It has been a hot minute since I’ve done a random life post, but today I’m kind of in the mood to dump my brain and catch you all up to speed with the random things that I’ve been up to!
I’ve been working hard to get everything together for my nursing school applications. I owe you guys a post on my career change and new life “plan” so I’ll try to get that done soon. Last weekend I went to an all day study group to prepare for the North Carolina Nurse’s Aide exam, which I’ll take an about three weeks. All of the skills seem fairly painless, but taking blood pressure is harder than I imagined! I just need to practice, so I’ll be annoying my friends for the next few weeks asking to take their BP. :) I’m pretty sure I know what nursing schools I’ll be applying to, but am trying to solidify the list in the next few weeks. I’d love to have all of my applications submitted before Christmas so that I can just relax and enjoy the holiday season.
Speaking of holidays, I am almost completely finish with my Christmas shopping! I don’t know what’s gotten into me but I am a crazy person for Christmas this year. We have decorations on our mantle, tree-scented candles burning, and Christmas music playing. I’ve even wrapped all of my presents! The only present I’m stumped on is something for JB, so if you’ve got any good ideas for guy gifts, leave me a note in the comments. :)
Tip for you guys hunting for Christmas presents: stalk your local TJ Maxx and/or Marshall’s. My local Marshall’s is right beside Trader Joe’s, so I make a quick lap around every Sunday before I do my grocery shopping. People always tell me that they can’t find anything there, but you just have to have the patience to look! I scored one of my best finds ever last week… a GlamGlow mask. I’ve been reading about these masks on blogs and in magazines for years now but they retail for $70. Um yeah, never gonna spend that much money on a face mask. But at TJ Maxx last week, they had a brand new, unopened GlamGlow Youthmud mask for $6. $6!!!! So awesome. I need to try it a few more times, but if it’s worthy, I’ll write a little review for ya.
Moving on to some exciting news – my brother is opening a cupcake shop! He and two of his friends got together to bring Smallcakes to Durham. Clearly we are related, evidenced by our love of dessert. You may recognize Smallcakes from Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” and a few appearances on “The View.” USA Today even listed it as one of the Top Ten Cupcake places to try in the country! I’m so excited for the grand opening in a few weeks and have volunteered myself to be the official taste tester. If you’re local to the Raleigh/Durham area, I would LOVE to see you at the grand opening in a few weeks. Feel free to follow them on Twitter or like their Facebook page to get more info about an opening date, daily flavors, etc…
I’m working on a line of handmade (cupcake themed) greeting cards for the grand opening, so that has been taking up a good amount of my free time. I think they’re turning out to be pretty darn cute, though, so it’s a fun project to work on. If they sell well, I’m planning to getting them printed in bulk… cutting out all of the little pieces of paper and gluing them together takes a long time. The other night I made 11 and it took me three hours!
I really can’t complain about three hours of cupcake making because I’ve been passing the time with my latest obsession… Scandal. Wow, guys, I’m late to the game on this one. A few weeks ago I was home sick with the stomach bug and texted some friends asking for a Netflix show recommendation. I knew I wouldn’t be leaving the couch all day so I wanted something to help pass the time. Everyone responded with “SCANDAL!!!!” so I decided to give it a go. So glad I did because I l-o-v-e it! I am watching it during all of my free time; when I do my make up and straighten my hair, during nap time at work, on the stair climber at the gym; when I get home in the evenings. Obsessed. I’m about half-way through Season 3 and will be really sad when I’m all caught up. That scene with Olivia’s mom’s wrist in prison though… about puked. Hmm yes my weak stomach around blood will make my nursing career interesting!
Thanks to my vigorous Scandal-watching, I really haven’t been doing too much reading. I started The Night Circus a few months ago, but have found it a bit slow to get started. I’m about 30% of the way through but can’t say I’m very invested. Have any of you read it? Does it pick up? Should I continue on? I’ll have a post for you guys at the end of the year reviewing what I read in 2014, if you’re looking for recommendations.
Oh! Last thing. JB and I are going to Florida this weekend! We are going to a wedding in Winter Park on Saturday, and on Sunday we are going to Disney World with some friends! Sunday just so happens to be JB’s birthday, so it’s good timing. We haven’t decided for sure what park we are going to do, but we’re leaning towards Hollywood Studios. I worked at Disney one summer (7 years ago now, ah!) but can hardly remember what all there is to do in Hollywood Studios. Anyone have any recommendations? The two things on my must-do list are Tower of Terror and eating one of those chocolate-dipped Mickey ice cream bars. After working at Disney I swore that I would never go back, not even take my kids, but I think I’ve had enough space now to be excited about it. :)
Questions for you:
1. What the heck do you get guys for Christmas?
2. Any Scandal fans? What’s your latest Netflix obsession?
3. What are you reading? How is it?
4. Disney World recommendations?