This and That

Or… What I’ve Been Up To Lately!!

1. On Saturday, our church hosted a one-day women’s retreat (more to come!). One of my besties, Colleen, picked me up, and I had to smile when I saw the Chobani in her purse because I had grabbed one on my way out of the house as well. As the retreat was getting started, we both had to laugh when we simultaneously pulled out kitchen-drawer spoons out of our respective bags! We may or may not have still been mid-giggle-fit during the opening prayer…

2. I have received my first football injury! So not as impressive as it sounds. Terry and I were tossing around the football on Monday night before my Character Development class, and somehow, someway (quite gracefully I’m sure!) I managed to catch the football with the tip of my ring finger, which jammed and swelled impressively and painfully. The next day, and still today, my finger turned up black and blue 360* degrees around. Pretty great. Sad news of it ~ I can’t get my wedding ring on.

3. At Saturday’s retreat, mentioned above, I had a definite I’m-turning-into-my-Mom experience. Making fun of my Mom for her tendency to massively overpack and bring multiple bags with her everywhere she goes is pretty much an ongoing activity in our family. Below, you can see everything I brought with me to my (one-day!) retreat. What’s in the bag? Snacks, writing utensils, feminine products. And at the beginning of the day my water bottle and sweater were in there too!

4. Terry has been having back pain for about six months now, and it has become more and more crippling. After months of trying everything we could think of (physical therapy, massage therapy, chiropractics, and even acupuncture), we and our family doctor finally made the decision for him to have an MRI last week. I’m not going to lie, it’s been an incredibly stressful week, ups and downs, fears and faith. Well, today we met with our ortho doctor and found out that for all intents and purposes, the results of the MRI were fantastic. Terry is tumor-free and growth-free, and there is nothing poking around in or out of his spine that shouldn’t be. Relief, and grace has been experienced today. The next step is a pretty intense physical therapy regimen for 4-6 weeks, and then re-evaluate. Prayers are welcome! Both for praise, and for perseverance.

5. At this point in the semester, my house has become absolutely disgusting. Like, I don’t even want to be here because the mess is scary! All I have time for is “surface cleaning”, which here means laundry, dishes, and sometimes the bed gets made. Tasks such as sweeping and shower scrubbing… Not happening. Case in point: this toilet paper has been sitting on our kitchen floor for about two weeks. Yes, we’ve just been grabbing rolls as we need them and leaving it as it lies! Full disclosure. In happier news, as of yesterday the toilet paper has been transferred to its proper home in the bathroom!

6. Last week, I had the fantastic opportunity to attend the Wisconsin Dietetic Association’s Annual Conference with UW Green Bay’s dietetics club. I wasn’t sure how I was going to enjoy it, but I’m so very, very glad I went. It was completely awesome to spend so much time surrounded by like-minded people who are actually working in the field that I am working towards. It really felt professional, and like a real life career choice. Does that sound silly? Oh, well! The conference also really affirmed for me that I am actually learning things in my program. I loved that I was able to sit through sessions geared toward real-life professional RDs and DTRs and comprehend the material that was presented. Awesome experience.

7. Although Terry and I have been a bit like ships passing in the night lately, we have actually made time for two recent date nights! On Saturday we saw the movie Chimpanzee ~ loved it! I still think African Cats was my favorite, although he said that this one was his. And tonight, we made a last-minute decision to go on an evening river-cruise that our local Maritime Museum was hosting as a fundraiser. I’m so glad we did, because it was a fantastic time!


8. After absolutely working my butt off, I finished up my business plan for my management class, and I am as proud and relieved as can possibly be. I also had to make a website, which I think turned out fantastic, and an advertisement, which Terry helped me out with completely by producing professionally. I’m so proud of this project!

9. I mentioned quite awhile ago that microbiology was completely not rocking my world. I’m happy to report, that has very much changed! It’s definitely not my favorite by any means, but I’m coming around at least. In lab we’re working on our unknowns, which means that we each get handed a random tube of “broth” which contains two bacteria strains, and we ultimately have to determine which two we have. It’s crazy, but I love that I have the skills to be successful, although i really don’t see myself ever doing this in my “real” life! In lecture, we’ve been talking about all kinds of gross and fascinating stuff like germs on surfaces, spread of disease, and STDs. Good times!

10. I think that may about cover it! I like to end on a nice even number like 10 though…!

What have you been up to lately??


6 thoughts on “This and That

  1. Confession: the toilet paper often remains like that in our house when things get crazy too! 🙂 It makes me feel better that we are not the only people this happens too. I literally laughed out loud at that part. Thanks for your transparency!

    • Thank YOU! That’s one of those things that I’m always nervous to share, in case I’m the only gross and crazy person in the world… But then someone (or many someones!) say they do they same thing, and I’m reminded that I’m simply one of many who do not have it all together all the time. 😉

    • Thanks ~ me too! It took me a LONG time to come up with it because I wanted to include both of my themes (nutrition and faith) without it sounding dumb or anything. I ended up very happy with it!

      I’ll send you the link to the website I made after I give my presentation, and you can see the mission statement I came up with and all of that. I’m pretty pumped about the whole project! 🙂

    • Agreed ~ the end cannot come fast enough, although it finally feels like it’s really getting here!

      I will definitely show you guys all of it ~ I’m super proud! 😉

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