28 February 2010


Chris last night: "The president has more free time than Jen."

23 February 2010

bugs & puzzles & facebook scrabble

One of the things I'd like to do this year is complete a puzzle. (See? it's listed on the sidebar.)
I was at Walmart the other day and they had some on sale, so I picked it up for 3 bucks.

I started it tonight. I'm going to let myself do 15 minutes a night to wind down before bed. It's actually fun and it's surprisingly easy to not think about anything while I'm doing it. I did it for about an hour before I even realized the time passed. Who knew you could get lost in a puzzle?

Today we messed around with Neisseria gonorrhoea and Neisseria meningitidis, along with the usual S. aureas and E. coli, amongst other nasty creatures. It was great fun but it was a long lab and I got tired out around 2. Lab days are usually long days and they tire me out.

Been procrastinating ever since I got home. Must make myself do 30 minutes of uninterrupted studying. That's how I do it- I actually set a timer and do small increments until it goes off.

But first I have to finish this facebook scrabble game with my brother. I can't believe he's beating me by about 40 points. I'm actually ashamed to admit it!!

22 February 2010

only monday??

As I pulled into the parking garage this morning, I realized that my pants were on inside out. I decided it didn't matter, and they are still inside out.

Not doing as well this semester. I'm not failing, but I'm not making A's either. Meh.

Today was long and stressful. When I think about this morning, it feels like it was yesterday. Just when we think we are going to get a break, surprise! one more thing is piled on top and the anxiety level gets bumped up a notch.

Not that I'm walking around in a pissed off state or anything. It's just the way things are. I'm not the only one feeling this way. It seems like everyone in the class is wound up a little tighter this semester.

Oh my GOSH micro is pretty much straight memorization, and a massive amount of information. It's overwhelming, not to mention that there are other classes to worry about that are just as consuming.

One cool note: The people from the Houston Zoo are coming to do blood bank lab with us tomorrow. They're working on a project involving elephant transfusions. There is something unique about those elephants and their blood but I can't remember what it is right now.

I can't wait to have hobbies again!

21 February 2010

hyper Sunday logic

Ashley, here is your blog entry.

I am currently on lecture 2/3 studying for the micro exam tomorrow. All hyped up on Hot Tamales, sweet tarts, and this huge can of Starbucks Mocha Doubleshot drink that Chris left in my fridge. It's actually really freaking good. I can tell I'm too hyped up because when I try to write my hand shakes a bit, lol.

But I must keep trudging.

Kathy and I were talking this week about how much Sundays suck.

Friday afternoons are the best, with the whole glorious weekend ahead of us. As soon as we get out of class, there's automatically a weight off our chests. No worries, just freedom and a giddy smile on our faces. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and everything is happy.

Saturdays are great, sleeping in with no guilt, spending the day doing whatever, staying up late with the same freedom.

Then comes Sunday like a partly cloudy day before a storm.

The impending doom of Monday always kind of takes the joy out of Sunday, even though we're technically off. Plus, we're usually cramming for an exam on Sunday. If we sleep in, half of the day is gone and there's that much less time to cram, and that much less time off.
It's bittersweet.

Earlier I was at my desk studying. Pumpkin was curled up snoozing in her box, and Chris was carelessly napping in my bed. The light was coming in drowsily through the windows. And there I was, surrounded by happy nappers! In less than 6 months, I too will be able to nap at whim on Sundays, with no more schoolwork to worry about.

Adding to today's suckage is the fact that I have not yet received my micro textbook and I think it would be very helpful for tomorrow's exam. Anyway, this information is not going to magically get into my head. Onward!

17 February 2010

eeeeeewwwwww x a billion

No Fucking Way.

I think this is for real...
check out the preview.

Can't say I've ever had a hankering for a cum smoothie...

The oysters. Oh my GOD the picture of the oysters.


It's not like I have a huge problem with it in general, but in food?? Purposely??

Then there's all the comments on the post about breast milk, which freaks me out equally, if not more. I know, it's natural, but I'd never try it, and I'm 100% sure if I ever change my mind and decide to have a kid, it will not be sucking on my tits. It doesn't bother me when other people do it, but it is NOT for me. Jizz food is in that category too, haha. To each his own I guess!

I should totally be doing homework instead of telling you guys about the cum cookbook.

16 February 2010

back at it

It's very hard to study right now.

I think I must have opened facebook, took a quick peek, and closed it again 12 times in the past hour. Double-checking blogs I've already read, clicking on links I wouldn't otherwise click on, looking for something to do besides study.

I ate half-off Valentine's candy for dinner. 3/4 a box of assorted chocolates, a few of those conversation hearts, and a chocolate-covered marshmallow heart. Now I have stomach cramps and a (no doubt sugar-induced) headache. Self control, where did I leave you?

This blood bank stuff is actually not bad. I seem to be absorbing the majority of it- the basic stuff anyway. Exams every Monday and Friday- it makes my weekends extra sucky but at least there are no Wednesday exams tossed in there this semester. Maybe I can catch Modern Family now.

Micro actually sounds interesting. Funky bacteria, I can't wait to grow you. It's been a long time since I've streaked a plate, and I remember how satisfying it was. The lecturer kept referring to "sputum" and that seriously grosses me out. Maybe by the time this is over, mucus & spit won't make me have to suppress a gag.

Madre's birthday is tomorrow. I don't have a gift for her yet and I'm not sure what to get her. I'll pick something up on the way home from school. Me & Ash were talking to her today and asked her how old she'd be. We were both surprised to hear she's older than we assumed. She does not look it.

I'm curious guys, how old do you think my mom is? Don't worry, she will never see it, haha.

15 February 2010

love and not-so-love

You know how I was talking about keeping a tally of people who've gotten engaged and pregnant this year? I've got one more to add to the list- my little sister!! Not the pregnant part- just the engaged part.

In her pjs on the couch, Ashley had my dream "proposal," haha.

So that was pretty cool and pretty much the only thing that happened this weekend.

I was really looking forward to Chris coming to visit, especially because it's a long weekend and it's my last "study-free" weekend probably till May, and he got sick. Of course. So I hung out bored all weekend while my friends were busy with Valentine's day stuff. It pretty much sucked and it gave me a lot of time to think about what I'm doing. I tried not to get angry at him although I think he was acting sicker than he really was. Stupid boys.

Oh, I did happen to roast my first chicken. That was cool. Lookin' on the bright side.

Oh, and I'm so SORE from yoga! That lady is good.

13 February 2010

heart my heart

I really wanted cinnamon rolls this morning.

Two things stopped me.
1. the dishes and the work to make them
2. if I'm going to yoga, I might as well start the day out healthy.

I made oatmeal and put cinnamon & sugar in it to get that "cinnamon roll" taste.

Too bad the oatmeal cooked way too much and now it's too soft like oatmeal soup. Gag.

While lying in bed this morning I started thinking about my workout goals. When I had those few free sessions with a personal trainer, he asked me what my goal was and he used it to motivate me whenever I got super tired. Eyes on the prize, if you will.

I haven't been very motivated because I've been focusing on improving my physical appearance. Too bad I don't really care that much. I'm not worried about 5 extra pounds or a little softness in my middle.

However, even if I can't see any effects on the outside, it doesn't mean my insides are doing okay. I decided this morning that I'm more worried about my heart health, taking into account my high cholesterol and LDL.

Your habits in your 20's are what set the stage for your health later on. You don't all of a sudden have heart disease at 40- it starts developing years earlier. I've decided I can't just ignore these warning signs. I don't want to be kicking myself 20 years from now, saying, "If I had only taken better care of myself."

I'm not at particular risk from family history, but heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, and in most developed countries. I think that makes it kind of an issue on everyone's list.

I think it will be pretty motivating to imagine my blood vessels congested with globules of oxidizing fats every time I get tired or want to have a dinner of cake frosting and fruit snacks. *cough* last night *cough*

So, let's see if this shift in thinking can help me get my lazy ass to the gym more often and stop eating piles of crap.

12 February 2010

stupid everything.

I wish the tv remote worked. I can change the channel but to change the volume I have to get my lazy butt up.

No appetite lately. I get super hungry but nothing sounds good. Makes it hard to motivate myself to cook. I'm hungry. Maybe if I ignore it this time, it will just go away.

I really want to be un-lazy and go to yoga tomorrow morning. We'll see if I can get up.

Disappointed, tired, and in a bad mood.

10 February 2010


- Jen, yes I did have dyed hair on Sunday, but I forgot all about it, haha. Thanks for the magazines- I'm in heaven!

- Momma bear got me a gym membership. <3 loves.

- Went bike riding yesterday when it was sunny and cold and GORGEOUS. Almost died from legs hurting after about 10 minutes, but Sue kept me going for 30. Not sore today. Don't know why!

- My apartment is a total mess. Clean clothes on the couch, dirty ones on the floor, a basket full of clean stuff from two weeks ago still sitting there. Dishes (both clean and dirty) on the counters, the box full of magazines and cake platter on the coffee table, cat toys strewn about, popcorn that fell on the floor is now crushed up, full trash cans, things out of their places, and a general air of disarray. I'm usually pretty neat and tidy about this, so why does it not even bother me that things are a mess?

- Purple skittles suck.

07 February 2010

wild hair

As of yesterday, I could say that I've never dyed my hair.


I've always really liked my natural hair color, and I am kind of obsessed with having healthy-loooking, soft hair. Dyeing is damaging, and I never wanted that straw hair that I've seen on people who dye it.

I've been feeling that urge lately to change something. You know, I get that a couple times a year. I don't want another tattoo and I don't have any more respectable places to put piercings, so the hair was it. I've been trying to grow my hair out so I didn't want a cut. That left only a new color. DUN DUN DUNNNN

Feeling half adventurous and half scared, I opted for a semi-permanent color that will wash out in 28 shampoos. We will see. I wanted to do a color that was noticeably different, not just a shade darker.

So, Missy, Steve, and Akhtar came over. We first called Akhtar's mom for confirmation of how to use this stuff. (Not that she dyes her hair. She's just knowledgeable.)

Then Steve was reading the directions and asked if I'd done the "48 hour skin test" for allergies. Psh. No "strand test" either. I suppose that was okay.

So, everyone donned purple gloves and dye started being combed into my hair. I think it's so funny that Steve kinda took over as the stylist and everyone else (including me) gave him advice and told him where he missed spots. We joked that I would come out with patches of color and Akhtar would call me Patches McGee. I joked, but I was half secretly scared and half, "who cares?"

Once it was combed through it had to sit for 10 minutes, at which point Missy said, "I wonder if I should get some low-lights? She didn't need much convincing- before anyone could say yay or nay she had her hair down and was headed for the chair, lol.

We had a system going with the tin foil and it was quite funny to see her Medusa tin foil hair.

When it came time to lather and rinse, Akhtar stepped up. I expected him to be timid but he just dove right in and manhandled my head, lathering and rinsing and getting water in my ear and I was laughing so hard with my head in the sink that I could hardly breathe.

Anyway, after it was all said and done, there was hair dye pretty much everywhere, I had dark hair, Missy's didn't really show up, and we had Mike n Ikes to snack on.

So: the before and after:



My comments:

The after picture is a little frizzy because I was impatient for it to dry and blow dried it.

Do I like it?

I don't hate it, but I like my natural color way better. It's a neat change, and was fun to do.

So now I start my life as a brunette. By doing schoolwork I should have done yesterday...

06 February 2010

vegatables and love

Ugh so tired.
I want to just lay around and magically fill my red cells with hemoglobin.

Starting to think about this year's garden. I think the plot that I tried to grow things in last year is just too small for any real vegetable yield, so when it gets warm I am going to clean it all out and plant wildflowers and sunflower seeds. How pretty would that be?

For the veggie plot, I'm going to have to clear out a patch of the yard and start from scratch. I'm seeing blisters in my future... and hopefully vegetables!

I was watching What Not to Wear last night and it always makes me want to go shopping and update my sad wardrobe. Not to mention throw out all the boring, ill-fitting clothes. There's not really a point to it now, seeing as how I wear scrubs 5 days a week and lay around all weekend. But still.

The other night Chris and I were hanging out and something came up about how we both like something-or-other. I jokingly stated, "You're my missing piece!" He shouted, "My soul mate!" I said, "We're perfect matches!" He commented, "We're so in love!"

After laughing and theatrically gagging on those awful cheesy declarations of love, out came, "Yeah but you're still a shit head" and, "Love you fucker."
Ah... that's more like it.

Ok time to lay around until I feel like doing something.

04 February 2010

peeves & pencil erasers

Fun fact:

If you ever see me use the word "strange" on here, I probably wanted to use the word "weird" instead but I don't know how to spell it. I mix up the E and the I. It's one of those words that's never stuck with me. I always have to spell-check it and it's easier just to type "strange" or "odd" or something similar than to stop and think about how to spell it or go back and spell-check.

Pumpkin likes to chew on erasers. My pen/pencil cup is full of pencils with chewed-on erasers.

My new pet-peeve: Just because I'm a student doesn't mean that I'm the one who messed something up. I appreciate the learning experience and please show me so that I don't make that mistake, but don't automatically assume it was me who did it in the first place.

They don't come right out and say it, but they give that tone or go straight to me when something's messed up. It happens every once in a while, and it's often when I wasn't even around or was working on something completely different. I'm not saying I'm perfect, but I don't do anything that I'm not sure I'm doing correctly; I always ask. Rather than argue, I just say OK but I really wanna bash people in the head sometimes.

Especially because I've seen other people doing the wrong thing but it's not my place to be correcting people. When I see that I act confused and ask something innocent like, "So how do we determine when do we do things this way rather than the other way I was taught?" That will usually get some attention.

Long day, no bike ride AGAIN. I hate this shitty weather. Keep the cold, lose the rain.

03 February 2010

ice cream & pilates


A few days ago I was scooping out a really big chunk of ice cream, and I scooped with too much force and it hopped right out of the carton and on to the floor. Horrified, I grabbed it with my hand and rinsed it off under the faucet until the outer layer was melted off, and put it in my bowl. It was delicious.

Did my own CBC today, nothing too surprising there.

I'm thinking pilates tonight- starting with thighs and doing some abs.

02 February 2010

Kinda crazy

Saw this on facebook: go to urbandictionary.com and type in your name and see what comes up.

1. a fun, outgoing person. generally smart but can be a total blonde at times. someone who likes meeting new people, and smiles a lot. a person who never would just turn on people. a very good friend. someone you can trust. when she's mad, stand clear she might blow her top. but a person who doesn't get mad easily so you dont have to worry about that.

2. A really sexy, funny, smart girl that every guy wants.
"Damn, you lucky bastard, your gf is a total Jennifer"

3. Usually the hottest girl in the class. Laughs 24/7 and smiles no matter what's going on

4. They have trouble showing their feelings, and take sometime to warm up to new poeple. They don't trust easily, but that shouldn't stop you from trusting them, they are very trustworthy. They need someone who will listen to them and give their honest opinion. Jennifers are very blunt, and speak their minds often. They are caring and usually very sexy. They know how to flirt in a very subtle way that drives men crazy. They know how to get what they want. Jennifers are very good friends.

5. A beautiful girl who has alot of school spirit. Generally falls in love with guys with the name "Dan" or "Kevin". Jennifer's love hearing the harsh truth.

Some of it is kinda crazy spot-on. Some of it makes me laugh. Try it!!

-Melissa, when you type yours in, number 7 is going to crack you up.

10 minutes

I watched this video while eating chips. Then, I tried to do it. After an undisclosed amount of time, I fell on the floor about ready to DIE.

It rained again today which foiled my bike-riding plans, but I think internet videos will be a good way to work out and not get bored of the same thing.



01 February 2010

health NOT

So even though Pumpkin hasn't had wet food in over a month, I swear she's getting fatter. I think she's been cheating on her diet...

Speaking of, I went to the store tonight and got some cheddar & sour cream ruffles and some Snicker's ice cream. Freaking YUM. I did have chili for lunch and beef stew for dinner and ate small portions of the junk food, so I don't think it was too bad for me. Stupid cholesterol and LDL and iron. In my defense, I also bought a huge bag of frozen fruit and yogurt for smoothies, bananas, crackers, and some Gorilla Munch. :o) I miss my fun cereals.

I also had every intention of going on a bike ride (to increase my already high HDL, at least I've got that going for me), but it was raining. And the treadmill is broken. I swear. I just didn't have it in me to go through a boring, over-played workout video, so I studied and ate junk food instead.

Here's to baby steps!