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Didn’t See that Coming

Heey everyone! Sorry for not posting yesterday…..I was out of the house all morning and didn’t get home until lunch….after that, I did some school!!!

Anyway, I have been HUGELY blessed! Remember how I was sending out corporate sponsorship requests last week? Well, we’ve heard back from one of the people and he has donated enough to pay for my ENTIRE tuition, plus part of my airfare! Wow!!! I was seriously speechless!!! It was a wonderful blessing, and it made my trip to Chicago feel even more real!!!! πŸ˜€

In other news, I have to try out a new sport or exercise type for my PE class…so we’ve been looking at some near-by gyms! Turns out that stuff that I see all you other bloggers out there doing, like Body Pump, Body Attack, RPM, etc, are all offered here!! So excited!! Hopefully I’ll be able to join a gym that has these classes!! hahaha

So in yet more completely random news, we just got a Burger King here! hahaha! I mean, one of the malls had one, but an actual BK restaurant opened up about 5 minutes from home on Sunday! The most exciting thing about that is that it is the only place here where you get free refills!!!! They give you a time limit though…….30 minutes after your order and you can’t get any more refills!! So you know that I sucked down major amounts of soft drink just to say that I got a refill in Brazil! hahahaha I’m so weird!! Its funny though, because a couple of years ago, when the first BK opened in the mall, the Brazilians thought that free refills were the weirdest thing EVER and didn’t really know how to react to them! Some people would bring days-old cups back and others would just stand by the soda fountain drinking and refilling their cups with Coke!!!! πŸ˜› Hence the time limit.

Oh, I STILL haven’t fixed my camera…….I’m just the teeniest bit scared to. I mean, the thing shut off and switched languages, and now I don’t really want to make matters worse……but hopefully it’ll be back up and running soon and I’ll be able to share pictures with ya’ll again!!!

Better be off….I’ve got a couple of tests to take!

What do you have planned for this weekend?


April 29, 2011 at 6:44 am 8 comments


Hey everyone!!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!!!! Christ is Risen! πŸ˜€

In this family, yesterday was not only Easter, but also my mom’s birthday!!!!!! My sister and I made her a single serving carrot cake, because back in March, on my sister’s birthday, mom said that her cake looked amazing and that she wanted one as well! πŸ˜› We had some family time in the morning, and went to church in the afternoon. The service was really great!!! The church choir did a cantata with TONS of gorgeous music and we really celebrated Easter for what it truly is: Jesus’ resurrection!!!! How was your Easter????

So, today is playoff game day!!! We’re Memphis Grizzlies fans….and my dad has been able to watch the games online! Mom and I are planning a special surprise for him! He always says that the Neely’s BBQ Nachos, which are sold at Grizzlies games, are the best. So, when I saw this BBQ sauce recipe, adapted from the Neely’s, I immediately told my mom. We’re making it for the first time ever today and having some BBQ nachos for dinner!!!! I’m soooo excited because I think that dad will LOVE it!!! πŸ˜€ Another cool thing about this game is that my dad’s best friend will be there, so we’re going to “watch out” for him as we’re watching the game!!

As for work, this week I have to wrap up my NSLC stuff so that it can get in the mail to their office in time!!!! I honestly can’t believe how fast time is going by!!! I only have a couple more weeks of school, then a short break, then CHICAGO!!!! Wow!! πŸ˜€

What does your week look like????

April 25, 2011 at 5:59 am 8 comments

Nothing Going On

Heeey everyone!!!!! Who else is excited for the weekend?????? I mean, my sister didn’t have brazilian school yesterday or today, but we’ve both still been doing our homeschool, which is why I’m pretty excited to have NO school to do and just hang out with the family!!!

We’ve watched a couple of movies: Hachi and Old Dogs, and still have Reservation Road and Alice in Wonderland to go! Old Dogs was cute, but seriously, if you haven’t seen Hachi, you must. Especially if you love dogs!!! Its the sweetest story ever!!!!! πŸ˜€ I got Reservation Road because it looked interesting, so I hope its as good as it looks!! πŸ˜€ Then, I chose Alice for two reasons: 1) My dad had said that he would never watch it for reasons unknown to everyone but himself.Β  2) I was curious to see all of the wild special effects used in this movie! Have any of ya’ll seen Alice in Wonderland? What did you think?

Besides that, I’ve been in contact with a couple of potential sponsors and my aunt has sent them some information packages. Haven’t heard back from either of them, so we’ll see how everything works out in the next couple of days!

About reducing my gluten intake, I think that its really helped a lot. I’ve been feeling a lot better, and while there are probably some other things behind my not feeling so great, gluten was definitely one of them. Also, I’ve noticed that I feel better when I consume a higher quantity of fats. Made me think of Kat’s awesome guest post about fat!!!! If you didn’t read it, you should definitely check it out!!! πŸ˜€

We don’t have a whole lot planned for this weekend….probably some more hangin’ out and celebrating Easter and my mom’s birthday on Sunday!!!

What have you got planned for the weekend???

April 22, 2011 at 6:46 am 9 comments

NSLC Update!!!!!

Β  Heeey everyone!!!! Hoep you all had a good day yesterday! It’s raining here, which pretty much stinks, but at least we only get rain about 2 months out of the year!

Β  Soooo, guess what? Yesterday afternoon I got an email from the NSLC Scholarship fund. MY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION WAS ACCEPTED!!! Sorry for yelling….I’m really that excited! πŸ˜€ Its not a full scholarship because a ton of students apply, but it’ll help. Also, I’m working on a cover letter and “scholarship package” to send to different businesses to see if they can sponsor me. We’re lucky to actually have friends with contacts with Wal-Mart, Microsoft, International Paper, Nestle (maybe I should tell nestle that I love their chocolate?? :P), and a couple other companies. Hopefully everything will workout!!!!

I was so excited last night, that my dad treated us to dinner!! Nothing fancy….Subway, but I was seriously craving a cookie and their cookies are better than anyone else’s here! hahaha! I got a veggie sandwich (my fav!) with red pepper flakes, and an oatmeal raisin cookie! πŸ˜€

You know those Crepe Cakes that I mentioned yesterday? Well, this morning I had some more. Only they were CHOCOLATE! You see, yesterday, I happened to find a box of chocolate flavored oatmeal, which is basically oats with cocoa powder andΒ a littleΒ sugar mixed in.Β So I just used that instead of the regular oatmeal, and they turned out perfectly! πŸ˜€

Well, that’s about it for today…..

What’s your go-to weekday breakfast?

Oatmeal, egg and toast, or grits for me. πŸ˜€ And now, crepe cakes!!! hahaha

April 12, 2011 at 6:24 am 16 comments

What Motivates Me?

Good morning, everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend, and a good Monday as well!!! πŸ˜€ I wanted to let ya’ll know that I did in fact try out the scones and they were TASTY! My sister loved them as well, and informed me that the only reason she didn’t have another one today (it would be the 3rd day in a row) is that she doesn’t want to eat too many and get sick of them! hahahaha I’ve already got my eye on several (sweet and savory) scone recipes, so you’ll probably be seeing some more scones in the near future!!

About the vlog, I’m working on it, but there are a couple of things that I need to work out before I can film it. I’m hoping to have one posted soon, though!

Also, before I move to a more serious topic, I would just like to say that I found myself a new 20 minute kickboxing workout yesterday, that I loved!!!! Here’s the link for ya:


The other day, I came across an article (which I have yet to find again) that contained several questions to ask ourselves. One of the questions that stood out to me was: “What motivates me?”. I’ve got a lot going on in my head right now, what with school, the NSLC, and trying to gain weight (I did gain a half-pound this week! YAY! :D) so I asked myself what motivates me to work at those three so much. I’m not an extremely social person, yet for some reason I want to go to Chicago to spend a week and a half with a bunch of other teenagers that I’ve never met. For the longest time, I didn’t even admit that I had an eating disorder, but now I’m trying to get better. What motivates me?

I think two great sources of motivation for me are my family and friends and, first and foremost, my Savior. By studying my Bible, I am shown just how much God cares for me and that He’s always with me, even when I feel alone. Just the knowledge that He’s there makes me feel strengthened. My familyand friends are there for me even when I feel overwhelmed or get nervous about my scholarship application. They’re amazing and I’m so blessed to have them!

The rest of my motivation comes from my desire to seize every opportunity that I can to be a better person, to be the best person that I can be. My extreme stubbornness also helps, though. πŸ˜› Seriously though, when I realize that something is good for me, and decide to do it, I can be pretty self motivated!

So, what motivates you?

Hope you all have an awesome Wednesday!!!!

April 6, 2011 at 6:25 am 14 comments

I Hate Waiting

Hey everyone!

Thanks for all of your super sweet comments and ideas on yesterday’s post! I did call my doctor, and she said that as long as I don’t lose any more weight, and stay on the right track, she has no problem with me going to the NSLC! Sooo, I applied yesterday, and sent in my scholarship application….now all I have to do is wait until April 11th to see if I did get the scholarship. If not, then I guess that the NSLC wasn’t in God’s plan for me this year….we’ve done everything that we could do. I honestly have NO idea how I’m going to be able to wait 2 weeks until the scholarship results come in…hahahaha. It’ll be a good practice in patience I suppose….

Anyway, yesterday I had my new favorite sweet ‘tater combo once again! This time, I made it more dessert-like by using dark chocolate dreams. Also, I figured that I like honey on my pb sandwiches, so I drizzled some on the sweet potato as well. It was awesome!!! πŸ˜€ This was at lunch, so I had a side salad with some sauteed kale, assorted veggies and some turkey. All in all, it was a fun, different lunch! I definitely needed a change! I’m really bad about finding something I like to eat, and then proceeding to eat it every day until I never want to see it again….then I switch, do the same thing, and so on and so forth. I usually have to make myself eat different foods, but I’m always glad that I did! I sometimes tell myself that if I like something enough to eat it every day, I don’t want to ever get sick of it, so I should switch up my meals!

What are some of your favorite lunches? Do you ever get stuck in a food rut? How do you get out of them?

Anyway, because no random HC post is complete without a picture of my cat, here ya go:

Cardboard boxes are FUN!

Hope you have a great day! πŸ˜€


March 29, 2011 at 6:08 am 12 comments

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