Friday, December 9, 2011

Maple Salmon


1/4 cup Blueberries (chop in a magic bullet into a sauce, freeze while cooking the salmon)
Salmon slice
Maple Syrup
Honey
Simmer the salmon in Maple Syrup and drizzle the honey over the pan seared fish. Once the bottom is light pink flip the fish over, add more maple syrup then add the Honey drizzle on the underside. After a few more minutes flip to the other side and add more flavoring if desired/if the maple syrup is starting to crystalize/brown.
Server piping hot with blueberries sauce drizzled over it.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Chai Latte Muffins


**Gluten-Free** Red Mill Flour
2/3 cup All purpose flour
1/3 cup coconut fiber flour
1/2 cup vanilla cake mix
1 teaspoon vanila
2 chai tea bags opened
2 cup heavy cream (shaken to whipped consistency)
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup canola oil
dash of cinnamon, sprinkle of ginger, dash of nutmeg
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 egg
Makes 12 - 350 heat - 22 mins
The Glaze: touch of sweetness
Cup of Powdered sugar
dash of cinnamon
drop of vanilla
1/8 cup fat free milk

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Scavenger Hunt



This was easily one of my favorite days of Senior year. A group of my girl friends and I created a scavenger hunt around Bentley! It was so much fun and tons of people saw us running around campus like crazy hooligans and wanted to join in!


 We made neon shirts with stencils and messy spray paint. This is how my team's came out.


 Bentley Campus Police even joined in on the fun!




Saturday, November 5, 2011

Perfectly Pink Porkchops


Well I am sure this would have been delicious right off the stove, too bad the alarm went off before I could sit down and enjoy the meal. Porkchops cooked with onions, potatoes, and mushrooms with a homemade applesauce… WOMP.
The windows were open, the doors were open, and the fan was on. The alarm went off after I finished cooking and occured while I was rinsing the pans - highly likely that the steam set it off which is complete ridiculousness. Sorry Collins! I am a horrible person to set an alarm off during the end of the third quarter… thankfully it happened now versus in the winter? 
I am still annoyed that the fire alarm went off. Most of my annoyance is because people have burned things plenty of times in my room e.g. a corn husk was left in the oven for a day, a cake was literally on fire in the stove, and the best was the bag of popcorn left on fire in the microwave & NOT ONCE did the alarm go off for any of that. 

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Pasta Dinner


Delta Phi Epsilon put on their 8th fundraising pasta dinner for Cystic Fibrosis this past fall! It was a huge success thanks to the hard work our girls put in and the support of our Bentley Peers!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sinfully Smooth Pumpkin Cupcakes


I got back to the room about 12:30 am - still not entirely sure what prompted this, but I started carving a pumpkin. I pulled out all the seeds and strings, and then cut up the sides in to small chunks and boiled it for close to a half hr. I roasted the seeds while I was boiling the pumpkin. (See Salted & Roasted Pumpkin Seeds)
First, started mashing the pumpkin, (I cheated and pulled out the magic bullet).
Then, sifted the flour once alone. Adding the baking powder, salt, and spices. I then sifted this through once more, and then once again. 
Next, Cream shortening, gradually adding sugar until light. Beating egg into the mix, and finally adding the dry ingredients which is with the milk and pumpkin.
Lastly, add that handful of dark chocolate chips for the sweet tooth.
Bake for 20-25 mins - 12 cupcakes - 375
**This is the first time I had used the little rubber muffin tins which I received from my sister-pal** Love!
1 Cup Flour 
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
2/3 c sugar
1 egg unbeaten
1/2 c cooked strained pumpkin
2 tsp milk
1/4 c shortening
Handful of mini chocolate chips.
12:30 am turned into 3:30/4 am sooo ensure you have enough time, or you can boil one day and bake the next. Like I said, no idea what possessed me, but I am glad whatever it was, did. They were delicious for breakfast and when I went home to visit my father he was more than excited to receive some of his grandmother’s treats for his birthday :)

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Malbec Steak


My suitemates have been complaining all week that they needed a “homecooked” meal. I, in turn, started craving steak - my dad’s choice meat. My room is also for whatever reason freezing, so decided to cook to warm the place up a bit. Roasted Malbec Steak with Onions and a side dish of Minted Rice and Peas.
Scoop of fresh grated cheese
Handful of Cranberries
1 Cup of Jasmine Rice
2 Scoops of frozen Minted Peas (Trader Joes)
Boil rice in 3 cups water until soft. Drain water leaving about half to heat up the peas for 5 minutes or until completely unfrozen. Drain water and layer over the grated cheese and dried cranberries.
Steak
Onions
Malbec Wine 
Smoked Peppercorn
Cook steak in a thin layer of Malbec Wine using smoked peppercorn to taste. Add Onions last. About 15 minutes on stove top.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

C.Chip Banana Spice Muffins


**My roommate renamed these crack muffins because they were so good **
1/3 C gluten free vanilla cake mix
1/3 C gluten free coconut protein flour
1/3 C gluten free all-purpous flour
1/4 C cocoa
1 C fat free milk
1/3 C canola oil
1/3 C Sugar
tablespoon agave syrup
teaspoon cinnamon
teaspoon nutmeg
tablespoon honey
teaspoon vanilla
teaspoon almond
desired amount of mini chocolate chips
Makes a dozen - Cook at 350 degrees appx 30 mins

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Pumpkin Seeds


Salted & Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

During my 12:30 am carving venture I decided to toast some of the seeds.
I scooped out all of the seeds and washed them in cold water. (Slimey)
After washing all of the seeds several times, which was so therapeutic / amusing at the time, of all orange pumpkin strings and gunk - dried them off with a paper towel.
Laid out all seeds on a thin baking pan lined with foil.
Heavily used sea salt to sprinkle seeds on both sides.
375 degrees - 20 mins or until toasted brown.
Read Below to see why you should make these!! SO HEALTHY!

“A Few Quick Serving Ideas:
Add pumpkin seeds to healthy sautéed vegetables.
Sprinkle pumpkin seeds on top of mixed green salads.
Grind pumpkin seeds with fresh garlic, parsley and cilantro leaves. Mix with olive oil and lemon juice for a tasty salad dressing.
Add chopped pumpkin seeds to your favorite hot or cold cereal.
Add pumpkin seeds to your oatmeal raisin cookie or granola recipe.
Next time you make burgers, whether it be from vegetables, turkey or beef, add some ground pumpkin seeds.”

Friday, October 7, 2011

Spice Mandarin Hit



All flours are gluten free and are Red Mill products
Step 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Step 2. Sift listed ingredients just below together into a mixing bowl.
1   cup vanilla cake mix
1/3 cup all purpose flour
¼  cup cocoa
⅛  cup coconut flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Step 3: Beat the second group of ingredients, listed below, together {Probably should beat the sugar and butter together first then add other ingredients listed as you go, but impatient and ADD prone as I am just put it all in the magic bullet.}
1 cup sugar
¼ cup butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon agave nectar
4 small mandarin slices
Step 4: Mix all ingredients listed above together.
Step 5. Stir in approximately 1/8 cup almond milk until fluffy {I went by teaspoons, took about 6!}
Bake in oven for 25-30 mins at 375 degrees.

For frosting I used the leftover icing from the Blueberry Lemon Blunder cuppies and added about 6 mandarin slices to make it goopy.
Cupcakes turn out a bit dry but ever so slightly fudgy. The fruit ice toppingmakes it suitable for a summer afternoon party and the slight spiciness makes it perfect for a fall evening desert.
{Still need to find a way to get gluten-free recipes to rise!}

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Lemon-Blueberry Blunder Cuppies



Once again I wanted to try a ForgivingMartha.com recipe (Tell me that the above doesn’t look delish!). This time there were more than 4 ingredients and more than three instructions. Cooking ADD apparently kicks in right about after the 5th ingredient.
I think there were two main reasons why I failed:
  1. I substituted wayy too many ingredients.
  2. I did not follow the recipe instructions AT ALL.
#1 i.e. Almond milk instead of regular milk. Coconut flour instead of all purpose, vanilla cake mix instead of regular cake mix, 2 cups blueberries instead of one, salted butter instead of unsalted, celery salt instead of regular salt.
#2 i.e. I sifted all dry ingredients together, including the sugar! (Who makes that mistake?!) Completely forgot about the two extra table spoons of flour to save for when folding the blueberries into the batter.
Outcomes:
#1 You can bet I am going to be reading recipe instructions beforeee I start baking.
#2 Maybe I’ll take my advice of “get everything out and ready before you begin.”
#3 You can be sure that I will not be using my iPhone to be reading off instructions… flour/sugar all over the place.
Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes with Lemon Buttercream FrostingCupcakes
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
¾ cup cake flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoons salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
Zest of 1 lemon
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup plus 2 tbsp. milk, at room temperature
1 cup fresh blueberries
Frosting1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juiceZest of 1 large lemon
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line cupcake pans with paper liners; Set aside. 
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the ¾ cup all-purpose flour, the cake flour, baking powder and salt; whisk together and set aside. 
  3. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter, sugar and lemon zest. Beat together on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. 
  4. Beat in the eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and lemon juice. 
  5. With the mixer on low speed, mix in half of the dry ingredients just until incorporated. 
  6. Blend in the milk. Mix in the remaining dry ingredients, beating just until incorporated.
  7. In a small bowl, toss the blueberries with the remaining 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour. Using a spatula gently fold the berries into the cake batter. 
  8. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared liners, filling each about ¾ full. 
  9. Bake 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. 
  10. Let cool in the pans 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. To make the frosting, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add the lemon and zest and mix until incorporated.
  12. Slowly add confectioner’s sugar until the desired consistency is reached.
  13. Top on cooled cupcakes and serve!
Ideally, these cupcakes must be the most fabulous tasting cuppies ever, but per usual, I blundered in the kitchen. It’s unfortunate how giddy my father gets when I make a kitchen mistake.
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Friday, September 23, 2011

My First Wedding


My cousin Allison's wedding was the perfect outdoor wedding. Complete with my cousin Randi's adorable cake topper's! 




  







All the younger cousins had fun playing in the grass fields. They really delighted over being able to feed the neighbor's horse! 


                          

     

Such a boss wedding. Couldn't have expected anything less from my accomplished cousin.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Chovocado Pudding




Chocoadvocado Pudding


I love the blog “ForgivingMartha” and ran across a bizarre recipe including some of my favorite ingredients. **Chocolate** & **Advocado** combined to make a pudding! Weird mix right? However, it looked so appealing featured on her blog (as seen below) I had to give it a try!





 Chovocado Pudding
vegan, gluten-free
1 ripe avocado
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/4 cup raw agave nectar
1/4 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Peel and quarter a ripe avocado. 
  2. Put all the ingredients in your beloved Magic Bullet (or a blender/hand mixer) and blend until smooth. 
  3. Serve and enjoy!
“*This recipe is perfect for two servings.  Or perfect for one person with their feet propped up on the couch watching Nip Tuck re-runs.”
This recipe was surprisingly delish, but I’ll need to muck around with the ingredients to get the perfect chocolate taste. (It was a bit too chocolate rich tasting for me!) This recipe is so healthy, fun, & simple.. I will not mind the challenge at all. :)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Rosemary-Lemon Chicken


First let me say … YUM
Chicken strips (8)
Teaspoon of Rosemary
1/4 Teaspoon Celery Salt
Juice of 2 Lemon
Olive Oil
I used Gustare’s Blood Orange infused olive oil which added such incredible flavor and really helped the chicken keep moisture throughout cook time. I usually like to let the chicken sit in the liquid mixture for an hour or so before, but this time I prepped it before I left for class and let it sit in the refrigerator all through class.  I then took out the skillet and cooked it, tossing it every so often until it was a nice golden brown. I cooked it with the lemon and in a bit more of the olive oil so the chicken did not stick to the pan on med/high heat.
Super Quick Meal
Really Simple Preparation
Do you even need the r eminder that I said YUM?

Friday, August 5, 2011

Varsagod


Varsagod, Varsagod. My family would always joyfully yell around xmas time, everyone rushing the table to see what was presented for our smorgasbord. I’ve always loved cooking, but particularly I love my Grandmother’s recipes. Her given name was Evelyn (von krossov) Peterson, appropriately called Far Mor (father’s mother in Swedish) or more affectionately Mor Mor (pronounced moo-moo). Yes, if you are quick, that does mean mother’s mother but moo-moo was far easier for all of us to pronounce as kids. My grandmother would cook every Saturday an abundance of deserts and breads for the week for her six growing boys and two beautiful daughters.
My own mother is far from chained to the kitchen. She loves quick, easy recipes. I may have gained my lack of cooking focus due to this… which has caused many a cooking mishap.
My father had always taken on the role of head chef in the family. He loves to grill and has always provided hearty meals for us. He loves running over whenever anyone is dabbling in the kitchen to put in his two words, and loves even more critiquing whatever it is we produce. (I can only imagine him running over to moo-moo as a child begging to lick the bowl!) He is also big on “keeping a clean kitchen” :: “Have everything out and ready”- “Put things away as you use them!”
Others who have inflicted my passion for food: My neighbor Mrs. Morena. She is an absolute goddess in the kitchen. I am always asking for her recipes! 
My Roomates Falcone 302, one in particular who introduced me to many vegan dishes and local farms.
My cousins who happen to have celiac’s disease. They have helped me realize how important nutrition is and how important it is to try to attain the healthiest you possible.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Washington D.C.


A friend of mine is driving across the country this summer. When I heard his first destination was Washington, DC I immediately asked if I could join. We arrived in DC around 12 AM, he dropped me off at my cousins in Alexandria soon after. 
My Cousin took me on a tour of the Monuments by Midnight, it was gorgeous. However, the heat index was still outrageously high and we were left famished, desiring icecream upon finishing. 
Breakfast: Clydette’s | Scene: Young 30’s, Casually Dressy | $$
The following morning we had brunch at Clydette;s with my cousin’s roommate. My cousin insisted the cinnamon dusted French Toast was phenomenal, but I took the waitress’ advice and opted for eggs Benedict stacked on a steak filletstacked on a thin piece of toast. If that doesn’t make your mouth water, you seriously are not living. My cousin’s roommate ordered a Bloody Mary, which was also one of the better mixed tomato drinks I’ve had in awhile. Word of advice? IF you’re in DC and worked up an appetite? Stop here for Breakfast, you won’t regret it. 
Breakfast: Petit le Bon | Scene: Business, teens to go, Lady 40+ sit down | $
Subpar for a french bistro.  The restaurant was run by spanish speaking individuals (which I thought funny). Good place to sit and read the paper. A Business interview was occurring there between two early 30 year old women. Nice buzz, ordered a Au chocolate Croissant and an iced lemon tea. The croissant was very heavy, not light/flaky which was a bit of a disappointment. Could do without stopping there, but if in the area certainly not a poor choice to spend an hr.
Dinner: Rocklands | Scene: Casual (availiable for to-go) | $
I ordered a grilled chicken with greens which was pretty decent for under 10$ along with a side of sweet potato fries. I am a sweet potato fry connoisseur, so do not take this next bit of advice lightly… do not order, they just did not quite meet standards. They were a bit soggy, not crisp. My cousin ordered pulled pork, which she loves, along with her personal favorite potato salad. I should have taken her advice when she informed that the potato salad here, “is to die for.” She also ordered the Mac&Cheese, which neither of us ended up touching. IF you need something cheap & filling? Stop here.

Monday, May 23, 2011

International Buddy Network


 

Since I got back from abroad I've been part of a program called International Buddy Network. It's been a ton of fun helping students acclimate to Bentley and American culture, but it was way more work than I had anticipated. It was crazy, but so worth it when our executive board managed to improve the organization through programming, operational restructuring, and better recruiting!



Monday, February 14, 2011

Home

I am finally back at Bentley, I am getting adjusted to being back at school and trying to keep my act together, although it is hard sometimes. My friends make things both harder and easier because I often get overwhelmed by how great my friends actually are. People always say you don't realize how much you miss things until their gone. That is certainly true, but I am certainly overwhelmed by how many great individuals are now constantly running in and out of my life. I am taking six courses and am already hitting the lib. I was doing three hours of cardio a day (between gym and p90x) but then took a break for four days, hopefully I'll be back at it tomorrow... My roommates are wonderful, they are all very motivated and I am hoping some of that will rub off on me. Three of them are in Dphie with me the last, Kaity loves to bake and do yoga, she's really into recycling and eating healthy which I am all for! I am not the best at knowing what can be recycled yet, but she's teaching me!

Bestos is finally back in my life! I finally have a little!! About 40 new sisters since I last left, and about 30 that I will sorely miss(but know I will see allllllll the time). Man is it good to be back in the states! Cannot wait for future adventures. Later and out!



Aloha

I love when my sister greets me at the airport with a delicious grande peppermint mocha latte in Maui. I think I am a pro with doing transfers and layovers. I once used to get queusy and extremely nervous before I jumped on a plane, but now it feels weird to think that this is my last lonesome trip. My father loves Maui and wanted to take us for the holiday season. For christmas we went to eat at Cheeseburger in Paradise.

 For New Years we celebrated at the Hotel, we had learned from Christmas celebrating that the island is extremely low key when it comes to celebrating holidays with the family. We managed to have alot of fun together goofing around though!

 We went horseback riding through pineapple fields, whale watched, went surfing, shopping, and took a helicopter ride over a volcano, we went and adventured around the island on the road to hana, and tried out alot of restaurants.
Maui really is beautiful. One of my guy friends lives there, he is such a sweet kid and fun to be with. I called him up and told him where I was and soon enough he picked me up and brought me like 100 meters down the road to a cliff where a sign read "do not jump." He parked the car and stood on the edge with me explaining that someone once jumped off the cliff in a white prom dress. I read up on the cliff later and it is a dangerous 40 ft cliffhead that the natives would jump off in ceremonies to prove their manhood. My friend, Hawaii, leaped off the cliff into the water, I waited a bit before I joined him. I literally slapped into the water, so painful! I had bruises all over my legs, and even the bottom of my chin, for two weeks. So sore! It was such a great trip over all. I spent the first two weeks of my year abroad in Jamaica with my family, and then the last two weeks in Maui. I guess its true that everything starts and ends with Family. 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Closing thoughts

video
Decided it only fair that the most overplayed song during my time in Australia become the background noise for the slideshow. I met some wonderful people while abroad and cannot believe that my year long study abroad experience has come to an end. The experience certainly had some extremely bizarre ups and downs. Overall it was a worthwhile experience, I learned alot about myself and others. & for all of you who questioned why I of all people was uncomfortable going into bars... I think Sarah Turnbull in Almost French says it best on pg 177, "As a woman, walking into a pub filled full of blokes in Australia can be intimidating: the attention often has a discomforting edge." Not to mention, the increasing violence reports from Surfer's Paradise. aka CANNOT WAIT TO PARTY IN THE USA. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Ezfk7s1NyY


Additionally, Sarah Turnball captures leaving Australia perfectly. While leaving England was sad, I was more upset about leaving Ericka and new friends behind. I was exhausted from whirlwind European adventures and was eager to get home to see my Big and the seniors graduating and my sisters at Prom. Leaving Australia was entirely different. I feel like I actually left a world behind, one in which I had grown fond of and comfortable in; incomparison to the feeling of coming home from a vacation as I did on my return home from England. This time around there was more than the fleeting pang of remorse to be leaving:

"If we look out our windows we can have one last glimpse of Australia, the voice says in that practised this-is-your-captain-speaking tone... The change in background is abrupt, leaving little time for sentimentality. One second flying over what had seemed an incessant desert - such a funny pink in the evening light- then the space beneath us is a vastness of deep blue. Looking back over my shoulder, I watch the evanescence of Australia, transfixed. The coastline, with its white frill of surf, becomes smaller and smaller, until finally it disappears entirely as though I'd imagined it. A pang of nostalgia stabs my stomach and then I take off my sunglasses." -Sarah Turnball in Almost French

I am currently eagerly awaiting to see how my grades transfer back at Bentley (UPDATE: passed all subjects and did extremely well in them (yay it paid off to stay home during study week!)). In the mean time I am reading up on Economics in Maui as I am taking a two week course when I get back on January 3rd! It's nice to be spending time with the family finally and I will be sure to post some of the crazy Longvall girl stories soon!
Hope all of your holidays have been merry! xx

Activities

Thursday: Libby's 21st B-day! I had to register that night, so I could not drink! Love Marisa for letting me use her room and ethreanet set up... Literally at 11:58 I handed my half finished vredbull to Libby and ran from the bar to her room. Got all my courses! General Business 401, 2 Science electives, Lit, and Marketing Research. After this semester, provided the online Macro course occurs, I shall be completely done with General Education requirements! Hooray.


Dear Bentley Registrar, granted I was up anyways, I do not think I should be compelled to stay up until 12 a.m. to register. Rather, I do not think I should have to plan my social life, or change my drinking habits on a thursday night due to an 'early' registration time. Love, Helen's liver.
Friday I went to Burleigh heads with Gu to finish up my Photography second assignment portfolio. We had to take outdoor profile, advertising, and a creative shot of a building during magic hour. That night I went to a Bond Uni Party with the scandanavian girls, then went out to a local club East, watched a girl ribbon dance, then left to another club where Tina&Tina got us into a VIP bar, found myself recieving free drinks for the remainder of the night. Other than those two nights I was in the library. Saturday night I got a message from the boys to go on skype. They panned the room to an interesting smooch sesh and a girl passed out on their thigh, and then asked why I wasnt going out. Oiy. P.s. Like your dress mom?



Following weekend? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDDHcTNZaQo&feature=related Byron Bay. Gu and I went into Byron for the night to meet up with Tina. We walked around the city shopping in the rain and as soon as it lightened up we walked up to the lighthouse! Then Tina saw hanggliders and decided she wanted to play. We chilled at the beach the next day. We had had a 10:30 skydive appt, but because of the rain we did not end up being picked up until around 3:30. We slept on the beach, had some tea at a cafe, and then did some shopping and walked around a bit more.

  
Then we went Skyyyyyydiving. The thrill was unbelievable. I was excessively calm perusual. I always knew it takes alot for me to emote, but apparently I underestimated myself. The tandem flyer asked me if I do extreme often and if this was a repeat flight because I was so eerily calm. I got out of the plane as if in a daze, everyone else was going might as well go too. I leaned back my head and literally was smiling thinking about how I was achieving one of my goals for the semester. Scubadiving and skydiving in Australia... conquering both above and below. 

The free fall was incredible. I had been fearful that I would feel like on the tower of terror when your stomach drops and you feel nauseas. That did not occur though, its just a superior rush. Literally you feel weightless, nothing else matters as you fall from the sky. Natural high definetly. He caught my hair elastic as it was falling out during free fall... pretty good trick. On the way down after the tandem flyer let go of the shute he asked if I wanted to "play around" "yah" was all I managed to reply. I would have said yes to him letting go of the straps, I was that out of it. I could not hear out of one ear, and my entire body was reacting as if it had just had a couple energy drinks. We started spinning down to the bottom, all I remember is him saying: "Not too bad an office." He had done this job for 14 years predominately at the same location... I'd have to agree with him, the view is amazing.

 I had been so wrapped up with school work that I could not do much other than school. I really literally lived in the library the past two weeks and my body is still crying in pain due to looking at computer sceens for so long. I wrote a history paper, an advertising paper, gave an advertising presentation, wrote a marketing plan, gave a sports marking presentation, and wrote a few speeches basically in two weeks. After my presentation I left the following morning at 4:30 am to Fraser island with leila. I slept the entire way there, then did not even go out that night. I am still exhausted, but I have another 2 papers and exams to study for. I am soo excited to be going to Maui with the fam after this, even though I am already down under, it is currently raining and when it is sunny, I end up in the library anyways. Woof.

Some photos I took this week:


    

Last weekend I went to day drink for a few hours for a break. Hah I was in bed by 10, but I had alot of fun with the scandanavian girls. We had a smorgashboard of amazing scandanavian foods, later in the evening some of the Bentley kids walked in and joined it. It was fun, we played the drinking game and thumper :)





Leila and I then decided to do a spur of the moment trip to fraser island. We spotted dingos, went for a run, layed out and enjoyed the few moments of sun we had. It was an amazing trip. I loved the island! We went to Rainbow Beach, drove across 75 mile beach, eli creek, and more. It was amazing! We took a few hikes and had shell races.

The next two weeks are finals aka crunch time. The boys all left for an RV trip around NZ but I am unfortunately stuck at home writing a marketing business plan (40 pgs), and advertising plan (35 pgs), advertising critique paper (10 pgs), History Paper (4 pgs), and studying for exams, putting together a final portfolio... soo much fun!