Snow Day!

Sorry for the delay y’all…. busy bee over here!

Wednesday:

Wednesday was our Snow Day over here! It was freeeeeeezing {for us southerners ;)} and the roads were extremely icy. Too many people were hurt on Tuesday night, and I’m glad Furman decided to keep everyone off the roads Wednesday.

I started the day off relaxing in my apartment, and working on some homework. All bundled up, and enjoying the day off. It was actually what I needed to catch up on homework.. fun 😉

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^Some breakfast.. at 11:15. I sort of got distracted, and then realized I was starving.. oops. Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup, Egg whites + spinach, Udi’s gluten free toast, and Sabra hummus. Veggie filled and delicious breakfast.

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^^After some more homework, my bestie/roommate Carolyn and I went on an hour walk around the lake. It was cold, but so refreshing out! We wore 5+ layers each, so we stayed nice and warm on our walk. It felt good to get out and stretch after being stuck inside all morning.^^

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^^Lunch, post walk. Tuna fish, hummus, more Udi’s toast.^^

For my workout, I headed over to the gym, and pumped out 40 minutes on the arc trainer. It stretches my legs out so well! I love the versatility too- it can be low-intensity cardio or a HIIT workout, depending on the settings.

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^^So warm post-workout. That didn’t last too long…^^

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^^look at those icicles!! that bike would be fun to ride!^^

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For dinner, my boy came over and we cooked. All the dining services were closed on campus, and this was a fun alternative. We made quinoa with stir fried vegetables, and chickpeas. All topped with a Red Curry sauce. Too good!! And I got the leftovers 🙂

Thursday

Thursday morning it was back to class, boo! But it was good..too many days off and the work starts piling up, teachers get anxious…

It was a bright and early morning in the lab for me. I am lucky to have my boy working in the same lab as me! But, we keep our relationship on the DL in the lab. It’s not easy, but we don’t want to make it weird.

We walked over to lab at 8:30, and almost froze on the way there. It’s about a 1 mile walk, and just long enough to chap my cheeks and freeze my ears. Oh the joys of winter…

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^^In lab, we marked up NMK and ran some tests on him. Good practice. He was such a good sport- we had to shave his legs around the EMG test sites, and scrub the dead skin off {not a pleasant process}. Such a champ^^

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^^After finally escaping the lab, I grabbed some Dining Hall lunch with the boy and some friends. Then it was off to the gym for me, and another Arc workout. It’s my favorite cross training these days! I really can’t wait to run my half, so I can start strength training more again. It’s so hard right now, because my legs are  tired on the days I’m not running, that I don’t want to tire them out more with weights. Vicious cycle!^^

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Questions:

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^^my most exciting eat of the day– 3.2.1. mug cake. 3 tablespoons of Bobs Red Mill Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix, 2 tablespoons of water, 1 minute in the microwave. Easy and delicious. I topped mine with a mashed banana for some “icing”. It was such a yummy and easy treat. Plus, I didn’t have to worry about the entire cake sitting around, taunting me…^^

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Last thought, my beautiful campus, late in the afternoon on our snow day.

Question of the day:

Did you have a snow day this week? What did you do with it?

Wednesday, Workday.

Yesterday was a pretty insane day for me. I woke up around 6:45 to get things started. My morning included some reading, getting ready, plenty of coffee {my true love}, driving the boy to his class, and then eating breakfast before heading to my first class of the day.

It was colder yesterday morning than it’s been since I got back to Greenville. 28 degrees when I was walking to class. And even colder this morning… I have become such a baby… but when I’m home in NY I’m more mentally prepared for the cold. Here in Greenville, I walk out of my apartment expecting at least 45 every morning… and when it’s colder than that, it’s just a total shock to my system.

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I bundled up to the best of my Southern abilities. I also had about 40 pounds of ish weighing me down. I wasn’t going back to my apartment until ~930 pm {12 hours later} and I needed workout clothes, lots of books, sneakers, etc…

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Despite the cold, the walk was still beautiful. I am so lucky to go to a gorgeous school, and I need to take more time to appreciate it.

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^I met a friend for lunch in the dining hall. Salad bar with a side of veggies, salsa, and hummus. I pretty much get a salad every time I’m in the dining hall. What can I say- I’m a veggie girl.^

Workout:

For a simple workout, I did 30 minutes on the Arc followed by 15 minutes incline walking on the treadmill. My little legs were still pretty sore from my runs this week, and I didn’t want to push it too hard.

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^Still freezing out!^

For dinner, I met a friend at The Paddock, our on-campus restaurant. It just opened this year, and is surprisingly good. Not exactly restaurant quality, but still a step up from the Dining Hall. I had a southwestern style black bean burger– which meant salsa and guacamole. Yum! I got fries on the side…so bad, but so good! I wanted to make sure I ate a big enough dinner, because after this meal, we had to head off to a 3 hour MCAT prep class. It was the first one, and I’ll be going to these every Monday and Wednesday night. It’s going to be rough, but I need rough to make sure I’m prepared for the MCAT exam in May.

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After the class, I was mentally drained and not in the mood to do more homework. I met up with my boy and some friends, and we all went out to get frozen yogurt together. I had pancakes and syrup with some cake batter. Topped with maple nut clusters, cookie dough bites, and some chocolate chips/pieces. It was so so good. I got a little else yogurt than I normally do because I was really feeling the toppings!

Questions of the day:

What is your favorite cold treat?

Do you prefer the dessert or the toppings?

Back home. And lots of driving.

December 31-January 2 were spent driving home for my mom and I. Jacksonville to New York– about 996 miles. My conference ended on Tuesday, the 31st, and my mom and I decided to get some miles down and make the next days a little bit shorter for ourselves.

Early that morning, I did a 60 min treadmill interval workout. I knew I would be in the car all day, and I wanted to get my sweat on before being stuck!

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Before leaving, we stopped at Zoe’s Kitchen, a Mediterranean style restaurant. I had a quinoa salad and it was so so good.

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Quinoa and veggies any day! Zoe’s Kitchen is a chain, so if you’re lucky enough to have one, go check it out!

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The drive from Jax to NY is 99% on I-95. It’s insane! Driving on that one road for 6+ hours….it gets very monotonous. Luckily my mom has me to jabber away and keep her entertained! 😉 We drove from about 12-7 pm, with only one stop!

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For our big New Year’s Eve party, mom and I headed out to Olive Garden. We thought it would be fast and easy, but it was so crowded! Oh well, more time for us to hang out 🙂 For dinner I went with the tilapia and shrimp off their Lighter Italian Menu. It was delicious!

After dinner, my mom and I headed to our hotel and conked out long before midnight! Oh well, haha. We needed to be prepared for another long drive the next day.

On Wednesday, my mom and I got up early to get in a little sweat sesh together. I did another treadmill workout, more incline walking than running this time. I would have preferred something different, like biking, but the options are limited when you’re in a tiny hotel!

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Breakfast was eaten at our hotel before we hit the road. A little oatmeal, fruit salad, and some eggs. Plus some trail mix once we were in the car.

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About an hour before we arrived in Baltimore {our stop for the day– to visit cousins!} my mom and I stopped at Applebee’s for some lunch. I had tilapia, vegetables, and potatoes Nothing special, but it did the trick.

After lunch, we stopped at Target- who can resist?! Then we headed up to Baltimore where we spent the rest of the afternoon with my family. It was great. We just talked and hung out, and enjoyed each other. I had some delicious chocolate covered pretzels, and some steamed shrimp and vegetables {we ordered Chinese for dinner}. It was a great night!

Thursday morning, I woke up before everyone else, so I got in an elliptical workout. It felt good to finally get something other than the

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Mid-workout photo…. always interesting.

After realizing that a snow storm was heading towards us, we packed up as fast as we could and got on the road. Thank God, we didn’t hit any bad traffic and made it home before any real snow was coming down!

After we got home, my mom and I spent the rest of the afternoon crafting. My dad was packing up Christmas decorations like a good little elf! We watched the movie Munich. It was really intense, but very good. If you don’t mind some violence and love some suspense- you should definitely watch!

For dinner I had some homemade soup– my dad is a little chef! This was all vegetables and potatoes. Perfect for such a freezing winter night.

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After the soup I also had a few peanut butter cookies! Oops.. haha today I’m starting a new challenge for January which I’ll share soon. Time to get a new plan for 2014!

Question of the day:

Do you craft with your family?

Any good movies you’ve seen lately?