A Grand Ol’ Weekend Recap

Instead of thinking of a title for this post, I’ll just l start typing as I belt out “No One” by Alicia Keys (← quality song).

There’s so much to share today, so let’s nix a proper intro and catch up!

Thursday

On June 9th, 2015, I chopped my hair to shoulder length. On June 16th, 2016, I chopped my hair to chin length. Who knows what June 2017 will bring? #pixiecut?

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even the same shirt color as the emoji

My hair was shoulder length all year, but it was starting to flip outwards like Betty Rubble from the Flintstone’s, which is not the look that I’m personally going for.

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Just like last year, I’ve gotten mixed reactions to my new ‘do, but most people have been in support of the short locks (thanks, friends)! One of my friends from work said I look 10 years old though…

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Ya know, I’d rather look like Dora than Betty Rubble, so I’d say it’s a step up.

After a long day of work, Pop and I came home to a KILLER dinner made my Madre. She made sushi hand rolls + delicious chicken drumsticks. *jaw drop*

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leftover brown rice + roasted broccoli on the side (pro tip from Madre: cut the meat off the bone a little bit before cooking if you want the drumsticks to cook more quickly. it’ll still be juicy!)

Spoiled.

Friday

Banana and mango overnight oats to start the day— my forever favorite ♥︎ (p.s. post about how to make oatmeal two ways coming soon!)

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Dinner was simple and light because I was planning on working out soonish afterwards.

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sunny egg on avocado toast with sriracha + salad with homemade honey mustard dressing

But then I rebelled against my dairy cutdown and also ate cheesy jalapeño Popcorners. And then Pop came home and I decided that I really wanted Greek yogurt with dried figs.

“Sureeee. Go wild. But you might pay for it later.” – Pop

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I was totally fine later. Actually, my digestion this week might be the best it’s been in a while! Hmmm.

AFTER I ate dinner and dessert, I worked out at 10 pm in the basement. I needed 5 hours to decompress from work and nourish myself before working out, I guess.

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Saturday

A weekend breakfast favorite:

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Kylie’s simple paleo pancake + peach + peanut butter + glass o’ milk

I really wanted to put Greek yogurt on this, but I think having too much dairy still wouldn’t be great for me.

Madre and I went on a couple errands including grocery shopping and clothes shopping. Productivity, I say!

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didn’t buy this, but LOL I am a mother from the 50s

Moves and grooves of the day: 20 minute AMRAP (as many rounds as possible)

After Mass, Madre wanted to take Pop out to pre-Fathers’ Day dinner, so we went to a place called The Iron Tomato. It’s a casual Italian marketplace, so we each ordered something at different stations and reconvened.

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I got chicken meatloaf + artichokes, beets, and broccoli rabe to share with mom

We digested for a couple hours before I made a beloved classic for Pop and myself:

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Peanut butter banana soft serve!!! For two people: 3-4 frozen overripe bananas blended with peanut butter in a food processor, topped with granola.

Sunday (Father’s Day!)

My dad just made a good point (as a good father does): I FaceTimed a lot of people from Europe yesterday.

  1. Rachel in Ireland.
  2. My brother in Spain.
  3. My uncle, who is a priest in Rome.

What a great day already!

I made breakfast for Pop (and myself) in the morn’.

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made him a chorizo, onion, spinach egg white omelette + banana oatmeal

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banana, mango, chia oatmeal for moi

He opened his gift while eating. Peep the Sephora-bag-turned-“man-bag”.

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He loves Under Armor shirts!

After some more FaceTiming and relaxing, we all got started on our late afternoon BBQ! Pop requested that he grill on his special day. Madre and I went shopping and marinaded/skewered everything, and he and Madre split the grilling job. Teamwork!

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Madre’s incredible ribs, smothered in Stubb’s sticky sweet BBQ sauce (thanks so much to my pal for sending us this— you know who you are 🙂 )

To think that I used to not like ribs… So naive.

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our favorite Moroccan chicken!

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We ate everything in lettuce wraps, Asian style — with Thai basil, cilantro, fresh backyard mint, cherry tomatoes, bean sprouts, and Madre’s fantastic peanut sauce. None of us could choose a favorite meat that we cooked (maybe the ribs though).

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We cooked way too much food for three people, but hooray for leftovers for work lunches this week!

We ended “dinner” at 5 pm (talk to Europeans, eat like Europeans), after which we chilled out and digested. Pop and I went on a 2 mile walk around the ‘hood in the evening, and the weather was absolutely perfect. Cool and comfortable.

I got started on dessert when we got back home. We had weird peaches that were ripening but not softening. Like, we had them for a week, and they were starting to taste overripe (read: kinda alcoholic), but they were still hard. So I tried this recipe for individual peach crisps to put them to use.

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Pop and I had one each, topped with Talenti pistachio gelato. I ate the peach first (it was still hard and weird even after baking) and then ate the gelato. And then went back for a little more gelato.

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I just proceeded to do the 7 minute workout with Madre shortly after finishing dessert. Ice cream and squats is not an ideal combo, but I’ll survive.

I might do some late night stretching before turning in. My legs are super tight (I was a bad girl/PT student and didn’t stretch after working out on Saturday).

Happy Fathers’ Day to all fathers out there— of children or of souls! 🙂 You are so loved and appreciated.

Hope you all have one heck of a good Monday! Strike a silly pose when no one’s looking, but someone could be looking.

So tell me:

Did you do anything notable for Fathers’ Day/the weekend?

Do you like ribs?

What is the best thing you ate this weekend?

What is the worst hairstyle you’ve ever had? Honestly, my “bangs” in middle school were pretty painful.

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seriously WTF is happening with that

To My Hero

Dad,

You’re my hero because…

…you’ve gone sledding with Ben and me, which was one of the funnest things ever when we were kids.

…you give me big hugs. 

…you are so patient.

…you are a wicked mathematician, and I wouldn’t have gotten through physics or calculus without you.

…you’ve helped me be more competent.

…you are a faithful servant of God.

…you admit your failures.

…you know what anxiety is like.

…you are tough on me.

…yet you are gentle.

…you’ve taught me how to be a better public speaker.

…you do a lot of housework, including vacuuming, which I don’t enjoy.

…you fight tirelessly for the life of all human beings.

…you learned Spanish by yourself. Nice job, Geraldo!

…you’ve shown me how a man should treat his wife.

…you enjoy food as much as I do.

…you are humble.

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I think I was admiring those glasses of yours.

Jokes. I’m always looking up to you, Dad.

Happy Father’s Day, Pop!

{Head over to Arman’s blog to see his and other bloggers’ answers to my Spill It Sunday questions!}

 

 

 

 

Spill It Sundays #6: My Favorite Music

Can I just tell you how excited I am that we have a three day weekend for Martin Luther King Jr. Day? It’s somewhat bittersweet because it’s leading us right into midterms week, but the extra day off definitely helps with some extra studying time.

I have a social life, I swear. On Friday night, I went to my school’s varsity basketball game (that we won!) and then out for a delicious sushi dinner with my best friends. ‘Twas super lovely!

Alright, now it’s time for the fun stuff: Spill It Sundays Music Edition! I suggested this theme to Arman, so obviously, I want to participate!

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Head over to the big man’s world to check out what kind of music other bloggers love/hate!

All time favorite musical artist/band:

It’s too hard to pick one!!! Can I choose a top three? Of course I can— this is my blog. 🙂

1. Tori Kelly

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2. Coldplay

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3. Josh Groban (his old songs, not his new stuff)

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A varied group for sure, but all of these artists never fail to make me move, groove, and belt out their songs. Now, this doesn’t mean that I listen to these artists’ songs all the time, but when I do listen to them, I instantly remember why I love them so much.

Favorite genre of music:

Evidently, I like a variety of genres. Some of my favorites include:

  • Singer/Songwriter (Tori Kelly, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Lucy Schwartz, The Civil Wars etc.)
  • Alternative (Coldplay, Imagine Dragons. etc.)
  • Indie Rock/Folk Rock (Mumford and Sons, Young the Giant)
  • R&B (ZZ Ward)
  • Contemporary Christian (Chris August, King and Country, Audrey Assad, Moriah Peters)
  • and yes….mainstream Pop (Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, and everyone else on the radio)

I’m indecisive.

Least favorite genre:

Metal. Heavy metal, light metal, I don’t know. I just don’t get it and it scares the crap out of me.

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I mean…..

Musician that shouldn’t be called a musician:

Any heavy metal “artist.” Yelling doesn’t count as music.

Embarrassing music tastes:

I actually fear that my neighbors often catch me dancing around to super upbeat, feel-good songs like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” and more recently, Kelly Clarkson’s Christmas song, “Underneath the Tree.” Yes, I do really love that song too. I’m a dancer (and fun fact: I used to take ballroom dancing lessons), so it might not be that ugly, but that doesn’t mean I don’t make a fool of myself.

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I also used to be obsessed with Hannah Montana— the show and the music. My brother was kind enough to burn and label DVD copy of an old tape of me singing her songs…by myself…to the camera.

You will never see it.

All-time favorite song:

Ironically, it’s not even by any of the artists mentioned above!

*Drum roll*

To Build a Home by The Cinematic Orchestra and Ma Fleur

I fell in love with this song when I first heard it in 2012. The teacher played it during shavasana at the end of her yoga/stretching class at the Orlando Ballet School Summer Intensive, and I started shedding tears as I laid there listening to this beautiful song. I really hoped no one opened their eyes and saw me. I made sure to ask the teacher what the song was, and then I purchased it on my iPhone almost immediately. I’ve listened to it a lot in the past 1.5 years, but I’m still not sick of it! That’s how you know it’s a favorite. It’s insanely beautiful and I’m always reminded about the blessings of my faith, family, and home when I listen to it.

Sap central right thar.

Bonus fact: I’m a huge fan of listening to music that matches my current state of mind, so I often imagine that I’m in a movie or a music video when a certain song is playing. Examples:

  • Driving on a beautiful day to “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors
  • Being down in the dumps and listening to “The Scientist” by Coldplay
  • Gettin’ groovy with my friends to “Let the Groove Get In” by Justin Timberlake

Don’t even tell me you’ve never done this!

So tell me:

Who are your favorite music artists?

What kind of music do you despise?

What is your all-time favorite song?

Agree that you’ve imagined yourself in a movie/music video when a certain song is playing. 😉