today, i learned…

that there’s a mutation of the Epstein-Barr Virus that prevents the immune system from switching to B cells. WHAT?! Now, I know you guys don’t know me. Well, maybe some of you do. But I have had Epstein-Barr Virus 6 TIMES!! You’re supposed to build up an immunity to this, but my body hasn’t..won’t..will not ever. Do you know how embarrasing it is to be 24  years old and have to tell your professor, “I just found out that I have mono, but not really, just the virus that causes the infection. So, sorry if I am spaced out sometimes!” Awkward convo. But whatever. I feel pretty good knowing that there’s a mutation, and the Epstein-Barr that I got for the very first time in 7th grade may have that mutation! And that makes so much sense! I would explain to you all of the wonderful genetic details, but the chances of the greater, non-scientific public understanding it is slim. So instead, here is the link. You have to buy the book to read all of it. So sad. And so considering buying the book. Or going to look up more research on it.

Other things I learned: professors can be very understanding, enzymes are good, water is also very good…and sweet tea. :)

Happy Monday!

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whooa, black betty, bam-ba-lam

This. Made. My. Day.

Boyfriend’s Jeep will be hither forth known as Black Betty. bam-ba-lam.

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oh, i fail!

It has been a crazy week! I think the last time I posted was a week ago. Sigh. Terrible (said in a sad spanish accent)! I told myself I would post more often, and then I didn’t. But whatever. Ground shaking things have happened. So we will move through the week chronologically. :)

Last Sunday, I got a new little doggy. We are on a 2-week trial period right now, but I am hopeful. Things are going really well! Roofus is still warming up to her, which is fine. Most of the time he is fine with her, but sometimes he snips at her. Given, she is highly energetic, and we are used to a very low key, snuggly life style. I’m hoping that they get to be best friends. I, personally, enjoy having a new lap warmer. She has her little head in my lap right now, sleeping and snoring. So cute!

Nanc and Roo

Here are the cuties sharing the sun!

The appointment I scheduled with my Dad’s doctor was moved up to last Tuesday! What?! When I found out that I had to wait a month to see him, I immediately began praying that an appointment would open up sooner. Not that I felt like it was urgent that I be seen, but I was just ready to get help and be healthy. When I found out that appointment was available, I jumped on it. And praise God I did, because I got some serious answers. Lots of blood was drawn, lots of testing was done. It was good. I feel like I am at peace with everything now. Everything makes much, much more sense. I will receive a true diagnosis the second week of March. And I truly look forward to that. :)

Then comes the craziness. As I was leaving the doctor, the sky opened and we had a blizzard! I had to drive from Atlanta to my apartment in the middle of a blizzard. Imagine everyone in Atlanta picking up and leaving all at the same time. Then add in some serious snow and ice. Then add a panicked Rachel who has no idea how to drive in this weather. But then, my lovely father pulled onto the interstate right behind me (completely God’s timing) and followed me (and stayed on the phone with me) the entire way home. It was a crazy, serious experience that, as Dad says, will go down in history.

The next 2 days were covered in snow and school was cancelled. Boyfriend came over to spend time with me since I wasn’t feeling well. We went to Kroger in the Jeep, and then he cooked lunch and dinner. He is such a blessing. The dogs didn’t totally love the snow. At first they were running around and playing in it, but then their little feet got cold and they were done. Haha. It was a lot of fun.

I will leave you with pictures from the past few days!

Before she started hating it!

Before she started hating it!

He liked running in the snow a lot in the beginning. :)

He liked running in the snow a lot in the beginning. :)

Keeping warm <3

Keeping warm <3

More fun in the Jeep!

More fun in the Jeep!

Enjoy your weekend, blogosphere!

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this week.

I have not felt good. I don’t know what is going on, but it hasn’t been pleasant. I’m really tired of feeling like this..not feeling well, wanting to crawl under a rock and sleep all day, stomach pains every time I eat. I know how to eat right. I am in personal training. I don’t feel like I’m doing anything that is harming my body. I just..don’t..feel..good. :( I used to work for a doctor that did wonders for me a few years ago, so I went back to her in December. I did what she said for a month..but never really noticed a significant difference. I know these things take time. But, really..seriously..I need someone that can give me answers! It is not normal to be 24 years old and feel like an 80 year old. I am tired..all of the time. Like today, I was so tired at personal training I was yawning the whole time. Is that real? Come on. Hoping I can get more done today than usual.

A few good things.

  • I scheduled an appointment with Dad’s doctor to hopefully give me some answers as to why I can’t get healthy. Praying really hard that this turns out the way I am hoping. I need help.
  • I made a list of things I enjoy in an attempt to get to know myself again. It’s a longer list than I expected, and I’m really quite pleased with it. Hoping I can infuse my life with these things. After talking to my aunt about my personality assessment, we determined I have a creative personality..adding more creative things into my life should help me enjoy life more. I’ll post the list later. :)
  • I have been drinking a lot of tea lately. So I’m going to go to Teavana to overspend on tea. A bit frivolous..but I’m not a big spender. Plus, I need something to help calm my stomach down, and I think ginger tea might help.
  • I have kept up with my clean kitchen and have done laundry twice this week just as planned. I may have to bump it up to laundry three times a week, because my hamper is overflowing. I will be doing laundry today.
  • I am starting my outline for my Genetics presentation today. I was supposed to start that on Wednesday, but I was not feeling well and ended up resting most of the day. Today, however, it begins. I’m seriously excited. :) I haven’t come up with a “title” per say, but my topic is The Epstein-Barr Virus’ expression and mutations, as found in mice. [Side Note: We are not allowed to do anything human related. So lame. So I chose a human related topic – but studied in mice. Clever. ;) ] I will post this when I am done with it.
  • On Sunday, Boyfriend, Roofus, and I will be going to meet a potential new small animal. Her name is Nancy, and she is a dachshund/chihuahua/jack russell mix. :) My level of excitement is unsurpassed. Boyfriend and Roofus are excited too..they just don’t know it yet. Praying she is a good fit for our lives!!!!

Happy Weekend everyone. :)


Here is a random, unedited picture for you to enjoy. :) I believe this is somewhere between Vancouver and Whistler, while we were on a train. :)

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now and later

I am really struggling to wake up earlier. Perhaps on account of the fact that I go to bed late. By late, I mean midnight. Not that late. But late enough that 6 am feels impossible. I am still trying to wake up (it’s 10:30 am in the Atl), and I’ve already been to class and come home. WHAT? This is just ridiculous. wakeup!!!!

Currently I am:

  • Watching Andy Griffith with my dog (a part of my morning routine)
  • Getting ready to go to the gym for personal training
  • Writing this post

Later today, I will be:

  • Working on my presentation for Genetics (more to come on this..totally excited!)
  • Writing out notes for Genetics
  • Writing my resumé
  • Figuring out a weekly routine (since a daily routine is feeling pretty impossible with this crazy schedule)
  • Deciding what, exactly, it is that I enjoy doing

Happy Wednesday, blogosphere!

[[Side Note: I just typed Happy Monday. Then, I realized it is Wednesday. Not Monday. Imagine going back to the beginning of the week when the week is half over. Really, Rachel? Get it together!]]

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seriously. guys.

So, like I said, we went to see The Secret Life of Walter Mitty yesterday. There just aren’t enough words to tell you how incredible that movie was. Brother asked me when it began, “Are you ready to go on an adventure?” I was immediately excited! Walter Mitty is a middle-aged man that lives in his head, day-dreaming constantly. Trading real life situations for the adventures in his imagination. I feel like I am Walter Mitty, and maybe that is why this movie resonated with me. Avoiding the world, so I can sit in the comfort of my own home. Well, Mitty decides one day that he is done. He goes on an adventure that can’t be explained by words. The movie is understated, but so powerful. I think I smiled the entire time, and when it was over, I was almost in tears. It is so good! I felt inspired. There is so much validity to “following your dreams”, and I don’t think enough importance is placed on it. Yes, we need to be able to put food on the table, but that’s not to say our entire life has to be our job. Not at all. Our job should be the thing that fuels our adventures. Yes. That is what I believe. 

Life Magazine’s motto is placed throughout the movie, and I think the world should know it. “To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.”

sigh. I left the movie to immediately go to Barnes & Noble to buy travel and photography magazines. My heart was racing, and I had butterflies in my stomach. I still do. Good things are going to happen in the life of Rachel Adams. For this I am excited. :)

Please, go see this movie. Beyond worth your time!

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this video is seriously amazing.

I can’t get enough of this song. It so speaks to where I am in my life, and I feel so excited and peaceful. This song is so real to me. 

Plus, Colin Hay’s wife is just amazing. 

Enjoy. Love. Breathe. 

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