If Anyone Needs to Find Me, I Will Now Be Living at Whole Foods

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a fun and relaxing weekend.  Although it was chilly on Sunday and quite frigid on Saturday, I still went out and did a little bit of exploring!

On Friday night, I actually – don’t ask me why – got started on the next chapter of Orgo reading and problems.  I totally told myself that I could have the week off from Orgo work after Monday’s exam, but I was feeling the need to be productive.  And guess what: I actually finished the chapter on Sunday!  Hopefully that will reduce my workload over Easter break. 🙂

Saturday morning, I got up bright and early (per usual!) and made myself an AWESOME breakfast to power up for housing selection at 10:26.  (I kid you not, 10:26 on the dot…and we had ONE MINUTE to select before the next group could start selecting.  Talk about anxiety!)

I like a little bit of pancake with my peanut butter. ;)

I like a little bit of pancake with my peanut butter. 😉

This giant pancake is one of my go-to breakfasts both on the weekend and during the week because it is so easy and super tasty!  I just combine 1/2 c. oats, a mashed ripe banana, 2 eggs, a pinch of baking powder, and cinnamon to taste and cook it in a non-stick pan.  When I have canned pumpkin, I like to add some (~2 T.) to the batter – it makes it super fluffy!  The recipe is also delicious with fruit mixed into the batter, but you have to be careful because the pancake will break/fall apart in the pan if the moisture from the fruit thins the batter too much.  (Other good mix-ins are ground flaxseed, a few tablespoons of greek yogurt, or cocoa powder…basically, you can alter the recipe however suits your mood for the day!)  Then, of course, I top it with a liberal amount of PB and enjoy it alongside a few cups of coffee!

Housing selection was definitely nerve-wracking, but we had a good lottery number, so we ended up scoring a really nice apartment in a really good on-campus location!  It’s exciting to think that next year I will be a junior…but also kind of crazy – these first two years really flew by.

After selecting our apartment (and subsequently going across campus and creeping on the one we picked), I headed out into the unseasonably cold day to trek to Whole Foods with one of my future roomies!  She had already been planning to go and I was itching to get some fresh air, so I asked if I could tag along.

I scored some awesome fresh produce (including a few giant Fuji apples, which have become a favorite of mine lately), and couldn’t resist picking up food from the hot bar/salad bar to take back for lunch.

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I made myself a kale + romaine salad with buckwheat (it’s hidden under ALL the veggies), shredded cabbage, grape tomatoes and cucumbers (I may have eaten them before I took this picture……….), shredded rainbow carrots, and the most AMAZING grilled tofu.  I don’t always go for tofu – I have to be in the mood – but I did on Saturday and it was definitely a good choice. 🙂  I also enjoyed one of the apples I bought with my salad once I got back to my room!

I spent the rest of the day relaxing and working on Orgo, then met up with a friend for dinner.  After that, I had a date with an episode of Grey’s Anatomy (and snacks…always snacks).  Because, ya know, I like to keep things wild and crazy on my Saturday nights!

I waited until after lunch on Sunday to head out into the city, hoping that it would get a little warmer so that I wouldn’t have to go full-Eskimo to walk anywhere.  I don’t think the temperature really went up, but the wind died down and the sun came out, so it was actually perfect walking weather!  I headed over to Foggy Bottom/GW area and moseyed around for a while, checking out potential restaurants and coffee shops of interest.  I found a couple that I was intrigued by, but they were all closed on Sundays!  Guess that means I’ll just have to go back another day. 🙂

I actually ended up camping out at Whole Foods to get some primary lit reading done for Neuro.  The cafe area in that WF is really nice, so I parked myself on a stool right in front of one of the big windows with an almond milk latte in one hand and highlighter in the other and got down to business.

Not gonna lie, I think I should probably just live at WF…because first of all, I’m apparently there all the time (haha) and second of all, they have genius things like this:

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A GRIND-YOUR-OWN-NUT-BUTTER STATION.  Whoever came up with this, let’s be best friends.  I didn’t get any yesterday (poor college student problems), but believe me, I will be going back to grind myself some nut butter in the future!

So that’s what I did this weekend!  Unfortunately, I didn’t venture out as far into the city as I had wanted to because of the chilly weather, but hopefully spring is going to happen for real now so that I can check out some of the other places on my list.

As for this week, I have off on Thursday and Friday for Easter break, so I am headed home tomorrow after my noon class!  I am looking forward to family time and relaxation. 🙂  Only one more day!

I hope that you all have a wonderful Tuesday!

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What is your go-to weekend (or weekday!) breakfast?

Easter candy: Reese’s eggs or Cadbury Creme eggs?  Reese’s, ALWAYS.

Easter Shenanigans, Things That Make Me Happy, and Back to the Real World

Ah, holidays are the best.  Especially when we get five days off of class for them. 🙂

How was everyone’s Easter?  I don’t know about you guys, but I have a large stash of Easter candy that will be key to my survival for the next few weeks (ahem, five Reese’s eggs for the WIN).  What better way to get through finals?

We have a week left of classes in the semester and then it is time for finals!  Because we had off today, we have class Tuesday through Friday this week and Monday next week – don’t ask me why we end on a Monday…anyway, I have a Bio lab exam tomorrow and then I’m basically finished for the semester as far as big things go, not including lab reports (because they’re just the usual…science major problems).

For Easter, I went to my dad’s parents’ house on Saturday and my mom’s mom’s house on Sunday.  It was so nice!  I hid Easter eggs for the younger cousins on Saturday and got to hunt for eggs on Sunday – the best of both worlds!  Friday night, we colored eggs, Saturday night we went to Easter Vigil mass (which is my favorite mass of any holiday – fire and candles are involved.  Enough said), and Sunday we did Easter baskets (and home-made cinnamon rolls!) before heading off to my grandma’s house.

Easter eggs make me happy. :)

Easter eggs make me happy. 🙂

Another thing that makes me happy: this breakfast that I tried out while I was home.

Egg in an avocado half.  SO TASTY.

Egg in an avocado half. SO TASTY.

And these:

Rockin' the Boston colors today for Marathon Monday!

Rockin’ the Boston colors today for Marathon Monday!

I actually got these new trainers for Christmas (when I had my cast on) and said I was going to wait until I was cast- and brace-free to wear them.  Well, it’s four months later and I still have my brace on so screw that, I’m going to wear them because they rock!  I just didn’t lace up through the highest set of holes on the left one so hopefully it won’t get stretched out too much by the brace.  Also, they’re super comfy.

Over the break I was doing a combo of cardio on the elliptical and NTC strength workouts!  Some of the strength workouts are pretty intense, and I LOVE that.  I love a good challenge…not that I’m competitive or anything.  Ahem.  I even roped the older sis into doing a back/shoulders workout with me on Saturday.  Yay for sister workout time!  Haha…I’m not sure she enjoyed it very much though…sahrry sis! 😉

Oooh something else I just want to mention real quick: I’m crewing the Nike Women’s Half this coming weekend!  If you can’t run it, crew it. 🙂

Unfortunately my Bio lab manual awaits, so I’m going to get back to studying!  Hope everyone has a fantastic week. 🙂

Do you have an Easter morning tradition?  Does your family still do Easter baskets?

Have you gotten any good runs/workouts in lately?  Tell me all about those runs because I sure am missing them lately!

Anyone running the Nike Women’s Half in DC on Sunday?  Say hi to me at bag check! 🙂