it’s been awhile & a list

It really HAS been awhile.  Three months and eighteen days since my last post.  No excuse, really, except that the summer seemed to vanish before my very eyes.  (I suppose that happens when you spend one month of it in a foreign country and another with your head buried in a book studying.  When I came up for air, it was August. Gasp!)

LOTS of things going on in the Layer household this summer…and I can’t wait to tell you all about them.  Briefly. (Otherwise, we’d be here all day.)

  1. France Trip: It was fabulous.  I have a draft in here with a bunch of photos I intended to post when we got home…except that all the photos were the exact same ones that have already appeared on Facebook and I got busying studying for my test. Andrew and I diligently sorted his approximately 6,058 photos into a ‘highlights reel’ that we haven’t managed to show anyone, not to mention picking out the ones we need to get printed.  (Not that we’ve managed to sort and print the pictures from our Italy trip two years ago, either.) It will happen, one day, perhaps by Christmas.
  2. RD Exam: I passed!  I can’t believe I didn’t blog about this.  I did, however, post to Facebook.

The test was way harder than I anticipated it would be, and while I scored well, it certainly didn’t seem like it at the time.  In fact, during the entire test I thought it was just as likely that I was failing as I was passing.  And the ‘security measures’ they put you through certainly don’t help; I was photographed, finger-printed, forbidden to bring anything but my driver’s license into the test with me and denied my water bottle. The horror!  By the time I was finished, I was a nervous, sweaty, dehydrated mess.  The proctor handed me a folded-up paper with my score and I couldn’t bring myself to turn it over…until I accidentally dropped it while fumbling for the key to the locker they make you put everything in.  I saw the word ‘congratulations!’ and allowed myself to breathe.  It was all over.

3.  I was in a wedding.  Actually, Andrew and I both were.  One of Andrew’s work buddies, Jon, got married to Stacey this July at Belhurst Castle in Seneca Falls, NY.  Factoid: Seneca Falls was the model city behind the famous ‘Bedford Falls’ of It’s a Wonderful Life fame.  So cute.  I love her, we love them, I loved my dress and we can’t believe they’re moving to Rochester.  Sad.


4. Just days after my test, in August, we flew to Florida for a few days to join the rest of Andrew’s family on vacation at the South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island.  Both Captiva and Sanibel Islands are so cute and charming.  It was such a relief to go on the trip after passing my test–I could finally relax and really enjoy myself.  Below is the view from our villa (we had our own balcony with a table and chairs where I spent every morning reading), and below that is the ocean from my perch on a lounge chair by the pool.  Florida is ungodly hot and muggy, but there is no where I’d rather be for a beach vacation.


  5.  I’m on book number FIVE since passing the exam.  I love to read, and it’s been so hard to find the time these past few years with school.  I really enjoyed A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison, The Dive from Clausen’s Pier by Ann Packer (get the tissues!) and Days of Awe by Lauren Fox. Picking up my next one today!

6.  We’re projecting.  Again.  We’ve been at it all summer.  I’ll need to do a separate post with photos to do it justice, but our new deck/patio/partial fence project has enlarged in scope to include a new ‘roof’ for our cellar door opening and extensive drainage for the yard.  We just finished the french drain and new gutters and picked out our stone and deck wood today, so that’s exciting.  I’ve also tackled perhaps 60% of our landscaping…and it has taken all darn summer.  After doing barely the bare minimum in terms of yard work, no joke, for the last three years, I certainly had my work cut out for me. Again, I’ll need to do a separate post with photos.  I finally finished a giant bed on the side of the house and am very happy with how it turned out.  I’m already excited for more landscaping next summer once we finish the fence in the back and tear out the awful bushes in the front.

7.  I protested!  As I’m sure all of you are aware, Planned Parenthood is under some major scrutiny after it came out that not only are they taking the lives of unborn babies, they’re profiting from the sale of their body parts as well.  A good friend organized a group of us to go to Buffalo and protest Aug. 22, along with others locally and nationally.  My picture even made the paper!  I was trained to be a crisis pregnancy volunteer in Ohio before we moved, and I’ve always felt called to this area of service.  I’m hoping to get involved by offering nutritional counseling to pre- and post-natal women at one of our local centers.

8.  I have a job!  My first day of work was yesterday.  I am a nutrition counselor at Weigel Health Center on the Buffalo State campus.  It’s part-time and I really like it.  I did it as a student this past spring, and now that I’m official, I get paid more and no one has to sign my notes (sweet).  While I’d like to work in a hospital part-time as well, I’m appreciating the downtime right now after four busy years in school, a very busy summer and while we’re still elbow-deep in our summer-turned-fall project.

9.  Writing: I’m stepping away from my traditional freelancing with the Advertiser, but am picking up a monthly nutrition column.  I think was starting to get a little burned out on the features and really need to focus my time and energy on nutrition-related endeavors, writing and otherwise.  I am, however, SUPER excited about the nutrition column.  It will be a Q&A format, which I’m also excited about.  It will appear later this month in our hometown paper, the East Aurora Advertiser.

10. Big changes are coming to the blog!  Now that I’m an OFFICIAL Registered Dietitian, I’d like to take the blog in a more nutrition-focused direction, and use it to further my professional writing. I’m actually having a friend who works in her company’s web/graphic arts department to help me get going tonight!  I’m really excited for a new look and purpose to the blog!

a list (finally)

Thought you’d never hear from me again, didn’t you?

(I was beginning to think that myself!)

Well, I’m back, and hopefully with a little more regularity.  My last post was August 7, and that’s just shameful.  (Especially since the title is ‘drink last night.’  THAT’S WHAT’S BEEN ON MY HOME PAGE FOR MORE THAN A MONTH?!?!  Fantastic.)

Since then, I’ve started back to school, and I’ve learned that SOMETHING has to drop off my plate when it gets busy around here, and it always seems to be the blog.  And vacuuming.  The hair is out of control, people.

In an effort to jumpstart this thing, here’s a quick list:

1. School started at the end of August and this is week 4.  WEEK FOUR!  Where is September going??  Where did August go?  WHERE DID MY SUMMER GO???  Seriously–fastest one yet.  I blame the internship.

2.  The big project this summer was our garage floor.  Andrew did one of those cool epoxy ones with the flecks sprinkled all over.  It’s awesome.  It was a TON of work–mostly on his part.  Not quite sure it was necessary, but man, does it look sweet.  Pictures coming soon.

3.  Speaking of pictures.  Another reason my blogging is so belated is due to the dreaded ‘space upgrade.’ I hem and haw each time I use up my space and have to buy more…  Sure, I could delete a bunch of photos from years ago, but, on the one hand the thought of that makes me SO SAD, and the time it would take to sort through them is not worth saving $20.

4.  I put our electric blanket on the bed last night.  It’s the middle of September.  How is this possible??

5.  I’m going to Trader Joe’s with a friend tonight.  SO UNBELIEVABLY EXCITED.

6.  I’m loving my school schedule this semester.  All 8 a.m. classes, but I go immediately to the gym after and workout, shower and eat lunch in the car on the way home.  The efficiency of it all makes me so happy.  One day I stay longer on campus, and two days a week I’m in rotations off-campus.  Right now I’m at various places in the community (a.k.a. Buffalo) such as Head Start, WIC and after-school programs.  Next month I’ll be back in the hospitals all day.

7.  I have LOTS of draft posts, just sitting in the queue.  Projects, a summer visitor and FOOD. Stay tuned.

8.  Pray for me, people.  I can probably count the number of nights I’ve gotten MORE than 6 hours of sleep so far this year on one hand.  Seriously.  I really struggle with sleep and I NEED TO GET MORE.  Not a lot more–just another hour or so.  I got a whopping 3 last night.  Between the animals waking/keeping me up, afternoon caffeine intake, the to-do list and stress, my sleep pattern is all messed up.

9.  I got invited to join the swim team up at school after someone saw me doing laps the other day.  Talk about an ego boost!  I still got it 🙂

10.  My new favorite thing is the sweet potato.  I love them baked with cinnamon, topped with almond butter or mixed with cottage cheese and avocado.  I throw them in smoothies and salads.  I pretty much have a half each day.  Give it a try!

Happy Monday–it’s good to be back!

a (very quick) list

1.  I should be studying.  

2.  First midterm is tomorrow (Lifecycle II), followed immediately by a dance practical.  (If you know me at all, you won’t be surprised to hear I’m actually a bit nervous about the second one.)

3.  Midterm three is on Friday morning, and midterm four is first-thing Monday morning.  Oh, and we’re still getting a BOAT-LOAD of new and totally UNMEMORIZABLE information for that class right now.  So yeah, that one Monday morning has me shaking in my boots.  There is not enough time between now and then to study for it, much less when I have OTHER tests for which to study.

4.  There is a pumpkin cookie downstairs calling my name (Andrew gobbled the other two I brought home from class), but I’ve already brushed my teeth.  VICTORY.

5.  Blogging has been almost non-existent this semester.  I apologize.

6.  It’s project time again!  Just got the new (to me) twin bed for our extra bedroom, and picked out paint samples last night at Lowe’s.  New bedding arrived in the mail yesterday.  It is all I can do to NOT start sanding that bed frame before midterms are over.

7.  Speaking of projects, MUCH work has been done on the garage.  It’s like a new building!  I’m sure I’ll share pictures at some point…

8.  My ‘non-school’ to-do list is growing…and there is nothing I can do about it.  Yet again, I failed to: go to the post-office, sharpen my knives, give Hadrian his flea/tick preventative, clean my make-up brushes, pay our Village taxes and write an article.  Sigh.  

9.  I should be studying.

10.  Or practicing that silly dance I have to do tomorrow…