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Can’t Wait

I can’t wait…

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For it to Be Friday.

I can’t wait…

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To finish up my homework (it’s never ending…).

Nope I just can’t wait

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For shopping, seeing friends I’ve missed, in Vancouver this weekend.

I definitely, absolutely, just cannot wait

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For these Chocolate and Peanut Butter Bars to be finished so I stop eating them! Based loosely on the ones found here.

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Day in the Life: Trip to the Production Site

Last week one of my favourite bloggers, Amber, did a Day In the life post. Apparently, they’ve been happening all over the web. How have I missed this? This is one of things that got me in to blogs; back in the day when a lot of bloggers posted 2-3 times a day (usually their meals, a la Kath Eats Real Food, but posted lots of other stuff too).

6 am jump up in surprise; alarm actually woke me from a sound sleep.

6: 01 am brush teeth, do make up, etc, make self presentable.

6:10 try to stuff everything in my bag (over packed for trip as usual) break zipper because pajama pant string is stuck in zipper like so

6:12 attempt to take photo of said zipper. Find out camera has died, did not bring charger. Kick myself. Take phone photo instead:

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6:15 am Brew coffee, gather delicious baked good provided by Kathy, owner of Richmond House B&B, where I am staying.

6:20 am Devour this spread (I know 2 whole muffins! I was just super hungry, and they were so good) while reading blogs:

 

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6:45, out the door, only 5 minutes late for once! And only 2 windows need scraping, so I’m not late for work.

7:00 am arrive at work, drop off bag and stuff in office, get ready to make some major Beef Stroganoff. Start by gathering ingredients… 70 KG of beef…

8:00 am beef is “tenderizing” for an hour. 70 kg of beef, some “gravy" and water simmer for an hour. Place 10 loaves of bread on cookie sheets, to be dried out for bread crumbs

8:15 check in with preceptor. Go over yesterday’s work (recipe expansion, costing…), all is well.

9:00 am meat still tenderizing, go and talk to preceptor. Time to enter the freezers.

9:15 am, barely paying attention to ordering we’re doing, it’s so cold in here!

9:30 am meat is ready for onions and mushrooms to be added, and then meat must tenderize further. In go 30 lbs of mushrooms, and 30 lbs of onions. I have splattered myself with lots of beef juice, and smell of cooked meat. ew.

10:00 am help other production cooks with other food that must be made; am helping to stuff Chicken Vegetable Pies, flattening down the inside before crust placed on top.

10:45 am, My wrist actually hurts from pressing down on chicken vegetable filling. Wow, can’t believe people do this 5 days a week, every week. No wonder injuries happen, and proper ergonomics are important.

10:50 am, beef is good to add in Permastarch, a starch to help thicken sauce that will survive high heat, and freezing cold. After adding and stirring, we must allow to cool for 20 minutes before adding sour cream.

11:00 am take a break. Have apple, drink coffee, browse Twitter.

11:20 am come back to find cooks adding in sour cream. Help.

11:50 am begin scooping Beef Stroganoff into pans, 2.5 kg per pan. Apparently will serve 12 portions per pan, who knew?

12:10 pm Beef Stroganoff into freezer, roughly 42 pans made. Told to go on lunch, I think my preceptor has nothing else to tell me.

12:11 pm remove beef stroganoff covered Scrubs shirt. Don’t have an extra pair of pants to change into, so they stay on.

12:35 pm Take temperature. Scribble in my notebook.

1:00 pm Take temperature again.

1:15 pm take temperature one final time. Preceptor says I’m free to go. yay!

1:20 pm start driving back, with a pit stop at Safeway to change into less smelly pants, and pick up some supplies:

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(chocolate covered almonds and gum)

3:15 pm arrive home in Kamloops, say hello to Sadie, play on computer, check emails, debate about going swimming, decide to take Sadie for a walk instead.

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(I like to think she was grateful)

5:45 take a shower, begin on dinner (quinoa, steamed carrots, stir fried kale and leeks in tahini and soy sauce).

6:30 brother calls, and needs a ride home because he missed a bus by two minutes… next bus not for another hour.

7:00 home and eating.

7:15 watch last nights NCIS, which mom has PVRd.

8:20 watch some cupcake wars, try and make myself get up and write this blog post, but Sadie is on my lap and looks so comfortable!

8:55 finally get up and get writing.

As you can see it wasn’t the most productive of days. I often times am doing 2-3 hours of work after a 6 to 8 hour day of work. Today I slacked off, and will pay for it over the next couple days, since I’m planning on heading to Vancouver this weekend for a much needed trip to see my friends.

Alright, I’m off to do some printing and room cleaning. I was reminded by some of the comments on Morgan’s post on controlling stress how much better I feel if I clean up my room before going to sleep.

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Kitchen Sink Granola

Well, it’s been a long week.

And it’s only Wednesday. My week has honestly involved a lot of me napping and watching Sex and the City. I know. How can that be a long week? Well, I’m sick, so doing anything is basically out of the question.

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I did however, make granola. And maybe it’s because I was sick when I made it, and basically can’t stop eating it, that I’m still sick. Just a theory.

It was seriously a gorgeous day on Monday. But I ran one errand, and felt too exhausted to do anything. Except make this granola, based on granola we made in class one and a half weeks ago.

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Do you see that sunny day?

It actually looks a lot like that now, and the courtyard outside my window is full of people happily enjoying some vitamin D.

Maybe I’ll join them.

But first I’m going to eat more granola.

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The best part of this granola is how flexible it is, you could through just about anything in. Well, maybe that’s what’s great about any granola right? But just to give you an outline to work with, here is what I did.

Kitchen Sink Granola

Ingredients
1/4cup Honey
1/4cup peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice.)
1 tbsp coconut oil
4 cups large flake oats
3 tbsp ground flaxseed
1/2cup chocolate chips
1/2-1cup raisins
1/2-1cup almonds

1. Preheat oven to 325. (I accidentally had it on 350, and some of my granola is definitely more on the burnt side).
2. Melt honey, oil, and peanut butter in microwave so it can easily be blended together and poured.
3. mix together the oats and ground flaxseed, then pour in the honey and peanut butter mixture. Thoroughly combine until all the oats are coated (there will be a few clumps of granola goodness).
4. Pour mixture onto cookie sheet, and spread into an even layer. Throw in over for 10minutes or so. Remove, toss around a bit, and again put in oven for 10min; repeat another 1 to 2 times, until oats are toasted and fragrant. Allow to cool.
5. Once cool throw the oats into a bowl, and add in remaining ingredients; mix and try not to eat too many while you’re at it.

WARNING this granola is addictive. I’ve already eaten one jar, even if it was the smaller of the two jars, it is still GONE.
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Yep it’s that good. And you could basically use any ingredients you have on hand; almond butter, peanuts, walnuts, apricots, dates, carob chips… Try whatever you like.

Now if you excuse me, I’m going to go and take another nap. All this writing has been exhausting.

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A.B.C.

Well, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted a good blog post, lots of homework, projects, assignments, conferences, and fundraising efforts have ruled my life recently.

So I don’t have pictures really, and I’m sort of feeling lazy so I thought I’d do this meme that’s going around the blogosphere, that I find entertaining, especially since I don’t really share a lot about myself…

Age: 23 (my fav number, since it’s my birthday number 🙂 )

Bed size: double. In rez you normally have a single bed, but us RAs are special and get a double bed. It is also the most comfortable rez bed ever (actually just comfortable in general. My mom stayed for a weekend a couple weeks ago and actually mentioned how comfy my bed is).

Chore I hate: laundry. a) I have to go down twelve flights of stairs to do laundry. b) A wash costs $1.20, the dryer is$.60/30min, and you always need to dry twice. and c) folding laundry is a b****.

Dogs: I have had dogs my whole life: Misty (a white 3-legged terrier), Professor (beautiful husky), Corkey (a britney spaniel, and an escape artist), Fawn (a HUGE German Sheppard/malmut cross – she also had one brown eye and one blue eye). Sadly they have all passed away (don’t worry, they all lived to be old dogs!) Also I’m a cat person to be honest, and my cat (Cactus) is back home and I miss her dearly.

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Essential Start to my day: Coffee + Food. Also opening my blinds and staring out my window at my view…

Favourite colour: tough one! I love so many colours; it has to be the right shade. Probably blue, pink, and green, oh and purple!

Gold or Silver: hmm. I have a beautiful gold necklace, and a beautiful silver necklace. Can this be a tie?

Height: between 5’5” and 5’6” (I say 5’5&3/4”)

Instruments: I played piano for 12 years, and flute for 6 years. I want to learn guitar too.

Job Title: Professional Student. 😀 6 years of University makes me a professional right?

Kids: nope. Not for a long long time.

Live: Vancouer BC, though I’ll be back in Kamloops in the fall for an internship!!!

Mom’s Name: Trish

Nicknames: I never had nicknames until I moved to Vancouver. My nicknames then consisted of: Bron, leBron, Bronze, Bronx. Those are allowed. Do not call me Bronnie or Wynnie, or anything like that… I might just punch you.

Overnight Hospital Stays: none in recent memory. Apparently I was flown to BC children’s when I was a baby because I had a hole in my heart (clearly I do not remember my proper physio terms for this) I’m supposing that included an overnight stay.

Pet Peeve: Um, are we supposed to have just one? Ignorance + arrogance probably really get my goat.

Quote from a movie: I’m leaving this blank, I’m horrible with movie quotes.

Righty or lefty: righty

Siblings:  Younger brother.

Time you wake up: I honestly am always awake before 9, and usually before 8 on a normal day. getting out of bed might take an extra hour though…

Underwear: hahaha, who wrote this thing??? a lot of it is from La Senza, and some from department stores.

Vegetables you don’t like: celery. While most vegetables have grown to earn themselves a sport in my heart I loath celery. blech.

What makes you run late: the internet. And living on campus. You’d think that help, but I swear I’d be more on time if I had to catch a bus to get here…

Yummy food you make: Would it be vain of me to say anything I bake? As long as it has a recipe!

Zoo Animal: Hmmm, a zoo animal I like. I haven’t been to a zoo for awhile, but when I went to the aquarium last year I could have stared at the otters all day! SO CUTE!

Phew, that’s long. Now you know weird and random facts about me. What about you? Pick a letter and share!

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50 Percent

Don’t worry it’s not my grade average.

No, apparently, 50% of your happiness is genetic. Did you know that?

Cause I sure didn’t.

Yesterday in a fit of procrastination I turned on the TV and flipped through the channels to Oprah.

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50% of happiness is from birth. The other fifty is up to you. This was interesting to me. I’d never thought of my happiness as something that has a “set point” if you will. But it makes sense at the same time. I have friends who can get ridiculously excited about things that would barely make me react. And other friends who react even less than me.

Angela over at Oh She Glows also made a post about her Daily Glow. It was interesting to read what other people thought of sense of purpose in life, and the relation to happiness. I commented on it about my lack of a sense of purpose lately, because I used to associate “purpose” with “goal” and how I haven’t really had any goals lately. Goals to me are associated with improvement, or pushing yourself. That’s not to say I’m not trying hard, but rather just not trying to do better; I’m satisfied with where I stand and I’m trying to be okay with that. I got some great replies to my comment about purpose in life.

My original commentL

I’ve been feeling so without a purpose recently. I’m not sure why, but I think it’s because I have always had a goal; a running goal, a school goal, this goal, that goal. And right now… nothing. I don’t feel like I need to improve everything, (dare I say anything?) about me right now… and that’s left me stuck… what can I do to invite purpose into my life if it isn’t about improvement? Maybe that’s a self-fish point of view for purpose, but it’s not like I’m not volunteering, or giving, or being a good friend and person. But I’ve felt directionless lately, and I more question what is “purpose” to me.

The replies I received:

Hi Bronwyn, can’t the purpose in your life, if only for now, just being? You say you feel like you are a good person and friend, and you don’t need improvement in yourself. isn’t that a great thing? much more important than achiechiving some running goal? I think if you live from goal to goal sometimes you can miss out on the REAL purpose of life, just being yourself and enjoying life and being a good person. I know it’s sometimes hard to see wat you have but pleasure treasure where you are now and how good you have it and live in the moment. – Sabine

Hi Bronwyn!
I can really feel with you. When your live is dominated by tangible goals like finishing school it’s so hard when this changes! I had a rough time after I finished my master degree and started a “real” job because there wasn’t something I could work towards.
I agree with Sabine that it’s important to take time to just enjoy your live and acknowledge what you’ve achieved so far – which IMHO is a lot from what you write! Your individual purpose should not solely be defined by goals and personal improvement. Those can be a part of it.
Maybe you should take a step back and ask yourself why you think you need improvement. Why do you feel that you and your life don’t seem to be good enough right now? – Julia

That is such a great question that you have touched on. I think it is actually great how you feel. It tells me that you feel very balanced in your life and I think that is a great thing. :) I think as Sabine mentioned, sometimes you can focus on just ‘being’ and focus on being present in your life. It sounds so easy, but for myself, that is one of the biggest challenges that I face each day. I don’t think it necessarily has anything to do with self-improvement in the traditional sense, but just to be mindful of things we encounter each day can be a prupose in itself. Of course, only you can define what purpose is in your life obviously…I am glad the post got you thinking about it. – Angela

I don’t know exactly where I’m going with my post, but I guess I’m trying not to associate my happiness with just the achievement of goals, but maybe more with the process of just living. Yes there are things that I want to achieve in my life, but is there anything I need to rush towards? No, not right now.

What does make me happy?

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Sunsets from my window. Best part of my day.

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Huge piles of biscotti.

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Okay, or maybe just a couple at a time. 😉

Also being able to say that biscotti was my homework makes me really happy.

What makes you happy? Do you believe you have a happiness set point? Or an expectation of what will make you happy?

I used to be the type of person who said “once I achieve _________ I’ll be happy” or “If only I had ________ then I’d be happy” or “If only I was _______ then I’d be happy”. Then I realized that won’t make me happy. I must admit, I’m happy most of the time these days, I have ups and downs. But I don’t have an expectation of what will make me happy. Sometimes you seek out happiness, sometimes it’s a struggle, but there are totally moments where it just sort of happens, and that’s always great.

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And the good news is…

I am officially going to be a Residence Advisor next year!

It’s going to be busy, crazy and fun. I can’t wait!

I promise a better post later this week, my week has turned into a busier week then I’d ever imagined! Gaahhh. All I want to do is bake these:

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Photo from (never)home-maker. Doesn’t that look amazing? Once I go and get some groceries and find some time, I’m doing a little baking! 🙂

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2010 – One Month In

Well it’s just a typical Tuesday night – with one change. Instead of wasting my time watching Biggest Loser, I’m currently watching some sort of Lost Recap. OMG I watched this show the first season which was like eons ago. Unfortunately life prevented me from watching it in later seasons, and any time I’d catch an episode… well I was confused as hell. lost-logoThe show where you’ll be lost…

Anyway… on to today.

So you might have noticed that yesterday was not only a Monday but also a first of a new month: bring on February.  I can’t believe we’re a month into 2010 already… and I got to thinking about my new years resolutions, and how I had no idea if I was working on them or not…. So instead of just forgetting about them I decided to take a little look at how I’m doing.

  • Get more ENERGY.
    Er, definitely not happening. In fact my sleeping pattern is really crazy right now, it’s not good. I’m tired and my muscles aren’t rejuvenating themselves as fast as I would like. Anyone have any good websites/resources about getting sleeping patterns working?
  • Keep my grades where they are or higher!
    Well I think they’re about the same. At least judging from the one mark I’ve gotten back. I’ve decided to make this goal more structured: I want grades of 80% and higher (85% and higher is the ultimate goal actually). Having an actual number to shoot for makes it more probably something will happen.
  • Be an awesome prez (do some bossing around yo! 😉 )
    This is going pretty well. We had an awesome event recently, which I credit to my council and everything. Judging your performance as a leader in and situation is really hard. How much is you, and how much is everyone working together? I’d like to think it’s a combined effort by everyone. 🙂
  • Explore my creative side; maybe take a photography class (if I can afford it)
    The one goal I can say ACCOMPLISHED! I started a photography class last night, and even though there was a little technical difficulty for the teacher, I think I can say it will be nice to finally do something creative and push that side of me.
  • Live on a budget (OMG I am so poor right now, or will be when I pay my student fees)
    Sweet, this one I can also say I’m accomplishing. I’ve successfully (maybe a few slip ups) kept all my receipts, recorded totals each week and watched what I spent for the entire month of February. 🙂
  • Get my running mileage up to 1/2 marathon distances
    This too is a work in progress. I am going to actually sign up for a Half-Marathon I think, to fully motivate and commit myself to a training schedule and pattern. I’ve successfully been running 3-4 days a week. 🙂
  • Swim, bike, and strength train.
    So swimming and biking not so much. Swimming’s too far away, and biking… well it’s wet. 😉 I’ve been itching to break out the wheels, but it’ll be a couple weeks yet. Strength training has been happening though, I’m happy to say. In fact I’ve been doing enough ab work that I’ve noticed a difference in my torso. I just do a few moves everyday, and I’ve lost about an inch from the smallest and largest part of my waist. 😀
  • Do yoga
    hasn’t been happening at all. :p
  • Make actual meals (Means cooking once in a while)
    I’ve definitely been baking a little more, and cooking more too. 🙂 I’ve made a goal of baking once a week, as well as cooking a little. I haven’t really made any amazing cooked meals… but well, they’re better then they were.
  • Embrace life!
    This one too is on-going. Some days I’m super stocked on life. Some days I’m down in the dumps, totally unhappy and grumpy… and just a total all around not-fun person. But that’s how it goes. I’m definitely doing better this term at rolling with the punches.
  • So that’s how my 2010 is going. How are your 2010s going?

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