Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Crochet Projects To Do

I have been looking up some crochet projects to make in my spare time (whenever that is).  Those who know me are aware that right now I am in to hats.  I have had fun crocheting four so far and want to do more.  However, there are plenty of other items I want to make as well.
These are some patterns I have found on the internet that I want to try. 

Lois Johnson, avid writer, tea drinker, and reader but first and foremost, avid Christian.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Trying to Get in Shape

I'm trying... again.  I don't want to count how many times I've tried to "get in shape". I am hoping this time will click.  However, I think... well I hope, that this new system I have is a little more simplicity friendly.  Pretty much what I am doing is I am counting my calories using this website.  I have a daily goal for how many calories I want to consume so as to lose weight, and then if I go over that I have to work it off.  It has made me VERY conscience of what exactly I really am eating.  I got the shock of my lifetime when I found out how many calories were in my favorite coffee drinks.  Even if I ever stop this diet I don't think I'll quite be able to go back to my former eating habits (not that they were horrible, but they weren't the best).  So hopefully this will help me.  I have been religiously sticking to it and have even been working out.  Currently I am riding our exercise bike while watching a Psych episode on my bike.  I call it "Bike 'n Psych".  I know, I'm incredibly clever, you don't have to tell me.  This is my second week of it and hopefully it won't be my last.

Lois Johnson, avid writer, tea drinker, and reader but first and foremost, avid Christian.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Mid-Month Progress Report- February 2013

Life has been busy but life moves on... quite speedily through February I might add.  Where is the month going???  I took the TEAS test (the entrance exam for the nursing program) earlier this week and I scored high enough that I should get into the program!!!! :) I am really excited that is over with and that I did well. :)  And now, onto my mid-month progress report.

Study for the TEAS test INTENSLY

Well, I did pretty well on that... obviously.  However, I am thinking this will be a B because of this: I had a friend calculate how highly I needed to score on the exam to have enough points to get in based on the points I had already accumulated and pretty much I had to bomb the test to not get in so after that I didn't really study too much. 

Read or Re-Read at least 5 books

I need to get on the ball with this!  Not even one completed yet!!!  I have been working on The Silmarillion but am only about halfway through.  Besides that, nada.  However, now I'll have a little more time to work on that.

Take one walk per week

Last week AND this week I took two walks.  I know, I'm amazing. :)

Play only up to three games of Online Dominion per day

I am really proud of myself.  Since making this goal I have stuck tried and true to it.  It has been really good for me and I should probably make it a permanent goal.

Cut down on my computer time

I have been doing so-so on this.  Improvement to be made here.

Write at least three more blog posts this month

I have done two more. I have sort of been ignoring my blog because I had a lot of tests and of course the TEAS test.  I will hopefully be writing a little more though the rest of this month.

Not doing horribly but not doing marvelously!  I need to get busy! :)

Lois Johnson, avid writer, tea drinker, and reader but first and foremost, avid Christian.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Over-commercialized and Overrated: My Thoughts on Valentines Day

It's everywhere. Pink and red hearts, glitzy decorations and overpriced chocolates and flowers.  The stores started decorating for Valentine's Day as soon as Christmas was past.  They always have to have some holiday to decorate for. There are several reasons I don't like Valentine's day, and they aren't just because I'm single.
First off, I think if Valentine's day is the only day you are doing anything special for your "significant other", than you're doing it wrong. You shouldn't be taking her out for dinner just because its Valentines day and you'll look like a bad boyfriend if you don't. I am not saying not to do anything special for your "significant other", but if you are just doing it because its Valentine's Day and you never do it besides, then it is more obligation than anything I believe.
Next, I really think it is an over-commercialized holiday and those just really annoy me.  Valentine's Day has an actual history that isn't what it has become now.  I know, I know, it's a conspiracy by the greeting card companies.
Lastly, it ruins the whole idea of "love".  Now y'all know my thoughts on mushy love stuff.  I hate it.  The "love" that teenagers lay claim to today, is not really love.  To quote Blimey Cow, "Love is a verb, it's something you actively do, not something you feel."  In the Bible it says "God is love", not the warm fuzzy feelings between you and you're one week boyfriend.
And as a side note from the anatomy and physiology geek, the heart is NOT shaped like a heart and nothing about the heart has anything to do with love (except maybe it beating faster when he comes into the room).

Lois Johnson, avid writer, tea drinker, and reader but first and foremost, avid Christian.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Mediterranean Dip

  • A new favorite recipe at home is a layered Mediterranean dip.  It combines so many great flavors and it is really pretty healthy too.  So far we haven't made it with banana peppers as they aren't in season right now but I can't wait to use them.  To all who aren't big fans of hummus, I am not either but I still like this.  Hope you enjoy it as much as my family and others have. :)

    Mediterranean Dip


    For the cilantro pesto:
    1½ cups fresh cilantro
    2 cloves garlic, chopped
    1/3 cup olive oil, divided
    2 tbsp. pecans
    2 tbsp. pine nuts
    ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    To assemble the dip:
    Cilantro pesto (above)
    Cucumber, seeded and diced
    Red onion, diced
    Banana peppers, chopped
    Sliced olives (black or Kalamata)
    Crumbled feta cheese or parmesan cheese
    Oven-dried or Sun-dried Tomatoes

    To make the cilantro pesto, combine the cilantro, garlic, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, pecans, and pine nuts in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse repeatedly until a coarse paste forms.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl.  With the processor running, add the remaining olive oil in a steady stream and process until smooth.  Transfer the pesto to a bowl and stir in the Parmesan.  (If storing for later use, drizzle with a thin film of olive oil, cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pesto, and store in an airtight container.)
  • To assemble the dip, spread a layer of hummus on a serving platter.  Spread the cilantro pesto over the top of the hummus.  Layer evenly with cucumber, red onion, banana peppers, olives, cheese, and oven-dried tomatoes as desired.   Serve with pita chips or vegetables for dipping.

Lois Johnson, avid writer, tea drinker, and reader but first and foremost, avid Christian.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Monthly Resolutions- February 2013

I can't believe one month of the new year has already been and gone and we are into the second month of the year.  February?  Wow, we are clipping along. :)  Again this month I am going to try for simplicity this month.  I'll have plenty going on so there is no use in complicating things.  You will notice that I do have more goals then last month but the two I added (computer time and online dominion) should help me with my other goals.

Study for the TEAS test INTENSLY

It is the final stretch.  As I said in an earlier post, I am scheduled to take the test February 12th so that is just around the corner. 

Read or Re-Read at least 5 books

I feel like this was a good number last month, I just had really long books. So this month I'll try for some shorter books and take it easier.  There are several classics that I haven't read that I want to read like The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Far from the Madding Crowd and Gods and Generals.  I also have already started The Silmarillion so I'll need to finish that up too.  Then I am thinking of re-reading The Swiss Family Robinson.  With a thousand plus books to choose from (I don't kid on that number, my family has that many), I really am not at a loss for books, but for time. :)

Take one Walk per Week

I really just want to get some sort of exercise done and with the little time that I have that seems to be the best way to do it.  Hopefully I'll do better on this then I did last month.

Play only up to three games of online Dominion per day

I am becoming a little obsessed with the game and especially when I'm losing a lot, I just keep playing so this is to stop me from wasting my time with that. 

Cut down on my computer use

Every time I have "nothing to do" I always pull at my computer.  I need to stop doing that!!!  It is a big distraction and it is straying me away from studying.  

Write at least three more blog posts this month

Three is my magic number when it comes to blog post goals.  If I have a bad month I'm covered, and if I don't, then I get a good looking A+ on my grade. :)

Six goals this month but they are all tough ones so we'll see how it goes. :)
By the way, how do you like the new template? I know it is pretty crazily colorful so we'll see how it works. :)

Linking up with Keli at She Learns as She Goes

Lois Johnson, avid writer, tea drinker, and reader but first and foremost, avid Christian.
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