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Hey everyone, I am Cathryn. I am going into my 5th year of pharmacy at Butler University. I am also working toward a minor in Science, Technology & Society! In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and writing. I've been working on NaNoWriMo and am hoping to be published at some point in the near future as well. Most of the time you can catch me studying in the library or browsing the Internet. Oh, and did I mention that I got married last summer?

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Archive: January 2012

PAWS time!

Okay, so, not THOSE kinds of PAWS. But still–D’AAWWW.

I’m talking about Peers Advocating Wellness for Students, the best group on campus*!

*not our real motto.

PAWS is led by students for students in an effort to get healthy info to campus. As a pharmacy major, I can’t agree more with what PAWS does! We cover tons of topics, from mental health to alcohol to sex ed. And lots, lots, more.

A short list of some upcoming PAWS events: Volunteer Center Blood Drive, Eating Disorder Awareness Week, Relay for Life, FREE STI & HIV testing, Spring Break Packs, and that’s just to name a few!

Our first meeting for spring semester is TOMORROW! January 23rd at 6:30PM in HRC121. We welcome new members at any time and we meet weekly at the same time, same place. :) Hope to see you there!

Just call me Giada de Laurentiis.

I was watching the Food Network last weekend, and I forced myself to sit through an episode of Giada at Home or whatever her dumb show is called.

If I haven’t already mentioned this a million times, I kind of hate Giada de Laurentiis. But I know good food when I see it. I just have to put the show on mute and cover the top half of the TV with a blanket so I don’t have to look at her dumb facial expressions. Or hear her dumb voice. (I’m mean, I’ll stop.)

Giada did an episode with spicy dishes and I was intrigued by a particular ravioli recipe because it 1) required practically no work, and 2) was spicy. When a recipe only has about 3 steps and less than 10 ingredients in it, I worry that it may turn out bland.

Not the case.

I don't have a picture of the ones I made because it was all eaten IMMEDIATELY.

The pasta was really good, and the longest part of the process was waiting for 3 quarts of water to boil to cook a pound of ravioli. And during that time I just played on the Internet so it wasn’t work at all!

I highly recommend the recipe. :D Touche, Giada. Touche.

Plagued by the rhinovirus

I knew this would happen.

I work at a pharmacy, as you probably know. There are a lot of sick people who visit the pharmacy, and I realize this. It’s why the skin on my hands are like hide of a gila monster from using so much hand sanitizer. And I made it all the way until January 12th without getting sick.

I’m not in the full throes of it. Just the sore throat and general fatigue. Nothing I can do right now but get sleep and drink tea. I did have a customer come into the pharmacy this week saying she was experiencing the tell-tale signs of an oncoming cold/flu–sore throat, aches and pains, that sort of thing. She had me in the over the counter aisle for almost ten minutes (and we were busy!) just trying to get me to recommend something for her to take.

Lady, if you’re not having symptoms, there’s nothing you can do! No miracle cold drugs. :( I do kinda/sorta believe in Zicam and Vitamin C, but I think the best thing you can do for a cold is take medicine for your symptoms and rest. Which I will not be doing a lot of this weekend because I will be busy!

I leave you with the only clip of the Parks and Rec flu episode I can find which does not include Leslie Knope’s babble about wearing a tiara and returning it to Lady Pennyface. Which was the clip I wanted.

NBC hunts and removes videos on Youtube like vicious hounds.

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The White Death

I’m not at all up to date on the weather like I usually am. With all of this “mild winter” crud that RUINED CHRISTMAS (not really, Christmas was nice and sunny–but not white), I’ve decided to ignore the weather in peaceful protest.

Until yesterday, when I found out at work through small talk with customers that it was going to snow. With winter being the disappointment it has been, I decided not to get my hopes up. 1-3 inches? More like … rain/snow mix with zero accumulation and highs in the 50s this weekend. PAH!

Eh, well, it looks like winter is definitely upon us.

Luckily, we just got groceries and we’re settling in for some Arrested Development and/or Downton Abbey.

New Year, New Hair

I’ve been fiercely unhappy with my hair lately. It got really long, and because I’m lazy, I don’t like having to deal with long hair. It takes forever to wash, forever to comb, forever to dry. It gets all tangled and it requires way too much product to keep it from getting all over the place. I wore my hair up for like two months straight because I didn’t feel like dealing with it.

So idea number one was to get a new hair straightener. I did some research online, looked for one that got at least 400 degrees, and then I made my selection.

I'd say it worked pretty well.

I was pleased. Now came the matter of the length/style. I’m due for a haircut, but I didn’t want to go somewhere and spend $40 for a shampoo + style. I needed someone I could trust to cut my crazy curly hair, though.

Then I pulled a 180 and let Ashley cut my hair on New Year’s Eve.

As a little background, Ashley used to cut Kass’s hair when we lived together at Butler, so I was familiar with her work. ;)

It turned out really well! Ashley really missed her calling, I think. Haha. :D Anyway, to finish up our NYE weekend, we went to The Roost for breakfast, where I debuted my new hair.

Too Cool for NYE

Some of you may have gone to a kickin’ party downtown or in B-Rip. You may have worn an entirely sequened dress and threw a fabulous cocktail party for pseudo celebrities. What did I do? Well, we had a murder mystery party.

We didn’t have enough people so some people had to play two parts, designated by hats.

Note: Curtis did not wear that hat to play the groundskeeper. We were still figuring it out at that point.

The game made us play charades. Please note the 2 nametags Ashley is wearing because she had 2 characters. Also we’re all terrible at charades.

We were so enthralled with the mystery of who killed Dave Digger that we almost missed watching the ball drop! But we didn’t. No worries.

Happy New Year!

Side note, sorry for the wonky colors in all the pictures. We have weird lighting in the living room. :P

Wait–did I miss Christmas?

It’s the weather! Both Christmas and New Year’s Eve are gone (and yes, I realized it snowed here in Indy last week), but it’s averaged anywhere between 40-50 degrees for the past … few months, at least, and I do not live in the Midwest to be deprived of snow. I want to make that clear, weather. I want SEASONS.

Maybe it wasn’t just the weather. Maybe it was because Marsh made us put up Christmas lights in the pharmacy before Halloween. And the horrible experience that is Christmas shopping. Erroneously, we went to the mall to see a movie on Black Friday, which means we should have been feeling the Christmas shopping spirit through association. Instead, it killed our spirit and dragged it behind a chariot. (I’m looking at you, Hector from Troy.)

I had no spirit of giving this year. I just wanted to watch MST3K’s Santa Claus and drink eggnog and pretend like it was snowing. Sigh.

On the bright side, Curtis and I were able to go home to Cincinnati and see our families. All of them. We went to 5 different locations for festivities. Needless to say, I did not have time to catch any of A Christmas Story. :(

We did send Christmas cards though! This is one of many versions. The one we actually sent was cropped better, I swear. Also it’s really hard to take a self-timed photo without a tripod or anything. I think we balanced the camera on a DVD rack for this one.

Merry belated Christmas!