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Monday, August 18, 2014

Study Tips & Tricks


Now that Fall August has rolled around and I’m fixing to amp up my schedule with a ton of classes I thought I would share some tips and tricks on how I should and sometimes do study and also my plans on tackling my semester head on.



First on the list should be don’t procrastinate but we all know how well that does.  I'm really going to try to stay ahead of my school schedule and on top of my life in general that why I don't feel the need to procrastinate.  I don't know about you but I usually start procrastinating due to the fact that I've gotten behind.  I gain the "what's it going to matter now" attitude and then fall EVEN FURTHER behind.  To help myself not procrastinate I plan on making to do lists, start my morning off right in the gym, eat breakfast, meal plan, and utilize my lunch hour for chapter readings....which goes on to my next tip....



Read the material.  I have found that no matter if I’m simply preparing for an upcoming class lecture, trying to answer simple questions, or sitting for an exam I always feel more prepared and actually can do the task at hand 10 times faster once I have read the material.  I know this seems like an obvious tip to accomplish school work but more times than not over my educational career I have just breezed through something by either skimming or not looking at the material until the time came to do the assignment.  Although I always got it done I get a better grade and used my time more efficiently by doing it the right way.  Something I don’t do but going forward really need to strive for is to schedule allotted time frames for just school.  I take a lot of classes online and once I get done with my work day, go home cook supper, and tend to home life there isn’t many hours in the day left to use for school.  If I schedule my time frames and have them already set aside for school then I would use what time I do have more efficiently and hopefully juggle work, home, and school life a bit better.

Motivation is key.  Now that I have an end in sight and my goals are set staying motivated for me is easy but if you aren’t close to finishing school or have just started back up on a new degree you have to stay motivated.  If I ever get behind or give myself a break then the motivation flies out the window along with my good grades.  Keeping a positive attitude and look for what you are gaining helps in staying motivated.

Get your own space.  Whether it is a simple desk in a guest bedroom, a full out home office, or your favorite table at the library or coffee shop having a comfortable and familiar space to complete assignments is a helpful tip.  I recently modified a custom console table that my step-dad built me to fit into a niche in our guest bedroom.  Last semester when I tried completing school at Hendrik's house (before I moved in) was really hard because I was in the living areas....dining room, couch or bedroom.  These spaces may work for some but I need my own space designated just for school.  I like to be able to shut myself in that area and hammer our my duties.  It helps when other people are in the house and the TV and other distractions are easy to lead you astray.  Now I have my own mini desk set up for my laptop and books that allows me to concentrate on Accounting.... and not housewives. :)

I really plan on sticking to these little tricks and hopefully it will make my coming semester that much easier on me and the company I keep. ;)

Here's to all A's!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I Work Out...Update #1

I have continued to work out and I just finished up my full third month.  The past month I've completed my paid sessions with my trainer and have been working out with a new workout buddy....my trainer LOL.  We love working out together and its a great motivator and accountability program when we are constantly checking up on each other.  I've also started using an app called My Fitness Pal and I love it.  I wanted to lean up and really get that belly in shape and this is the tool to help me do that. 

Amy (workout buddy) has said from the get go that abs are made in the kitchen.  After working out for 2 months I wasn't seeing the tummy results that I had hoped so she said use My Fitness Pal, it works.  I've been using it for a month now and have lost 3 pounds which is the HEALTHY way since I don't really have that much to lose but most importantly I've noticed a change in my belly.  I've known all along that it isn't so much what I eat but how much I eat and My Fitness Pal really allows me to see that and to change it.  I was essentially eating 2-3 times the amount of food I should be on a daily business. My daily calorie intake based on my height, current weight, age, sex, and all that other mumbo jumbo should be around 1300 calories.  I'm definitely going to continue to use this app to track my progress and hold myself accountable of the things that I put in my mouth.  Sometimes a cupcake or that extra scoop of mac-n-cheese just isn't worth it. LOL 

I love the progress that I'm making because it is slow, steady, healthy progress which isn't just a diet or fad I'm making a true lifestyle change.  A few things that I really need to work on when it comes to my workouts is doing more cardio, more abs, and more stretching.  I know that all three of these things will help me even more on top of my 5 strengthening workouts a week I'm doing already. 



I got some new work out gear which motivated me even more to hit the gym.  I love my new Live Love Lift shirt and my heat gear UA shorts. 



I'm really not a supplement person but I've been lifting so heavy lately that I needed that extra boost of protein to kick the muscle rebuilding into high power so I drink Zeal for Life protein shake after each workout.  Also my pre-workout supplement is a great way to get the sweat rolling and kick soreness.  These two supplements are all I take and I don't foresee myself adding more or changing them up.  I love the results I get and don't feel like I'm adding a lot of junk to my body.
 



In other news I wanted to share a little update on another health aspect that I had been struggling with over the past year that finally seems to be under control.  It's not anything worrisome really only very aggravating and mentally straining.  Over the past year my PMS has gotten progressively worse like so bad, before I finally talked to my doc a couple months ago, that I thought I was mentally breaking.  I had severe anxiety and paranoia over literally NOTHING.  Also I was super emotional which I could have dealt with but the increased levels of paranoia and anxiety got progressively worse month after month.  I knew that there was nothing really wrong with me just my hormones had probably changed over the past year and I needed a birth control adjustment or something to that effect to help me level out.  I talked to my doctor about it a couple months back during my yearly exam and he didn't make me feel crazy at all.  He actually downplayed it even more so than I was and made it seem like it was perfectly normal and there was a normal fix.  He prescribed me a different birth control...one with a very low dose of estrogen and also told me to start taking the vitamin B6 daily.  I've done so and I can honestly say I can tell a difference. No more paranoid episodes, no more giving myself diarrhea from being so anxious...it's glorious I tell you, glorious.  I'm really glad that something that was really starting to wreck havoc was so easily controlled.  Damn Hormones!


All in all I love the new healthy lifestyle I'm leading and I feel great.  All the things I've explained above have contributed to that on top of my dedication and motivation to make changes and get stronger.

My 3 Month Stats
  • Lost a total of 6.5 Inches
  • Gained 1.5 inches of muscles bulk
  • Net 5 inches lost
  • Lost 3 lbs

Feeling healthier, stronger, and sexier everyday!
 
Other workout posts HERE

Overwhelmingly Grateful

Lately I have just had such a feeling of gratefulness when it comes to my relationship. 


It feels like my chest is just going to explode with happiness and love for this wonderful gift of a man.  Almost like if I scream it will come out! LOL


Nothing in particular has spurred these feelings just him in general.  I love the life we have together so much and just thank God everyday that I've finally found the one for me.  We get along so well and really compliment each other's personalities. 
 
It so awesome to have a great partner and best friend to go through life with. 
 
It makes it that much sweeter!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Canning: The Recipes

As I talked about in my Gardening 2.0 Update I have used up all my vegetables by either cooking, canning, or freezing them. 
 
Freezing is the easy part especially with tomatoes.  I simply wipe them clean with a damp cloth and lay in a freezer bag.  Once full I freeze...ready for winter and American Chinese.


 
Canning isn't so much that it's hard but it is labor intensive and very time consuming.  My spaghetti sauce takes all day or if you're like me all one Saturday and then all a Tuesday night.  I refuse to let any of my crop go to waste and I'm pretty greedy so really giving it away isn't an option.  I feel that we have worked so hard for it all and I also really would like my cans to last us a full year until I can do it again next year.  This is my first ever canning experience and I couldn't be more thrilled with how it has gone. So far all batches has sealed off and are being stored in my ever crowding pantry. 
 
First up was the spaghetti sauce.  I made two batches just days apart and I got a total of 20 quarts.  One wasn't quite full so we had it the next night over some spaghetti and topped with sauteed chicken.  It was fantastic and I can't wait to dig into it in the winter months.






~~~ Spaghetti Sauce ~~~

My recipe is adapted from HERE!  I really searched high and low for a recipe that sounded like it had all the ingredients that we would like and this one jumped out at me.
 

Ingredients:
  • 25 lbs of tomatoes
  • 4 green bell peppers
  • 4 onions
  • 4 cans (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 palm full of salt
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 4 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 2 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 18 tbs bottled lemon juice
How to do it:

  1. Blanch and peel all 25 pounds of tomatoes.  As you peel them put them in your cooking pot.  I used two large pots and divided all my ingredients in half as I didn't have one pot big enough.
  2. In a food processor finely chop green pepper, garlic, and onion
  3. Put in pot with tomatoes and add all ingredients up to the bay leaves (leave out the lemon juice)
  4. Bring ingredients to a boil then reduce to a simmer. 
  5. Simmer 3 to 4 hours uncovered, stirring regularly to prevent sticking on bottom
  6. When your sauce is in it's last hour of cooking prepare your jars, and seals by heating them until simmering but not boiling
  7. Can sauce using 2 tbs of lemon juice in the bottom of each jar
  8. Replace jars to canner
  9. Once all jars are full and have lids and bands in place process in a boiling water canner for 40 minutes covered. 
  10. Turn off and let cool in canner for 5 minutes
  11. Remove jars careful not to tip them over and let sit on untouched for 24 hours
  12. Label and store for use

This recipe yields 9 quart jars
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**** Salsa ****

I totally made up this recipe.  After my spaghetti sauce adventures I had a pretty good idea of the quantity of each ingredient.  I also asked several co-workers what they put in theirs and made it up from there.

Ingredients:

  • 25 lbs of tomatoes
  • 3 onions
  • 5 large green bell peppers
  • 8 to 12 jalapeno peppers
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 4 (6 oz) cans of tomato paste
  • 2 to  3 bunches of fresh cilantro
  • 2 palms of salt
  • approx 1 cup bottled lemon juice
How to do it:

  1. Blanch and peel all 25 pounds of tomatoes. As you peel them put them in your cooking pot. I used two large pots and divided all my ingredients in half as I didn't have one pot big enough.
  2. In a food processor finely chop onions, bell peppers, garlic, cilantro, and seeded jalapenos. ( I left the seeds in a couple jalapenos for a little spice) depending on how hot you want it is how many I would de-seed.
  3. To cut down cooking time since you don't necessarily need a long lasting home style flavor also food process all your tomatoes.
  4. All all ingredients in a pot and bring to boil
  5. Simmer uncovered for 1 1/2 hours
  6. When your sauce is in it's last hour of cooking prepare your jars, and seals by heating them until simmering but not boiling
  7. Can sauce using 1 tsp of lemon juice in the bottom of each jar
  8. Replace jars to canner
  9. Once all jars are full and have lids and bands in place process in a boiling water canner for 20 minutes covered.
  10. Turn off and let cool in canner for 5 minutes
  11. Remove jars careful not to tip them over and let sit on untouched for 24 hours
  12. Label and store for use
 
I hope everyone enjoys these as much as I am in the coming year.

 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Reading List

This summer has really been nonstop even without school being thrown into the mix but I've still found time to read.  Usually my reading takes place at night in the bath or before bed and also on my lunch hour. 
All  Summer I've been chugging my way through Jackie Collin's Lucky Santangelo novels that are infinitely long but I still love them.  I'm currently on my 5th one and in between #4 & 5 I read the newest James Patterson Women's Murder Club: Unlucky 13.  Per usual it was awesome and I flew threw it just waiting on the next one....next year I'm sure. 
 
In the mean time I've stumbled across a few books that peaked my interest to read and also revisited a couple authors I enjoyed in the past and found they have a new book so I've added those.....

Here is a quick overview of each book provided by Amazon and my hopes of completing this little reading list plus some by the end of the year.




Suspicious: 4 (On the Run)


Amazon Synopsis:
Zoe and Jack’s trip to Rome was supposed to be a romantic one-year anniversary celebration with a little business on the side. Jack’s fledgling security company has landed the plum assignment of providing additional security for the opening night gala of a museum exhibit featuring priceless gems. However, the easy job turns complicated when they discover the exhibit is the next target of a cat burglar who has struck several times in recent months, snatching up a hoard of sparkling jewels. Opening night goes off without a hitch, but then the police accuse them of switching the real gems for fakes. With the exhibit’s organizer missing and planted diamonds showing up in their belongings, Zoe and Jack are forced to delve into the shady side of the diamond trade in a search for the culprit, a journey that takes them from the fountains and piazzas of the Eternal City to the snow-capped Alps.

The Vampire Diaries: The Salvation, Unmasked #3


Amazon Synopsis:
Love is the most powerful force of all…
Elena Gilbert is dying. When Damon Salvatore avenged his brother Stefan’s death, he broke the sacred deal he’d made with the Guardians—and put Elena’s life at risk. She should be dead, but instead, the Guardians are offering Elena a once-in-a-lifetime chance: to start over. Ever since she met the Salvatore brothers, Elena’s love for them both has caused endless death and destruction. But if Elena can return to the beginning—her senior year of high school, when she first met Damon and Stefan—and prove that she can exist alongside them without either of them killing a human, then Elena can live. But the Damon of years ago is unpredictable, rash, and dangerous. The only way for Elena to save everyone—including herself—might be to give up the Salvatores forever. Will Elena be able to sacrifice her own desires for the greater good? Or is her path to tragic love already written in the stars?

Supreme Justice



Amazon Synopsis:
Could an individual or group be trying to tip the balance of the Supreme Court by killing justices? As soon as I heard the setup of Supreme Justice, I knew I wanted to publish it. Inspired by the same modern-day polarized political environment that makes House of Cards so captivating, it’s the kind of scary, thought-provoking concept from which great thrillers are made. But Supreme Justice is more than just a good concept. It’s a deftly constructed, fast-paced story by one of the most decorated and esteemed American mystery writers. Best known for Road to Perdition, Max Allan Collins is the author of more than 100(!) books and the winner of too many awards to list here. One of the things I love about Supreme Justice is the pair of compelling sleuths working the case: Joseph Reeder is a former Secret Service officer and an expert in kinesics—the science of facial expressions and body language—which gives him a Sherlock Holmes–like ability to notice what other people don’t. A hero for taking a bullet for a president, he is also ostracized from the government after sharing his dislike for the very leader he saved. Then there’s Patti Rogers, a driven FBI agent who gets paired with Reeder for the first time on this high-profile case. She faces the most interesting, challenging, and emotionally wracking decision in the book: should she put her job and her life on the line out of loyalty to a partner she’s known for only a matter of days? As they wade into the case of the murdered justice, their journey is a breathtaking inside-the-Beltway page-turner from a master of mystery.

Wedding Night Sophie Kinsella


Amazon Synopsis:
Lottie just knows that her boyfriend is going to propose, but then his big question involves a trip abroad—not a trip down the aisle. Completely crushed, Lottie reconnects with an old flame, and they decide to take drastic action. No dates, no moving in together, they’ll just get married . . . right now. Her sister, Fliss, thinks Lottie is making a terrible mistake, and will do anything to stop her. But Lottie is determined to say “I do,” for better, or for worse.


The Vacationer's


Amazon Synopsis:
An irresistible, deftly observed novel about the secrets, joys, and jealousies that rise to the surface over the course of an American family’s two-week stay in Mallorca.  For the Posts, a two-week trip to the Balearic island of Mallorca with their extended family and friends is a celebration: Franny and Jim are observing their thirty-fifth wedding anniversary, and their daughter, Sylvia, has graduated from high school. The sunlit island, its mountains and beaches, its tapas and tennis courts, also promise an escape from the tensions simmering at home in Manhattan. But all does not go according to plan: over the course of the vacation, secrets come to light, old and new humiliations are experienced, childhood rivalries resurface, and ancient wounds are exacerbated.  This is a story of the sides of ourselves that we choose to show and those we try to conceal, of the ways we tear each other down and build each other up again, and the bonds that ultimately hold us together. With wry humor and tremendous heart, Emma Straub delivers a richly satisfying story of a family in the midst of a maelstrom of change, emerging irrevocably altered yet whole


Happy Reading

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Garden 2.0 Update

Well as summer is in full swing my garden is sort of slowing down.  My squash, zucchini and bell peppers are dwindling but my tomatoes are better than ever. 
 
About every other day I get around 25 pounds or more.
 
This past weekend we were at an annual lake camping trip with friends and I picked over 50 pounds that had matured over the weekend or the past 3 days of absenteeism. 
Although the variety of produce that my garden is yielding has slowed my activity with the garden it's self has NOT. 
I'm still watering, picking, and now processing tons and tons of tomatoes. 
 
So far I've made 2 batches of spaghetti sauce, enough to last us until next season, and also a batch of fantastic salsa.  I have frozen around 20 pounds of just straight whole tomatoes for cooking throughout winter and still have more plans of freezing squash, zucchini, and making another, if not 2 more, batches of salsa. 


 
I'm really enjoying how much my garden brings to our lives.  Hendrik is equally enthused with it's production and is usually right behind me reminding me to water or that he picked some big veggies. LOL  We enjoy harvesting together at least once a week in the quiet just hunting for ripe ones in the overgrowth.  It is also relaxing to get out there by myself and is always a workout with all the twisting and bending over I'm constantly doing. 
I wouldn't mind eventually having a green house to grow my things in solely due to the grasshopper infestation I have.  Grasshopper happen to be the reason the rest of my plants of sort of stopped producing because the grasshoppers have all but killed my squash and zucchini and most of my peppers get holes in them before they reach maturity.  I have several cussing matches each time I'm out there and discover that more and more of my produce is rotten due to those useless insects. 


This is what my garden looks like...it's not the prettiest as grass has poked its way through all the room that is available but thankfully that has kept my squash and peppers from rotting on the ground since it has been an unusually wet summer and also from my excessive watering at times. LOL  As the saying goes...don't judge a book by its cover...my garden may not look like its doing great but great isn't even the word.  Hendrik likes to take full credit for the quality and quantity of produce that it's yielding saying he's the best farmer and boyfriend so that's the reason...I say its my stellar green thumb or maybe just a mix of both of us. 


Stay tuned for a couple farm to table canning recipes that I've worn slap out the past month.

August Meal Planning

I have posted a short and sweet post on meal planning previously...here.  I have continued with my meal planning like normal but haven't done it quite to the best of my abilities lately.  As Summer winds down and I'm fixing to go into my busy season of school, hunting, work, and just LIFE the easiest way to stay ahead and use my time to the max is by planning and preparing as much as possible for the knowns.  As we all know there are plenty of unknowns that will throw a kink in your plans so the less I have to rack my brain for supper then the better.  That leaves more time for cleaning, homework, brainstorming, and general trashy TV watching. ;)  The last few days of the month I prepare my grocery list, meal plan, and organize my budget for the upcoming month.  This month went awesome and it only took me a couple hours.  I went a little overboard and I'm sure I'll have meals left over but again that works well for next month and is less preparation.  I was sort of in a slump this past month on my cooking and really needed some inspiration so I turned to none other than Pintrest.  I cruised my own Get in my Belly board found HERE and then surfed the food genre to find more yummy recipes to try now and pin for later. 

Here is my list of possible meals, my planner to decide what day needs which meal, and then my grocery list to ensure I have the needed goods.



I try to leave at least one day a week for leftovers.  With cooking so much we are always bound to have a bit of leftover to clean up because there's nothing worse than throwing out food.  I also try to list my meals out before I pencil them onto the calender so I can get a good variety of dishes for every week. No one wants to eat Mexican themed dishes for a week straight...it can really mess up your month.

I'm super impressed with my meal planning for the month of August because it got me really motivated to cook again and try several new recipes.

Here's what we have:

1-Aug Grilled chicken, grilled vegetables, baked potato
2-Aug Echkards sausage, homemade mac-n-chz, green beans
3-Aug Go out
4-Aug Slow cooker chicken and broccoli fettuccine
5-Aug Chicken fried steak, scallop potatoes, green beans
6-Aug Left overs
7-Aug Homemade hamburgers and fries
8-Aug Beans & Cornbread, sauteed cabbage
9-Aug Cajun dirty rice
10-Aug Tuna Casserole
11-Aug Quesadillas and Queso
12-Aug Go Out- Dr. Appt
13-Aug Homemade corn dogs
14-Aug Chicken kabob, baked potato
15-Aug Enchiladas
16-Aug Left overs
17-Aug Pork tenderloin, mashed potatoes, brussell sprouts
18-Aug Fish fillets, broccoli, rice
19-Aug Cajun chicken pasta
20-Aug Chicken strips, mac-n-chz, corn
21-Aug Left overs
22-Aug Meat loaf, mashed potatoes, broccoli
23-Aug Homemade Pizza
24-Aug Grilled chicken, potatoes, corn on the cob
25-Aug American Chinese
26-Aug Left overs
27-Aug Honey garlic pork chops, zucchini, rice
28-Aug Chicken spaghetti
29-Aug Beef and broccoli stir fry
30-Aug Salmon patties, mashed potatoes, peas
31-Aug Oven baked chicken, mac-n-chz, fried okra


At the end of the day when I'm updating my week/days I mark through the meal I used and if I didn't cook the planned meal for some reason all together I circle it so I know that I can use it later in the month if I need to or in the next month.

I hope this help anyone who needs a little inspiration or motivation or good o' organization!

Insta Dump #4

The past month from my Instagram account...follow me HERE!
  
 
top L to R: Baby Jett on board// Nasi for dinner, Dutch food// Working my muscles hard// bar pic from Hyrdrostream// farm love// motivation at the gym//old school throwback// Hoss slept in the truck// 5 o'clock Friday in the middle of July it was 68// muscle Monday's// floating at Hydrostream// pedi at lunch// my man working hard chopping corn//coffee and mags// sweet dreamer// last of the vegetables//canning// meal planning// sweet tea// hot bath for sore muscles//

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pamper Yourself


Although I do love to get things done and mark items off my to do list I also love to pamper myself.  I don’t mean go all out even though every once in a while I do but just weekly or daily pampering that help me unwind.  Here are a few things that I do that I enjoy and do JUST FOR ME!

 

Soak in a hot bath- as frequently as possible....There is nothing more relaxing that a piping hot bath after a long work day.  I am able to just sit relax and clear my head before bed.  It's also a time that I can read a bit of a magazine or book.

Lounge all day or the majority of the day in bed or on the couch and indulge in some good ol’ TV- I used to do this one more often but these days I just really don't have the time. It seems there are always chores or errands that are calling my name but usually these types of days happened on a Saturday during the school when I really should be doing homework. ;)

Treat myself to a favorite meal like basil and garlic pesto over a bed of any kind of pasta- This is one of my go -o indulge girlie meals.  I love it and it makes a ton so there's always enough for leftovers for lunches.  This is one that could be for two but Hendrik isn't crazy about pesto so really it is my treat to myself.

And for those times when I really want to indulge I book a massage with Vickie at the Copper Leaf for 90 GLORIOUS minutes and possibly a little pedi or facial thrown in.  I do that about once a quarter or twice a year depending on the time and monies I have available. This past weekend I had a great late morning session at the Copper Leaf.  I had a sea salt glow followed up with a 30 minute massage complete with sauna and a shower.  It was glorious.  I had never had a sea salt glow but have been wanting to try it for years.  My skin feels so soft and smooth it was awesome.  It's one of those things that really twice a year would be great to hydrate and get old, itchy skin off.  I've been going to the Copper Leaf for 8 years now and they never disappoint.

No matter the relaxation method I use be it big or small I love those minutes of solitude.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Compatibility

So this weekend, Saturday in particular, I pulled a whole day off of doing NOTHING but what I WANTED to do. 
Yes that still consisted of a tink of house and yard work but I really did want to get it done...otherwise I would have just put it off.  After that my Mom and I went to the pool for the afternoon until 4ish.  Once I returned to the normal climate of home I parked myself on the couch and watch TV, read magazines, and shopped for some new workout gear. 
 
Once I got to the end of my Cosmo and read my horoscope I thought....oh I'm going to look up me and Hendrik's sign compatibility.  I don't put a lot of stock in that sort of thing it's just fun to see what it actually says and to compare how true it really is...sort of like a fortune cookie.
 
Well I was impressed by what it said but not necessarily surprised.

According to Astrology.com here is our love compatibility.
 

 
When Virgo and Sagittarius join together in a love match, the result is a well-rounded couple. Sagittarius is an explorer who loves to socialize, while Virgo prefers to analyze Sag’s discoveries. Both enjoy talking about it with one another. Virgo may demand perfection too soon for Sagittarius’s taste, but over time Sagittarius will appreciate a steady and reliable lover whose head isn’t always in the clouds.

Virgo and Sagittarius have unique approaches to life; Virgo is more practical and less distracted, while Sagittarius is the energetic explorer. It can be hard for Sagittarius to go along with the pragmatic realism of Virgo. Virgo may have a hard time accepting the Sagittarian energy. Virgo can offer Sagittarius a secure base and keep them on track with their dreams and ambitions. Sagittarius can add variety and new excitement to Virgo’s day.

Virgo is ruled by Mercury and Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter. Mercury is about communication, and from Virgo’s perspective, analyzing. Jupiter is philosophy, higher learning and travel. These two are about interpersonal communication and can sustain one another. Virgo and Sagittarius can amuse each other by discussing a film or a book in great depth, Virgo focusing on the particulars and Sagittarius commenting on the overall picture.

Virgo is an Earth Sign and Sagittarius is a Fire Sign. Sagittarius wants freedom, while Virgo needs financial strength and domestic stability. Sagittarius is motivated by pure feeling, while Virgo is more of a thinker. As long as they reassure each other that their love for one another is solid and real, their discords can usually be resolved.

Virgo and Sagittarius are both Mutable Signs. They can be spread themselves out over many different tasks, if necessary. It’s easy for these two to become interested in the things that the other does. Each has no trouble granting the other the freedom to enjoy things external to the relationship. They have a wonderful, complimentary style of interaction and have no trouble working together.

What’s the best aspect of the Virgo-Sagittarius relationship? It’s the security they can give one another once they discover their similar lifestyles. They make a wonderful couple once they can teach one another to look at the world through new eyes. As long as they communicate and appreciate what they can learn, theirs will be a stable and happy relationship.

I would say that this is about 99% true.  Of course we all have our bad days and stray from there norm but it's pretty neat seeing the sign analysis and comparing it to how I already see ourselves...it's pretty spot on.  Yet another perfect symbol of our love LOL!


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