Lately

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.

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Complete with eggs, bacon, cinnamon rolls (!!!), toast, fresh berries, and the most unassumingly tasty frozen heart waffles from Whole Foods.

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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.

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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 🙂

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big papi burger for her, cheeseburger for me, sweet potato fries to share

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The rest of the week was GLORIOUS.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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there were not enough napkins for this goodness

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check that margarita in front of Rachel eyoooo

Rebecca, Fiona, Rachel and I brunched at Lulu’s on Saturday, which was another beautiful day.

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donut holes with warm chocolate sauce to start

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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)…

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rice, beans, grilled steak, fried plantains(!), salsa, lettuce, jack cheese in the most doughy tortilla in all the land

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you bet we housed each of ours completely

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Sarah also surprised Rachel when she joined us for burritos 🙂

…a 2.5-hour walk through Boston…

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…a homemade dinner of soba noodles with chicken, peppers, and peanut sauce (soba noodles are one of Rachel’s favorite things ever)…

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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.

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…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 🙂

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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!?

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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?

Last Week Was Crazy

Meep.

I did not get to put up another post last week, but that’s the outcome I was sensing since I had a big psych test on Friday AND there were so many other fun things happening when I wasn’t studying. I’ll just get right into it, because the meat of this post just speaks for itself.

Best Friend Surprise

Someone very special decided to be awesome and sneaky on Tuesday…

I’m the most clueless doofus out there, but…Daliza was in Boston.

Shoutout to my roommate Jordan for helping Daliza make this crazy surprise happen! They went through this whole complicated process to get me to come out at the right time and place so that Daliza could surprise me. You don’t get to see it in this video, but I started crying. As I do. I was utterly shocked and ecstatic that Daliza was here at Boston University to visit me!

She’s the bomb. Jordan’s the bomb. God blessed me with some rockstar friends, eh?

Ben Turns 21

After chillin’ with my Mexican sister from another mister for a few precious hours before she headed back to NY (yes, she came all the way up to Boston just for a day— dedication ♥), I joined my family in the evening for dinner to celebrate bro-Ben’s 21st! #boozeTues

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We went to an upscale Southern restaurant called Hungry Mother, and it was wonderfully rich and comforting. It’s awesome that they use local ingredients and change up their menu every day too! They have a prix fixe menu option, so we all chose that (mom and I shared) and essentially ordered everything on the petite menu to share.

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Course 1: chicken-fried veal sweetbreads // escargot with biscuit topping // sunchoke parsnip soup

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Course 2: charcuterie board // oysters rockefeller // beet and baby scallop salad

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Course 3: wild catfish with cornbread puree and brussels sprouts // squab with farroto // rabbit with rabbit andouille sausage and gold rice grits

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Course 3: cheese plate // yogurt cheesecake with cranberry caramel and poached apple // chocolate truffle tart with buttermilk ice cream // complimentary cookies of some sort

All the plates were on the small side, so it was a perfect tasting evening. If the plates were any bigger, I might have ended up blowing up from water retention. That food was pretty heavy on the salt and fat (as expected from a Southern-inspired restaurant), but it was delicious for sure! My favorites were the beet and scallop salad and the yogurt cheesecake.

Hope you had a marvelous birthday, bro! I can’t believe you can consume alcohol legally now. We were drinking milk from sippy cups, like, yesterday?

School.

Tests, labs, essays, tour guide training, REGISTRATION FOR CLASSES.

It’s like the Hunger Games trying to register for classes. You have to strategize, have a backup plan, prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Everyone wants the same classes as you, so you have to pounce on that ish.

Anyway, it wasn’t too bad (except for 6-8 pm bio lab, ew). Hopefully everything works out next semester!

My friends and I also had tour guide training all day on Saturday, which was kind of draining (especially since we had to walk outside for two hours in the frigid air that cut through my soul), but I’m totally looking forward to giving tours next semester! If any of you high schoolers are thinking about Boston University….!!!

More Birthdays (and sweets)

Besides celebrating bro-Ben’s birthday, I also joined in the celebration of my friend Christina’s birthday on Thursday!

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She’s 19 and fabulous (and she has a killer opera voice). Our friend Cori made a huge batch of eggless cookie dough, which we all very much appreciated. Then I went to a Students for Life club meeting, where there was pumpkin and NY cheesecake made by the wonderful Cecilia.

My friends are going to give me diabetes.

We also celebrated friend-Ben’s birthday on Saturday! A bunch of us watched him and two other friends do the legendary Rhett’s challenge, which is trying to eat 8 GIANT scoops of ice cream, a triple bacon cheeseburger, a large side of fries, and a large root beer within 30 minutes.

My friends are going to vicariously give me diabetes.

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They did not complete the challenge, but that’s really okay. It was actually difficult to watch them try to down that food. Daily Moves and Grooves does not condone these kinds of challenges.

Cold Weather

It’s finally upon us, which means it’s time to break out the mom jacket.

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Would you believe me if I said I’ve had this jacket since 6th grade? It fits a lot better now.

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Hi, Connor and Louis!

It’s not even that cold yet for Boston standards. When we’re back here in February, I might have to risk looking like a robber by walking around in a ski mask so my face doesn’t fall off.

And that’s IT, friends! 8 more days until Thanksgiving break. I can almost taste it.

I hope you all have a marvelous Monday!

MiMM

Linking up with Katie!

So tell me:

Two exciting things that happened to you last week!

Do you like Southern cuisine?

Is it freezing where you live?