An important adieu:

I really haven’t had the time to blog, and my google reader has been stacking up as of the past few weeks. But there has been a post that I’ve been wanting to make for a little while now, and this feels like the right time.

So I’m sure you remember the post about my mole. It was a stage I cancer, and everything was fine. I returned to the dermatologist (they divide trips, don’t get me started) and it turned out that I had a stage II (agressive) elsewhere on my body. I won’t go into all the nasty details but I ended up needing surgery (my stitches come out tomorrow!) and have been spending a lot of time on my butt, seeing what type of pampering I can get from the lovely boyfriend (hey, there needs to be an upside).

I’m going to be fine and I know this. The lab results came back telling me that everything was removed and that my cancer hadn’t spread. But for a while I had the scare of my life, and it’s shocked me enough to get me out and about and starting to do the things I love again. That is, reading, hiking, doing all the dorky things that used to embarass me.

I think my blog accomplished what it was started to do. I can only wish the best to all the wonderful women who have touched my life and taught me to live in the moment. My time here was brief, and I have little to give in return but I hope you will all live life to the fullest and continue to take such good care of yourselves.
I’ve met a remarkable group of women while blogging, and I certainly won’t forget my experience. Oh, and if I can be permitted to say this (harp?): WEAR SPF!

Healthy, happy, so what if life isn’t stress free?

I finally finished my Public Relations project! So as of this weekend I have a life again =D Is anyone else experiencing such a loaded school year? Or are you all pretty much breathing easy?

So with such a busy life…
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Yeah. That’s what it looks like.

Oh so I’m not proud of it, but hey, it’s my first bag of chips in YEARS, and occasionally letting go is good for me.

Also, Lindsay from Pom Wonderful was generous enough to contact me and send a box of their juice my way. And let me tell you, I’m sold! I mean, I’ve loved products that I’ve tried, and I buy Larabars and Greens+ Bars and Naked Juice often enough (actually my boyfriend has become addicted to those) but Pom Juice is SIMPLE. It’s a one-ingredient drink, and probably the only non-water drink I can see myself drinking every day.

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I checked out a research experiment done on pomegranate juice here: Yay research! and found that “common carotid intima-media thickness” (I believe this translates into arterial plaque) was reduced by 30% within one year of drinking Pom. I know, it sounds cheesy to share but heart health is really serious for me, and coronary related diseases run in the family. Also total antioxidant levels increased 130%. I know looking this up makes me a total nerd but it was fun!

And finally: things I have learned while away:

1. One of my biopsies was cancerous: So if one of your moles, beauty marks, random skin thingies ITCHES or gets RED, go to the dermatologist!!!!! Don’t get paranoid, but watch out for yourself.

2. Stress from school piles up: And with all that stress, who wants to pile on MORE by worrying about their body? It’s definitely time for me to love my body as it deserves.

As for what’s on the inside, I feel pretty good about that :) Beat up from school but.. good!

Now I’m off to protect my precious Pom juice from my boyfriend. He already stole all my Naked juice, he’s not stealing more. GRRRR!!!!

Ode to my camera:

YES!!! Hello little camera, you arrived on my doorstep yesterday, carried by that most sexy of delivery men.

You only have like 2 buttons, so I can understand you.

And no cables attached. This is the start of a beautiful relationship.

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Easy videos for easy vlogging. Oh there’s no food in this post.. bummer. But this more than makes up for it :)

Back from the grave!

So this post is a little more serious than I meant it to be, only because I came back from the dermatologist where I had a series of biopsies. I know I shouldn’t worry, that I am young, but I also had a lot of sun exposure and bad sunburns when I was little, and some things just aren’t looking too good. I am definitely trying to stay positive!

Other than that, over the past few weeks, I have:
1. Been completely swamped with school,
2. Stopped weighing myself every day
3. Completely stopped counting calories. I never, ever do it anymore!! OMG what the heck happened to me?
4. Become a Black Phoenix Alchemy lab addict. Seriously. Anyone heard of them? They are my secret to smelling amazing and unique. No alcohol in their blends! Yay not smelling like mall perfume! (Omg, no offense anyone! It’s just not for me – the alcohol and synthetic smells hurt my nose something awful). Check out:
———>O: Amber and honey with a touch of vanilla.
———>Samhain 2009:Truly the scent of autumn itself — damp woods, fir needle, and black patchouli with the gentlest touches of warm pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, allspice, sweet red apple and mullein.
———>Fairy Market: Otherworldy golden incense, blooming wind-flowers, everlasting lavender, bluebell, a faint whiff of exotic sugared candies, and fae mist upon wet green grass.
———>Mme. Moriarty: Red musk, vanilla bean, pomegranate, patchouli leaf and wild plum.

Other than that, here have been my fav snacks!

Amy’s Low Sodium Teriyaki Bowl? I think?amys

Vitalicious Brownie with Granola and Peanut Butter then doused in Almond Milk!brownie

Banana Nut VitaTop!nananut

Vega SmoothieInfusions + Cherry Smoothievegasmoothie

I’ve been so good with eating when I’m hungry, treating myself to lots of snacks (Annies Bunny Grahams!!) and all around calming down and not being such an uptight person. I think that spirituality (god I sound so weird) has a big part to play in this. I’ve really been getting back down to myself before my anus became so tight (pardon the French, really, it’s late and I’m not going to search for a better way to say it. So take my apologies and pretend I never said it.)

I’ve stopped compromising and making excuses and just chased happiness. Seriously. Sometimes you need to chase it.

SO I’ve made a youtube account and started vlogging about stuff, mainly my spiritual path and other stuff that has nothing to do with this blog. I might stick some videos on tarot cards and things like that in there – super fun stuff! So YAY! Happy!

With that in mind I’m going to go catch up on all your lovely ladies’ blogs and bemoan my miserable state of health haha <3 xoxoxos!

Quickie

Just a real quick post as I am still bogged down with TONS of homework. Promise it’ll stop soon!

I have a huuuuge post coming up when I get the time. In the meantime I’ve been stealing an hour here and there to catch up, and I’m glad you’re all doing well and settling down with school and whatnot :)

I’m actually hatching a second blog project but I’m not sure if I want to keep it completely separate from this one or not.

Ah, life is so difficult! <3 Hope you enjoyed your weekends ladies!

OMG I FORGOT

OK guys seriously I’m back like 10 seconds after my first post because Peanut Butteryest Jenny totally reminded me that I went to the movies with Ryan, Matthew, and a bunch of Matthew’s friends to see:

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Beware the bear jew! Ok, this movie was HILLARIOUS and moving all at the same time. My family hid jews and fought as part of the resistance so the beginning was pretty poignant, and amazing to see everything they talked about on film.

I’m not big on gore, but it was actually few and far in between. And since I speak French, German, and English (and there was a looooooooot of French and German in the movie), I didn’t have to read subtitles! Which is always lovely :) I mean, hearing Hitler say the word Kaugummi tickled me pink :p

post edit: For those like me who are / were totally afraid to go see this movie :) Yes, the gore is bad (at least for me) but since it is so seldom, you actually almost appreciate it. The action is great, the humor is great, the plot is thick and intense, the acting is amazing. The characters suck you in. The French and German are completely authentic, the words used are even time appropriate. I am amazed by the amount of detail in this movie, from the way French women are depicted cutting pastries with knives while Germans don’t, to the distinction between the way German’s show three fingers vs. the British.

Oh, and lets not forget Brad Pitt. I mean, seriously:

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He played his role… omg. amazingly.

Yeah. Huge pictures. You’ll live. I hope you guys all have ginormous monitors ;) And lastly, something else I forgot! The lovely Jennifer over at Naked Juice hooked me up with some coupons, and I’ve decided these juices are my new best friend of long days on campus:

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The Red Machine is made with raspberry puree and is so velvety! Check out the fruits in it :)

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Oh yeah baby. Second only in sweetness to Inglorious Basterds, seriously. Go see it!

Give me a beak, already!

Whew, I definitely didn’t guess that I’d be this busy with homework this term. Blogging will definitely be a bit harder. I’ve managed to read:
● 4 chapters of Advertising Design
● 2 chapters of Public Relations Principles
● 2 chapters of Western History
● 33 pages of really old documents from across history

Not to mention I’ve been super super sick so :( I have a smattering of pictures for you, but I’m way more interested in keeping this short so I can go catch up on all your lives ;)

Also! It’s nearing September now, which means it’s almost October, which means NaNoWriMo is just around the corner! Yes. I am that much of a geek. But it’s okay, I love me for it.

Tha eats: Breakfasts!
Choco-Blueberry Cereal
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Luscious Lemon Oats (Blueberry Banana + Lemon Zest ;))
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Lets Finish Everything in the Fridge Oats
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Snacks <3
Banana-Cherry Softserve
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Spirutein and Cherry Smoothie
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Made with:
spiru

I’m too sexy for my glass, too sexy for my glass…
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I also got a package from Sequel Naturals, so that I could try their new Vibrancy Bars and their Smoothie Infusions:

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I had a bar in the car as a snack (blurry!)
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And more blurry of what the bar looked like:
vegabaropenSo much crunch! It was delish, and has great nutritionals!

Lastly, the only dinner picture I have:
Needless to say, I was not sick when I made this! I’ve been feeling so icky that my dinners have basically been sweet potato fries or something simple like that:
dimdinnerSquash + Shroom + Carrot + Pepper + Brown Rice Stir Fry with Home-made Teriyaki Sauce

<3 off to catch up now, before tomorrow. School from 8:10 – 3:25, I feel like I'm back in high school!