Friday, December 24, 2010

It's Christmas Eve...

So get off of your computer!

Go spend time with your family and friends.

Or make cookies.

Or go to church.

Or have a glass of eggnog with lots of rum.

Or all of the above.

Enjoy and appreciate life!

And I'll see you after Christmas!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Getting In The Christmas Spirit

It's highly difficult to get into the Christmas spirit in 70 degree weather in Texas.

However, there are places that make it a little easier to get there.

Like the Six Flags Holiday Park, and the Riverwalk in San Antonio.

Enjoy the "getting in the holiday spirit" pictures!

Ah, this is KK looking like an angel. Rare.

We are presents!

Eating lunch at the Hard Rock cafe.

Riverwalk Photo Op.

 A real dinosaur, found in Colorado. KKthought it was fantastic.

The Austin Christmas parade. And the Grinch. Fitting for KK that day. :)


Random Thoughts of an Exhausted College Student


One. More. Final.

I am completely exhausted. 6 finals will do that to you. Making an "A" on all those finals will make you insane.

Trust me, I'm there.

I'm sooo there that I missed doing the last 20 questions of my Governmental Accounting Final today. Yep, seriously. Thank God my Prof is a badass and grabbed me before I left and let me finish it.

So here is what is currently going through my mind, created by exhaustion, relief, and a smidge of insanity:

*Why would a professor design a test with the intent for students to fail? Doesn't that say a lot about her teaching ability and interest in student success? Just because she hated our class due to the fact that we were constantly proving her wrong doesn't mean that our failure is going to help her.

*HOW is it possible that a peice of chocolate that weighs .4 oz can cause me to gain 2 pounds? It doesn't make sense, at all. Shouldn't the MAXIMUM amt of weight I'm able to gain be equal to the weight of the food?

*It's amazing how little sleep the body needs to (at least semi) function. I have enough caffeine in my body to power a small city for 24 hours. I adore the sugar free breve lattes and the Splenda based frappacuinos. HELLO low carb coffee fixes :) No lie, I think I'll need an intervention to get off this stuff.

*Total spent on USED books at the beginning of the semester: $974.20
  Total received for those books at buyback: $213.97
  Getting completely screwed by the monopoly bookstore: Priceless

*Colorado in T-Minus 6 days. Whoot whoot!

Ok, and that's all! I need literally 2 points on my final tomorrow to get an A. I think I can pull that off with very minimal effort.

I am going to post all the pretty pictures from this weekend though! Keep an eye out for it!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Message For Santa...

Virtual Cookie Exchange

So Bri has another off the wall idea...

We are all aware that my family and friend network is super far away.

We also know Bri likes to make holiday goodies.

So, I thought a virtual cookie exchange would be a fun new way of doing things.

Here's the plan -

Write a quick blog that includes your favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe and link back to my blog.

Add your link below, so that I and others can find your blog quickly!

I will compile all of the recipes and create a virtual "Holiday Cookie Recipe Book" to share.

Get to baking! Merry Christmas!

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Thursday, December 9, 2010


... drowning in finals.

...sitting at school.

...drinking a Triple Venti Sugar Free Breve Cinnamon Dolce Latte.

...exhausted from being up all night.

...on information overload from studying.

...excited for Christmas break.

...praying it's over soon!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

What Happens When You Give a 6 year old a camera?


Quite the little photographer! Obviously loves his boots and guitar.
My little cowboy!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

If you REALLY want to help prevent child abuse...

So by now everyone has seen the latest trend on Facebook that goes something like this:

"Please change your FB profile picture to your favorite cartoon character from your childhood. The goal? Not to see a human face on FB till Monday, Dec 6th. Join the fight against child abuse. Copy & paste to your status to invite your friends to do the same."

I started quite the arguement when I asked exactly HOW changing my profile picture will somehow "fight" child abuse.

Don't get me wrong. I think that abusing children is a terrible, horrible, awful thing. I think the people that do it should be stopped. And shot. I really do want to help those poor children to find loving homes, caring parents, and self-worth.

I just don't think changing a freaking profile picture will accomplish any of that.

But it did get me thinking...

If there are truly this many people changing their pictures who want to help prevent child abuse, then it makes sense to give them a way to really help. Let's put our money where our mouths are.

Because we all know, the only way that things really change are through hard work, dedication, perserverance, and time.

So I've compiled a list of a few very worthy child abuse prevention/safe house programs that actually DO exactly what everyone is hoping to accomplish with a cartoon.

Please feel free to donate to one (or all) of these awesome causes... and then use your cartoon-covered profile to let everyone know and pass it on!

St. Jude's Ranch
St. Jude’s Ranch for Children serves all abused, abandoned and neglected children and families, creating new chances, new choices and new hope in a safe, homelike environment.
*All these are good - but THIS one is my favorite. The things they do for abused kids is AWESOME. This is the charity I donate to. And I didn't even have to change my profile picture ;)*

401 Kids Child Abuse Prevention
We are working toward providing a place of safety where the child can be taken once they are removed from their home. This friendly and loving environment will be where the child will live while they are being evaluated and treated for the abuse. A place where they can catch their breath till a suitable loving home can be found for them to continue the healing process.

Prevent Child Abuse America
Our national campaign and local programs, prevention initiatives and events help spread the word in your community, creating awareness that prevention is possible. We are a family of friends, professionals, volunteers, donors and parents who are preventing child abuse and neglect before it ever starts.

There are lots of other great organizations as well. Do some research. Find one you like. Then donate your time. Or your money. Or both.

Prove that you really feel as strongly about child abuse prevention as you say you do.


I'd love to hear the stories!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Good News...

In roughly 4 hours 34 minutes and 18 seconds (but who is counting?) I will be DONE.WITH.CLASSES. For the semester.

This is fantastic news.

Although it seems a little anti-climatic when you consider the fact that I am looking down the barrel of 2 weeks of finals. But STILL.

This means no more projects. No more papers. No more listening to super boring lectures. For a MONTH.

This is cause for celebration.

Especially the going home to Colorado in 18 days part.

And the not waking up at 3 AM freaking out because I think I forgot to do an assignment that was due the next morning (Which, I never actually did. I'm just OCD like that.)

And the SLEEP. Hurray for the sleep!

I'm excited. I'm ready. I'm headed to class. But only for the next 4 hours and 29 minutes. Then...