I’m still here, I promise!

Hi friends!

Gosh, it feels like a year has gone by since I’ve had time to drop in. There is so much to update you on!

I’ll start with the obvious: school. It sucks up all my time, but I suppose that is always expected. I had my first calculus exam on Thursday and then this next week is going to be the week from hell because I have 4 exams. So all I ever do is study. Forget having a social life. I don’t even know what having a social life is. I don’t know what sleep is either. So it sounds like I’m just complaining so let me end this paragraph by saying despite all the stress and lack of free time, I am still enjoying being a student again!

The Bull’s season is officially over. We played up until game 5 of the last round of playoffs, so we were so close to making it back to the National Championship game! Now that I don’t have to work as much (I might still work every now and then if I’m needed) I can use tha time to study more! Yippee! That’s not true, I use that time to go see Vinnie. And Madelyne’s horse, Saint, is down here now which is super exciting! Of course Vinnie is a jerk to him, but still it’s great to have Saint there because it increases the chances that I get to see Madelyne! Both of our lives are crazy busy so I rarely get to see her. 1

My half marathon training has been going well! During the week I try and utilize my beginning jogging class as much as possible so that I don’t have to spend that much extra time running. So I will just stay on the track after to finish my runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I have been swimming at the Y on Saturdays as my cross training because I have fallen in love with it. My long runs on Sundays have actually been happening early Monday mornings at the Y… I need to change that because soon since i won’t have enough time to fit it in on Mondays due to the runs getting longer! I also have a really bad shin splint in my right leg. It hurts all the time. So I have been trying to ice it a lot.

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Some big news: I turned twenty one on Tuesday! I didn’t do anything special. I had class all day and then cooked dinner for my parents and I. I made tostadas which were delicious. Thursday night I ended up going to this place called City Beverage, which was totally awesome and I am definitely going back, with Bryan, Casey, and Justin (her husband). It was a lot of fun and it was a good way to relax after having my calculus test earlier that day! I ordered a Sea Dog Wild Blueberry beer and it was delicious. But… I didn’t get carded! What in the world, right!?

My meals have been really repetitive. I have overnight oatmeal pretty much every morning for breakfast. For lunch I typically have a turkey sandwich or chicken salad and pretzels, usually with an apple and carrots. My snacks are usually Greek yogurt and a KIND bar. Then for dinner it varies a little, but most nights it’s meat, roasted veggies and then I have a potato. We have been trying to add more variety by getting back to meal planning though! About a week and a half ago my parents went up to PA to help out my grandma, Baba, since she had a procedure done on one of her eyes, and while they were gone I got a little creative for my lunch and dinner one day. I used leftover pork tenderloin and made Asian pork and broccoli! So good! I had it for lunch and dinner that day, just because it was convenient for taking to work. And maybe also because it was just that darn good! So I knew in advance I would want to share this recipe so here it is friends! Apologies in advance for lack of quality of the pictures- lighting wasn’t the best. And I don’t have fancy plating to display the final product haha.

Simple Asian Pork and Broccoli 

Over medium high heat, add sesame oil to a large skillet. Once warmed, add the garlic, ground ginger and the red pepper flakes.

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Once the garlic is heated through and all the flavors look pretty well blended, add the leftover pork tenderloin to the skillet. Of course, you could add uncooked or leftover meat of any kind, such as chicken or beef. I’ve used my recipe for this before with chicken and it was delicious! Add about half of the sauce mixture to the skillet along with the pork. Let this cook down a little, until the meat is warmed through.

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Next, throw in all of your veggies and give them a stir. Pour in the remainder of the sauce and stir again.

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Cover with a lid and let the steaming action work its magic.

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Stir occasionally and cook until the veggies are at your desired tenderness!

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Serve over rice or quinoa. I went with quinoa this time since it cooks faster! Makes two kick-ass servings.

Ingredients:

  • 45g carrots, thinly sliced lengthwise (about half a serving/small handful)
  • 3 servings of broccoli (it is called pork and broccoli after all)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 70g onion, chopped/sliced/diced/carved into a scary face
  • 6oz leftover pork tenderloin, sliced into thin pieces (mine was grilled and then I trimmed the crispy edges off-but you might want to keep em’)
  • dash of ground ginger
  • few shakes of red pepper flakes (shake n’ flake. Yeah? Anybody?)

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce (still more than enough sodium)
  • 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Whisk this sauce like crazy! Get that cornstarch mixed in there.

So that’s it for this update! I am off to make my breakfast before I go to the barn with Madelyne. I am in for a busy day today! Maybe I will stop in tomorrow to post about my Saturday because I am sure I will need a break from studying, but I know I am not reliable so no promises haha!

Best Match Ever

Hi everyone! This is going to hopefully be a quick post so I can eat my snack and catch some Z’s. I couldn’t have asked for a better day today. I woke up and had to layer up because it was freezing! That huge bruise on my knee was from the same exact incident that caused the rope burn on my fingers.Image My mom laughed at me and then I fixed my breakfast… Of course I had a piece of pumpkin pie with my spinach cheesy egg and pomegranate. I also had one of my delicious chai lattes.Image After breakfast my mom gave me “permission” to go crazy with cleaning the living room. I turned on some music and got to dusting and cleaning windows. Time flew by and I had my morning snack before going to the barn. Image

Vinnie was terrific! I pushed him and kept him in a smaller circle for more control and he was really listening. The only hiccup he had was when Murdock (one of the barn cats) decided he needed to climb one of the trees right by the round pen creating a huge commotion. The cats were just causing all kinds of trouble today. When I was grooming Tilley caught a huge mouse and it was making a terrible squeaking sound that had Vinnie a little spazzed. He was such a good boy though 🙂 The Mare is going to be leaving this weekend to go to a training barn for a month, so I hope Ray and Robert will adjust to her being gone for a while.ImageImage

I came home and got cleaned up before fixing my lunch. I had sandwich with leftover turkey, brie and raspberry jam all melted and toasty. I also had leftover brussels, an apple and milk. Then I still had to fill some bubbles so I had some Reese’s miniatures. A serving size was 5, so 5 it was!Image I ate them on the way into Durham. We went to the Duke Volleyball match against UNC. It was the biggest crowd I have ever seen there! I couldn’t believe it.Image UNC won the first and third set. Duke won the second and fourth. They were all really close! The fifth set was played till 21 (fifth sets go until 15 points, but you have to beat the other team by 2 points) so it was truly neck and neck the entire game. Duke pulled through and got the big W!Image While we were at the match I saw my old club volleyball coach, Coach Jordan. I haven’t seen him in such a long time and we quickly caught up. He has always been my favorite coach!

Once we got back to the truck I had my snack, which was just a LUNA bar. Then we drove to Cary and went to Gander Mountain. I love that store. My dad got some new pants and a few shirts. We spent some time just wandering around the store, looking at everything they had and checking out all the sales. Then we went to Chili’s for dinner. I think we are putting an end to our new restaurant tradition. I think we are just running out of options. There are only so many places where we all would like the menu and that we don’t need reservations for. My dad also said that if you have found a few places that are good, why not just go back to them? So now I think we are just going to go to restaurants on Friday nights that we are in the mood for. But back to Chili’s. I ordered the margarita chicken and it was pretty good. It came with black beans and rice.Image Comfort food, Crum style. We watched some of the Duke basketball game on TV before heading home. Now I am bundled up on the couch and I am about to go grab my late night snack of pumpkin pie. No shame in having pie twice today!

What is one of the best sporting events you have been to?