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Workouts, Shopping, Game Night, Expos, Exams, Papers = Crazy Fun Life.

Hey My Frosty Snowflakes!

This past week has been SUPER busy and crazy, but fun. 🙂

In addition to a paper on Thursday, group activity that weekend, Game Night on Friday, working at an Expo all day Saturday, preparing my lesson throughout the week (which involved a lot of work on my part) and teaching my Sunbeams on Sunday (all the work paid off because they all had a BLAST! I’ve never seen my little ones so happy and having so much fun with the lesson!), and babysitting jobs and a big exam on Monday — I’m currently freezing (a cold front came in and it’s 69*F in my house. I am SO cold right now even though I shouldn’t be!). I opened my box of clothes I had packed for Idaho and have been wearing them because everything else I have in my closet is short sleeves. (I guess this cold is preparing me slightly for what I’ll experience in January… if it’s anything like this… I know I’ll need layers. Lots of them.)

Nonetheless, the cold isn’t stopping me while I get ready for my scripture study class tonight, another paper and gathering activity this weekend, a Thanksgiving activity with the girls in my church (I get to make cupcakes! :D), preparing for Thanksgiving Day this next week (which includes a new pumpkin pie recipe with homemade vegan evaporated milk), preparing for a YW in Excellence coming up in a few weeks (YW in Excellence is a night where the young women in my church come together and share some of the things they’ve done that year, including school, activities, projects, etc.) and participating in a research project for a student in my school. I’ve been quite busy, but life has been great! 🙂

In the midst all of this, I have been able to fit in my workouts. (They are the only thing that has kept me sane.) This past week was Week 6 of ThisFitChick’s workout program – the half-way mark. As a part of that, I did 3 split days of heavy lifting with HIT cardio. I upped a few of my weights, but others I’m keeping the same and just focusing on form. I also combined my weight workouts for Friday and Saturday into one workout because they both focus on the arms and my arms were KILLING me last week on Saturday because I didn’t get a day between to rebuild, and I also knew I would be busy on Saturday (doing the expo all day – I talk about it below). So I combined them into a longer workout. It worked. The workout was more arduous (as my arms were getting very tired y the last reps), but they also had the chance to rebuild Saturday and Sunday before I did my next session. I know I’ll be doing that again this weekend (I’ll probably separate the workouts and do both weight sessions on Friday and do the more cardio-session on Saturday to keep things balanced).

Before I did my workout Friday afternoon I went shopping to 4 different stores: Kohls, Bath and Body Works, Target, and Payless (as well as going to the bank to make a deposit). I live less than a quarter-mile from these, so I just walked. I would tell you everything I got, but because some of the things are presents I can’t spill the beans (mi familia reads my blog). One thing I did get was a shirt I’ve been eyeing at Kohl’s for a while:


The last time I went to Kohl’s I found a shirt like this (It’s this shirt, but the stripes go across on the top instead of up and down) and loved it, but decided on a different one. When I went Friday caught my eye again and I knew just HAD to have it. 🙂

Once I got home (and did my workout), I made my Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars (this time used applesauce in place of the tofu and a French vanilla cake mix in place of the yellow cake mix). Once the party started they started to disappear very quickly. 😉 There were a lot of teens who came over and we played lots of games and had a lot of fun.

After it was over, I shared with two of my friends these three videos from Tim Hawkins, and because I love them so much I wanted to share them with you: The Government Can, Things You Don’t Say To Your Wife, and Tim Hawkins on Teenagers. My sister shared these with me and they always make me smile. (If you watch them, tell me your favorite parts! :D)

One of my dear friends also gave me a Dr. Seuss t-shirt!


Since I read Dr. Seuss’ book “Oh the Places You’ll Go” at my HS Graduation, this shirt brings back so many memories and it really means a lot to me that she would do that. I wore it to the Expo I worked at and everyone was asking me where I got it. I had the pleasure of telling them my friend gave it to me. 🙂


Talking about the Expo, Saturday morning I woke up bright and early to help at the Expo for the Rock n Roll Marathon and ½ occurring the next day. I worked up front from 9am-5pm (with a small break in-between to refuel with lunch), and then helped organize everything, clean up, and put stuff away into the truck afterwards. Even though I was SUPER tired after I got home (and the day after that), I had a blast. I am very grateful for the opportunity I had to do this because I learned how to use a credit-card machine and practice my social-people skills (which is always a good thing). I must say, I handled many credit cards and started liking them (because they can be so pretty and have the cutest pictures on them), but that’s one of the reasons I don’t have one. I have a debit card (I need to find out how to change my pin for it though since it’s been over a year since I last used it….), but I won’t be getting a credit card any time soon. (Not that I would want one either; they can be financially dangerous for young college students.)


In addition to helping out, I also got to pick out one of the t-shirts they had there. I picked one of the long-sleeved shirts that said “Some girls chase boys. I pass ’em.” Heheh. I was also eyeing the shirt that said “Forget glass slippers, this princess wears tennis shoes.” Next time I go to one of these (or work at one) I’ll see if I can find it.


(I also got a little sticker that says “I ❤ Recycling.” I had gone around to the other booths before I started working, and one of the other exhibitors gave me a sticker when I told him I was taking an Environmental Science class and learning all about what he was talking about.)


Btw, I found this DIY for styling curly hair via Pinterest and I LOVE IT! Some days (when I have the time and want to do it) I will blow-dry my hair with a round brush, but usually I do it curly or simply natural (wavy). This DIY styling for a curly hairstyle is so convenient, easy to follow, and doesn’t take much time. It definitely works for those days where I have a busy schedule ahead of me.


In addition to a crazy (but fun) life, one thing that has been pretty consistent have been my breakfasts. I’ve seriously had this Vegan Pumpkin Spice Milkshake for breakfast every single day for over a week (with either pecans or sliced almonds).

And it’s official:


I reached the bottom of my 6 lb bag of frozen strawberries.

After I took this picture Sunday afternoon, they quickly disappeared. Heheh.

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What is some busy, crazy, fun stuff going on in your life?

Tell me! Tell me! Tell me! (*Hahah. I say like a 3-year-old. No wonder I fit in with my Sunbeams so well.)

Do you ever eat a cold breakfast when you are cold and it makes you even colder?

Yeah. That’s what happens to me when I eat the pumpkin milkshake and frozen strawberries.

Do you like Dr. Seuss? Running? Running Shirts? Shopping?

I’m not much into long-distance running, but I do enjoy running around just for fun if I’m playing with kids or “passing” a boy. 😉

With lots of hugs,


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10 thoughts on “Workouts, Shopping, Game Night, Expos, Exams, Papers = Crazy Fun Life.

  1. I adore running and I am so happy right now because I am able to run again after having a hip injury! Your new running shirt is a riot <3!

    1. Haha. Every month when I turn the flap of my calendar to a new month, it always looks so blank and calm (as if the month ahead will give me a break). But then, at the end of the month, I look back in retrospect and relish all of the things that happened that month and sit awestruck at how busy it got so quickly. I guess that’s life — full of surprises at every turn, but full of fantabulous fun. 🙂

  2. Hahahaha I love your cold weather story. That is just hilarious to me! In RI we keep our HEAT at around 69! That’s actually kind warm, too. The normal for heat (at least in my family) is 65-68˚. I don’t know how you’re going to survive haha 🙂

    ** I’d love it if you would participate in my new blog link-up Shopping List Friday! (See my blog for more details).

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