December Kickoff

Welcome to December

I could not be happier that today is December 1st.  I love the first of the month in any time frame, but December carries with it a heightened sense of family, joy, contentment, and enthusiasm.  It could be that December includes Christmas, my birthday, and a reduced number of work days ::cough, cough 13 cough, cough::.  Focusing on what is most important about December 1st, the kickstart of a new month, I want to establish my Currently and monthly goals.

Goals

  1. Stay a week ahead on my SNHU classes.  There are 10 modules per term and I’ve been able to maintain a 1-module lead.
  2. Run four days a week.  I have two half marathons this month: the Divas Half and Jacksonville Beach Half MarathonScreen Shot 2014-12-01 at 8.02.09 AM
  3. Gratitude is the Attitude!  I want to make sure that I take the inspiration that I’ve been given by the special friends and family in my life that have shown me how to be kind, considerate, and grateful no matter what obstacles are placed before them and incorporate that in my life.  I know that I’m not unique in my tendencies to focus on the empty part of the class, but that doesn’t mean that I have to stay that way.  I will make this goal measurable by writing down three things that make me happy every day in my Bullet Journal.

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loving my Thanksgiving holiday weekend with my extended family. #VeevaLV

studying nouns, verbs, descriptors, determiners, and Structuralism

enjoying the calm before the storm that is going back to work tomorrow

preparing mentally for my long run of 11 miles this morning.

wondering if I should run outside or hit up the treadmill for said 11 miles.

laughing because I always seem to need more things when I get an email that has the word “Sale” in the title.

reading a heavy selection from this pile (still):

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listening to the “Straight Talk with Ross Mathews” and “Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin” podcasts

thinking I’m adding more “-ing” to my December Currently to delay those 11 miles…

feeling like it’s time to get up off the couch!

See ya soon!!!

Four Fun Facts Blogging Survey

Happy Monday!

It’s a two-day work week and I am loving it!!!

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To kick things off, I’m going to respond to the challenge set by Monica at Run,Eat,Repeat.

4 fun facts:

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

  • Rosie
  • Ferranda
  • Ms. Ferr-Ferr
  • Amanda Rose

Four jobs I’ve had:

  • English teacher
  • Weight Loss Consultant @ Jenny Craig
  • Sylvan tutor
  • Bagger at a grocery store

Four movies you’ve watched more than once:

  • The Princess Bride
  • Love, Actually
  • Hope Floats
  • 10 Things I Hate About You

Four books I’d recommend:

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  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • 1984
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Eleanor & Park

Four places I’ve lived:

  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Grand Ledge, MI
  • St. Paul Island, AK
  • Jacksonville, FL

Four Places you have visited:

  • Germany
  • Turkey
  • Alaska
  • Western Caribbean

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  • In Michigan with my family
  • A bookstore and/or library
  • A big cozy bed with a DVR full of Real Housewives of ______ episodes
  • My crafting room – I’ve got projects to work on!!

Four things I don’t eat:

  • Raw onions
  • Mayonaise
  • Oysters
  • Fried foods

Four of my favorite foods:

  • Sushi
  • Strawberry Poppyseed Chicken Salad from Panera Bread (If they have baguettes, not dinner rolls)
  • Mochi frozen yogurt
  • fruit salad that someone else cut up – it just tastes better when someone else does it =)

Four TV shows I watch:

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  • The Bravo Network – a guilty pleasure for sure!
  • Survivor
  • Christly Knows Best
  • The Walking Dead

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

  • Working away on my MA in English
  • Celebrating our 5th year of marriage in June
  • The Diva’s Half Marathon – December 7th
  • Enjoying the reprioritized life that I’m creating with my friends and family (starting now!!)

Four things I can’t live without:

  • My husband, family, puppy Sophie
  • My bullet journal – it keeps me organized and on track
  • The Kindle app – books! books! books!
  • Coffeeeee!

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Happy Tuesday!  Before I begin today’s post I want to send my sincerest appreciation and shout out to all the members of the military.  Happy Veterans Day.

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Kickstarting the day at the gym is the best medicine for feeling a little frumpish.  I started with an easy run of 3 miles on the treadmill and then complete two rounds of the “Muffin Top Melter” workout.

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It really made me sweat and I was glistening with achievement and a desire for food!!!

Breakfast

While I was eating breakfast at the Metro Diner with my family yesterday, I received a phone call from my admissions counselor at Southern New Hampshire University. (GO PENMAN!)

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Alyssa informed me that my FAFSA issues were resolved and I would be officially enrolled in my first two courses by the end of the morning!!!  I am so grateful for her diligent work on ensuring that I would be taken care of before the beginning of the new term, which is Monday the 17th, ya’ll!  Shout out to the Admissions Dept at SNHU – you guys rock!

Later in the day, I received my login information for SNHU’s Blackboard program and downloaded the syllabi for ENG 550 and LIT 500.

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It looks like I will be doing a lot of reading, a lot of writing, but I am extremely excited about getting start in just a few short days.