Incredible Things

There are some incredible things as of late that are noteworthy:

It’s incredible that Thanksgiving is this week. That means finals are coming, which means the semester is almost over, which means I’m almost halfway done with sophomore year of college, which means my senior friends are almost done with college, which means I need to shut the freak up before I go insane.

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dining hall thanksgiving dinner {that cornbread stuffing}

It’s incredible how kind people can be, despite the fact that you’ve only met in person once (or not at all). My blogger friends near and far have been nothing but kind and loving to me and to other fellow bloggers, often for no particular reason. Sweet prayers and messages from Julia and Hayley. Kind words by Emily. Heavy care packages from a certain no-bake king. All of YOU who choose to read about what goes on in my brain. God bless you.

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The power of a 10 minute nap is incredible. I was in desperate need of a nap the morning/afternoon before my exam on Thursday. I could have studied straight through until 3:30 pm, but my friends forced me to take a nap. SO BENEFICIAL. My brain could actually function. Who ‘da thunk?

It’s incredible how talented humans are. Besides people like Michael Phelps, Mother Theresa, and Beyonce, there are some darn talented people around you! Including you. I was reminded of that at my friends’ a cappella concert on Friday night.

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It’s incredible how God shows so much love through people. It’s truly life-changing to have friends and family who seek to love as Christ loves.

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It’s incredible how much work I have to do over Thanksgiving. I’m just complaining for the sake of it, which is not model behavior, but… I have two exams and two essays due next week. It’s always a good time to be thankful for a great education, but this is REALLY a good time for that, eh?

It’s incredible that it’s still pretty warm outside in late November. Not that I’m complaining!

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It’s incredible that Justin Bieber made it onto my Spotify playlist. It’s his song “Sorry“. I’m sorry I like it. UGH.

The power of patience and prayer is incredible. Because guess what this girl got this weekend!!! Let’s just say I might not need another gynecology appointment. More on this later.

Find something to smile about at every hour of the day. When in doubt, nap it out.

So tell me:

Something incredible in your life right now.

Thanksgiving plans for my fellow Americans? I’m going back to New York to see the much-missed fam and COOK!

Excited for November

November is one of my favorite months for many reasons. The crisp air, the holidays, the anticipation of December (Christmas!)… After seeing Julie’s posts about what she looks forward to in the month at hand, I thought I would share some of the things I’m excited for in November!

Veterans’ Day + Ben’s Birthday

November 11th is Veterans’ Day (Remembrance Day in Canada) and my brother’s birthday! Of course, it is always wonderful to dedicate a day to the brave men and women who have put their lives on the line to protect our country. This year, Ben will be entering the double decade. Big 2-0, woot woot! He’s still a smushy penguin to me though 🙂 He’s always been a lucky duck because we always get a day off of school. I think we’re going to something called the Jack o’ Lantern Blaze the day on November 10th. It’s actually a really popular show—we had to settle for the latest time on the last date of the event. We know Halloween is over, but they’re supposed to have some wicked awesome Jack o’ Lantern displays, so I’m excited!





Annual Dance Choreography Showcase

Company’s first performance of the year is this month! We’ll be performing two dances that we’ve been rehearsing for the past couple of months at a college dance theater alongside several other amazing professional dancers and choreographers. Last year the showcase actually had to be postponed because of a power outage after superstorm Sandy. It was a major bummer because everyone was already at the theater, dancers were dressed, and then everything just came to a halt. Hopefully this year all will go over smoothly.

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Scenes from last year’s show. Left: with Allison in our Western French outfits. Right: the company director, Julie, was the only one who knew how to get my slippery, pin-straight hair up into some pouf-ish ‘do. (PS: Sorry I made the same face twice. I guess I was feelin’ the overenthusiastic look that day)

I’ll try to share pictures, but I don’t think I can share video of the performances for copyright reasons. I am stoked to see all the works of art that the choreographers have crafted! I’m also of course super excited to perform.

National Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month!!!

‘Nough said. Other fun food holidays happening this month can be found on this handy calendar from Dinner Mom.

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Ah, yes. A collage dedicated to my favorite food ever.


Second favorite holiday for sure (after Christmas). The family time, the gratitude, the giving, the food. It’s just a holiday that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Some ideas for the menu are definitely churning in my noggin already. I love to make the sides, which are really the best part of the meal. Favorites? Stuffing and corn bread. ALL the carbs.

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Last year’s feast

This year we’ll be staying at home again for Thanksgiving. It’s so nice to just lay low with the family, watch the Macy’s parade and Charlie Brown specials, and just spend a good chunk of the day cooking in the kitchen.

Those are the major events that I’m looking forward to this month! God has blessed us with many wonderful events to anticipate and share with our loved ones.

So tell me: What are you excited for this month? If you checked out that food holiday calendar, which ones caught your eye? 

I’m interested in Homemade Bread Day, National Guacamole Day, and National French Toast Day!

Fall Makes Me Nostalgic

I usually don’t have much time to type up a post before leaving for school in the morning, but I’m feeling extra ambitious today!

As the leaves start to shift from green to vibrant hues of red, orange, and yellow, I can’t help but feel almost…nostalgic during this time of year. Now, it’s still like 80 degrees here in New York, but the quiet, cool mornings remind me of all the wonderful things that the autumn season can offer. I don’t know why, but it seems like there is something in the fall air that just triggers so many memories. There are things that I used to do in October and November that I think about, and there are things that I still do every year:

  • Drinking that powdered hot apple cider that I now think is kind of gross. But a while back, I thought that stuff was so delicious, especially with the addition of a cinnamon stick. Fancy!
  • Squeezing into the front seat of the school bus with two of my best friends (before drivers licenses happened).
  • Reading about my Confirmation saint, St. Therese of Lisieux, whose feast day is October 1st.
  • Homecoming week (coming up soon!!! So excited), putting together wacky costumes for the theme days, going to the pep rally, pasta dinner, and sports games.
  • Pondering Halloween costumes
  • Trick-or-treating of course!
  • Wanting to sleep in forever (<–still so true).
  • Putting together fashionable, comfy outfits (Yay boots and sweaters!)
  • Dance company rehearsals and annual sleepover.
  • Eating apples like it’s my job.

Maybe this nostalgia is why I love fall so much. I also get so giddy for the holiday season! But I am one of those people that really waits for THE day of a holiday to truly celebrate. I just love the anticipation!



Gina’s cookie dough cereal with frozen banana slices and freeze-dried strawberries (that I picked out from our Special K cereal ;))

So tell me: What kinds of things do you do in the fall/remember doing during the fall? Are you nostalgic too?