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Oh my goodness, what an eventful month already. December really is the best month of the year…after all, the first day is my birthday, but this December is slated to be the most exciting yet! I know, big change from last year where my birthday sent me into a week-long depression. I’m not sure if it’s being past that 30-year hump or all the exciting things to celebrate this year, but either way, it’s been so much better than last year and we’re only 4 days in!

To tell you the truth, my birthday was pretty uneventful. I didn’t even anticipate it much this year. I honestly forgot it was even so close. My wonderful grad class brought cheesecake (my all-time favorite) to celebrate, and it just happened to be the last day of our last class of the program! I spent the evening at a lovely dinner with Jimmy and two of my favorite people, Seema and Lesley. Very nice, low-key, amazing burger…it was just perfect.

Then, yesterday, the 3rd, this little beauty came into the world.

Priya Regina Rose Donahoe was born, and is just perfect! Seven pounds, 5 1/2 ounces of pure joy. She’s the most precious little thing ever! Seema and Tim are going to be such amazing parents to this little one. What a lucky girl! Baby G really wants to meet her too. The whole time I held her, she was kicking like crazy. It makes me so anxious for her to be here! We’re trying to tell her to vacate the womb for her own good. The sooner she comes, the farther away from Christmas her birthday will be. We shall see if she listens…just waiting now! 

Then today, 18 months in the making. I’m a Master!! Well, a very happy girl with a Master’s degree anyway. Today was graduation and while I still have one thing to turn in, I’m done. No more class, no more driving to the university, unfortunately no more seeing my 7 fabulous classmates and awesome professors twice a week. We had a very nice reception yesterday with all the grads and undergrads from the journalism program.

This morning, bright and early, was the ceremony. I’m so proud of my classmates, we worked our butts off and came a long way from last Fall. And thankfully, all made it through the program! They truly are a remarkable bunch. I’m so glad to have gone through this crazy program with such great people.

I’m also very thankful for my amazing family, friends and of course, husband for supporting me through the program and to my parents for coming up this weekend so I wasn’t the only one without family at graduation!

So, 27 days left in the month and the most exciting thing is yet to come. We’ve been telling baby g that after the 5th she’s more than welcome. Now we just wait and see when she’ll be ready! She’s getting pretty snug in there, hopefully it won’t be too much longer. We’re so anxious to meet her – and give her a name too!! 

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Almost done!!

Only two more weeks of grad school! Last week, I had my oral presentation for my final project, finished my revisions to my paper and submitted it Friday. Now I just need the final sign off and I can turn in my Notice of Completion to the graduate school. I’m so excited to be done but I can’t believe the last 18 months went so quickly! So, now that we’re past papers and homework, I have no excuse to slack on blog posts…well, this whole baby situation might take up a little time, but we’ll see 🙂

We’re officially at 36 weeks now. Only one more week until she’s full-term, although we hope she stays put for at least one more week after that! But we’ve been talking to her, she’s welcome to come anytime after the 5th! We spent this freezing weekend picking up some last minute things at Babies R Us, organizing her room and doing load after load of laundry to get ready for her arrival. We’re getting so excited to see her pretty little face. We had another ultrasound Friday and she’s 5 pounds, 11 ounces now. I think she’s getting quite big and running out of room in there, hence the karate kicks periodically throughout the day!

Last weekend, we had the pleasure of hanging out with Krista, Nick and Ewan. My Uncle Dave was in town too, and treated us to a fabulous dinner at Bertha Miranda’s followed by a day of fun at Virginia Lake and the UNR basketball game. Ewan was a bit overwhelmed by the ducks but I think he had a good time.

He also spent some quality time loving on Jett. Hopefully all this time spent with kids will help Jett not be such a jealous monster when the baby comes.

And the last exciting news since I last posted, Pi Phi initiation was last Sunday. Alyssa is officially an active member. This has been such a fun semester for her and I hope she has as much fun with it as I did in college. It’s a great opportunity to meet new people and be involved in something outside of classes. I know she’ll love it and be an awesome active member!

That’s all for now. Hopefully we can make it to El Dorado Hills for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner. I hope everyone has a great weekend with friends and family!

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I love my grad class!

Have I told you lately that I have the greatest grad class ever? Today, they had a surprise shower for me after class complete with delicious cupcakes, homemade hummus, Brazilian treats and a birth chain that counts down the days until December 17th, made from recycled scrap paper, of course, that now hangs above my computer in our classroom. They are the most thoughful people ever.

I’m so glad I decided to apply for this program when I did! We have a great group of students and awesome faculty that have made it so amazing. I can’t believe we’re done in less than a month but I’m so thankful for all the people I met and experiences I had because of this program! And of course for all the support this semester with the rapidly growing baby g!!

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I started back to school last week. I’m not as excited about it after taking three months off but I’m sure it will grow on me soon. Maybe it’s because I have crazy busy weekends from now until November. It’s a bit overwhelming! But I suppose it is nice to be back with my class working on environmental topics again. Very interesting and inspiring! I’m hoping to not fall into the black hole that was spring semester and not blog for weeks at a time. I certainly have lots of exciting adventures coming up so even if I don’t have time to write, I’ll at least post some fun pics for you to enjoy. For now, I leave you with the much anticipated 24-week baby bump. It’s starting to look a lot like baby and less like too much ice cream all summer.

Now, I’ve procrastinated long enough and I have to get back to homework. Hope you all have a super week!

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My poor blog, how I’ve neglected you this semester! Not that I haven’t been doing fabulous things, I just haven’t had the time to fill you in! Trying to write three blogs and taking four grad level classes is not a good idea. So, now that my semester is officially over, let’s get you caught up on our fun visitors and vacations…

Have I told you that my little sister is graduating from high school in just a couple weeks? It’s crazy, I know, and if she’s graduating, I must be super old, that I also know. She and her friend Allegra are coming to UNR next year!!! They came up a few weeks ago to try out for the dance team, but just before try-outs, the dance team was cut from the school. Lovely budget woes! But the girls came up anyway. Won’t they be the cutest freshmen on campus next year?

The next day was Earth Day. The super non-profit for which I volunteer (and write this blog) hosts the event, so I spent all of Sunday at Idlewild Park. The event was amazing and the girls got to see a little more of Reno. And get their picture taken with this pretty fellow…

The next week was my last full week of classes. To celebrate, Jimmy and I decided to take a quick trip to EDH and SF. Oh, and it was our anniversary too!! Five whole years – can you believe it? Our first stop was Jimmy’s parents house. We enjoyed a lovely dinner then left the pugs to spend some quality time with their grandparents while Jimmy and I headed off the SF for the night. On our way, we stopped in Sacramento to see the sights. I can’t remember ever going to Sacramento. Is that strange?? So I insisted on taking a picture of the Capitol building. Jimmy thought I was crazy!

I also insisted on having a vegan hot dog on a stick. So worth it! Then on to SF where we browsed the shops on Union, had the most amazing tomato soup, ate a fabulous dinner at Betelnut and then Jimmy worked it all off by throwing Ewan around for a couple hours.

The next day, we went to the most amazing farmers market and had a lovely brunch.

And we can’t have a trip to SF without a stop at the park. When did the jungle gyms get so scary?

Then is was back to EDH. The pugs had a great time and took full advantage of us being gone. I think they went through an entire bag of carrots and half a block of cheese! So we took them to Jimmy’s old elementary school to get some exercise before we headed back over the summit to Reno.

The next weekend, I headed to Vegas to see Alyssa in her last high school play. It was Beauty and the Beast, my all-time favorite! They did such a good job! And she made one cute cheese grater! You’ll just have to trust me as this was her final costume in the show. No luck for a cheese grater shot.

My last final was Wednesday and Friday was the SPCA’s annual live and silent auction. Then Jimmy left for San Diego Saturday for a work meeting. He’s on his way to Long Beach tonight to visit his friend, Andy, then heading back to EDH tomorrow and coming home Wednesday. The pugs and I miss him! He had better hurry home!!

To see what occupied my time all semester, click here and play the habitat game. I had to learn Flash and design an online game related to the environment. Probably the most difficult, time consuming and frustrating thing I’ve ever had to do! But, the semester is over, I did very well in all my classes and I only have two more to go before I graduate!!

I’m sure there’s something I’m forgetting to tell you. I imagine it will come to me in the next few weeks. Thanks for sticking around even with my lack of posts this semester. I promise to pay more attention to you this summer!

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Oh, blog, how I’ve neglected you lately. I could give you many excuses about how I’ve been so busy with school, it was journalism week, I helped put on a telethon…but you’re not here for excuses, right?

I have many fun things I’ve been meaning to share with you, but just haven’t had the time. Let’s catch you up…

Our telethon raised over $36,000 – yea SPCA!! I spent 6 hours of my Sunday organizing people and helping things run smoothly. I learned that live TV is very unforgiving! Though it was exciting, I’m not sure I’d want to be a producer. Check that and news reporter off my list!

This week, I’m on spring break – that’s exciting, right? My manager at the SPCA got in a car accident last week so I’m off from there too. She’s OK, just had to have surgery on her leg so she’s out for a bit. So, I get a whole week to catch up on school work. Not the most fun spring break ever, but life will be easier for the next six weeks.

And, it’s finally sunny and warm-ish here. The pugs have been loving their walks and Jimmy and I tried shopping for some new plants for the balcony. But it’s only been warm for two days. I guess the nurseries need a little time to get things shipped in, so our trip was a bust.

We’ve been making some super-yummy dinners with fresh veggies but today, let’s talk about owls. Sounds random? I agree, but seriously, on our spring fever home depot run, we saw this…

Crazy!! Two owls made their home on the top shelf of Home Depot’s garden center. I think they’re going to lay eggs and we’ll have little owl babies. Then they’ll have to close our HD and make it a museum for threatened species! Love it!! Now tell me, could you see something like this in Vegas? It was so worth it to move here 🙂

So, six more weeks left this semester. I’ll try my hardest to post more frequently but, until then, if you want to check out my school blogs, go here and here. They’re works in progress!

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Happy Friday!

Three weeks into the semester and I’m feeling burnt out already! I’ve given two presentations, wrote one 10-page research paper, started a blog and read three books. What have I gotten myself into?

Yesterday was my first day without school related work to do. I visited my dear friend Lindsay and her precious little baby and watched three episodes of Days of Our Lives on DVR. You would think I would have taken the opportunity to get some reading done, but no, relaxing sounded so much more appealing.

So now it’s Friday and I’ve procrastinated long enough. Here’s how I’m starting my day (at 11am!!)…

I borrowed a cookbook from Mama G last weekend, Vegetarian Meals for People on the Go by Vimala Rodgers. I’ve only made one recipe so far but I’m in love! Best oatmeal ever!! It’s like a less sweet version of an oatmeal cookie. I think everyone needs to start their day out with this an a nice cup of tea. Jimmy bought some Davidson’s Lemon Ginseng Green Tea the other day and it has hints of fruit loops…I’m not kidding!! So good!!!

OK, I know I said I was off recipes for a while, but make this one. It’s super simple and I promise you’ll love it.

Down-To-Earth Oatmeal (this would make a ton…I half the recipe for just 2)

4 cups water

2 cups rolled oats, uncooked

1/8 tsp cloves

1/8 tsp allspice

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds (I’ve been using walnuts instead)

1 tsp vanilla

1 apple, cored and diced

1/2 cup raisins (I’ve been using dried cranberries)

Boil water, spices and oats together for a few seconds then add seeds, vanilla, apple chunks and raisins. Simmer for three minutes.

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