When Life Gets Crazy.

This past week and a half has been a whirlwind of stress, craziness, and emotions.

While I enjoyed my spring break at home with my family, during which I did things like…

…find oddly shaped sweet potatoes…

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…eat colorful veggies…

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…and team up with my mom to WIN at the breakfast game…

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…I also had this big heavy cloud of anxiety hanging over me because of all of the assignments and midterms I knew were coming in the week and a half right after returning from break.  A history paper due last Tuesday, a Neuro midterm on Wednesday, a Psych midterm on Thursday, and an Orgo lab report due Friday…then an Orgo exam on Monday night…it was like a nightmare.

Usually, I manage my stress fairly well – not well, but good enough – but that is because I rely heavily on running to be my stress relief tool.  However, because I am currently not running, I discovered just how stressed I am capable of getting…and it was pretty ugly.  One of the many things I’m working to improve! 😀

Although being stressed sucks, it is forcing me to find ways other than running to get some of that negative energy out, which is a good thing.  Taking walks through the city while listening to music, yoga (sun salutations are my jam!), and writing seem to be helping.  I also have been making a conscious effort to hang out more with my friends and really open up to them this semester, because I tend to pull away when I’m feeling stressed or upset.  And I’m loving it!  I’ve made some good memories this semester, strengthened some existing friendships, and made new friends – which, let me tell you, is way harder as an adult than it is when you’re a kid!  Haha.

Life gets crazy.  It’s inevitable, and we can’t keep our cool all the time…and that’s okay.  It all works out in the end! 🙂

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What are some of your favorite ways to relieve stress?

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Giant Pancakes, Egg Sandwiches, and Lattes

My mom and I tried out this recipe for egg white and oat protein pancakes this morning, and we gave it a big thumbs up!  I added vanilla and cinnamon to taste – they tasted just like french toast, which we loved.

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So tasty!

I topped mine with jam and my mom topped hers with ricotta cheese and jam.  I think next time I make them I might experiment with a chocolate-banana version…stay tuned! 🙂

After my workout and my giant pancake, it was time for a trip to the dentist.  I don’t even want to talk about it…haha.  (Who does like the dentist, anyway?)  Then it was off to Dunkin Donuts to grab a few bags of decaf since we were running low, then to Wawa to gas up the car.  Fun stuff, right?

Luckily, my friend M saved the day and was game to meet up at Baltimore Coffee & Tea for lunch and coffee!  Well, I got lunch and coffee, she just got coffee.  What can I say, a girl’s gotta eat! 😀  My favorite is the egg, provolone, and turkey breakfast sandwich on a GF bagel.

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With a skim Snow Angel (dark chocolate + vanilla) latte on the side!

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Sandwich + latte + catching up with M = the perfect afternoon.

Later this evening, I enjoyed a walk with my mom and fur sister – it was the perfect way to end a great day. 🙂

Hope everyone had a great Wednesday, and have a great Thursday (BEST DAY OF THE WEEK) tomorrow!

What is your go-to breakfast?  Usually eggs on toast, but I like to mix it up sometimes (like today!).

I’m Back…with Muffins, of Course!

But seriously.  I have applesauce oatmeal muffins on a rack cooling right now and they smell heavenly.

On a different note, sorry for not posting this weekend!  I had plans from right after class ended on Friday and pretty much non-stop all weekend.  Because I had so much fun, I want to share!  Without further ado, here is a little weekend recap for ya. 🙂

Friday:

My friend S came down to D.C. around two – right after I got out of Chem lecture, she called me saying she had found her way from the parking garage to my dorm and was waiting for me there!  I swear, that girl is the most directionally talented person I know.

After I dumped my school stuff and changed into more socially acceptable clothing (I was wearing sweats, as usual….) we headed out to grab coffee and a late lunch!  We grabbed coffee at Baked & Wired and then walked around the waterfront, and headed to Booeymonger afterward for food.

We both decided after the fact that it proooobably would have been better to do food first and coffee second considering neither of us had really eaten anything since breakfast…oh well.  It was delicious, so no regrets!

After that, we headed back to the school and S watched me pack for an hour or so (yes, it took me that long because I can never decide what to take and what to leave in my dorm…and I always forget something important) then we headed to my house!  S is the sweetest – she drove me home from school.  Saaaank you S! 🙂

Saturday:

On Saturday, everyone woke up ready to clean and prepare for the little sister’s sleepover party.  Since everyone was busy, I made french toast (GF for me, whole wheat for everyone else) and that seemed to hit the spot!  Then some cleaning happened.  At noon it was time for the little sis to go to soccer practice with my dad and that meant it was time to go shopping at Common Market (our favorite store!) and hit Starbucks for chai lattes.  My mom gave up coffee for Lent…she is my hero.

After we went shopping, we came back and finished up with the birthday cake and did some more food prep for the party!  At 6:30 the girls arrived and our house was the place to be.  I mostly tried to stay out of the way to give the girls some privacy, so I hung out with my parents for the evening…which ended with me lying with my head in my mom’s lap watching Parenthood on my laptop until midnight.  I swear I am an adult….haha.

Sunday:

There is nothing quite like waking up to the smell of pancakes and bacon.  My parents were up early making breakfast for my sister and her friends so that it would be ready when they woke up.  My dad even made me some GF pancakes with enough left over that I will be enjoying them for the next few days.  Yum!

Around noon I headed up to my older sister’s school to spend the day with her.  We watched the live stream of the women’s basketball ECAC championship game and hung out with some of her friends.  After we went to an early dinner, we just hung out for a little while.  Love that girl! 🙂  I love that her friends are so welcoming – I never feel out of place when I go to visit.

After I came back, we just watched a little TV together and I finished up a Spanish assignment (one of my only spring break assignments…yay!) before going to bed.  I’m super excited because the Good Wife is back!  Does anyone else watch that show?  I love that they incorporate current issues and events into the storyline so that it seems very realistic, plus the cast is great.  Definitely one of my faves.

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So that is what I did this weekend!  It was a busy but good one, and I am excited to relax and spend time with friends and family this week while on break.  Today I got up and made muffins after having a leisurely breakfast.

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And yes, they taste as good as they look. 🙂

Maggie helped…well, not really.  She was napping.  But she looked so darn cute!

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This is basically how she spends the majority of her day…

After my mom got back from volunteering at the church, we ate lunch and then went for a walk!  The poochie sure did appreciate that, and now she is napping happily. 🙂  I have just been sitting outside since we got back because this sixty-degree weather we are having is just gorgeous!  Apparently it is supposed to be even warmer tomorrow and I am loving the sound of that.  I see lots of walks in Maggie’s future!  (No complaints from her about that.)

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Monday!