I Should Be Embarrassed About These Things…

…But I’m not.

I’ll get to the embarrassing things in a second. Firstly, Happy Columbus Day to my fellow Americans! If you have the day off, I hope it is relaxing and filled with good people. If you’re not American or you do not have the day off, I hope it is filled with productivity and good people.

I actually have a 2.5 hour Holocaust lecture tonight because my professor took a couple days off for high Jewish holidays these past couple weeks, so we’re catching up tonight. The first half of today will involve apple picking though! I even bought a flannel just for the occasion.

Anyway, let’s catch up by sharing some embarrassing antics and moments! That’s one of the best ways to catch up, in my opinion. Here’s my end of the conversation:

I should be embarrassed that I still don’t really know how to get around downtown Boston. Luckily, I have friends who do. “Independent” is what I call myself.

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shopping with my oh so beautiful and talented friend, Adrienne

I should be embarrassed that I trip on the sidewalk at least twice a day, despite wearing sneakers 90% of the time. I have a routine: trip ➔ nearly faceplant ➔ say in my head, “that didn’t happen” ➔ avoid eye contact with all other pedestrians ➔ move on.

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I should be embarrassed that I still want to take a photo of my lab partner and our matching breakfasts, even though I already did the exact same thing last weekBut c’mon, how cute?

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awkward handling of tea bag

I should be embarrassed that I have completely finished three Costco-sizes jars of peanut butter within two months. To be honest, I am slightly embarrassed, or maybe just dumbfounded. I don’t know how it goes so darn quickly! I’ve got talent.

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putting this third jar to rest the right way — with oats

I should be embarrassed that I can only hold my attention for two pages at a time when reading my Holocaust textbook. According to Rachel, I would have been a much better and faster reader if I read Harry Potter when I was younger. My human physiology textbook, on the other hand, I could read all day!

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I should be embarrassed that I spent $30 on dinner on Saturday night. I went out to dinner with some friends at a restaurant called The Barking Crab (does that not sound like it’s from a comedy show?), which had the ambiance of a dive but the prices of a Ritz restaurant. Rachel and I shared the salmon and scallops, which were both amazing, but my wallet felt a little betrayed.

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I should be embarrassed that I take a photo of this view every single time I work out outdoors. But it’s just so pretty!

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I should be embarrassed that I nearly cried listening to this song while studying. But there was a dude sitting across from me, so I couldn’t let my guard down.

Thanks for introducing me to Sleeping At Last, Adrienne. I’m OBSESSED.

I should be embarrassed that I eat Raisin Bran. Just kidding, I shouldn’t be. Sugar-coated raisins for life.

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I should be embarrassed that I was actually blogging while “hanging out with my friends”. But they were playing video games.

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Men.

That’s all from me today! I hope you all find the humor in your embarrassing moments this week ♥︎

So tell me:

I should be embarrassed that ____, but ______.

Thoughts on raisins?

What was the last song that made you cry? I actually love listening to beautiful songs that make me cry.

What are you doing today?

Virtual Breakfast Date

Good morning, friends!

I hope you’ve all had a joyful if not restful weekend! Happy belated Thanksgiving to my Canadian homies!

I did not get to type up a post all weekend, so I thought it would be nice to catch up with you all over breakfast. A virtual breakfast date instead of a virtual coffee date because oatmeal >>> coffee. Just because it has peanut butter.

This is what I’m eating to break the fast!

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Oatmeal + vanilla protein powder + cinnamon + banana + peanut butter (+ some roasted salted almonds!)

If we were having breakfast together this morning…

1) I would tell you that I went hiking in the rain with the Catholic Women’s group on Saturday! It was wonderful in every way except for the fact that it was raining and I did not bring a raincoat with me to college. What was I even thinking not bringing a raincoat to Boston? Brain fart at its finest. Luckily the rain was not torrential, so us sweatshirt folks escaped being dripping wet and were instead just soaking wet. 😀

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I haven’t gotten pneumonia yet, dad! 

2) I would tell you that some of the best times I had this weekend with my friends included just chilling out, talking about life, baking and eating banana bread, watching Grease, and playing the terrible yet hilarious game Cards Against Humanity.

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Baking some BOMB banana bread with Cori!

I’ve eaten the equivalent of about 1/2 of a whole loaf this weekend.

3) I would tell you that the majority of my dorm tissue consumption goes towards killing fruit flies. I blame myself for leaving so many bananas and apples on my desk, but dang it, there are two more fruit flies for every one I kill. I’ve finally come to the genius realization that I should put my fruit in the fridge and that I should not throw out any pieces of banana/peel in the trash can in my room. I go to college— I can figure out those kinds of things now. 😉

4) I would tell you that I went apple picking for the first time ever yesterday! I don’t know how I’ve lived in New York for 10 years and not gone apple picking, but the time finally came, and it was a blast!

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I failed by not wearing flannel, but my friends did a good job of reppin’ the plaid. We got a ton of apples, climbed trees (and did not fall out), and ate the heaven-sent cinnamon sugar cider donuts.

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I swear I could have finished all six of those babies, but I restrained myself to two so that I could eat real food for lunch later. But man, those donuts are what dreams are made of.

5) I would tell you that apples fresh from the tree are also the epitome of fall bliss. My workout buddy Albert exemplifies that.

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6) I would tell you that yesterday could have been National Apple Picking Day instead of Columbus Day because EVERYONE EVERYWHERE went apple picking! It also could have been brussels-sprouts-for-dinner day as I saw so many people posting on Instagram that they were making my favorite vegetable for dinner last night. I was jealous.

7) I would tell you that I gotta go to my psych lecture NOW!

Have a lovely day, folks!

So tell me:

Have you ever gone apple picking?

What did you do this weekend?

What’s your favorite fall produce?

9/11 Memorial and University of Maryland Pt. 1 {MIMM #7}

Happy Columbus Day and Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

This four-day weekend has been filled with fun activities! A little trip to the city, a little trip to Maryland, workouts, and sleep. “Delicious sleep” as my mom calls it, which I think is quite an appropriate term. I definitely needed a refreshing weekend without a jam-packed list of plans and overwhelming homework, and I hope you all have had a lovely weekend as well (whether you are celebrating Columbus Day or Thanksgiving)!

Alrighty, I think it’s fine time to jump into the marvelous events of this weekend. This might be my most extensive MIMM to date! Stop by Katie’s blog to see more marvelousness from other bloggers!

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Marvelous is…

Winning Courtney’s giveaway for Love Grown Foods products! I’ve never won a giveaway before, so I am pretty stoked. Plus I’ve been wanting to try Love Grown Hot Oats ever since they came out. Thanks again, Courtney!

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Marvelous is…

Lunch in the city with my dad and visiting the 9/11 Memorial. We went to a Japanese/Asian Fusion restaurant right next to the memorial called Koko that my dad’s colleague recommended. Unfortunately though, the sushi wasn’t that great. I guess it’s hard to please this sushi connoisseur 😉

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Miso soup

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Eel avocado and tuna cucumber rolls

It was a chilly, slightly drizzly, windy day, but that sort of elevated the beauty of the 9/11 Memorial in my opinion. The security to get in was sort of like an airport with all the scanners and walk-throughs, but it went by pretty quickly. We pre-ordered tickets for $2 just in case there were a lot of people, but otherwise, entrance is free (donations are suggested).

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The memorial is breathtaking. There are two pools– North in remembrance of legal personnel and officials, and South in remembrance of civilians–where the towers used to be.

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Marvelous is…

Dinner (with Groupon–what else?) with the whole family at a restaurant called Harth. It was kind of upscale and the food was quite tasty.

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Smoked prosciutto pizza and crab cake as appetizers for the table to share

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Mahi Mahi with corn and roasted pepper risotto for my entree. Not bad! The crust of the fish was way too salty, but it was cooked nicely and I liked the risotto.

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Dessert for the table (mostly Ben and me)–creme brulee that was a lot more liquidy than most creme brulees. But Ben and I thought it was good.

Marvelous is…

Road trippin’ to Maryland with mom! We’re going to the University of Maryland Open House, and I’m pretty excited because Maryland is one of my top choices. It might actually BE my top choice, but we’ll see after the event today! I’ll share more of my thoughts tomorrow probably.

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#carselfies

Marvelous are…

Some kick-butt workouts! Friday was actually a pretty lethargic workout day for me, but on Saturday I completed two workouts from Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean. I tried this CrossFit workout that she posted on Instagram that involved lots of rowing. I’ve totally underestimated rowing in the past, but after doing that workout, I respect the rowing machine. Talk about burnin’ glutes.

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I followed that workout with her Legs on Fire tabata…and my legs….were on fire. Go figure. It’s such a good one.

When my mom and I arrived at our hotel next to the University of Maryland, we took advantage of the awesome fitness center. They had fresh towels, apples, bananas, quality equipment, amazing water, and lots of space! My mom and I were kinda having a ball in there. We appreciate nice hotel gyms.

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I did 10 minutes on the elliptical before doing one round of this workout from Michelle at Peachy Palate. She must me a woman of steel, because I always only get through one round of her workouts that say “Repeat 2-3 times.” Humorous. I was dripping with sweat and wiped after one round of that doozy. I finished my time at the fitness center with some more burpees and leg presses.

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That’s a wrap! Actually, there’s an amazing dinner that my mom and I had last night that I want to share with you all, but we’ll save that for WIAW. I’ll leave ya hangin’ for now though 😉 Have a marvelous Monday, everyone!

So tell me: What did you do this weekend? Do you like the rowing machine? Any good restaurants you’ve gone to recently?