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.

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!