abrigovmspp

Recent Posts

Fueling the End of the Semester

Posted on December 10,2012 by abrigovmspp

The semester is coming to a close and the brain and body are begging, "No more!" But shutting down this operation is not a choice. The group projects must be completed, the papers must be submitted and the assignments must be completed. Or else.

Read More

Tagged Counseling Psychology

Building the Brain... and Muscles?

Posted on December 04,2012 by abrigovmspp

This semester I joined a gym and started to look forward to workouts to alleviate stress. For a while I was lucky enough to rely on massages, but honestly, the "Self Care" column of my budget had too many $$. When I was younger I trained as a competitive swimmer, typically 6 out of 7 days. The willingness to return to a physically challenging routine came from... well, I'm not really too sure! Whatever the case may be, it's thrilling to see even small results.

Read More

Still Thinking Thankful Thoughts

Posted on December 04,2012 by abrigovmspp

According to my classmates, in less than 6 months from today, those of us that are full-time, 2nd year MA Counseling students will graduate. I will leave the creation of those nifty countdown clocks to my peers. The (unfortunate) truth is that I have been relying on others' Facebook status updates to get the bulk of my information about the "outside" world these past couple of weeks. Learning of the approach of graduation was one piece that brightened my weekend (along with special weekend plans) as I prepared to hunker down to write my final project for research class. The swamped-up-to-my-chin feeling has thankfully begun to subside. I can tell because I let myself go out for anniversary dinner and dancing on Saturday night. That's a true sign that there is plenty of room to breathe!

Read More

Not-so-tough Tuesday morning

Posted on November 13,2012 by abrigovmspp

I tried to wake up at 6:30 this morning. It didn't happen. I eventually crawled out of my bed around 7 because Ralph sat at the door and cried. It was probably out of jealousy because he knew Lacey had a nice cozy spot in the covers. Oh and his water wasn't fresh. (Yes, these 2 cats are spoiled. They have an electric water fountain. Yet they won't stay out of the sink.)

Read More

Judgement-free servings of potatoes

Posted on November 06,2012 by abrigovmspp

Most Sunday afternoons this semester have been a combination of pre-Monday jitters in anticipation of the busy day and a mad dash to finish x, y, and z assignments and readings. These afternoons are typically fueled by my most recent foodie obsession: hot green tea with truvia. Okay, maybe that's not true foodie talk, but I try to get some actual cooking in there on Sundays, also. At least something yummy and nutritious that will add to the aroma of food smells wafting from the microwaves at lunchtime.

Read More

Tagged Personal Growth, Social Responsibility, Experiential Education, Counseling Psychology

Then the next day...

Posted on October 31,2012 by abrigovmspp

Much to my surprise, the power only flickered on and off several times throughout the day yesterday. The food that was prepared in anticipation of a power failure has suddenly become a convenience item for the rest of the week. This is completely okay by Valerie standards. The truth is: I was terrified of being in my apartment alone throughout the winds and rain. Consequently, after 3 hours of obsessively staring at weather updates on the television, I shut it all down. A good game of 20 questions on the telephone helped to ease my mind. Soon I was able to relax from the stress and excitement of the day's unpredictability and get some rest, anticipating a return to normal routine.

Read More

Greetings through hurricane-force winds

Posted on October 31,2012 by abrigovmspp

*This blog was written on the day of the hurricane but due to some technical issues I was unable to get it posted here until now.

Read More