What You Didn’t See

Between the week in the life vlog I posted last week and the Spartan Race on Sunday, I’ve shown a lot of the good and fun things happening around these parts.

Indeed, things have been good and fun, and I am grateful for that. I also like to think that I don’t just show the nice parts of life, but also the turbulence. Nevertheless, there are plenty of emotions and happenings that you didn’t see these past few weeks, so here’s a peek into what you didn’t see…

What you didn’t see before the week in the life vlog was my lack of productivity and my fear that I would not be able to become productive for work and classes. The weeks before starting work as a teaching assistant, I felt like my days would waste away and I would fail at doing simple tasks like reading my book for book club. I was genuinely concerned that I would crumble once I started work and classes.

(I have since reminded myself that having things to do makes me productive. Having nothing to do drains 99.9% of all motivation from me.)

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Do any other single people out there find it takes forever to pack meals for the next day? How do parents do this for other humans every day??

What you didn’t see was my failure to keep up with book club and attend any meeting after the first intro meeting. (I still want to finish the book in my own time though!)

What you didn’t see before the Spartan Race was the real concern that my family and friends had for me when I reconsidered racing after my hip injury (← still don’t know what it really was). Some people were in disagreement with me attempting the race, and although I wanted them to trust my judgment, I am grateful and humbled to have people who care for me and keep me in check to make sure I was being a good PT-to-be.

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avocado toast with bacon, eggs, sriracha + some veggie has been my dinner many times these past two weeks

What you didn’t see was the number of times I double-booked phone call dates and night plans in the past two weeks. I guess it was only one time each, but still — two more times than I should have done.

What you didn’t see was me yelling at a driver while I was walking to work yesterday morning. I’m not usually an angry person on the road as a driver or pedestrian, but I was pretty upset that someone making a left turn purposefully accelerated, nearly hit me, and honked at me for walking in front of her, to which I responded, “I have the walk sign!!” because I did indeed have the walk sign.

After steaming and shaking my head in annoyance for a few minutes, I hoped she had a better day after whatever was going on in her morning.

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I had overnight oats in me at that point too, which helped.

I share these things because sharing all experiences — even the silly ones and the ones we’re less proud of — brings us together as #humans.


But now for some more fun things that you didn’t see yet!

Like these professional photos from the Spartan Race! I cannot stop laughing at them. Look at the seal on the first two photos — Spartan KIDS. Are we kidding!?

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casually checking for some dirt under the nails. just a lil bit in there.

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my friend Evan: “Is that the part of your day when you’re spinnin sick beats in da club?”

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the traverse wall — one of my favorite obstacles of the course!

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my life flashing before my eyes. BUT LOOK AT HOW HIGH BEN JUMPED!!

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I am Mulan.

HAHAHA I die.

I made my favorite meatloaf (← so easy and tasty, highly recommend) on Tuesday night, and I’m thoroughly enjoying it this week with some quinoa and roasted broccoli.

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the sauce is ketchup, mustard and brown sugar, and it is BOMB

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This is less fun, but it was fun while it lasted. I finished my bag of dried figs with Greek yogurt and peanut butter.

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On Wednesday night, my dear friend Megan treated me to a drink for a belated birthday celebration! It was so great to catch up with this radiant soul.

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We got mango margaritas! She called it the classic BU white girl drink, but guatever, I’m on board with fruity drinks. It was my first time having a margarita, and I was a fan. She got a sugar rim and I went with salt.

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It was the perfect accompaniment to my fish tacos + honey ale cornbread (!!!).

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Thank you again, Megan! ♥︎

Today is my last day of work as a gross anatomy TA, and I must say that I will miss it! The other TA I worked with has been amazing, and it was fun teaching the lab section of the course. I’ll get to know most of the students better in these next three years though, because a lot of them are my classmates! Grad schools starts Tuesday eeeeeeep.

Happy Friday!

So tell me:

Something I don’t know! 🙂

Do you like meatloaf?

Two things that happened this week!

 

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Behind the Scenes #33: Feeling Productive Again

I haven’t thought out loud in forever (at least, in numbered list form), but today we are BACK.

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1) I regret calling these kinds of posts “Behind the Scenes”. It was originally my attempt to come up with something other than “Thursday Thoughts” as a title, but I ended up joining Amanda’s thinking out loud linkup every time, so why didn’t I just call it “thinking out loud”?

I make life too complicated, that’s why.

2) Speaking of Amanda and her genius ideas, I made her pumpkin pie breakfast bake yesterday and it was a wintery pumpkin spice fiesta in my mouth!

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The breakfast bake is under there. Blessed are those who do not see yet believe.

I dressed it up with plain Greek yogurt, sunflower seed butter, pomegranate arils, and banana slices. Just beautiful.

2) I contemplated running yesterday, but the cold weather just killed it for me. I’m weak. Instead, I opted to take my moves to our basement (which is still pretty cold) to do this yoga video that focuses on hip-opening. Hallelujah, did I need that!

3) As I approach the start of second semester, I’m feeling the urge to be super productive in these last few days before I leave. Perhaps it is a result of my anxiety for the workload ahead, but I’m “warming up” by making checklists with activities other than eat and go to Disney.

4) Julianna even inspired me to make a budget spreadsheet! Since I haven’t worked yet this year, I am off to a great start with zero income and all expenditure.

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Yay for adulthood! (Note the childish font and color code.)

5) You know what else I realized when I lost all my hard drive information? I no longer have my thousands of recipes that I bookmarked on Safari. All my years of recipe hoarding…poof!

That could be a good thing though, because maybe now I’ll start only bookmarking recipes I honestly WILL make. Doubt it though.

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I pin all the recipes too.

6) Still going strong with the egg, feta, and spinach + avocado toast for lunch! I bought the feta cheese in Florida, so I feel responsible for helping to finish it. (We packed it in ice on the way up, plus the car was freezing as it sat in the train. The cheese is still fine, I’m alive.)

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Also, this combo is just delicious. I ♥ fats.

7) I am currently rocking knitted socks and the fugliest sweater in the all the land, but I don’t care because I am superbly snug.

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8) We also had our first use of the fireplace this winter! I happily stationed myself right in front of the fire while I did some work.

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I kept singing “chestnuuuuuts roasting on an open fire…” in my head. 11 months ’til Christmas!!!

9) I am thinking about how bittersweet it is to be going to back to college tomorrow. Bitter because…work, less sleep, less blogging, no family. But sweet because I get to see my amazing friends and learn more about this wonderful world!

My friend Sam told me that if you’re dreading going back to college, you’re probably not in the right place. Fortunately, I’m mostly looking forward to going back!

10) What should I make for breakfast today??? #WinterBreakBreakfastMission is almost at an end. PRESSURE. I’m thinking either this “cream cheese frosting for breakfast” or the classic cookie dough cereal.

Hope you all have a thankful Thursday! (what other positive adjectives start with “th”?)

So tell me:

How will you be productive today? 

Are you a recipe bookmarking fiend?

Do you care about wearing cute clothing around the house?

What are you eating for breakfast? 

Behind the Scenes #32: I’m Just Weird

Hi!

It has been several weeks since I did a behind the scenes post (last time was my first week of college?!), so that’s what I’m doing right here and now. 🙂

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Head over to Spoons’ blog for more random thoughts this Thursday!

1) I had dinner with brother Ben on Tuesday night! It was a spontaneous dinner appointment, but those are the best, right? Especially when those dinners involve small-plate-sharing and carrot cake.

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eggplant with yu xiang glaze, puffed rice, and peach + spiced beef shank with tomatoes, seared halloumi cheese, chiles, and garlic

P.S. Thanks for waiting for me to take photos, Ben.

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Carrot cake with carrot marmalade, spiced frosting, and pecan brittle

I was all excited to take my brother out for dinner since I actually made a little bit o’ money this past weekend, but then I realized that I didn’t bring my wallet with me. The SHAME. I’ve promised to pay for the next two times we eat together.

2) Remember that planner I was so excited to use during college when I bought it this summer? Well, I think I’ve used it an average of once per week, and that’s really forcing myself. All my to-do’s and appointments are either in my iPhone calendar or on the white board in my dorm room, so the planner gets neglected. Oops.

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3) On the topic of school, can standing desks please be a thing sometime soon? Four hours straight of sitting in class is not cool. I’m not even worried about the whole “sitting is the new smoking” issue at this point. I just like to have circulation in my legs and to not fidget in my seat like a five-year-old. Just put one of these babies in the back of the lecture hall, and I’d be overjoyed:il_570xN.492795644_ejno

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4) I’m over halfway through with my first semester of college, wut.

5) Halloween is this Friday! There shall be candy {Reese’s} consumed, costumes worn, and monsters mashed. I was discussing my plans with Daliza yesterday:

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Yeah, we WILL turn up, Daliza. And I don’t know if I should be a ninja for Halloween, because I don’t want to dress up as something I already am in real life, ya know?….

6) My roommate and I kind of love this idea from Gina to dress up as Richard Simmons though.

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Those shorts.

7) I’ve been trying out normal-people toppings on my pancakes and French toast like butter + honey, and I actually love it! Normally I put peanut butter on everything, but I’ve enjoyed mixing things up a bit. I even like to have eggs/omelets for breakfast now— who am I?!

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The butter in the dining halls is delicious— Cabot butter apparently. It’s strangely reminiscent of goat cheese… So maybe the fact that I love that on my pancakes still makes me weird.

8) I’ve become friends with the lady at the swipe-in entrance of the dining hall in the mornings, as well as the lady who makes the pancakes and French toast. They’re awesome.

9) The left side of my body is breaking or something. My left shoulder is grinding more than ever (remember when I brought that up way back when?), my left hip is always popping/feeling very tight, and yesterday my left knee started clicking when I was doing these kinds of sit-ups! I need a physical therapist (heh heh).

10) I hope you all have a wonderful day! Smile, sing your favorite song, and take a nap if you can. ♥

So tell me:

How do you feel about sitting for long periods of time?

What are your plans for Halloween?

What do you like to put on your pancakes/French toast/waffles?

Behind the Scenes #31: First Week at Boston University

HELLO!!!

I’m going to be so cliché that it hurts right now, but I’ve missed you all so much!!! I feel like there are a million things I want to say and even more photos to dump on your faces, but I’ll try to hold my horses and tell you about my week in an organized fashion. Thus, I’m going to do this in a list format since lists are easier to manage and read.

Here are some of things and thoughts from my first week at college!

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Mooooooving in!

1) FYSOP was incredibleI mentioned in another post that I was not actually in classes last week (classes start tomorrow!), but I was participating in a First-Year Student Outreach Program (FYSOP). I was in the “Hunger” issue area, so we harvested fruits and veggies at a farm, helped sort and label things at a food bank, and prepared food at a soup kitchen. Throughout all the on-site volunteer work, lectures, and educational sessions, I’ve learned so much more about the Hunger issue than I could have imagined.

The best part of all was making great friends within my group. We were the “Morgan Free…Range Chickens.” Nothing short of amazing, I think.

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{Photo creds to Patrick}

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{Photo creds to Cassandra}

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{Photo creds to Grace}

2) The food is quite delicious here.

It’s very easy to find healthy options in the dining halls, and I love that Boston University is serious about sustainability and knowing where the food comes from. Come back on Wednesday to check out some of my eats at college! 🙂

P.S. I finally found the big bowl of both regular AND natural peanut butter in the dining hall today. My culinary life in college is complete.

3) After three days last week, I figured out the shower situation.

Showering in the dorms was making me a little anxious before I arrived, but I think I have a system of sorts that allows me to shower efficiently and travel in the hallways without flashing anyone (so far).

4) Homesickness is subsiding. 

The transition was definitely weird during the first few days of being in college alone, but after such a fantastic week with FYSOP, I’ve adjusted well. Mom and Dad have also been here for the past couple of days for Labor Day weekend, which surely helps too!

Now for when I need sanity and a shoulder to cry on during exam weeks….

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My dorm!

5) A spoonful of peanut butter is my best friend.

Not literally. I made friends, I swear! But when it comes to that midnight snack monster right before I hit the hay, I turn to my trustee peanut butter jar in the mini fridge to tame the beast.

{What the heck with that dramatic sentence?^^^}

6) The FitRec center is awesome!

Last Thursday, I stepped into the fitness and recreation center for the first time a little after we finished dinner, and I decided to just work out while I was already there and gross after being out all day. I don’t really give a darn about dudes at the gym, so I just went for the weight room.

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It was the first time I lifted weights in a longggggg time, and it was SO FUN. I did 5 minutes on the stair master and Jessie’s full body weights workout, which made me decently sore the next day and even more sore two days later. DOMS! I’m pumped to be able to go to such a great fitness center.

Other moves: 

  • WALKING EVERYWHERE.
  • Saturday: 3 min. on cross trainer (I was already pretty warm from walking a mile from my dorm to the FitRec!) + 10 shoulder tap pushups + 20 single arm DB swings + 8 min ab tabata + 3 rounds of 500m row and 10 burpees
  • Sunday: 2.8 mile run around the Charles River!

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I’m taking yoga as a credit class this semester, so I’m looking forward to that too!

7) The weather has been beautiful lately.

Boston, you’re gorgeous. Please be merciful this winter.

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8) I realize how much I value my alone time.

The first few days of FYSOP involved meeting tons of new people, socializing, chanting together, playing games, etc. All I wanted to do after long days of doing just that was sit in my room by myself, read blogs, and eat oatmeal. I skipped a Student Activities night last week in favor of organizing my room and listening to Tori Kelly in my dorm.

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Don’t get me wrong, I loveeee meeting new people and hanging out with my friends; I had a ridiculously fun time with them. However, my introversion calls me to just chill by myself sometimes. No open door, no texting, just me time. Like, “leave me alone, dangit” time.

9) I miss reading blogs!

Gahh! I want to read so many blog posts, but there just isn’t any time! I read a lot on my phone when I could last week, but I also wanted to make sure I was in the moment and talking to my friends. I just truly miss commenting and taking my time reading all the great posts out there.

10) I’m ready for classes.

I hope, at least. I am so excited and thankful to be learning about the world in such an amazing city. Not only will I be learning in the classroom, but I will be (and have already been) learning through the different experiences and people I encounter every day. So blessed!

Okay, I’m done, I’m done. But FYI, that was only about a quarter of what I want to tell you all. So many adventures, so little time!

Have a blessed Labor/Labour Day, all you who are celebrating!

So tell me:

What are some things going on in YOUR life?

Did you have trouble transitioning when you first went to college?

How have you been movin’ and groovin’?

“I’m Making Friends!”

Well hi there!

If you missed my epic story about how I hurt myself doing burpees yesterday, you can read about that here. It was a fun time.

In other news, I went to university orientation and had a great weekend to follow! Here’s what was going on in the noggin during the excitement…

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Orientation + weekend = marvelous! Thanks for hosting, Katie!

Orientation Thoughts:

“People at this train station are hardcore judging my overnight oats in a jar.”

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“I hope I don’t sleep through my stop while napping on the train to Boston.”

“Hooray, I’m in Boston!”

“Take the T (subway) or walk 2.6 miles with my bags to campus?…The weather is nice, so I’ll walk!”

“This is a lovely walk through Boston. Look, ma, I’m independent!”

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“It’s getting pretty hot out here. Gettin’ a little sweaty.”

“Wow, I’m a sweaty pig right now. I smell.”

“I made it! I need a nap.”

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“Wait, I want food first.”

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{Sweet Chick burger @ UBurger}

“Hey, I have some pretty cool roommates for orientation!”

“I’m making FRIENDS!”

“Showering in the dorm bathrooms is stressing me out. Is it socially acceptable to walk around in a towel on the first day of orientation?”

“My actual roommate for this coming year is THE BOMB.”

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“This is so much fun!”

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“Don’t fall asleep during the long info sessions.”

“I ♥ the omelette station.”

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“Where’s the peanut butter at in this dining hall?”

“Chemistry has separate classes for pre-lab, lab, lecture, and discussion. What?”

“Wow, they give us so many cookies here.”

“It’s fuel for all our walking on campus.”

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“STILL HAVING FUN!”

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“I’m so tired that I’m not tired anymore. Runnin’ on pure adrenaline here.”

“But seriously, where’s the peanut butter in the dining hall?”

“BENNNNN!”

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“We have matching backpack sweat stains, bro.”

“This is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.”

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{Ben and I split ‘The Double Awesome” and “The Gabby” scallion pancake sandwiches. Incredible. }

“I have the best brother in the world.”

“I had a blast! But I’m ready for my own shower and bed again. And nut butter.”

Saturday Thoughts:

“9 hours of sleep!!!”

“What a gorgeous day for Jen’s grad party.”

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“I love her Italian family.”

“I also love Italian food.”

“Oooo cake!”

“I can’t NOT take weird selfies with Kristi.”

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Sunday Thoughts:

“Prom is in two days!!”

“I’ve missed you, peanut butter.”

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“Another gorgeous day for the Corpus Christi Mass.”

Davida’s e-cookbook came out!!! YES.”

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“LOL at my burpee wound.”

“Mom’s making chili and cornbread for the World Cup game? I’m down.”

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{Eaten with a side of spinach + another huge, unpictured hunk of cornbread}

“I have never been so into a soccer game before. PORTUGAL LITERALLY SCORED IN THE LAST 30 SECONDS!!!”

And this ends the tour of Alison’s brain during the past five days.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

So tell me:

What are some highlights of your weekend?

What’s the best thing you ate this weekend?

Have you been watching the World Cup?