Hello friends! US readers, I hope you’ve had a restful Labor Day weekend. Right now it’s rainy and cozy outside. The weather this weekend was thankfully below 100 degrees, which was nice.
Here’s what I’ve been up to:
The fiscal year for our main client ended on Friday. Now that the fiscal year has ended, it is time to start entering hardcore study mode. Honestly, I did a lot of studying this weekend. I’m now at 72.25 hours total. There’s still SO much left to study. Quantifying the amount of time I have left to study in weeks or months freaks me out, but counting the time in days makes me feel a little better.
Right now I’m studying hydrology and air pollution engineering. Water resources has been making more sense thanks to the class I am taking…but air is still kicking my butt. I think I *finally* made a little progress this weekend because I am working on having a better understanding of coal emission rates and how to work those problems. I still find this concept a little confusing, but I think I’m getting there.
I really have to take it a day at a time, and work as hard as I can while still finding time to relax; I don’t want to burn out. I also have to believe in myself and my abilities, and not psyche myself out. One of the reasons I failed twice already is I didn’t believe I could do it. If I learned anything this year, it’s that I’m capable of more than I realize! 53 days to go, I’ve got this!
Labor Day Sales
Too much studying makes me grumpy, so I took some study breaks and advantage of all the sales.
I dragged Husband to Ulta and purchased this palette:
This is the Morphe X Jaclyn Hill palette in Bling Boss. I can’t say I’m very adventurous with my makeup – for example, I avoid contouring like the plague because (A) I don’t know how to do it and (B) I look a decade older if I slap a bunch of makeup on my face. But I love indulging in eyeshadow palettes, and I really like the colors in this palette. I’m on the fence about a couple of the colors, but I’ll see what I can do with them.
I love Half Price Books’ Labor Day sale – 20% off! I purchased several books I’ve been eyeing for a while. As I look at my stack of books, I can’t say that I NEEDED any of them. The projects in the knitting book are beautiful, but I’m unsure if the patterns are accessible at the level I’m at now. I’ve read two of Ruth Ware’s books and have been underwhelmed, but The Lying Game was a selection for Reese Witherspoon’s book club that I follow on Instagram – so I’ve give it a chance.
Today I went with a friend to JoAnn, which was a welcome break from said studying grumpiness. My mother-in-law had gotten me a gift card for my birthday; time to spend it!
I worked on more of my crochet shrug –
along with a couple of other random little projects – progress is not meaningful enough to post.
- We saw Searching on Saturday…it was a good movie!
- I made some cookies. My mom makes some yummy cookies from a Skinnytaste recipe , and after talking with her, I was inspired to make some myself! They are almost gone!
- I pulled my back. Boo. This is what happens why I try to do the Camel pose and then fall asleep on the couch.
- I’m trying this recipe (sans the spinach and bacon because I’m lazy.) I’m not sure if this is a legitimately Italian recipe, so I’m probably besmirching my heritage by making it, but I like crock pot recipes and I loooove gnocchi. I also need a redemption because when I tried making this recipe last week, I accidentally purchased condensed milk instead of evaporated milk. You used condensed milk to make things like…caramel, so I unfortunately had to toss this batch out.
Ok, I have babbled enough. I am watching RBG, so off I go! Have a great week!