Valentine’s Day Homemade Dinner Date

One of my favorite things to do is cook dinner with my boyfriend. It is less expensive than going out to eat, and we can sit in sweatpants and watch The Office while eating dinner from the comfort of my own apartment. This Valentine’s Day, we decided to cook dinner together so that we could skip the busy restaurants (and because I had to study for an exam that was scheduled for the next day).

Since Valentine’s Day was also Ash Wednesday, we needed to make sure that the meal was vegetarian (my boyfriend is vegetarian so it was a win-win!). We decided to a make spinach artichoke mac and cheese. I had the idea to make it when I saw a Tasty video about it the week before.

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The Best Thing I Have Ever Eaten

People who are close to me know that I love red raspberries. They know that I have to eat 2 pieces of wheat toast for breakfast with Smucker’s raspberry preserves and drink a cup of green tea (and that the Smucker’s brand and that it’s preserves are non-negotiable).

When I was a kid, my dad had planted red raspberry bushes in our backyard. I remember crying because there was one day where my sister picked all of the raspberries off the bushes, leaving none for me to harvest. My dad and I would also take raspberry jam and stir it into vanilla ice cream to make raspberry ice cream.

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like the End of the Semester

It really hasn’t yet hit me that I’m done with my last final of the semester and that I’m heading back home tomorrow for Christmas. It seems like I don’t even remember this semester since it flew by.

This fall, I made it a priority to be more appreciative. I got so much more out of everything that I did with the mindset of “I don’t have to do this; I get to do this.”

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Busy Senior Year

I would like to begin this post by apologizing for not keeping up with my blog. As the title suggests, I’ve had a busy (but fun) senior year of college thus far.

I thought it would be interesting to reflect back on my freshman year and see how my perceptions have changed. When I first came to college, I thought I was going to study at a cute coffee shop all the time. I thought I was going to wear cute clothes every day to class and break out of my shell. The latter is true–I have become more confident–but college is definitely not what I thought it would be like.

I have come to realize that college is a game, and you just need to figure out how to play it. I studied a lot my freshman year (and, who am I kidding, I still am very studious today), but I learned to prioritize. During my freshman year, it seemed as though I was constantly nervous. I didn’t like going places/attending events by myself or giving presentations. That mindset has definitely changed (for the most part). I have become more independent, and I can confidently give a presentation without practicing it 20 times.

I also didn’t realize how busy everyone would be. I have taken 18+ credit hours every semester (except for this year), but now I am trying to enjoy my last college year while still working hard. It’s weird to think I won’t see my friends every day in a few months. Although I am sad to leave college, I think I am ready for a job. I didn’t think I would be ready to leave in 4 years, but after completing my internships, I am very excited for the “real world.”

Don’t Fall Into the Trap of Digital Clutter…

…a mess that you can’t escape.

A majority of my summer has involved cleaning. I’ve been sorting through my room and some boxes in the basement because I’ll be a senior in college this year–who knows where I will end up living after school? And I sure know that I won’t want to move all of my boxes out of my parents’ basement.

Now that it is almost August, I will soon be sorting through what I need to bring to college this year (I keep telling myself that I will take less stuff this year, but who am I kidding).

Not only did I have to organize my physical items, but I also had to organize files on my computer. My laptop had been “acting up” for a few months, so I decided that it was, sadly, time to get a new one. That led me to sorting through all of my computer files and transfering the important ones to my new laptop and saving everything else on external drives.

That got me thinking.

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I Thought I Was A City Girl…

I was one of those teenagers who, upon high school graduation, wanted to “get out of this small town.” I wanted to live in a big city where I could walk to work and always have something fun to do or new to try.

I enjoyed just walking around the main strip of each city to which my family would go on a day trip. When I went to London, I loved walking all over and finding hidden gems in the city.

Why can’t I feel that way in my hometown?

Maybe it’s because I wasn’t giving thanks for it.

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