Good Friday, CPA Exam, Easter & Lactation Cookies

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After a few months of studying and way too many trips to Starbucks (embarrassed to admit how many grandes), I finally took the BEC section of the CPA exam on Good Friday.  It was by far, hands down, without a doubt, the hardest exam I have ever taken.  In.My.Life.Ever.  I felt the Audit section was a little easier, but everyone is different.  Now is the fun part… the waiting game.

Paleo-pancakes-berriesWhile I wait the 2-3 weeks for my results, I am taking a break from the CPA all together. (hallelujah!!) This way, I can catch up with life a little, hang out with friends and make some yummy meals!  This weekend was no exception!

Friday: Paleo Pancakes!  I added a berry mixture and this gave the pancakes a sweet kick that was so delicious!  I posted my recipe for paleo pancakes a few days ago, but it’s simple – eggs, bananas, cinnamon.  Done!

Saturday Work0ut: Tested out the new running swag!  I bought the Yurbuds Inspire Talk for Women and tested them out this week.  The problem with me and earphones is the same problem everyone has… they don’t fit right.  The ones that come with iPhones hurt my ears really bad and I’m sure the amount of sweat that gets in them and my ears when I workout isn’t good.  So I decided to give the Yurbuds a try and guess what, I LOVE LOVE them!!  They aren’t too big, fit perfectly and “lock” in place.  Also, I can hear my music but also hear outside sound too, which is helpful when I’m running outside.  The turquoise/light blue color is fun too!

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After that early morning workout, I went to an Easter Egg Hunt with my friend and her awesome 20 month old… so much fun watching the little ones gather eggs!

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Emmie had fun Saturday afternoon!  She got to play with her friend, Boomer, and run around (off-leash!!) until she couldn’t run anymore.  She slept the whole way home and was perfect the rest of the day (<— yeah, she’s not always perfect!)  I am so thankful for friends with dogs and backyards!

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Saturday night, I went to my church’s Easter Service.  The series we are in is called “The Way” and it’s a look back into the life, the land and the way Jesus took.  We got to see video footage from when my Pastor went to Israel and it was really awesome!

Three-layersSaturday later night, I went with some great friends to Three Layers, a coffee house, wine bar, hole-in-the-wall-middle-of-nowhere gem!  This place was really cool and had live music.  The best part was the venue for sure.  You could relax of a sofa and chairs, sit at high tops, play board games, watch tv, sit at the wine bar or even sit outside in the zen café!  We checked out all the areas (ok it’s small but they make great use of the space) and ended outside where we met a real Easter bunny!

Sunday morning came very early and I went to the 6am sunrise service at the beach.  There is nothing more amazing than watching the sunrise over the ocean while worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Resurrection Sunday!  Unfortunately, the weather was too yucky so they cancelled service.  Fortunately, Moosehaven had a 7am sunrise on the river, so over the bridge I went! (after stopping at Dunkin Donuts for more coffee!)  Here’s a picture I took from the service!

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The last part of my weekend I am very excited about was making Nutella Milkies!!  Milkies are my version of lactation cookies.  Before you get all weirded out, these cookies are just full of yummy goodness that helps lactating women produce more milk!  I’m visiting a friend tomorrow who is nursing her newborn and I’m so excited to introduce her to these.  A blog post to come soon about the cookies 🙂

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That about wrap it up for me.  What was the best part of your weekend?  What Easter traditions do you have?

 

 

Groundhog Day?!

“Well, it’s Groundhog Day… again…”
-Phil Connors

Have you ever felt the way Phil Connors (Bill Murray) feels in the movie Groundhog Day?  He relives the same day over and over until he re-examines his life and priorities.   Aside from the fact that this movie is full of truth, it is hilarious.   I laugh so hard every time I see it!

cpa-study-unf-day1I had my own Groundhog Day experience today.  I was at the UNF library for the second day in a row, sitting in the same room, drinking my grande skinny vanilla latte (hello grande!  I usually get a tall so I’m bouncing off the walls right now) and studying for 3 hours for the CPA exam…  All what seemed to be an exact repeat of yesterday!  I couldn’t help but laugh a little (in the “quite” room!) and think about the movie.  Then I laughed (again in the quite room – alumni can break the rules, right?!) at the thought of school and reflecting on all the fun times I had at UNF, the friends I made and how glad I am to be done with that chapter in my life!  Now I have a new chapter, the CPA exam, that is consuming every ounce of me!!  Way.worse.than.school.ever.was.

cpa-study-unf-day2I take the BEC section of the CPA exam this Friday morning and I would be lying if I told you I’m not nervous.  I’m freaking out!!  I’m super nervous and anxious (<— could be the large amount of coffee I’ve consumed this week!) but will be so glad once this test is over.

To break the monotony of this routine, I decided a cupcake break at Sweet by Holly was a must!  I also had a card for a FREE cupcake that I’ve been saving for a rainy day.  It rained yesterday so, you know, excuse to redeem!

This was my first time trying the Nutella Cupcake and it was delicious!!  Nutella, cinnamon and buttercream. Need I say more?!

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I also came across this ebib on ilovetorun.org and I thought, “spot on!  Sums it all up!” My favorite is #2 – I’m always drinking water!  I feel like a camel some days and my co-workers probably think I have a water drinking problem!  (I might!)

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Now back to the books for the final 24 hours of cramming until test time!!  I’m dreaming of a lovely glass of wine followed by sleeping in late and not logging into Becker for just one day… well a girl can dream!

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xoxo

 

 

My life as an ecard

You know that moment when you read an an ecard and think to yourself “HA, ya that’s me” or “yup, agreed?” Well I had an all too perfect moment of this last night.

Here’s the scene: I found a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods in my wallet (<— finding unused gift cards = cha ching!)

So naturally I thought hmmm what do I ‘need’ for my half marathon training? I decided I needed a foam roller (as a precautionary measure and to avoid physical therapy later) and new running shorts (because it gets hot in Florida and a girl’s gotta look better than she feels). Then I had a coupon for $10 off $50 (double plus!!) and since my total wasn’t quite there, new ear buds were a must have as well.

This weekend my training program for Napa (happy dance) began! Lots of thoughts rushed through my head (the color of the shorts) and I was definitely satisfied with the results (delivery in 5-7 days!). So let me introduce you to my ‘ha- ya that’s me ecard’ <— which I saw on Facebook moments after the purchase…

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Really couldn’t get much more perfect than that!

I am now t-minus 4 days to my CPA exam and besides having nightmares that I completely tank it, this was another ecard I had to laugh, and agree, with.

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In all honesty, my training really did only consist of getting gear to look the part!  (yikes… procrastinator?!) Oh and since my half is in NAPA, I thought I would start training for all aspects… vino tasting, oh course!  Zooma Women’s Half Marathon in Napa, here I come!

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 What’s your “yeah, that’s so me” ecard?

Now that my dog, Emmie, is asleep laying down for a brief moment, back to the studying I go! 

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