Taking Stock

It’s the first official day of my spring break, so I think it is time to look around and appreciate what I have. It’s time to reflect and take notice of the things I may normally miss during the busy school week.

Making: A spring cleaning to-do list

Cooking: A lot of healthful-veggie filled meals. The boyfriend and I are striving to be healthier.

Drinking: A cafe americano at my favorite bakery/coffee shop. Mmmm.

Reading: The Hobbit, just like I said I would.

Wanting: To start planting herb and vegetable seeds.

Looking: Forward to having time to spend with my significant other this week.

Playing: Diablo III, Patch 2.0 in preparation for the Reaper of Souls expansion in a few weeks! I can’t wait!

Wasting: No time this week. I shall use every minute to the fullest. I’ll relax and be productive to the best of my ability.

Wishing: That the new poodle puppy would be old enough to bring home already!

Enjoying: A leisurely Monday afternoon in a coffee shop, eating, sipping, and people watching. (Sounds a lot better than “creeping”)

Waiting: for the time later in the day when I am unleashed upon Trader Joe’s.

Liking: listening to my favorite music on my computer through Spotify.

Wondering: How the crisis in Crimea will play out. I’m hoping for the best but preparing for the worst.

Hoping: that my sniffles are just allergies.

Marveling: at all of the blogging challenges available. Should I even do one?

Needing: A haircut in the worst way. I’ve just poorly pretended that my split ends don’t exist.

Smelling: freshly brewed coffee and espresso, pastries, wood furniture, and my perfume.

Wearing: Dark wash jeans, brown boots, and a red long-sleeve scoop-neck t-shirt.

Noticing: What a weekend of not exercising and food indulgence can do to my energy levels.

Knowing: I have homework to do during spring break but I would much rather blog instead.

Thinking: My laptop seems to be the only one in this coffee shop without a neat skin, case, or sticker on it.

Bookmarking: This yummy Stir-Fried Shrimp with Spicy Orange Sauce I made last night. Mm.

Opening: My Netflix app on my boyfriend’s Xbox and hoping I never have to close it again.

Giggling: At my near-ridiculous addiction to silly Buzzfeed quizzes

Feeling: caffeinated and ready to tackle the week.

Inspired by Keira’s post on A Pretty Penny.


Spring Break Check List

As you are all aware by now, I’m not traveling anywhere fun for Spring Break this year. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t get to have fun too!  Here are some of the activities and goodies that are on my Spring Break To-Do Check List!

Reading: It’s a requisite. When I have time off from school or work, I read. Here are some of the books I’ll be reading on my Kindle Fire:

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein

Yes, I’ve seen the two movies so far, and no, I haven’t read The Hobbit yet. I can hear you hissing at me. I’ve read the first few pages so far and I can see why the book is a cult favorite.

A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

What can I say? I like authors with lots of abbreviations in their names. Seriously, though, I have yet to finish the first tome (I’m 80% of the way in) and I really want to power through. My goal is to get to start the second book by the end of spring break.

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

I picked this novel up in when it released in 2009 on a friend’s recommendation and I remember really liking it. It’s a more dangerous, complicated take on a high school girl and the paranormal world. Plot twist: the main female protagonist doesn’t want to get swept up in the supernatural! Gasp!

Netflix Binging: We all knew this was going to happen.

Dr. Who, Season 5

House of Cards, Season 2

A Young Doctor’s Notebook with Daniel Radcliffe and Jon Hamm

Eating: This spring break, I’m going to take the time to cook and bake goodies that I don’t normally have the time to.

Lemon Bars

Roast Chicken with Vegetables

Sweet Potato Fries with Basil Salt and Garlic Aoli (This helped me win my boyfriend’s stomach)

Drinking: Largely non-alcoholic beverages

I may have to try one of these awesome margaritas, thanks to Cosmopolitan.

Tons of berry-based smoothies

Café Americano from my favorite local bakery/coffee shop

Homemade lemonade or iced tea


This is the bulk of my list. It’s looking a little hedonistic, but hey, whose spring break isn’t? What do you guys have on your spring break check lists? Any books, recipes, etc that I should know about?

Leave a comment below!


Spring Break Wish List

I keep seeing advertisements, mostly for clothing companies, touting sunny beaches, fruity cocktails (mmm Malibu Bay Breeze), swimsuits, and a whole boatload of greenery. It’s so cruel.

These companies are sending a small army of models to have fun in Turks and Caicos or St. Barth’s or some other beautifully sunny locale while I’m stuck inside, shivering and cursing the 10 inches of snow that’s about to dump on the Washington D.C. area tomorrow.

My spring break is little more than a week away, and it surely won’t be warm, let alone sunny. I certainly don’t have the funds to travel somewhere fun and splash around in a pool. But a girl can dream, can’t she? The answer is yes, by the way. That’s what this list is for:

1) A couple’s vacation to Turks and Caicos.

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With the boyfriend being kept perpetually busy with an enormous mountain of paperwork, assignments, studying, and clinicals, we don’t get to spend much couple time together. Oh, how much fun it would be for us to go to an 18 years and up resort to just lounge on the beach! We would have a fun drink in hand at all times and would take regular sea-frolics, with lounging being so strenuous and all.

2) A beautiful pool to go splish-splash in.

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I lived in the pool as a child. My family belonged to a higher-end swim club withing walking distance when I was in elementary school. That meant countless days playing and practicing for the Tri-County competitive swim league. I haven’t had access to a pool in years and I miss it badly. It would be such a treat to be able to swim and swan dive off of a diving board into a beautiful pool. You know, the kind with a bar and a hot tub near by. The kind without wee tiny kids. Just mature people with mature beverages. (mmm gin and tonic)

3) San Francisco!

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While nobody would argue that San Francisco is a tropical locale, it would still be a lovely place to visit in the springtime! The culinary scene is quirky and amazing. You could ride Route 1 up the coast to Wine Country (are we sensing an alcohol theme yet?) for a scenic day trip. You could visit the famous Fisherman’s Wharf or Alcatraz (I almost just typed “Azkaban”) or Ghirardelli Square! I would be pretty happy spending my spring break here.


I hope someone reading this will leave a comment below about their spring break plans so I can live through them. Please.