Monday, October 31, 2011

The Walking Dead: Spoiler alert!

Have you guys been watching the new season??
I am so surprised how in to this show I am, but it is so good!
I wasn't sure how far they could really take this zombie apocalypse and make us still care about the characters but I think this season has been just as intense as the first.  I've read a few other articles from people that think not much has been happening yet, but I think SO much has happened, especially in character development.

  1. Shane - He's the guy that is kinda bad but you think he might be good, but really he does things that aren't so noble.  Pete likes his muscles, but that's besides the point.  I knew when he was shaving his head at the beginning of the episode, he had a little bit of evil in his face.  Now the question is - did he shoot Otis out of selfishness so he could get away?  Why didn't he shoot him in the head so he wouldn't have to suffer while all those zombies tore him apart?  Was he really thinking of getting Carl the medical supplies so that's why he did it?  I really hope Rick never finds out about him and Lori.
  2. Carl - More and more we are having to watch the characters face the decision about whether or not living through the apocalypse is better or worse than being dead.  Knowing what I know about medical issues, thinking about this poor child being operated on (by a veterinarian!) in a house, in somebody's bed, makes me want to hard-core hoard antibiotics, painkillers and sedatives just in case.  And P.S. -I'll give you a little secret about healthcare:  You never tell your patients, and definitely not you're patient's parents in the case of pediatrics, that a. have never done a procedure or b. you're a veterinarian and not a surgeon.  You always act like you know exactly what you're doing.
  3. Andrea - she needs drop the attitude.  She's being super rude to everyone because her sister got bit and she wants to die. And also that other lady?  Why would she not learn to use a gun??
  4. What I want to know - how come this farm house seems to be free of any walkers?  Why do they seem not short for food at all? How are they going to get a post-operative Carl back on the road? 
  5. I haven't read the comics and don't plan on it.  I want to see how this all un-folds without having any idea what might happen because they can take it so many directions.  Will Shane go out on his own?  Will they find Sophia?  What about Lori & Rick's relationship?  How long before they find something that might be hopeful? 
  6. I am SO hooooked!  Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Fill in the Blank Friday

1. When I was a kid I wanted to be a writer or a kindergarten teacher when I grew up.

2. As an adult, my dream job would be a stay at home mom working part time with Bride magazine or The Knot.

3. When I was younger I wanted to be just like the 6th grade girls in my class.  They wore eyeshadow and taught me to do the butterfly.

4. The childhood Halloween costume that I remember most was when I was Albert Einstein.
that would be me in the middle - I think around 3rd-5th grade-ish?
I had an index card that said E=mc2

5. My favorite childhood toy was probably my popples or crash test dummies.

6. The time I got into the biggest amount of trouble when I was a kid was when I sent to the principal's office in 4th grade when my friend convinced me to hide behind the garbage can at recess so we wouldn't have to come in.  I think it was the only time in my life I ever got in to any trouble and I don't think anything even happened.

7. I get daily inspiration from all you amazing bloggers out there, Pinterest, and etsy.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

a good reminder!

I need to post this on my door.  And in my bathroom.  And on the refridgerator.  And in my car.
And then I need to actually do it.
I had some great workouts at the beginning of the month and then I just stopped going.  I think about it a lot.  That should count for something.  I just have a really hard time justifying using that time every day when there are so many other things to do for school and making time to pick up shifts for work.  I have a much better balance this semester then I have in the past but I need to remember to take care of my body too, and that includes maybe not working out if it is interferes with a solid amount of sleep.  Those 7.5 hours are like gold to me and with all my stress and anxiety, I've become such a prissy sleeper that I hate to skimp out on any quality rest I can get.  I know I feel awesome when I do my regular work outs so I just have to make it my routine again!
What do you guys do to keep it fun??

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: Engagement Photos!

The time has come to reveal our photos from our fun shoot with Jen at the beginning of this month! We met at Minnehaha Falls in minneapolis to take our photos and while it was fun, it definitely took me some time to warm up to the camera.   Jen was so fun to work with and is very helpful for those of us that feel really awkward staring at your fiance's face for hours and then making out in front of other people, all in the name of a great photo! If any of you are looking for wedding or family photos, you should definitely contact her!  She is an amazing artist!

Jen featured some photos of us on her blog a while back, and to see the rest of our engagement photos go to, click weddings, then clients, then password: petersyndal

We were also so ecstatic to have our engagement session featured on another wedding blog this past Monday!!  That post can be found here: A Northwoods Wedding



  Can I make a career out of being a Bride?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Hi, my name is Syndal and I am a Halloween Hater.

I'm not afraid to admit it - I'm just not a big fan of Halloween.  I don't really like scary things and I don't really like children wandering the cold, dark streets soliciting for free candy.

I don't get excited for orange & black (they were our high school colors anyways and I still shudder when I think of our black and orange band uniforms -  complete with capes and cowboy hats)

And that cobwebby stuff people put all over always sticks to everything.

I am the grinch of Halloween and I don't mind it.  Somebody's gotta do it and I like to save all my excitement and energy for Christmas.  I LOVE Christmas.
Anyways, even though I have a general disinterest for this holiday you better believe I will take a gazillion photos of my nephew all dressed up because he's adorable.  But, my sister's boyfriend is having a housewarming/halloween party next weekend and I'm stuck for ideas!

I could not dress up at all, which is fine by me.  But Pete loves Halloween and wants to do costumes.
I don't want to spend the money - costumes are expensive if you buy them!
And I'm also not the type of girl that will dress like a playboy bunny.
So what should I do?  Cop out and wear my scrubs?  Search the basement for my old Cat in the Hat costume?  Cut holes in a sheet and say Boo?

I'm stuck.  Any ideas for cheap costumes??

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Recipe: Cream Cheese Crockpot Chicken

I made this a few weeks ago and it was super easy and as I was eating it by myself, it lasted me to the point where I ended up throwing some away because it was getting too old and I just had too much!
I got this recipe from Pete, who sent it to me from work. Hence, the US Bank banner thing..
the main ingredientses (shout out to Tre from RHNJ!)
throw all that stuff in the crockpot and 5 hours later add your block of cream cheese. mix it all up. the chicken seriously shreds without any effort.
The recipe says to serve it with rice, but I found it makes a great chip dip or taco filling.
I also used medium hotness salsa (I usually cannot stand much spice) and it did not have any spice to it so you can definitely adjust this recipe to your desired hotness.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011

Pumpkins & Great Girl Friends

Last weekend we carved/decorated our pumpkins!  I was determined to try to paint some pumpkins like I've seen all over Pinterest.  It did not turn out quite as lovely, but it was fun and worth it to avoid pulling out all the nasty pumpkin guts.
Saving the seeds for roasting (which I am currently munching on right now!)
trial & error was the theme here..
those are supposed to be leaves.
Pete made the one on the left & my sister made the anime face on the right
Pete's Jack Skellington
our pumpkin patch, as Orrin calls it  

I also just had to give a shout out to my friend Britt -
After my terrible day last week she made me a cheer up bag of goodies!
that kitten calendar is SO cute!
She is such a great friend to me and it was so sweet of her to do this for me!

After a long week of classes I am looking forward to the weekend.  I might be a bit lonely with Pete going up north for deer scouting and Orrin spending the weekend with his dad, but I have more than enough studying to get caugh up on (unfortunately) so I'll have plenty of quiet time - something that's a bit of a scarcity lately! 

Monday, October 17, 2011

My weekend took great care of me. Thanks, weekend.

Friday night was superb.  I went out for a few drinks with one of my besties Stene and her hubby Jake.  We decided to try Uptown, which is typically not our scene.  We went to Chino Latino first and had some sushi and I had a couple few flirtinis.  Then we wandered to some rooftops and other random bars I had never been to.
Farrah was at home with Stene's sister so mom & dad got a night out!

Saturday I continued my studyathon-homework-extravaganza.  When Orrin woke up from his nap, Pete & I took him to Afton apple orchard.
Orrin loved going on the tractor ride
we then enjoyed some very sugary apple donuts.

That evening we went straight over to a surprise birthday party for my mom who turns 50 next month.  She's a red hat lady now.  She wasn't totally surprised though because she actually got a birthday card from someone in the mail that couldn't make it to the party.  People don't know the meaning of surprise!  I think she still liked it and I left the party several hours before her. 

On Sunday Pete and I had to rush to church (we are always late!) because we are now proud new members of Good Shepherd Lutheran church where we are getting married next year, and yesterday was the official reception of new members. 

The rest of the afternoon was spent getting ready for the week, doing laundry, and decorating pumpkins (stay tuned..)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Bad Day? Me too.

I feel like everyone lately has been having some miserable 'off' days.
Guess what?
I had the most terrible day ever yesterday.
One of my instructors came to watch me at my pediatrics clinical site (also known as a site visit) and I was nervous because I'm so anxious about doing this pediatrics thing.  Well what could be the worst thing you could ever do in front of a teacher in graduate school?
That's right.  I cried.
Between her and my preceptor both taking turns drilling me, I was so anxious and overwhelmed and tongue tied.  I did not do very well.  I could feel the tears behind my eyeballs and I held it in until she said the one thing that will always make you cry when you're trying not to cry - "so what's with the tears?"
I thought it was kind of 'mean girl' of her and I was so embarrassed.  The last thing I want to do is appear unprofessional and immature.  And because we had several patients not show up, she is going to come back another day to see me with more patients and do it all over again.

On my drive home I completely contemplated giving it all up and getting a job at Target.
Red's not really my color though.
But what a nice thought that was.

I met up with Michelle (MOH) last night to help her pick out a dress and it was obvious we were both not having a good day so I felt bad about that too.  Pete let me skip the church social for new members and then at 10pm he got me not one, but two pieces of pie (I couldn't decide which kind I wanted) from Baker's Square and we watched some of Kim Kardashian's wedding.
I guess I'm pretty lucky.
Unprofessional, but lucky.
Today I am just trying to study until my brain shatters so that maybe I won't look like such an idiot the next time she comes.

Good News: Today is Friday and although I'm broke, I'm not going to work.  I'm going to get caught up on school work, watch a few of the 48 Hours: Mystery shows I have on my DVR, and then tomorrow I'm going to pick and eat dozens of apples at the orchard.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: A Wedding Fair!

On Sunday two of my best girl friends (& beautiful Bridesmaids) were subjected to the Wedding Fair Expo with me at the Minneapolis Convention center!
I had a few things in mind that we haven't made decisions for, such as invitations, cake, miscellaneous decorations, flowers, and possible transportation options.
There were so many different vendors there, and a million and ten people crowding them.
It was so much fun to be the bride and feel special and look at all the beautiful place settings and dresses and cakes and flowers and colors and sparkles! It was magic.  Weddings are so beautiful and I am having the time of my life planning mine!
The entrance was gorgeous- like this but pure pink.
pretty idea for flowers..
cakes & cupcakes - delicious art!

I didn't get any closer to making decisions on the things we don't have yet and I've got junk mail coming out of my ears but it was so fun to envision my big day with the girls and even start rough drafting the bachelorette party.

Stene & Katy- love you guys! thanks for being the bestest girls ever!!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Before & After: Working Out of My Comfort Zone

Those of you who watch Wheel of Fortune still understand my title (shout out to Blaire & the old ladies I used to take care of!)
Last week I tried not one, but two new classes at the gym.  I was very proud of myself.  And very sore, even today.

On Friday I went by myself and tried the Zumba.  Everyone's been hyping about it and I YouTube'd it a few times and decided it was not for me.  It didn't look like a workout and I was sure I would look like a fool doing it.
I was right about one thing - I'm pretty sure I looked like a fool.
But I was oh-so-wrong about Zumba's ability to own my cardiovascular system.
I wore my heart rate monitor and I was in zone 3- zone 4 the majority of the workout (for those of you who know your zones) and I burned just about 600 calories in one hour.  I was sweating and huffing and puffing but I had so much fun.  I was a little unsure in the beginning of the class because the instructor was bleach blonde and a little orange.  She turned the lights down low and music way up, and she could shake her booty like it was going out of style - & let me tell you, as long as she's doing it, it ain't never going out of style!  She made it so fun and we all looked ridiculous awesome trying to keep up with her.  I know that the classes differ between instructors so I'm looking forward to squeezing in a few different class times to find one I could try to make a regular thing.  Maybe one day my hips won't lie just like the instructor's.

The very next day even though my legs were broken I was feeling great and I met up with Pete's sister Carrie to try the Strike! class.  It was a cardio kickboxing deal with a little bit of weights thrown in.  I wasn't sure what to expect but Carrie said it was her favorite class and I decided that if Carrie likes it, it must be something that will kick my butt real good.  And kick it, the class did (get it?! kickboxing?)  Another fun workout that was definitely high in cardio, but you can use weighted gloves if you'd like and incorporate more strength in to the class if that's what you're looking for.  We did do quite a bit with the body bar though.
I think I would do this again.

For a busy girl like me, being able to make time for workouts that are actually fun can be a huge challenge.  I'm so happy that I pushed myself to try something new even though I wasn't really sure about it-I have way more options for class workouts to try to squeeze around my schedule!  We are only 299 days from the wedding-I better get to steppin' (literally!)