I’m baaaaacccckkkk

Hi everyone! So I’m guilty… i don’t even remember the last time I posted an update! I’m so sorry that I fell off the face of the planet. But I am back now! 

So I have been having a pretty low key life lately. I had my weekend trip to Boone and I had a great time! It was so nice to see people I haven’t seen in ages. The last time I saw some of them I was really sick and unhealthy, so it was nice to see them when I was back in my true body. I just felt so much better! It was a little strange being in Boone, but it still felt familiar. A few pictures from my trip:8 7 4 3 2 1 5 6

After I got back from Boone I spent the week alone at home since my parents went back to Baltimore. I got to relax a lot and I took care of the horses for a few days while Renee took G to a show. A few pictures from the week:9 10 11 12 13

It’s official! Madelyne now lives down here! I am so excited to have her down here. She came down on friday with my aunt and uncle and then we all helped her move into her apartment on Saturday. Before we met at her apartment my mom ran her first ever 5k! We did the I Am Too Sexy 5k in Durham and we had a blast! My dad even went to support us. I beat my goal of finishing under 28 minutes at about 27:32 and I also just happened to be the second woman to finish! My mom also beat her goal and came in at around 42 minutes. I was so happy for her!14 15 16 17 18

We spent the rest of the day with the family. On Sunday I made a delicious breakfast featuring the jalapeno bread my parents brought back from the amish market. Yumm! I fed the horses and then came home and then my dad helped me to work on my bed frame. We worked on it for a longgg time and I was so glad to have it done! We had to take a trip to Lowe’s but then we finished it up. The frame ended up being a little bit big for the mattress and we noticed a few small mistakes that we made, but I still think it looks great and I am so happy with it!19 20 21 22

Today I went back to work for the first day since before Boone! I had been in briefly in the mornings last week, but not to actually work. So today was my first scheduled day and it felt good to be back. My mom and I went to the gym after I was done with work and we had a great workout. My dad cooked up a great dinner and now we are all just hanging out enjoying our night. Hope you all have been doing well! I will definitely do a better job of doing my blog posts in the days to come! 

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!

Week 1: Completed

This week has been a crazy one. Getting used to the schedule of summer class and work hasn’t been all that difficult, but finding time to do everything else I want to do is next to impossible! I am so thankful to have this weekend off!

So I am still absolutely in love with UNC and the class I am taking there. I find the material covered in biology to be very interesting, so that definitely helps to keep me sane. Since it is a summer class there is just a lot that has to be crammed into a short amount of time. It has been a little stressful, but I think I am handling it well. I had my first test yesterday and I am actually really nervous to get the results back. I really strive to excel in everything I do so of course my grade is going to be on my mind. I know, it is worrying for no reason. There is nothing I can do about it now so why be concerned? I just want to do well! I’m sure that’s all normal though. The lab is also enjoyable, there is just a decent amount of work that comes with it. The adviser wasn’t lying when she said this lecture + lab was going to feel like a full time job! I feel like I ran out of time to study for everything I needed to study for before my test haha.

The people in my class are so nice and I adore the professor. It is so nice to have people to have lunch with between lecture and lab! It was actually kind of nice – Thursday, my friend Erica and I took a break from studying before lab to go to the student union to watch some of the USA vs Germany soccer game and eat our lunches. The student union was packed! We ended up sitting on the floor by the tv (so many others were on the floor too) because all the seating was occupied. I just am so happy that I am feeling comfortable there 🙂

Between class and work this week I feel like I didn’t really get to do much else. There was zero time for the barn, except for yesterday after my test. The farrier was out so I decided to ride before it was Vinnie’s turn. Vinnie was in a weird mood. I can’t explain it any other way expect to say he was speedy and not really listening to his full potential. I ended up working him kinda hard, so when I was walking him out and then scooping poop from the arena he kept trying to lay down and roll in the sand. He was really sweaty!13 I thought it was beautiful outside but then at the end of my ride I started to hear thunder. Shortly after I made it back down to the barn it started to pour! 14

There were a few days where I managed to squeeze in a little workout at the Y before going to work. I ran one day and then targeted back and abs another day. 5

I also had my appointment with Mary on Wednesday and that went really well. We actually ended up talking about school and ways to make sure I am not listening to what others might have to say about their diets or nutrition. She gave me good advice on way to start thinking like a nutritionist! I will have another appointment with her in two weeks.

Let’s see… I’m trying to think of what else there is to share… Oh right, my parents left for Baltimore on Thursday. They have tickets to a few Orioles games. I am beyond sad that I am not with them right now. I loved Baltimore so much when I went there last summer and I wish I could be with them right now because I know they are having the time of their lives. Sometimes summer school happens though. What can you do?

This next week is going to be another jam packed one. Filled to the brim with lecture, lab, assignments and studying. I am going to try and squeeze every drop of relaxation and joy out of this weekend! I will be sure to check back in tomorrow before week 2 begins!

Random photos of some of my eats:1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 15 16

Lots of banana bread, chicken salad or turkey sandwiches, and pork tenderloin with quinoa and veggies! This last picture: pork tenderloin and quinoa with pesto… so good!

Semi-silent Sunday: photos from the weekend :)

Hi all, I hope you have been having a wonderful weekend! Mine has been rather busy, with a few moments of relaxation thrown in here and there.

Friday

I was up early to feed the horses before I met Bryan at the gym! It was arms and abs day. I used one of my apps to come up with the workouts. We went up to 10 on the arms (leaving out the pull ups) and abs and we only did one round of the abs. We are beginners haha!1 2 24 25

After the gym I had my second breakfast and then read for the rest of the morning.3 I finished my book and was kind of bummed that it was over. Quick lunch! 4

My mom and I went out to the barn in the evening and I got in maybe a 3 minute ride. There was a lot of thunder but I really just wanted to get him in the arena. We fed the horses and I took care of the sheep and gathered the chicken eggs. On the way home I had a kashi bar for my snack.5 6

For dinner we went to Oak Tree Tavern in the middle of nowhere just across the Virginia border. This place was so cool. My parents went there for their anniversary and loved it. There was live music and it is in an old plantation house so it is extravagant. I had the best grilled mahi mahi over rice and veggies.9 7 8 We had a great time, clearly!10

Saturday

Greeted by this adorable face 🙂11

Went to the barn early to feed and then when I got back home I made my breakfast. 2 poached eggs over veggies, oatmeal with blueberries and coconut, and a chai latte.12

My dad and I went to Lowe’s and I got started on my bed frame. We cut the board to the right lengths and then I used a jig to drill holes in each end of the board. I had a quick lunch before getting ready to go to Heather’s baby shower.13 I actually had a nice time at the shower! They had a very nice set up and I got to see an old friend, Corinne. The three of us have known each other since elementary school!14 15(don’t judge me for re-wearing the shirt I wore out to dinner)

I had a pretty bad headache the rest of the day so I tried to take it easy. I had a snack when I got home and then relaxed.16 For dinner we had grilled chicken, roasted veggies, green beans and sweet potato gnocchi with a sauce I created. The sauce I made was kind of a failure. Not really my favorite. Oh well, only one way to learn!17

Today

This morning I slept in until 8:30 and then I quickly got ready to meet up with Josh and Justin. We went to Panera Bread for breakfast before going to The Summit for the church service. The service was good, but I didn’t take as much away from it as I did the other time I went with the guys. After church we spontaneously played mini golf. I was in the lead up until the 8th hole… I finished in second though!18 19

For a late lunch back at home I made myself quinoa with sauteed peppers, leftover taco turkey, pepperjack cheese and guacamole. I also had a greek yogurt.20

After lunch I push mowed outside and worked up a good sweat. I came inside and relaxed for a but before fixing my snack and heading out to the barn.21

Vinnie was good, really lazy at first. Then halfway through my ride the little neighbor girl was screeching at the top of her lungs and Vinnie wasn’t exactly a fan of that. But it was still fine. Vinnie might have worked up the biggest sweat yet! I gave him a really thorough hosing off, and Ray starting licking water off Vinnie’s butt which was really adorable.22 23

Now I am about to go have dinner with my parents. I feel bad I didn’t really do anything special for father’s day, especially since my dad has done so much for me this past year! I am going to have to make up for it!

Superstition ain’t the way

Hi guys! So I have heard several times today that tomorrow is a big day for those who are superstitious. It is going to be Friday the 13th and a full moon. I can’t decide if I am superstitious or not. I think I am the type who kind of laughs in the face of danger, so I feel like absolutely nothing bad or out of the ordinary is going to happen tomorrow, but I am daring the world to make something happen. Does that make any sense at all? How are you guys feeling about this “big” day tomorrow?

Today was a pretty chill day (maybe leading up to a big day tomorrow??? 😉 ) even though I had to wake up early to go to the barn and feed the horses before getting ready for work at 9. So I fed the horses and when I got back home I jumped in the shower and got dressed before fixing a super fast breakfast. I quickly made a brussels and 2 farm fresh egg scramble, toast with cinnamon cream cheese and grapes. I took a yogurt with me as well for my morning snack. I think I have officially mastered the art of eating my breakfast while driving. 1

At work I mainly focused on getting more product up on the website. I also did a few other things in the store, such as tagging new stuff that came in. Since I didn’t have time to pack my lunch this morning I ended up walking down to Which Wich. I got a turkey and pepperjack cheese sandwich loaded up with veggies. It was pretty good!2

After closing up the store I headed home and then fixed my snack. I had blueberries, pretzels and almonds.3 I did a little reading before I headed out to the barn to do the p.m. feeding! Feeding the horses is so relaxing. I love it.4

For dinner my mom made peppers and onions and chicken sausage. I made a quick potato dish using my new veggie spiralizer. It was a delicious dinner full of wonderful flavors!5 Now we are all relaxing and enjoying the rest of the night 🙂 Hope you had a good Thursday. To all my superstitious friends out there, stay safe! My non-superstitious peeps, enjoy your Friday!