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Thankful Thursday | I’m back! (also: Cookie answers!)

Hey hey, everyone! I’m back!

I don’t think I’ve missed two days in a row of blogging for a good year or two…but ooh, finals week was kicking my butt.

Kristen making an upset face.

More specifically, the two cumulative finals for my science classes were kicking my butt. The psychology final wasn’t that bad…it was the chemistry and microbiology.

But as of yesterday, I am done, done, done with my semester. YESSSS.

Kristen making a happy face.

Don’t get me wrong; I am super grateful for the opportunity to go back to school.

But my classes this semester were woefully short on human body stuff, and I am happy to have these classes in the rearview mirror (especially chemistry!!)

scantron sheet.

I liked anatomy and physiology way better. 😉

Cookie answers

So, Dorinda’s husband (remember meeting Dorinda?) corrected my math; apparently, there were over 1000 possibilities for the cookie guessing contest. Whoops.


I did not mean to make it that hard! Sorry about that.

Unsurprisingly, no one got all six cookies right. But one person (NKS) did get 5/6 right, shortly after I posted the contest!

And fun fact: NKS is one of Jody S’s sons; we met Jody in a Meet a Reader interview.

Congrats, NKS!

Here are the correct answers:

cookie answers

Funny enough, no one guessed that the first two cookies were both Sonia’s.

Thank you for playing along, everyone. And I promise that next year, I will consult Dorinda’s math-whiz husband to come up with a plan to make this not so hard. 😉

On to thankfulness. This week, I am thankful:

for a break from school

I won’t start the R.N. program until the fall semester, which means I have eight delicious months with no school. I’ve been taking classes (and mostly science classes!) for the last two years straight, and I am ready for a break.

You know how I know I was feeling burnt out? At one of my last chemistry classes, I was sitting there listening to the lecture and I thought, “Hmmm, what if I just didn’t even TRY to understand this module?”

And then I was like, “OMG WHO EVEN AM I??”

chemistry papers.

I’m happy to say that I did pull it together and I did learn the last module of material. But for me to be even thinking about not trying? That’s a sign of me being rather crispy.

So yes. I am grateful for a break!

for the joy of getting rid of school papers

I gleefully recycled all my chemistry papers. Goodbye, periodic table! And good riddance!

for upcoming time to catch up on things

I have…let some things slide this semester.

Most notably: email.

Sorry to anyone who emailed me in September, October, November, and December. I probably didn’t respond! But I might in the next month. 😉

I also am looking forward to redoing some of the furniture that is currently in my carport.

I want to read books just for fun!

And I hopefully will have a bit more time to socialize as well; I have a lot of people I need to have lunch/dinner with.

that I’m gonna be able to rejoin my support group

This summer I was in a support group for women whose marriages ended for the same reason as mine…but I had to drop out this semester because my chemistry class happened at the same time as the meetings.

I can hop back in now, though!

for walks in the woods

Always and forever grateful for those!

path in the woods.

From the walk I took yesterday after my chemistry final

for our cat

cat sitting in doorway.

Also always and forever grateful for her.

for the bright south sun in my bedroom windows

I shared this on Instagram earlier in the week, but I am loving the south sun my bedroom is getting right now!

Kristen's bedroom.

At my other house, my bedroom was partially underground and it was on the north side of the house…so to be on the main level now, with south windows, is a big, bright change and I love the light.

I don’t even care that the seals on all my bedroom windows are broken (that’s why the glass is cloudy). The light still comes in!

And I love love love natural light.

What are you thankful for this week?

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Saturday 17th of December 2022

Yay to finishing!! Not that you need to, but if you get tired of looking at cloudy windows, rabbitgoo window film (available on Amazon) is fantastic! :) Erin

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Thursday 15th of December 2022

Congrats for getting a long school break! Very well deserved.

I'm grateful for: -One week left until my teens are done with finals. Everyone is also crispy. -For a job that is flexible enough to often allow me to watch my high school son play on the school soccer team. The games are pretty early on weekdays, so it takes some flex to make it happen. -That my company was able to repair the heat in our office. It was incredibly cold on Tuesday, pretty cold on Wednesday, but much nicer today. Being able to type without numb hands is a pretty big treat. -Chocolate. It was a week.


Thursday 15th of December 2022

Kristen, 2 questions for you: 1. What is your cat's name? Wait, is it Frugal Kitty? Frugal Cat? Fru? 2. How is it that you know you are going to nursing school? Did you get accepted before finishing all the prereqs? Just wondering how that works, and how you will remember all that you learned with that 8 month break. (Inquiring mind here. . .)


Thursday 15th of December 2022

I like the simple things. I live beside a lake and park. I have 2 cats. I love doing chores on bright sunny days. I enjoy your blog. Thanks for inspiration!


Thursday 15th of December 2022

I think you are over the worst of it for nursing, except maybe when you take pharmacology. So it may be more intense in terms of learning but it won't be HARDER to understand. So congratulations! Enjoy your break.

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