Confessions of a Shopaholic

Today I definitely discovered the meaning of “shop ‘til you drop!” Mom and I went to Target and then the mall, and I got TONS of stuff! From target I got FIVE new work out tops, which I cannot wait to wear!

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I also got two new pairs of summer sandals, which I didn’t snap a picture of.

At the mall I got a pair of nude pumps! AH! I have been searching for these babies for at least a year now, but have never found the perfect pair…until today! LOVE.

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I also got two dresses and three shirts. Here is a picture of one of the dresses:

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I love the color! I’m thinkin’ this dress + the nude pumps needs to happen ASAP! Smile

After a longgggg day of shopping, some food was in order! I had half of the leftover pesto pasta, some sweet potato and regular potato fries, and a tomato basil pizza “burger” from MorningStar Farms.

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And let’s not forget dessert – a sliver of chocolate cheesecake + vanilla ice cream with some cookie dough chunks (added by yours truly)

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yumyumyumyum!

What a day! I’m off to bed (yes, I’m being totally lame on Cinco de Mayo) because tomorrow I have another busy day! We have to go get my car (!!!) registered, and then we are potentially house hunting again. Night!

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Keeps Gettin’ Sweeter

As if this day could be any more sweeeet:

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I had this amazing combo for dessert! A sliver of cheesecake + a blueberry ice cream/smoothie/shake.

Into the bullet went:

  • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • a dash of banana extract
  • 1 tablespoon instant banana pudding powder
  • 1/2 cup of frozen blueberries

YUM! This was so good! Go make it – like now!

Pomp and Circumstance

I can now officially say that I am a college graduate! It’s hard to believe – my time here at UF has absolutely flown by! Being finished is bittersweet, but I am coming back next Fall to finish up my Master’s, so it’s not too bitter just yet! Winking smile 

My weekend has been fabulous! Meghan’s sisters were both in town for Gator stompin’, along with a few of our other friends. The weather ended up being pretty terrible, and it poured most of the night, but we still had a blast!

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Friday we spent most of the day lounging on the couch watching Royal Wedding footage! Kate looked so pretty, but I think it would sort of stink to get married that way – everything was so formal and official, it seemed like they couldn’t really enjoy the ceremony.

I also did a little cap decorating….

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My parents came into town around 5:00pm, and took me, my roommates, and some friends out to dinner at a place called The Gelato Company. They have a vegetarian panini that is to die for, so I was more than game to go there!

Oh, and did I mention you get free gelato with your meal if you order a drink?

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Yeah, The Gelato Company is definitely a winner. I got half New York cheesecake and half mint chocolate chip. They even put a complimentary cookie in there for me!

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After dinner we came back to my house and played games, ate cookies, enjoyed a few “beverages” and laughed – a LOT! It was such a wonderful night with great people, and I feel so lucky that I got to celebrate my graduation with all of them!

Today was the actual big day, but my ceremony didn’t start until 2:00pm, so I had plenty of time to sleep in, get ready, and take pictures!

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Whew! The actual ceremony was not too bad – it got a little boring about half way through the calling of names, but thankfully I had my phone and my iPod touch to entertain me!

I actually spotted Julie in the crowd during the ceremony, and tweeted her telling her to look for me! We waved at each other, and I actually ran into her after the ceremony as well! It was so awesome to meet her, and she was just as beautiful and sweet in person as she is on the blog. Smile 

Tomorrow I have to finish packing, and then I’m off to Savannah with my parents for a week or so before I return to Orlando for the summer! Woohoo!

I’m off to bed – it has been a loooooong (but extremely fun-filled) past couple of days! Goodnight!

Excitement’s in the Air!

Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. this weekend! I’ve been busy lazy, and haven’t gotten around to posting! Let’s do a little recap, shall we?

Friday

I went to total body, and the class ended up being taught by my favorite instructor! She really kicked my butt, and I loved every second of it! After my workout, me, Meghan, and Ang hit up the mall so I could look for a graduation dress. I looked in a few stores, but nothing stuck out to me, so I’m still dress-less at the moment!

After the mall we ran to Wal-Mart to pick up some necessities. My “necessities” included cucumber melon body wash, apples, cake batter ice cream, and my new favorite purchase – BANANA EXTRACT! I am in L-O-V-E!

As I mentioned before in this post, I am allergic to bananas. Crying face So.Sad. However, I can still eat fake, banana flavored things. Enter banana extract – fake banana flavor in a bottle, and I LOVE it! I’ve been putting in in stuff all weekend, including milkshakes, smoothies, and just plain glasses of milk. YUM.

For dinner we went to one of our favorite local restaurants – Bahn Thai. Meghan and I split an order of the chicken less pad Thai, because their portions are HUGE.

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I scarfed down two portions of this + a home made milkshake + a few Oreos. I was kicking myself by the end of the night, because I ended up with a major food baby and a sugar coma. ICK.

Saturday

Saturday was pretty uneventful. I spent most of the day reading my book, Game of Thrones. It’s getting REALLY good, so I easily lost myself in it for a few hours.

When Ang asked if I wanted to go to the gym, I almost declined in favor of reading. Then I realized I should stop being a bum, and that I would feel much better if I got a workout in, so I went. It ended up being a great workout, and I finally did some cardio! It’s been far too long. I spent 25 minutes working up a sweat on a spin bike, followed by 12 minutes of intervals on the treadmill. I ended with some arm exercises. It definitely felt good to do some cardio!

For dinner, I had leftover pad Thai, roasted broccoli, and grilled red peppers and onions. Three of my absolute favorite foods on one plate? WINNER!

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Today

Today was a very exciting day for me!

It started out with some quality reading time, followed by some more errand running with Meghan. While we were out, I made another fantastic purchase….

My new TUMBLER!

I was beyond pumped for this thing, and immediately made some iced Chai tea to put in it when we got home. My tumbler and I are already bff’s – it’s loveeeee.

At 7:30, I had an event that I’ve been waiting for for nearly a year now…

The David Sedaris book reading/signing!!!

If you don’t know who David Sedaris is, I highly recommend that you ch-ch-check him out!

My sister got me his book Me Talk Pretty One Day when I was 14, and I have been obsessed with him ever since. He is absolutely hilarious, and I constantly laugh out loud while reading his books.

Anyway. I found out almost a year ago that he was coming to UF on April 17, and was SO EXCITED. I bought my ticket months ago, and have been looking forward to this day. He did not disappoint. He read a few stories from his books, a new story he has been working on, some entries from his personal journal, and then took questions. He was just as hilarious in person as he is in writing, and I loved every second of it! Unfortunately, I did not get him to sign my book after because the line was SO LONG. It’s okay though, because I’m sure I’ll be seeing him read again as soon as I get the chance! Smile 

After the book reading, the excitement continued….You see, HBO made a series out of my book! (Game of Thrones) The series started tonight, so as soon as I got home from the reading, I hopped on the couch to watch 60 minutes of non stop drama. There was love, betrayal, beheading, puppies, incest, hot men, and castles. You’re intrigued now, aren’t you?! Winking smile I made my roommates watch with me, and I think they’re hooked!

Oh, one last bit of excitement – my cousin Claire, who recently got engaged, asked me to be a bridesmaid! I was totally not expecting that, but I am so excited and honored that she wants me to be a part of her big day! Of course I said yes! The wedding is not for quiteeee a while (like, 2 years) but I’m still really pumped!

That was officially the longest post EVER, so you get a gold star if you made it all the way through! Hope everyone else had a grand weekend!

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Yogurt & Rain

Can you guess whose song my title is a tribute to? (Hint – read to the end of the post 😛 )

Today is another dreary/rainy day here in Florida. Apparently the storm was bad last night, but I slept riiiiight through it, as always. I am such a heavy sleeper that someone could probably come kidnap me in the middle of the night and I wouldn’t blink an eye. Eeek.

Last Night

Last night I had a simple but great dinner! There was leftover pizza in the fridge that was calling my name. To healthify my meal, I ate only ONE slice, and added tons of roasted and grilled veggies on the side.

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This was perfect because I still got the satisfaction and tastiness of eating pizza, but without the guilt and the “I weigh 500 pounds” feeling afterward!

My night concluded with a big bowl of Monster Cookie ice cream!

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Meghan and I saw this in Target last week and HAD to have it! Her mom makes us Monster Cookies all the time, so the fact that there was an ice cream version made us pretty darn excited!

While eating our ice cream, we watched a Disney classic – Mulan!

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We have this on VHS, and we were cracking up about having to rewind it before we could watch it! Oh technology, how far you have come!

Breakfast

I feel like I have been neglecting my yogurt lately, so a yogurt bowl for breakfast seemed perfect!

I combined plain greek yogurt, a squirt of honey, chopped apple, pecans, dry oats, and a LOT of cinnamon to make my bowl.

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I tend to be a little heavy-handed with the cinnamon – it just makes everything SO much better! Luckily, cinnamon is really good for you! You can read about some of the health benefits here! That makes me feel better about putting pounds of it onto my morning meals! 😉

Hope everyone else is having better weather than we are here! I’ll leave you with a little James Taylor, because I LOVEEEEE him, and it’s the perfect rainy day/relaxing music! 🙂 (Also, my title is a play on his song “Fire and Rain” 🙂 )

Show Me How You Burlesque

I have been absolutely obsessed with the song “Show Me How You Burlesque” for a few weeks now, but I hadn’t seen the movie yet. Last night, all that changed! My roommate Ang and I had a roomie date night, since our other two roommates were out of town. We went to Leonardo’s which is a pizza place. I got a slice of the thick veggie pie, which had onions, peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes baked into it. On the side, I got three of their infamous garlic knots, and whew were they good! Good thing I wasn’t on a real date, because they sure were garlic-y!  😉

After pizza, we hit up Mochi! I got half snickerdoodle, half coconilla, and topped it with butterfinger, pound cake, and cinnamon toast crunch. It was gooooood!

Since dinner and dessert were out of the way, we decided to redbox it, and ended up with Burlesque. Although it’s not going to be up for an Oscar anytime soon, I really liked the movie. You just have to take it for what it is – an entertaining musical with fun costumes, catchy songs, and some smokin’ eye candy! Whew!

Today I took advantage of the beautiful weather and lounged outside for over two hours…unfortunately I have a nice sunburn on my back to show for it. 😦 I always forget just how much sunburn sucks until I get one! Boooo.

For dinner, I had a bean-tastic dish. Since I still haven’t made it to the store, I am in throw-together-whatever-is-around mode. I combined some black beans, leftover salt and vinegar chickpeas, frozen peas, corn, and carrots in a skillet, and tossed them with a little olive oil. For even more protein, I added half of a Boca burger and some cheese.

the other McSteamy 😛

I’m still trying to get into beans – I have been bean-averse my whole life, so eating the musical fruit is still quite the challenge. It’s a lot easier with dishes like this one, where I can throw them in with a bunch of other things. That way they blend in – I don’t think you’ll catch me eating straight up beans anytime soon!

Tomorrow I have a meeting, a phone interview, homework, total body, and another meeting on the agenda so far! Just another manic Monday! 😛

Limitless

Today was fun and relaxing! I tossed my homework aside in favor of more fun activities. First up on the list? The movies!

Limitless

Shiv, Ang, and I went to see Limitless with Bradley Cooper. The premise is that a starving writer takes a mystery pill that helps him access 100% of his brain. It was definitely an interesting movie – I liked it a lot! It got me thinking about how cool it would be to be able to reach your true maximum potential, and remember everything you ever saw/heard/read/etc. (Not that I encourage taking drugs to do so, haha) If you get a chance, I think this movie is worth a watch!

Oh haaayyy Bradley Cooper!

Stadiums

Next up on the agenda was running stadiums with Ang! I don’t know if this exactly counts as a fun activity (more like torturous) but it was certainly a great workout! We ran to the stadium (which is a little over a mile), did four sets of stadiums, ran up a HUGE incline/loop thing, and then ran home. All in all, we were gone for about 55 minutes. It was a lot like an interval workout, and you know I dig those!

The Swamp! Where the stadiums happen

Dinner/Dessert

For dinner I made a two egg omelet with green peppers, onions, corn, and cheese. I also had a Kashi blueberry waffle on the side. Breakfast for dinner is always a winner! (I didn’t even mean for that to rhyme…guess I’m a poet and didn’t know it 😉 ) Looks like my dinner isn’t the only thing that’s corny! 😛

For dessert I had a bowl of cookies and cream frozen yogurt topped with some cookie dough. I am both happy and sad to say that the giant tub of cookie dough that Meghan brought back after spring break is officially gone. I may or may not have eaten 3/4 of it! Eeek.

I’m off to watch a movie and maybe work on some assignments. What a poppin’ Friday! 😛

p.s. I saw this article today, and found it pretty interesting! I like where Denmark’s head is at…I would LOVE a free gym membership that I’d only have to pay for if I didn’t go!

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