Quick catch up!

Hello all! So I keep doing this… I promise to write more (remember when I used to post daily?) and then I totally break my promise! I have just had so many things on my mind and whenever I get the free time to write, I end up going to the barn or just being too exhausted to do anything that requires brain power haha.

A few physical activity updates:
-I completed my first week of training for the Raleigh City of Oaks Half Marathon! 11 Weeks to go! I am using Hal Higdon’s Novice 1 half marathon training plan and I love it so far. I enjoy having a cross training day and specific distances for the runs instead of a time run. My pace varies so much that if I was told to go run 45 minutes, I might get the workout that was intended, or I could be going slow and not go the proper distance to have an impact on my training. So I love this plan.
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-I am doing a mini triathlon with Casey and Bryan this Sunday. It is a 200m swim, 5 mile bike and 1.5 mile run. It’s just a baby one but it will still be a really good challenge! I have been practicing my swimming and I have to say, I really do enjoy swimming even though I am AWFUL! Casey and I have been trash talking each other non stop lately. She wants to beat me so badly! I am really excited for it. This little challenge should be a blast. I am probably going to catch the triathlon bug.
-I think I am going to tryout for club volleyball at UNC. I have been missing volleyball like crazy and I think it would be a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Tryouts begin a week from Wednesday!

I have been working at the Bulls a decent amount the past few weeks. It is sad that some of the people have left to go back to school, but there are still a few that will be there till the end of the season since they go to school in the area.

I took care of the horses for a few days while Renee, Marty and William were at the beach. I also got to pug sit Frisco! She was so adorable! 14

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Let’s see… What else is there to share… I went to Fall Fest last night and got information on club volleyball and FLO Foods. I saw a few people I knew so that was nice to talk to familiar faces and not be a loner! I wanted information on the club equestrian team, but their booth was already packed up. Today I drove over to Chapel Hill and found my parking area. I park off campus and use the Park and Ride system. The bus wasn’t awful. I got to where I needed to be. I bought my books and went to find where my first two classes are located. I have four classes tomorrow: organic chemistry, beginning jogging, intro to rock music and calculus. It is going to be a long day of class followed by a night of work at the Bulls!

A few of my eats from the last few days:1

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Here are some SUPER TASTY quinoa recipes that I have tried. Sharing upon request 🙂
http://damndelicious.net/2014/06/23/quinoa-chicken-parmesan/
http://www.fusionmedstaff.com/fusion-news/healthy-eats-monday-chicken-enchilada-quinoa-bake/

Well, I am off to get everything prepared for my long day tomorrow! Hope you all have been doing well!

Ready for the weekend!

Hello everyone! How has your week been? Mine has been busy, busy, busy. Ok, maybe it hasn’t been that busy, but I feel like it has been just because in my free time I have been doing chemistry work as preparation for my organic chemistry class in the fall.

On Tuesday night I did have a girl’s night with Madelyne! We had a very low key evening and went to bed early, but it was still nice to spend time with her. We made a delectable dinner! Quinoa topped with chicken, red peppers, onion, mushrooms and spinach in a Thai red curry sauce. Yumm! Is it just me or do white plates make food look fancier?1

The next day I spent a good bit of time at my mom’s school working on my chemistry assignments. I went to Whole Foods to pick up a quick lunch.2

For dinner I wanted to cook my parents a wonderful dinner because they took me to the car dealership and I test drove a new Jeep Patriot (which is now mine! YAYAYAYAY!) so it was the least I could do. I made quinoa crusted baked chicken parmesan. It was incredible. I was so pleased that it formed a nice crisp outside. The fresh basil really tied it all together as well! So good!3

Thursday morning I woke up early and went for a quick run. It’s hard to tell in this picture but the sun rise was beautiful!4 5 My mom and I carpooled since I didn’t have my Jeep yet, so I dropped her off at her school and went to Raleigh to meet Liz at The Flying Biscuit. She was in the area just for the day so we took the opportunity to have breakfast together since I don’t know when we will be able to see each other again. They bring you these amazing biscuits with apple butter as you wait for your meal to come. I ordered the Hollywood omelet with fresh fruit and it was so good! 6 7

I had to be at work at 1 yesterday and then there was a double header. I got off work at midnight and then came home and had a little snack before going to sleep. 

Today I worked 9-5 so I had another long day. But, today is my sister’s 23rd birthday! I really wish I could celebrate with her but instead I got nostalgic by looking at old pictures of us haha. 8 9 10

 

Hope everyone has a good weekend! I am working both days so I am going to be relishing those moments of free time! 

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! 

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 🙂

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!

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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!