Current Simple Joys

New England Patriots REPPIN’!

[Confession #1: I typed that before the game even started…for optimism. Confession #2: I don’t give a single care for football. I just like cornbread, chili, halftime, and a reason to be excited. Confession #3: I was reading blogs throughout the game last night.]

For those of you who either don’t live in the United States or just don’t know why people are talking about bowls being so super, there was a very important football game on TV last night. Or should I say there were a series of weird commercials with some football woven throughout?

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Plus twenty more handfuls of popcorn, another wing, funfetti dip, and microwave pizza rolls. QUALITY DINNER.

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In addition to the simple joy of being in Boston when the New England Patriots won the Super Bowl, this past week has brought about an endless number of other blessings that have been making me smile until I look Asian.

Oh wait.

current simple joys

  • Biscuits with honey butter.

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My friend Arianna taught me yet another trick of the dining hall. When they have “shortcake” for dessert, they provide plain biscuits. She takes those biscuits, pops them in the microwave for a few seconds, and then spreads butter and honey on them. Genius, yes?

  • Spotify. (Below is a shorter version of my entire list of songs on Spotify, in case you were wondering what I’ve been grooving to. It’s a diverse list 🙂 )
  • Celebrating birthdays {and funfetti cake}.

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Happy birthday to Erica! And shoutout to Jonathan, who nailed that funfetti cake like no other.

  • Going to the chapel for Mass in the middle of a busy day of classes.
  • Weird combinations that end up tasting delicious.

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Cottage cheese, granola, peanut butter, and applesauce. I’m laughing out loud because I know my friends are probably making barf sounds at this.

  • The unlimited dining plan— I can just swipe into the dining hall for a snack.
  • Human anatomy (seriously). 
  • Checking things off your to-do list.
  • Awesome wins for BU Hockey.

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  • Coming inside after being assaulted by freezing winds.
  • A man on the sidewalk sounding extra cheerful when he said, “You’re welcome!” in reply to my rather dull “thank you.”
  • Sandwiches. 

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  • Warm laundry. And when the dorm dryer actually dries all your clothes.
  • Feeling spent yet accomplished after working out.
  • Just talking with friends.
  • Beanies.

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  • When the dining hall has spotty bananas, so that I can take them to my dorm and freeze them.
  • Clear, sunny days and Boston terriers.

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  • Yet another snow day.

That’s right— BU cancelled classes today due to more snow. It’s kind of a joy and kind of a hassle, because it’s nice to have a day off, but…when are we going to have a full week of school? I’m a nerd.

Oh well, that means more time to have dance parties in my dorm room! It’ll be fun active rest because I feel my legs getting sore already from today’s workout (as I type this on Sunday night) ahhhh.

Have a lovely Monday, friends!

So tell me:

Are you pleased with the Super Bowl outcome?

Three of your current simple joys! 

What is your favorite app for music?

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Labor of Love

We’re back in the tundra!

“Tundra” meaning New York, meaning below freezing temperatures, meaning I’ve been warming up by standing next to the crock pot and wrapping my face in laundry straight out of the dryer.

Florida has made me soft.

Fortunately, we had smooth travels on both the auto train (a train running between Lorton, VA and Sanford, FL both ways that takes you and your car!) and on the drive back home from the train station. The auto train had some snazzy food for dinner that was quite impressive. Mom and I both tried their salmon with pesto, rice pilaf, and steamed veggies.

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Not the least bit shabby for train food, I’d say!

On our drive back to New York from the train station in Virginia, we stopped by Woody’s Crab House for some crab cakes. We were in Maryland, so why not? These were some fantastic crab cakes too!

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shared house salad to start

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my crab cake sandwich with coleslaw and steamed veggies // mom’s two crab cakes with sweet potato fries and corn on the cob

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she wanted me to take a picture of the copious amount of lump crab meat in those cakes

We picked off each other’s plates (I helped her out a good bit with those sweet taters) and agreed that the crab cakes were phenomenal. It was worth going backwards 10 miles to this place just because Yelp told us it had stellar reviews. The labor of love for good food.

Speaking of a labor of love, we are also willing to go the distance to get a sweet taste of one of the most time-consuming fruits out there.

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Pomegranate! It takes a good 10-20 minutes to get all the arils out of that sucker, while it takes only 10 minutes to consume all of it if we really wanted to. Especially when you eat it with a spoon like my dad and me.

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But after my moves last night, which consisted of this cute (yet challenging) gymnastics core routine and the 500 rep workout from Purely Twins, I went for a more classy route of eating the rubies I harvested.

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atop plain Greek yogurt sweetened with cherry vanilla stevia + BelVita biscuits for dippin’!

My friends and I always used to call pomegranate arils juicy little explosions of flavor. If you have never tried pomegranate, you must experience the tiny yet amazing explosion! Even if it means taking every single aril out of the rind. Or just buying pre-harvested arils.

P.S. we’ve already finished that whole pomegranate.

Breakfast this morning was a delicious “dough boy” smoothie inspired by Kath Eats!

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Last night I combined the following ingredients in a blender (just stirred them, not blended) and let them sit overnight in the fridge.

  • 1/2 c. almond milk
  • 1/2 c. quick oats (regular rolled oats would work too)
  • 1/3 c. plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 1 heaping tbsp. peanut butter
  • dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
  • splash of vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt

This morning I added another 1/4 cup or so of almond milk and then blended it all up! The result is a thick, doughy, creamy smoothie that will make you smile. Unless you don’t like happiness in a mug.

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topped with cereal (times five) for crunch and eaten with a spoon!

I came to the realization that I want to make so many breakfast recipes before going back to college on Friday that I might just have breakfast for every meal of the day. #WinterBreakBreakfastMission isn’t over ’til it’s over.

I am currently blogging from my parents’ desktop computer because my laptop froze last night and will not start up, even after letting it load up throughout the whole night. I might have to take it to the Mac Store if it doesn’t cooperate. Meep.

Have a splendid day, folks! Here’s an awesome list of 25 ways to stop feeling overwhelmed and overworked, which is something we all need in life, especially as we get back into our working routines.

So tell me:

Is there a food for which you are willing to make a “labor of love”?

Do you like pomegranate?

Have you ever tried an overnight smoothie?

What are you doing today!?

I am going to pick up a new graphing calculator (my previous one got soaked in my backpack when it rained in Boston…I’m having the best luck with technology recently), pack and prepare for going back to school, work out, and see Daliza tonight!

Behind the Scenes #5: Weird Winter Happenings

Top o’ the morning to ya!

I’ll get right into the meat of this post, which is my collection of random thoughts and musings. Because…

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…with the lovely Amanda!

1. None of you need to hear another word about how flippin’ cold it is in North America, but can we just look at how dangerous this is?? I’m telling you— we should have had an ice day off of school.

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My friend tweeted this on Monday because we didn’t know our school installed a new ice rink.

2. In biology class, we’re studying ecology, so we took a quiz to take a look at how we’re really making a footprint. Apparently, if everyone in the world lived like me, we would need 5.5 Earths. Whaaaat?

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Services (electricity, water, etc.) are not surprisingly the biggest part of my footprint, and of course food takes second place. My family and I really do our best to be green, but we’re also not super strict about anything. My class also figured out that just living in the United States rather than other countries increases energy use. America goes big or goes….nowhere. If you want to take the quiz, click to this link! It’s quite interesting and eye-opening to see how much energy we humans actually use (sometimes unnecessarily).

3. I was jumping up and down and smiling ear to ear when Ben FaceTimed us!

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He might argue, but I think he misses us. 🙂

4. I’ve basically been bathing in cocoa butter for the past three or four mornings and nights to treat my unsightly dry hands and feet. I’m definitely noticing a bit of a difference, but my naturally dry skin and the mercilessly cold air is making baby soft hands quite difficult to achieve.

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5. I have a question about cars and cold weather. Last thing relating to the weather, I promise. Are you supposed to let the car wait for a few minutes after starting up the car so the engine can warm up? Some people say that the engine should have time to warm up, but others start driving right away. I’ve only recently tried waiting for 2-3 minutes when it has been really cold out, but if I don’t have to, I won’t. What do you do? I guess I could Google this, but I trust you guys more. Especially my Canadians out there! 😉

6. A couple nights ago, I had another one of those frozen yogurt cups, and I thought the little message on top went perfectly with my post about current simple joys that day.

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7. I really want to have some grilled cheese and tomato soup for dinner sometime soon.

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Source: Grilled cheese croutons? Even better.

8. We’re doing some weird stuff in physical education nowadays. Like, actually sweating in class. I actually love it (although a bunch of my friends would attack me for saying that) because we’re doing circuits with lots of plyometric movements, which are my favorite! Jumping jacks, lunges, burpees(!), pushups, sit-ups, etc. It’s really not that intense since we take longer breaks and laugh at each other half the time, but for phys. ed., it’s a lot.

Also, we have this random homework assignment to make a travel brochure. Don’t ask me why. The project has nothing to do with physical education and I think they just need some grades to put in the books. Guatever.

9. I’m gonna end here on awkward #9 and try to hit the sack (typing this Wednesday night)! I hope you all have a great Thursday!

So tell me:

How many Earths do you think you would use up?

How do you keep your skin soft in the winter?

Do you warm up the engine or no?

What foods are you craving right now?