Hi, Summer!

What time is it!?

{Summer time! It’s our vacaaaation!}

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I told you I’ve been listening to High School Musical.

Technically, my summer vacation started two weeks ago, but I haven’t really talked about my summer plans yet.

These first few weeks have been the “vacation” portion of my summer, during which I’ve had minimal responsibilities and plenty of time to hang out with friends and family, soak up some sun, and watch people graduate.

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© Kelsey C. Photography

I’m currently living with my friend Christie for June and July before my apartment lease starts August 1. I’ve unpacked only as much as I need, and I’m trying not to invade her space too much. This means my food supply is doubling as a window display.

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My bed situation is also kinda eccentric.

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twin-sized mattress topper over a queen-sized bed

I’ll call it terraced bedding. It’ll be trendy in 15 years.

This week has been about errands, a little bit of work and adjusting to being farther from campus. I still hang out on campus during these days off, but now I’m about a one-hour walk or a 30 minute bus ride away. The walk isn’t too shabby in the mornings though!

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So far this week, I:

  • worked one day
  • went to Mass and adoration a few times

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  • moved and grooved

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I had a coupon for a free smoothie from the gym!

  • cooked

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leftover brown rice and peas + garlic roasted broccoli + chicken with salsa verde from Rachel (that I learned wasn’t actually for me to eat… we sorted it out)

  • cleaned
  • withdrew money and exchanged for quarters for laundry
  • did laundry
  • joined a book club! (It’s with some people from the Catholic Center who are staying here for the summer. We’re reading Brideshead Revisited. I’ve never been in a book club, but now I feel like a suburb soccer mom!)
  • finally got a Boston Public Library card + checked out Brideshead Revisited 

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  • blogged
  • read blogs
  • watched the Crossfit Regionals online
  • helped my friend Albert move out of his dorm
  • went pants shopping (two pairs of pants ripped in the same spot [the crotch area behind the seams!?] within a single week during finals)

Does anyone else take dressing room selfies and make specific facial expressions that your friends will be able to read, because you know you’re going to ask for their opinion on your wardrobe dilemmas?

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Face says: “I know I already have athletic pants this color, but I still want these.”

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Face says: “I’m about to branch out, so speak now or forever see me in these capris.”

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Face says: “Shift dresses are not pants but they make me feel free and beautiful.”

For the record, I bought all of the above. I also did plan on sending these photos to my friends but never did, so I don’t know if anyone else approves. But OH WELL, I like ’em.

Madre kindly paid for my pants + dress as an early birthday gift. Thank you, Madre!!

You might have noticed that the dishes in my food photos look a lot nicer. That’s because Christie has exceptional taste in home/fashion/beauty, which makes my food photos look just a little bit more aesthetically pleasing.

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GOLD silverware (goldware?)

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the square bowls are my favorite – not the most practical, but as Beyonce says, pretty hurts

So I’m here in Boston doing my thang until June 1, which is when I go home to New York for a week for Pop’s 50th birthday celebration plus some bonafide family time.

Following that, I’ll be working back at BU as a gross anatomy teaching assistant for two weeks! I need to re-study.

After that, I start PT school! We start grad classes at the end of June through mid-August. This early start is what helps us get done in 6 years instead of 7 years (total). I’m excited to start the graduate studies and become closer with the other people in my program!

In other news, I had a leftover Reese’s bunny and took this photo of me getting ready for bed last night:

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I looked like a Christmas tree, but at least I was…

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I like to think I do important things with my time.

So tell me:

What are your summer plans?

What is something daring you’ve added to your wardrobe?

Have you ever been in a book club?

I Should Be Embarrassed About These Things…

…But I’m not.

I’ll get to the embarrassing things in a second. Firstly, Happy Columbus Day to my fellow Americans! If you have the day off, I hope it is relaxing and filled with good people. If you’re not American or you do not have the day off, I hope it is filled with productivity and good people.

I actually have a 2.5 hour Holocaust lecture tonight because my professor took a couple days off for high Jewish holidays these past couple weeks, so we’re catching up tonight. The first half of today will involve apple picking though! I even bought a flannel just for the occasion.

Anyway, let’s catch up by sharing some embarrassing antics and moments! That’s one of the best ways to catch up, in my opinion. Here’s my end of the conversation:

I should be embarrassed that I still don’t really know how to get around downtown Boston. Luckily, I have friends who do. “Independent” is what I call myself.

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shopping with my oh so beautiful and talented friend, Adrienne

I should be embarrassed that I trip on the sidewalk at least twice a day, despite wearing sneakers 90% of the time. I have a routine: trip ➔ nearly faceplant ➔ say in my head, “that didn’t happen” ➔ avoid eye contact with all other pedestrians ➔ move on.

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I should be embarrassed that I still want to take a photo of my lab partner and our matching breakfasts, even though I already did the exact same thing last weekBut c’mon, how cute?

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awkward handling of tea bag

I should be embarrassed that I have completely finished three Costco-sizes jars of peanut butter within two months. To be honest, I am slightly embarrassed, or maybe just dumbfounded. I don’t know how it goes so darn quickly! I’ve got talent.

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putting this third jar to rest the right way — with oats

I should be embarrassed that I can only hold my attention for two pages at a time when reading my Holocaust textbook. According to Rachel, I would have been a much better and faster reader if I read Harry Potter when I was younger. My human physiology textbook, on the other hand, I could read all day!

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I should be embarrassed that I spent $30 on dinner on Saturday night. I went out to dinner with some friends at a restaurant called The Barking Crab (does that not sound like it’s from a comedy show?), which had the ambiance of a dive but the prices of a Ritz restaurant. Rachel and I shared the salmon and scallops, which were both amazing, but my wallet felt a little betrayed.

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I should be embarrassed that I take a photo of this view every single time I work out outdoors. But it’s just so pretty!

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I should be embarrassed that I nearly cried listening to this song while studying. But there was a dude sitting across from me, so I couldn’t let my guard down.

Thanks for introducing me to Sleeping At Last, Adrienne. I’m OBSESSED.

I should be embarrassed that I eat Raisin Bran. Just kidding, I shouldn’t be. Sugar-coated raisins for life.

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I should be embarrassed that I was actually blogging while “hanging out with my friends”. But they were playing video games.

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Men.

That’s all from me today! I hope you all find the humor in your embarrassing moments this week ♥︎

So tell me:

I should be embarrassed that ____, but ______.

Thoughts on raisins?

What was the last song that made you cry? I actually love listening to beautiful songs that make me cry.

What are you doing today?

Mall + Disney World

Hi there!

I didn’t post anything yesterday, but it feels as if I haven’t blogged in a week or something. Is that some magic Disney World time warp conundrum? Or is that just vacation? I actually told my friends that Disney is oddly scary because it’s this utopian world that is obnoxiously clean, constantly happy, frighteningly systematic, and meticulously attentive to detail. Sounds like an evil empire to me.  The happiest place on Earth!

I’ll shut up now and go right ahead into filling you all in on these past couple of days which included a trip to the Mall at Millennia, Gaylord Palms Resort (#why choose that name for a resort?), and the elusive Disney World!

Mall at Millennia

This is a beautiful mall in Orlando that my family loves to visit whenever we’re down here. For me, it’s not even the shopping; I just like to look at the place. There are palm trees inside the mall. INSIDE.

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After shopping and walking around for a bit, we walked across the street to the Elephant Bar restaurant for a super late lunch (3:30 PM— we were late risers and had breakfast at 11 AM). I ate the Grilled Salmon with Cilantro Cucumber Yogurt Sauce and some other Asian-y spiced sauce. Delicious!

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Gaylord Palms

Next we headed to the Gaylord Palms Resort (none of us could say that with a straight face…we’re mature), which is another beautiful place with some restaurants, shops, and gator/fish ponds.

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As we were walking, we came across a man casually reclining in his chair carving amazing fruit sculptures. He allowed me to take a picture of his works and told us that he carved fruits for Ivanka Trump’s and Kim Kardashian’s wedding! Hit him up if you want some profesh fruit faces at your Florida party!

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Frozen yogurt also happened. Peanut butter + cookies and cream to be exact.

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After we got back home in the evening, my aunt, Daliza and I walked over to these food trucks parked in our neighborhood. Apparently they come once a month, but I’d never seen them in past summers. We didn’t buy anything, but it was cool to visit!

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Disney World

I wouldn’t be surprised if you skipped to this portion of my blog post. Disney does that to people.

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Hitchin’ to the castle. Stay classy.

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As you can tell (if you’re familiar with Disney World), we visited the Magic Kingdom park with the iconic Cinderella Castle as the centerpiece. Daliza and I ventured to each of the “lands” in the park and managed to hop on quite a few rides throughout the day (we were there from 10 AM until 11:30 PM). Splash mountain was probably my favorite because it was the only one that was remotely thrilling with the big drop and splash (obviously) at the end. I got soaked.

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In my most romantic princess attire.

Daliza and I also tried the famous Disney Dole Whip! I had the pineapple-vanilla twist, which was good, but I liked Daliza’s orange-vanilla one better. The pineapple-vanilla was more icy, while the orange-vanilla one was creamier.

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Brought our own lunches to save SOME money from Disney’s black hole of revenue.

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“It’s a small world” ride! It had been 14 years since I went on this. It used to be my FAVORITE ride when I was a nugget.

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Daliza met her Peter Pan/her hero/her future husband.

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Dinner at “Columbia Harbour House” in Frontierland. This grilled salmon with couscous and steamed broccoli was surprisingly very delicious and satisfying!

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Evening festivities

After this electric parade, we watched the big shows at the Castle, which were easily my favorite parts of the whole day at Disney.

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And Tinker Bell 🙂

My feet were crying since we probably only sat down for a total of one hour in the whole day, but it was a blast. Amusement parks are 100 times less stressful when you’re not 5 years old.

Today? We already had a nice, big breakfast, and now we’re headed to the BEACH…”each, let’s go get away..”

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Have a fabulous weekend, friends!

So tell me:

Have you ever been to Disney World?

Who is your favorite Disney character?

Do you like amusement parks?

WIAW: Downtown Disney

Hello!

I’m popping in quickly today to show you all what we did and ate yesterday! We visited Downtown Disney as our first attraction of the trip and did some shopping later in the day. The weather was typical Florida— smoking hot and sunny at one moment, pouring rain the next. It was a fun time though!

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Hosted by the fabulous Jenn!

The day started with strawberry banana overnight oats:

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Daliza tried overnight oats and she’s a fan! I always believed in that nasty-looking, yet delicious breakfast.

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Moves: 8 minutes of abs and house cleaning. Whatever works!

After Daliza arose from her slumber at noon, we headed to Downtown Disney (the free part of Disney) for lunch at Earl of Sandwich. 

I ate some perfect strawberries before we left the house.

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Mom and I shared the Asian salad and Full Montagu Sandwich (roast beef, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, mustard sauce [we opted for no turkey and swiss]).

The perfectly toasted bread was fantastic.

When we finished eating, a huge bolt of lightning flashed outside and a loud boom of thunder immediately followed. Cue Daliza and I rushing outside to film it. We ♥ thunderstorms.

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We waited out the rain for a little bit and did some shopping at Marshall’s, Super Target, an Asian store, and Publix again ( 😀 ). I bought more underwear during that time. I’m all set now.

By the time we finished shopping, it was 7 PM and I was hungry. Simple, quick dinner to the rescue!

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Avocado toast, scrambled eggs with ketchup, carrots and hummus

Then we broke into our new Publix ice cream— “Once Upon a Cookie.” It’s quite sweet, but also quite amazing. It’s cinnamon ice cream with cinnamon cookie chunks and cinnamon caramel swirl. Mmmmmm.

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One of the biggest reasons I wanted to go to Publix— the awesome ice cream flavors.

We stayed up late to pick up my cousins from California at the airport, so a midnight snack was necessary. I ate some cucumbers and hummus, followed by a classic:

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Half banana with peanut butter

And now I need to shower and sleep to prepare myself for more shopping tomorrow. What an athlete.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

So tell me:

Do you like sandwiches?

Have you ever been to Downtown Disney?

What was your pre-bed snack last night if you had one?

Behind the Scenes #24: Becoming Nocturnal

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With the cool kid, Amanda!

1) I’m slowly becoming nocturnal {as I start typing this blog post at 12:40 AM}. Summer is getting the best of me…in the best way possible.

2) Being nocturnal means waking up at noon and being super hungry for “breakfast.” Sorry I’m not sorry. Yesterday, I had a giant breakfast of three stacks of leftover green silver dollar pancakes, a glass o’ milk (only half— it was sour-ish), and a nectarine to finish it all off.

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Whenever I have a big breakfast, I’m usually not as hungry for the rest of the day. So besides some veggies as a snack, I didn’t eat “lunch” until 6 PM. LOL at my eating schedule.

3) My mom is just #winning in life hacks all the time. Yesterday, a couple was trying to pay for parking at one of those fancy machines, and their change— a $5 bill— was stuck in the machine. There was plastic cover in front of the dispenser, so no one could reach his/her hand in there to retrieve the bill. So mom whips out a plastic fork from her food court lunch box, sticks it in there (wow those two things sound so dirty), and rescues the $5 bill. A bystander told me, “Your mom is cool!” I agreed. 🙂

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Slow, ascending claps for mother

4) I was trying on dresses at Marshall’s yesterday and realized that I am no longer petite. I am totally cool with that, but this girl cannot fit into extra smalls anymore without feeling like she might rip the dresses. It’s just weird to me because I always thought I was the smallest of small people. Now, even though I’m still short, I have MEAT on my bones, and I couldn’t be happier about that!

5) Mom and I shopped for over six hours yesterday. Hard core.

6) More evidence that I’m nocturnal: I did Pilates at 11 PM last night. It was refreshing/semi-torturous for my abs.

7) Even more evidence that I’m nocturnal: I baked at midnight. I made Amanda’s blueberry banana breakfast muffins!

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It was fun! I listened to some music, didn’t worry about others judging me when I struggled to coat blueberries in flour, and of course, I got to eat a muffin fresh out of the oven.

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Hot out of the oven with a shmear of almond butter. Perfect.

8) Obsessed with this Tori Kelly + Passion cover of Stop This Train:

I’m definitely gonna listen to this on the way to Boston University and start sobbing.

9) Fourth of July fireworks are happening tonight in our town! I’m pumped, but I’m also praying that it doesn’t get rained out. 80% chance of precipitation right now…Think we’ll be alright??

10) When Michael and Sam came over to my house a couple nights ago, we watched our old 5th grade yearbook video and discovered that my voice was THAT OF A CHIPMUNK. Seriously, it was not a human voice. The end.

Have a great day, everyone!

So tell me:

Do you ever go through “nocturnal” phases?

Have you done Pilates before?