16 Hour Delay

I feel like under-eye circles are the battery display of my body.

I got 7 hours of sleep on Monday night (which is average), but I still felt pretty tired, and I had purple circles under my eyes.

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yesterday’s breakfast of overnight oats!

I decided to nap after breakfast, which turned into almost TWO extra hours of sleep (still catching up from last week)! Then my under-eye circles were gone.

Purple circles = battery running low. No circles = fully recharged.

Yesterday I talked all about SEEK in San Antonio, but I didn’t tell you guys the story of how I got home. It all started after one last breakfast with the BU crew at our hotel in San Antonio. A couple of my friends and I then took a Lyft to the San Antonio airport at around 8:30 am.

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handy dandy standy table at the San Antonio airport

My first flight was only 30 minutes to Houston, so that was fine. Then came the delays. Thanks to the winter weather that I forgot existed in the northeast, our flight from Houston to New York was delayed 20 minutes… then 50 minutes… then 90 minutes (at this point, I also started to realize that I developed plantar fasciitis in my left foot)… then we boarded. Then it was delayed for another 30 minutes… then we took off, flew, and landed!!…

…in Washington DC. *sad trombone* The runways at LaGuardia airport in NYC were too short and snowy for our plane to safely land, so we were diverted to Dulles Washington airport. There were a couple flights in the same situation as us, so we were stuck on the plane without a gate in DC for a couple hours. I didn’t even care that we weren’t making it to New York that night; my butt just really hurt.

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free TV on demand for all as a consolation gift

Eventually we made it off the plane, but everyone was in a fit about when the next flight to LaGuardia was and whether we were getting hotel vouchers for the night. ‘Twas a mighty unfortunate situation for clients and employees alike, especially at that ungodly hour of 1 AM.

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Some people on my flight had been traveling for over 24 hours from Auckland, New Zealand!! God bless ’em.

We got our generous hotel and meal vouchers for the night and headed to our hotels for the “night”. I bought a caesar salad at the airport and ate it in my large Embassy Suite at 2:30 AM.

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thank God for a comfy bed and a shower though! I was so ready to sleep in the airport

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I slept for a solid 3.5 hours before I had to wake up again and eat breakfast at the hotel (which was included — so many things to be thankful for).

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plus some scrambled eggs + ketchup

This Embassy Suites had two huge pet swans in their lobby too, which was something to wake up to.

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Our scheduled flight to LaGuardia was at 10am, but once we boarded, we were delayed for another hour (our flight was less than an hour, so we could have already been in NY by then) due to some paperwork that had to be completed for the diversion process. People were just about fuming from their ears.

But we finally landed in NYC at almost noon, only 16 hours after we were originally supposed to land. We were safe and sound, which is all that matters. My whole fam picked me up from the airport, and then we headed to lunch at a Korean restaurant in Flushing called Kun Sohn Korean Noodle House.

We all shared loads of fresh, hot, handmade noodle soups + dumplings + seafood pancake + kimchi. The perfect food to drive out the winter chill. Later that night, I went to an evening Mass and then straight to bed at 6:45pm for my 14 hours of glorious sleep.

On Monday, I ate breakfast, did some cleaning, and then moved and grooved. I worked out once in San Antonio on the one day I was willing to sacrifice sleep and get up at the butt-crack of dawn. I am thankful for that one workout though! It did also make my butt sore for the next three days. I’ve used the word “butt” four times in this post already.

I did Colby’s day two cardio and core workout from her 10 day burn challenge. It was so nice to get the blood pumping, but my body was feeeeeelin’ it after a wonky week of sleep, eats, and travel.

After a quick shower, I met up with two of my best dance friends from high school, Susie and Charli, for lunch. It was so good catching up with those beauties!

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devoured this veggie burger (my only vegetable last week was salsa #notmad)

After my two hour nap yesterday, I ate a classic lunch.

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avocado toast with eggs + salad with homemade honey dijon vinaigrette

Then Madre and I went to Bed Bath and Beyond and the nail salon, where I started studying for gross anatomy (the prof says that she “cannot overestimate how incredibly much work this class is”).

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“which bones and muscles is she massaging right now?”

Yoga is what my body needed, so I did this great yoga video by Leigha Butler before dinner (Madre was simultaneously doing Pilates right next to me in the basement haha).

Look what I had after dinner!!

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dried figs with {full fat Fage} greek yogurt 🙂

Also, I had some of Madre’s pork soup, which was seriously the best soup/pork I’ve ever tasted. I don’t know why, but this was my JAM. She simmered it for hours with pork bones, lemongrass, kefir leaves, and salt. That’s it.

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Doesn’t look like much, but it’s what’s inside that counts.

I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday! I’m going to be seeing some lovely ladies tonight. Both of their names start with a C 🙂

So tell me:

Have you ever had to stay overnight in a city due to a flight delay?

Two things you did yesterday!

No Schedule = No Idea What to Do With Myself

BIG E-HUG FOR YOU.

I said it yesterday, but I’ll say it again: Thank you all for your kind words, prayers, and support on Thursday’s post regarding my eating disorder. I absolutely mean it from the bottom of my peanut-butter-loving heart that I love and appreciate each one of you.

Some exciting news is that I am currently on spring break! Some disappointing news is that my backyard still has snow up to my knees. #perpetualwinter2015. I made up that hashtag myself, as usual.

I came back home from college via train on Friday night after waiting in the freezing station for an extra two hours due to a delay. I was wearing sneakers and a lighter jacket because I wanted to pack light, but that totally worked against me in this situation. I was shivering so hard that I was practically twerking. Luckily, I had some friends waiting with me who were going home on the same train, so I didn’t freeze alone.

Plus, I had peanut butter in my backpack to comfort and refuel myself once I got on the train.

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Mom and dad also brought me some homemade mok pa (Thai fish casserole steamed in banana leaf) with brown rice for my midnight dinner when they picked me up from the station. Swoon. I housed that meal and it nourished every part of my being. I had it again on Saturday and Sunday. Thanks, ma!

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What also hit the spot? My first overnight oats since winter break!!!

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*angels singing*

Disoriented Without a Schedule

I had the intention of getting ahead with a lot of studying and homework this weekend (lame, I know) before my friend Rachel arrives tonight(!), but without a concrete schedule or routine, it’s so hard to be productive. Everything I do just takes five minutes longer.

For instance, I’ll sleep in and then wonder: To eat breakfast now or to work out now? Breakfast usually comes first.

Then I’ll spend time perusing blogs for an hour… or two…while watching Food Network. I might do some homework, but then I think about other things I could be doing during my spring break, so I end up reading five pages of my book before getting distracted. Everything just moves at snail pace, and I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF.

So these are the things I do in an effort to get myself together:

1) Search blogs breakfast recipes and bookmark all of them.

2) Use paraffin as a skincare treatment and freak out at the fact that I look like a Madame Tussaud wax figure.

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3) Clean up after my inevitable kitchen fails.

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The downside to making oatmeal in a jar.

4) Chat and catch up with my parents. ♥

5) Joke around with Rachel.

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Muahaha.

6) Be the subject for Daliza’s film project.

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7) Take pictures of pretty Latin hymn music in church so I can sing it later.

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8) Go out for sushi (thanks to Groupon of course) with the family!

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We went to Shiki in Stamford, CT, and it was just okay. They were heavy handed on the tempura flakes, mayo, and salt. Does it mean anything that the place was filled with children who were having hibachi birthday parties?

9) Make my “famous” tuna salad for the padres. With 2% Greek yogurt + olive oil instead of light mayo and added craisins.

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10) And when all else fails, we bake! Leigha posted these Vegan Morning Glory Muffins on her blog yesterday, and I knew I wanted them. I hit up the grocery store, whipped ’em up, and bathed in the morning glory muffins at 5 PM.

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I made a few mini ones as well. I had three slightly underbaked minis slathered in peanut butter straight out of the oven. Mmmhmmm.

The only thing is that I tried to save money by grating the baby carrots we had at home already, so that took forever. It was worth it though. I also added walnuts, used craisins instead of raisins, and honey instead of maple syrup.

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So here I am typing this at 9:30 PM on Sunday night, and I have accomplished 2% of the homework I planned to do. At least I’m in the spirit of spring break, am I right?

Hope you all have a fabulous Monday!

So tell me:

Do you ever feel disoriented when you don’t have a schedule/routine?

One thing you did, one thing you ate, and one thing you wish you did this weekend!

Fascinating Friday Links #24

Do I even need to say that we have a three hour delay today?

THERE’S NO MORE ROOM FOR THIS SNOW. Shoveling was a *bleep* yesterday because the hill of snow beside our driveway grew super high, so every shovelful of snow required a legit squat clean + shot-put throw. Olympic shoveling should be a thing! Use a small shovel for cardio (since you go back for more snow more quickly) and use a big shovel for strength. Let me know if we should petition for this in the 2018 winter games.

Speaking of which, who else watched all the drama in the men’s figure skating competition last night?! First Yevgeny withdraws, then Jeremy Abbott takes a major fall…My jaw was dropping low to the flo’.

Anyway, it’s Friday, it’s Valentine’s Day, and it’s the start of my winter break! Can it really be called break with all these snow days though? Not complaining.

Here are some Fascinating Friday Links for your fancy!

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Health and Fitness

[Fat is friendly] Why This Registered Dietitian Eats More Fat via Kath Eats Real Food and Fannetastic Food

[Are you getting enough of these?] 5 Nutrients You’re Probably Not Getting Enough Of (And How to Fix That) via Greatist

[Squeezing in workouts doesn’t have to be hard] Yes, You Do Have Time via Perfection Isn’t Happy

[Dieting can come with judgement] The Taboo Word— ‘Dieting’ via The Big Man’s World and Olives n Wine

[Sweet stuff] 30 Sugar Substitutes for Any and Every Possible Situation via Greatist

[You know I love ’em] 10 Ways to Burpee via The Fitnessista

[Work it out] Olympic Tabata via Strength and Sunshine + Love Your Body Workout via Purely Twins + Winter Shape-Up Week 3 via Fitnessista + 50 Rep Workout Part 3 via Peanut Butter Fingers + 12 Minute Tabata via Peanut Butter Runner

Food for Thought

[Eating disorder recovery] Letting Go of Calories via The Story of a Girl + My Battle With Disordered Eating and How I Overcame It via Your Trainer Paige + Mental Recovery: It’s YOUR Choice via Fitting It All In

[I need to work on this] Putting Down the iPhone via Peanut Butter Runner

[Don’t let these things get you down] 7 Little Mistakes That Steal Your Happiness via Marc and Angel

[Honor your body] Dear Body via The Lunchbox Diaries

Food for Belly

[Can it get any more perfect?] Peanut Butter Banana & Honey Bread via Yeah…Imma Eat That

[Seriously.] Banana Fosters Cinnamon Rolls via The Healthy Maven

[Sweet and savory] Brown Sugar & Bourbon Glazed Salmon via A Healthy Slice of Life

[I ♥ toast and this gal with her new cookbook coming this year!] Artisanal Toast and THE BIGGEST NEWS via Top With Cinnamon

[So awesome] Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Popcorn Cups via The Lean Green Bean

[Yo.] S’mores Pancakes via Chocolate and Carrots

Miscellaneous Fun

[Little moments like these make the world go ’round] A Little Girl Experiences Rain For the Very First Time via Edis Production

[Cutest ladies EVER] 100 Year Old BFFs via Steve Harvey

[Gym locker room tips] Locker Room Diaries via Kath Eats Real Food

[I followed some new people!] 55 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts Guaranteed to Make Your Day via Greatist

[“Hot” and “Beautiful” are very different] The Actual Difference Between Women Who Are Hot and Who Are Beautiful via Elite Daily

Daily Moves and Grooves Posts From This Week

I ♥ The Olympics 

Letter To My Future Husband

WIAW: Food Collage Style

Behind the Scenes #9: Burpee Withdrawal

Have a great weekend, friends!

So tell me:

What are you doing this Valentine’s Day? I will be spending my evening babysitting. Single lady status at best.

Do you need some snow? ‘Cause I’ll send some to you.

Which links did you enjoy?