my second lobster!

Originally the title was supposed to be “my second liebster!” but my computer autocorrected to lobster.  Which I kinda like better :) Recently, Chrissy from Pink Polish and Running Shoes nominated me for another Liebster award which I’m so excited about!  I’m sharing another getting to know me post with y’all :) Thanks Chrissy!  The rules are:

1. Link back to the person who nominated you

2. Answer the questions given to you

3.Pick 10 3 (sorry I went with 3 I really like!) bloggers to be nominated for the award

4. Ask 10 questions for your nominees

5. Notify the nominees!

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

My favorite ice cream flavor is definitely mint chocolate chip, I love mint in general and throw in some chocolate, I’m sold :)

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What would you consider your guilty pleasure?

Probably trashy tv.  Or celebrity gossip.  Both, I love it, I can’t stop.

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Also, I don’t know why I have this picture but I do, saved to my computer.  Obviously a testament to my celebrity gossip loving ways.

What is your biggest blogging challenge?

Blogging as consistently as I’d like- I feel like if I miss one day, I end up missing a couple and the binge-blog with like 4 posts in a day.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

I know this is cheesy, but going back to school for nursing- I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life, what I feel like I was meant to do, and it would have been easier to just get a random job after graduating from Clemson and instead, I followed my heart and am so happy with where I am in life :)

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Do you prefer cardio or strength training?

Cardio, 100%.  For strength training I can do legs and abs all day, but suck at arms.

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What is your favorite go-to healthy snack?

My all time favorite is almond butter, it’s amazing!  On a rice cake or an apple or strawberries (so good!) or a spoon, it’s the best :)

Why did you start blogging?

I toyed with the idea for awhile and finally was procrastinating studying for a test for school and went through with it.

What is your favorite TV show?

Depends on my mood.  I’ve been devoted to Grey’s the longest, but love Mindy Project.  Also, I’ll watch pretty much anything on Bravo and Dance Moms.  Basically,  I love dramatic reality tv, maybe because my life lacks it?

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What is your dream job?

My dream job is getting paid to travel the world with my friends and family.  But since that’s not a real job, it’s is in nursing :)

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What is your favorite quote and why?

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Actually a bible verse.  I remind myself of the all the time because I am a HUGE worrier.  I worry about everything so this verse helps keep me in check.  Or reminds me to try and rein in the crazy worrying.

So that’s it!

My questions for the other blogs are:

1.  If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

2.  Favorite dessert?

3.  What song could you listen to over and over again and not get sick of?

4.  Guilty pleasure?

5.  What is one thing you wish you do?

6.  What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

7.  First car?

8.  Favorite workout?

9.  Funniest autocorrect your phone/computer has done?

10.  Painted nails or bare?

Sorry so random, but it’s what’s on my mind this week so I thought I get y’all’s input as well :)

Now your turn-answer one or any of all of the questions!

day 2 of review

Today started out pretty much the same as yesterday- with my butt parked in a lecture hall reviewing for the NCLEX.  Womp womp.   Hopefully all of this studying and reviewing and practice questions will pay off!  We had some exciting news during lunch- one of my friend was offered a position on her first choice unit- congrats Rachel, so excited for you!  :)  It was gorgeous out during lunch so I planned on squeezing in a run between review and going into the hospital for a short 4 hour shift, but around 2ish it got dark outside and started to rain.  And, because I am a wimp, I chose the treadmill over a rainy run.  Not gonna lie, I was super excited about zoning out and watching the next House of Cards episode to unwind after all that reviewing.

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5 miles plus some arm strengthening later, I hopped in the shower and got ready for work.  I’m really trying to re-incooporate strengthening into my workouts- I was doing good for awhile- but I just get so unfocused/unmotivated unless it’s spelled out for me.

Four quick hours at the hospital later, I’m back home, and getting ready to do it all again.  Day 3 of 3, here I come!

What’s your go-to strength exercise?  Nursing friends- how did you study for NCLEX?  What worked for you?

back to the grind

After a relaxing weekend at home filled with great food and lots of shopping, I came back to Charlotte Sunday afternoon because I have exciting plans for this week- 3 days of NCLEX review.  Yay, could it be more exciting?!

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Six hours of test taking strategies and practice questions later plus a trip to the sheriff’s station to get my fingerprints done (for the board of nursing), I was ready to move.  Luckily, I can bully my sister into going to walks with me even when she doesn’t want to- one of the perks of her living so close.

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She secretly wants to be a blogger too, she really loves shoe pictures ;)

We walked a new to us route by the light rail- Charlotte is revamping the area near it and it is now the “Rail Trail” so there are tons of people running, walking, and biking along it.  We ended up walking for 3 miles and chatting the whole time :)

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After our walk, I headed home and wanted to run (I’d pledged to run 5 miles today in honor of the Boston marathon) but was worried about it getting dark and I’m a huge chicken so opted for the treadmill to be safe.  I realized I still hadn’t started season 2 of House of Cards yet (I know, shocking) so watched episode 1 while running 5 miles then cooling down- HoC watchers- OMG episode 1.  I literally gasped out loud at one point.  I can’t wait to see what else happens in season 2, I’m hooked again.

Now I need to get some shut eye to do it all again :)

Did you run today?  Did you watch the marathon?

those big thangs i was talking about…

Last week I mentioned I had some big things going on right now.  Those things include:

1.  Signing a lease.

2.  Interviewing for jobs.

3.  Applying to the NC Board of Nursing to take my NCLEX.

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Ah, graduation is so close, I can’t believe it!  It seems even closer because Thursday was my last precepting day.  Ever.  It was really bittersweet because the unit I was on doesn’t hire new grads (you need at least six months nursing experience) so I knew it was definitely the last time I’d be on it for awhile :(  My last day was super busy and completely flew by, but was a great day because I felt like I was really on my own and loved it!  I’m bummed that I don’t get to take care of those kiddos every day for awhile but am so so grateful for the experience.

After my shift was over, I packed up and headed home for Easter weekend.  It’s my sister’s spring break also, so she was already home, so yay for good food and fun with the fam :)

Hope y’all are are having a good Easter weekend, visiting family?

Sriracha Salt (Guest Post)

Hey! It’s Julie, Kelly’s sister! Since she posted the AMAZING scallop recipe, I decided to share the recipe for sriracha salt (we used it for seasoning the scallops.) I might have a slight obsession with spicy food and made a huge batch of this great condiment for Christmas gifts.. it’s a gift that keeps on giving :)

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Ingredients:

-Sriracha

-Course Kosher Salt (as much or little as you want… depending on the batch size)

-Wax Paper

Directions: Combine salt and sriracha until the salt is covered, but not wet. It should be like a slush. Spread the mixture into single layers on cookie sheets lined with wax paper. You can either let the salt air dry or put it in the oven at 200 degrees until it drys out (about 30 minutes to an hour). If you leave it out, make sure to take a fork every couple of hours and rake through it so that it doesn’t stick to the paper. Make sure the mixture is completely dry before storage. (sorry for the sideways picture.. it was a snap chat :).. this was mine in the oven for a little, then it let it air dry)

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I packaged mine into a cute salt box and gave it to my dad for Christmas! It was a great gift and I kept a container for myself. It is great when you want to spice up any dish (eggs, chicken, veggies..etc) YUM!

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