Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Birthdays

Did anyone else notice that just about everyone has a birthday in the last week or so? I went to two birthday parties this weekend and they were both amazing fun. However, by the time I got home late last night, I was definitely ready for a day of sitting in bed, watching netflix.

 First, my friend and I tried to take a picture together but were laughing too hard that it only captured a part of my shoulder, half of her face and some poor random girl in the background.
 I was really proud of my outfit on Tuesday so I couldn't help but take one of these pictures.
Also, my dog is the best.
 Some of the best things that has ever happened to me, a grammar error on a professional document made by my university and a best friend hug exchanged between two birthday share-ers.

My host teacher was out at a conference Monday-Thursday so I taught most of the week with a substitute teacher. It was amazing and exhausting and needles to say, I feel 100% ready for my internship in March.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Seen around town lately



Recovering from being snowed in, dealing with the disappointment of having my trip to Dallas canceled, getting ready to teach for the first full day without my host teacher. Life is stressful and busy and not the best but definitely not the worst.

Friday, January 20, 2012

On Being Sad







I consider myself an expert on being sad. If sad were a degree choice, I'd have my masters and be moments away from finishing my doctorate. If sad were a color, it would be the one that matches my skin type the best.

So let me tell you something about being sad that most people don't realize, you don't get to have the monopoly on it. 

Even though it may feel like it, even when you are 100% sure that you are the saddest person on Earth, you aren't the only one and it's not fair to say or think that you are.

It's not fair to cut others down because you think that you've had it worse. It's not fair to call someone a baby or say that they aren't trying hard enough. Nobody chooses to be sad. Nobody wants to be sad and sometimes, people can't even figure out exactly why they are.

Instead of being hard on yourself for not having the right state of mind or trying hard enough or reading enough "how to" manuals on making your life the way you want it to be, try something new.

Let yourself be sad. Allow yourself time to soak it all up and just flat out deal with it. Tell yourself that it's okay that you're feeling the way that you do because it is. Put it in the right box, call it by the right name and just let it be.


After awhile, what seems like the worst feeling in the world will more than likely seem further and further away. Instead of waking up sad, you might not even notice the feeling until it sneaks up on you in the afternoon. Once you've stared it in the face, it stops being hard and starts being possible.

 

Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011

I read in a book once that the only way to have an exciting life is to become an explorer. The word "explorer" here meaning different things to different people. In my situation, being an explorer means discovering the world that exists outside of Port Orchard.But with that in mind, the one and only vague resolution I made for this year was to get better at living an exciting life and to explore.

Here's a recap of some of the things that happened in my life in 2011.
1. I had an awesome practicum placement and felt like a teacher for the first time in my life.

2. I went to the aquarium, the science center, the Star Wars exhibit (mediocre), the Harry Potter exhibit (awesome), on an awesome road trip to Bellingham and to the pumpkin patch.

3. I saw a ton of movies in the movie theater. Some of which were awesome (GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO AND THE MUPPETS, DUH). Some of which were... less than awesome.

4. I went to a ton of great concerts including and not limited to Paul Simon, Weezer, U2, Britney Spears, Mumford and Sons, Death Cab for Cutie and Blink 182. Not to mention, Warped Tour.

5. I went to New Orleans. On an airplane. By myself. And experienced travelling and living and exploring and Bourbon Street and the glory that is ALA.

6. Then I went to New Mexico and it was glorious and snowy and magical.

Here's where I say something cheesy about what 2012 is going to be, trips to Dallas and Anaheim, graduation and so many other adventures. Hell yeah.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sweet and Sour Chicken

I have roughly 5 recipes that have been made and photographed (no lie) setting on my computer in folders just waiting for me to get my act together and post. But, because this is not a food blog and under no uncertain terms will I ever pretend that it is, I don't feel too bad.

With that being said, today we made homemade sweet and sour chicken and it was gooooodd.

I only have pictures of my portion because I left the sauce making up to my sister.

Ingredients:
4 boneless chicken breasts
salt + pepper
1 cup cornstarch
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup vegetable oil
 
 1. Preheat the oven to 325.

2. Take your chicken pieces, rinse them in cold water and then cut them into cubes. 

3. In a bowl, mix the 1 cup corn starch and salt and pepper. I put about a teaspoon of pepper and half a teaspoon of salt but really, the choice is yours.

3. In a separate bowl, scramble 2 eggs. 

4. Dip the chicken into the cornstarch mixture and THEN into the egg. Trust me, it works.




5. Pour the oil into a frying pan and cook the chicken over medium heat. You just want the chicken to brown, not cook all the way.

This is where I started getting a little weirded out. Because you dipped the chicken in the egg last, when you go to fry it, it looks like a giant omelety mess. I was concerned but this is normal and it turns out beautifully, I promise.


6. After the chicken has browned, put it into a greased baking dish (I used 9x13). Let the chicken hang out for a little bit while you make sauce.

Sauce ingredients:
3/4 cup sugar
4 tbs ketchup
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tbs soy sauce
1 tsp garlic salt
 
7. Mix all of the ingredients together and pour over the chicken in the baking dish. Bake the chicken for 1 hour. I flipped the chicken over every 15 minutes or so to make sure it was cooking evenly (and not sticking to my dish).

We ate it with rice and it was great, a nice combination of crispy and moist. I'd make it again.