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What does real life even mean?

Kaitlyn. 25. St. Louis.
Jul 29 '14


This afternoon, in an effort to avoid cleaning my apartment enjoy the beautiful weather I finally walked up and explored a park I have been wanting to check out since I move here.  There is a big water tower and a reservoir with some trails around it. On the far side there was a playground.  I was working on finishing a scavenger hunt challenge that my trainer gave me and needed a picture of me swinging.  I planned on swinging for a minute or two, taking a picture and then moving on.  I started swinging and remembered how fun it was.  It was nice to just float back and forth and enjoy being outside.  I wanted to write something deep about swinging and inner child and relaxing but I think it is a moment best experienced youself.  So go out and find some swings! 

All in all I walked almost 5 miles, exploring the new park and walking back home through my favorite old park.  Even though I have lived in this apartment almost 2 years there are still so many areas close to me that I haven’t explored. Hopefully the weather stays as pleasant as it has been and I will be able to check out new areas - especially as I start my 10K training!

Jul 29 '14

1) Live and let live

2) Be giving of yourself to others

3) Proceed calmly

4) Have a healthy sense of leisure

5) Sunday is for family, treat it as a holiday

6) Find innovative ways to create dignified jobs for young people

7) Respect and take care of nature

8) Stop being negative

9) Don’t proselytize; respect others’ beliefs

10) Work for peace

Jul 29 '14


I keep thinking oh man, I’m so immature. How am I allowed to be an adult.

Then I spend time with teenagers.

And it’s like, wow, okay, yeah. I am an adult. I am so adult. Look at me adulting all over the place.

Jul 26 '14

Andy listing Seven Wonders of the World


(Source: nicflor)

Jul 21 '14

Texts from students...

  • Student: This is extremely important that you answer right away. My school papers are missing and you're the last I know who's had them. It's all the school stuff.
  • Me: Ok, I will check when I get to school tomorrow.
  • Student: Never mind, I found them.
  • Me: ...
Jul 21 '14


Did you forget to add an ice cream maker to your wedding registry? Or maybe you finally threw it out after not using it for so many years. Whatever the case, you have a serious homemade ice cream craving and machinery. Whatever will you do? Don’t give up and head to the freezer aisle. Instead, watch this week’s Mad Genius Tips video in which F&W Test Kitchen genius Justin Chapple reveals how to easily make ice cream at home with a Ziploc bag, a freezer and a food processor. Learn more essential cooking tricks by watching all of F&W’s Mad Genius Tips videos.


Jul 21 '14
"Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life."

Robin Sharma (via severs)

This hit me like a brick…

(via knitting-books)

(Source: pureblyss)

Jul 20 '14

Last week was Catholic Heart Workcamp St. Louis. I helped the team unload and set up on Saturday, helped with registration on Sunday and came every afternoon after work to help in the kitchen and tool room, as well as watch program.  The staff team was awesome - they got along really well and were really nice to welcome me.  Mo, the manager in STL, and Brian, the director, are two of my favorite people and I loved spending the week with them.

This past week was a reminder of how happy I am at camp.  It is a pure joy that I don’t find anywhere else (Duke is a close second).  It is also a funny joy - how am I so happy working so hard, doing menial tasks, taking out trash, sorting tools, and when I was actually on staff waking up incredibly early to work 18 hour days.  The people are a huge part of it - the staffs are always made up of a great mix of people who are all very different, but have a deep love for service and for Jesus in their hearts.  Seeing the work that the campers do is also so energizing and inspiring - watching high school students learn to embrace a life of service was invigorating for me.  It is also the stupid stuff - playing pranks on each other, laughing until you cry, all the singing and dancing and just being together.  It is a place where I experience God’s presence constantly and time that always renews my faith.

I hope CHWC will always be a part of my life - it has had such an impact on who I am as a person and I want to keep returning as long as I can.

Also 4/9 staff members were campers when I was on staff, and they remembered me.  Way to make me feel old!

Jul 20 '14

This is way overdue!!

As is becoming the trend with recipes…

Recipe 39: Rainbow Thai Chicken Salad from Gimme Some Oven - easy and healthy, especially when you find a cabbage salad mix. The dressing was great.

Recipe 40: Teriyaki Meatball Bowls from Budget Bytes - I made these with ground turkey and they were delicious!

Recipe 41: Sriracha Kale Caesar Salad from Running to the Kitchen- made with kale from the school garden!  I even bought the anchovies for the dressing, which definitely has a kick!

Recipe 42: Roasted Chick Peas from How Sweet It Is - one of foods that you don’t totally love, but you eat it all anyway. I am looking forward to trying lots of different flavors with these.

Recipe 43: Peanut Butter Gooey Bars from I Love My Disorganized Life - Anything with a layer of sweetened condensed milk in the middle is a winner.  

Recipe 44: Chicken Schawarma from Budget Bytes - this chicken is AMAZING!!  So tender and good flavor. I didn’t make the actual sandwiches, just ate the chicken!

Recipe 45: Roasted Red Peppers from The Wednesday Chef - surprisingly easy!

Recipe 46: Crockpot BBQ Beer Chicken from How Sweet It Is - I think my chicken/sauce ratio was a little off, but it still had good flavor!

Recipe 47: Tzatziki Yogurt Sauce from Budget Bytes - note for the future - you can make this in the food processor, but save half the cucumbers to add later so it is chunkier.

Recipe 48: Rosemary Roasted Potatoes from Food Network - easy and delicious!

Recipe 49: Oven Roasted Greek Stuff Pitas from Budget Bytes - I mixed it up with the veggies on this and ate it with quinoa.  Also a good reminder that I don’t really like eggplant.

Recipe 50: Chilled Cucumber Soup from Dishing Up The Dirt - I usually don’t like cold soups, but this was pretty delicious.  It had a surprising kick, maybe because I added some extra garlic or too much red pepper flakes.

Recipe 51: Five Ingredient Sweet and Spicy Chicken from Refinery 29 - I didn’t marinate the chicken or add the brown sugar.  I think brown sugar would caramelize in the oven and thicken the sauce up.  Nevertheless, a decent chicken dish.


Jul 19 '14