Time. . . what is that?

I seemed to have gotten caught up in the hoopla of school. For the past few months its been a complete focus around passing tests, doing homework, once and awhile home cooked meals with more lesser meals and skipped breakfasts with graduation peaking above the horizon. I haven’t had much time for anything these past few months, let alone time to sit back and read through the cookbooks I got right after christmas! I have comics left unread, books never opened and movies never watched. It seems that I have been sinking in the middle of the pond, waiting for that hand to pull me back up to the surface.

With one more day of classes, two MORE new cooks books given to me by sean for my recent birthday (an amazing surprise!) and tons of movies, books and comics to read I think I am ready for the summer. As I sit down and finish my last study cram sessions, pull those all-nighters and pass out on the couch with sean after yet again more long days, the prospect of completely nothingness filled with cooking, reading, sean and relaxing seems just around the corner. In that new hope comes the excitement for my blog, which shall fill up with the stories of my lazy days, busy beach days, food adventures and photographs because this is after all just about catching the memories in a moment to be recorded from a lifetime for just myself and those who take the time to read my posts on a passby. Enjoy :)

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Adoption and Berries

Winter time seems to be the busiest time of the year. We have the hustle and bustle of school, work, errands and more work and school. Its not like the summer time when we have days off to just lay around in the sun and do nothing. Its seems, however, that there is always something to do. Papers to write, reading to do and no time to relax.

Recently though, Sean and I went out and decided to take our relationship to the next level. . . .yes I mean we adopted a HAMSTER! A cute, fluffy, little ball of fun! We seriously went crazy with it, buying it all these toys and cute accessories for her cage. This little thing (named ally) now stays at seans place (not allowed at mine!). She is the most adorable thing in the world. I think we are slightly obsessed with her and sean is so cute with her. Its adorable how much of a softy he can be!! But shushhh don’t tell him I told you!

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Well for a quick recipe you should try these Mixed Berry Smoothie’s. They are a good healthy snack that fills you up!! Now I do not fancy myself a professional cook, or even a cook. Sometimes I mess up a recipe so badly I wonder if i should ever cook again. I cook often, alot with sean but rarely do I remember to take photo’s of them. You know, your cooking and you get caught up with sauteing, mixing and not burning things you forget to get that snapshot. Sometimes even when you do the picture is simply horrible. I sometimes go to edit them and get on here and have tons of photos I cant even use! That drives me crazy. Now I am not a professional photographer, but i do love taking photos, editing them and all the hoopla. Sometimes it is amazing the shots you can catch.

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So I hope that even if your simply a one time, passerby you like my photos, recipes and randomness. I’m not here to become some amazing famous blogger with millions of hits. Simply a person who loves life and sharing stories. Let me know what you think! I am always interested in other blogs too so feel free to comment and like so I can check out yours!

Mixed Berry Smoothie:berries 2 copy 2

Ingredients:

• 150g frozen berries

• 1 banana

• 1 tsp honey

• 4 tbsp natural yogurt

• 150ml orange juice

Method:

1. Chop up the banana into manageable chunks, throw everything into a blender and blitz until smooth. If it seems a little thick add more juice, or if it’s not quite creamy enough add more yogurt  If you wish remove the berry seeds pass the smoothie through a sieve, but don’t worry too much!

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Well now I may have lied . . . . only a little

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I know I know, I said I was going to keep this a a strict food blog! But sorry after finals, then celebrating and with Christmas right around the corner there has not been much time. I did however want to take a moment to show off these card designs. Recently (As of yesterday at 7:00PM) Lucent Playing Cards designed by Sean Whelan officially went live! Now those of you who have not had a chance to take a look at these you should! These are hand designed playing cards that are a limited addition. They are AMAZING! Now WAIT!!

Before you click away, I really urge you to go ahead and check out the cards. Even if you never felt of much of a card collector these are worth taking a look at. I have seen the hard work that went into them and believe me Sean Whelan spent alot of time on them. SO check them out! You will not be sorry there are some amazing deals : D

 

Here is the official link : http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1293645903/lucent-playing-cards-by-sean-whelan

Cold toes and runny noses

It is about that time again. Time to button up, break out the boots and snuggle under the covers with a good book and a cup of coco.

I feel like it was only yesterday that I was breaking out the shorts, looking forward to the long days of nothingness except relaxing and flowing with the breeze. Taking long walks with Sean, and exploring the park near our house where we found this little frog enjoying a nice spot in the sun.

Yet now it all seems to be over as the days get colder and sun goes to bed earlier. I noticed that everywhere has now broken out the Pumpkin flavored everything! Its like a explosion of fall over the course of one day. You could be sitting there enjoying the pool, heat and sun. Then the next day suddenly its like everyone received a memo i missed. There is pumpkin coffee, latte, iced latte and my favorite hot coco.

While I am sad to say goodbye to the regular days of slurpees and midnight swims, I am looking forward to the change of seasons. The leaves changing color, that cold crisp air that make your nose turn red after being outside for two seconds. I’m so excited about the upcoming months, I have so much planed!

One thing i don’t think we realize is how fast time can fly. We say it all the time “time flies when your having fun” yet i don’t think we really grasp how true that is. I can not believe how different my life is from a year ago. How different, really, I am. Its weird for me to think that, because a year ago I had no idea I was so unhappy. And yet here I am, one year later, in a completely different part of my life and all I can do is smile. Even on my worst days.

Me and Sean like to have a ton of little mini dates though out the month. And not just this month I mean every month. I mean, like one a day where we take a trip to a coffee shop or even sevs and just buy a drink and sit there and talk for hours and hours. You would think that after 7 months of hanging out straight, now i mean straight like every day legit not missing one day, we would run of things to talk about. But HA that’s a joke. I could still talk to him for hours and hours. And whats funny is even after we have had millions of mini dates, everyone is new and different and completely adorable.

So as the days go on, we will see the trees change color, the weather get colder. I will have more days of walks to dunkin with Sean on our daily trips to get hot coco or iced coffee. Late nights like tonight with the windows open, cramming for that next test. Now we can look back on the summer as something in the past once again, something to remember and cherish. But it makes me look to my future, and think about what I want to do with my life and who I want to do that with. Its time to break out the books, the brains, the late night strains. Fall is underway, and everything is changing. But we always have those we love to spend that with. So as for me, I will remember being chased through the park by ducks with sean, and look forward to creeping through cemeteries in the snow, or going on our many adventures no matter the cold.

Cuz we can handle anything, that man and me. We love each other and its ment to be. . .it starts out as friends, then soars from there, but all i know if i love him and I’m having a blast

Passage to another world

Have you ever sat down, picked up a book and forgotten the rest of the world? Sometimes for me, I find that I go months and months without ever picking up a book. Then one day, I just pick one up. Completely at random. And boom! I’m lost in another world. Books have to be the most amazing invention ever, they cause you to use your imagination, to learn about others, to relax and gain your knowledge. They have to ability to change who you are and everything that you stand for.

Now I know what you must be thinking. That’s not true. Its just a bunch of made up lies that us nerds make to make ourselves feel better. BUT that is so not true! I have to stand up against that and say that one day, you WILL pick up that one book. It’ll be the book that changes your life forever. From that point forward you will never be the same. You will find yourself wandering into little book stores to browse the shelves just to see if you find anything that catches your eye. You will find yourself, on a rainy day curling up on the couch with a book in hand, drink in the other ready to take on the world of literature. Once you do, cross over to the dark side, you will come to realize that you have been missing out. It is the greatest accomplishment to be able to finish that book, and realize that it did indeed effect your life. Because they do effect your life, I promise you that. No matter what you are reading it will in some way change your view about something, maybe give you a great idea. I promise that you will never be the same.

Last night, I picked up a book for the first time in about 3 months. Now even though I say 3 months that dose not mean I was addicted to reading 3 months ago also. But last night, trying to make sure I diddnt fall asleep on sean, I picked a book off by book shelf at random. It just happened to the ‘The Wedding’ by Nicholas Sparks. Now I don’t know if anyone out there has read this book, or any of his other ones either. But let me just tell you, i started reading at 12 midnight (me and insomnia are best friends sometimes) and i diddnt stop until well after 3 Am. By then i had actually read the entire book cover to cover. I can honestly tell you that by the end of this story i was indeed crying. More like bawling my eyes out. It was simply a beautiful story and for those of you with any knowledge of ‘The Notebook’ also by him, this was just as amazing. I love the way he writes and can honestly say I will indeed be re-reading this book again sometime in the future. The story line of this novel was just breathtaking, I mean a old man trying to make his wife fall in love with him again? Can i say sappy romances? Now of course im on this reading kick again. Seeing as it is a extremely beautiful day out ( and memorial day ) I may just grab another good read and slip outside to enjoy it in the sun with my puppies. Seeing as sean dose not get out of work until 6:30 i say i have plenty of time to bang out another great read!!

I would also like to note for all you people out there who are as addicted to reading as i am, there is this amazing website called Half.com where you can buy used books for cheap. Personally I love used books, I think they have such a amazing history and plus its better then paying full price for anything! Check it out if your interested its a great web site and I know me and my sisters order from there way too much!