Proud Runner posted this link on my timeline yesterday, and I was instantly mesmerized by the story. I’ve watched it a gazzillion times! Each time I get super emotional. It’s inspiring and a real tear-jerker. I have a soft spot for persistence and determination. It’s a common theme in my life. So, to see them in their purest form is very moving. Take some time to watch this…
“Just because I can’t do it today; doesn’t mean I’m not gonna be able to do it some day.”- Arthur Boorman
Some serious words to live by!
Posted by twentyhappyfeet on November 29, 2012
I noticed there was an increase in fruit flies/gnats in my kitchen. Somewhere around 47%. It IS my job to worry about that group of individuals…
Seriously, the kitchen was a buzz with little winged insects. It seemed to happen overnight; but upon noticing the bundle of over-ripened bananas, it must’ve been going on for a few days! So, what to do with the nearly rotted fruit? Well, I made muffins!
These muffins were really easy to make. They’re a great way to use up those forgotten old bananas. They make a great morning snack or emergency breakfast…especially on clinical days!
Here’s the recipe:
3 ripe bananas smashed (don’t completely obliterate them, leave them a little chunky)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup canola oil
1/3 cup milk (I used Almond, Coconut milk)
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla
2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
3/4 cup Chopped Nuts ( I used almonds)
2 tbsp. Sugar
1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
2 tbsp. chopped walnuts
Pre-heat Oven to 375 degrees, and prepare your muffin pan by lightly greasing it. I like to use the little foil cups instead of a muffin pan. Less clean up!
Sift together all of the dry ingredients.
Mix together the wet ingredients.
Carefully fold the wet ingredients into the dry. Don’t over mix! The batter should be a little lumpy; but make sure it is well combined.
Fold in your nuts.
Use an ice cream scoop to fill your muffin pan with batter. Sprinkle with your sugar cinnamon and walnut topping.
Bake for 18-22 minutes. Check for done-ness by inserting a toothpick into the center. If it comes out dry, they’re done.
Posted by twentyhappyfeet on September 19, 2012
Remember when I posted about “office progress”? Yeah, there really hasn’t been much progress since. I know, I know…I slacked off! Nursing school was nearly all-consuming. Looking back, I see that it was more of an organizing effort than transformation.
I mean, really. How blah!
I got busy this weekend. I have about 6 1/2 weeks of summer left. It was time to get serious about establishing a space that is conducive to studying. It would also be nice to have some room to workout and stretch in.
Here’s what I call PROGRESS:
I’m thinking a new desk chair and maybe a rug would tie everything together. Oh yeah, I’m also contemplating making a built-in bookshelf/dog crate.
Here’s some inspiration:
Eames-ish office chair
Dash & Albert Rainbow Seashells rug
Built-in Dog crate
Posted by twentyhappyfeet on June 19, 2012
It’s been rough. I’ve been living like a vampire the last few weeks! I’m down to 2 summer jobs; but I still seem to be very busy. Last weekend was the first stretch of day time hours spent awake. I love working overnights; but I do miss the sunshine.
Speaking of sunshine…last fall, I had the bright idea of painting our bedroom a “punchy” yellow. Well, it was punchy alright. Like makes me wanna punch myself in the face for picking such a hideous school bus yellow!
This was my inspiration:
I’m really feeling the whole yellow and gray theme. I had high hopes! My effort was an epic fail. Notice that there are no “real” life pictures our bedroom.
This weekend, I had a jolt of motivation. I decided to transform our bedroom from epic failure, to this:
Ahhhh. It turned out great! We now love the soothing and subtle aqua color. The room still needs a little finessing: new linens, quarter rounds, and maybe a new overhead light fixture. If you look too closely, you will notice the floor is a hot mess. That’s next on our list…
Posted by twentyhappyfeet on June 18, 2012
It’s been absolutely gorgeous outside! I am really enjoying Spring. The semester is ending, and that means I am going to have some free time on my hands. My spirits are lifted. While spending some time outdoors, I couldn’t help but to assess the current state of my garden beds. The flowers are looking great, and all of my fall cuttings are beginning to flourish. The vegetable beds are a different story. They’re sad…really sad. Initially I vowed to not invest any effort into growing veggies this year. However, I came across this video, and now I’m inspired! I’m going to make a go at it…again. Photos will be posted as the garden progresses. Wish me luck! THF
My Urban Garden
Posted by twentyhappyfeet on April 17, 2012
It’s no secret that nursing students NEED their coffee. I did my best to stick to one cup of coffee a day; but three weeks into the semester, I caved. Big time caved. I found myself consuming up to 3 cups of coffee per day! I did however compensate by giving up sugar. It didn’t help that there is a Starbucks that welcomes you as you walk in to our clinical site. So, not only was I drinking more coffee, I was also spending more money on coffee.
The temperature is beginning to warm up around these parts, and my need for a hot cup of joe is starting to wane. This time of year calls for a creamy, cool latte. It’s one thing to cough up $2 for a regular coffee, 2-3 times a week; but the iced coffees are a little pricier. It’s time to reign in my wants. It’s time to start making cold-brewed coffee!
Cold-brewed coffee is the ideal method for making iced drinks. For starters, it won’t get watered down when you add ice. It also keeps its flavor and isn’t so acid-ey. If you’ve ever tried making an iced coffee with stale or cooled coffee, you should get what I’m saying.
Here’s a recipe:
1/3 cup of coffee, coarsely ground (preferably dark or medium roast)
1 1/2 to 2 cups of water
Mix in a covered container (mason jar, iced tea bottle, etc).
Let sit overnight in the fridge or at room temperature.
Stain with coffee filter or fine sieve. Two times the charm!
Sweeten to your liking.
Pour over ice. Add more water if it’s too concentrated.
If you want that Vietnamese coffee taste, add some evaporated milk.
Posted by twentyhappyfeet on April 9, 2012
Something is in the water these days, because my friends are popping out babies like it’s nobody’s business! I can’t keep count. I will say, there are some really beautiful and sweet children coming into the world. Look out!
I had the pleasure of spending some time with our friends that welcomed their little one about a month ago. Baby Ella…the sweetest little thing. It’s so amazing to think that I met her when she was just a little sparkle in her parents’ eyes.
These letters hang in the nursery, and were crafted by her mommy. So cute!
I took advantage of this visit to tinker with a little family photography. Daddy was a little reluctant; but the new baby was a great negotiating point.
Such a lovely little family. We are so excited for them and this new adventure!
Posted by twentyhappyfeet on April 2, 2012
School has just entered the final stretch. I have about 5 weeks to go, and my first semester of nursing school is OVER! It’s been great. My classmates are awesome and soooo supportive of each other. We’ve had a minimal amount of dropouts, and our instructors are consistently impressed by our test performance. This class is gonna turn out some awesome and competent nurses!
With all that said, it’s been a little challenging staying focused. I often find myself distracted by Facebook, Twitter, this little blog, and Pinterest. I’ve got a bad case of “premature senior-itis”. It also doesn’t help that I’ve recently acquired a new toy that does this:
I’ve been shooting with my outdated, but still useful Sony Cybershot. I forgot how much digital cameras have progressed. This new camera has rejuvenated my inner shutterbug. I should be hitting the books; but instead, I’m blabbing about photography!
This weekend is going to be extra challenging to stay on task. I really need to study for an exam; but all I can think about is building a light box for indoor shots. Like this one from (never home)maker.com. They’ve broken the process down into simple steps, using easy to find items.
This is going to open a whole ‘nother level of picture taking!
Posted by twentyhappyfeet on March 29, 2012
This week is Spring Break! Not really. I’ve spent most of my break in orientation for a new job. It’s not a total bummer. I actually have been enjoying myself. I have a good feeling about my new place of employment, and have been meeting a bunch of new people. It’s going to be fun! Not to mention the fringe benefit of earning some moolah.
I’ll be working as a nurse aide, on a cardiac unit. I can’t wait! Seriously. With the new position comes a new ID badge, security code, parking pass, etc. I’m acquiring quite a bit of “flair” between my school badge and work badge. So, in order for me to keep things straight, I decided to “pimp my badge reel”.
I’ve seen a few girls with these nifty little numbers:
I’m not into the whole embroidery, preppy button thing.
Here’s my rendition of a DIY badge reel:
All it took was a little imagination, glue, and glitter. I added some charms and beads from an old bracelet for some added flair. I just love the glittery sparkle!
Posted by twentyhappyfeet on March 8, 2012
This week was a busy one! It started with an exam, followed by our first clinical prep tool, and sneaky pop quiz. I still have a good grasp on learning the material; however, my time management skills are losing luster. My grades are great; but my sleep is entering deprivation mode! I’m also starting a new job in a couple of weeks. I definitely need to find ways to better manage my time.
With all that said, some “me time” is in order. I’m an early bird kinda girl…not super early; but early enough. I like to wake just before the sun comes up. The husby is a late sleeper. I don’t mind that at all. Being up early gives me some alone time. Kinda reminds me of my single days. I enjoy a few minutes of quiet and a strong cup of coffee. The house is usually pretty still, aside from Sambuca pitter-pattering under foot. She’s usually my alarm clock. I like having her up with me.
This morning I had some “me time”. I made an omelet with grilled salmon, red peppers and scallions, rested on a bed of arugula! Mucho yummy, and much needed!
Posted by twentyhappyfeet on February 19, 2012