Too Much Fun

Holy moly.

What a weekend! From Friday afternoon to last night, I have done approximately 16,784 things, but all of it has been so FUN. Except the time I bumped my leg into something and got a very swollen, green bruise. That’s trivial though.

MiMM

Recappin’ this marvelous weekend with Katie!

This is gonna be a huge photo dump, so I’m going to try to keep the words to a minimum! We’ll see how that works out.

Friday

Like I said last week, the music students at my school had a HUGE cook off. It was so legit. The teams were divided by grade, and we were judged on taste, presentation, and overall experience. Seniors won best main dish (my mom’s fried rice and my friend’s samosas) and best overall!

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Our theme: World Cup (aka international cuisine)

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We had some of our guys be waiters and everything. Think we went hard? The sophomores built a gondola. A GONDOLA. Freshmen also made creme brûlée and deviled eggs, no big deal.

In the evening, I watched Frozen for the second time with Daliza, but this time Michael joined us since he had always wanted to watch it (and was jealous that we watched it without him the first time). Daliza and I were obnoxious and sang all the songs out loud during the movie. Heh heh.

Saturday

I spent the whole morning in the kitchen cooking things like this sad excuse for a steak and potato hash:

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I failed to get the potatoes crispy. Disappointing.

Later, I headed outside for some fun moves: I did four rounds of a jog around my cul de sac, 5 burpees, 15 split squats each leg, 20 double unders, 20 triceps dips, and 5 burpees. I did NOT do this for time whatsoever. I took multiple breaks to snapchat Davida and change the music on my computer.

Then I came inside and did some YOGA! I hadn’t done these poses in a while, but I surprisingly improved since last year! Or at least I think I did…

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{Right} June 2013 v. {left} June 2014

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Trying some new things…

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HI, FLOOR!

After church that night, we went out for my dad’s {belated} birthday dinner at Tequila Sunrise!

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Tableside guac.

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Fish tacos.

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Can we just look at that waiter perfectly photo-bombing this? He’s looking straight at the camera.

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Birthday sombrero!

PS— we were all wearing red because at church we celebrated Pentecost. Basically, the red is reppin’ the fire of the Holy Spirit!

Sunday

*Arman‘s (the frenemy) birthday!!!*

I went on a run/walk with Michael at noon, which was fun, but also draining because it was blazing out there! I sweat so much that I had to restrain myself from putting my mouth under the water faucet when I got home. bobesponja-seco

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I also made Michael do pushups with me because I’m annoying a great friend!

Lastly (promise!) was the final dance company picnic. *Tear* All I’ll say is that there was amazing food, wonderful company (literally), and the best hugs ever. I love my girls.

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Passing on the officer positions!

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Proud to pass on the vice presidency to Livv!

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Seniors!

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Calves of steel.

That’s. a. wrap.

I understand if you’re annoyed at me for this aimless, overwhelming weekend recap. But if you are, you probably haven’t made it this far.

Anyway, this was an absolute blast of a weekend, and I thank God for being able to spend some quality time with my friends as high school comes to an end. TODAY IS OUR LAST DAY!

Have a great Monday, everyone!

So tell me:

Do you like yoga?

Did you do anything outdoors this weekend?

Three fun things you did this weekend!

18 Things

Hi there!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Mine was both exhausting and fun— there was a sleepover, waffles, delicious dinner, a dance show (last one EVER), and I turned 18 somewhere in there.

MiMM

Linking up with Katie!

So here are 18 things about my weekend during which I became a legal adult:

1. Moves

After school on Friday, I headed to the gym (there are 3 days left in my membership!) for a workout.

5 min. arc trainer + supersets:

  • 10-12 pistols each leg + 15-20 Bulgarian split squats each leg
  • 20 hamstring ball roll-ins + 30 Bosu lunge hops
  • 20 lunge pulses + 20 single leg bridge pulses each leg

Plus core work!

2. Dance company dinner

At my favorite Japanese restaurant! I got the roll combo with eel avocado, yellowtail, and tuna rolls. They’re all my absolute favorites, so you better believe I finished that whole plate. No sushi left behind.

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3. Dance company sleepover

‘Twas a crazy night with 14 girls sleeping over, but it was a blast. We signed T-shirts, screamed Frozen songs at the top of our lungs, and played Cards Against Humanity. Successful sleepover indeed!

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4. Epic breakfast

Waking up at 9 AM after going to bed at 3 AM was not ideal on my birthday, but making breakfast (best meal of the DAY) for my best gals was worth it. My super-mom did most of the work though. We have enough waffles and cereal for the rest of the year I think.

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The only thing I really did— gluten free banana pancakes.

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Approximately 1/5 of all the waffles we made. {We froze all the leftovers.}

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Part of my breakfast: pancakes with Greek yogurt, peanut butter, and maple syrup added later. Heavennnnn.

Thanks so much, mom and pop, for being such generous hosts to all my dance friends!!! It has been requested that you start a hotel service…but I think you’re already there.

5. A nice nap

‘Nough said.

6. Beautiful weather all weekend

Like, perfect.

7. Wonderful Mass with my family

It’s the last week of the Easter season!

8. Awesome birthday texts from my friends

9. Phone call with the brother

So happy that I got to talk with Mr. Penguino.

10. Eighteen burpees

…ya know. I ♥ burpees, so it just seemed appropriate.

11. Amazing birthday dinner

I chose to go to a Latin restaurant called Sonora that my parents had raved about in the past, and it was the BOMB. We all shared a few tapas, a couple entrees, and of course a couple desserts.

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Salmon ceviche

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Quinoa, goat cheese, roasted eggplant empanadas with a chocolate molé sauce. WHOA.

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Dad’s halibut with quinoa gnocchi (!!!)

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Mom’s stuffed chicken with some sort of green potato mash

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Pork tacos

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Cheesecake with dulce de leche ice cream and guava sauce

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Chocolate jalapeño bread pudding with dulce de leche ice cream. This was awesome.

12. The waiters sang happy birthday to me really quietly

I was kinda hoping they would have fireworks and a mariachi band though.

13. Best birthday presents ever from Daliza

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Cutest collage ever.

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Uhhh how cool is this?! She drew the little mascot on there and everything!

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The goodies in the box.

Daliza is one of my best friends ever, and this gift meant the absolute world to me. I swear it’s not just because she gave me sunflower seed butter. 😉 I can tell that she put so much effort and thought into it and I appreciate it from the depths of my nut-butter-loving heart. Thank you so much, Daliza!

14. Woke up automatically at 7 AM yesterday morning

My internal clock hates me -_-

15. Watched CrossFit Games while eating breakfast instead of trying to go back to sleep

Bad idea. I was so tired for the rest of the day.

16. Last dance show with my dance school EVER

That sounds more emotional than it was. Yesterday was the show for the younger dance classes in our dance school, so we did perform shortly, but we mostly just helped out backstage. It was a long day.

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Alison + Allison. Sons.

17. Ate a snickerdoodle 

Thanks to my friend Rachel who brought a bunch for us to eat yesterday! Snickerdoodles are my fave.

18. Thanked God

For this weekend and every single person that made it so dang special.

Hello, adulthood! I’m {sorta} ready for you!

So tell me:

What is the best birthday gift you ever received?

Three things you did this weekend!

WIAW: Full Day of Dance

Hey there!

It’s another crazy week around here, and yesterday I was so domestic that I barely did any homework (I didn’t have much yesterday anyway). I did laundry, cleaned the bathroom, baked muffins, and cooked this rockin’ sriracha chicken all before ballet, and I felt like SUPERMOM. Minus the mom part, so, just super.

I’ll save any rants and thoughts for tomorrow’s Behind the Scenes. Today, I’m joining the WIAW party to show you all what I ate on Sunday, the day of my last dance company rehearsal ever. EVER. It still hasn’t hit me yet, so I won’t talk about it too much. I could burst out in tears at any second at this point.

Anyway, our last rehearsal before a show always involves running our dances multiple times, so it was a long, tiring day. Here’s what fueled me through teaching religious education and 4.5 hours of groovin’!

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Jenn‘s got the linkup for some fabulous eats!

Breakfast

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Fuel for proclaiming God’s word, shushing third graders, and picking up paper and pencils off the floor: 

Amanda’s oatmeal cookie dough smoothie (plus spinach, minus chia seeds) + side of Greek yogurt. Dipped like so.

Lunch

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Fuel for jumping, running, and turning…all at the same time (aka dancing): 

PB & J. Holy moly I hadn’t had one of these babies in such a long time and it hit the spot like no other.

Snacks

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Fuel for more dancing: Carrots and hummus

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Post-dance fuel: Greek yogurt, sliced banana, crapton of cinnamon and nutmeg, stevia

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Plus nuts

Dinner

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Fuel for finishing homework, blogging, cleaning, and chatting with Dad:

Lime-cilantro salmon on spinach + sriracha + avocado toast

The salmon turned out well! It’s always a celebration when I don’t under-season meat. For this one salmon filet, I put on some fresh lime juice (from half a lime), about 2 tsp. honey, sea salt, pepper, and cilantro. Baked at 400*F for 8 minutes (in our small toaster oven).

Desserts

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Fuel for baking: Half of this juicy navel orange

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Fuel for sleeping 😉

Sample of homemade apricot-orange Irish soda bread

There ya have it! A busy day’s worth of delicious eats. The PB&J was the highlight, without a doubt. Those will be returning to my life with a vengeance; I bought some new strawberry jam a couple days ago just for the cause. 😀

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

So tell me:

Do you like PB&J/AB&J’s?

What has been fueling you through long days?

Have you tried a great new recipe recently?

Dancers Fueled By Popcorners {MIMM #26}

Hi there!

The weather forecast said there would be a 100% chance of snow last night, and it was 100% wrong. It’s not like we needed another snow day though, so I’m strangely a-okay with going to school today. I also just don’t want the roads to get all clogged up again. I may or may not have driven {slowly} into mini glaciers three times in the past week.

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0 inches.

Anyway, I hope you all had a lovely weekend, whatever the weather! Mine was pretty darn marvelous. And it’s not just because Joseph Gordon Levitt and Emma Watson were on stage together at the Oscars last night. Or because Ellen was the hostess!

MiMM

Joining Katie‘s marvelous Monday linkup!

Friday

I was pretty much a veg at home after school on Friday besides trying out a bunch of these awesome (and not-so-awesome) pushup variations. In the evening, I did some “MC Hammering” (in the words of Arman) at my school’s talent show. Noooo, I didn’t shuffle across the stage in flashy, super-low-crotch pants. I was a co-emcee with three other students, and we basically introduced people and told corny jokes. It was a fun time!

My favorite corny joke: What did the baby corn say to the mama corn?

…Where’s POPcorn?!

You’re smiling. It’s ok.

Throughout the evening, I was fueled by a smoothie that I had for dinner. I was inspired by Amanda’s breakfast for dinner, so I tried out her oatmeal cookie dough smoothie with spinach/kale for some extra veggie power!

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I had to use a spatula to get every bit of goodness out of the blender 😉

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And since I eat Greek yogurt with everything and I was craving that creamy tanginess…

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Spoon➔ dip in Greek yogurt➔ dip in smoothie➔ put in mouth➔ repeat.

I highly recommend this smoothie! So thick and satisfying.

Oh, and here’s more proof of my love for Greek yogurt:

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Plop. (No calculators were harmed during this snack time.)

Saturday

Another long day at dance from 11 AM-4 PM, and then Mass afterwards. We did have a Groupon for our favorite Japanense restaurant though. 😀 Our reason for celebration was an early Mardi Gras and a farewell to my mom who is leaving for Florida soon. Let’s face it though— we would have gone even if it weren’t for those reasons.

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This was green tea gelato. Can you hear the angels singing?

Sunday

Sunday started off earlier than usual with a Sunday school staff meeting at 8:30 AM.

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I couldn’t roll out of bed at the last minute though because I had to get dolled up for the dance company photo shoot! We each get a headshot, and then there are a bunch of group photos taken. I’m also vice president of company, and officers (president, VP, etc.) get additional photos with each other and by themselves in different dance poses.

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Dance director making sure we’re camera-ready!

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My friend Livv aka Beyonce.

Some people may think that dancers are extremely cautious of their diets, but this company likes to EAT. It’s not always “real food” either. Like these Popcorners that I could not stop eating:

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Put one in your mouth and never turn back.

For our weekly brunches we also usually have foods such as bagels, pretzel crisps, cereal, fruit, muffins, and granola bars. Dancers need ’em carbs for four hours of dance!

That pretty much sums up my weekend: corny jokes, corny chips, and green stuff. 🙂

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

So tell me:

Do you like having breakfast for dinner?

What is your favorite kind of chip?

Three things you did this weekend!

 

Dance Company Picnic

Hey there!

I hope you had a wonderful Thursday! It started out as a gloomy one around these parts, but now it’s clear and be-a-u-tiful. Just in time for dance company’s first picnic!

First and foremost, my day started with a messy, but delicious breakfast:

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Finished off a container of 2% plain Greek yogurt. Topped with half a peach, some banana slices, cereal, and vanilla sunbutter.

I also had a dentist appointment, and I’m happy to report that my teeth are lookin’ just fine! However, apparently my wisdom teeth are coming in…so hopefully that doesn’t become an issue. Also, I floss every day pretty thoroughly (some days more so than others), but I do my best. Yet for some reason, my dentist keeps suggesting, “You could actually start flossing, ya know…” Like, really? I even do it the exact way he’s shown me to floss. *Shaking my head*

Next was a quick lunch eaten in the car before going to an awesome, sweaty ballet class:

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A two-egg omelet stuffed with spinach, mozzarella, tomato, and basil that I cut in half and put between two pieces of bread. AKA an egg sandwich. ‘Twas quick and tasty!

Then came the super fun part of the day–company picnic! This is dance company’s first formal get-together during which we eat, chat, share our “me” posters, and get to know each other more (since some new company members enter every year).

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A lovely spread of finger foods, including homemade Oreos by my friend Susie! They were a hit, girl!

I’ve been in dance company for the past two years, and although the members change slightly from year to year as some people graduate and others enter high school, I can honestly say that every company member I’ve been with is like a sister to me. We obviously share our love of dancing, but we also share so many fun (and crazy-weird) experiences, stories, emotions, and jokes that make the company bond so unique and special. They’re a big part of my life, so you’ll probably be seeing more of these lovely ladies on the blog throughout the school year!

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Company 2014! 

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Seniors. Already?! Can’t even think about it.

We had a blast, and I learned some fun (and HILARIOUS) facts about each of them. I’m so excited for the dance season to start!

Have a nice evening, and I’ll see you tomorrow for Fascinating Friday Links 🙂

So tell me: Do you have a group of people with whom you share a unique friendship/bond? Do you floss? (<–Random question. I won’t judge.)