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!

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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!

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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! 

Getting prepared!

Happy Tuesday everyone!

These past two days have shot right past me. They both seem to kind of blur together.

Yesterday I was up early to go to the gym with my mom before I headed over to work. We carpooled in and I was able to eat my overnight oats without having to drive haha. I had a sweaty, but good, run on the treadmill!1 2

At work I did a few tasks involving invoices and travel before focusing on getting more product up online. Every time I feel like I am catching up we get more product in and I have to start all over again! I enjoy doing it though. I had a banana and yogurt for my snack.3

For lunch I had pretzels, chicken salad, peppers, grapes and a cheese stick.4

After work we headed home and I had trail mix for my snack.5 Then I did some relaxing before cleaning off the wood for my bed frame project that I am finally getting around to doing! For dinner my mom made pasta, sauteed peppers and tilapia. I mixed my pasta and peppers with a little spinach and a dab of balsamic. Plus a sun dried tomato laughing cow wedge. It was all absolutely delicious! 6

We watched the movie Runner Runner and it was pretty good. I felt like everything was a little predictable, but it was still alright.

For my snack I had an almond butter sandwich and blueberries before calling it a night.

The original plan this morning was to meet my boss at the gym at 8 to workout, but he texted me at 5:40 this morning and asked if we could workout during his lunch instead. I had no problem with that! I was happy to sleep a little bit more. Then I got to see this goofball!7 For breakfast I had the overnight oats I made, topped with blueberries and walnuts, a pepper and spinach scramble and a chai latte.8

After breakfast I got ready to head over to Chapel Hill to get acquainted with the campus a little! I parked in my parking spot and walked over to the student book store to get my books for my biology class. Once I got my books I took a short walk to find the buildings my lecture and lab are in. Everything was close to my parking spot and easy to find, so I hope the rooms themselves are easy to find! I always feel much more prepared when I know exactly where I am going. That is always the stressful part for me! I am so happy to have everything I need and I am excited for the start of my first class as a Tarheel on Thursday!

Once I was done in Chapel Hill I went over to the Bulls to steal my boss. We walked across the street to the Y and got to work! We targeted our backs today and then did a few planks. I didn’t think this was a bad workout at all!9

After returning Bryan to the Bulls I headed home and then fixed myself lunch. I had a big plate of quinoa with taco turkey and cheese with carrots & salsa and grapes on the side. Plus a greek yogurt! Very tasty!10

After my late lunch I got to work on staining my wood! I ran out of stain though so I will have to get more so I can finish. I am trying to decide if I want to put another type of finish on it… Any thoughts???11

Now I am about to go have a little snack before I get ready to take my parents to Chapel Hill for dinner and exploring! Have a great evening!

Day Off, Woohoo!

So today I had the day off and I loved every minute of it. The farrier was scheduled to come today, but it got moved to tomorrow. I took the opportunity to try and sleep in a little, but it didn’t work out too much. I got up and worked on my puzzles and had breakfast. I made a quinoa, veggie and cheese scramble, a chai latte and a slice of almond butter toast. Oh how I love almond butter 🙂Image

Then I totally fell asleep on the couch. That little extra hour of sleep must have been needed haha. For snack I had oatmeal with frozen berries and PB2. Image

Once I finished eating my snack I got started on some chores. I got started on dishes and laundry and then I got ready to meet Josh for a run. He said he has been wanting to go for a run for a while and we finally got together to do that. I drove to his house and then we ran his road/neighborhood. It was a good run! I don’t think he was prepared for how slow I run though haha.Image

Once we finished our run I headed back home. I had my chocolate milk and relaxed a little bit before I fixed my lunch and spent the afternoon doing some more chores and relaxing. My lunch today was a sweet potato, chicken sausage, spinach and laughing cow hash, an apple, a carrot, and pretzels. Image

I have also been working on one of my mini projects. I am attempting another slouchy beanie that is part knit part crochet. I will share a picture when it it further along!

My snack was yogurt and trail mix. Mmmm 🙂Image

For dinner my mom made something that she saw on Food Network. I really wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out but it was great! It was a whole new way to experience a combination of foods and flavors that are quite common in our dinners. She made a sweet potato, carrot, garlic, onion puree and broiled tilapia with a yogurt-mustard-lime-honey-chive sauce that was ridiculously good. I had mine over more quinoa. How many different ways can you eat quinoa and sweet potato in one day? I didn’t mind though because it was all tasty. Image

Before dinner was my only hard part of the day. It wasn’t that big of a struggle. I just wasn’t sure how much of some things were going into the dinner. I am getting good at guessing though so I was able to overcome that with so much ease. Then I was able to really enjoy the terrific meal my mom made.

Overall it was a great day and I wouldn’t have done anything differently! Well, maybe I would have squeezed in the barn, but tomorrow I will be there extra long with the farrier to make up for it 🙂