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The Friday Five

Posted in Uncategorized by Nicki on April 30, 2010
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What? My blog titles are becoming more corny the more I post? I feel like trying to be clever, don’t judge me.

Basically, the idea is for me to set five goals every friday. Weather it be to workout every day by the next Friday, or to buy a car. The plan is not to have the goals be completed by the following Friday, but simply to keep a running list of everything I want to accomplish – both in the short and long-term.

  1. Run every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. That means starting today! I workout with a group on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings and part of the deal is that you’re also supposed to be doing some sort of cardio (run, bike, swim etc.) on the ‘off’ days. The only true day off is on Sunday. I’ve been slacking lately, so I want to get back on the ball.
  2. Find a Graduate Journalism program. I’m not going back to get my Masters for at least a year, but most programs require that you submit an applications far in advance from the date you actually want to start. I’ve browsed around the internet but haven’t done enough real homework to know where I want to be. Have any suggestions? I’m open to going anywhere!
  3. Ditch the credit card. Yes, I’m the girl who can’t stop spending money. You know that scene in Confessions of Shopaholic, where Isla fisher is smashing her “frozen assets” on the ground? Yep, that’s me. Except I keep staring at my credit card and my handy pair of scissors. As long as it’s solid and capable of being swiped, well, Imma swipe it. That has to stop.
  4. Gain writing experience. Here and in a journal is all well and good, but what I really mean here is in writing for magazines, newspapers, ANYTHING that will publish me and give me credible leverage on a Graduate school application.
  5. Clean my room. This is one of those that has a deadline. I want to get my disaster of a room cleaned up and reorganized by the time my parents get here for graduation. Which means I’m going to have to spend all next week figuring out where I actually keep all of the things that have found their way onto my floor.

Flash Fiction Thursday!

Posted in Writing by Nicki on April 29, 2010
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Check out Flash Fiction Thursday at The Unabridged Girl

This was an interesting experience. I think it’s likely a bit too long to fit the usual Flash Fiction standards. However, it was something I wanted to write and I’m not one to back down from a challenge. ;.) Without further adieu, here is the most chaotic piece of writing I may have ever produced (you can go ahead and exclude that one-page article summary I did in 15 minutes before class last month.) (more…)

A Twice Baked Potato That Won’t Wreck Your Diet

A little known fact (or, perhaps not so little known) about me is that I ADORE food. Not just eating food. I adore cooking food, thinking up new, healthier ways to eat food and now I’m going to start sharing that kind of stuff with you!

I have been dying for a twice baked potato lately (maybe dying is a strong work, but I REALLY like food. And I REALLY like potatoes. So it’s just the right word for me to use.) However, every recipe I’ve come across that sounds yummy boats nearly 500 calories for an average sized potato, sometimes more. Of course, you can score a 390 calorie frozen one at Target, but it’s extremely disappointing in size.

So I went to work tonight when I got home from work and in 30 minutes had something I’m pretty pleased with. It’s delicious and WAY less than 500 calories. Observe. (more…)

I’m Going Pro…In Losing Things

Posted in Life by Nicki on April 27, 2010
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This is going to be quick – I’m supposed to be getting ready to head to work.

I had a conversation with a friend not too long ago about being “pro” at losing our belongings. A long time ago I responded to misplacing important possessions (such as my cellphone, iPod, my car keys etc. etc.) the same way that most people do: panic, stress, frantic tossing of every object in your vicinity – even if you KNOW the lost artifact doesn’t live under there. This is normal, I think. It’s natural to panic when you find that your purse has gone missing or that your recently purchased $400 electronic device has grown legs and walked off.

What is not normal is what I’ve started doing instead. What’s that? Nothing. I’ll look around and notice that I’m missing my Blackberry. I can’t remember the last time I saw it but I’m not the least bit concerned about it. Why? Because I lose things all the time.

All. The. Time.

Chances are that when something I own is “lost,” it’s really just been misplaced in my mess of a bedroom, or dropped into the floor board of my truck, or (and this one is easily the best) I never even had it on my person to begin with. So now, when something turns up missing, I just continue on with my day and store the loss of the object in the back of my mind. I’ll probably remember where I put it. Or it will turn up. Or, it’s lost.

So I’m a pro at losing things now. Is that a good thing?

Commandments For Life

Posted in Life by Nicki on April 27, 2010
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I got to reading posts over at the Happiness Project the other day about writing commandments for your life. I’m not quite done with my list, but I figured I could post it anyway for me to look over and I’ll post it up again when I’ve worked out the kinks and come up with a few more “rules,” if you will. Many of them are tied to my New Years resolutions, and a few of them I think I’ve already conquered…but serve as reminders in case I choose to forget. đŸ˜‰ Enjoy.

  1. Don’t take anything too seriously. You’ve made it this far, right? Everything works out in the end, trust that and just live your life.
  2. Make yourself happy. Don’t worry quite so much about what other people think or hurting other peoples feelings, it’s important but not nearly as important as doing what you want.
  3. Be great, don’t do just enough to get by. Being satisfied when you’ve done everything you should have done is one thing, being satisfied when you’ve done SOME of what you should have is another. Don’t just be okay, be great.
  4. Talk it out. With Mom, Sister, friends and boys. Don’t keep feelings bottled up inside or assume you have nothing important to say, what you feel and think matters, share it.
  5. Just do it. Don’t procrastinate and don’t fuss, do what has to be done before it has to be done. Doing things last minute has never gotten you very far, see #3.
  6. Don’t be so messy. Notice I didn’t say ‘be clean.’ Just keep the clutter to a minimum, do laundry before it gets out of hand and keep your folders organized — it’s easier to get things done when you can find them.
  7. Everything happens for a reason, and it works itself out in the end. Don’t worry so much about how what’s going on right now is going to change your life. Everything happens to lead to something else and in the end what is supposed to be will be…so don’t think about it so much.
  8. Settle. Sometimes. No one is a fan of things not going there way, but sometimes pushing against the natural flow of life to reach a goal, especially one you don’t know that you really want, will just stress you out and won’t solve anything.