I have been the WORST with blogging recently.
I have good and bad excuses, but here’s the lowdown on what’s been happening these past couple weeks!
Before retreat, one of the missionaries at our Catholic Center, Courtney, cooked a killer breakfast (before 7am!) for our little junior Bible study group.
Complete with eggs, bacon, cinnamon rolls (!!!), toast, fresh berries, and the most unassumingly tasty frozen heart waffles from Whole Foods.
Courtney, you are wonderful. Thank you so much!
The night after retreat was the countdown to Rachel’s 21st birthday! A bunch of us rallied enough energy to play Just Dance in a common room too tiny for our large group before all the 21+ peeps (including Rachel now!) took a shot at midnight.
in this moment: “It’s midnight!!!”
‘Twas an exciting night! I was alllll about the dancing (even without booze in me 😉 ).
On Rachel’s actual birthday (which happened to be a day off for President’s Day hallelujah), I took her out to UBurger for some good food and great chats. As we do 🙂
big papi burger for her, cheeseburger for me, sweet potato fries to share
The rest of the week was GLORIOUS.
Boston was teased with the most gorgeous spring weather last week. I got nostalgic, thinking about all the fun spring things from last year. It actually made me kinda sad too, because I know that although it felt like April/May (aka Easter season + end of the semester), I knew it was only February.
Nevertheless, people around campus were so much happier and more energetic! It’s like the universe changes for the better when the weather gets warm.
There was still a little bit of snow on the ground, but that all disappeared by the end of the week. I even got to play hacky sack with my friends outside #quintessentialcollegethings. Plus yoga by the river on Thursday morning between classes!
Aaaaaand this week there’s a forecast of snow again.
Random update: I cooked this fantastic pasta dish for my meals last week.
Whole wheat spaghetti with sundried tomatoes, artichokes, lots of fresh basil, olive oil, and herby chicken. All my faves.
The food and birthday celebrations for Rachel continued over the weekend!
Fish tacos + the BEST honey ale cornbread on Friday:
there were not enough napkins for this goodness
check that margarita in front of Rachel eyoooo
Rebecca, Fiona, Rachel and I brunched at Lulu’s on Saturday, which was another beautiful day.
donut holes with warm chocolate sauce to start
I got the vegan buddha bowl: mesclun greens, sweet chili noodles, spiced chickpeas and button mushrooms, grape tomatoes, avocado, and sliced almonds. So tasty!
On Sunday, I gave my big gift to Rachel. I took her through a day of 21 meaningful things for her 21st birthday. Some of those things included a breakfast of yogurt + pb, Mass, a trip to El Pelon for the outstanding El Guapo burrito (from our food bucket list)…
rice, beans, grilled steak, fried plantains(!), salsa, lettuce, jack cheese in the most doughy tortilla in all the land
you bet we housed each of ours completely
Sarah also surprised Rachel when she joined us for burritos 🙂
…a 2.5-hour walk through Boston…
…a homemade dinner of soba noodles with chicken, peppers, and peanut sauce (soba noodles are one of Rachel’s favorite things ever)…
Her boyfriend, Austin, was a surprise guest for the night! God bless the dude. He had raced 6 miles at a 6:23 pace earlier that day after 4 hours of sleep. Casual.
…and we finished the day by watching Step Up and eating this PB&J flavor from Ben & Jerry’s, because she’s the jelly to my peanut butter 🙂
p.s. highly recommend this flavor to all your pb&j lovers
Good times with good people, man.
Speaking of peanut butter though, I’m giving it up for Lent. And not just peanut butter but ALL nut/seed butters. Whaaaaaaaaaaaat!?
banana pudding for breakfast via Imma Eat That
I’ve contemplated giving up nut butter for Lent in the past, but I was always afraid because I consumed many of my calories from peanut butter, and I wanted to be sensitive to my disordered eating recovery. This year, I feel absolutely sure that giving up nut butter is truly out of sacrifice and not out of any restrictive mindset.
I’m really not excited about it, but that’s a sign that it’s something good for me to give up for Lent 🙂
Megan: “Feel the loss, Alison.”
Hope you all have a great Monday!
So tell me:
How’s the weather where you are?
Does nice weather make you nostalgic about anything?
Three things you did this weekend!
If you observe Lent, what are you thinking of doing/giving up?