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Kiss A Frog, Eat A Bug..

DAY 203

“It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not.” – Author Unknown

“It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.” – Author Unknown

“It isn’t sufficient just to want – you’ve got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want.” – Richard D. Rosen

“Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.” ~ Ambrose Bierce

First day of clinic = successful!

It’s been a rather eventful day. Full being the operative part of that word!

Title was inspired by The Princess & The Frog.

Happy Saturday everyone!

I am thankful for: washers & dryers.



Tootsie Treats..

DAY 178

“Trusting our intuition often saves us from disaster.” – Anne Wilson Schaef

A trailer my brother shared with me for an upcoming animated film – love the concept!

‘Twas a day full of bike riding, playing in the park, & pampering feet! The latter referring to the reflexology event my energy class participated in. We offered 30 minute treatments for the night students & staff – a 10 minute Epsom salt foot soak followed by a 15 minute reflexology treatment for the feet. It was a great success & so much fun!

I am thankful for: Epsom salt foot soaks. And the word “ambiance”.


I found Santa, Mrs. Claus, reindeer, & a very appropriate plate – COMN2TWN



Here Fishy, Fishy..

DAY 177

If you’ve got a little tiny dream, all you have to do is think about it, work on it every day, and you’ll get it. –Sebastian

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.

“Sir your verbs and nouns aren’t agreeing please stop talking.” – Yasmeen

No one is more spiritual than anyone else. – right on! –@kumaremovie – Tara Stiles

I got a couple great shots on the way to babysitting this morning! Then an old friend appeared – gold fish!

This clip from Finding Nemo was helpful for a friend this morning – it always cheers me up!

I am thankful for: beautiful sunrises.



I Promise..

DAY 174

“Don’t go through life, grow through life.” – Eric Butterworth

“Every wisp of experience that comes our way is registered in the brain & body. Cultivating joy & compassion will enhance well being. ”
– Deepak Chopra

“All that spirits desire, spirits attain.” – Khalil Gibran

“thank you for all the incredible support u have shown us .it’s been a honor to share these amazing +wonderful stories with u all.”
– Amanda x

The last quote is from the masterful mind behind The Conversation on Lifetime. It is an incredible show & I urge you to check it out! The first season wrapped last night, but I have high hopes for many more following!

From my memo to myself about what to title this post (yes, that really happened), it seems that “I promise” was the common phrase between M & me last Friday. I also wrote something about Tarzan, so I think we watched it that day. I love that movie!

My dad’s shirt from This Shirt Helps finally arrived! He liked it! I didn’t get a chance to explain how the whole process worked, but the company allows you to choose wear the donation part of your purchase goes – there are different causes your purchase supports. I chose (for him) the education of a child. I thought it would mean the most to him.

I found a recipe for a smoothie on pinterest! (Shocking!) I loved it! I had it every morning this week. Next week, I think I’m going to try it with a twist – instead of papaya, I’m going to use mango. And might I just warn you, be careful to use the exact amount of ginger that is called for. Someone (me) might have used a lot more than what was called for & suffered a bit from it. I also discovered that the blender was actually faulty. I wasn’t aware of this for approximately 40 minutes – the time it took me to prep everything for the smoothie. I learned to use our juicer instead the next day! Another drink I tried tonight? Skinnygirl cocktails – specifically White Cranberry Cosmo. I heard of the brand a while ago, but did a little research last week and decided to try one. It was pretty nice! But it’s definitely going to last me a long long time.

I pulled a large stack of books for my 10 year old neighbor (well, the neighbor’s granddaughter). It was pretty neat to see all the books I’ve kept over the years. I’m such a nerd, but I love it! I wouldn’t change a thing about all the time I spent wandering in someone else’s shoes. The characters were my escape, my companions, my teachers, my friends.

I am thankful for: my education.




One of the awesome shot glasses I got for my 21st! Thanks, N!



To Snack..

DAY 167

..That is the meaning of “nosh”. I discovered this while waiting for lunch today at Nosh. I love that place!! Mom & I stopped here on the way home from running a couple errands. One of which was mattress testing. Probably one of the more awkward moments of my life! Here’s the scene – me (bouncing and tossing on the mattresses), my mom (sitting nearby), & the random sales associate (bearing witness to it all). Let’s go back to Nosh [!] – I had the portobello mushroom burger with sweet potato fries. Yum! I love that  dish.

The rest of the day was pretty uneventful. It involved napping! My day didn’t go as planned, but it was still great! The night wrapped with a viewing of Rock of Ages. Jury’s still out on my review. Don’t think it’s a favorite, but it was fun to see once. What did happen was that I actually liked all the previews shown – that never happens! [Anyone else in the same boat?]

Won’t Back Down is based on a true story and seems to be a feel-good movie with lots of spirit! Here’s the preview..

Won’t Back Down

The Odd Life of Timothy Green was another trailer shown. It’s about a couple having difficulty having a child. They miraculously end up with their dream boy. I’ll let the preview show the rest!

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

Pitch Perfect was also in the mix. All about a rival between a cappella groups.

Pitch Perfect

The Great Gatsby was by far my favorite trailer! I’ve mentioned it previously on the blog, but here’s the trailer again – Enjoy! 

The Great Gatsby

In case anyone else missed the live viewing of Nik Wallenda’s successful attempt to cross over Niagara Falls on a tightrope, here is a link to a time lapsed video. He’s the first person to ever do so!

I am thankful for: the gift of movies.



Coming Back With The Wind..

DAY 166

Love is beautiful. Love is wonderful. Love is everything. Do you agree?
–Ray (Princess and the Frog)

The way you laugh is just the best.

‘Tis a day of national celebrations:

* Flag Day
* Golf Day
* Strawberry Shortcake Day (yes, I am serious!)

And quite a windy one at that! (Hence the name, which was also a quote from one of the kids today as they were playing in the sprinklers with water guns.) Field trips today included: Durham County’s Southwest Library Branch & The Scrap Exchange. I registered for a new library card! And felt just like Matilda. [Haven’t the slightest what I’m referring to? Check out the trailer:]  At my first visit to the Scrap Exchange, I picked up a couple of adorable postcards! (The owl and squirrel pictured.) The afternoon brought about the sprinkler/water gun event. With intermittent sprinkles of rain. It was so totally awesome!

Post-babysitting ventures included Pomegranate Kitchen, the wide open road, & browsing Twitter updates. When I pulled up to Pom Kitchen, Mally (I believe) was gardening! She is such a sweetheart! So very passionate and caring, encouraging, and dedicated. Visits to the Kitchen always involve lots of conversation! This time, also involved a gift of kindness, which meant more to me than I think Mally truly knows. She gave me her last copy of the Independent Weekly publication entitled, “Eats”. I’ve seriously been browsing through the one at the house where I babysit each morning this week. Making mental notes and hoping I’d find my own booklet by some stroke of grace. Insert my roadtrip to Pom Kitchen! [Eats is a valuable resource about great places to eat and drink around the triangle. This is the link for the online version.] Ok, so now for the fun part – the food! All dishes are vegetarian (score!) and all are totally delicious! My choices: Jewel Basmati Rice & Pomegranate and Walnut Stew. OMG! Loved it! I even picked up fro-yo from Menchie’s: Strawberry & Georgia Peach. Yum! Dinner was followed by Jac’s afternoon walk. We spotted many flowers on the trail, & I thankfully remembered to take Baby with us. The clouds were gorgeous today. I was so captivated by them, I didn’t get a chance to take a picture today.

A random interesting find (for a massage therapy student): an article about 16 signs your massage therapist is looking for. Hopefully the article will help you bring awareness to any areas where your own body may feel out-of-whack a bit.

Remember the Titans was on tonight! I still remember the first time I watched the movie – Mrs. Ruble’s 4th grade class. I remember exactly who suggested the movie, where I sat, trying to pick a character for each classmate, & memorizing every line of the movie. One of my favorite movies ever. “Left side, strong side!”

Check out Tamara Lackey’s newest Creative Live courses that are set up for July – Work. Life. Balance. (the intro video alone is enough to want to give this woman gold stars for the rest of her life & ask her to spill her secrets) & Sales, Sales, Sales. The Comprehensive Course (I’m no where near the point of  charging for photography, but I’m soaking up as much info as I possibly can, especially from TL!).

And while your out browsing the interwebs, look into @ThisShirtHelps []. A great program where you buy a shirt & choose a cause to benefit from that purchase!

I am thankful for: 3.5 day weekends. Plans with great people. Best friends. Family. Good conversation. And clouds.




We’re In The Station..

DAY 156

So we weren’t exactly in any station, but M was certainly out to convince me that the parking garage next to the Durham Ballpark was the train station. You know, since there was a train car there and all. Hello-o, Brittany! We had so much fun and the place was deserted, with the occasional sighting of a local employee sitting on the patio enjoying lunch. We checked out all of the water features, made wishes, and [of course] saw the train car! Interested in checking it out yourself? [Because you should be!] Here is the website for the American Tobacco Campus.

And this is the latest movie obsession M has. A personal favorite as well. The main message? Follow your dreams. Whatever you believe is possible. (I just don’t know why that resonates with me so..) Check out the trailer!

In other news.. I received a call I’ve been waiting for for a couple months. I finally got my call back! Don’t get too excited, it’s only for platelet donation. Ok, so I’m really excited! : ) In all honesty, I’ve been truly inspired by the passing of my cousin to donate – absolutely whatever I can. C passed away when I was little. I remember pretty clearly what that time was like. There was absolute heartbreak at the passing of someone so young, devastation in the family and among friends. But what stands out more than anything in my mind is how almost comforting it was to know that he was going to help people. I wanted my license for the little red heart you get when you state that you wish to be an organ donor more than anything else. I could have honestly cared less about the driving part. Next step was reaching the age of eligibility for blood donation. I spent a summer volunteering with the American Red Cross, just itching to be that person in the donor’s chair. One thing or another prevented me from being able to donate until this past spring. REX visited (no, not the one from Toy Story, but that would have been totally cool with me too) my college campus for a blood donation event. I was finally able to make an appointment! Once I arrived, they handed me the standard paperwork to fill out, but also asked if I was interested in platelet donation. I’d heard quite a bit about it and had even inquired about volunteering with those donors when I was with the Red Cross, so I had a good deal of background information. I filled out the application sheet, said my good byes, and made my way to the donation bus anxious for the 8 weeks to pass by for my phone call to donate platelets. Well folks, they called and I’m going to make my appointment this week! I couldn’t be happier.

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”
– Winston Churchill

“There is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.”
– Gillian Anderson, tweeted by This Shirt Helps

We had our pilates class tonight in Somatics! Guess who remembered her stretchy pants? Yep! This girl. It was challenging, to say the least, but so worth it! (For the record, no post-workout soreness is present at the moment. Happiness is subject to change.) I still like my Pop Pilates chick, Cassey! Here’s how to locate her on Youtube. She’s amazing! You won’t regret any of her workouts. Well, as long as you’re ok with a tiny little bit of soreness for a few days post-workout. : ) Still, totally worth it.

I am thankful for: random adventures and the gift of giving.


The moon was gorgeous tonight. It was a back light for the clouds, but this was the only picture that turned out anywhere near decipherable.