Thursday, December 20, 2012

Cinnamon Twists

Last week, after I finished up exams, I knew I needed to reward myself. So I roped my roommate into helping me make these bad boys: 

Beautiful, no? They're also probably the easiest dessert you can make. Cinnamon twists are the very first thing I learned to make in my middle school home-ec class, and I still stand by them when I want a fast, easy, dessert. 

First, get a roll or two of Pillsbury (or any brand) crescent rolls, and separate the rolls individually. 

Next, roll them out into a "snake" and twist them into a pretzel knot. Basically, tie a knot in them. Not hard, I promise. 

After that, melt 2 or 3 tablespoons butter and mix together some cinnamon sugar. I think the standard amount is 1 tbsp cinnamon for every cup of sugar. We just eyeballed it and it turned out fine. 

Roll the dough knots in the butter and then in the cinnamon sugar. Be sure to get it coated all the way! 

Then place them on a pan with room to exapnd, and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. The crescent roll package says 375, but I found that 350 makes the softer and the bottoms don't get crispy. 

After 10 minutes, voila! A perfect, flaky snack. Enjoy! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Our Fuzzy Stress Reliever

As I was lounging around in my Sock Monkey footie pajamas this morning, one of my roommates, Ali, busts in with a surprise! This, my friends, was one adorable surprise. 

Micah the Schnauzer
Micah is Ali's friend's dog, but we got to borrow her for the day! We all miss our own dogs so so much, and she was perfect : )

Best Friends

 She is so quiet and such a good dog. She looooves all the attention that four college girls can give.
Guarding the apartment

Seriously, I could not think of a better way to end exam week. 

Micah is not impressed. Photo shoots are exhausting...

But we had fun playing! Anybody else want us to take a puppy off your hands for a while? We'd be happy to oblige.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Fixing a problem I shouldn't have in the first place.

Hi. My name is Amanda and I'm addicted to shopping. ("Hi Amandaaaa"). So much so that my clothes don't fit in my closet at school. Or in my closet at home. Or any closet, really.

One day last week I had nothing to do (crazy) and decided to finally organize my closet. It was a huge undertaking, but I managed to do it in just an hour or two.

Here's the before shot. It may not look that disorganized to you, but it was killing me. Nothing was in order! There was no rhyme or reason to it! There were shirts in there I didn't know I had! 

To fix this, I had to pull everything out of the closet and lay it across my bed. Here's everything, just from the closet. 

When I put it back in, I did it in the order that I thought would make the most sense: Jackets, button-down shirts, sweaters, cardigans, long sleeve t-shirts, dresses, pants, and short sleeve shirts. My only problem is that things are still very crammed, just crammed in a more organized way. Look how beautiful! 

It's worked out surprisingly well! Trust me, you won't regret organizing something that you use everyday. I know where everything is and it's super easy! Next step: color coordination. 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Time is Upon Us.

That's right, it's here. The moment we've all been waiting for. No, not Christmas.

Exam week.

We've worked all semester to prepare for this week (well, some of us). I'm one of the lucky few who get my exams over with early in the week, but some of my friends aren't so fortunate. I've also had the fortune of having two online exams, one of them consisting entirely of Monty Python questions. Gotta love management classes. My big exam in Russian is on Tuesday. I'm not worried...yet.

In honor of exam week, check out my exam week nails:

This is what happens when I study too much. I pulled the fuzzy bit off a Q-tip and used the end to make the dots. Something about yellow just makes me happy!

I need to quit procrastinating. Я люблю учиться по-русский!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Hiking Yellow Branch Falls

On Saturday, Brenden and I went hiking at Yellow Branch Falls in Sumter National Forest.  Our original plan was to go hike somewhere nearby, but we never found the trail we were looking for because the website's only address was that of the ranger station. But eventually we stumbled on the Yellow Branch trail.
To me, this was the perfect trail. Not too long, not too short, and a beautiful waterfall at the end. All of these pictures were taken with my Canon TX, 400 speed film.
Brenden at the start of the hike

The waterfall!

We walked across this at the bottom of the falls...
...To get to this cool bench! It gave us a perfect view of the falls.
Brenden on the bench
Over Thanksgiving break, I went to REI and finally bought the hiking boots I've been drooling over! Let me tell you, they are worth every penny. The waterproof version is perfect for me- to even to get to the waterfall we had to jump across rocks in the water at the bottom of the falls. I didn't even realize until I was about to buy them, but they are just the tiny girl version of Brenden's hiking boots! Twins!
Matching boots!

 Me in comparison to the falls
Brenden in front of the falls         

One of my favorite parts of the whole day was on the way home. We were driving through the booming metropolis of Walhalla, SC when we spotted two grown men driving through downtown on their four-wheelers, decorated with Christmas lights and ....deer. Keepin' it classy.

Note: The deer picture was taken through the window of a moving car with a film camera. Heck yeah.

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Nicest Things

I love it when people are nice.

Especially when I've done everything I can to no avail, and finally someone helps me out.

For example:
I have an internship in the university's Human Resources department this semester and it's really great for on-the-job experience. They've asked me to come back next semester to work, and I've heard about people getting class credit for internships so I thought I'd look into it. This was not as easy as I was expecting.

I emailed:
-The psychology internship advisor
-The head of the Management department
-My internship advisor
-The head of the internship program
-The head of the Psychology department
-Another psychology internship advisor.

Seriously. This process took weeks. No one knew what to do! The internship program offers a 0-credit hour course that I can sign up for, but it costs $150. Who in their right mind would pay $150 for a ZERO CREDIT HOUR CLASS?? I made sure to tell the head of the internship program that it was absolutely ridiculous and I could not pay a fee and have nothing to show for it.

Finally, the last guy I emailed had some answers. He's a professor in the psych department and also the advisor for the Applied Psychology Practicum, basically an internship class. He said that if my internship fit into Industrial/Organizational Psychology curriculum (it does) then I could sign up for the class and get 3 hours of credit for my work! Here's the kicker: There is NO section of Applied psychology practicum next semester, but this guy is nice enough to create a section of the class just for me! What! I'm literally the only person in this class, and there's no actual meeting time. But as long as I turn in my assignments on time I can get credit for my internship.

Moral of the story: If you want something and know there's a way to get it, don't give up! Just be persistent and eventually someone will listen to you! I'm so glad my hard work payed off.