Weekend Recap!

Hi guys! This weekend has kind of been a lazy one. It probably wasn’t wise of me but I tried to take a break from studying my head off so I can really bunker down for these last few days of Biology. I feel like I meant to do a lot of things this weekend, but my mind just needed a time out haha.

Saturday:

I had granola with almond milk and berries for my breakfast and then went on a little hike at the Waterfall Trail! IMG_3533

I walked through countless spider webs but it was worth it. I enjoyed the peaceful time outdoors by myself.1 2 3 4 5

For lunch I had another meatball panini with a few other things. IMG_3536

I pretty much did nothing the rest of the afternoon. Well, that’s a lie. I did do a little bit of homework. I finished all my online assignments, but I didn’t do much studying other than that. I had mini pitas and trail mix for my snack and then I headed out to the barn. IMG_3538

I had a great time with Vinnie. He was really antsy standing in the aisle, but once I started riding him he was fine. He was actually nice to Cookie when she was in the arena. Murdock was sleeping in a funny spot. I guess I just felt like taking pictures of the barn cats haha.6 7

For dinner I made chicken with green beans and potatoes, seasoned with a mixture of spices so they were super yummy.IMG_3541

I didn’t do anything else. No wild saturday night for this girl haha. I had my snack and went to bed around midnight.

Today:

I slept in again and it was amazing! I did my crossword puzzle before having a repeat for breakfast.IMG_3543

After my breakfast settled I went on a much needed run! I just went slow and steady today. It was humid out! 8

I was actually good about having my post-run chocolate milk 🙂IMG_3544

I did a few chores around the house before having yet another repeat meal. I made the same thing for lunch that I made for dinner on Saturday. Plus some juicy grapes! IMG_3545

The rest of the day I was honestly really lazy. I watched a lot of TV and played a lot of sudoku. I had mini pitas and trail mix again for my snack. 

Madelyne made it from PA this evening! She got here a little after 6 and I am so happy that she’s here! 

I watched more TV until it was time to make dinner. I got super creative and made chicken and broccoli. It turned out really well and tasted like it came from an actual chinese restaurant! I didn’t even follow a recipe so I was pretty stoked. I served it over brown rice and it was delicious. IMG_3546

Well, that was pretty much my weekend! I am going to have a super busy week finishing up with class and then working, so I don’t know when I will be back to do my updates! Hope you had a good weekend! And have a wonderful week! 

Today has been weird

This morning feels like it happened a week ago… It has just been one of those days. 

I woke up and did my normal morning routine this morning. Kind of lounging about and slowly getting ready to leave for class. I said my goodbyes to my folks (as they are now at the beach) and then hit the road in Old Blue with my backpack and bowl of granola and almond milk. Yes, I know I need to stop eating and driving. It’s just how I operate in the mornings haha. Well about 10 minutes into my commute, Old Blue starts making an awful noise. I mean, it already made a terrible noise to begin with, but then it was amplified by like a million. Then it sounded like the engine was just disintegrating and it started jerking around. My car was having a seizure. I had no option but to pull over to the side of the road. Before I could even come to a complete stop it just shuts off. Then it wouldn’t turn on. I remained calm and called my dad. Thankfully they hadn’t left to go anywhere yet and him and my mom came to the rescue. My dad made it quickly and let me drive his truck so I could make it to class on time. My mom arrived in the jeep just as I was leaving in the truck. I somehow managed to make it to class on time, so I was really thankful. The breakdown could have happened when I was on the highway, too… that would have been even worse! So I was lucky that my parents were still home and that I was only about 10 minutes away. They ended up calling a tow truck and now Old Blue is up at the County Line garage. I think it is the end of Old Blue. This little 87 Cavalier sure did put in some work for us these past years. 

After my lecture I stopped at Trader Joe’s to pick up a few things for the week. I need to start shopping there more often again. It’s so cheap and the quality is really good! 

When I got home I relaxed before fixing myself lunch. I used some new panini bread from TJ’s and assembled a leftover turkey meatball panini with sauteed asparagus, grapes, and a yogurt.IMG_3528 It was delicious! The panini turned out a little sloppy, mostly because I had to smush it into the sandwich press. Maybe next time I will just do it grilled cheese style on the stove. 

Then after lunch it got weird again. Not really, but it just felt weird that I didn’t really have anything to do. I was lazy and watched Netflix. I haven’t done that in so long. It just felt funky haha. I literally did that all afternoon, calling it quits to put a coat of polyurethane on the unfinished edges of my bed frame pieces before having a few pretzels and a kind bar for my snack. After my snack I headed out to the barn! It cooled off a good amount and so I just enjoyed my time with Vinnie, taking it nice and easy. I had a relaxing ride, not really asking him to do too much. I think he was pretty lazy today too.1 2 When I got back to the truck I got a nice little surprise from Cookie! 3

When I got home I relaxed some more before fixing my dinner. I got pita bread at TJ’s as well and so I felt like getting semi-creative. I made a quick Greek (ish) style pita pizza. I used a little leftover tomato sauce from the meatballs as my base. Then I added sauteed onions and orange bell pepper, feta cheese, sliced tomato and spinach. Plus a few seasonings. It turned out so good! I loved the flavor combinations of all the veggies and seasoning plus the saltiness from the feta. Mm, mmm, mmmmmm! IMG_3531

Well… I guess I am off to relax some more since there is not much else to do. I mean, I could always study but you know what? I really want a break from studying haha. Hope everyone had a good, drama-less day! 

ONE MORE WEEK!

After today I have one more week of Biology left! I am so glad to be finishing it up. I had my test this morning and I think it went really well. I was worried because last night was the All Star Game (the store did amazing!) and so I had very little time to study. I managed to get some done yesterday before going in to work and then this morning when I got to campus. This week was just super stressful. But I survived! I made a 92 on my Bio Lab final so I was very pleased with that. Now I only have one week separating me from the end of the summer session. My lecture final is next Thursday. Bring it on!

I desperately wish that the final was today because then I could go to the Outer Banks with my parents tomorrow. They are going to be there for 10 days! Not fair 😦

Back to today though. After my test this morning I went to my mom’s school. She wasn’t back from her meeting yet so I decided to go run the Duke Wall. I feel so weird now… I’m going to UNC and I’m spending time at Duke… Anyways, it was a good run. I did two laps around the wall for a total of 3.3 miles.

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My mom was back from her meeting when I returned so I talked to her, Amber, Dave and Matt for a few minutes before heading home.

I relaxed for a bit before making black bean and cheese “chimis” for lunch. Complete with a side of veggies with guacamole and some grapes.

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After lunch I headed out to the barn to see Vinnie! It was a beautiful day out so I wanted to take advantage of that and my free time. I gave him a good brushing before taking him up to the arena.

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We had a long, slow and easy ride. I didn’t want to push him too hard and make him super sweaty because I only wanted to lightly hose him off. Yes, I care about Vinnie’s coat. I feel like I have been hosing him off thoroughly too much and I think it was stripping the natural oils away making it appear a little dry. Nothing wrong with wanting him to stay super shiny haha. I still worked him a decent amount! Then he was putting his best poses out there, hoping it would make me give him more treats. Such a show off.

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Now I am going to go fix myself a little snack! I still can’t believe I only have one more week of class left! It is making me more and more excited for the fall semester!

Hope your week has been going well!

Challenge: LaPlace

Hello, hello! I figured I would drop in quickly before I kick start my all day study session.

Yesterday I had to work at the Bulls from 9-5 because it was Fan Fest for the All Star Game. Tons of people came to the park to take tours and do batting practice. We weren’t super busy in the store but we did a decent amount of business. After work I came home and was shocked by how much work my parents did around the house. My mom fixed up my bedroom and the guest bedroom and they look incredible now! My dad worked on the front porch and got a lot done as well. So to thank them I drove them out to dinner. It was my choice, but you know me, I can’t make a decision to save my life. We let the flip of a coin decided if we were going to go in to Durham or Hillsborough. The coin decided on Hillsborough. I was glad that the coin decided Hillsborough. There aren’t any chain restaurants in the downtown area, meaning I can’t look up the nutritional data of the food so I can make a safe choice. Before we left the house my dad mentioned going to Brier Creek so we could go to Dicks Sporting Goods and then we could just go to dinner somewhere over there. I knew there was an Applebee’s over there so I looked at the menu online and then looked at the nutritional content to make sure what I wanted was acceptable. In doing that I realized that I am only concerned about one thing when eating out. I was only looking at the amount of fat in each dish. I didn’t care about the amount of protein or carbs that were in a certain meal. So I found that very interesting. So I was glad that we went to Hillsborough. It was a true challenge and I tried hard not to let myself worry about the nutritional value of the food!

Once we got to Hillsborough (they have the cutest downtown, FYI) we walked around a little to explore the options. Again, it was totally up to me where we went. I narrowed it down to two places and then deiced on LaPlace because it would be something completely new and different for all of us. It was also going to be a reallyyy good challenge for me! I decided to order something on the menu that actually sounded really good to me. But let me back up a minute. This place was freaking adorable.1

2 To start we had boudin balls (I think that’s what they were called?) made with rice, pork and andouille and then fried. They were served with a spicy mustard and pickled onions and HOLY BOUDIN BALLS they were good.4 My mom ordered a new beer and she raved about it, so if you are a beer drinker, try this:3
For my entree I ordered crawfish etouffee. I remember Mary telling me about crawfish etouffee from her trip to New Orleans, so I decided to give it a try! Plus I was really in the mood for shrimp, and crawfish was close enough! I was in heaven… crawfish etouffee is pure deliciousness.5 It was so filling and satisfying. I succeeded in not ruling out certain things on the menu and I ordered something I really wanted to try! Yippee!
We had such a fun time at this restaurant. If that is what food is like in Louisiana I wouldn’t mind taking a trip there haha! It seemed to be very authentic: they made all of their sausages and they had a good variety! We decided we would go back there.

This morning I tried to sleep in a little but was rather unsuccessful. I migrated out to the living room and just relaxed and did the crossword puzzle until my mom was awake. Then we got ready and went outside for a run! We both worked up a good sweat. I went 4 miles and I think my mom went about 2.6. I am so proud of her! Close to the end I jogged beside her for a little bit to give her support, but I don’t think she needed it! 6

After our run we came inside and I made myself a quick breakfast. I made a pico egg and spinach bagel-wich with a side of berries and a chai latte. Yum! IMG_3518

Well, I guess I have put off studying long enough… I figured I would reward myself this evening with a break from studying so I can go see Vinnie! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! Enjoy the rest of it 🙂

Let the two week count down begin!

I apologize so, so, SO much for not taking the time to drop in and give updates. My life has been so chaotic that I barely have time to sleep. I know in my last post I said that I would be back to write the very next day. Whelp… I lied. Sorry 😦 I had a stomach bug and was feeling AWFUL so I did absolutely nothing and I figured you all wouldn’t care to hear about that. So I saved you big time from getting too much information.
Since then I have been going to class, lab and work. Those three things have been my life. When I was able to be home all I had time for was homework and studying. I am still loving the course. The material is fascinating. I am definitely ready for it to be over though so my stress level decreases some. I have not been entirely satisfied with the grades I have been making, but apparently my grades are still slightly higher that the class average. I am trying so hard to accept the fact that I’m not going to be perfect and that it’s alright not to be. I only have two labs left: Monday is the second part of the anatomy dissection plus a quiz and then Tuesday is the final exam. I can’t believe lab is almost over! I’m ready though. I’ll be able to focus more on lecture. I only have two weeks left of lecture and then my life can briefly return to somewhat normalcy before I start the fall semester!
So some other things that have happened since I last popped in… Let’s see. Matt (my cousin Madelyne’s boyfriend) moved down here and started working at my mom’s school! Madelyne is going to be coming down in a few days and then I think she is moving in to her apartment down here at the very beginning of August. How exciting is that?!
Lately I feel like I have been a walking target for bad luck. I’m exaggerating because really nothing awful has happened. I did drop my phone in the parking lot at UNC, shattering the screen. I am hopefully getting it replaced today though. Then the next day I spilled my overnight oatmeal on myself a little bit in the way to class so I had to walk around with a stain on my shirts. I tried to hide it though haha. Then I definitely got ink all over that shirt from my printer at home. Fun times.
I had my appointment with Mary on Wednesday. It went really well. I filled her in on classes and then talked about some challenges I still faced. It is still a little hard for me to be spontaneous about eating. For example, I brought me lunch with me one day to UNC. In between lecture and lab my friend Erica invited me to go to a burger place for lunch with her and few other people. I politely turned it down, saying I needed to do some work before lab and that I brought my lunch with me. Looking back now I would have loved to meet more people, but the thought of having a burger for lunch that was unplanned was still a little bothersome. So I just need to work on getting over those fears of having food that is unplanned. And then the added fear of eating out. I feel like when I look at a menu I still automatically rule out certain dishes because I have marked them as “bad.” So Mary and I talked about that for a while and discussed how I don’t indulge in rich dishes very often so if I see something on a menu that looks good I NEED to order it! Good goal for the next time the opportunity arises.
This upcoming week is going to be a doozy! Wednesday is the triple-a all star game and the Bulls are hosting it. The days leading up to it are going to be insanity. So I am going to be busy with class and then through that on top. I have my lab final Tuesday and then a test in lecture on Thursday. I don’t know how I am going to have enough time for it all!
I haven’t taken many pictures lately and the ones I have taken are boring, so I’m sorry this post is dry! I am going to try and take more time so I can do my writing because I miss doing this!
I really hope you all are doing well and enjoying your summer! 🙂