Archive | December, 2011

“If You Don’t Look Silly, You’re Not Doing It Right”

30 Dec

The title pretty much says it all. Today I tried a Christmas present, Wii Zumba. Whoa. I was surprised at how fast that got me sweating! I wore the belt it came with so my hands were free to wiggle and shake. I’m positive I look like a dancing’ fool. But I guess that’s half the fun.

And if nothing else, it’s certainly helping me stay hydrated.

That's my 3rd glass!

A Very Travel Christmas

28 Dec

Hello All,

I really hope you all had a wonderful holiday. It was fun, relaxing one at the Devine household. We took our time getting up, becoming fairly presentable, watching Die Hard and then I made these.  Tasty, right?

I gave and received some pretty sweet gift this year.  Even though I’m stationary for the foreseeable future, I’m living vicariously through possibilities. And one way is through this book. Lonely Planet: The Travel Book. It has every country with photos, vital stats and a fun random fact. And it’s huge. I mean, massive.

Yup. It' s actually bigger than my laptop.

And to satisfy my crafty side, I gave a SMASHBOOK a try.

It’s essentially a scrapbook, but of course I got the travel themed one. I’m filling it with pics of my travel bucket list. The colorful pages are a nice change of pace, but I was a bit disappointed with the quality. I’m already starting to fill it up with possibilities. It is nice to have a place to put all my ideas down.

A couple day trips are in the works, so I’m currently content. Hopefully with the New Year news of Grad Schools will follow. Waiting is the hardest part. *Fingers Crossed* for good news!

Whatcha’ Reading?

23 Dec

As a lit student, I’m always super nosy about what people are reading. I love those “top 10 summer reads” lists or  glancing to see the cover of the book the person next to me at the dr.’s office or airport. I am always on the hunt for the next great book. And for that matter, I think asking someone their favorite book is very revealing.

I used to say my favorite book has always been “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. It’s actually the first book I remember being completely engulfed in, not being able to put it down. That being said, I’m a bit embarrassed that I haven’t read it in years. Can I still call it my favorite if I can’t remember all of it? Like I said, kinda embarrassing.But that is being rectified. I bought a pretty, new copy on sale from Barnes & Noble and I’m savoring it all over again.

There are several other books I’m excited to start on as well. And I’d like to thank goodreads for its help. This website is kinda like Netflix in that it will give you suggestions based on ratings you have given books you read. The virtual bookshelf helps you see what genres you tend to pick up most often and so far the suggestions have been pretty spot on. To keep you guys in the loop, I’ve included a widget on the sidebar to let you know what I’m enjoying at the moment. As a book nerd, I’m pretty excited. It’s like having your own personal book club: you can organize your bookshelf, get suggestions and even leave reviews. Time to get reading :)

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Garden Update

15 Dec

While it’s snowing and freezing in other parts of the country, it’s super beautiful here today. Not to brag or anything… but winter is the best (other than the influx of snowbirds). But, I love that my garden is thriving! We’re still in the green phase, but it’s getting’ there.

my herb selection


sweet pepper

mustard greens and eggplant


*Fingers crossed* they turn out as good as they look! But I’ve learned the best thing you can do for them is be patient, because no matter what you do for them, they do whatever they want. :)

My Best Vacation

14 Dec

As you can probably tell by now, I’m more or less always thinking about travel. Honestly, if a plane ticket fell from the sky I would grab it and go. But this week, I was reminded of my “best vacation”. During college I went on a month long trip. It was considered a study abroad program, but it was more of a spiritual retreat to Greece, Turkey, and Egypt. I visited monasteries, museums and even got to meet cloistered Greek Orthodox nuns. It was an unbelievable experience.

Meteora, Greece



Whirling Dervishes in Turkey


The last leg of the trip was Mount Sinai in Egypt. I would highly recommend this to everyone, both religious and overall spiritual. Mt. Sinai is where Moses received the 10 Commandments from God. Granted, the tip was strenuous, it took us about two hours to get to the top. You can have a camel take you part of the way, but you have to hike most of it. Some of the group opted to do a sunrise walk, while I chose to go during sunset.


Strangely, there was something about being up that high, made me feel more grounded. My beliefs aside, you can’t help feel connected on that hallowed ground. There was a comfortable silence on the mountain, no din, no rumble or chatter. It was beautiful. And the stars! They were so bright, I felt like I could touch them.  I do love some hustle and bustle- but it’s nice to know these places exist, and I would go back in a heartbeat.


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