March 1- 10, 2013

March 2nd

Yesterday I booked my flight!!! I depart at approximately 5:30 p.m. on April 4th and arrive around 9:30 a.m. in Santiago. 35 days to departure.

I had a slight freak out moment right after buying the ticket, but I know it’s going to be an amazing experience, one I have worked toward for many years. Came across this quote shortly after clicking the purchase button.

“Don’t let yourself off the hook. It’s entirely your responsibility to make your dreams come true. Besides the perfect time never arrives. You’re always too young, or old or busy or broke or something else. If you constantly fret about timing things perfectly, they’ll never happen.” 

Today, Abby, Ally, and I went to Grand Island to hang out. Ate at Panera, shopped at VS, and went to Starbucks. Pretty much the perfect girls’ day. Lots of laughter and fun. On my drive home, I saw the most beautiful sunset behind the snow covered open spaces.

March 3rd

It smells like spring outside. Birds chirping and the sun is shining. Temperatures predicted in the upper 40s and lower 50s this week. I am ready for a few weeks of Spring before I head to the Southern Hemisphere and skip to Fall and the Winter, completely bypassing summer for me in 2013. Think I’ll go for a run and work on a couple projects for Mom this afternoon.

March 4th

19 days til my lovely friend’s wedding!

March 5th

On this day next month, I will be landing in Santiago at approximately 9:30 a.m.

My cousin and I were discussing Spanish phrases that we had remembered from High School. Her’s:  “Donde esta la biblioteca? and Mine: Puedo tener una galleta, por favor? So I WILL be able to A. Ask where the library is and B. Ask for a cookie…

Today is so windy and cold…Brrr…T-24 hours til my lovely friend arrives from NY! 🙂

March 6th

I love having friends all over the world…and all over the U.S. They are so dear to my heart.

“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.” ― Henry David Thoreau

I decided to make a yummy breakfast treat for tomorrow morning to share with my friend Sarah; Mom also bought some delicious Jamaican coffee…caramel flavors and these muffins with a lovely friend…this morning could be pretty close to perfect! 🙂

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Muffins (Grain-free)

Grain-free and naturally sweetened, these muffins are packed with sweet & tart flavors! A perfect breakfast or afternoon treat.
Ingredients:2 cups almond flour (store-bought or homemade)
2 whole eggs
¼ cup coconut oil, softened (butter works, too)
¼ cup honey
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 cup fresh raspberries (or thawed from frozen)
½ cup chocolate chips
12 muffin liners
Preheat oven to 350F and line a muffin tin with 12 paper liners.
Combine all the ingredients– except for the raspberries and chocolate chips– and mix well, until the batter is a uniform consistency.
Gently fold in the raspberries and chocolate chips, until they are spread throughout the batter.
Using a ¼ cup to measure, drop batter into muffin liners and bake for 15 minutes at 350F, turning the pan halfway through for even baking. The final muffins should be golden brown around the edges and firm in the center.
Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then remove to cool completely.

March 7th

Sarah arrived this morning at 3:00 a.m.!

Spent the morning catching up and reminiscing Korea moments.

March 8th

Today we visited Fort Kearny and walked to the river on the old railroad bed. I used to camp there as a kid and it was fun to show a friend! It was a gray day, but hints of warm spring air.

Had a couple Blue Moons at Cunningham’s Journal before meeting to have pizza at Flippin’ Sweet with Abby and her roommate.

Dropped Sarah off at the train station so she could continue her adventure to California; so happy to able to spend time with my lovely friend!

March 9th

Excellent 6 mile run in about 55 degrees. Hung out with the family all day! Ate dinner, drank margaritas, and watched a movie (Hit and Run) that night. Good times. 🙂

March 10th 

Snowy and blustery Sunday. Hard to believe it was 50 degrees yesterday. 13 days til my dear friend Liz’s wedding. One more week at home then Omaha bound for wedding festivities. Still waiting for the Chilean Consulate to contact me about my Visa. Agenda for this week: finishing up projects for mom, staying positive about upcoming travel plans and decisions, cleaning, working out, and getting packed!

Photos of Sarah and I at Fort Kearny, bridge over the Platte River:

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