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SUCCESS!

I SLEPT! YESSSSSS! It took me about an hour to finally fall asleep but I feel MUCH better!! I slept for probably 8 hours. I needed it…today is a busy day!

 

I decided to make another smoothie for b-fast in an attempt to finish some of my frozen fruit. This one had vanilla soy milk, vanilla yogurt, 1/2 a banana, frozen mango, frozen blueberries and the 2 remaining frozen strawberries I had 🙂

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It was quite good but I think I enjoy smoothies more when they have protein powder. That sounds strange but they are just creamier and thicker, kind of like a milkshake rather than just a smoothie. I also think that peanut butter toast is a smoothies best friend.

 

Last exam today! Thank goodness. I will be studying, packing, and leaving straight from my exam to make the 2 hour drive home! Can’t wait to see everyone and my puppy, Raleigh! And by puppy I of course mean a fully grown 1.5 year old lab mix.

 

Here she is as a baby:

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Picture Perfect! Have a great day!

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Winding Down

Test #3 down, 1 to go! I thought it would never come! This will be my last night here at school and I can’t wait to sleep in my own room! And cook! Well of course see my family too! Test went really well tonight. Got an A in the class! Woop Woop!

 

This afternoon I was able to nap for about a much needed hour. I had a nice size snack around 3:30 to hold me over until my Dad picked me up. Half of an Ezekiel English Muffin with PB&Co Dark Chocolate Dreams and a sliced apple. Only part of the apple made it to the PB and toast 🙂

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SO tasty!

 

After my test my Dad picked me up and we went to a chic restaurant downtown called 101. It is a very neat atmosphere and we enjoyed it. No pics but I will tell you what we had. We started out with a warm loaf of fresh olive bread with oil and balsamic for dipping. I had a house salad; a bed of baby romaine with ribbons of carrot and beet with slices of cucumber and tomato and the house vinaigrette. Dad had a delicious caesar. The dressing was so flavorful. He ordered a Kobe burger with blue cheese and garlic aioli and I had the Eggplant Parma Pollo; chicken wrapped in a strip of fried eggplant with a sweet marina sauce and cheesy penne pasta.

 

Can you say DECADENCE? It was delicious and I am perfectly content! I enjoyed my Dad’s company and the distraction from school. We had a really nice time. He said he can’t wait ’til I come home so that he can eat yummy food again (since I will be doing the cooking) 🙂

 

Well this tired girl is off to shower, relax and get a full night’s sleep. Exciting day tomorrow! Good night, sleep tight!

Speeding Ticket

If you could get a speeding ticket for operating at too high a speed, then I would owe some hefty fines. I am just non-stop! Despite the lack of sleep last night I seem to be operating at an extremely fast pace. My mom informed me on the phone this morning that in my conversations with her these past few days she could tell I was WIRED!!! And I am for some strange reason. Test anxiety? Excited to get home? Excited to see the daddy-o tonight? What ever it is, it sure is keepin’ me going. I just can’t seem to sit still.

 

It’s amazing how changing your attitude and have an “internal locus of control” can really change the way events in your day affect you. In the last 24 hours I have been more clumsy (I have dropped my phone multiple times, left the lights in my car on, tripped, fallen, you name it) than I can remember in the longest time. I have just been going with the flow though and am finding it helpful to be able to laugh at myself and move on. If you are having an off day, I encourage you to do the same! I need to remember this in all situations. It’s easy today but sometimes I can be, well, pessimistic. Tryin’ to stay all smiles today though.

 

I took a break for lunch around 11:30. I was impressed with how well that smoothie held me over. Oh was it satisfying!

For lunch I had an Amy’s California Veggie Burger in a folded pocket bread with spinach and a little ketchup and brown mustard. On the side I had the rest of the Fage from last night (which was most of it) with a drizzle of honey, dried cranberries and granola. Now THAT is what I’m talkin’ about!

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Back to the books. Don’t worry, I won’t be talking about studying ANY MORE after tomorrow!!

 

See you later and have a great afternoon!

Tossing and Turning

Those two little words are exactly how I spent my night. I did not sleep for more than 4 hours. I am so frustrated! My mind was going 92387429385 miles per hour last night and I couldn’t fall or stay asleep. I was so upset this morning! Talked to my mom though and she always does a good job of making me feel better.

I “woke up” at 6:30 and left to take a friend to her early morning test around 7:00. She drove me to my late night one last night. Speaking of that test…I am pretty sure I did well enough to get an A. BUT I WANT TO KNOW…what smarty pants thinks it is a good idea for a test to let out at 10:00pm. Don’t they know there are young women who have to walk back to their places of residence or cars in the dark!? It is so dangerous. I am all of 5’2 and probably couldn’t hurt a butterfly let alone defend myself if someone were to come out of nowhere! Oy ve! Ok…I’m done complaining 🙂

When I got back I showered to try to refresh my self and feel rested and then made a delicious smoothie and half an Ezekiel cinnamon raising English muffin with a thin layer of peanut butter for breakfast. The smoothie had vanilla soy milk, chocolate Spiru-tein (a little packet I bought at the health food store a while ago), half of a large, cold banana, and frozen strawberries. It was very refreshing and was just the pick me up I needed.

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I am going to put my happy face on and make the best of my day. After all, I do get to have dinner with my Dad tonight after test #3 and that will be just the distraction I need!

Have a great day!

Gettin’ There

Well, second test down and two more to go. It’s always so nice after finishing a class because you get to get rid of ALL of the old STUFF!! Woo hoo!

This afternoon I went to Target to kill some time. I chose Target because they usually have a pretty good magazine section and I really wanted to get the new copy of Clean Eating Magazine. I LOVE this magazine and especially love Tosca Reno’s Clean Eating books. They didn’t have it which was a bummer but I did find a cute little white shirt on sale for $6.99. I couldn’t resist.

I went to gas up my car (whom I call Vanna White…it’s a white car, and it’s purty) after because I didn’t think I would get a chance before Wednesday and I was almost on empty. I was so happy that it only cost $20!  Much better than the $40 it was costing me not too long ago. Even though gas prices are much lower it’s still sad that our economy is less than stellar (understatement of the year). It has been interesting to be taking Finance this past semester because we got to do a lot of research on the market and the bail out plan. My major is Finance and I find all of that stuff so interesting…Just me?

I brought out the Magic Bullet when I got back around 4:00pm. This combo was with Peach Kefir, half of a cold naner (as my friend Polly calls em’!), and about a cup of frozen strawberries that I am trying to finish before Wednesday…I may have to take them home in a cooler.

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It was delish. I just love a smoothie! That Magic Bullet has been a lifesaver. And a pretty good deal too since we got it at Bed Bath and Beyond. Do you guys get those 20% off coupons in the mail? You know they never expire! They have an expiration date but they will still take them. AND you can use one for every item you buy. That’s just the best and made the MB worth the mulah.

I stopped at Mother Earth Market again on my outing this afternoon because I knew they would have my Clean Eating magazine and I wanted to get something from their hot bar for dinner. I got Israeli Couscous with Black Beans and Roasted Veggies. My meal was only $3.70 ($6.99/lb). I was pretty excited since dinner out is usually more like $7-$10. I put a little bit of Greek Yogurt on top of the bean/couscous mixture a few bites in and it was delicious. I had never had this kind of couscous before and I loved both the taste and texture.

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Hope you had a great evening. I will be resting tonight and waking up to do it all over again tomorrow. Luckily my Dad will be in town for dinner though. He travels often for work and pass through Gainesville often. He will be in town tomorrow night AND it’s his birthday so we will get to celebrate together!

Good Night!

Killin’ Time

 

I am feeling realllllllllllly good about my test tonight. Actually, I’m not quite sure what to do with myself right now because I’ve done about all the studying I can do. I am currently watching The Santa Clause. Sounds intense doesn’t it?

 

Lunch was not too exciting. Chicken, hummus, tomato, spinach on an Ezekiel pocket bread and yogurt with pumpkin butter and granola.

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I love having yogurt with lunch. It keeps me satisfied for much longer. And it’s like dessert!

 

Anyone doing anything exciting today? I may run to Target or something to distract myself/waste time since I don’t have to be at my test until 8:00pm.

 

See you later!

Apple Pie for Breakfast

Ok, not really…but it came pretty darn close.  I decided to put apple in my oats this morning instead of banana for a little something different. I LOVE this in the crock pot (go figure) when you put the apples in over night to cook with the oats and the microwave version was a pretty close second.

Here’s what it had:

-1 serving of cinnamon crock pot oats

-1 small chopped fuji apple

-1 tbs ground flax

-brown sugar

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And the final product with toppings

– 4 cinnamon almonds

– 1 tbs peanut butter

– dried cranberries

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The apple added so much volume to my oats! It took FOREVER to eat this 🙂

Big test tonight: Business Finance. Perpetuities, anyone?

Have a fabulous Monday.