So sorry I've been away for what seems like forever... and it might be a little longer. I wanted to stop in and tell you guys that this is the week before finals week (usually called "dead week") but it is not dead for me! I am crazy busy with school work and jobs, I barely have time to sit and chill with my roommates.
I wanted to stop in and say hi and that if I have time I will be doing a post this weekend Pinterest style, teacher edition!! Stop by and check it out!

Until then, hope your lives are less hectic than mine! If you
 
 
How is everyone's spring going so far? It is unusually chilly around here and we are supposed to get a little snow tomorrow... BOO! I am so ready for the snow to melt and for the temperature to rise! I want to switch out my winter wardrobe for my spring/summer items, my boots for my sandals, and to put my coat in storage.
So tomorrow marks the last day of my final spring break as a college student, but I am lucky because I have one more week without classes due to my full week field experience for teaching (which I'll explain in my post next week). This week has been great and definitely the break I needed!
Cody and I started out the week with a short trip to Omaha. We left Sunday morning and arrived at the Old Market that afternoon. It was a cute area of town! After the Old Market, we hit up a different kind of shopping, Westroads Mall (more of Cody's cup of tea!). It was huge and had some great stores. At this point, it was almost supper time but not quite so we checked out Whole Foods Market. I had never been to one and it was cool. After looking at healthy food, we did not eat it. We went to Cheesecake Factory for some burgers and cheesecake :) Later that night, we went to a casino in Council Bluffs for something to do then went back to the hotel and hung out before going to sleep. The only sad thing about that whole day is that I did not take ANY pictures! How could that happen?!? Sorry guys.
Monday was different though because we went to the zoo (which was literally down the street from our hotel) and I love to take pictures of the animals! We especially loved the penguins, gorillas, and lion cubs :)
After spending half the day at the zoo, we went back to the hotel to regroup. We decided to go check out a puppy kennel place and look at the cute puppies that were for sale... SO CUTE! I so want a puppy but our landlord does not want us to have one. I guess I'll have to wait a little while longer. Cody really wants a pug and I think they are adorable so we're all set on that front :)
After the puppies, we went to supper at a great Italian restaurant called Vincenzo's. I love Italian food! While at supper, we decided we wanted to go back to the casino later that night but needed something to do in the mean time so we went to another mall called Oakview and walked around. Needless to say, after Monday, our legs were sore from all the walking we did that day. We went to the casino and had a good time. We played some penny slots and I came out with an extra $16... pretty good for me, especially when I don't spend very much.
The next morning we got up and on our way home we stopped at Bass Pro Shops in Council Bluffs and Trader Joe's in Des Moines - Powerberries all the way!! YUM!

Wednesday was uneventful during the day but I went and spend some quality time with my family that night. Mom and I did a little shopping at Younkers then we hung out with my dad at the house.
Thursday and Friday were mostly work days but Thursday I also took my Praxis II exam on social studies content knowledge for my teacher license and PASSED!! I was really excited that I didn't have to worry about it anymore. Friday night Cody and I hung out with some friends and had a good time!
Today was also a great day! I got up and met my mom to get my haircut then we went to Maurices and killed some time while waiting for my dad so we could go get something to eat. I then went home and relaxed for the afternoon. Now, I'm just hanging out with Cody. I will be gone from home for the next five days so I thought some quality time was just the ticket :)

Well that's all I have for you! I hope your week was as great as mine has been. I will fill you all in on the events of this coming week as they arrive :)
 
 
As a college student, sometimes things take over your life unexpectedly. Random meetings come up, having to catch up on homework, and even deciding last minute to do something fun instead of being productive [which is occurring tonight... going out to celebrate a friend's birthday -- but only for a little while ;)] In light of this week's events related to Superstorm Sandy (another thing that made me procrastinate on Monday as I watched CNN all day!) I wanted to just take a minute to show my support for everyone out east and sharing my prayers with them.

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This is a shot of Atlantic City, NJ after the storm went through. Found at http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/30/us/sandy-changed-lives/index.html?iid=article_sidebar
For this post, I was originally going to talk about my meeting I went to yesterday and what we did; however, I am still new at this "I should take pictures of things I do so I can share them on my blog" thing. So, I am going to keep you in suspense about that until after next week's meeting :)
In replacement, I thought I would share a survey I found on Ashley's blog! It is called ABC's of Happiness, sharing things that make me happy from A to Z :)
A - Apples. I love how crisp they are and Honey Crisps are my favorite!
B - Boy Meets World. This is my FAVORITE show from my childhood and I have all 7 seasons on DVD :)
C - Cody aka my boyfriend. He just brings light to my days, especially the drab ones. He can always make me smile!
D - Dogs. Especially my three family dogs - Lacy, Asia, and Jersey. Love them to death!

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That's my dad with Asia (my baby) on his lap, Lacy on the left, and Jersey down below :)
E - Elephants. I have always had a special place for elephants in my heart. They are my favorite animal and if I could be an animal, I would be an elephant. They have such incredible memories, they are so smart, and very majestic (in my opinion).
F - Football. It has always been a part of my life - football manager for all four years in high school, watch college football (Go Panthers!), and Cody and I share a love for the Patriots (Sunday is football day at our house... no exceptions during the season haha!)
G - Girls Nights. I love my time with Cody and also by myself but there are definitely times when you just need a night with the girls, catching up and making memories :)
H - History. Being a future social studies teacher, you would hope I liked history. I love knowing where people have been and how they have grown over time.
I - Iowa. Although I was not born here, it will always be my home!
J - Jackets. Whether it be outerwear or part of the outfit, I love to incorporate them. They just complete a look.
K - Kisses with Cody. Enough said :)
L - Laughing. It is my favorite calorie burner and it can always turn a day around.
M - Mom. Her and I share a special connection that can never be replaced :)
N - New Zealand. I visited this beautiful country when I was a junior in high school. I enjoy reminiscing about the experiences I had there and hoping that one day I will return. (The center picture of the collage at the top of every page is from New Zealand)
O - Orchids. This is one of my favorite flowers!
P - Purple. My favorite color!
Q - Quality Time. This is such an important part of my life; spending time with family and friends (and Cody of course) just makes life all the more worth it!
R - Roomies. I love hanging out with my roommates... it's just so fun!
S - Spreadsheets. As you know, I love lists. To make things so much easier and organized, I like to keep lists in Excel :)
T - Tea. Hot or Iced... every morning please!
U - University of Northern Iowa. My awesome college I attend. It's community atmosphere and the connections I made helped me grow into the woman I am today!
V - Vacations. Because I love to travel AND relax, vacations are a perfect way to kill two birds with one stone :)
W - Waterfalls. They are just so beautiful and each unique in its own way! (Plus, I jumped through one in Fiji!)
X - Xylophones. I was always one of those kids that jumped at the chance to play the xylophone at the concerts in elementary! I just like how they sound.
Y - Younkers. I love that you can get great quality products for lower prices! And I also used to work for them.
Z - Zumba. I love how I can get to my Hispanic roots through zumba workouts AND it makes you feel so great after you are done!

That is it! I hope you liked it!
Questions:
What did you think of Superstorm Sandy? Did you know anyone affected by it?
Can you relate to any of my happy moments? :)