Weekend of Work and Play

Three more days of classes and then we’re free!…

…To study for finals!!! And then we’ll really be free.

Statistics may or may not be making me constantly angry, but Boston University offers things like puppy therapy to keep us light-hearted and believing that there is still happiness in the world (so melodramatic).

This weekend has thankfully been a fine mix of work and play— essential for sanity, I’d say.

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At the gym and on a dinner date with my fellow banana, Christine (yellow on the outside, white on the inside). Get it? 😀

I also went out to my friend’s a cappella concert as well as a partayyyy on Saturday night. There were red Solo cups filled with a clear beverage…

(Water!)

Oh my goodness, the a cappella concert was spectacular! I’m a huge fan of a cappella groups, and this was my first one I attended at Boston University. They made my jaw drop several times during their performance because I was just in awe of their talent! I want moreeeeee.

As for the party, it was a fancy mixer for Catholic students from Boston University, MIT, and Harvard. My friends and I had a blast dressing up for the first time this semester, and we owe all our thanks to my roommate. She literally did our hair in 20 minutes flat, and we all looked ready for the red carpet. Girl doesn’t mess around!

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I’m the “mom” of the group apparently. I told my friend to make sure she ate something before leaving the dorm and I carried a huge purse to fit our belongings in it.

The party was crowded but very fun! I was often the awkward person standing in the center of the room looking for people to talk to, but it was all good. Let the people come to YOU, right?

Just kidding, I still had to every-so-subtly slip myself into little circles of people.

In addition to the fun stuff, I did the obligatory homework and studying, and I worked on Saturday. Remember when I made my “bosses” (the lovely couple for whom I work) steak for the first time ever and I thought I ruined everything by overcooking it? Well, they asked me to make steak for them again, so I guess they really did like it? Whatever happened, I think I nailed a medium rare steak this time.

I also made them tuna salad again, and I have the recipe for you fellow tuna salad lovers!

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Alison’s Terrific and Tasty Tuna Salad

  • 3 5-oz. cans no salt, water-packed white albacore tuna
  • ⅓ c. light mayo
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. whole grain mustard
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • ¼ tsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh dill
  • half a medium onion, diced
  • ¼-⅓ c. chopped carrots
  • ¼ c. finely diced (reduced-salt) green olives
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Flake all the tuna out of the cans into a large bowl. Add the next six ingredients and mix well. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix altogether. Smack the tuna salad on some crackers or toast or just eat it straight up if you fancy that.

When I explained this recipe to my mother, she was totally weirded out. I get that it’s a slightly strange combination of ingredients, but it’s darn tasty! It came together as a result of whatever my bosses had in their fridge/pantry. I don’t even like raw onions or olives usually, but they just work in this tuna salad. Have some breath mints or gum on hand for afterwards though.

*Closes out of Facebook* Alright I just wasted a good 20 minutes going down memory lane on Facebook. Gotta go to sleep.

I hope you all have a beautiful Monday!

(Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception, fellow Catholics!)

So tell me:

Two things you did this weekend!

Do you like a cappella groups?

Pentatonix=life.

Do you like tuna salad?

Behind the Scenes #23: Prom

Well, hello, world! I have so much to tell you about this week, so it’s perfect that today is Thursday because…

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with the wonderful Amanda!

1) Prom. It happened on Tuesday-Wednesday. And it was awesome.

2) Except for the fact that I had to go to two hair salons. Long story short: at the first salon, the lady that was supposed to do my hair was not there, so the lady that usually does nails did my hair instead…and it didn’t turn out quite as envisioned. I was getting flustered and dramatic about it, but mom was cool as a cucumber and took me to a more trusted salon to get it fixed. Yes, we should have gone to the more trusted salon first, but we thought we would dabble with the cheaper salon. Hmm.

3) My mom hosted this snazzy pre-pre-prom party at our house so we could take some of the standard prom pictures. Per usual, she made a plethora of food, which was a huge hit.

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Yes, my mom put those balloons up herself just for the occasion.

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I put on the boutonniere incorrectly apparently. At least I didn’t poke Michael!

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Charlie’s Angels? Eh.

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4) Everyone looked INCREDIBLE. Like, my school’s got some style.

5) ‘Twas a windy night, but the weather was perfect. If it were any warmer, we all would have been sweaty and nasty.

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5) Dance, eat, chat, eat, repeat! The food was really good at prom, and the make-your-own ice cream sundae station at the end made me pretty happy. 😀

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Photo boothin’

I still need a foot massage from dancing in heels all night.

6) At 11 PM, when prom ended, I was BEAT. I could not fathom the fact that Daliza, Jordan (her date), Michael, and I were going to NYC for another 6 hours afterwards. I kinda wished we could just sleep and go to after-prom the day later, but that would not complete the prom experience…whatever the heck that is anyway.

7) A majority of our classmates went on a boat around NYC, but we opted to (*ahem* stay sober) have our own adventure on land in Times Square.

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After-prom on St. Patrick’s Cathedral steps #TURNUP

8) No, seriously, our little foursome had a blast. We played hide ‘n’ seek in Times Square!!! Rules: Between 42nd and 45th street, only on 7th ave, only outside. Fun times!

9) We also ate halal food from THE famous Halal Guys on 6th and 53rd as fuel for the next 5 hours. And I totally got a second wind, so I actually wasn’t tired in NYC!

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10) We got back to my house at around 7 AM (yah, I know), and then we took naps and watched High School Musical 3. Party animals.

11) I’m graduating today!!! I have a speech to deliver?…Meep.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

So tell me:

Did you go to prom in high school?

When was the latest you’ve stayed up?

What would you do for after prom?

“I’m Making Friends!”

Well hi there!

If you missed my epic story about how I hurt myself doing burpees yesterday, you can read about that here. It was a fun time.

In other news, I went to university orientation and had a great weekend to follow! Here’s what was going on in the noggin during the excitement…

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Orientation + weekend = marvelous! Thanks for hosting, Katie!

Orientation Thoughts:

“People at this train station are hardcore judging my overnight oats in a jar.”

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“I hope I don’t sleep through my stop while napping on the train to Boston.”

“Hooray, I’m in Boston!”

“Take the T (subway) or walk 2.6 miles with my bags to campus?…The weather is nice, so I’ll walk!”

“This is a lovely walk through Boston. Look, ma, I’m independent!”

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“It’s getting pretty hot out here. Gettin’ a little sweaty.”

“Wow, I’m a sweaty pig right now. I smell.”

“I made it! I need a nap.”

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“Wait, I want food first.”

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{Sweet Chick burger @ UBurger}

“Hey, I have some pretty cool roommates for orientation!”

“I’m making FRIENDS!”

“Showering in the dorm bathrooms is stressing me out. Is it socially acceptable to walk around in a towel on the first day of orientation?”

“My actual roommate for this coming year is THE BOMB.”

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“This is so much fun!”

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“Don’t fall asleep during the long info sessions.”

“I ♥ the omelette station.”

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“Where’s the peanut butter at in this dining hall?”

“Chemistry has separate classes for pre-lab, lab, lecture, and discussion. What?”

“Wow, they give us so many cookies here.”

“It’s fuel for all our walking on campus.”

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“STILL HAVING FUN!”

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“I’m so tired that I’m not tired anymore. Runnin’ on pure adrenaline here.”

“But seriously, where’s the peanut butter in the dining hall?”

“BENNNNN!”

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“We have matching backpack sweat stains, bro.”

“This is one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.”

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{Ben and I split ‘The Double Awesome” and “The Gabby” scallion pancake sandwiches. Incredible. }

“I have the best brother in the world.”

“I had a blast! But I’m ready for my own shower and bed again. And nut butter.”

Saturday Thoughts:

“9 hours of sleep!!!”

“What a gorgeous day for Jen’s grad party.”

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“I love her Italian family.”

“I also love Italian food.”

“Oooo cake!”

“I can’t NOT take weird selfies with Kristi.”

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Sunday Thoughts:

“Prom is in two days!!”

“I’ve missed you, peanut butter.”

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“Another gorgeous day for the Corpus Christi Mass.”

Davida’s e-cookbook came out!!! YES.”

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“LOL at my burpee wound.”

“Mom’s making chili and cornbread for the World Cup game? I’m down.”

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{Eaten with a side of spinach + another huge, unpictured hunk of cornbread}

“I have never been so into a soccer game before. PORTUGAL LITERALLY SCORED IN THE LAST 30 SECONDS!!!”

And this ends the tour of Alison’s brain during the past five days.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

So tell me:

What are some highlights of your weekend?

What’s the best thing you ate this weekend?

Have you been watching the World Cup?