Poppin’ In

Hi there!

I feel like I’ve been M.I.A. from the blog for quite a while – sorry about that! I’ve been enjoying the short amount of time I have to spend with my parents here in Savannah, so that is my excuse.

We’ve been busy house hunting, walking around downtown, meandering along the beach, cooking, eating, movie watching, and celebrating Mother’s Day! Tomorrow I make the drive to Orlando, which is where I will be spending the remainder of my summer! I’m really excited to move in with Steph, but I will definitely miss my parents!

I’m off to bed, since I have my first big road trip in my car (!!!) to rest up for! Catch you guys from Orlando! Smile

And just for good measure, a picture of mom and me at the beginning of last summer:

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House Hunters and Alliteration

A little recap of yesterday…

My mom and I had a pretty busy day! We left the apartment around 8:30 to drive  to another part of town to meet the realtor. We ended up looking at six or seven houses, which is exhausting business! We saw some cool ones, including my favorite – a log cabin!!! It felt so home-y and cozy in there, plus it had a fire place that was to die for! Unfortunately, it was right next to a major road and a gas station, which is kind of a no go for real estate. BOO!

Some pretty kitchens:

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Pretty front views:

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Aaaand the wonderful log cabin!

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Isn’t that fire place amazing?! Swoon.

On the way back from house hunting, we stopped by the Toyota dealership. As you probably know, Toyota has had quite a few recalls, and my car fell under one of them. We took the letter in and in 40 minutes they had replaced the (potentially) bad part, free of charge! Woohoo!

By the time we got home we were tired and hungry, so as usual, I went with something quick and easy – Pesto Pasta Primavera! (How’s that for alliteration!)

I made some whole wheat noodles while chopping up green peppers and onion. I also threw some frozen peas and broccoli florets into a skillet to cook, and added in some of the leftover roasted cauliflower from Monday night as well. After everything was done cooking, I threw it into a big bowl and coated it with pesto. TaDa! Dinner came together in a little over ten minutes, and tasted fantastic!

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Today

Today began with an 8 a.m. wake up call (this is early for me haha) to go on a run with my mom! Well, she was going to walk and I was going to run. We headed over to the trail that is behind the YMCA here, and we were off! I ran around the trail two times (2 miles) and then back tracked for about a half a mile to meet up with mom. We then walked home, so all in all I think I got in about 3 miles of running/walking. Not a bad way to start the day!

When we got back to the apartment, I decided to wash my car (!!!) It was really dusty when we bought it, but now it’s sparkling and beee-you-tee-full!!! LOVE IT!

For breakfast I made a green smoothie with:

  • a large handful of spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 frozen strawberry (all that was left Sad smile )
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup of almond milk

It was very tasty! I’m so happy to have chocolate protein powder back in my life – I definitely prefer it over vanilla!

Now I’ve gotta run because mom and I are going to Target and the mall. What a life! Smile 

Would you like to live in a log cabin, or would you rather live in a more traditional house?

I think we know my answer to this one…log cabin all the way baby! Smile with tongue out

Pesto Pizza

Dinner tonight was yum-my if I do say so myself! Pesto pizza is something me, Meghan, and Claire started making last year, and were slightly obsessed with! It is SO delicious!

Ingredients:

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Spread the pesto on the pizza crust, then add whatever veggies float your boat! For tonight’s pesto pizza I added green peppers, onions, and spinach.

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I also sprinkled on a little of this seasoning that I found in my parents’ pantry:

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The next step is pretty crucial – CHEEEEESE! I added mozzarella, but you could add whatever kind of cheese you like.

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Finally I tossed it in the oven to bake at 425 for about ten minutes, or until all the cheese was melted and the edges of the crust looked brown.

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I roasted the cauliflower at the same time, but put it in first so it could roast for about 25 minutes. To season the cauliflower I put some pesto on it, then sprinkled on salt and pepper.

The final product:

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So. Good. The parents gave it rave reviews as well, but I think they are required to. Winking smile

My mom had the idea to make a special drink to go along with this meal, so I got right on it! In the blender I combined:

  • one cup of water
  • a few handfuls of ice
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • 8 frozen strawberries
  • a few sprinkles of Truvia sweetener

After blending it all together, we had a refreshing, low cal, summery drink! Perfect!

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Since we were being all fancy schmancy, I cut up a kiwi and put a slice on each of our glasses. Presentation is everything! (Please ignore the ugly plug in the back of the picture haha)

I’m off to hang out with my parents – we got the movie State of Play for five bucks at the store today, so I think we’re gonna pop that sucker in! Hope everyone had as good of a Monday as I did! Smile 

Oh hey Savannah

Well, I made it to Savannah! My parents and I made the drive yesterday after packing up a bunch of my stuff. By the time we made it to their apartment (they STILL have not found a house!) I was pretty famished. After a quick scan of the fridge,  I decided on a simple combo of a light English muffin, peanut butter, apple, and cinnamon.

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I enjoyed the rest of the apple on the side. I spent most of last night reading my book, and settling in – it was an early night!

Today

Today was full of excitement! Drumroll please…I got new running shoes! WOOHOO! I have been in desperate need of them for quite some time now. I went to a running store here in Savannah called Fleet Feet, and was fitted for my shoes. This is actually the first time I have been fitted, and I think it is so worth it! The guy watched me run on the treadmill as well as outside, and picked out shoes for me based  on how my foot fell. He said I didn’t have much pronation – apparently my foot is neutral, and he said that means I’m a natural runner! Winking smile I don’t know about all that, but it was fun to hear!

After testing out a few pairs of shoes, including Saucony and Asics, I decided on the Nike Zoom Structure 14. The thing that really sold me was how light they felt on my feet – compared to these shoes, all of the other ones felt like major clunkers!

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I went on a short run when I got home to test ‘em out! I love them already! My run certainly didn’t make me feel like a natural runner – I was huffing and puffing through two miles. I would like to blame the fact that I have not worked out in an ENTIRE week! GAH! These babies are just the motivation I need to start pounding the pavement again. Hopefully having properly fitted shoes will solve my shin splint woes! Cross your fingers!

My other new running buddy is feeling left out…meet my new iPod sleeve!

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My wonderful roommate Ang got me this for my birthday! My birthday isn’t until July, but she felt bad that I always get gipped out of birthday presents from college friends since I have a summer birthday. Winking smile Thanks Ang!!!

After the running store, my mom and I hit up the good old grocery store! I was pumped to finally grocery shop again, and reintroduce fresh produce to my life. The last few weeks at school were grocery shopping-less, which killed me!

Tonight I’m making my favorite pesto pizza for my parents, and I plan to roast some cauliflower on the side as well! Recipe to come in a future post.

For now I will leave you with some just-recovered pictures from my last trip to Savannah, when my parents and I visited Tybee Island for the day!

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SO PRETTY! I loveee the beach, and plan on hittin’ up Tybee for a day or two before I depart from Savannah!

Were you fitted for your running shoes, or did you pick them out yourself?

 

I’m Going to Pee My Pants!

Okay, so that title is slightly inappropriate? BUT SERIOUSLY I AM SO EXCITED!!! Why? Many many manyyy reasons!

Yesterday I figured out some big life plans, and let’s just say I am SUPER pumped for the second half of 2011 – IT.WILL.BE.AMAZING! But I’ll save that for another post. Gotta keep the mystery alive, ya know?

So why am I super excited for TODAY in particular?!

First of all, my roommate from last year, Claire, is coming into town today! I haven’t seen her since October-ish, so I cannot wait. She’s my roommate Meghan’s older sister, and I love her to pieces, and miss living with her a lot. When all of us reunite things get crazy, and I know tonight will be no different because….

IT’S GATOR STOMPIN’!!!!!

What the heck is Gator Stompin’?

“It has been a right of passage in Gainesville for over 29 years and was rated by the Independent Florida Alligator as one of the Top 10 Things to do before leaving UF. The event t-shirt gets you into 50 bars, nightclubs, and restaurants from midtown to downtown. Celebrate being part of the Gator Nation with delicious food, amazing drinks, live music and over $5,000 in sponsored prizes.”

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So basically, you wear the shirt, and get into TONS of places for free, and then you use those little tokens to get a drink/food/enter contests etc.

A HUGE group of us went last year, and it was honestly one of the BEST nights of my college life, hands down. I’m hoping this year can live up to that!

Last year:

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So that, my friends, is why I am SO excited that I’m going to pee my pants. I hope you understand!

Dinner last night consisted of roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes, with a generous dollop of sour cream on the side. I have been eating quite crappy lately (I blame the end of the semester) so it was nice to get some veggies in my system!

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Currently I am sippin’ on this baby – Stash chai tea – and catching up on blog reading.

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To end this post, I’ll give you a clue as to what some of my SUPER exciting news for the 2nd half of 2011 is:

Any guesses?Winking smile 

Monday, Monday…

…can’t trust that day.

Monday, Monday, sometimes it just turns out that wayyy…”

It’s Monday again! Funny how that happens every week! I started my Monday in Orlando at the early hour of 6:30. Steph and I drank coffee, chatted, and got ready for the day. She was off to class and appointments, and I was off to Gainesville!

I had two waffles for breakfast, and got syrup in my hair, as always. I’m not sure how that happens EVERY time I eat waffles/pancakes/french toast, but it honestly does.

The drive from Orlando was uneventful, and me and Shiv once again jammed out to the greatest mix ever!

Here are some pictures of me & Steph from the weekend that I finally uploaded:

car pics!

...are difficult to take!

Steph has a bunch more on her camera, so I’ll try to get them from her! We also saw this while we were driving:

"all you need is love"

Sky writing that said LOVE! How cute is that? I love how there is a huge ray of sun shining on it too. 🙂 It’s the little things!

Today I’m playing catch up with all of the school work I pretended didn’t exist this weekend. I’m also going to total body, and I’m excited to feel the burn! I haven’t been since Wednesday, so I see some sore muscles in my future!

I’m Alive!

Even though it’s only been a day since I’ve posted, it honestly feels like MANY days have passed!

Friday

Friday night, Steph, her sister Sarah and I ordered a cheese pizza from Goodfellas, one of my favorite Orlando pizza places. We also got frozen yogurt (mine ended up being 12 oz…this is a problem) and renting How Do You Know, with Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Owen Wilson. I am not a tough movie critic by any means, but I really was NOT a fan of this one. I feel like I wasted two hours of my life that I’ll never get back! 😛

Saturday

Yesterday we bummed around for a bit before heading off to a photoshoot for Steph! She is in the process of building her modeling portfolio, so that’s why she had a shoot. It was really cool, and she did great! You can see a couple of pictures on my twitter! 🙂

After the shoot, we came home, changed, and went out! We ended up at some bars by UCF, and had a fun time hanging out with friends and dancing up a storm!

Today

Today I’m off to hang out with my neighbors! This was a sorry excuse for a post, but I’ll do better once I’m done with my whirlwind weekend!

How has everyone else’s weekend been? Anything particularly exciting?! 🙂

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