Five on Friday!

Helllo!!  Happy Friday! I’ve had a bit of a good whirlwind of busyness these past few weeks so I’m glad it’s finally the weekend!

1. Post-Grad Dietetics interview.

So there are only 2 schools in London that offer Post grad/masters courses where you can qualify to become a dietitian.  I applied to both, one of them being where I got my bachelors.  The courses are all funded by the government, therefore you have to interview and be chosen to get a spot on the course, and it is ridiculously competitive.

I found out I got selected for an interview for my alma mater, but didn’t even get short listed for an interview for the other school, which was really disappointing and I found out a few days before my interview which just added so much more pressure to it since it would be my only opportunity this year to start studying to be a dietitian.


I had my interview last Friday, there were about 20 of us there and I knew there were 11 places on the course up for grabs so I thought I might actually have a decent chance, then I found out there are 2 other days that they are interviewing another 55 people!!!


We had a written exercise, which I felt good about, and we were asked 8 questions for the interview.  I was told that one of the questions they always ask is what does a dietitian do, so I included a well rehearsed answer that would nail it, and or course they didn’t ask it, and didn’t really get a chance to say what I wanted to say with my rehearsed information either.

One of the questions was really random and was what would you cook if you were having a dinner party, and if one of your guests was vegetarian what would you do then? I still don’t know which psychological aspect they actually were trying to find out. We won’t find out anything until mid-April so I have a month of torture of going through it all in my head while waiting to find out.

2. Dietitian’s assistant.

On a more positive note, I started my new job at a hospital as a dietitian’s assistant this Tuesday.  I’ll only be working 2 days a week so I’m so happy to FINALLY be doing something I want to do.  It’s definitely going to take some adjusting getting used to working in a hospital environment, but if I can’t start my post grad this year, this experience will really help my application for next year.

I got to shadow the dietitian when she did her rounds seeing patients, and it really makes you put life in to perspective.  The hospital is a lung and heart hospital so a lot of the patients have gotten or are waiting for heart and lung transplants.  I get to do a talk on healthy eating once a week to all the pre-op patients having heart procedures and public speaking is definitely something I need to work on so being forced to do it once a week should do the trick!


 3. Driving.

I’ve had about 6 driving lessons so far, I don’t have nearly as much anxiety as I had in the beginning but I still feel like it’s going to take sandlot.  I drove his car a few times and since his is older than the car I’ve been taking my lessons in, I stalled right as the light turned green with a line of cars behind me! So nerve wracking driving a manual car, too much going on to think about! I feel like I’m 17 again in drivers ed.

4. House hunting.

We are down to a few different places that we really like and have put offers on.  One of them is still in the process of being built so we didn’t really want to decide on it until we’ve seen it when it’s closer to being ready so we have another viewing tomorrow morning.  Luckily we have no pressure to find something right away or move anytime soon if we don’t want to.  I feel like buying a house is something where you have to put so much trust in everyone else who actually knows whats going on with the house buying process and it’s hard to know who is actually being genuine!

5. My phone.

So my phone got stolen on my lunch break today, it was in my pocket one second and literally 2 minutes later it was gone.  I had it when I was in a bakery getting my lunch so either someone took it out of my pocket or it fell and I didn’t hear it which probably isn’t likely since I realized about a minute later and retraced my steps a few times and no phone. I tried calling it 5 minutes later when I was back at work and it was already going straight to my voicemail like someone had turned it off since it was password protected and they couldn’t get into it.  #firstworldproblems

britt cry


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Five on Friday- Ch-ch-ch-Changes!

1. Masters! I’ve unfortunately really struggled finding a job in nutrition since I finished my under grad degree almost 4 years ago.  Jobs are few and far between and very competitive, it seems impossible to get a job unless you know the right people.  Over the years I’ve realized if I want to get anywhere I need to go back to school and get my masters to be a dietitian.  There are only 2 schools in London that even offer the dietetics masters program, and it is funded by the government so it’s just as competitive to get a spot on the program as every other job out there.  So even getting short listed for an interview is difficult, but I applied for both schools and recently found out I got an interview at the school I got my under grad at! It’s not until the beginning of March so lots of time to prepare!


2. Presentation.  One of my old teachers came across my masters application, and got in contact with me asking if I would like to speak to the nutrition students about what I have been doing since I graduated.  Of course I said yes, it’s only a 10 minute presentation and it should be the easiest presentation I should ever have to give since it’s just talking about myself but I’m still ridiculously nervous! She also said they would pay us £65 so I really have to make it worth the money! My cousins husband is a super smart lecturer and author and wrote this book.  It has lots of good information on how to prepare, and present presentations whether they are scientific of not, so it’s been helpful.


3. J-O-B.  I mentioned that I had an interview  when we got back from Seattle.  Well this was my 4th interview for dietetic assistant positions.  The feedback I got from the other three was that I just wasn’t elaborating enough with my answers that I know all had to do with nerves.  It was so frustrating since I knew exactly what I needed to say, but didn’t.  After the 3rd interview I had a good idea of the sort of questions that they asked so I was definitely more prepared for the 4th.  Well, I got a call the next day offering me the position! Unfortunately the position is only 2 days a week, but luckily my current job said I could stay there the other 3 days so I don’t have to look for another part time job.  My start date is March 9th, I can’t wait!

4. Driving lessons.  Since my new job is at hospital more in the outskirts of the city, it’s kind of a pain to get to on public transport.  So I’ve FINALLY pulled it together and started taking driving lessons, in a manual car, driving on the other side of the road, and doing it from the passenger seat.  Eek! I had my first one during my lunch break last Thursday.  It went a lot better than I expected and using the clutch and gears was a lot easier in a newer car.  I’ve signed up for 10 lessons so hopefully it won’t take me much more than that till I can pass my test, cause it ain’t cheap! 

5. My poor Seahawks.  I still can’t believe the last play of the game, why oh why! We stayed up till about 330am, and I was up for work at 6.  Monday was not a good day for me! But what was good was the delicious cheese bread boat I made for us.  I copied this recipe.  I didn’t add the egg yolks or 2 tablespoons of butter at the end, but the dough and olive tapenade addition was delicious!



What are y’all up to this weekend?


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Five on Friday- 30th birthday surprises!

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all enjoyed the holidays!

Let’s rewind back to Christmas

1. Christmas- We spent Christmas at Greg’s sisters house.  We opened presents when we got there, the boys were going crazy having to wait for us!


Greg got me a new passport holder with my initials, and 30 Euros were in it for our trip to Munich.


The next present I opened was a piece of paper saying, WE ARE FLYING TO SEATTLE TOMORROW!!!!!  It was seriously the best surprise I’ve ever had.  I was so happy that I would be getting to see my family soon, and spend time with them all since there wasn’t a lot of relaxing and just hanging out when we were there last for the wedding.  I was so happy I would be there for my 30th birthday too. So Munich will have to wait for another time, the temperature was single digits there so maybe it’s better to go when it’s a bit warmer anyway!

We had a nice traditional English Christmas dinner and his Armenian Aunt also brought her famous chicken curry and made the most amazing napoleon for dessert!


greg turkeychristmas food

christmas Jonapolean

I made some homemade eggnog, and we also the famous traditional English Christmas pudding for dessert.

eggnog                        christmaspud

2. Seattle- We landed in Seattle around 8pm on the 26th, and went straight out because my brother’s band had a gig that night.  My other brother and sister were there, they live an hour away so it’s a little harder to see them so it was so nice to have the Shiels Fantastic Four back together!


3. Christmas number 2- My Dad postponed their Christmas until we got there, so we had another Christmas day celebrating on the 27th.  Starting the morning off right with monkey bread!

monkey breadtableMy dad was able to take the entire time off we were there so it was good to just hang out.  We played Cards Against Humanity, and the standard poker game session.

twinsI was sitting across the table from my brother and sister, they look like twins!

4. The big 3-0. On the 31st, I went out for coffee with my brother’s girlfriend at a cute little local coffee shop, I had a salted maple latte, yum! Greg told me I had to be back by 1130 for another birthday surprise lunch somewhere.  He took my dad, step mom and I to a Brazilian steakhouse, it was so good and of course I had to have a Caipirinha! If you haven’t had one of these it’s like the Brazilian’s version of a margarita, but maybe better?! I’m sure all the sugar they use might have something to do with that.  Once we got back to the house, my dad and Greg planned a surprise birthday party for me and invited all my family over for it.  Unfortunately a lot of them had the flu and couldn’t make it, but it was great spending time with other family.  Since my brothers and sister were staying the night, the drinking games were on! We started with beer pong, and ended with flip cup ringing in the new year! It was definitely one of the funnest New Year’s Eves! We were all a little fragile in the morning and my brother and sister had to go back to Bellingham so I had to say bye to them  :(





Dad and Greg were beer pong undefeated champions!


It was so fun getting to watch Seattle play, and win! in Seattle.  We were at the exact same game last year against St. Louis and would determine if we would make it to the playoffs or not.


My brother and his girlfriend Morgan recently moved into a house together so Greg and I went over to see his house, visit and Greg had to watch the Jon Jones UFC fight.  It was so nice to spend time with them, I can’t wait till we move there when it won’t be such a rare occasion.

We went to Red Mill to get the best bacon cheeseburger ever, hello stack of bacon!

bacon                burger


Love seeing the mountain ranges on a clear day!

Our flight was scheduled to leave Seattle at 1130pm on the 4th and we would get back to London 1030pm on the 5th.  We had a to connect in DC, however we keeping getting messages that our flight leaving Seattle was delayed and it kept getting delayed later and later till like 3am! We definitely would have missed our connection, and would have got stuck in DC for like 8 hours so we called United and got them to change our flight to leave out early the next morning, which we did and had a connection in Houston.  Had to get some Mexican food when we were there! Split a burrito, and split Wendy’s.


We landed back in London at 6am on the 6th and thought I’d be able to get some sleep on the flight and then go into work, but no sleep happened and I wasn’t going into work.

5. Interview! I had an interview for a Dietitian’s Assistant position the next morning too, which I had to do a 5 minute presentation for so I needed all the time I could get to practice for that.

Now it is back to work and reality, hope your 2015 is going well!!5onFridayLogo-Final-forblogsidemenu_edited-1_zps7fcf6068

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Five on Friday- Almost Christmas!

Less than a week till Christmas peeps, which means less than 2 weeks till my 30th birthday!!  December is flying by, I’m looking forward to have time off work to be able to enjoy my favorite time of year.

1. Family time!boys gabeGreg’s family got here on Wednesday from New York.  It was his nephews’ 8th birthday yesterday, we all went out for fish and chips to celebrate.  It was nice to have them here to celebrate his birthday with him since we don’t normally get to. Having kids around during Christmas makes it even more exciting, I can’t believe how much energy they have!

2. New footwear.foot

After waiting almost 3 months, I finally got the results of my MRI and one of my seasmoid bones is very inflamed.Sesamoid

The doctor said it is at the pre-fracture stage and wants to treat it as a fracture.  He said it probably would have broke if I continued exercising on it! So I have to wear this lovely thing for the next 4-6 weeks to keep all pressure off that part of my foot so it can heal as quick as possible, womp womp. It’s only been 2 days and its already driving me crazy!

3. Munich! For part of my 30th birthday trip we are going to Munich the day after Christmas for 4 days, then Greg is taking me to an undisclosed location to celebrate my 30th on New Years Eve, can’t wait to find out where we are going! We’ve booked tours to go see these castles, how cool do they look?! Real life Disney castles.  Neuschwanstein-Castle

4 . 30th birthday box- most of my friends are also turning 30 this year.  My friend Jess over here in England turns on the 23rd, and my maid of honor Amanda turns on the 10th of January so I’ve been working on a 30th birthday gift box for them. Thank you Pinterest as always for the idea! Here is the one I made for Jess. 3030thHer husband threw a surprise 30th birthday party for her last weekend so I gave it to her then.  I’ve included some of the same stuff for Amanda, but tried to tailor them to their individual likes which has been fun trying to find little things that I think they’ll really like.

5. Serial. Who’s been listening?! I saw this mentioned on an email and downloaded it to check it out.  I didn’t think it was a true story at first, once I did I was even more interested and have binge listened to all the episodes now. One last episode to listen to left!  So what do you think? Did Adnan do it? I definitely don’t think he did.  I think Jay potentially did it, or if he didn’t he definitely played a big part in it with his throwing away his clothes his boots, throwing away shovels and admitting to helping bury Hae.  All his crazy lies and changing his story every single time he was interviewed is definitely shady and him saying Adnan called him from the payphone in the BestBuy parking lot to pick him up after Adnan supposedly killed Hae when a payphone never existed!   Maybe he did it because he was jealous of Adnan being close to his girlfriend Steph? Whats weird to me though is apparently Jay and Adnan weren’t even that close, so why would be lend him his phone and car? Unless it was only so he could go get Steph a present for her birthday?  The only thing that really sticks out in my mind about Adnan was his cell phone pinging the tower by Leakin Park where she was buried and him and Jay were together that evening.  Its crazy how much more information is coming out from witnesses just from listening to the podcast.  Such a sad story, I wonder what really happened to her.

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Happy Thanksgiving!!


Unfortunately I have to work today so I’m forcing the Brits to participate at work and asked everyone to bring a dish so we can celebrate. I mean they were the ones who started the whole tradition anyway right!?

I decided to make monkey bread to bring in since no one seems to have ever heard of it before, blaspheme! Since I can’t use a couple tubes of Grands biscuits to make it, I had to make it from scratch.

IMG_4778.JPGI made the dough, kneaded it for 10 minutes like the directions said and then put it in a warm oven for an hour where the dough was supposed to double in size. After an hour it didn’t even look like it was that much bigger, so I just chopped it into pieces and carried on making it anyway.

IMG_4779.JPGI tried a piece when it was ready and it was really dense and kind of hard, not as light and fluffy as it’s supposed to be so not sure what happened to my yeast. Oh well, hopefully it will be buttery, cinnamony and brown sugary enough for them to like it.


A sweet Welsh lady at work made a pumpkin pie from scratch, no canned Libby’s, it was delicious!


This Thanksgiving is my first as a married woman! I am thankful for my husband who puts up with my craziness and does so much for me and us to always better our lives.

IMG_4789.JPGI’m very thankful for my health, and am thankful for the life I lead and that I never have to worry about things like being hungry, or stuck out in the cold.

I’m thankful for my family and best friends who feel like family to me.


I hope you all enjoy your day , Go Seahawks!!!


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Mason jar-ing and bridal shower fun!

So luckily we didn’t have a super late night for the bachelorette party, because we had a full day and night ahead of us.


My bridal shower was at 4, so we all went to my aunt’s house earlier to get all the decorations done for the wedding reception.  I was so appreciative of everyone’s help, cause there was lots to do! We had to decorate all the mason jars for the tables at the reception, and stuff all favor bags with coffee.


The girls did a great job on the mason jars, Amanda was project manager! It was so nice to spend this time crafting and getting everything ready with everyone.


Once Bonnie arrived with the food, it was time for the bridal shower to start.  bridalshowerfood

My brother’s girlfriend and my aunt were so sweet to plan my bridal shower for me.  It was a lingerie themed party, so I had lots of lingerie to open up! bridaljammies

bridalshowergiftsThe risque-est thing I got was from Greg’s sister and the laughs that I got when I opened it was hilarious! A little awkward being from his sister and having my future mother-in-law and my mother there!bridalshowerling

My aunt picked up some of my favorite cupcakes for the party, the carrot cake ones are to die for and they are so big!bridal showerIMG_2260IMG_2279

IMG_2247After the shower, we all met up with the boys at a Minnesota themed bar for my little brother’s birthday.  The restaurant has the famous Juicy Lucy burgers that Minnesota is famous for, a burger stuffed with american cheese that oozes out when you bite into it, can’t go wrong! Someone ordered poutine, how have I never had this before?! so good!


Free shots for the father of both the birthday boy and bride to be!

More cherished time spent, and memories made with my family and friends, it was such a fun day and night I wish time could’ve slowed down.


Next day was the wedding rehearsal at the church and dinner!

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Bachelorette Party-ing

I flew to Seattle a week before the wedding and got to spend a few days getting in some father daughter time.  I even got my dad to help decorate the mason jar jugs and bags for everyone for the party!

bags bag1


2 of my bridesmaids landed on Wednesday, Laura and Stephanie.  Laura and I used to work together when we were stationed in California in the Air Force.  Stephanie is my maid of honor’s cousin who I also met while living in California.  It was nice to spend some quality time with them.  We all stayed at my dad’s that night and had my step mom’s famous pot roast feast, with some margaritas of course!


My dad dropped us off at our hotel downtown the next day and waited for all the other girls to get in.  Amanda, my maid of honor and Kelly drove up from Sacramento early that morning the rest of the girls flew in from London, Vegas, and Texas.  We all walked to the local Whole Foods to pick up snacks and dinner and spent the rest of the night hanging out and catching up.  It had been a few years since I last saw some of the girls so it was so fun just hanging out doing nothing!

1 of many elevator selfies!


The next morning, we had a walking food tour of Pike Place Market on the agenda.  Our tour guide was so fun and funny!



All the food places we stopped at were awesome and we didn’t have to wait in any lines.   We had some of my favorite fresh cinnamon sugar doughnuts


smoked salmon, seafood chowder that was the best I’ve ever had, Oprah’s favorite mac & cheese at Beecher’s, chocolate covered cherries & pecans, and lastly crab cakes that were to die for from Etta’s, a Tom Douglas restaurant who also did the catering for our wedding!



A fish stand in the market is famous for watching fish throwing, and I kindly got volun-told that I had to catch a fish! I caught it, so at least I didn’t make a fool of myself.


After the food tour, we all headed back to the hotel to chill out.  My mom landed around the same time so I took a walk to her hotel so I could see her since I hadn’t seen her since last May.

Once I got back to the hotel, we all started getting ready for the night.  The girls decorated our hotel room and got the drinks and games in order!







We went out for sushi for dinner


and our next stop was a place called Key on Main- a dueling piano bar.  Has anyone ever been to one of these places before?!


It was a lot of fun! The pianists can basically play and sing any song which was pretty cool, and they had a bunch of gear to add beats and extra music in.  Basically someone pays to request a song for them to play, the more the pay, the quicker it will get played, and if you want them to stop whatever song they are playing you have to pay a dollar more than what the person paid to request it.

dancin There was another bachelorette party going on, and the poor girl got called on stage and had a very inappropriate song sung about her, so I knew it was only a matter of time till it was my turn!  I was in the bathroom a little bit later on, and I heard them calling my name to come on stage, I had to pee and had no intentions of rushing back out there! When I walked back out, they caught me and I had to get on stage for my roasting, it was hilariously inappropriate!


We stayed there for another hour or so, and I realized one of my favorite old school burger joints were right around the corner.  My dad used to go there when he was a teenager, it’s a old school little place, cash only and no special orders! Cheeseburgers were needed!



Amanda and Kelly had stopped at Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland on their way to Seattle and I had a nice surprise waiting for me when we got back, and it was creme filled and delicious!



We had an awesome night, and I was glad it wasn’t a very late one since we had all day festivities planned the next day.  Mason jar decorating at my aunt’s followed by my bridal shower, and then out for my little brother’s birthday.

It was so great to have such a great time with all my family and close friends from different points in my life.  I was so happy we all could get together and have so much fun, I’ll cherish those memories forever!



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