“In order to succeed you must fail, so that you know what not to do the next time” ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

Well, as one of my former supervisors who is very knowledgeable and a person that I can always turn to, Jen, pointed out I started off with a pretty ambitious June. I set out to cross off not spending any money for a week, going a month without buying anything that wasn’t a necessity, eating a vegetarian diet for a month, and not eating fast food for two months. I successfully completed the first 3 out of the 4 listed tasks that I had intended to check off my Day Zero List during the month. You can read about those three in the posts https://hansenkk.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/vegetarian-a-person-who-eats-only-side-dishes-gerald-lieberman/ and https://hansenkk.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/a-penny-saved-is-a-penny-earned-benjamin-franklin/

I wanted to tackle not eating fast food for two months during the summer because I knew that the dining hall wasn’t going to be open and I wanted to make myself cook meals instead of just running and grabbing something quick. I started off the month really good, but there were a few too many times that I ate out during the weekends I was at class at places I tried to convince myself weren’t fast food. However, looking back I think they really were. So I am going to give it another go starting September 1, 2012! I have to wait until after RA training as we order pizza, jimmy johns, and such for training dinners and I just know that it isn’t practical for me to start now. I will have some road trips to Iowa during September and October for some amazing weddings and to see family, so I am going to not count Subway as being fast food when traveling so that I at least have an option when driving to and from the great state of Iowa and don’t have to add additional travel time to sit down at a nice restaurant.

So I may be enjoying some fast food during the next few weeks, especially during RA training, as I prepare for round #2 of not eating fast food for 2 months. I guess 3 out of 4 is pretty good though 🙂


“People call it trivia because they know nothing and they are embarrassed about it” ~Robbie Coltrane

This post is a blast from the past! For the last three weekends in June, I traveled to Terre Haute for two required oncampus courses for my masters program. I had one class all day Friday and a different class all day Saturday. Well the first week, I woke up super early on Friday morning to make the hour and a half drive to class that started at 8am. After week one though, I realized that heading to Terre Haute on Thursday night and just spending a little extra money for the additional night staying on campus was going to be worth it! The last two weeks, I carpooled with two of my classmates (shout out to Dana and Colin!). Both weeks we attended trivia night at a bar. We went to Sonka’s Irish Pub where we met up with one of Dana’s friends from high school and his regular trivia team and had dinner while participating in their trivia night.

Now, for those of you that know how great I am at trivia, you can about guess how much I contributed to the team (not much!) The first week though, I was able to tell the group the the Thunderbirds and the Pink Ladies could be found at Rydell High! Whoot whoot! Go Grease!! The second week I contributed that Charlie Brown’s friends wanted him to buy a big fancy aluminum tree AND that Lucy claimed that a person was not great until they had their picture on a bubblegum card (It was Christmas based trivia) Luckily the regular team and Colin were really good so my lack of contribution did not stop the team from winning!! They had won for several weeks in a row and each week they won gift certificates to the bar that they were saving up to use for a completely free fun evening out.

It was definitely a fun atmosphere and nice to spend some time with my classmates outside of class! 🙂 The food was also really good, they had the BEST homemade chips and french onion dip ever! yummy! If you ever find yourself in Terre Haute for anything, which I really hope you never have to, be sure to stop by Sonka’s! especially if it is a Thursday night!! It is sure to be a great time

Here is picture I found online of Sonka’s Irish Pub. Definitely the small town bar feeling!