Homemade pizza with Mom, May 21, 2012
Rainy day, not much going on, May 22, 2012
After 4 years of amazing memories, I’ve finally graduated from the University of Connecticut!
With no immediate plans for my life, I’ve decided to make this summer as memorable as, and have started a bucket list. Unfortunately, I’m not very good at sticking to things, so I’m starting out small. I’m going to take a photo everyday for 30 days, allowing a glimpse into my daily life and what I find beautiful. I’ve already gone through the first 5 days, and have so far stuck with it! Here are the first 5 days of my challenge:
Nest window display, May 16, 2012
Enjoying the day, May 17, 2012
Mom’s surprise 60th birthday party, May 18, 2012
First grill night of the summer, May 19, 2012
Finished reading The Hunger Games, May 20, 2012
In between the challenge photos, I’ll be posting some extra entries, but mostly photos!
Thanks for following me in my post-graduate life!
It was beyond gorgeous outside today. Mid-70s all day, cool breeze, the perfect summer day. At work today (I work at an early intervention in Boston), we brought our morning group to the park. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day to do so. Even after running around with the kids I wasn’t overly hot- just right. When I got home for the afternoon, I hung with my baby Paddington in the sunshine, as you can see above. He just loves this weather because we can leave the windows open for him!
I guess I haven’t gone into detail about my summer internship. It’s at an early intervention program in the Boston Metro area. I am a part time TA for the groups, and it’s somewhat like daycare but more directed. There’s a schedule of things we do with the kids daily and are always providing a background for future learning. Some of the children in group have diagnoses, yet others are on a normal developmental path. And all the children are playful and so excited to be there. I couldn’t have found a more rewarding job. After being there for a little over a month, I have already seen growth in some of the children. The family members are absolutely so grateful for our help and direction in a time that is probably difficult for some.
I have one more year of undergrad at UConn, and after that I am hopefully continuing on to grad school, to pursue a career as a speech language pathologist. Working at the early intervention has truly opened my eyes to a rewarding path that I could take as a speech pathologist. There are so many different jobs available for an SLP, and originally I had wanted to help those who had suffered traumatic brain injuries, strokes, and other acquired disabilities. After working with children, however, I know how rewarding a career here would be. I can’t wait to get into grad school and really focus on what I want to accomplish with my career!
Off topic a bit, I am currently attempting to plan a 4-day getaway with my boyfriend. I FINALLY have time off long enough to go somewhere, so we are trying our best to find a cheap hotel in an area where there’s a lot to do! We’ve been looking at Washington DC, Martha’s Vineyard, New York, Maine, New Hampshire, everywhere! Comparing prices and activities is ultimately the way to go. I went to Washington DC when I was younger and LOVED it! I hope we can work out a way to go there, it was just the best!
Update on my DIY projects- finished the window boxes finally! I’ll have some pictures up soon, they came out great! Also, I started the rag rug and hopefully that will be done and I will write a post about that soon!
Mayo isn’t exactly the healthiest of condiments, with a high level of saturated fat and sodium. There is also a fine line between the right about of mayonnaise and far too much of it. That’s why I decided to go on the hunt for a good recipe for chicken (or tuna) salad sans mayo. I found a few online, but ended up making my own according to my own likes (and what I had in the cabinets!).
-2 cans chicken or tuna in water
-1/2 vidalia onion, thinly sliced
-1 can chickpeas
-1/4 cup chopped parsley
-2 tbsps lemon juice
-1 tbsp red wine vinegar
-3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
-1/2 tsp minced garlic
-1/4 cup cucumbers, slices chopped into 4ths
-pinch of fresh ground pepper
You can add or take out any of the veggies listed above according to your likes or dislikes (I wish I had some red peppers, they would’ve brightened up the picture!). Mix the red wine vinegar, EVOO, and lemon juice together and set aside. Open and drain the chicken/tuna and chickpeas (washing chickpeas), and mix with chopped parsley, garlic, cucumbers, and onions in a large bowl. Mix all ingredients together with liquid mixture. Grind fresh ground pepper on top for taste. Serve on a wheat wrap and voila! a no-mayo, wonderfully tasting lunch! Delicious :)
Found this AWESOME homemade pore peel-off mask recipe at petitelefant.com (love this site!). This is a millions times better than spending $10-15 on beauty products at CVS. And it’s super easy! The hardest part is keeping your hair off of your face while the mask is drying…
What you’ll need:
-1 packet of unflavored gelatin (approx 1 tbsp.)
-1-2 tbsp milk
-1 glass (to mix gelatin)
-1 popsicle stick (to apply mask)
What to do:
1. Take your glass. Note my Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck glass that I’ve had since I was 4.
2. Mix the packet of gelatin with the milk until it creates a thick mixture.
3. Place the glass in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.
4. Apply to entire face. Let the mixture COOL for a few seconds before applying to face! We don’t want burnt faces! Be quick about applying mixture because the gelatin will stiffen quickly, but make sure you can stand the temperature. Avoid eye area and eyebrow area unless you’d like to be eyebrow-less! If you just want to apply to specific areas that’s fine as well.
5. Let mask dry for about 15 minutes. You’ll be able to tell when the mask is ready to come off because it’s hard to move your face.
6. Now for the fun part- pull off of face gently until you are completely de-masked. When you’re done you should have a super smooth face!
7. If there are any extra pieces that you just can’t peel off, wash your face with warm water.
I’ll admit, it sorta hurt pulling certain pieces off because I left it on too long and the mask got super crazy hard. The pieces I couldn’t get I just washed away and everything was fine. The hardest part I had was keeping my cat out of the milk and my hair out of the gelatin. Peeling the gelatin off of my hair was not fun at all…
Happy peeling everyone!
Can’t wait to get home from work to this! I love making this for a light dinner filled with veggies. I started making this after discovering a similar dish at my all-time fav restaurant Chester’s on Rt. 44 in Harmony, RI. It’s where my mom and I practically always stop on our travels to and from UConn. Another great dish from there is their fried calamari with peperocini peppers- to DIE for!
You can add in whatever vegetables you’d like, or even add some chicken. Anything is delicious in a pita!
Chop the veggies up into chewable sizes, and use however much you think you can eat. I usually make extra to put on the top after the cheese is melted. Toss the veggies in olive oil, giving them a generous and even coating. Scoop some garlic into the mix for some extra flavoring. Roast the veggies at ~400 degrees for about 15 minutes or for however long it take for you to get the texture you desire. I like mine a bit on the crunchy side. After they are fully roasted, fill your pita with veggies. Place a slice of provolone cheese over the pita and place under the broiler until the cheese melts (keep an eye on it because it can burn easily if you don’t pay attention!). take out of the oven and put on any extra veggies you have. Anddd enjoy!
Along with my attempted kick at becoming a vegetarian, I have been super interested in DIY projects. Projects that involve the least amount of money are always the best- especially for the struggling college girl. Here are a few that I am eager to get started (or I have already started!).
As I go through the projects I’ll try posting pictures.
Eco-Friendly Bath Mat (props to MichelleKaufmann.com)
PVC Pipe Mirrors (ThriftyandChic.com)
I have also seen this done with toilet paper rolls but this option seems more sturdy.
Window Boxes (still working on these!)
Jersey Rosette Bracelets (U-CreateCrafts.com)
There are so many more DIY projects out there, these are just some that have caught my eye! Can’t wait to start!