Monday, November 05, 2012
Day 4, Nov. 4th
Today I am thankful for my college education.
And really, that's saying a lot, considering it's done almost nothing for me. I can't remember a point in my life where I wasn't absolutely certain I'd have a Bachelor's Degree someday, and since junior high, I knew it would be in theatre. So, really, my degree is the accomplishment of a personal goal as opposed to a professional one. I'd have loved to use my degree in theatre to actually, ya know... work in a theatre. But, alas, this business really is about WHO you know, not WHAT you know. And I don't know anyone. And I don't want to leave San Diego.
Besides all that, I am grateful for my education in OTHER ways... particularly with this upcoming election. I learned in my classes how to think critically, analyze evidence, and to never take information for face value. I need to know that what I'm reading/hearing comes from a reliable, reputable source. I listened to the debates with skepticism, questioned everything, and am doing so as I research the various propositions that need to be voted on here in California. And I feel I'm able to make an educated decision without all the shiny carrots being dangled in front of me to distract me from the issues (or reality).
I also wouldn't be the person I am today without all the experiences I had in college. A leader of sorts (running a very successful social club that I essentially started from scratch with a friend), ambassador to the transfer students at my particular college for 2 years (essentially the face and representative of that population), and all the hard work I did in various classes, shows, workshops, etc. I wouldn't trade that for the world. I'm looked up to and a role model for my siblings, my parents, my grandmother is proud of me...
Also, already having a Bachelor's Degree means I can go straight into a Master's program without having to get another Bachelor's, even though it's in a different field. Woohoo!
So, I am thankful for my college education. Even if that degree is just a pretty paper in a pretty frame.
Saturday, November 03, 2012
Day 3, November 3rd
Today I am thankful I have shelter.
In light of the recent hurricane (and weather anomalies past), I am grateful that I have a house to live in. I am so terribly saddened to hear people are struggling and have lost their homes, etc. They are in my prayers. I myself am in a position to not have housing fairly soon, although my family would never let me be homeless. I'm pretty sad about this because I love this house, this neighborhood, etc. And come January, I won't be in here anymore. I'm grateful for the time I've had here and for the little time that's left.
The day I moved in (I painted it that color!)
Saturday, November 03, 2012
I've seen this around, a few Sparks are participating, and in light of my recent situations, I think I need a perspective shift. Its so easy to get caught up in all the "bad" stuff... Its going around these days. Its easy to overlook what we do have. So, this month I am going to concentrate on what I am grateful for. Once a day I'll post a little blurb about what I'm thankful for in my life and include a picture. (Hey, I gotta be creative somehow!) Since I just read about this today, I'll do two entries in this one.
Day 1- November 1st
Today I am thankful for friends that have my back.
Despite the stresses I've had concerning a few of my friends lately, I am blessed to have them when situations get REALLY tough. My grandmother forgot to do the banking yesterday when rent was due, so my friend covered me. Of course I will be paying her back now that the money is my account. But, it was good to know that I have a friend that will do that for me in a crunch and not even think twice about it. I have other friends that don't mind giving me rides to places I need to get to, friends that'll spot me for lunch, friends that'll listen to me when I'm upset, friends that won't judge me when I make mistakes, and friends I can depend on to be a part of my life- past, present, and future. For them, I am truly thankful.
Day 2- November 2nd
Today I am thankful to finally have a cat.
I got my first cat when I was 8 years old. Poodie was my companion for 16 years. I've had numerous cats in that time, a dog, a couple of freak carnie goldfish... When I moved to San Diego 5 years ago, I moved into an apartment that didn't allow pets. And I haven't had a pet since. Its been lonely not having a pet. I've always enjoyed their companionship and cuddly snuggliness they provide. So, luring a stray that was wandering through my yard and suckering it into being my pet has been awesome!
Thursday, October 25, 2012
For "funsies" I made some tortellini to put in a delicious soup for dinner the other night.
I used round wonton wrappers and stuffed it with part-skim ricotta that I added some fresh chopped parsley and romano cheese to. I sealed the tortellini with a beaten egg.
In no time at all, I had about 35 tortellini, stuffed and folded and ready for soup.
The soup itself was loaded with veggies. I used a zucchini, onion, garlic, carrot, green beans, kale, and spinach. I stuck in a large can of crushed tomatoes (no salt added!) and seasoned the whole deal with a pinch of salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and Italian herb seasoning blend. I cooked the tortellini right in the soup. I accompanied it with a chunk of whole wheat baguette that I toasted with a bit of butter, garlic powder, and parmesan cheese (finished with a sprinkle of parsley) and sprinkled some romano cheese over the hot soup.
It was delicious and the leftovers made a perfect lunch at practicum today!
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