Final Exams + WIAW + My Favorite Christmas Movies

Two classes down. Three more to go!

I finished my Business Class last week with a presentation on Accounting. My last Critical Thinking class was today, and I received my final grade. All A’s so far!

On Wednesday I don’t have any classes or commitments, so it will be full of me studying, studying, studying. And oh, okay, maybe a few snacks and Netflix indulgences sprinkled in here and there.

On Thursday I have my two final exams in Ethnic Studies and Microeconomics. Spaced only 30 minutes apart… Ugh! Then right after my Microeconomics exam is scheduled to be over, I have to make a dash to the English building to pick up my graded Writing Portfolio.

Then right after that I have to get ready to head out to The Hobbit midnight premiere. I’m starting to have doubts about going though. It’s just so late, I’m afraid I’ll fall asleep. Plus, Thursday is my last day of exams, so I could actually go home that night!

As you may remember, watching The Hobbit midnight premiere was on my 13 Things to Do in the 13 Days Before the World Ends Bucket List. If I do end up skipping it though, I’ve already made plans to watch it with my friend from home on the following Saturday. We’ll see what happens!

Enough school talk. You probably don’t like reading about exams any more than I like taking them! Instead, let’s talk a little bit about food, and also I’ll share a (long) list of my favorite Christmas Movies.

Disclaimer: These posts do not reflect everything that I eat during a day. There are a lot of unpictured snacks like fruit and vegetables, as well as undocumented nibbles as I’m making my meals.


On the drive up to school last week with my parents, we stopped at our mall’s GNC to buy some probiotics because I was almost out. While there, my mom happened to notice that they sold my favorite brown rice protein powder, so of course I had to pick up some of that as well! A one pound jug on Amazon can sell for as much as $20.00, but GNC had them priced much lower, and one of the two jugs that we bought was actually 50% off!

My breakfast for most of the days last week was my banana protein bread of course! One day all my dining hall had was teeny tiny bananas, so I bought two instead of a large one like I usually do. One banana went into the bread, and the other one I sliced up on top.



The all-you-care-to-eat dining halls actually post their menus on Monday for the entire week, so I can always plan out when to go. For this lunch I took advantage of the fact that they already had some plain grilled chicken on the menu, so I didn’t have to special order it. On the side I had a salad of lettuce, carrots and cucumbers. I also sprinkled the chicken with just a little salt because my body just seemed to be craving the sodium!


Snack #1

I love rice. I really really do.

That’s why I was so excited to see a box of Minute White rice on the shelf at one of my college’s convenience stores. I have over $170.00 left for this semester and only three more days to use it (the money does roll over, but being realistic, if I have money left over this semester, then I’m probably going to have money leftover next semester as well).

So I bought the super-overpriced box of rice and have since used it all up! I’ll be buying another box tomorrow for sure.

I’ve been eating it plain and also mixed with chicken. I also like to mash the rice and add a little extra water to make it into a porridge. Fruit seems to be another great addition to rice, and for my snacks on Monday and Tuesday I cooked up a cup of rice and topped it with a large sliced banana. Full of carbohydrates and the perfect energizing snack.



Nights lately have been getting so cold. Some it has even dropped as far as the low 30’s. This weather makes me hesitant to leave the nice, warm comfort of my room, so I’ve been finding myself going out for lunch, but staying in for supper.

This was one of those nights where I just heated up a few servings of chicken with a can of unsalted green beans.


Snack #2

These pictures will be the last that you see for a while of my protein powder adventures (probably). I’m going to be visiting a new holistic practioner who can hopefully give me some aid in figuring out new things to try for my digestion, and I’m pretty positive that cutting out grains is going to be a big part of it. From my stint with Paleo I know that quinoa does not bode well with me. I also know that rice both in its “pure state” as well as in its protein powder, while not as bad as quinoa, isn’t too good for me.

So, enjoy this last recipe!

It’s pretty similar to my Microwave Protein Crisp, but in a much larger and more delicious form!

Apple Banana Microwave Protein Crumble

High protein, high fiber, no sugar added, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free



  • 1 banana
  • 1/4-1/3 cup brown rice protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • splash of water
  • stevia (optional, but I didn’t use)
  • 1 apple, sliced


  1. Slice the apple (peeled or unpeeled) and layer into a small microwaveable container.
  2. Mash the banana in a separate bowl. Add the protein powder and combine.
  3. Sprinkle the baking powder on top. Then, quickly pour a little water directly onto the baking powder until it starts to fizz.
  4. Stir it up fast as the baking powder will cause the mixture to expand. Take advantage of that volume and carefully pour the banana bread mixture over the apple slices and put the container in the microwave.
  5. Cook the crumble for 4-6 minutes until no longer gooey. Time will depend on size of banana, amount of water/protein powder used, and the strength of the microwave.
  6. Enjoy!


So last week I posted my favorite Christmas music, but this week I’m going to share with you some of my favorite Christmas movies.

I know that Elf and The Grinch are common “favorites,” but I honestly don’t like them all that much… But here are the ones that I grew up watching, and also some recent additions!


Not Your Typical Christmas Movies: Die Hard 1 and 2, Batman Returns


TV Specials: Snowglobe, A Golden Christmas: The Second Tail, Christmas Cupid, Desperately Seeking Santa, Santa Baby, Christmas Caper


Cartoons: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, A Year Without a Santa Claus, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer, The Polar Express, Beauty and The Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, Scooby Doo’s A Nutcracker Scoob


Live Action: Home Alone 3, Santa Clause 2, To Grandmother’s House We Go, Twas the Night, The Ultimate Christmas Present, The Family StoneThe Nutcracker, Scrooged, The Holiday, Four Christmases



I may not post again this week because of my exams, but I wish you all the best of luck on your challenges this week, whether it be in or out of the classroom.


Do you like tests? I may be in the minority here, but I actually kind of like them!

What is one food that you’d hate to give up? Protein powder for me.

What Christmas movies would you have on your list? I’m probably forgetting some… Always do!

39 thoughts on “Final Exams + WIAW + My Favorite Christmas Movies

  1. Congratulations on having all A’s so far! Good luck on the rest of your exams this week girl. I can’t even imagine how sick of studying you must be. Just keep reminding yourself YOUR ALMOST DONE!!! =)

    && rice & banana? hmm.. I never tried, heck I’ve never tried this combo before. Maybe I’ll try it out?

    • Thanks! I feel kind of bad for “complaining” though, because all of you have made it through too, with I’m sure, you’re fair number of exams 😀

      I just kind of tried it on a whim because I had a box rice, and, well, a banana. BAM. It’s pretty good and definitely fills my carb cravings. I can’t wait to get home and have some banana “ice cream!”

  2. Those are some amazing results so far!! Good luck getting through the rest 🙂 And your eats look delicious!! I can’ t wait to hear about The Hobbit! Want to see it so badly but promised I would wait for the boy to be home before I go….

  3. Well done on your A’s! Going very well so far, good luck for the rest!
    Ooooh I’m seeing the Hobbit tomorrow lunchtime, I am SO excited you wouldn’t believe. I’m a huge fan of LOTR and I just loved the films.
    I like tests when I know I can do them – kind of a ‘well duh’ statement I guess. But I love it when you get an essay question that you hoped for.

    • I hope my good fortune continues! 🙂

      You’ll have to let me know how you like it. Oh, who am I kidding? Lol. It’s going to be great! Of course you’ll LOVE IT!

      I agree about the test part. If I don’t think I’ll do well, then I don’t like them either. But when I feel prepared I enjoy taking them because they make me feel like I’ve accomplished and learned something!

  4. You’re so close to being done with finals! Super exciting. And I love those Christmas movies, I’m a huge fan of the cartoons too, Rudolph, Santa Claus is Coming to Town, and The Year Without a Santa are some of my faves!

    • It is exciting! Those three cartoons fit with me exactly. One of my friends had never seen the last two and I just couldn’t believe it. Those literally were the only Christmas movies I wanted to watch when I was younger.

  5. I STILL have money left on my 1st year meal plan and I’m in 4th year. It really comes in handy sometimes! By the way, if you like white rice with fruit, you should try it cooked with sweetened coconut milk. Soooo good! It Thailand, one of their famous desserts is coconut sticky rice topped with mango. Yuuuummmmmmmm!!!

    • I wish my money on my meal plan would roll over from year to year like that, but unfortunately I lose anything leftover after the spring semester. And I love sticky rice! I’ll need to try different fruits as a topping. Mango sounds good!

  6. Nice job getting all A’s so far! I’m sure you’ll do great with the others, too! 🙂

    I love the idea of mixing rice with fruit…even for a savory dinner I love to throw some dried cranberries in with mine.

    Wow, I don’t think I ever realized there were so many Christmas movies out there! I’d say my favorites are Elf and Love Actually (actually, I watch those all year round!) but as far as the classics go, I love Charlie Brown!

    • I hope so! 🙂

      Hmm… Cranberries sound great!

      I’ve only seen bits and pieces of Love Actually, but when I was looking up Christmas movies online, that was at the top of all the lists. I think I need to watch the whole thing!

  7. Nice work so far and GOOD LUCK on the rest of your exams!! I do not like tests- always been a bad test taker 😦
    I totally watched Scrooged last night! haha- weird mas movie, but I love it!

  8. Oy, I used to loathe tests – I’ll take a 20-page term paper over a test any day of the week! (And that, friends, is one of the many reasons I loved grad school.) I’m glad you actually kind of like them, though, because that’ll make your education even more awesome. 🙂 I hope the rest of your exams go swimmingly!

    • That’s what everyone’s been saying. Grad school seems to basically equate to writing papers all the time. Lol. Good thing I like papers too! Really, with the right subject and teacher I like all parts of school. And thanks 🙂 I hope the rest of my exams go “swimmingly” too 😀

  9. Your apple crumble looks so good! And is so easy! Love your banana bread too- so cute:) All of these movies are great- I might just have to procrasinate studying a bit longer and watch one now;)

  10. Congrats on a great semester! Wishing you all the best on your exams! I remeber those days! Great round up of movies! I too thought that Elf would make it on your Christmas movie list! I’ll have to go checkout some of the movies on your list, with 3 kids all I watch are cartoons! LOL

  11. Ive been loving the Christmas movies on ABC family so far!! The good old ones like the Grinch, The Santa Clause and of course Home Alone 🙂
    That protein crumble looks amazing. I love little creations like that!
    And true story when I was young, my favorite meal was white rice with baby shrimp. My daddy would make it for me almost every day for lunvh and I loved it!

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