Currently…

I just walked outside to check the mail in shorts and a t-shirt.

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I mean, I was chilly, but I was okay. Don’t get me wrong— I very much appreciate this warmer weather, because only God knows what the rest of winter has in store for Boston…

Speaking of Boston, I’ll be back there in less than a week! I was complaining to everyone that winter break is too long (I’ll miss my friends, wahh wahh, #firstworldproblems), but this one has gone by in a flash. I’m not even sick of my family yet! 😉

I feel like I have a lot to tell you, but I am completely stumped on how to make it all cohesive, so I think this is a great time to do a “Currently” post! Julia and Hayley recently shared theirs for this month, and Amanda always does them. I like this bandwagon, so I’m hoppin’ on it!

Current book: Story of a Soul by St. Therese of Lisieux. Rachel and I are reading it together over winter break, but I feel like we’re not going to finish it by the time we get back to school. Or maybe that’s just me.

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It’s St. Therese’s autobiography, and it is one of the sweetest, most inspiring stories ever. My opinion may or may not be influenced by the fact that she’s my patron saint. But still! It’s beautiful.

Current music: I’m loving a lot of songs right now, but I just listened to this one. So sick.

Love the song. Do not condone smoking.

Current guilty pleasure: Froyo and pizza. Except that I am not guilty whatsoever. I ate froyo with Daliza and Michael on Friday night, and I ate pizza with some more high school friends when I hosted them on Saturday night.

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Um, I really like pizza. It had been tooooooo long.

Current nail color: Some metallic rose color that is chipped and fab. You don’t want to see it.

Current drink: Honestly, this will probably always be water or milk, unless we decide that melted peanut butter counts.

Current food: Opened-face egg sandwiches— one with melted cheese, one with avocado and sriracha, and then let it rain cracked black pepper. Angels sing whenever I pierce open that runny yolk (← that sounds really freaking weird, but I’m keeping it).

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Current obsession: Stretching my calves. I have very tight calves, and I blame that on my childhood habit of walking on my toes around the house and possibly figure skating. As a future physical therapist, I figured it would be a good idea to make sure I have that range of motion in my calves for movements like squats. I’ve been doing this stretch:

Also, I’m not super keen on the fact that my heels naturally pop up when I walk. I feel like an eager five-year-old going off to kindergarten.

Current craving: Probably sleep. Me:

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Current need: To do my nails (see “current nail color”).

Current bane of my existence: Nothing major, thankfully. The cost of textbooks?… I really need to work once I get back to Boston.

Current indulgence: I am currently sitting in our cushy recliner chair with a fluffy blanket and pillow on my lap. I would get up to get my phone that’s ten feet away to take a photo of the scene, but I’m being indulgent and not moving (see gif under “current craving”).

Current procrastination: Unpacking from college. Oh wait, but I’m going to have to pack for college again on Friday… DARN. (Fellow college students, am I the only one who doesn’t really unpack over breaks?)

Current confession: I’m stuffing all my friend catch-up in these last 1.5 weeks that I’m home. But that’s just concentrated smile-time right?

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she has such pearly white teeth

On Friday, Daliza and I went to an old garden that was owned by a wealthy lawyer named Samuel Untermeyer during the 1800s. The garden is obviously not that lush right now in the middle of winter, but it still has a cool, eerie vibe. Totally up Daliza’s alley. Totally some place I would only visit with Daliza.

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Later that night, Daliza and I met up with our pal Michael for crepes… until we found froyo at the crepe place. The next night, I hosted a few of my other high school friends for pizza and a huge catch-up session. We talked for a solid 5 hours! Lettin’ those good times roll.

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I kept bringing down snacks throughout the night, just like mama taught me. You will never go hungry in the moves and grooves household.

Current quote: I’m really feelin’ this.

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Current excitement: I am meeting up with two friends today! First is Colby, who was one of my cabin-mates at Blend last year (her Instagram is filled with pancakes and motivation). Second is Christine, who graduated from BU last year (she also has a blog!).

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Colby is right next to me!

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Christine, my fellow banana (yellow on the outside, white on the inside)

Current mood: Blessed/content/humbled. I am incredibly grateful for the good people in my life and for all God’s blessings.

Have a fantastic week, everyone! Eat a couple slices of pizza at some point.

So tell me your current…

…indulgence

…food

…excitement

…favorite pizza!

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Currently

A few notable moments/things since I last posted (p.s. check out a day in the life here!):

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  2. Temperatures cold enough to make me want a jacket heavier than a sweater.
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  4. I have a new lab partner/breakfast buddy who also brings her own peanut butter to the dining hall and allows me to eat some when I forget to bring my own. #friendship.

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Besides those things, I thought this would be a good time to share some other things that I’m diggin’ and feelin’ currently. [Love reading these kinds of posts from bloggers like Spoons!]

Current book: Human physiology textbook and I don’t hate it. Also, currently getting through lots of pages in my Holocaust textbook. Reading about history has always been difficult for me attention-wise, but this content is interesting and heavy.

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Current music: “Conrad” by Ben Howard. One of my friends kept talking about how excited he was to see Ben Howard at Boston Calling (an annual local concert that features a ton of rising/already huge artists), so I decided to check out his music. Verdict: in love.

Current guilty pleasure: Studying in the communal kitchen. This sounds hella weird, I know. It’s my guilty pleasure because there are so many study rooms from which I can choose, but I choose the kitchen because there usually isn’t anyone in there, so it’s quiet, and I can stand or sit at the countertop.

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Rachel was judging me so hard. I’m high maintenance, I get it.

Current nail color hair style: Straight (natural) or in a ponytail. My hair is stubborn, so I just let it be free most of the time. I kinda want to curl my hair, so I’m waiting for a special occasion to do so.

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Current drink: H2O. Still carry around my water bottle like a security blanket.

Current food: I’m really enjoying these burritos that PJ’s Organics so kindly sent me!* I found out a couple weeks ago that I actually don’t have the unlimited meal plan (even though I thought I did this whole time); I actually have the 14-meal plan (14 meals per week + other dining points). Thus, any food that I can eat outside the dining hall in my dorm/on the go that is nutritious and delicious…sign me up.

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I think this breakfast burrito had rosemary or sage in it. Fantastic.

Current obsession: My fuzzy red blanket. It gets chilly in our dorm at night these days, so the extra fluff and warmth is much appreciated.

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Current wish: That I could read more blogs. Studying and activities say nay many a time.

Current need: I would say a massage, but that’s not really need. I would not object a massage offer though.

Current triumph: Deciding on leading a Bible study. I was on the fence about it at first, but with the prayers and encouragement of my friends, I have decided to lead a Bible study for freshmen girls starting next week!

Current bane of my existence: “Bane of my existence” always sounds so melodramatic, but I guess mine would be the fact that nothing has happened in terms of my normal, feminine processes yet.

Current indulgence: A heck of a lot of sugar in general, which is something I want to talk about in another post this week. But for now, I’m just reflecting on how much I love dessert.

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Current procrastination: Studying for my human physiology exam and instead typing this post. (Don’t worry, mom and dad, it’s under control.)

Current blessing: Really good friends. Always a blessing.

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Current excitement: Catholic Center retreat in New Hampshire this weekend! In addition to spending some deep, quality time with God and friends, I’m SO EXCITED FOR STARS. Living in New York and Boston, I don’t see stars that often, but the New Hampshire skies seem to display the universe and it makes me want to cry of happiness.

Current mood: Content, anxious, excited.

Current link: Instead of a link, I have a few quote photos from Pope Francis’ address at the Festival of Families. Even if you’re not Catholic, I think it’s safe to say that Pope Francis’ words during his visit to the US hit every person’s heart in one way or another.

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Hope you all have a lovely Tuesday!

So tell me your current:

…guilty pleasure.

…obsession.

…wish.

…mood.

*PJ’s Organics sent me some of their products to try. Review coming soon! All opinions and content are my own.

Currently…

To think that I used to be bored at some points in my life cracks me up. At times now, I WISH I had time to be bored! But not really, because that’s no fun. 🙂

I hope you all have been doing well, since I know you’re all busy bees too. Since I haven’t checked in with life lately, I am sharing some current happenings with you all, inspired by Amanda’s “currently” posts!

Current book: Better by Atule Gawande for my intro to health professions writing class.

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Current music: My own voice (I gave up music for Lent). I’m basically like Tori Kelly…with undertones like those of a pre-pubescent teenage boy.

Current guilty pleasure: Watching Jamie Oliver’s FoodTube channel and listening to those melodic British and Italian voices.

Current beverage: Wahhhhter. All the day. I can’t wait for smoothies at home during spring break!!!

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It calls to me.

Current food: Apple chips with peanut butter. I mean, I have a lot of things with peanut butter, but this is my go-to right now.

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 And just because I haven’t shared my recent eats lately, here are a couple collages. Lots of sandwiches, eggs, and peanut butter per usual.

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That bottom right picture is peach cobbler from the dining hall (WOW so good)….with cottage cheese. Sorry if that made you gag, but here’s what happened: I got the cottage cheese first, expecting to just put some usual fruit and granola on it, but then I found the peach cobbler, which of course I could not pass up. So I reasoned, “Well, the fruit is still there, the carbs are still there… I’ll go for it.” So I put the peach cobbler on my cottage cheese.

I must admit that the combo was a little funky fresh at first, but it was still pretty good! I probably wouldn’t do it again though.

Current obsession: Wearing fuzzy tights underneath jeans. Why did I not do this earlier?! My mom bought me a couple pairs of super comfy, fleece-lined tights a while back, and I only recently decided to start wearing them underneath my jeans. My legs are so much happier when I walk out in the frigid Boston wind now. I’m sorry for previously judging people who wear long underwear.

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Current wish: That I could read more blogs and not have 300 unread blogs in my reader ahhhh.

Current need: To form more synapses in my brain more quickly so that I can remember everything for my linguistics exam tomorrow and anatomy lab exam on Wednesday.

Current triumph: Not yet tripping on the uneven sidewalks of Boston University (despite almost faceplanting multiple times).

Current bane of my existence: Winter. It’s been long enough.

Current indulgence: This dinner that my roommate treated me to as a late Christmas present. She took me to an on-campus, sit-down restaurant called Late Night Kitchen, which is in the basement of one of our student centers. I was very impressed! Maybe it’s because I was starving, but my pesto grilled chicken sandwich with crispy french fries were ON POINT. (In the words of my roommate, they were “A1.”)

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Current procrastination: Right now— I’m blogging to procrastinate my studying 🙂

Current blessing: School. Sometimes I feel like I’m drowning in work, but when I take a step back from the stress, I realize that a) it’s a blessing to be at such an amazing college, b) I’m learning some awesome things, c) there are so many resources and people to help me. What’s there to complain about!?

Current excitement: My next door dorm neighbor/bff Rachel is coming to New York with me for spring break! I’m in charge of taking her around NYC, which means I’m in charge of taking her to eateries and restaurants, which means I’m overwhelmed but so super excited!

Current mood: 

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Current link: I WANT THIS OMELETTE. It’s mesmerizingly fluffy.

And there you have it, friends! I may or may not be coming back tomorrow with a recap of my NEDA week talk from last Monday. I’m definitely bummed that I wasn’t able to get a post up regarding NEDA week when it was, well, actually NEDA week, but better late than never, right?

I hope you have a fantastic Monday!

So tell me your current…

…guilty pleasure

…wish

…bane of existence

…procrastination

…food!

Behind the Scenes #21: Current Banes of Existence

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Amanda’s blog— where all the random thoughts come together!

1. It has been a really WEIRD week of sleep for me.

Sunday night: a little bit of insomnia ➔ Monday: long nap

Monday night: could not fall asleep right away, woke up a couple times in the middle of the night ➔ Tuesday: exhausted

Tuesday night: could not seem to get comfortable at night, woke up a couple times ➔ Wednesday: nap

Last night: woke up once (probably my best night’s sleep of the week)

Thanks to the naps, I’m not super sleep deprived or anything, but everything is just wonky.

2. On Monday and Tuesday I was also a sneezing machine due to allergens. I just told my friends not to say “Bless you” to me anymore. Also, I was driving home on Monday and I sneezed at least TEN times— I got scared every time that I would crash or something…Don’t sneeze and drive.

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Except not as cute.

3. Another downside of the summer weather approaching? Warm water. We leave water bottles in the car for emergency thirst (what?), so when I drank one the other day, it was warm and nasty. When I’m desperate for water, I just chug it down, but ice cold— or at least cool— water is the way to go. Warm water makes me cringe.

4. Well that’s enough complaining now, isn’t it?! In other news, I think I might become a 2% Greek yogurt convert. Actually, I would have become one a long time ago, but my mom buys yogurt in bulk from Sam’s Club or Costco usually, and they only sell 0%, so that’s what I usually eat. But ever since my dad bought some 2% from Stop and Shop, I’ve finished a whole container of it in 3 days by myself I can’t stop thinking about how creamy and amazing it is.

5. Tonight is our last school concert ever. I don’t know if I should be happy or sad about that.

6. It’s shorts season but my legs are covered in bruises from dance. I don’t mind the bruises, because they kinda make me feel badass (not really), but I don’t want people to think I get abused or anything. Or that I’m a klutz…even if I am.

7. I ate cookie dough cereal this morning with bananas, pepita sunseed butter, and soy milk, and it was so fantastic. The soy milk somehow makes it taste like vanilla and coconut, which makes my taste buds do a hula dance. I think this cereal might take second place to overnight oats on my list of favorite breakfasts, and that’s saying A LOT.

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8. I’m typing this in AP Calc right now. See? Senior year is downhill from here.

9. Just kidding, AP Bio exam is next Friday and I feel like I know nothing. Quick! Someone quiz me!

10. Random #tbt to when I was a kangaroo for Halloween:

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I wish it was socially acceptable to walk/jump around in that costume any day of the year.

Have a fabulous Thursday, everyone!

So tell me:

Have you had weird nights of sleep lately?

What are your top two favorite breakfasts?

Any current banes of existence?

Current Simple Joys

Hello, hello!

I wish I had more hooking greetings like Arman.

I hope Monday treated you all well. It was actually kinda nice to get back into the swing of things, but I do miss my blog reading downtime. And my fuzzy blanket in the freezing morning.

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It was warm-ish yesterday, but the temps are dropping by, like, 40 degrees today. Ice day? I think yes.

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Yesterday I headed to the gym to get some blood flowing to my cold muscles! I did a 20 minute incline walk and an arm workout that looked somewhat similar to this TRX one from last week. This time, I switched up some of the core moves and added some TRX bicep curls, which were a nice challenge considering I haven’t done a curl in forever. I also spent some time on this contraption:

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Except I did NOT smile this much.

On this rope climbing machine, I did 6 minutes total, pulling down and pulling up on the rope every other minute. This is one of my favorite ways to work the whole upper body— it’s one of those things that you feel really cool doing, especially when you’re listening to intense music. Intense music being Starships by Nicki Minaj.

Lastly, a plank to finish! I had to switch from elbow to straight arm plank to fight for these 4 minutes.

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Shouldersssssss.

Current Simple Joys

Yesterday, I passed by a poster that I used to love looking at in my freshman English teacher’s room that has a long list of simple pleasures in life that you can enjoy by yourself or share with others. I love that poster so much because I do believe that the simple joys of everyday life are what can bring the most fulfillment.

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So in honor of that idea, I wanted to share some of the simple joys that I’ve noticed in my life lately. Please play along and list your current simple joys in the comments!

  • Eating that perfectly ripened banana. Not too green, not too brown.
  • Getting a good night’s rest.
  • Sitting down for dinner with the family on a Monday night.
  • Holding that plank.
  • Getting up just a wee bit earlier to make a hot bowl of oats.
  • That peanut butter melted in the center of the hot oats.
  • Loving texts from mom and pop.
  • Not having a lot of homework.
  • A friend making that extra effort to help finish a project.
  • Little dancers smiling and saying “hello!” and “thank you” after I assist their class.
  • A really good sandwich for lunch.
  • Fuzzy pajamas.

One other thing that I’d like to mention from yesterday is something that touched me deeply. A man named Mr. Halligan came to our school yesterday to talk about the story of his son, Ryan, who committed suicide in 2003 due to bullying and depression. His words broke my heart as they portrayed the agony and pain of the story, but they also showed hope, peace, and forgiveness. Some things that he said that really stuck with me:

  • “You are loved more than you will ever imagine. Don’t you ever think for a second that no one cares about you or that they will not miss you.”
  • “Forgiveness felt so much better.”

Mr. Halligan’s presentation definitely had a profound impact on some of the students in my school, including myself. He has been extremely courageous and generous in giving these presentations to many schools and on many shows, including Oprah. Please keep him, Ryan, and his family in your prayers. You can learn more here: Ryan’s Story.

I didn’t really want to end this on such a somber note, but just know that there can be so much positivity brought forth from this tragedy, as Mr. Halligan clearly displayed in his speech.

Have a lovely day, everyone 🙂

So tell me:

List some of your current simple joys!

Do you like planking?