Sunday, January 29, 2012

Food from the Philippines


My friend Mary brought some yummy food to work Friday. She just had a lil baby girl and her mom flew in from the Philippines this past weekend. She flew with homemade food she brought from there. The first thing I tried was a purple yam dish with condensed milk and other stuff called, Hayala. The second thing was a lil rice dessert made with coconut milk called, Suman. It looked like a lil green tamale. They were both very delicious.

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Today is a studying day. So far I have been this weekend I have been productive and have finished a chapter in History, a chapter in Microbiology, and review questions for the chapters.

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Scarves have been all the rage this season and I suck at knowing how to actually do it different ways. I came across this website earlier from Pinterest and love the 15 different ways to style your outfit.

15 Chic and Creative Ways to Tie Scarves

Well off to study!




Sunday, January 22, 2012

To Albondiga or Not?

Happy Sunday everyone! This weekend went by way too fast! I have been busy studying and writing papers for my classes. This semester I am taking a History and Microbiology class. They are both from two different spectrums but equally interesting. I am actually enjoying both classes even though they are tedious.

I recently discovered hiking trails that are behind my neighborhood. So, this past week I have been taking Spunky on walks back there.

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Spunky has definitely been enjoying every minute.

This weekend was very cold and rainy. I decided to make a delicious soup that my dad used to make when I was little. It is called Caldo de Albondiga. It is really simple to make, takes few ingredients, and is so good!

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Click here for Albondiga Recipe

Weekend links:

150 Bold Tips About Life, People,and Wisdom

The 5 Essentials of Financial Organization


Well off to relax!




Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tennessee Valley

It was a fantastic day today! I woke up early and got lots of cleaning done. I deep cleaned the floors, furniture and got laundry done. I also got some bleh Nerd smileMicrobiology homework done.
This morning we went to check out Tennessee Valley for a run club. It was nice! There were many steep hills that we were not expecting but overall it was a good time. We ran for about 30 min and and then hiked for about another30.  We will be going there next time for hiking purposes with lil Spunky.

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For dinner we made some delicious jalapeno burgers on the grill with some sprouted grain bread, Annie's Mac N’ Cheese, and some steamed broccoli with spray buttah. I will never buy some premade burgers if it is just us. These were just too good!
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On the finances front, we are doing great. We have made it a goal to try to “stick” to the budget instead of always “adjusting” categories. It is more tedious and also we don’t save as much that way. Well off to study and then bed.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Resolutions update

Well, I have been keeping my resolutions in mind and so far, so good. Yesterday, I spent about 30 min doing a spread sheet for our budget the rest of this month. After the holidays, this was much needed. We also put into perspective our plans for vacay and this year’s Christmas. We will be saving up monthly for this.

2012 Financial Plans:

  • Hawaii
  • Pay off my credit card(s)
  • Try to not spend too much personal money to save for trip to Hawaii
  • Be smarter about purchase choices

So far this weeks expenditures have been fab:

Monday- $ 1.25 on a diet coke

Tuesday- No Spending day!

Wednesday- $2.50 on a diet coke for my co-worker and I

$9.90- Bought some snacks for the rest of this month from Weight Watchers

I am also proud to say that I lost all the weight I gained from the holidays (.4 lbs.) and also lost extra. Total: 1.2 lbs. This puts me at 7 lbs. until I reach goal! My goal is to reach this by the end of February.

Also, I have been thinking of posting some lil tips, foods, and etc. during my weight loss journey. Please let me know if you have any specific things you would like me to cover. Well off to work on my sleep.


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Happy Belated New Year!


Photo Dec 31, 6 38 56 PMSorry I have been MIA lately. I was on vacay for 2 weeks with fam and then I came back to work. I also started  two classes this semester, so I will be a lot busier with school and won’t have as much time to hang out with friends. I am so close to finishing my bachelor’s degree and there is definitely a light at the end of the tunnel.

I have been really thinking about what I want 2012 to be as far as my resolutions go and finally got a list together.

  1. To be healthier and to reach my goal weight with Weight Watchers
  2. To be more financially savvy and focus on paying off debt
  3. To be on time to places (there is always a reason I am running late or just on time, I want to be early and not trying to rush)
  4. To develop a better skin care regimen
  5. To have better study habits
  6. To focus on the blog more and blog more often (I have been slacking in this dept.)
  7. To develop a better sleep schedule

Well, off to work on #7. Ciao!