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Textbook Fiasco (+ Random Recent Eats)

Bad study-abroad student fail:

While I’m here in New Zealand, I am taking four class: 2 important elementary education classes and 2 Maori classes (culture and leadership).  Obviously, I am taking the education courses seriosuly since they matter to me A LOT, but my plan is to just take the Maori courses for fun.  I’ve been told that they are far from intensive, so there is no need to get stressed out about them: just go to class, turn in your assignments, and you’ll be set.

I am a typical perfectionist, over-achiever, non-procrastinator, too-school-for-cool kind of gal.  Think Hermione Granger: I’m basically her muggle twin right down to the bushy hair and tedious study schedules.  But, I’m in New Zealand now, and this is the only time in my life that I will ever be allowed to “cruise through” a class, so I decided to go for it.   What does that mean for me?  I’ll go to every class, take notes like mad, answer every question, and turn in my work on time…but I won’t buy the textbooks. SHOCKER!

Upon discovered that I needed textbook citations for my first culture paper, I broke down and bought the book.  But I still didn’t get the leadership book.  In fact, I still don’t have the leadership book now…

Wednesday night during Leadership we discussed our next writing assignment (due today), and it became clear to me that I needed the textbook because all you need to do for the paper is write a 500-word response to a prompt in the book. 

Yes, sir, I will get it right away!

By the time we got out of class at 7:15pm, the bookstore was closed. Plus, all Thursday and Friday I was at school and wouldn’t be home before it closed.  Fine, I thought, I’ll just go when the store opens on Saturday morning and get it.

Ha! Wrong! It’s closed on the weekends.  Ok, self, it’s not a big deal, I’ll just be there bright and early on Monday to buy it and write the paper with plenty of time before the due date at midnight.

Wrong again!  I got to the bookstore when it opened at 8am, but they were sold out of the textbook.  I ran home in a sweaty panic, frantically messaging a friend in the class and checking all the libraries and bookstores.  Luckily for me, I have a wonderfully dependable friend Caitlin who promptly messaged me the writing prompts I needed 🙂

I was finished with my paper (about how I can be more proactive in my life) before 10am.  Which left me plenty of time to finish researching for my literacy paper, which isn’t due until April 21st.

There you have it, folks:  5 full pages of research about reading acquisition.  Now all I have to do is write an outline (the plan for the rest of the evening) and write the damn thing (which is what I’ll be doing all day tomorrow).

What did I learn from this textbook fiasco?  That there is a reason why I am always so prepared, responsible, and on top of things: I’m a good student!  And just because I’m livin’ it up here in New Zealand doesn’t mean I should change that.  I’ll only get myself into trouble.  Lucky that I have good friend who helps me out!  (I owe you one, Catilin!)

(I ordered the book online.  It’s in the mail now.)

Two Random Recent Eats I would like to share:

For dinner the other night, Hannah cooked for me a DELICIOUS meal — YAY!! She sauteed some green peppers and onions with sliced sausage.  (Hannah and I love our sausages.) Plus, she cooked up some lentils!! (Yes, there were many Know what I wear as a hat?  A lentil! jokes flying around.)  With globs of salsa, it was muy delicioso!

Before the field trip at school, I had a Raisin Bran Muffin from Starbucks, which is apparently a “new recipe!” though I couldn’t find anything about it online.  They offered to warm it up for me–yes, PLEASE!  More proof that my New Zealand Starbucks is a bit wonky, but they are so darn hospitable! The muffin was a steamy pocket of heaven with carrot-, cinnamon-, raisin-, oat-, and bran-y deliciousness!

What kind of student are you?




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Kick-Butt 20-Minute Yoga

Look at this cool thing I found at Harvest Wholefoods over the weekend:

A dairy-free cookie called “Emma’s Delight!” I knew I had to get it for myself so I could be delighted.  It’s made from brown rice flour, sugar, dairy-free chocolate chips, eggs, shortening, tapioca, and baking soda.  It boasts that it’s 90% organic!  Close enough for me! 😉

This morning, after breakfast (oatmeal with oatmilk, bananas, cinnamon, and a spoonful of crunchy peanut butter–YUM so filling) I skyped with my mom and dad for an hour and a half.  Phew!  I really needed a nice long chat with them.  While they had dinner, I was had morning tea:

The cookie wasn’t very delightful, I must admit.  It was hard, like all biscuits are here in New Zealand, and it was sort of flavorless.  It needed more chocolate flavor, the brown rice flour was pretty dominant.  It was made slightly more delightful when I dipped it in my tea!

Then it was work, work, work, work, and work some more on my literacy paper.

I only stopped to prepare a working lunch.  I quickly heated up leftovers from Sunday night by sauteeing it with chopped watercress.  I ate it on top of some cold lettuce for a warm fish salad.  That lettuce is seriously the most delicious lettuce I’ve ever had! I got it from the Framer’s Market, of course 🙂

Since the cookie was such a disappointment, I decided that I should probably have a brownie square.

Heated up and enjoyed with a fork.  Not THAT’S delightful!

Here’s a silly blogger thing I do:

For the best lighting, I often photograph my food while it’s on the windowsill in my room lol.  The sandals are there drying out (they got a bit wet over the rainy weekend) and to the right, there is some seaglass I found on the beach while kayaking!

Since I talked to my parents so long, I missed my morning run and, true to form, I didn’t feel like doing it later in the day.  I was feeling pretty anxious for some reason (probably all that researching!), so I did do an intense little yoga sesh.

It’s cramped in here, but I’m making it work!  Since most studios allow you to borrow one of their mats for class, I wasn’t planning on buying a yoga mat while I’m here in order to save a few bucks.  But I was noticing my home practice fall by the wayside, so I finally broke down and got one at the Warehouse for nz$19.99.  It’s a fine, standard Gaiam mat, but I always make sure that the side with the name, “The Firm” lol, is facing the ground.

I kicked my own butt during my home practice today. It only took 20 minutes, but I was shaking and sweating like a beast afterwords, which is a good workout in my book!  Here’s what I did:

5 Suryanamaskara A (Sun Salutation: A Form)

5 Suryanamaskara B (Sun Salutation: B Form)

5 Navasana (Boat Pose) with lifts in between (when you go back to seated, you push off the ground to lift your bum)

I spent the rest of the afternoon researching, finally stopping to make dinner: brown rice with sausage, sauteed chard, and mixed beans.  Plus salsa on the side 🙂

(Confession: I did have another small brownie square after dinner =D)

In true Tuesday night form, we headed down to Father Ted’s for Trivia Night after dinner.

lol, Hannah.  This week we came THIRD-to-last instead of the usual second-to-last!  We are moving up in the world!  But, we had a particularly good time at trivia because we met up with a lot more friends than usual!  It was good to spend some quality time with the friends we’ve made here.  We don’t know them very well, but we always have a good time when we run into each other!

In case you were curious, Hannah and I sang “Big Yellow Taxi” by Joni Mitchell at karaoke.  We laughed our badonkadonks off as two of our friends sang their very German hearts out to “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley.  Some lady was bringing down the house with “Love Game” by Lady Gaga and apparently she heard us singing along like crazy, because she came over and gave us the mic to us for a verse!

Forget running, a fun night out with friends is the true cure to homesickness 🙂

What song would you sing for karaoke?



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