Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Food...and notecards.

Okay, confession: I love food...but then again, who doesn't? :)
Not being able to have meat has really limited my options in the dining halls...especially because most everything contains meat of some kind, except the salad bar, soups (when I get lucky), cereal, and the pasta and stir fry without the meat options. <-----yeah, these are all delicious, but they get old after a while. Sometimes it can get a little tiring eating salad all time, but I've been really proud of myself for coming up with some creative new combos of food choices....and wanted to share! I'm sure there will be more, but for now-

all mixed up:             

for breakfast: oatmeal and raisins, with half a banana and a dollop of PB plus a lil sprinkle of brown sugar to top it all off! (this was inspired by this totally awesome blog I've discovered, FitFoodieFinds, you should totally check her out!)

lunch:hoagie roll. piled some lettuce tomatoes and bell peppers topped with provolone cheese and toasted. Then I added some CUKES and GUAC :) SOOOOO delicious!

and dinner you ask? well...let's just say I got frustrated and nothing really sounded good, so I had picture necessary...and was off to the library to study until the wee hours of the night.

To my 2 tests tomorrow, you will be conquered! Get ready, 'cause Amy's comin'! [Oh, and you should probably apologize to Mother Earth, for causing me to kill so many trees with ALL THESE STINKIN' NOTECARDS I'M USING...]


"Purl" of the day

to study or...knit...?
So my week is crazy! I had a project due yesterday, thank goodness that is now one thing checked off my list. Tomorrow I have a test in French Diction and another in my Introduction to Music Education class, and Friday I have a Music Theory Quiz and a Christian Heritage test <------this one's the booger! Naturally I've been preparing for this terrible week for a while now ('cause I like to plan ahead, or at least I like to think I do). ha! Anyways, so this basically means I've been studying during every spare minute of my day that I can seem to find. Being a music major, it's hard to actually find one of those spare minutes :/

So yes, I'm rambling...and mainly because I needed a minor study break, but instead of all this studying I know I have to do...all I want to do is KNIT! Unfortunately, I guess that'll just have to wait until this weekend.


Monday, March 28, 2011


...well not completely.
So for those of you who don't know, right now we are in the season of Lent: a time in the Christian Year that Christian's use as a time of preparation until the time of celebration when Jesus is resurrected on Easter Sunday! The tradition, for most, is to give up something for this period of 40 days, in hopes of growing closer to God by the absence of whatever is given up...or you can take on something. I usually don't like to share what I've chosen to do each Lent, because I feel like it should be a personal thing between me and God, but this year I felt like sharing.

So, if you can't tell from the title of this post, I've chosen to give up meat. I thought of the idea a while back, but kept shooting it down, because, no lie, I REALLY enjoy a good burger every now and then. Also, I didn't really believe that I'd be able to uphold my commitment. However, for some reason, the subject of vegetarianism, healthy eating, and things of that sort kept I decided to run with it (except for one day a week).

So I've completely taken meat out of my diet, for the time being, and have totally noticed a difference in how I feel. My energy has significantly increased, and not to mention I've been eating WAY more veggies than I used to. Don't get me wrong, it's definitely a challenge, especially living on campus and having to make due with what the dining halls have for selection.

and you probably don't really care, and I guess I'm really writing this for my own accountability...but hey! whatever works. right? :) So thanks for listening to me ramble. I'm sure there will be more later :P Now, for your enjoyment:

Food for Thought is this great lil' spot in Waco,
that I'm a new fan of. (lots of different Veggie options)

what I've recently ordered. This delicious black
bean burrito, with avocado and cream cheese on
a whole wheat tortilla. and! it comes with chips and
fresh homemade salsa mmmm

Saturday, March 26, 2011

la la la...

Recently loving, obsessed with this song. Officially stuck in my head for 3 days and from me to you, enjoy!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Hey that's my name!

This is for no reason really:
It's friday! I'm feelin' fun today. Stumbled across this little gem, that happens to have my name in it ;) I'm really likin' the beat! Enjoy. and Happy Friday!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Acts of Kindness

Little known fact about me: random people find me approachable. It isn't abnormal for a complete stranger to spontaneously start a conversation with me, and in fact it happens quite often. Take last night for example:

I'm sitting at my fav lil' coffee shop studying, you know, resolving dominant 7th chords like every normal college freshman (I apologize in advance for references to music-related subjects like that), and taking notes for my super-rigorous Christian Heritage class I'm taking this semester. As I'm doing so, a man walks right up to my table, and out of the corner of my eye I notice him there. He doesn't say anything but I know he's looking at what I'm doing, so I glance up and we make eye contact. I say "hello", he says hi back and then walks off. Okay, that was a little strange, I'm thinking to myself, but then shrug it off and keep working. Around about ten minutes later, he walks up again, and just stands there peering down at me. I look up and say hello again and he asks my name. I kindly respond "Amy" and offer my hand to him to shake his and introduce myself. He told me his name and paused again before he asked if he could sit down, gesturing to the chair on the other side of the table I was at.

[sidenote: I'm not sure what, but there was something off with him. I knew he meant no harm, and most likely just wanted a companion...but to be honest, I wasn't feeling very sociable and really all I wanted to do was study in peace.]

So I thought to myself, well who am I to say no? Who am I to tell this man that he can't sit here with me. There was clearly an open chair across from me and I wasn't waiting for anyone to come join me, so there was no good reason to turn him down. I definitely wasn't about to turn him away, just for the sake of my comfortableness. So I said sure, and he proceeded to sit down. ... So he ends up sitting there, listening to his music player that he carries around with him, as I continue to read and study. He occasionally asks me a question, but nothing out of the ordinary. By this time I notice people staring and could tell others were feeling sorry for me...

To the point: I finished my studying, and 30 or so minutes later, got up, shook his hand and left. This situation just got me thinking about how many times a day we all criticise, ignore, mock, or shrug off someone just for our own pleasure or like this case, for our own comfortableness. But really, it's not hard to simply keep your first thought  to yourself, or to offer that stranger that no one wants to deal with a chair, or to stop a conversation that is happening that centers around degrading another person. I'm a firm believer in small acts of kindness. Yeah, to me, allowing this man to sit with me might have been a little uncomfortable, but to him, who knows, it could have turned a terrible day into a good one for him.

So I challenge anyone who is out there reading this, to add a random act of kindness into your day. You just never know whose life you'll touch.


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Welcome in...

Decided to give this a try. Blogs have always intrigued me, so why not right?!

I've had a lot on my mind lately, but one thing/place in particular:
Crucis. It's not just a summer camp, but an incredibly holy place.

This cross welcomes you as you drive into the gates of Camp Crucis, a small Episcopal church camp in little Granbury, Texas. I'm telling you. This place is heaven on earth. There is just something about the air. I don't know if it's the familiar smell of sulfur flowing over the dam or just the way that everything feels so right when you step out of your car, but you always immediately feel God's presence and the overwhelming sense of the Holy Spirit. pure bliss.

A little background? Well, long story short: my mom and aunt both went to Crucis when they were young and I've been going there ever since pre-k as a camper, and have spent 12+ summers out there, and am now extremely blessed to be on the Summer Staff this year! Needless to say, I'm super excited and definitely ready to see what God has in store for me this summer!

This is the walkway up to the outside chapel at camp, The Chapel of Transfiguration. There is no comparable place. I've spent many early mornings at mass, singing God's praise with his children here, and many nights praying to Him when I've needed him most. I want to get married here one day.

Needless to say, this place is very near and dear to my heart. I was there just last weekend, at Staff retreat, getting ready for this summer and returned back to school this week once again renewed by Crucis.