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Slices of Life #4

I start my grown up job today (and I may be more than just a little excited)!! I’m incredibly blessed that all my licensure worked itself out in time and I can start my first day of summer school on a good foot. I also get to meet my new ABA client at job number two this evening (because working just one job clearly isn’t enough for me). But while I’m off doing that I figured I’d leave you with a little recap of the past week, with another round of Slices of Life.

Slices of Life

 The Eats

Slices of Life- the eats

Lots of smoothies, stir-fry, and veggie burgers for me. I actually spent the last two weeks eating fully vegetarian until I went home for Fathers Day and we made my dad barbecue chicken…a girls gotta have some balance, right? I also found…

A Gluten Free Bread that looks like real bread- I can’t wait to try this recipe from The Non-Dairy Queen (Thanks to Lindsay for sharing the recipe).

A delicious Green Smoothie recipe and a fun contest from The Gluten Free Treadmill.

The Exercise

Slices of Life- the exercise

I already mentioned the last week was filled with puppy love, which included lots of walks. But it also included two 4-mile runs and my first time running on something besides the sidewalk. My legs definitely felt like jelly going through the grass and up the smallest of hills, but the view of the lake by my new place was totally worth it! Speaking of new places…

The Life

Slices of Life- sharing a room

I’m officially, officially all moved in with the BF (and his mom) now. No take backs 😉 He may have commandeered majority of the dresser drawers and closet space, but I think we managed to blend our stuff together pretty well. I particularly love my little “kitchen” which is basically our mini fridge filled with my CSA share and a shelf for all the rest of my food supplies (thankfully we were able to make room for my giant blender in the actual kitchen!).

Slices of Life- the life

As for the rest of the life I got my first CSA share of the season and I’m definitely looking forward to the next 8! This one was loaded with greens including a new to me veggie kohlrabi, Meghan assures me it’s tasty just about any way you cook it though I haven’t tried it out yet. I also went back down to visit my parents (which seems weird since I haven’t been gone that long) but we had to do a little something for Fathers Day. I know everyone thinks they have the best dad ever but unless you’re my long lost sibling I hate to tell you you’re wrong. My dad is an amazing man who works so hard to care for our family and I was glad to go enjoy another family dinner (love you dad!). As far as links go this week I found:

A dose of reality from Katherine the Peanut Butter Lover.

A thought provoking post from Olive to Run- still don’t know if I have good answers but I love her for asking the questions .

A hilariously awesome book recommendation (and a serious case for berry envy) from Jenn at Peas and Crayons

Whats the best link you found in the last week? Anyone else out there who works multiple jobs? 

Slices of Life #3

My vacation time is quickly coming to a close and I’m more than ready ( I get another month off after summer school ends in mid-July and I have no idea what I’ll do with myself then!). The past week I’ve been checking boing things off my list like a physical and another TB test as well as taking an online Autism module for job number 2 and spending hours on the phone with the state trying to check down my licenses. Getting all those fun things done means that I can really relax and enjoy my last few days of total freedom.

While I wasn’t waiting on hold with the state this week I did manage to read some awesome posts and check some fun things off my list, so lets get to it!


Slices of Life

The Eats

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Staying on a budget has been much easier than I thought (though it helps that I inherited a lot of food from people heading out of town this month). I’ve been having a blast experimenting in the kitchen, and dining al fresco while throwing tennis balls for the pup. I’ve got plans this week to make up a few more easy freezer foods so I don’t have to worry about cooking as much while I settle in at my job and new place next week. I’m also super excited to finally get my first batch of CSA veggies this Thursday!!

I’m looking into growing a few herbs this summer with these tips from Averie Lane 

And I’m loving these tips from The V Spot on how to store the goodies I’ll be picking up later this week.

The Exercise

Slices of Life the exercise


I got in all the miles I wanted to run last week, and then some when you add in walks with the pup (and let me tell you she loves to walk). I also focused quite a bit on core strengthening and yoga stretching last week because my lower back was super tight (I’ll be trying to bribe the BF into a backrub soon).

Back on Pointe is one of my favorite pinterest resources for easy workouts and this yoga flow definitely fits the bill.

This visual from Pretty Fit Body is also a great stretching guide.

The Life

Slices of Life 3 The life


Minus the courses and phone calls I haven’t been up to much this week. Spent some time cooking and photographing. Spent a lot of time walking and chasing tennis balls (lots and lots of tennis balls). Enjoyed some time in the sunshine making some vitamin D and reading for fun. s for the rainy days and long evenings… pup and I spent our time cuddled up on the couch working our way through Supernatural 🙂

This tutorial from It’s Always Autumn was great for helping me work towards better pictures with my trusty old point and shoot camera.

This post from the lovely Davida the Healthy Maven introduced me to some social media tips I hadn’t heard before.

And I got to stalk everyones adventures at this years Blend retreat… here’s hoping scheduling and budgeting all work out so that I can go to Boulder for next year!!

WIR #42: The Listography edition

Can I just say I’m not a huge fan of this “spring forward” thing? True the extra daylight is nice, as is the reminder that spring might actually be on its way, but losing an hour in my already short weekend? Let’s just say I had to get creative to pack it all in this week.

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My to-do list, blog post/workout schedule, and stress frog (what you don’t have one?)


My weekend food prep. Granola (of course), rice with spinach and caramelized onions for a few lunches, and freshly bottled kombucha.

But since I recap the same sorts of things week after week (the joys of being a full time student who works weekends) I thought I would start this week off with a different sort of list.


I got this book ages ago (sometime in High School judging by some of the content) but basically each page is a prompt to start a different sort of list. Guilty pleasures, people you wouldn’t mind sleeping with, past hangouts, bad habits… 

Basically it’s a list lovers dream in terms of memory collecting, and since lists are the thing of the day for Monday’s I decided to share a page with you 🙂

My one major accomplishment last week was my first interview for a real job, coupled with filling out even more applications over the weekend (school’s are finally starting to post openings for next year). Since I’ve got job hunting on the brain I decided to share the “past jobs” page out of my Listography book.

  1. Babysitter 6th grade-current (yes I still babysit on occasion)
  2. Waitress at Steak’n’Shake, 2006-20011
  3. Campus Rec Customer Service Agent, 2009-2012
  4. Language Acquisition Lab Assistant, 2010-2012
  5. Red Lobster (aka Dead Lobster), summer 2012
  6. My current job as an aide in a local clinic, 2012-current
  7. Studypoint Inc. Test Prep Tutor, 2012-2013
  8. Applied Behavior Analysis intervention provider (my current weekend gig), 2013-current

Not bad for 8 years out in the job market 😉

I’m thinking of sharing more lists from here as weeks go by, just as a way to spice up the recaps, any of the above mentioned topics pique your interests?


Be sure to go visit Meghan and see what everyone else listed up!

What was the best thing you did this weekend? What’s the last job you’ve held? What was your first ever job?

WIR #42: What happens when I’m brain dead

I feel like this has been the week of never ending conferences… I was in a social behavioral presentation all day Friday as part of my teacher institute day and then I went to support one of the therapists from work at an Autism presentation Saturday morning.


They were both great presentations and they’ll give me some current trends to talk about during interviews (my first one is this week!!) but after getting used to working on a daily basis I have to admit that 2 days of presentations left me more than a little brain dead.

But I’m going to try and put that all aside and list out everything I managed to accomplish last week… because that’s what Monday’s are for, right Meghan?


I worked 4 days at my placement (Friday was the institute day, so I didn’t see kiddos) and finally caught up on logging my hours. I actually passed 300 contact hours last week which means I only have 100 more to go before graduation. I also worked a double at my ABA job on Sunday.

I finally started that portfolio project I’ve been procrastinating… 6 years of higher education all crammed into a single 4 inch binder to prove I’m competent enough to complete my job (why do portfolios have to be a thing?) .


I wrapped BF’s birthday gift up for when we celebrate on Tuesday (these crazy schedule conflicts are getting old). His big gift has something to do with penguins if you weren’t able to guess 😉


I read a cookbook and a book a book off my list. Both were interesting but neither were anything special, reading them in a bubble bath was a treat though 😉 Here’s hoping my next trip to the library is a little more exciting!

I got in a few workouts last week, including one very chilly run! Spring needs to get serious about showing up because I’m ready to run again.


I also did the usual laundry, bathroom cleaning, kombucha brewing and food prepping.


This week doesn’t look like it’s going to be any less crazy than the last one but that’s life 🙂 I’m just hoping it stops snowing.

What was  your biggest accomplishment this week?

Spill it Sunday: Bookworm Confessions

It’s no secret that I am a HUGE lover of books (right up there with my tea obsession!). I even have a pinterest board dedicated to some of my favorites 🙂 So when Arman announced the book theme for this weeks confessions I was all over it. In fact I’m sharing my favorite post from that board in lieu of a selfie today, because it’s totally worth the laugh.

Sadly I’ve never read that particular book… but I have lots of other favorites!

1. Favourite novel of all time? This is nearly impossible. I’m going to say Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (never seen the movie but I imagine it won’t do it justice). It’s one of those books that hits you hard while you’re reading it and does it again with every re-read.

2. Favourite genre Totally depends on my mood… I love a good love story but I also love the richness that comes with well written adventure/fantasy novels, and everyone needs a good thriller once in a while 😉

3. Favourite childhood novel/Favourite teen novel- The Wild Magic quartet by Tamora Pierce. I was well down the fantasy rabbit hole by the time I read these in middle school, but everything from the strong female character to the suspenseful romance of the plot keeps these near the top of my list… and that’s saying something because I read a LOT of YA fiction.

4. Favourite Series? My guilty pleasure series is the Temperance Brennan mysteries by Kathy Reichs (they’re the basis for my favorite TV show Bones). My favorite series overall would have to be the Hobbit/Lord of the Rings for the sheer history and depth of the writing (though if I ever start the Sherlock Holmes stories there might be some competition for this top spot).

5. Which book would you hope future generations will continue to consider a classic? In terms of new classics I would hope the Harry Potter books continue in popularity as my generation grows up. Not only are the books well written for kids to grow with the whole magic of the series was something historical and I would love to pass that same enthusiasm down to future generations.

From literature that is already classic I hope that the works of Jane Austen are around for a long, long time!

Shout out with a recommendation below! I’m always looking for something new to read.

WIR #35: The pancake and puppy edition

Hey guys! Here’s to another Monday, right?

I actually can’t complain because I had a great week last week, and spent a good bit of time last night organizing myself so that this week shouldn’t be too terrible… then again I don’t know how many IEP meetings are scheduled for this week so I won’t speak too soon. 
Then again meetings mean longer lunches, which leaves plenty of time for selfies 
(banana NOT optional)
Positive attitude aside Monday’s are for listing, or so this lovely lady would have us all believe, so let’s get on that 🙂 
Last week once it warmed up from our crazy negative temperatures I started in at my full time school placement. From now until mid-March I work as an SLP in a local elementary school. I didn’t realize there would be quite as many meetings as I got  to sit in last week, but I did finally meet my kiddos at the end of the week and they’re going to be a great bunch. 
Plus I get another sweet school planner and official name tag!
The other awesome thing about starting my full time placement is having a regular schedule again (that isn’t as crazy as a student schedule). This meant I had plenty of time last week to get back into a regular workout routine. Lots of at home arm/ab/leg work mixed with some long overdue yoga sessions. I’m looking forward to a run or two this week if the ice thaws outside, so fingers crossed!
My best friend and her boyfriend fiance came to visit everyone in Chicago this week. It was my first time meeting the lucky guy, and the first time visiting with her in way too long. Of course they had to go and take all the attention off themselves by adopting the worlds cutest puppy… it’s hard to hold something like that against them though. 
I did actually spend plenty of time talking with her too. 
I spent a lazy weekend with the BF between work on Saturday and going back to work on Sunday. We went out with some of his family to celebrate his mom’s birthday, went to a local bar to hang out and  realized that we might actually miss the college bar scene, and woke up to Sunday morning pancakes which are quickly becoming a weekend staple for us. 
I had to say goodbye to my little brother and his BBC television addiction this weekend, as he went back to school to do college things… I haven’t decided yet if it’s a good thing that he’s gone or if I’m going to miss him. On the bright side I don’t have to share my bathroom anymore 🙂 
Other than that I made a delicious batch of honey-mustard broccoli slaw for shoving into wraps this week, organized my closet with outfits for each day (yes I can be that girl with enough motivation), and borrowed Dante’s Inferno from the BF so I can knock another book off my reading list. It’s going to be a good week guys. 
What’s something you do each weekend to make life a little easier? Anyone else have a job that involves an ungodly amount of meetings?

WIR #33: I have good news… and a problem

Hey guys! I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating with your loved ones last week (if that’s your thing). I loved the opportunity to unplug, unwind, and catch up with some people I dearly missed.
At the tail end of that family togetherness, this week marks the last week of the last ever school break I will have. I’m sure I’ll miss it by this time next year, but as it sits I am more than ready to be done with the whole school thing… not that I don’t have big plans for this week.
And what better way to catch you up on all the craziness than with a list? (since it’s what all the cool kids do on Mondays anyways) .
The family
We hosted our second big family party in the new house, this time with my dad’s side of the family on Christmas eve. We played a crazy competitive game of salad bowl and an even crazier, more competitive, round of charades. And we had an entire ham left at the end of the night… my parents may have overestimated our food needs.

Christmas morning was fun and quiet with my parents and my brother. We opened presents, enjoyed ham and eggs for breakfast, and then split off to relax before round 2. My brother went to work, my dad worked on his new puzzle, my mom took a nap, and I tore through the copy of Divergent my brother gave me (literally, by the time I got to the party that afternoon that book was done… I may have a problem)
Christmas day was spent with my mom’s side of the family (including my aunt, uncle, and little cousins from Seattle!) and the BF. There was way too much food (all of it delicious), lots of catching up, games, and presents, and fun. I spent the next day hanging out as well before heading home to catch up on sleep before Friday night… except that when I got home I decided to start the second book in the Divergent trilogy… and next thing I knew it was 3 am and I’d managed to finish book two and three… okay I really have a problem.

At least they were really good books?
 Except for the ending (any fans out there who want to share their thoughts on that let me know).
The friends
After coming down from my three book bender, and actually catching up on a bit of sleep, I met a bunch of girlfriends from undergrad at a hotel nearby for a girl’s night as only we know how. There was Disney karaoke in the hot tub (thank goodness we were alone) and lot of Cards Against Humanity (I don’t know if I should be proud but I did end up winning!). It was good to catch up on the craziness of everyone’s lives now that we are all at different schools, and the free happy hour AND breakfast at the hotel helped us decide that it was the perfect place for next year’s reunion too.
The blog
I still have a lot of comments to catch up on here, and a LOT of posts filling my Bloglovin feed (I love you all and I promise I’ll get on it). But I have a bit more exciting news to share first…
Santa may not be tech savvy but I managed to get everything registered and linked (hopefully!) and can now say that I own my own blog!! So if you had a bookmark make sure you update! I’m now at wouldn’t want to miss out on anything good
I’m house sitting for my aunt again this week, which means I get a house and a puppy to myself! It also means I have big plans in the kitchen where I hope to prepare and stockpile recipes for the craziness I’m sure will hit when I start full time placements next week!!

What was the best thing that happened over your holiday? 

WIAW #28 Tea and Sunlight

Happy hump day! I’m enjoying a nice 2-week stretch where I don’t have to drive all the way down to school (45min to an hour each way) for one 25 minute therapy session. To say I’m enjoying the chance to skip out on traffic and save on gas would be an understatement. 
To say I’m also enjoying the chance to take some photo’s in the daylight would also be an understatement. Every week on Wednesday (and any other day people happen to post recipes) I look on everyone’s beautiful pictures and hope for the day I can take some of my own. Our lovely host Jenn in particular always seems to have amazing photos, and she has a baby to deal with! 

One of my biggest goals for the blog this year is to work on the quality of my photos, and sunlight makes all the difference in pretty food. So this WIAW is fueled by tea and sunlight (because everyone deserves tea). 

(Side note I totally want this mug!)

Breakfast this week has been homemade pumpkin flax granola with unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It was a super simple, thrown together, recipe that I’m kind of addicted to. It’s chewy, and spicy, and oh so pumpkin-iny. Of course there was a mug of tea on the side 🙂 

This pasta-less (at least in my serving) pasta e fagioli soup makes an easy take and go lunch for busy days and is perfect for warming up my cold hands after a run on my day off.  Not pictured is the giant glass of water and two other mugs of tea I sipped on while finishing my happiness paper in the afternoon (note to professors, having your students write a paper on what they are doing to promote happiness… not the best way to encourage said happiness). 

After an afternoon of tutoring geometry (my least favorite of High School maths) I was happy to come home  to find my dad making tomato soup in the kitchen. Sadly I was out of bread, but I didn’t let that stop me from enjoying a grilled cheese with my tomato soup (though I guess technically it’s a quesadilla, right?!)

Sad fact is the picture doesn’t look nearly as nice lit by only overhead lights… unfortunately I was unwilling to delay my dinner until tomorrow morning for the sake of a good shot. 
I wrapped up the evening with more Yogi ginger tea and my new chamomile bubble bath from the BF. A pot of tea, a bubbly tub, and a new book is an almost perfect way to spend the evening (at least in my mind). I snuck downstairs later for another slice of my cranberry citrus pound cake from Sweet Ali’s bakery… but  didn’t feel like staging a photo shoot in the bathroom (sorry guys!). 
What’s your trick for shooting photos when the winter light leaves something to be desired? Are you planning on linking up to the chopped kitchen challenge tomorrow? (If you aren’t you totally should be!)

The reading list

Goal number 6 on my 25 before 25  is to complete my reading list. Like many lists that can be found across the internet this is a list of books to read. They are suggestions from family and friends, classics, and books I’ve previously passed by on the library shelves. 
I know next semester will be busy with clinicals, but clinicals are different from classes and I am looking forward to having more time for personal reading. 
Anna Karenina- Leo Tolstoy 
Come To Me- Amy Bloom 
White Oleander- Janet Fitch
The Fountainhead- Ayn Rand
Even Cowgirls Get the Blues- Tom Robbins
Hateship Friendship Courtship Loveship Marriage- Alice Munro
The Unbearable Lightness of Being- Milan Kundera
How Should a Person Be?- Sheila Heti
Portrait of a Lady-Henry James
A Room of One’s Own- Virginia Woolf
The Complete Sherlock Holmes-Arthur Conan Doyle
Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
The Handmaid’s Tale- Marget Atwood 
Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte
The Divine Comedy- Dante Alighieri 
Memoirs of a Geisha- Arthur Golden 
Frankenstein- Mary Shelley 
Never Let Me Go- Kazuo Ishiguro 
Catch 22- Joseph Heller

Fahrenheit 45- Ray Bradbury
By the time I finish this I’m hoping to have some new books to add to my all time favorites list! 

What’s your favorite book? 

Marvelous week in review #4: eating, training and lazing

Hey Guys! I hope you all enjoyed your weekends (we’ve had B-E-A-youtiful weather around here). Let’s get this week started with a Review of all the Marvelous things that have been going on shall we?
Marvelous is getting a new job! School seems to be getting more expensive by the minute, so I took a little time this week to hit up Craigslist and I applied for a few in home ABA jobs just to get me more experience with kiddos on the autism spectrum. I was actually offered both jobs I interviewed for and have chosen to work privately with a family about 10 minutes from my house (!) rather than through a contracting company. 

I have no trained experience with this type of therapy, but I’m looking forward to starting my on the job training next weekend!!
Marvelous is writing/publishing 3 blog posts (and 2 recipes) and joining up in 2 link parties (thanks ladies!). 
Marvelous is getting to enjoy my day off recipe testing in between homework assignments (this “may-mester” thing is going to be the death of me). 

Marvelous is getting my Foodie Pen Pal package in the mail (thanks Kristyn!) it’s not time for the reveal yet but I do have a sneak peek for you 🙂

Marvelous is a Saturday spent completing training for summer programs at the clinic I work with. It was a full staff in-service so it was nice to catch up with all the girls I haven’t seen in a while, and we learned a lot of really great stuff. 

Marvelous is finding my next project…

There are tons of lists like this out there, and quote a few of the books overlap. My goal is to develop my own list of books I’d like to read in the next year or so (and of course I’ll be sure to share with you along the way). 

Thanks as always to Katie and Meghan for hosting the party. Be sure to hop on over and link up with them!What book is on your current to-read list?