Friday Favorites

Happy weekend everybody! I know Friday is almost over, but since I had a few minutes I thought I would throw out some of my favorite things for this week:

– Dinners at home

Dinners at home :)

Dinners at home :)

Andrew and I have really been trying hard to cook meals throughout the week to avoid going out and spending money, and we’ve been pretty successful. We’ll usually come up with 5-6 meals, and have enough leftovers to get through the week.  The picture above was of yesterday (Thursday’s) meal of bruschetta chicken with tortellini and pesto.  The salad brings my into my next Friday Favorite:

– Power Greens salad mix

power greens

I found this salad mix at Costco and have been making salads for lunch and dinner with it for the past few weeks.  It’s freaking awesome is also good for breakfast (in an omelet or smoothie).

– Target’s food clearance section

granola

I got these two bags of granola around 50% off…which made them an awesome deal.  It didn’t help that I was starving when I bought them so I immediately opened each bag and had a snack…hehe.

– Comfy pants 

comfy pants

These fleece pants were my Dad’s…but since I stole them every time I came home (and he never wore them) he gave them to me.  I wanted to workout after I studied at the library for a few hours, so they kept me nice and warm at the bus stop and at the library.

– ZUMBA!!

I did a Zumba class at lunch time today, and it worked out nicely since my back had started to hurt the day before.  I’m hoping to get some running in tomorrow (probably on the treadmill).

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What were some of your favorite things this week?

New addition, random giftcards, and bonus stars

Hi Everyone!  Hope you’re have a good Sunday :) I’m lucky enough to have MLK day off from school so I can catch up on the studying I didn’t do yesterday because WE BOUGHT A CAR!!! Andrew’s car (which I lovingly named the ‘piece of sh*t car’) has gone bye bye for a brand up Nissan Altima.

The yet to be name 2015 Nissan Altima (and a little bit of my finger)

The yet to be name 2015 Nissan Altima (and a little bit of my finger)

Andrew is in love with the car and I’m happy that I can have my Dodge Avenger back (which I lovingly named ‘Avie’ when we got her in 2012).

'Avie' and I in 2012

‘Avie’ and I in 2012

 

The whole buying the car thing took up most of the day yesterday, but in between sitting and waiting at the dealership, we went to some of my favorite places, including Costco, Target, and Chickfila.  While I was cleaning out my wallet, I found a random Target giftcard.  That giftcard combined with the giftcard we got from buying a butt ton of toilet paper, coupons, and Target’s Cartwheel app bought our bill down to under $20 (score!!).  So we decided to celebrate by buying Starbucks:

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But we really only paid for one drink! I called Starbucks customer service the other day because I didn’t get bonus stars that I was supposed to get for a drink I purchased (I know, first world problems).  I was just expecting them to add the bonus stars, but then they told me that they were crediting my account $5 for the mix up! I definitely was not expecting that (and told her that as I was profusely thanking her) but that meant I pretty much got a drink for free!  I am really appreciative of the awesome customer service I’ve had with Starbucks in the past, and I will definitely continue to buy coffee from them (even if it is kinda expensive ;) ).  Plus the whole getting stars to maintain Gold level was genius because my type-A personality self is like, Ermahgerd!!!:

Now I’m off to watch a few episodes of Friends before I get back to studying.  Have a great Sunday!

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Do you have MLK day off?

Are you a Starbucks coffee drinker? If so, what is your drink of choice? Grande, non-fat, no whip mocha, pretty please :)

 

 

 

‘I have been changed for good.’

Hi Hi! I hope you all had a great weekend.  I was able to relax, catch up on some sleep, and see one of the best musicals, ever!

Wicked!

Wicked!

Wicked was as good as I remembered it to be when I saw it in Chicago with my sister over five years ago (that’s slightly crazy!).  Andrew loved it and even said it was better than Jersey Boys (that’s right ladies…your boyfriends/husbands will like this too!!).  He did give me dirty looks as I sang along…so I just danced along instead {{evil laugh}}.

Andrew and I before the show

Andrew and I before the show

Andrew and I also did some random things this weekend, like buy a years worth of toilet paper:

Andrew attempting to fit it all in our small bathroom closet...

Andrew attempting to fit it all in our small bathroom closet…

We are suckers for the deals at Target where if you buy a butt ton of something they give you a $5 gift card.  Well done, Target.  We also were majorly caffeinated while we made that decision (Starbucks in Targets are dangerous).

Can you guess which one is mine?!

Can you guess which one is mine?!

Today wasn’t too eventful, just catching up on some school work and relaxing.  Andrew only wanted to watch two episodes of Blue Bloods (not 10 like I wanted him to.  How rude.), so now I actually have to study something (boo).  I hope you all have a good week!

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What’s on your agenda for this week? My first full week of classes…and ZUMBA TOMORROW AFTERNOON (I’m a little excited, can’t you tell?!)

If you can go into Target and not buy a ton (even though you go there for, like, maybe two things), what’s your secret?! Andrew and I go for three things and end up with a house full of toilet paper…

 

 

This weekend is going to be Wicked fun

I can’t believe it’s Saturday already! I only had two days of classes, but I was absolutely exhausted after those two days.  It makes me kind of nervous for how tired I’ll be after a full week of classes!

Since I don’t have class on Fridays, yesterday was the study/do all laundry/pick up around the apt day.  It was also cook breakfast (instead of have cereal) day:

Looks gross, tastes awesome

Looks gross, tastes awesome

A piece of toast with guac and an over easy egg = amazing.  I don’t know why I only made one piece because I was starving later so I ate a ton of junk food (not my proudest moment).

Yesterday was also ‘try to run outside for the first time in 3 months’ day:

1-10-15 run2

I thought the run went well at first, but I developed a headache later in the day, which probably means I went out too fast and aggravated what I thought was a cured head injury (gggrrrr).  So I guess I’ll have to stick to the treadmill for now to regulate my speed ::sigh::

But enough of the pity party…tonight Andrew and I are going to see the musical Wicked with my friend and her husband.

Wicked playing at the Gershwin Theatre

I saw it when I lived in Chicago, but Andrew hasn’t seen it yet, so he’s also really excited.  We’re going to dinner before the show, so I will hopefully remember to take pictures :)

I’m taking today off to make sure the headache doesn’t stick around, so I’m off to study a little/watch Friends!

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What’s your workout for today?

Have you seen any plays/musicals lately? Andrew and I went to see Jersey Boys in NYC last year, but haven’t seen anything since.

My brain is fried!

1-7-15: First day of classes!!

1-7-15: First day of classes!!

Hey y’all! I hope you had a happy hump day.  I finished my first day of classes of my second semester, and my brain is packed full of knowledge already (at least I hope what I learned today is still there!).  I started the day with breakfast #1 of coffee and a mug of cereal…but don’t worry, I had second breakfast (a slice of applesauce cake and more coffee) at school.

breakfast 1-7-15

I also had some extra time, so I thought I would take a picture of my outfit.  It’s rare that I get dressed in clothes that aren’t workout clothes, so I thought it was best to document this event:

ootd 1-7-15

School lasted from 8:00am-3:00pm, then I went to the gym at school and did 30 minutes on the elliptical and some abs stuff.  Then I came home, had some chili for dinner (which I didn’t take a picture of) then decided that ice cream was in order so I made myself a brownie sundae and ::only: watched ::one:: episode of Friends (I watched season one in 1.5 days…so this is a record for me):

I go in with a 2:1 ratio of chocolate syrup to ice cream)

I go in with a 2:1 ratio of chocolate syrup to ice cream)

After the nice break, I got down to studying until I started writing this post.  I could, of course, study more, but I just can’t fit anymore information into  my head…so it’s off to bed for me (yes, at 9:50pm…don’t judge lol).

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Are you in school right now? How many hours do you think you study each night?

What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? I had peanut butter cup tonight, but I love the chocolate Oreo flavor at Baskin Robins, too.

 

‘Life is like a box of chocolates…’

So yesterday a somewhat eventful day.  I started it by running!!! Not very far…but still!

 

Over 2 miles of running...woo hoo!

Over 2 miles of running…woo hoo!

I also added 25 mins on the elliptical before I headed back to my apartment to get ready for girls night.

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I decided to invite the girls from my class over since Sara wanted to meet them. I unfortunately didn’t take any pictures, but one of the girls brought over the biggest box of chocolates I have ever seen!

Notice the normal size chair next to the huge box of chocolate...

Notice the normal size chair next to the huge box of chocolate…

We hung out, played Cards Against Humanity (if you’ve never played, it’s like the game Apples to Apples, but a more ‘adult’ version that offends just about everyone), and ate drank our weight in chocolate and wine.  I think I drank a little too much wine, because when my alarm went off at 6:00am I said heeeeellll no and set another alarm for 8:00am.  I then woke Sara up, and we had breakfast and watched Friends on Netflix.  I finished season one (in 1.5 days) and started season two.  I think I have a problem!

OH MY GOD!!! - OH MY GOD!!!  jANICE

I start school tomorrow, and I’m kind of nervous.  Everyone is saying the classes get harder as you move through the program, so I’m just trying to remind myself to take it one day at a time.

 

Everything is ready to go!

Everything is ready to go!

Since I have 8:00am classes every day, I’m going to start working out after class and try some of the fitness classes at UNC.  Some of them look pretty intense, yet awesome.

The Gym Cheat Sheet

 

Well…I should go hang out with Andrew since I haven’t seen him all day.  He started his new job on Monday and he’s also tutoring, so he’s pretty tired by the end of day!

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What exercise classes do you take (if any)?

In a box of chocolate, which one(s) is (are) your favorite? I really like the chocolate caramels, and the chocolate butter crème!

I’m still getting over it

I’m still getting over the Steelers loss to those dirty birds (i.e. The Baltimore Ravens) yesterday.  The rivalry between the Steelers and Ravens goes back decades (and even my family is a house divided), and I was really hoping the Steelers would pull out a win since they were only trailing by one point at half time.  But alas, they did not, and my Steelers jersey will go into my closet until next season.

I had my Terrible Towel ready...to wipe my tears at the end....

I had my Terrible Towel ready…to wipe my tears at the end….

Sorry for the glasses in that pic…I got my eyes checked yesterday and I didn’t feel like putting my contacts back in.  Plus it’s really hard to see when your pupils are so big that you look like a cartoon character. I did actually improve in my vision .25 on each eye, so that’s always a plus!

Crazy (but corrected) eyes

Crazy (but corrected) eyes

I also pampered myself a little bit yesterday before the eye appointment and got my hair done. Since my last hair cut was in August, I was long overdo.  My stylist probably cut around four inches off and gave me a ‘modern bob’ cut…which she made very slight since I’m not good with changing my hair.  I did go darker and replaced some of my blonde highlights with red and brown.  Overall I’m pleased with the result:

New Hair!

New Hair!

But anywho, my workout today will consist of cleaning the house because my sister is coming to stay with Andrew and I tomorrow evening on her way back to Florida :)  She wanted to meet my classmates, so I’m also having a girls night with about 15 lbs of chocolate/chocolate related food items, so it should be fun.  Hope you all have a great Sunday!

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Favorite football team?

Do you wear glasses/contacts?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final Friday…

Of my winter break.  Granted, we have Fridays off this semester…but I’m sure they will be spent in the library since the courses I’m taking are harder than last semester (at least that’s what I hear).

Name that TV show (and then don’t judge me when you figure it out lol)

Having this longer break was exactly what I needed.  I was able to catch up on sleep, hang out with my family, and binge watch all of the Netflix shows that I never had time to watch during the semester.

Today started with me sleeping in until almost 9:30am…which was kind of crazy for me! But then I was able to eat breakfast (and lunch) before Andrew and I both headed to the fitness center to do 45 minutes on the elliptical and then attempt (and then fail) do to this challenge:

love Burpee Challenge workout

 

I’m going to try again tomorrow, but for now, this is my opinion on burpees:

I have a love/hate relationship with Burpees.  I hate doing them but the results are wonderful!

Well…I’m off to do some laundry and watch Gilmore Girls :) Happy Friday!

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Do you like burpees?

What is the current Netflix show you’re binge watching?

 

2015 Goals

Happy New Year!  This past year as been full of changes, and I’m really looking forward to what 2015 has in store.   I figured I should write my goals for 2015 down so that I’m more accountable…so here we go:

1. Worry and stress less.

This is definitely my top goal this year.  I worry way too much about stupid things and it’s such a waste of time and energy.

2. Eat more real food (i.e. fruits and vegetables).

I try to eat healthy most days, but since school started the amount of junk/processed foods I consume has increased dramatically.  I hope to add more fruits and vegetables to every meal.  Please note, however, that dessert will continue to be in my life…I’m pretty sure I would stop breathing if I tried to eliminate chocolate from my diet.

3. Eat this real food at home (i.e. Try the whole meal prep thing).

Since I stopped getting a paycheck and Andrew is starting a new career, we have to watch our finances a little more closely than we had in the past.  Since we went out to eat a lot, mostly due to our lack of planning, we’re hoping that if we actually plan our meals for the week we won’t need/want to go out as often.

4. Lift more weights

This isn’t totally true…but I need to be about them weights ;)

I’m awesome as the whole fitting cardio workouts into my schedule, but when it comes to weights, I’m definitely not as good.  I’m hoping there will be some weight lifting classes (like Body Pump) at UNC’s fitness center so I can start there and then hopefully get into my own workouts.

5. Run more!

Baltimore 10 Miler (2014)

Baltimore 10 Miler (2014)

I’m really looking forward to being able to run again, and hope to sign up for some races in the Spring/Summer.

6. Take more gym selfies.

One of my few gym selfies...

One of my few gym selfies…

haha…just kidding…ok sort of.

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What are some of your goals for 2015?

How long does it take you to actually write the correct year after January 1st?  At least 1-2 months for me…haha.

 

 

2014 in Review

Hey y’all! I hope you’ve been having a nice Christmas break! I’ve been on break since the beginning of December, and I can’t believe that school starts up again next week! As expected, PT school leaves little time for blogging (or sleeping, eating, working out, having a life, etc.), but I’m loving every minute of it! I still can’t believe that I got into my top choice school and fulfilling my dream of becoming a physical therapist.   Getting there was tough, but the time spent attending night classes, studying, working two jobs, and completing applications was totally worth it!  So….here are some of the things that happened in 2014 (in no particular order…which, for those that know my OCD self…that will be a shocker) :

1.  I GOT INTO PT SCHOOL!!!!

Not just any PT school…my top choice PT school.  I honestly didn’t think I was going to get in since they only take 30 applicants (out of the 550+ that applied this year), but I absolutely love my classmates and my classes and the fact that I’m finally a Tarheel!

First day of school!!

First day of school!!

 

Tarheel game

Watching UNC’s women’s volleyball crush Florida State. Go Tarheels!!

 

2.  Andrew and I finally moved to North Carolina…and probably won’t leave…ever.

We love, love, love it here!

 

Chapel Hill sunset :)

Chapel Hill sunset :)

 

NC sign

3. I got a concussion.

Yeah…this was not so fun.  I got it playing soccer at the end of October (which I ‘came out of retirement’ for) and have just started running again in the last few days.  It was probably the worst injury I’ve ever had and even more difficult when your ‘job’ is thinking/studying all day (and you aren’t able to because your head is pounding).  This made me realize that learning the material and understanding it is much more important than getting 100% on every test, and I was able to finally stop stressing out by the time finals rolled around…so I guess a good life lesson for my OCD self.

4. Andrew got a new job :)

Since I was changing careers, Andrew decided to do the same thing.  He starts work next week and is nervous/excited about his new IT related job (that’s all I really understand about it…his voice magically turns into the teacher from Charlie Brown when he tries to explain haha).  He’s also tutoring and loving the fact that he can still ‘teach’, but not have the annoying parts of the job, like lesson planning and grading.

Sometimes I feel like this when I talk to my husband...

Sometimes I feel like this when I talk to my husband…

 

So those are the main (and exciting) points of this year…and they ended being in chronological order (OCD strikes again!)  Most of my time was spent studying…so I’m sure you don’t want to hear about my countless hours in the library.  I’m hoping to incorporate more running into my workout routines, and sign up for a 10 miler happening in April.

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What were some of the main highlights for you in 2014?

What races are on your agenda for 2015?