Monday, April 22, 2019

Day 127

Today marked the beginning of the last week of classes for the semester. Finals are next week. Woah, baby.

I haven't admitted this widely, but I fell off of the planner wagon this semester, and it shows. At one point, I was using two planners and an online calendar, but that stopped around mid-February. Since that time and up until today, I'd abandoned all but my online calendar, and that was mainly for tracking my hours worked (or not worked as it's been lately!)

Tonight after class/literature review workshop, I spent some time with my planner because I know that May is going to be super busy, but I needed a visual. Part of me thinks it was a mistake to put it all out there (it's a bit overwhelming!) but the other, more sensible, part knows it had to be done if I'm going to get back on the right track and have an awesome (but also productive) summer. I am fortunate that it is looking like I am going to come out of this semester with grades I can be proud of, and I have worked hard despite my decreased organization--heck, it's likely that I've worked harder because I haven't been as organized lately--but it's time to get back on the planner train. Good thing I already have stickers and pens ready to roll.

Something that made today great: I had a truly delicious lunch at Reginelli's today and am already thinking about when I'll go back.
Time I woke up: 9:00 am

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Day 128

To go most places by airplane from Baton Rouge, there’s a layover involved, which makes travel days lengthy sometimes. We managed to schedule our time away so that I could sleep in and we could enjoy lunch before we departed, but I could’ve stayed longer without complaint.

We’ve made it home safely once more, and we shall resume life as usual in the morning. That means more blog posts about literature reviews and presentations...get excited!

Something that made today great: I won my RunBet!
Time I woke up: 8:30 am

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Day 129

I think there’s a famous quote along the lines of “‘‘Tis better to have gone on a trip and had to go home than to have never gone on a trip at all.” I could’ve messed up a few words, but the general meaning still stands. 

We enjoyed our last day away, but we are excited to return to our dog and house. I do wish we could have stayed longer, but we are already thinking about the next time we can get away. On the bright side, I’m ready to give the last bit of the semester my best effort, and it’ll be May before we know it. Wow!

Happy Easter (a little early) y’all!

Something that made today great: Not getting a sunburn!
Time I woke up: 9:30 am

Friday, April 19, 2019

Day 130

Today, I learned that I like mini beer shots. I can’t seem to make a link on the Blog Touch Pro app, but you can find the recipe at If you ask for many beers, you might not get mini beers, so make sure your pronunciation is up to snuff. 

My husband is the cutest. 

Something that made today great: so much delicious food
Time I woke up: 7:21 am...but then I ate breakfast and slept for two more hours. 

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Day 131

I shut down the school work and reading and decided to dedicate some time to enjoying life with my spouse. While it’s a good change of pace, it also feels weird. I am separated from literature reviews, group projects, and PowerPoint presentations, and my focus now is eating good food and having a good time with the man who committed to accepting whatever nonsense life throws at us. We both have ambitious goals, but he’s never ever suggested that I couldn’t do anything I dream about accomplishing. 

So, here’s to enjoying a break from chasing dreams with the person who won’t let me achieve anything less than my wildest dreams. I’m so fortunate.

Something that made today great: One-on-one time with my best husband
Time I woke up: I didn’t sleep last night...yikes 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Day 132

I looked at the clock and realized it was 11:52 pm, and I hadn't written my blog post yet! Oops. I was so engrossed in my Testing and Measurement project (specifically in how to fix the mistakes I have made in at least three different ways without arriving at the correct answer) that I didn't realize how late it was getting. I really thought that homework wouldn't take very long, but look who's wrong!

Other than that, I had a good day at work. I am making meaningful progress on my literature review, Sandra and I had a good but tough run on the 4-mile loop of the LSU lakes today, and Richard and I picked up Chinese food for dinner. Bad weather is headed to Baton Rouge tomorrow, so keep the Red Stick in your thoughts and prayers as the wind and rains come in!

Something that made today great: I remembered to back up my literature review today...just in case
Time I woke up: 10:45 am (but that was after staying up until 4:30 am, to be fair)

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Day 133

I think this will be the last day that I talk about being sick. I finally went to Student Health today, and my doctor declared that I have a sinus infection. Armed with prescription medications, I am confident that this nonsense will be gone on or before Thursday.

Today, I went back to Happy's Run Club! Going to Run Club is something I really need to prioritize in the coming months. I'm scheduled to have a Tuesday night class in the fall, so I want to go to Run Club as much as possible between now and then. Work-life balance is a frequent topic of conversation in my field, but it's something that most people fail to properly achieve. Since transitioning from my previous Residence Life/Greek Advisor practitioner role, I think I've done a better job of finding a balance with work/school and everything else, but being in the throes of writing my literature review, life has recently become a cycle of work, reading/writing, and sleeping with frequent nose blowing as needed. 

Generally, running is a hobby that cannot be ignored if progress is to be made, so I stay accountable to my training schedule. Tonight, specifically, I made it a priority to go to Run Club, and I'm so glad I did. Sandra and I ran 3.2 miles to celebrate the lives of the 32 victims in the shooting at Virginia Tech on this day in 2007. Then, we grabbed our 2-for-1 beers and enjoyed the music and nice weather until the smell of cigar smoke overtook us, and we made a dash for the exit. Once more, I did not finish my 32 oz beer, but I did make it past the halfway mark this week. (I think I had 20 oz!) Since the beers are 2-for-1, anything past the halfway mark is lagniappe. At least that's what I'm telling myself.

My neck looks super long in this picture.
While I was at the doctor today, I confirmed my scale's finding that I've lost 12 pounds since September. To continue the spirit of balance, Scooter and I went to Taco Bell after our walk, and I bought extra quesadillas to eat while I'm writing tonight because nothing throws me out of my writing groove like a growly belly, and I've been eating quite a bit of candy (hello, Hi-Chews!) and Lucky Charms lately. If I'm going to indulge in late night junk fare, I might as well spice it up with some variety.

Now, it's time to settle in and work on my literature review.

Something that made today great: Scooter and I went to Taco Bell!
Time I woke up: 9:00 am