Joyful Exhaustion

So I cried on Sunday night.

Crying is pretty much a weekly occurrence just to let out all the emotions that have built up from the week, which might sound like there’s a problem that I need to fix, but crying is a very normal and therapeutic thing for me. Sometimes I cry by myself, and sometimes my parents kindly let me cry irrelevantly in the middle of our conversation (love you, Madre and Pop).

Needless to say, it’s been a long week. I started developing a very “woe is me” mentality by the end of the weekend, but the more I pray and talk about what I’m feeling with others, the more I realize that I have been given nothing but love through the people and circumstances God has placed in my life.

9 hours of sleep on Sunday night wasn’t a bad thing either.

Besides keeping up with school, here are some other things that have kept me joyfully exhausted lately:

1) Grabbing a cheeseburger with Fr. Barnes (the priest at our Catholic Center) for lunch on Thursday.

2) Gearing up for Holy Week!

3) Making time to spend with friends, even if only at the dining hall. This dining hall dinner involved double the carbs, which meant double the fun.

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seafood and sausage paella, so fancy!

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cheese ravioli

4) Cooking allllll the things at work, which gets so tiring after 5+ hours! I have so much respect for chefs and stay-at-home mothers/fathers. Yeesh.

5) Colby from You Make You (@be.happyhealthyfit) came to Beantown this weekend!! She crashed at my (now roach-free!) place, which meant a lot of quality time together 🙂

Some scenes from our foodie/fit/fun adventures:

Salads + corn bread at the food court on Friday night, followed by some bona fide college comedy.

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We had some study sessions. This one featured a Quest cinnamon roll cereal bar that Colby gave me. It totally brought me back to the cereal bars of my childhood.

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Friends who sweat together…

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 (even though we were both really sore this day)

Nothing some good pho can’t fix! This was my first time at Le’s, and it crushed the game.

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We split an XL bowl of chicken pho…

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…and a pork/shrimp vermicelli bowl, all for a grand total of $20! College wallets rejoice!

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We finished almost all of it.

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But our dessert stomachs were ready for [vegan] ice cream. Colby is sadly allergic to gluten and dairy, so FoMu was a Godsend.

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FoMu serves vegan, coconut milk-based ice cream. I got strawberry (per the server’s recommendation) and “f’oreo” in a waffle cone.

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Verdict? Delicious, rich, and creamy! But you have to be okay with coconut, because you can definitely taste the coconut in all the flavors.

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Colby got peanut butter (made with Teddie’s pb!) and strawberry

Then Colby spotted this gluten-free, vegan ice cream cookie sandwich and, being allergic to dairy/gluten and being deprived of places like FoMu at her school, she said, “when in Boston…”

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So we split it 🙂 (’twas a whopping $7+ though, what the freak!?)

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We took an Uber home because a) very full; b) raining.

Ugh, it was so fun spending the weekend with Colby. She is such a kind and genuine soul, and she has a refreshing presence in the healthy living social media world. I love you and am so honored to have spent this time with you, Colby!

6) This is the opposite of exhaustion, but shoutout to Megan for being the best roommate and always cleaning up our apartment without complaining or really saying anything. I see ya and appreciate you greatly, girl.

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egg in a hole on my Rainforest Cafe plate // Megan: “you have to see the logo if we want to be endorsed”

7) Workout/Bible study on Sunday mornings! This week, we had a great conversation about combatting the fear of living with our own selves.

8) Brunch with my fellow future PT friend, Selena! We went to Tatte on Sunday, and it was glorious.

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I recommended that Selena get the shakshuka, which is what I got last year. She loved it!

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And I got the turkey B.L.A.T (bacon, lettuce, avocado, tomato), which was fan-freaking-tastic. Thick cut applewood bacon, chipotle mayo, toasted and buttered multigrain bread MMM. Finished every last bite!

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Of course, we finished our meals with a pastry from the bakery. She got the creme brûlée croissant (!!!), and I got the pear almond muffin. Both were incredible.

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8) Lots of gross anatomy studying. We already have another exam next week?

9) Giving tours in the snow and the sunshine. This spring weather is sloooooooooooowly but surely coming along.

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10) Keeping up with relationships with friends, family, and God. I often take advantage of one or the other, but I am constantly reminded of how precious these relationships are.

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So my exhaustion is mostly first-world-induced, I know. But fast-paced, privileged lives can be surprisingly threatening to true peace and joy, which can best be found in the silence and simplicity of God’s Love.

Hope you all have a great Tuesday!

So tell me:

Have you felt super busy/exhausted recently?

Have you ever tried vegan ice cream? 

Two things you’re grateful for!

 

 

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Intimidated

Good evenin’!

Hope you all had an awesome Friday! Mine was pretty productive yet relaxing. I was going to go to the city with some of my best friends, but I ended up being a baby and staying home because I was tired. I’m lame. But as much as I wanted to hang out with them, I think my body appreciated the rest (even if it was only a 45 minute nap).

Lunch

Mom made some fabulous seafood paella in the rice cooker!

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Sriracha added, of course

It was a tasty combo of shrimp and fish balls. As in fish “meat”balls. Not…something else. I’m sure you’re just enticed right about now. They’re good though! Even if it is pretty much the mystery meat of the sea. Ignorance is bliss!

My day consisted of finishing up some summer work, working on college applications, blog reading (duh), and a nice workout!

Moves

20 minutes on the elliptical followed by my favorite leg workout from Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers! This always makes my legs feel like they’re going to fall off, but today it felt slightly easier. I think I can increase the weight for my squats, but I’m facing a small dilemma. See, I use the small barbells from the curl rack to do my squats since I’ve never been brave enough to go to the squat rack (partially because I don’t want to see guys from my school there–walkawaywalkawaywalkaway). However, it’s getting harder for me to clean and press the heavier barbells over my head just for squats, which is why I want to try using the squat rack so I can increase the weight without worrying about getting the weight over my head.

I’m not usually one to care what anyone thinks of me when I go to the gym (ya know, since I look like I’m 12 years old), but when it comes to using machines, I like to know what I’m doing for safety and for the sake of not embarrassing myself. I’m intimidated by the squat machine for the following reasons/uncertainties:

  • The bar is usually set too high for me to un-rack it
  • Is the bar 45 lbs. by itself? Yes, right?
  • “Wait, this IS the squat rack, right?” (<–kidding, I’m not that lost 😉 )
  • I’m afraid of making people wait. I’m not used to this pressure!

Obviously, I will ask one of the professional trainers for help if and when I DO decide to use the squat rack. It will happen one day. ‘Twill.

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Maybe I should get this snazzy bumper sticker

Anyway…

Dinner

Was da bomb.com:

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Ready for this? Chicken, mozzarella, tomato, basil, spinach panini. YAH. Please try this.

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And these humungous, seedless(!!) green grapes. These were two-biters!

Ben has his best buds over and I’m totally that sister that thinks she’s cool enough to hang out with them. I humor myself.

So tell me: How was your Friday? Are you intimidated by any machines in the gym? What’s for dinner?