Coming Down the Home Stretch

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Hello, hello! I have been resurrected from my turkey-induced-coma* and am back and ready to voluntarily walk in front of a bus rock and roll with the last chunk of this semester. How crazy is it that in 16 days, God willing, I will be 1/8 doctor!? Absurd. And awesome.

That right there? Perfectly describes med school, by the way. Absurd and awesome.

Anyway, I hope that everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and ate a lot of delicious food. I had not one, but two Thanksgivings, traveled to 2 different states, and slept as much as I could. After our exams on Tuesday and Wednesday, I was completely worn out. I also wasn't feeling great about my exams, so I just wanted to not think about school for the next 4 days. Here's what our long weekend looked like:

Thanksgiving selfie in Long Island at Ken's sister's apartment
How cat-parents do Black Friday: 88 lbs of cat litter and 50% a off cat tree!
I think it was a hit.
I made waaaay too much sweet potatoe casserole. This was only 1/3 of it!
When you whip sweet poatoes, they do weird things. I thought it looked Muppet-esque.
Playing our new favorite game, "Strain" at our second Thanksgiving in Maryland on Saturday
Ken's giant omlette (and equally giant croissant) at breakfast on Sunday
Made some progress on my latest knitting project... even though it's slow-going, I'm still in love with it.
This little guy melts my heart
So that was our long weekend. It was so nice to just sleep, eat, and hang out with both of our families. Ken's mother and Lynn's boyfriend had driven in from Kentucky, and on Saturday, Ken and I went to Maryland to have dinner with my mom, Levi, Aunt Kathy, Uncle Jack, Aunt Laura, Uncle Don, and cousin Garrett. It was really special to have Don, Laura, and Garrett with us, because they live in California and usually aren't able to come out for big holidays. It was really fun, and I was definitely sad to leave on Sunday. We're already trying to plan our Christmas get-together, which last year didn't happen until March so... we'll see how that goes, haha.

In the mean time, what is happening to time? I can barely operate that it's December, let alone the fact that it's going to be 2015 in less than a month. I have exactly 1 Christmas gift purchased, so clearly, I'm doing well in that category. Fortunately, Ken and I are just doing candles and latkes for Hanukkah and we're saving our presents for Christmas, so I have a little more time than I usually would. I have ideas for most of the people for whom I'm buying, but now I just have to make time to go and acquire said things. Thank God for online shopping!

Speaking of time, Chrystina wrote a great post about "me time", which she was inspired to write by Jenn. I'm not big on making New Year's Resolutions, mainly because I can never keep them and then I'm just upset with myself, but I do like to try and recenter myself. I am notoriously bad at self-care, and while I've been improving in that arena in the last year or so, I know that I could do better. I wrote about saying no now so you can say yes later on when Julie interviewed me on her blog, and sometimes, I'm okay at doing that. Often, I make plans and then have to force myself to go do them because I feel bad canceling. I almost always enjoy myself, and I am 99% sure that part of the reason it's so difficult to get out is because my depression is kind of bad right now. I'm working on fixing that... it's slow going. But anyway, me time is super important, and so I thought I'd give a little brain space to examining just how I spend my time. The questions all came from Jenn, so head over to her blog (which is full of design and hand-lettering awesomeness!)

What do you read or watch during me-time?

Okay, this first question has already made me realize something. When I have any free time at all these days, I want to be asleep. That is probably not ideal. But back to the question. Since we gave up cable, I no longer can just flip on the TV, which is probably a good thing (or else I'd never study). I rely mostly on Netflix and Hulu+ these days, and if I have free time you can find me watching, Criminal Minds, Scandal, The Black List, How to Get Away with Murder, or American Horror Story. I've also totally fallen in love with The Killing (on Netflix). Wow, I watch a lot of really dark stuff. Ken and I also recently went through and watched all of the Marvel movies, so I am totally caught up now. (Also, I am Groot.)

I used to read a lot more than I do now, which makes me sad. I actually just finished the first book I've read since... sometime in the summer. I finally got a hold of a copy of Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, and it was just as good, if not better, than Gone Girl. I don't read a lot of fiction these days, even in my free time, so you can usually find me with some kind of science/medical/psychology non-fiction. I also read a lot of blogs, but I don't really count that as me-time.

What do you wear during me-time?

Pajama pants are pretty much non-negotiable, but I also wear pajama pants most of the time when I'm at home because I don't believe in wearing real pants unless you absolutely have to do so. Usually, I'm in one of my softest/oldest t-shirts that no longer sees the light of day outside of my house, and sometimes I'll add a hoodie. And fuzzy socks. I am frequently cold.

What are your me-time beauty products?

Is it bad that I couldn't think of any off the top of my head? Probably. If I really want to relax (and have the time), I will fill up the tub and throw a Lush bath bomb in there so I can soak for awhile and come out smelling like a rose. I don't take baths unless I'm already clean (because ew), but they're really relaxing and calming. I often read in the tub, too, so I can kill two birds with one stone. (Is being productive part of me-time? Am I doing this wrong?) If my nails are in good shape, I'll polish them, but I'm not really good at it and my nails are rarely in polishing shape so... it's not so much fun. I'm also really into face masks, especially the Biore ones that heat up when you put them on. So refreshing. I tried an oatmeal one from Lush once and it was pretty good, but it smelled like cookie dough and I wanted to eat it (I didn't, do worry. Rule #49 is don't eat the chemicals beauty products even if they are probably edible and totally natural.)

Current favorite nail polish?

As I mentioned above, I am really not great at polishing my own nails. It usually looks like a small child with ADD attempted to do so, so I generally leave that to the professionals. The last time I bought nail polish was... a really long time ago. I guess my first choices would be something by OPI or Essie, but they're so expensive that again, I don't buy them very often. Any suggestions?

What do you eat/drink during me-time?

I used to love to go to Starbucks and relax, but since I study there pretty much all the time, I think those days are behind me. I'll let you know. I do enjoy drinking coffee, tea, or cocoa, especially if I'm watching TV or reading. Then there are times I really just want a glass of red wine. Food kind of varies. I eat a lot of popcorn, but if I'm really feeling indulgent, I'll just eat chocolate. Screw it, it's me-time, right?

Current favorite candle?

I love candles, so I have quite a few! Lately, I've been switching between burning a vanilla caramel candle that Ken got me for my birthday almost 5 years ago (it was one of those giant jar ones), and a three tiered candle that smells like vanilla bourbon, pumpkin spice, and apple cider (depending on which layer you're in). It's very "fall" smelling, so it was a nice switch from my normal vanilla. My absolutely favorite candle of all time is the Blue Hydrangea candle by Nest. I picked mine up at Blue Mercury, but you can get them at a variety of places. That smell is just intoxicating and I love it.

Do you ever have outdoor me-time?

Not if I can avoid it! My allergies, combined with my temperature and sun sensitivity, make outdoors a potentially dangerous and un-fun place. The only time I ever would consider outdoor me-time is down the shore in Ocean City, but I have to be slathered in sunscreen, wearing a hat, and sitting under an umbrella. 

Would you ever go see a movie alone?

I haven't, but I think I would if I had to. I don't go to the movies frequently, and if I do, I am usually with Ken, my friend Lindsey, Levi, my dad, or my friend Jenn. I think going to the movies by yourself makes sense, though. It's not like you should be talking with anyone during the movie anyway!

Favorite online shop?

I attempt to do most of my shopping online for two reasons. One, it allows me to acquire things without having to put on real pants (and we all know how I feel about that) or interact with most of humanity. Two, I am 4'11" so I have to shop petites and the biggest selections are online. Because of my online shopping proclivities, I tend to shop at places where I can either return to a brick and mortar store or at places that offer free return shipping. My usuals include LOFT, The Limited, and Banana Republic. For non-clothing items, I head to Amazon, and while I've never ordered anything from Uncommon Goods, I love to peruse their site.

Anything to add? What else do you do during me-time?

I call people, especially while driving (because voice-activated Bluetooth is amazing) and catch up with people. I think I do 90% of my talking on the phone while driving, actually. I also like to knit, bake, and of course, nap with my cats. 

What about you? Do you carve out me-time on a regular basis? If you had more me-time, what would you do? 

- A

*Turkey doesn't actually make you sleepy. It's probably all the carbs that makes us feel sluggish after a big meal. The more you know!


  1. LOL on the cat tower and 88 pounds of cat litter! We got our two cats & dog each their own little stocking from Walmart with treats and toys for them!

  2. I also had a really hard time coming up with a beauty product. Also also - socks. How did I forget socks? Yes, they're a must in the fall/winter/spring. And a must not in the summer :)

  3. Yay I'm glad you did the me-time post too. And I'm very glad you agree that pants are the worst. Seriously, so many of us believe this. We need to pull together as a society and ban pants altogether, unless they are of the sweat, pajama, or yoga variety.

  4. Seriously! I'd take leggings, too.

  5. Ugh, I hate socks in the summer! I start wearing flats/sandals as soon as humanly possible. DOWN WITH SOCKS! (Unless they're fuzzy and I have cold feet.)

  6. The cat tree is making both my cats' lives and mine. They love to climb and sleep on it, and I love watching them play on it, haha. #catlady


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