Friday, January 25, 2013


Mmm.  Coffee.  My husband drinks his black.  No cream, no sugar, no nothing.  I, on the other hand, like my coffee to be a little fancier. I often pour skim milk into my magic bullet to make fluffy cream then nuke it for a few second to puff it up even more before spooning it onto my coffee.  Depending on my mood I may sprinkle cinnamon on top or add a spoonful of vanilla extract.
More recently, though, I have been going the way of convenience and just using refrigerated creamer.  Over Christmas I tried CoffeeMate's warm cinnamon sugar cookie, cafe mocha and peppermint mocha (my favorite).
Now that the holidays are over, I have reverted to generic french vanilla flavor.  My 13 year old has grown fond of coffee made pale with french vanilla creamer. 

I am a seasonal coffee drinker, only in the fall and winter.  Hubby can drink it year round, very strong in the morning at lunch or before bed.  I don't seem to be affected by the caffeine, which honestly, is a little disappointing. 

On Saturdays I have to get up before 5 to travel two hours for class and I set the coffee maker to make 6 cups before bed.  Some to drink while getting ready and the rest for the road. I'm always a little sad when I finish my Bubba Mug full of coffee before I get to campus.

Friday, January 4, 2013


1/4 doesn't seem like much.  It's half of the half.  A small portion of a whole.  It doesn't matter whether your say one quarter or one fourth or say 25%.  For me 1/4 is  huge.  It means I am one quarter of the way through my master's degree.

The social work master's program is challenging.  The quantity of work is phenomenal.  I spent my entire last semester stressed and had lots of tears.  I know the end result will be worth it.  My classes officially start on the 7th and my Saturday classes start next Saturday.  Every Saturday up at 4:45 for a two hour drive to school.

In addition to working full time and going to school full time, I also do a 16 hour per week practicum and I also must complete a minimum of 5 group counselling sessions.  Each of my classes have a group project.  It makes it very challenging when students in the online classes are sprinkled across the United States.

One fourth.  Such a small number to so many, but to me the first step towards achieving my goal.