Behind the Scenes #10: I Could Be at the Olympics

Good morning! I’m feelin’ some more behind the scenes action this Thursday.

Thinking-Out-Loud

Head over to Amanda‘s blog for more thoughts from some great noggins

1. Ladies figure skating last night?! Naturally, the ladies single competition is my favorite event of the winter Olympics. All I have to say about last night is: Yuna Kim is a goddess, Gracie Gold is a sweetheart (go USA!), and I felt so sad for Mao Asada and Yulia Lipnitskaya. Oh and Adelina Sotnikova literally came outta nowhere!

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If you didn’t watch skating last night, I apologize for possibly making you feel out of the loop. Or maybe you don’t even care. I’m moving on now.

2. Actually, I’m still talking about skating, BUT it’s a fun fact that doesn’t have to do with last night’s competition. When I was still competitively figure skating, my dad told me that I should work towards making it to the 2014 Olympics. That seemed like an insanely long ways away at the time he told me that, but here we are in the midst of the 2014 Olympics. And here I am, sitting on my couch…not there. Guatever, I’m still a superstar.

3. BREAKFAST YESTERDAY. *Jumping up and down* My mom and I picked up some Thomas’ Banana Bread English muffins from Wegmans at Binghamton over the weekend, and I tried them out yesterday morning.

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‘Twas as scrumdiddlyumptious as it looks. I topped one half with almond butter and the other half with sunflower seed butter. Plus a small bowl of Greek yogurt and sliced bananas, cinnamon, and nutmeg as an accompaniment. Three words: I want more. Although the English muffin isn’t quite like the real stuff, I love the hint of banana bread goodness in it. The texture is doughy too, which I love!

4. I really feel like I’ve been doing absolutely nothing this winter break. I stayed home yesterday and Tuesday, and both days involved the same things. I did homework, exercised (the only time I left home was to the gym yesterday), cleaned, read blogs, blogged, watched the Olympics, and ate. I’m totally not complaining though. I know I’ll be craving this down time once spring comes— I was updating my calendar yesterday…I’m a little scared.

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Kinda true.

5. Thanks to those who reassured me that I’m making the right decision about not going to the Blend Retreat this year. I want to be able to enjoy my time with my school friends and blends, but I know that my time with each will be better spent if I’m not trying to rush from one place to another. I guess my last days of high school are kinda important too. I’m definitely hoping to go to Blend next year though!

6. New addiction alert: pistachios. Luckily, we have the unshelled ones so it takes longer to shove pop them into my mouth.

7. I’ve been loving this Coffitivity app on both my iPhone and Macbook. I saw that Emily was using it a while back, and I loved the concept of it. You know how some people get the most work done at a coffee shop? The gentle murmur and bustle acts as a nice background noise, right? Well, Coffitivity provides that background noise for you on demand! So even though my AP Calc homework took, like, half a day to do, at least I was able to imagine myself in a cute coffee shop while I was at it.

8. It RAINED yesterday. Hallelujah! I would have crawled into a hole if it snowed more. Then again, the snow is practically burying us alive, so I wouldn’t even have to do that. (I’m so melodramatic.) The downside to the rain is that everything is slushy and nasty outside now.

9. Do you ever have a lyric/line/phrase stuck in your head that always pops up in every situation? Well, for me right now, that would be #lololololololololol. I don’t even say it out loud, but it’s always just ringing in my head when something funny happens. Speaking of that hashtag video, there’s a new one now. It’s not as good as the original with JT.

10. My brain was absolute mush yesterday. I just felt like my brain was working super slowly, and it just took a wee bit longer to process everything. I slept and ate well, so I dunno what was going on. Hopefully my brain is a little sharper today!

Alright, the noggin has {mostly} been emptied out. I hope you all have a joyful Thursday!

So tell me:

Figure skating last night?

Which food can you not keep your hands off right now?

What kind of background noise (if any) do you prefer when you’re working/studying?

Ever have a lyric/line/phrase stuck in your head? 

I ♥ The Olympics {MIMM #23}

Who else has been obsessed with the Olympics?? I don’t know what it is about the Games, but I just get excited for everyone and every sport and every cheesy-as-heck commercial. I’ve been loving watching figure skating especially since I used to be a competitive skater myself, back when I was a nugget (<— click to see proof!).

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Joining Katie‘s Marvelous Monday linkup!

Favorite athlete right now? Yulia Lipnitskaya. She’s a 15-year-old Russian figure skater, and she is ridiculous. Not only her flexibility…

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OW…But her jumps are powerful, and her artistry is mature. If you haven’t watched her yet, I highly recommend you do! [Watch here and make sure to watch the 4 minute mark.]

Saturday night included an incredible sushi dinner at my favorite Japanese restaurant ever. My parents and I calculated that this was my seventh time going to this restaurant, and it has only been open for less than a year. The waiters and waitresses recognize us pretty darn well now!

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My mom ordered the wagyu beef special as an appetizer, which was melt-in-your mouth amazing. Of course, my personal favorite was the sushi. Mom and I shared a roll combo (eel avocado, tuna, and yellowtail rolls) and the Amazing Tuna Roll special (seared pepper tuna and avocado inside and fatty tuna belly on the outside). Dad also ordered a spider roll (fried soft shell crab) and a Dragon Roll (eel and cucumber inside with avocado outside). GAH. No words.

I was famished when I walked in, and floating on sushi cloud nine when I walked out.

In other news, my dance pal Allison (fraternal name twin 😉 ) tried overnight oats for the first time upon my (and Lilly’s!) suggestion. The verdict:

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Woohoo!

Besides that, it has been a normal-schnormal weekend for us here. Dance, Mass, Sunday school teaching, homework. Before signing off though, I want to share the delicious dinner I ate last night after a long day of dance:

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Quinoa, marinara sauce, sautéd spinach, and roasted red pepper-spinach chicken sausage. 

Simple, yummy, and super satisfying. 

Well this definitely was not my most thrilling post ever, but consider this our Monday morning catch-up 🙂 I hope you all have a great week!

Get me up to speed with YOUR weekend:

Favorite Olympic highlights so far? Favorite athlete?

What did you have for dinner last night?

Highlights of the weekend?