Could This Really Be My Career?

Breakfast this morning was a Saturday classic:  Pancakes and a cup of joe!  I picked up strawberries this week and decided they’d be a perfect addition to my lovely breakfast!photo(15)

Sorry for the absense this week, it’s been a pretty busy one!  Last week I talked about a big interview I was going to be having and first I’d like to thank you all for the encouragement, it means the world and secondly I wanted to share with y’all what it means for me and my future, I figured I couldn’t leave y’all hanging with just that little tease.   I’ve shared before that I work for Nordstrom, and if you know anything about the company or you don’t, they like to promote from within which is a great business practice! Well, let me back track a little bit…I’ve worked in the retail world for almost 4 years now but I never considered it much of a career, I mean I was going to college to become a teacher.  But as I’ve been working for Nordstrom over the past half a year I’ve sort of fallen in love with the company and I’ve expressed interest in growing with the company.  Ultimately, my goal is to be a handbag buyer…in Seattle.  Well a couple weeks ago my department manager encouraged me to apply for the Retail Management Internship, basically it’s a program for college students on the verge of graduation who intern with a department manager and learn the “ropes” of the company and ultimately when you graduate from the program you’re placed in an assistant manager position in a department. Fast trackin’ it!  My interview is today and I’m crossing my fingers it goes well!  If you’re still reading this and not bored to death, thank you! Can’t wait to share more of this journey with y’all! See ya later!

 

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Saw It, Pinned It, Did It

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I love Fridays, even though I work retail and there isn’t really a concept of weekends Fridays are still my favorite! This morning I woke up to the sound of pouring rain and hail, yes hail. In Southern California. Global Warming at it’s finest. Due to the cold weather I really didn’t want to get out of bed but the thought of warm pancakes encouraged me a little.  Thanks to my awesome thinking self yesterday, breakfast came together in a flash because of some frozen pancakes and the microwave. Yay! photo(12)My cup of coffee was extra awesome today thanks to my new caramel macchiato creamer I picked up at tarjay last night! 🙂 Win.

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I’m going to assume everyone knows what Pinterest is unless you live under a rock you are way to busy to spend time perusing the web.  Anyway, as I was pinning my life away last night I was thinking about all the things I pin; food, weddings, baked goods, crafts, and cat pictures and I realized I don’t actually do anything I pin. And it got me thinking, I spend all this time pinning things and they are things I’d either eat or do so why not actually put the recipes to use in real life. and then lightbulb I decided to give myself a little Pinterest challenge, and then I thought Hey! I wonder if my blends would like to get in on this challenge. Soo I propose to you, a pinterest challenge. Yay or nay?  I’m thinking the “rules” are from February 9 (Tomorrow) to March 9 (that would be one month) you should challenge yourself to making 5 recipes or doing 5 workouts you pinned on Pinterest. On March 10 we can all link up and do a re-cap.  What do you say? You in?  (Please feel free to share this challenge with your readers as I think it would be super super fun for everyone.)

Some recipes I’m interested in trying are:

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Creamy Tortellini Soup

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Reader Questions:

  • Are you up for the Pinterest Challenge?
  • What is something you want to make?

Thankful Thursday

Because this girl didn’t get to celebrate with pancakes on National Pancake Day I decided today would be the perfect day for a celebration!  I love pancakes!  I made sure to make an extra large batch of batter so I’d be able to make extra pancakes and freeze them for other mornings. Win. photo 1(14)I love cream cheese.  I love it so much I could put it on everything.  We had an extra block of it leftover from a recipe on Super Bowl Sunday and I decided to smear a little between the cakes.  Topped with some fake syrup…yumm!

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Thankful Thursday

Taking a cue from around the blog work I decided to participate in Thankful Thursday.  I’m thankful for amazing friends who support me always. IMG_1032   DIGITAL CAMERA

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Things are a little tense in Southern California today.  In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, which I’m guessing is most of you, So Cal is on a massive man hunt for a suspect who has shot and killed two civilians Sunday night, shot and wounded two officers and killed a third last night after being named a suspect.  You can not drive anywhere without noticing the extra police presence, and you know it’s serious when motorcycle cops are not on duty.  My thoughts and prayers are with the victims families and law enforcement who are working to apprehend the suspect as soon as possible so we can all feel safe again.

 

Reader Question:

  • What are you thankful for?

Pancakes, Goals, and Some Football

Are you ready for some foooooootball?! Happy Super Bowl Sunday y’all!  I’m pretty sure that today should be a holiday and I should have the entire day off, plus a paid holiday…don’t you think so?  I can’t wait to eat, drink, and enjoy the game.

This morning for breakfast I went with a favorite, pancakes!  I decided to try the 2-ingredient pancakes that have been popping up all over the blogosphere.  I love bananas and I’m already a fan of mashing them into my full pancake batter and I like eggs so what the heck, why not!  I mashed one whole banana in a bowl and combined it with a whole egg.  I was left with a somewhat thick batter that I then poured into a heated pan.

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Either I’m a complete idiot or these pancakes are just really hard to flip (someone tell me they’re just hard to flip) and it ended up taking 2 spatula’s to flip it and even then it turned out janky…yum.  I used up all the batter which made a whopping 2 cakes, k at this point I’m just annoyed with flipping both of them.  Alongside my cakes was some strawberry yogurt and the standard cup o’ joe! photo 2(12)The verdict:  They’re okay.  As a girl who loves light and fluffy pancakes these just didn’t compare. But for just being egg and banana they’re pretty stinkin’ delicious! I’m a fan (kinda).

 

February Goals

The second part of this post is inspired by one of my favorite bloggers, Emily!  If you haven’t check out her blog yet, get to it she’s one fabulous lady!  I usually make a list of goals in my head each month but as the month carry’s on I tend to forget them and I tend to forget to check back on my progress so I’m hoping that if I write them down here, then y’all can keep me accountable!

1. Keep in touch with everyone. School is back in session and I’m working. Basically, I’m busy. really busy. When I get busy I tend to block friends and family out and that is no bueno.  I need to make a conscience effort to keep in contact with them and with all of you!

2. Donate Blood. Random-ish. But I’m all for saving three lives.

3. Turn off by 10 p.m.  A good one from Emily. I tend to come home, get on my laptop, read blogs, browse Pinterest, Facebook, you know that kinda of stuff and before I know it, it’s midnight.  I’m trying to workout in the morning more often and getting to bed earlier will make it easier to rise with the sun.

4. Get up early to workout. I’m talkin’ 6 a.m workout. yikes, my sleep loving self is in a panic right now.

I’ll check back in with y’all in mid-month so we can see how well I’m sticking to these goals and then I’ll recap them at the end of the month…sound like a plan? Good!

 

Reader Questions: What are your February goals?

Breakfast is the best!

Lets quickly talk dinner last night so I can get to breakfast!

Dinner was a remake of Thursday nights dinner.  Leftovers are the bomb. I think food tastes so much better after sitting in tuperware over night.  Pasta casserole reheated with an un pictured bowl of carrots and broccoli!  photo 2(6) I worked last night so in between customers I snacked on a tiny bowl of Wheat Thins!  My favorite!

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My favorite meal of the day just happens to be breakfast so I was extra jazzed about a breakfast date with my Dad this morning! We headed to a local favorite, Sugar Shack, on Main St. in Huntington Beach!  For a rainy Saturday there were a surprising amount of people out and about!  This place is classic breakfast food at it’s finest.  Their pancakes rock my world.  I ordered a short stack of pancakes and an egg over medium on the side! photo 3(5)The standard cup o’ joe, too! Clearly I was starving, ate a bite out of my egg before I paused to take a picture. Attractive, right?  (Side note:  I’m working on persuading myself to buy an actual point and shoot camera so these jankidy photos can bounce!) My dd had the HSS special, which was basically a standard breakfast sandwich with potatoes on the side!  I can say mine was delicious, and his looked good!

Plans for today include work, laundry, and some rainy day laziness!  Happy Saturday, friends! 🙂

Question for you:

  • What is your favorite meal?
  • Is there a “standard” breakfast food you always order?

I always get pancakes or french toast.  I know I can make both at home, and probably healthier versions, but I LOOVE ordering them at restaurants!