). If it is tasteful, I’ll be definitely sending it out to a few friends and some of my our relatives.

But for now, I have bigger things to worry about, like finding gifts for my big brothers. Boys are so hard to shop for! You can buy girls just about anything, i.e. lip glosses, lotions, nail polishes, make-up palettes, cosmetic bags, tops, shoes, etc. What are you supposed to get boys? Tools? Ehh. Shirts? I get them this every year, but I hate being so repetitive. Gadgets? I’m too poor. Ahhhh… I need another Christmas miracle in the next 6 days.

What’s the first Christmas miracle, you ask? Continue reading

5 Things: Cyber Monday Awesomeness + Deals

There’s less than 12 hours left of Cyber Monday, just in case you didn’t make out well on Black Friday. Personally, I prefer Cyber Monday, but to each his/her own. Here are the 5 reasons why Cyber Monday is absolutely awesome!

1. Save on gas
Not having to drive to the store is great, especially since it hurts so bad to walk still. Plus, less chances for a car accident! I haven’t purchased gas for my car in more than 2 months and the tank is still practically full! That’s a savings of $200+. Think of how much money you would save if you didn’t have to drive anywhere?! (Not really happy about not being able to drive anywhere, but I have to look at the positives!)

2. No waiting in line
About two years ago, Pretyce and I were in line at Target on Black Friday. It was cold, sad, and worrisome. You had to be on guard so that these other em-effers wouldn’t cut you in line. I hated that! Check out this photo from the People of Walmart. It’s madness!

3. Gets bigger every year
With the increase of online shopping, many retailers are choosing to participate in the Cyber Monday bonanza. Check this article by the San Francisco Chronicle, which states that Cyber Monday sales are up 15% in comparison to last year . More retailers means more competition which means more savings!!! Continue reading

Product Review: Tovolo Pancake Pen


Pancake Pen

I bought this not for my for adoration of pancakes, but to be more efficient in using my Babycakes Cake Pop Maker, Babycakes Mini Donut Maker, and Babycakes Mini Cupcake Maker). While browsing the reviews on the Babycakes website, a few reviewers suggested using the Pancake Pen to quickly fill the cake pop reservoirs. I am happy to announce that it works perfectly!!! I can fill the reservoirs faster, so that now all 12 cake pops (donuts or mini cupcakes) are finished at the same time.

I haven’t used the Pancake Pen for pancakes. I doubt you could be very accurate (due to the batter coming out kind of thick at 2/3 inch width), but I still think it would work well.

The silicone tip is resistant to heat, so no need to worry about it melting. It’s not hard to clean, but not easy either. I suggest using a baby bottle cleaner since the length of the Pancake Pen is about a foot.

I purchased mine on Amazon.com for less than $10. (You’ll have to pay shipping if you aren’t a Prime member or have a cart total of $25+.)