Variety is the spice of life

Oh goodness, another day come and gone, just like that! Today absolutely FLEW by.

Early Morning Work + Breakfast

I was up early to knock out the rest of the work for my client before fixing my breakfast and getting ready for my little meeting at Starbucks. I finished up the 4th sample day. I feel like this is a good start for my client! For breakfast I had sauteed red pepper and spinach mixed with an egg and oatmeal topped with berries and shredded unsweetened coconut. A little somethin’ different. I guess I forgot to take a picture of it though, which is a bummer.IMG_3197

I had a great meeting with my client! I already have a few more other things to work on for her. I really hope this works for her because I can tell she is in so much stress. I had a delicious chai latte while I talked with her.

After my meeting was over I headed over to the Public Safety building at UNC to try and figure out a parking permit for my summer class and then for the fall. I basically didn’t have anything I needed with me to get the permit since I drove my dad’s truck… Poor old blue is in the shop. Then permits for the fall are based on a lottery, so I am scared I am not going to be able to get one. It’ll work itself out though. I made a quick stop at Bed Bath and Beyond to get a few gadgets with a coupon and then I headed home.4 I read for a while before I fixed my lunch. I made a sweet potato, brussels, broccoli and taco turkey hash with a laughing cow queso wedge. Plus berries and a greek yogurt! So delicious!IMG_3199 I had to switch it up from my normal chicken salad with pretzels, carrots and guac.

I did a few chores around the house before heading back in to Durham to get my hair cut by Danica at Amber and Dave’s house. I just got a trim, but I am already missing the length, even if it was dry! Haha, it’ll grow back though. I even held baby Asher for the first time today! It went a lot better than I expected. He is a good little guy.

When I got home I made a quick cheese quesadilla before heading out to the barn to ride Vinnie.IMG_3200 I had a very relaxing ride! Then I had a little fun with the barn cats 🙂 Vinnie was showing off his neck to try and get some treats. What a goober.1 3 2

Now I am going to go fix my dinner, but first I will quickly share my goals for the week that I made with Mary!

  • Stop being repetitive
  • Add back more breads or bagels instead of always having pretzels
  • No new “food rules” to help me cope with any stress
  • Make a list of my priorities but be aware that there will always be a list
  • Get more sleep!
  • Make a food record for the week

So we talked a lot about each of those things because they seem to be factoring in to my eating habits and Mary wants to make sure that I am remaining stable with school starting up. She always thinks of everything!

I was going to have the day off tomorrow, but my boss asked if I could come in. I am definitely not going to turn down the hours! So I am going to go eat my dinner and prepare myself for tomorrow 🙂 Have a great night!

I love being productive :)

Don’t you just love the feeling you get at the end of a productive day? You just feel so accomplished and its a natural mood booster. At least that’s how it is for me!

This morning I was up early and did the crossword before getting ready to meet my new client over in Chapel Hill. For breakfast I just had banana bread with cream cheese and strawberries. Image

I met my new person at Starbucks and I ordered a chai latte and then got to discussing some food ideas!Image We talked for a good hour and I am now all set to start my work! This job will be a little different than the previous one. I am going to be doing more of a menu plan and then if she needs it I will teach her how to do some of the recipes. I can’t wait to get started!

I stopped at Barnes & Nobel and I got a few cook books to start my collection. I also looked briefly through some of the books on sale and found one that looks like a funny read. I could have easily spent all day in there. Obsessed. 

Then I went to my mom’s school to say hello to everyone. Emma and Elizabeth were there since today was their last day of school (it was a half day) and then Amber had baby Asher with her. So I spent some time with them while I waited for my mom. I briefly talked to my mom before I headed home to have my lunch. Image

After lunch I did dishes, laundry and then read for pleasure. I took a break for my snack and then talked with my parents before I was off to the barn! Image

The weather was weird today, it was cooler and it looked like it was going to rain at any minute. But it never did! I had a quick ride with Vinnie while Renee rode G and then we worked Ray. Renee warmed him up first and then I got on to finish his ride. I always have so much fun riding him! A woman is coming next weekend since she is interested in purchasing him, and I think she will absolutely love him. I talked to Renee and helped feed so I was there late (9:45!) but I don’t mind because I love the barn.Image When I got home I reheated some dinner. Chicken sausage + quinoa and veggies. Yummy!Image

I had a great day and I hope you all did too! Tomorrow is going to be a long day so I might not have an update until Saturday! 

En route to the beach!

Good afternoon, everyone! I am writing to you from the road so I apologize for any brevity! My dad and I are taking the RV to the beach for the weekend and we will be joined by my mom tomorrow once she is done with school. I had a few days off of work so my dad decided to make reservations for a mini vacation. I am so excited!

So the past few days have been busy with work and then relaxing at home with Madelyne visiting for a short amount of time.

I will just sum up yesterday and today!

Yesterday I woke up early and was off to the Y before work. On the way in I had oatmeal topped with peanuts.

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At the gym I did a quick mile warm up on the treadmill before doing a few arm exercises and planks.

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Then I showered and was off to work! We managed to stay busy the whole day so it made the time go by quickly. For my morning snack I had carrots, an apple and cheese.

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Madelyne and my mom brought me lunch from Whole Foods and we went and ate it across the street at American Tobacco. It was so nice!

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On the way home from work I had my snack and talked to Madelyne since she rode home with me after spending the day at my mom’s school.

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Then we went out to the barn and I had a quick ride on Vinnie!

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My dad actually cooked dinner for us and it was delicious! He grilled pork, then made pesto pasta with cherry tomatoes and green beans. Yum!

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We watched 3 Days to Kill which was a pretty good movie. I like Kevin Costner. For my snack before bed I had pretzels and key lime Greek yogurt.

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This morning I was up early to take Madelyne to the airport 😦 it’s always sad to say goodbye, but it’s so much better knowing that she will be moving down here in a few months!

My eats for the day:

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My dad cut grass on the tractor while I manned the push mower. We cut all of the grass and then got packed up to hit the road!

I hope you all have fun things planned for the weekend!

The Past Few Days in a Nutshell

Hi everyone! How has your weekend been going? Mine has been going really well. Sorry I haven’t stopped by to do my usual daily post the past two days. Sometimes it can be nice to detach from social media, right? It almost feels as if I am on vacation with my family and I am focused on spending quality time with them, disconnected from most electronic devices. Of course I have been home alone without my parents while they have been in Chattanooga visiting my sister, so I’m not on a vacation, but it still feels like a break away from things that might get my mind working on overdrive. 

Well anyways, Here is a bunch of pictures from the past two days! ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

1. Friday morning I woke up and quickly grabbed the things I packed for the day at work and then got changed to go pull the tarp at the ballpark at 8. I never pulled the tarp before so I was nervous I was going to be in the way, but it was super easy and I didn’t fall so I was happy! It felt good to work on a team. It was funny because they all were making bets on who would be the last person to show up or who would show up late. Apparently if that person shows up late they are automatically nominated to go get breakfast for everyone haha. No one was late, but it came close and I got in a few laughs from some of the remarks made. After tarp was pulled I went in to the store to begin working on online orders. I then ate my blackberry overnight oatmeal for breakfast. It was creamy and delicious! 

2. For lunch on Friday I had my quinoa mixture (green beans, pepper, onion, hard boiled egg, italian dressing) with an apple. Pretty good for a quick concoction.

3. Kind bar on my way home for my snack. You can kind of see the ballpark in the background!

4. When I got home around 6:20 I decided to go on a little run. I was going to go to the barn but I was certain that the arena would be too wet to ride in. Renee said it wasn’t but when I heard back from her it was too late. Oh well.

5. I combined my dinner and snack. I had a chicken salad bagel-wich, veggies (green beans, peppers, onions), strawberries, and key lime greek yogurt. 

6. Yesterday morning I decided to relax in bed before I got the day started, but I guess I relaxed too much because I ended up having to rush to leave on time to be to work at 9. I had my green smoothie and bagel with cinnamon cream cheese as I drove in. 

7. My lunch yesterday at work was a warm delicious sweet potato, green bean, onion, pepperjack cheese and queso flavored laughing cow mixture. Plus greek yogurt and an apple on the side. 

8. My kind bar as a snack on my way to the barn after work. 

9. I rode Vinnie while Renee rode G. We started off in the arena and then went down the road. We discovered that Vinnie really doesn’t care for barking dogs. There was a great dane that came awfully close to us and Vinnie started to dance around and then he did some spinning and threw in a buck. Then he did the same thing when some dogs on the way back got into a little dispute. I don’t think he trusts having his back to strange dogs. Another thing he did that was kind of a shock was he took off galloping up this one big hill. To be fair, when G started trotting up the hill Vinnie decided he needed to pee. So I think he just didn’t want to be left behind. The surprising part was that I was actually able to stop him and make him trot. We walked down the hill and then trotted calmly back up it, with him leading the way, which was excellent! I had to correct him and let him know that we don’t gallop up the hills unless I ask him to. So there were a few glitches on the trail ride, but that’s alright. I ended the trail ride with him walking at an easy going pace so I considered it a win. After we let Vinnie and G out in the pasture we got Ray and Renee gave me another lesson on him. I am loving him more and more haha!

So last night after the barn I showered and then Evan came over to hang out. I fixed my dinner, but take a picture. I had another chicken salad bagel-wich and then had carrots and baby peppers with guacamole. What a delicious combination! 

For my late night snack I had strawberries, greek yogurt and a Kashi bar. 

This morning I woke up and did a few chores before I fixed my breakfast. I made a veggie scramble, a chai latte and oatmeal with blueberries and walnuts. Super yummy and filling! Image

Being home alone has gone a little differently than I expected. I was picturing having all this time to make delicious new creations for my dinners since I mostly worked day hours, but then my evening always became busy and then I ended up not having enough time to do much other than put together a sweet potato mixture or make a bagel sandwich. I think the only meat I have been eating has been the chicken salad haha. Plus my mom took the new recipe books we got with her to Chattanooga so I lost a lot of my inspiration to make new things. I can’t blame her though. I can only blame my laziness haha. 

Well, it is time for me to go get ready for work! I am scheduled noon till close so it could be a late night or it could be decent. It all depends on the game! I hope you have a fantastic day! 

 

On my own for a few days

 

 

Hi everyone! I hope the past two days have been wonderful for you. Mine have been pretty low-key, but great. 

Yesterday

After breakfast yesterday I went out to the barn. I rode Vinnie while Renee rode G. We began our ride in the arena and actually spent a decent amount of time in there. Then we headed down the road! We went all the way to the end of the road and we even through in a little trotting. There is a massive open field at the end of the road and we actually spent a few minutes riding through it. Vinnie was such a good boy! I was so proud of him for being so well behaved. On the way back we both jumped off when ever a big, scary tractor drove past us, but then we hopped right back up to go the rest of the way back to the barn. Vinnie was SO sweaty so I hosed him off real quick. ImageImageImageRay is such a goof ball! Vinnie of course had to roll after I hosed him. Horses… 

I was going to ride Ray as well but I was completely out of time! I had to rush home and I only had 15 minutes to get a shower and get all my things ready to go to work. 

After working for a bit I took a break to have my lunch. I had an apple, carrots, and a chicken salad bagel-wich. Image Work went well. It wasn’t a busy night at all but we still managed to do a good amount of business in the store! On my break I had a chicken sausage, spinach and sweet potato mixture but I didn’t take a picture haha. When I got home from work after 11 I made a quick snack of strawberries and an almond butter tortilla shell.Image

 

Today

This morning I woke up and relaxed for a bit before I fixed a big breakfast! It was a yummy one. My mouth is watering just thinking about those fresh berries!

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I was lazy pretty much the rest of the morning and a good bit of the afternoon. I watched Rehab Addict and read some of my book.Image My parents left a little before two to take the RV to get worked on before they continue on with their trip to Chattanooga to see my sister. I am sad that I couldn’t tag along with them but in this case I felt work was a priority. I will get another opportunity to visit with her soon! For lunch I made myself another chicken salad bagel-wich that I ate with an apple, carrots with guac and a greek yogurt. Yum! ImageI did a couple things at home before I ran a few errands in Durham. One of those things was getting registered for the Running of the Bulls 8k in Durham at the end of the month! Yippee! After my errands I got changed for the barn and grabbed my snack! Image

I was at the barn for about 3 hours this evening. I began by riding Vinnie and he was kind of a butt head today. I blame the full moon haha. There was just one spot in the arena that he acted up in almost every time we passed through it. It was annoying and I ended up working him about twice as hard and as long as I intended, but I still had a good time with him. After I finished with Vinnie I worked with Renee and Ray. Renee warmed him up first and Ray was a little off as well, so she actually worked him the majority of the time and then she gave me another mini lesson. I enjoyed both of my rides so much!

When I got home I took a shower and then made myself dinner. I cooked a sweet potato and then loaded it up with peppers, onions and cheese. I also threw a little salsa on the plate for some spice. It was super yummy! ImageNow I am just relaxing for a few minutes on the couch before I go find something for my snack. I am glad that I will be working tomorrow, I felt like I didn’t have much to do today! Hope everyone has a great Thursday! 

 

I’m sold

Good morning, all!

I had a fabulous Monday. I know what you are thinking: that sentence shouldn’t even exist. Everyone dreads Mondays, but when you get the day off incredible things can happen!

So after typing up my post yesterday I did the crossword puzzle before fixing myself banana bread and a green smoothie for breakfast. Oh how I missed my green smoothies!IMG_3066
I was bummed when I checked my email and saw that my advising appointment at UNC was canceled because the advisor was out with an illness. So I rescheduled and made an appointment for the first time available, which is next Monday. So because I didn’t have to go to Chapel Hill in the morning I took one of my books and hit the porch swing for a bit of time. It was so relaxing! I eventually headed inside to start getting ready to go into Durham. I stopped at the bank on my way to Whole Foods to grab lunch for my mom and I. We ended up eating our lunches on a shaded bench outside her school. It was beautiful out!1 2
I basically talked her ear off about new developments in my life, AKA boy drama hahaha. It’s not really drama though. Before leaving the shaded bench I prepped a little work for my appointment with Mary.
My time with Mary flew by! We talked a lot about general things and how my week went. I always like how Mary will use other real life examples to explain certain difficulties that others might face. It sometimes is like I am getting a mini lesson of something I might learn at UNC. So of course I love it! Then we dove into doing the Quick Quiz activity in The Tao of Eating book that she lent me. The quiz is designed to analyze how much you are still letting thoughts about food dictate your thoughts or actions. Going through the question I had to quickly right down a yes or no and then we added up the yeses to see where I scored. I originally scored rather high, meaning I was still very consumed by “diet” rules or thoughts, but then after discussing each one (because the majority of my answers were more of a “kind of” than a yes or no) we concluded that I am only moderately driven by some of those remaining thoughts. Then I told her exactly that, they are all thoughts and my actions don’t reflect them. As we discussed each question and my response I wrote down long term goals, so now I know of a bunch of things that I can still work on! It was a great session and we covered a lot of ground!
Once I got home I relaxed for a bit before fixing my snack of pretzels and guacamole. I hadn’t had guac in a while so I was super happy!IMG_3067
Then I got a text from Renee saying she would be home at 7 and she asked if I wanted to ride Ray. I jumped on the opportunity! So I got changed and headed out there. I groomed Vinnie and gave him an apple (he got the day off from work too haha) before Renee and I headed up to the arena with Ray! She rode him first so that she could give me a visual of all of the cues she uses with him. Then it was my turn to hop up in the saddle! I had a great time and I absolutely loved riding him! That was the verse time I think I have ever seriously ridden western. He really wasn’t a challenging horse to ride. Yes, it still required a lot of work, but it was so enjoyable! Renee was so happy that I rode him and that I thought he was a great horse. I made plans to ride him again this morning before I go to work, so after I fix my breakfast it is going to be a morning full of horses!
When I got home last night my parents had dinner ready. We had chicken sausage, peppers and onions, and then I heated up leftover rice. It was simple and delicious!IMG_3068
I relaxed the rest of the night and before bed I had a quick snack of an apple and trail mix.3

Well alrighty, I am off to have another fabulous day, starting with this yummy breakfast!IMG_3069 I hope you all have a day that is equally (if not more 😉 ) amazing!

I am bad at celebrating Mother’s Day…

Good morning, friends! How are you on this gorgeous Monday? I woke up in a great mood this morning so I can’t wait to take on the day with this feeling of positivity! Perhaps the great day I had yesterday has me walking on sunshine this morning 🙂

How I spent Mother’s Day

So first of all, I am an awful daughter because I didn’t get my mom anything special for Mother’s Day. I could be cheesy and say but every day is Mother’s Day! Mothers should be treated special EVERY day of the year! which is totally true, but still I think the notion of having one special day dedicated to mothers is nice. But back to why I am an awful daughter. I didn’t get my mom a card or flowers or anything. I feel like the “holiday” completely snuck up on me. In my mind I thought i would do something really heartfelt and make her something special, but I never got around to being crafty. We ate breakfast together and then we did a few chores around the house before we went to the Al Buehler trail at Duke to do a little exercise.Image Add this to the list of reason’s why I am a bad daughter: I made my mom jog! Ok, so I guess that’s not a bad thing, but I felt bad pushing her so hard on Mother’s Day. Maybe she appreciated it. She hasn’t jogged that much in YEARS so she was huffing and puffing. She said something about not wanting to have a heart attack on mom’s day so maybe that is why I felt bad about it haha. She did really good though and it is definitely something she needs to be super proud of! We did 5 minute increments of jogging and walking for 35 minutes and then she said she needed to walk the rest of the time. I was proud of her. I had fun doing it as well. I wasn’t winded at all so I enjoyed giving her words of encouragement all throughout the jogging intervals. Image

After our time on the trail we went to Costco and Harris Teeter before going back home for lunch. At Costco I got these little chicken salad cups to try so I made a chicken salad bagel-wich. I had an apple, some carrots and half a pepper and a cheese stick as well.Image Then I threw on my bathing suit and headed outside to wash the Jeep and Old Blue. I wanted to wash and vacuum my car so I figured it would be a nice little gift for my mom to do her Jeep as well 🙂 So I cleaned my mom’s car and almost gave her a heart attack from jogging… all in celebration to her! 🙂

Once I finished up the cars I got changed and grabbed a Kind bar to have for my snack on the way out to the barn.Image I had a great time with Vinnie! It was still really hot out so I only did a light ride. He was so good though 🙂 He also loved the new treats my mom got for him. And he got to go out on the front pasture with the other horses so he was just as happy as could be!Image

When I got home I chatted with my parents for a few minutes before I jumped in a cold shower. Yes, a cold shower. My shoulders and back are very badly sunburned from this weekend’s activities so the cold water felt so nice on my burning skin. After my shower I helped my mom do a quick clean up before my neighbor friend came over. We all talked for a bit before I fixed my dinner plate. My parents made pork chops, roasted veggies and rice.Image Evan already ate dinner so I just took my plate out to the couch and we watched a little TV and chatted before we finished watching The Dark Knight Rises. So I felt bad again for not spending the entire night with my mom, but I don’t think she minded. (If you did mind, Mom, then I will make it up to you!) I had a great time though! After Evan left to walk back to his house I fixed a snack and then worked on a sudoku puzzle before heading off to bed.Image

It was such a full day!

Today’s Plans

So after I have my breakfast I am going to get ready for my advising appointment at UNC. I am so excited for it! I can’t wait to get my classes sorted out and develop a good plan. After that I am going to bring my mom lunch at her school and then I have my appointment with Mary. Then this evening I will more than likely go to the barn. Bring on the day, world. Bring. It. On. 🙂 🙂 🙂