Weekend of Work and Play

Three more days of classes and then we’re free!…

…To study for finals!!! And then we’ll really be free.

Statistics may or may not be making me constantly angry, but Boston University offers things like puppy therapy to keep us light-hearted and believing that there is still happiness in the world (so melodramatic).

This weekend has thankfully been a fine mix of work and play— essential for sanity, I’d say.

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At the gym and on a dinner date with my fellow banana, Christine (yellow on the outside, white on the inside). Get it? 😀

I also went out to my friend’s a cappella concert as well as a partayyyy on Saturday night. There were red Solo cups filled with a clear beverage…


Oh my goodness, the a cappella concert was spectacular! I’m a huge fan of a cappella groups, and this was my first one I attended at Boston University. They made my jaw drop several times during their performance because I was just in awe of their talent! I want moreeeeee.

As for the party, it was a fancy mixer for Catholic students from Boston University, MIT, and Harvard. My friends and I had a blast dressing up for the first time this semester, and we owe all our thanks to my roommate. She literally did our hair in 20 minutes flat, and we all looked ready for the red carpet. Girl doesn’t mess around!

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I’m the “mom” of the group apparently. I told my friend to make sure she ate something before leaving the dorm and I carried a huge purse to fit our belongings in it.

The party was crowded but very fun! I was often the awkward person standing in the center of the room looking for people to talk to, but it was all good. Let the people come to YOU, right?

Just kidding, I still had to every-so-subtly slip myself into little circles of people.

In addition to the fun stuff, I did the obligatory homework and studying, and I worked on Saturday. Remember when I made my “bosses” (the lovely couple for whom I work) steak for the first time ever and I thought I ruined everything by overcooking it? Well, they asked me to make steak for them again, so I guess they really did like it? Whatever happened, I think I nailed a medium rare steak this time.

I also made them tuna salad again, and I have the recipe for you fellow tuna salad lovers!

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Alison’s Terrific and Tasty Tuna Salad

  • 3 5-oz. cans no salt, water-packed white albacore tuna
  • ⅓ c. light mayo
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. whole grain mustard
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • ¼ tsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh dill
  • half a medium onion, diced
  • ¼-⅓ c. chopped carrots
  • ¼ c. finely diced (reduced-salt) green olives
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Flake all the tuna out of the cans into a large bowl. Add the next six ingredients and mix well. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix altogether. Smack the tuna salad on some crackers or toast or just eat it straight up if you fancy that.

When I explained this recipe to my mother, she was totally weirded out. I get that it’s a slightly strange combination of ingredients, but it’s darn tasty! It came together as a result of whatever my bosses had in their fridge/pantry. I don’t even like raw onions or olives usually, but they just work in this tuna salad. Have some breath mints or gum on hand for afterwards though.

*Closes out of Facebook* Alright I just wasted a good 20 minutes going down memory lane on Facebook. Gotta go to sleep.

I hope you all have a beautiful Monday!

(Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception, fellow Catholics!)

So tell me:

Two things you did this weekend!

Do you like a cappella groups?


Do you like tuna salad?


16 thoughts on “Weekend of Work and Play

  1. Eeeee this tuna salad sounds SO similar to mine 😀 ; the carrots and the dill are musts for me..as are chopped plum tomatoes. And I usually roll with a mashed avocado but I need to give it a try with the mayo and honey(!) . I actually go to town dunking in roasted potato wedges – so good!
    You girls are stunners 🙂 .

  2. That recipe sounds great I will have to give it a try. I usually mix some salsa or mustard into my tuna as well. I noticed you had a the TJ’s dijon mustard in the pic (it is so good isn’t it). I recently tried their new 4 pack of dijon mustard which is the bomb! There are 4 different flavours. The black current one is so good. I highly recommend it if you are a dijon and TJ’s fan 🙂

  3. youre so funny 🙂 im cracking up reading all your innuendo:-P
    that tuna salad looks to die!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ( ive never said that phrase before but “guatever”)
    have a great week and i love you girl

  4. Good call on the a cappella groups. I never paid much attention to them – shame on me – until attending a press conference for work recently. Are there any groups you’d recommend listening to online?
    On another note you look gorgeous in the Party pictures. What a stylish mum you are ;).

  5. You would be the mother, wouldn’t you haha! Love it. That is awesome that there was a mixer with all those other students- Boston sounds like a really really really smart city. That tuna salad sounds delicious- You know what makes it better? Sriracha. Promise.

  6. Girl, don’t even get me started on statistics!! That was my cap stone and somehow I use it in my career at least twice a week. Bleurgh!! I LOVE tuna salad. Especially tuna salad meets meatloaf. Just add an egg or whites and bake, so yum. This weekend I am flying home for my ASU graduation and seeing my family and friends. ❤

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