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!

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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!

Let the two week count down begin!

I apologize so, so, SO much for not taking the time to drop in and give updates. My life has been so chaotic that I barely have time to sleep. I know in my last post I said that I would be back to write the very next day. Whelp… I lied. Sorry 😦 I had a stomach bug and was feeling AWFUL so I did absolutely nothing and I figured you all wouldn’t care to hear about that. So I saved you big time from getting too much information.
Since then I have been going to class, lab and work. Those three things have been my life. When I was able to be home all I had time for was homework and studying. I am still loving the course. The material is fascinating. I am definitely ready for it to be over though so my stress level decreases some. I have not been entirely satisfied with the grades I have been making, but apparently my grades are still slightly higher that the class average. I am trying so hard to accept the fact that I’m not going to be perfect and that it’s alright not to be. I only have two labs left: Monday is the second part of the anatomy dissection plus a quiz and then Tuesday is the final exam. I can’t believe lab is almost over! I’m ready though. I’ll be able to focus more on lecture. I only have two weeks left of lecture and then my life can briefly return to somewhat normalcy before I start the fall semester!
So some other things that have happened since I last popped in… Let’s see. Matt (my cousin Madelyne’s boyfriend) moved down here and started working at my mom’s school! Madelyne is going to be coming down in a few days and then I think she is moving in to her apartment down here at the very beginning of August. How exciting is that?!
Lately I feel like I have been a walking target for bad luck. I’m exaggerating because really nothing awful has happened. I did drop my phone in the parking lot at UNC, shattering the screen. I am hopefully getting it replaced today though. Then the next day I spilled my overnight oatmeal on myself a little bit in the way to class so I had to walk around with a stain on my shirts. I tried to hide it though haha. Then I definitely got ink all over that shirt from my printer at home. Fun times.
I had my appointment with Mary on Wednesday. It went really well. I filled her in on classes and then talked about some challenges I still faced. It is still a little hard for me to be spontaneous about eating. For example, I brought me lunch with me one day to UNC. In between lecture and lab my friend Erica invited me to go to a burger place for lunch with her and few other people. I politely turned it down, saying I needed to do some work before lab and that I brought my lunch with me. Looking back now I would have loved to meet more people, but the thought of having a burger for lunch that was unplanned was still a little bothersome. So I just need to work on getting over those fears of having food that is unplanned. And then the added fear of eating out. I feel like when I look at a menu I still automatically rule out certain dishes because I have marked them as “bad.” So Mary and I talked about that for a while and discussed how I don’t indulge in rich dishes very often so if I see something on a menu that looks good I NEED to order it! Good goal for the next time the opportunity arises.
This upcoming week is going to be a doozy! Wednesday is the triple-a all star game and the Bulls are hosting it. The days leading up to it are going to be insanity. So I am going to be busy with class and then through that on top. I have my lab final Tuesday and then a test in lecture on Thursday. I don’t know how I am going to have enough time for it all!
I haven’t taken many pictures lately and the ones I have taken are boring, so I’m sorry this post is dry! I am going to try and take more time so I can do my writing because I miss doing this!
I really hope you all are doing well and enjoying your summer! 🙂

It’s time to hunker down!

Wowzers, today has been crazy. I was up early to make it to my advising appointment at 9:15 in Chapel Hill. On the way I had my green smoothie and bagel with cinnamon cream cheese.Image My appointment  went really well but in order for me to take a class that I absolutely have to take this fall, I need to take Biology during the second summer session, which starts mid June. So I was a little overwhelmed with that because I was worried about working. I pretty much called my boss immediately afterwards so I could let him know that I was freaking out but that it was what needed to be done. But I calmed down since then and now I am excited and feeling confident and ready to get started with classes! 

After my advising appointment I walked over to the admissions office to start the process of changing my admission date to the summer from the fall. Then I had to hurry back to the truck so I could make it to my appointment with Mary on time. We had a good session. I began by summarizing the past week and then we kind of discussed how my protein amount might have been a little low. So she gave me lots of tips on how to make sure that I wasn’t falling way short on protein. Lots of good advice and I am ready to work on it!

I went over to Whole Foods for my lunch and I got a ham and cheese sandwich, yogurt, fruit and veggies. I had a nice relaxing time just enjoying my lunch!Image

Then I was off to the airport to pick up Madelyne! She flew down today for an interview tomorrow and then she will be staying until Thursday morning. I am so happy to have her here! We spent the afternoon/evening talking about possible future plans haha. For my snack I had pretzels, carrots and guacamole. Image

My parents made it home from Chattanooga a little after 7 and then we all chatted until Madelyne and I ran in to get Mexican takeout for dinner. I got chicken fajitas. I don’t know why but getting takeout isn’t as good as I remember it. I mean, it was still good, but just nothing spectacular. Image

Now we are watching We’re the Millers. Hilarious!

Hope you had a good start to the week!