Day One: Appreciation Day

Pinterest wins again. 

As I was taking a study break from finals I came across a very neat “stress relief journaling” posting. The post consists of thirty days with a topic to journal about for each day… here goes nothing.

Day One: I am thankful for what I have because…   

Living in midtown Omaha has it’s ups and downs, but one thing I have noticed is that I am really in the heart of Omaha. I hear sirens every ten minutes, I see a variety of individuals, and I am close to just about everything.

A couple weeks ago I had a very emotional experience. As I came back home from working the night shift I was bitching about how I had to park outside because it was so cold and how there were no spots open close to the entrance so I had to park far away, (it could definitely be farther but I’m dramatic). As I sat in my car giving myself a few more moments to soak up the warmth I saw two homeless men walking close to the entrance under the apartment awning. I couldn’t tell what they were doing, but I noticed they were pushing something in a grocery cart. I waited a few moments longer to see if they would leave but I was tired and needed to get some sleep so I got out of my car and speed walked to the entrance. You just never know about other people.

I then realized that these two homeless men had a TV that they may have found or bought and they plugged it in to the apartments outside outlets. I could over hear their conversation fascinated they have this TV, “It has wifi and everything!” “Look, it gets channel 4.” “It has color too!” My heart literally sunk, them being excited about this TV tugged on my heart strings because I can’t remember ever not having a TV.

I got to thinking: here I am, upset on Sundays because I don’t have the ‘E’ channel to watch Keeping up with the Kardashians so I hop on my Macbook, watch Netflix, and text away on my iPhone in the warmth while these two are outside, in the cold, fascinated that this 20 inch TV has color. Of course these two men have background stories of their lives that I have no idea about, but the experience made me grateful in all sorts of ways.

I’m thankful for warmth when it’s snowing, air conditioning when its 97 degrees out, an education/career that will take me far in life, the coldest and cleanest drinking water, friends to encourage me and support my decisions, my family and Tyler for being my rock, groceries, my mom’s Easter lunch, being raised in Nebraska, a car that runs, great health, a gym membership, a college degree (almost two), a home away from Omaha…I could literally go on and on.

I am also grateful for the past, present and future. The past because it has helped me become who I am today, someone who I love and cherish. The present because life is good and fun, the future because it is very uncertain and there is a lot to look forward to.

All I ask is for those who are reading this to take a moment and either journal or mental journal this topic because when you are grateful for what you have you appreciate life and it’s experiences a lot more. 



December 31st, 2015…*blink* now 2017


2016 was honestly the best year yet for me! The confidence I have gained this year is tremendous. I’m almost positive it is from working out and eating (semi) healthier. I also passed both Med Surg semesters and a Mental Health semester. Currently my GPA in nursing school is a 3.5. I couldn’t be more proud of myself. I am excited for 2017 and to finally become a nurse!! Some of my favorite moments from 2016 are below 🙂


I didn’t do much from Jan-April. The Broncos won the Super Bowl in February. I turned 23 on March 22. Tyler and I saw each other every two weeks and I was in my Med Surg 1 semester at Clarkson College.

In May, Abbey graduated from USD 


The salsa to my chip. This guy made my year so great, he makes all my days great. June is always a great time in North Platte because of NebraskaLand days. This year the performers were Sam Hunt and Dierks Bentley. The whiskey tent gets me every year.

My favorite night in Columbus at the David Nail concert in July. A night I will never forget. 

Bellagio Fountains

Tyler and I took a trip to Vegas in August to celebrate me finishing Med Surg II (hallelujah) and for him, being off work for a week. Tyler is always so busy in the summer working six days a week, I usually only get to see him once a month, so this trip was a nice get away.

On our way to the Nebraska State fair in August to see Thomas Rhett, or Thomas Rat as Abbey called him. These two and concerts are a crazy mix. My day ones ❤
The UNL Dairy Store on a game day in September 

In September, Tyler, Emily, Nate and I went to Denver for the Broncos vs. Panthers game. Tyler lost his voice the game was  that good. We traveled to Breckenridge the next day and experienced Oktoberfest there!

Tailgating in October 

For Halloween, I was supposed to be an ice cream dish. Many people thought I was a cupcake, which is fine, but others thought I was Taylor Swift. 

Thanksgiving in North Platte. November went by so incredibly fast. I also craved Georgia’s thanksgiving dinner each day, which was torturous.
December. I bought Tyler Infusion Brewery gift cards two years ago and we finally made a trip to Benson to learn about making beer. We also discovered Vanilla Bean blonde, a beer they make, and our lives are forever changed. 

December also flew by. I wish Tim and Terry were in this picture because my life would be complete. The Norris’ have been my family ever since The Schieffer’s moved to 40th Ave. I love when we all get together. 
Christmas Eve in Columbus. My heart is so full. These are the people who matter most to me, who I think about daily, and who I love so much. I was so happy that we could spend Christmas together. Tyler and I then made the trip to North Platte on Christmas Day to spend it with my other family, the Maxwells. 

Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies

I am a Red Velvet enthusiast. I will eat anything Red Velvet, especially if it has cream cheese frosting with it.

12376524_10153680522679003_1329482879609026402_nI made these crinkle cookies today, and if anyone is wondering how to make these easy cookies, keep reading!

1 box Red Velvet Cake Mix

2 eggs

1/3 cup of oil

2/3 cup of chocolate chips

1/3 cup of powdered sugar

Combine the cake mix with the eggs and the 1/3 cup of oil and stir. When you are finished stirring, add in the chocolate chips and mix well.

I made these cookies MONSTROUS. They were huge by the time I got them out of the oven, which made them dry a little faster than I had hoped. My tip is to make the balls that you roll, smaller.

I then dipped each ball of dough into a little bowl of powdered sugar and made sure the sugar covered the entire ball. I then placed them on a pan (sprayed with Pam) in rows.

Things I did wrong that I wish I could take back: I should have covered the ball with more powdered sugar and I shouldn’t have pressed so hard on the dough because when they came out of the oven the cookies were quite flat.

Heat your oven up to 375 degrees and bake for 9-12 minutes.

Wa-la! They were so great, and the chocolate chips were the perfect touch. I renamed this recipe as Emily’s Monstrous Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies. They are a delicious festive Christmas cookie recipe!

Merry Christmas!