i did it!

woohoo! i passed my preliminary exam! i am now officially a dissertator. πŸ™‚


meal catch-up

i enjoyed a couple delicious meals while i was in st. louis last weekend that i haven’t had a chance to tell you about yet! first, i convinced brad that we should do the grocery shopping at trader joe’s. (!!). they were sampling this indian dish, so of course we were swayed by the marketing a bought a package.

i love paneer. it’s a soft, indian cheese. i always order dishes with paneer when i go to indian restaurants! they served this with garlic naan at trader joe’s, but we just grabbed wheat pitas to eat it with.

i thought it was still delicious, but it was better with the naan. duh.

on the side i made a salad with fresh mozzarella, chopped basil, chopped red onion, a drizzle of olive oil, and a bit of balsamic vinegar.

it was refreshing and tasty! it was a perfect side dish.


i also took out my old point & shoot the other morning [i’ve been using almost all iphone photos lately – lazy. i’m trying to use my p&s more often now!] i found some great sunlight on the floor one morning and experimented with a light bounce.

first without the light bounce:

and now with one:

look at how shadowy the non-light bounce photo is! this was the extent of my experimentation, but i’m excited to learn more. πŸ™‚


monday mini goals (on tuesday)

last week’s goals went pretty well. here they are:

β—Š finish research proposal presentation. ← done and i passed! woot!

β—Š do week 1 of the one hundred push-ups program for the pipes challenge. ← done and done! it’s going really well.

β—Š call the church we’re getting married in. ← shoot, i completely forgot about this one as i was preparing for my presentation. i’ll add it for this week!

β—Š run 10 miles this week. ← halfway there – i logged only 5 miles. it’s better than nothing, right?!?

and now, this weeks’ goals:

♦ complete week 2 of the hundred push-ups program for the pipes challenge.

♦ call the church. i really need to talk to them to confirm a couple things!

♦ eat 7+ servings of fruits and vegetables each day. i’ve been averaging around 5 per day – i want to bump it up a bit!

i think i’ll leave it at that. i’m feeling a little stressed with my schedule this semester and i think i need to decompress a bit.


30 day blog challenge: day 29

today is the second to last day of the challenge! i’m actually shocked that i’ve completed it so far! today my task is to post a photo that can always make me smile!

this is from a night out with two of our other best friends in green bay! we saw zac brown band and gloriana in concert first, then went out to the bars after! we ended up running into the guys from gloriana at the bar and hung out with them for the night. it was pretty cool!

and that leads me to my last topic today: happy birthday to my lovely sister lizzy! she’s 24 today! xoxox, love you babay!


random questions today: what’s your favorite color?

what’s your favorite song?


About sarah

hi, i'm sarah. i'm a graduate student, dog lover, newlywed, blogger, aspiring baker/cook, and a veggie lover. :)
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18 Responses to i did it!

  1. Congratulations! What an accomplishment! Yay you!

    Favorite color – blue
    Favorite song – Friday by Rebecca Black. kidding, but it is stuck on repeat in my head lately….

    • Sarah says:

      thank you!!! ahhh, i just listened to friday, friday for the first time yesterday! wow, what an annoying song! and now it’s in my head again….blah!

  2. Mary says:

    How very nice! I hope you had a bit of a celebration to commemorate your accomplishment. You are now another step closer to your goal. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  3. carlydeal says:

    Congratulations! What an awesome feeling.
    Fave color? Pink. Fave song? Oh goodness….toughest question ever. I’m loving Mumford and Sons right now.

  4. Briana says:

    Oh, congrats! That’s wonderful news!!!

    My favorite color is red.
    My favorite song of all time is “Cecilia” by Simon & Garfunkel

  5. Priyanka says:

    congratulations passing the prelims is the most amazing feeling! My favorite color is ..PURPLE!!!

  6. Dorry says:

    Y’all are so cute! Congrats again on passing your test! My favorite color these days is purple. Almost every shade. πŸ™‚

    • Sarah says:

      thanks! πŸ™‚ purple is my favorite too!! i’m working on wedding invitations now and trying to find ways to sneak purple in…. πŸ™‚

  7. KT says:

    Congrats Sarah! That’s so exciting!

    We had the butter chicken and challa masala last night from Trader Joe’s for dinner last night ourselves πŸ™‚ It’s so easy (and cheap)!

  8. CONGRATS girl! Way to pass the prelim exam!

    Cute pics at the end! Happy birthday to your sister!

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