Friday, September 28, 2012

Finally feeling better

Hey everyone!

I'm starting to feel better! Finally. It has been a long week of doing a lot of nothing. And it's hard to get a decent amount of sleep when you have to pee every 20 minutes. The meds seem to be working though, so that's a plus.

Lots of exciting stuffs planned for this weekend! Tonight I'm having dinner with my momma and after that Chris and I will be doing boring things like making a budget (ew). I mostly plan to sit there and eat ice cream while he does all the math :)

Tomorrow I'm going to the drag races with my dad, my sister, and my uncle. It's an extremely late b-day present for my dad (his bday was in August). I'm looking forward to it though since I can't remember the last time I spent more than ten minutes with my sis. And it's been quite a while since I've seen my uncle too. Apparently we're leaving at 7:30?! I feel like that is far too early for all that noise.

Tomorrow night, the All-American Rejects are playing a free show in downtown St. Louis! I saw them once a few years ago at The Pageant and they were really good, so I'm looking forward to seeing them live again!

Sunday Chris and I are going to the Cards game in the afternoon. I'm going to try to get him to go for a run with me (assuming I'm feeling well enough to go).

I'm getting slightly better at taking pics for the blog, so I'll do my best to take some this weekend so I have fun stuff to show you all next week!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Yucky sick :(

So far this week, I have missed two days of work, both of my classes (although I did take a quiz and get a paper turned in). And I've had about 2 bottles of cranberry juice and half a case of water. According to the Urgent Care doc this morning, I have a uti. Which I already knew. I really, really tried to avoid going to the doctor at all and to avoid getting medicine. Then I woke up at 3:30 this morning bleeding, so I figured maybe I should see a doc for it. I did not however deem it necessary to go to the ER. So I waited about 5 hours. 5 very long and painful hours.

I have spent most of yesterday and today in bed. Exhausted. Watching a lot of Gossip Girl (don't judge) and sleeping. I can't really say that any of it has been restful considering I have to get up to pee at least every 20 minutes or so. I have been drinking a ton of 100% cranberry juice.

I realize it isn't quite the same thing, but I've read a few blogs where people have done a juice diet or detox or whatever you want to call it. These people are generally using freshly squeezed juice from a fancy juicer, but I have no idea how their stomachs handle it. I'm not 100% sure the juice has caused my stomach problems the past two days, but if it didn't, it sure isn't helping. I have felt nauseated all day, and most of yesterday. I went and bought saltines to help settle my stomach. I also had chicken noodle soup, but that did not help one bit. I've been trying to alternate between water and juice, but my stomach is killing me. Maybe I just have a sensitive stomach. Or maybe the people doing those juice diets are effing crazy. I don't know.

Here's a fun little tidbit from today: I completely forgot that the nurse told me that one of the prescriptions would turn my urine orange. I had a mini freakout when I first saw that before I remembered she told me it would do that.

Of course, after this weekend, I had planned on running/working out this week. So far, that has not happened. Kind of hard to go on a run when you're spending every 20 minutes or so in the bathroom. And I just really don't have the energy to do much of anything right now.

So that's been my week so far. Not fun. Hope you all are having a much better week than me!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Trip to Chicago

Chris and I went to Chicago on Saturday. We woke up early, had a light breakfast at McDonald's (I also had some strawberry banana Chobani), then we got gas, Starbucks and were on our way. The drive was long and boring. We played the license plate game (Chris thinks he won). And we played I Spy . . .which was kind of like how Dory plays in Finding Nemo . . . I was "something small and yellow." That was a blast.

When we finally got to Chicago, it was absolutely terrible. Worst drivers. Ever. And a ridiculous amount of construction. And lots of tolls as well--which accepted coins only, which we didn't have. Chris says sorry to my dad in case we get a ticket for any of that nonsense :)

Finally we made it to our hotel and almost immediately left for lunch. Sweatpants and all. We ate at Giordano's and we had to wait about 35 minutes, but it was totally worth the wait.
Chicago-style pizza with sausage
After we walked down to Starbucks and I had a strawberries and cream frappuccino with a shot of hazelnut (aka the Captain Crunch frap) while we waited for a cab. After a few hours of napping and watching the Cards game on tv, we decided to go to Michigan Avenue for some shopping and then to the Navy Pier for dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp. 

We decided to try taking the train rather than another taxi. Basically every form of transportation in that town sucks. While we waited for the train, one went by and never stopped . . . so we waited and waited and waited until one finally stopped. Those trains are loud and disgusting. Everything is dirty and gross. We made the not-so-wise decision to get off the train and attempt to walk to Michigan Avenue rather than transferring to a different train. Woops. We ended up walking around lost for quite a while. Finally we just took a cab the rest of the way. 

We went into some of the shops and into one of the strangest malls I've ever been in. And everything was extremely crowded. Finally we made our way over to Navy Pier and found Bubba Gump Shrimp. It was over an hour wait to be seated inside, so we ate outside. It was chilly, but definitely worth it to be able to get food right away. 

The food was fantastic. We ordered hush puppies for an appetizer and they were probably the best hush puppies I've ever had. 
Hush Puppies

They also had signs on each table--one that said "Run Forrest Run" and another that said "Stop Forrest Stop." When you had it on the "stop" sign, it meant you needed something. The "run" sign meant you didn't need anything. 

For dinner, I had the crab-stuffed shrimp with a side of broccoli. It was delicious. I thought it was a little strange though that when they brought out my meal, my broccoli was a head of broccoli rather than cut up. It was still good though. The stuffed shrimp might have been the best thing I ate all weekend. 
Crab-stuffed Shrimp with garlic bread and a side of broccoli
After dinner we walked around Navy Pier and went into some of the shops. We only bought a shirt for me from the gift shop at Bubba Gump. Eventually we finally made our way to the ferris wheel. How we managed to walk around so long without finding it is beyond me. You'd think something that big would be easy to find. 
Me and Chris on the Ferris Wheel
After that, we made our way back to the train where we waited underground for a very long time. It was miserably hot down there. After we got on the train, it stopped several times because there was work being done on the tracks. We didn't get back to the hotel until almost midnight. 

In the morning we packed up our stuff and went to breakfast at Elly's Pancake House. The food there was delicious. Chris had chocolate chip pancakes with caramelized bananas with a side of sausage links and I had a "southwest" breakfast burrito with hash browns. 
Chris's pancakes--he was upset I interrupted him eating so I could take the picture :p

My breakfast burrito with beef, chihuahua cheese, and black beans
Next door to the pancake place was a Ukranian Catholic Church. Chris said we couldn't go :( I should have taken a picture of it. It was a really interesting building. After that we headed for Wrigley, and stopped for more Starbucks on the way. 

At the Cubs game
Wrigley was . . . interesting. The stadium is in the middle of a neighborhood. And basically looks like a total dump. It was also much, much colder than we thought it would be. I wore a long sleeve t-shirt and a hoodie and I was freezing. Stupid Chicago weather. 
Here's the sign you always see in movies and they conveniently cut out all the other ugly crap surrounding it.
The game was a good one--the Cardinals won 6-3. Cubs fans were not too happy. I'm pretty sure there were more Cards fans there though anyway. I'm definitely glad they won. It made the trip worthwhile. After the game we got Starbucks again and then left town. It was a long and busy drive home, and we didn't get there until almost 11. Aside from the driving and the not-so-nice people of Chicago, it was a fun trip and I'm so happy we were able to go. 

Here are some random pictures from the weekend:

@ Bubba Gump Shrimp

@ Breakfast before the game
Run, Forrest, Run!

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Almost time for Chicago!

Last night was . . . busy? I don't know. I got home, wiped my ipod completely clean so I could spend most of my evening re-adding everything. That was fun. But now it's ready to go for our roadtrip to Chicago this weekend, so I guess it worked out. In the middle of all that, I worked out. It wasn't a long one, but it was a really good one.

Although I'm not sure that I was doing all of the exercises correctly. And there was one I didn't do at all because I had no idea how to do it. But everything else was great--push-ups, planks, squats, reverse crunches, etc. My legs were already sore yesterday from my run the day before (ugh, yes, it's been that long) and they are even more sore today from all those squats. But I love that feeling. I don't feel like I got the best ab workout though, so I think I might add a few other ab exercises to it. Otherwise, it was good. My arms are pretty sore today as well.

I did not eat healthy last night as I should have. Kirsten and I decided fried pickles from Bel Air sounded better, so we went there instead of cooking at home. In addition to the wonderfully delicious fried pickles, I had a grilled cheese (I've been craving one all week) with swiss and american cheese and some fries. Kirsten had some delicious chicken tacos with chips and salsa. While we ate, we "watched" football and should have counted how many times the announcers said "Cam Newton." It was irritating.

After we got back, I had many good intentions of packing and writing my paper. I eventually got around to packing. Writing that paper? Not so much. So I'm going to work on that tonight and hopefully get most of it done so I don't have as much to do over the weekend or on Monday and Tuesday next week.

As far as workouts go this weekend, well, there probably won't be any. Although we will probably do quite a bit of walking, especially at Navy Pier, so we'll go ahead and count that as my exercise for the weekend. Even though most of what we eat will not be healthy. I can't wait for pizza!!!! :)

I'm still not sure whether we're leaving at 6am or getting up at 6. Either way, it's too early lol. But I'll have some Chobani for breakfast, and we'll be stopping at Starbucks on our way out of town so that should help. Tonight we'll be going to Schnucks to get some snacks for the trip (gonna try for healthy stuff . . . we'll see how that goes).

Before I leave you all for the weekend, please pray for the family and friends of Meghan Herndon. You can watch the news story/read about it here or here. Thank you, and have a wonderful and safe weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Happy Almost-Friday

Yesterday pretty much sucked. My run after work did not. At least not completely. I had to stop a couple times so I could breathe, but other than that, I ran a very slow 1.8 miles to the river and back. And then I sat in class for three hours not learning anything that would be useful for my paper. Ugh.

After class I had a cheese quesadilla because I was too lazy to make anything else. And then Kirsten and I watched Gossip Girl while I made an outline for my paper. It was a really exciting night for me.

Today has been nice. Not too busy. Although here's something that totally and completely sucks: Our new janitor(s?) wears an extremely strong and sickening cologne. Seriously, I have a horrible headache now. And the entire office smells like that. He's also really freaking creepy and talks in a whispery voice. I don't like being by myself in the office when he comes in to clean. Yuck.

I have yet to have coffee today. But I'm about to change that, thanks to this headache from creepy janitor guy. Lunch today was the exact same thing as yesterday. I'm creative like that. After work I'm going to work out and then work on my paper and pack for Chicago! I'm so excited about going.
I also might make a trip to target to see if they have this shelf-thing I'm looking for.

"Standing desks" are apparently extremely expensive (like $800) and that's just dumb. I did some googling and found people who built their own, mostly with a table and shelf from Ikea. I'm too lazy to build anything. But I found a shelf similar to what I'm looking for online at Target. So I'm going to go see if I can find it in the store. If I do, it will soon be on top of my desk with my computer and keyboard on top of it so I can stand and work and be awesome. Apparently standing is good for you. And I do get extremely tired of sitting in the exact same place all day every day. At least if I'm standing, I'm up moving around some. I've also heard that you burn more calories, it speeds up your metabolism, etc. So I'm gonna give it a shot and see how I like it. Once I find what I'm looking for and get it all  set up, I'll post pics.

Time for coffee. Enjoy your Thursday!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Finding Nemo in 3D!

Last night was pretty great. Chris and I got coffee after I got off work. Then we headed to the theater to see Finding Nemo in 3D. And it was spectacular! Everything I hoped it would be and more! It is by far the best movie I've seen in 3D so far ( . . .the only other 3D movie I've seen was The Lion King, so I guess I can't really say much, but Finding Nemo was better!) Also, I'm pretty sure I ate almost the entire small popcorn we got. Oops. I was not feeling so hot after that.

After the movie was over we went to Target. Never a good idea. Spent wayyy too much money. We did get some new movies though :) And I bought two new outfits for work! So when I eventually wear them, I'll be sure to post pics for you all to see. Gotta love Target.

Me and Chris, waiting for Finding Nemo
to start, wearing our super cool 3D glasses :)
I forgot to mention: There were ZERO children in the theater! I was so happy! There were two other people in there besides us, I think. Perfect. After all that excitement, we went home and I did homework. Woo. I'm glad I got it done though. Less to do this weekend. Did I mention were are actually going to Chicago this weekend? Because we totally are now that we got our dates all straightened out. I'm so freaking excited. I'm not super excited about waking up at 6am Saturday to drive up there, but whatever. I'll nap before we go out that night.

Now all I have to do is get my paper on The Scarlet Letter written before next Wednesday. Speaking of, got a high B on my presentation. Better than I expected. And, shockingly, the portion I got the highest score in was my discussion questions. And we only got to two of them (thank God because I only had one or two more!).

Lunch today included almonds, cinnamon applesauce (light), a cheese stick, and a pbj. I was really looking forward to my pbj. Unfortunately, I don't like the bread I bought (got it at Target because I was too lazy to drive to Schnuck's). It's Sarah Lee Whole Wheat--I thought Sarah Lee stuff was supposed to be good. This is not. :( Oh well.

After work, I'm definitely going for a run. Or a walk. I haven't decided on that part yet. But I'm going. It has been far too long. Also, out of nowhere, it has gotten almost cold. I know 50 degrees isn't "cold" but after having 90-100 degree weather for months, 50 is a little too cool for me. I don't like being cold. :( 

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Great weekend for great music

I haven't posted anything in a few days. Woops. Busy weekend. And I had a lot of homework to do on Sunday, and I wasn't feeling well. My busy weekend was also a pretty good one though.

Chris and I went to see The Campaign Friday night. The movie started at 11:50 or something ridiculously late. It was pretty good though. On Saturday, I sat around most of the morning doing laundry and a whole lot of nothing. Seriously, I could have been doing homework, and probably should have. But I didn't. Oh well. Then my dad and I went to see my Uncle Jay and look at cars (I hope to be getting something new in the near-ish future) and so my dad could buy cigars. After that, we stopped by my grandma and grandpa's house. Grandpa was already in his chair for his "afternoon nap" but we bugged him anyway. Then we took Grandma to lunch because unlike Grandpa who eats lunch at 10:30am, she hadn't had lunch yet.

So the three of us went to Henke's Tavern in Florissant for some deliciously greasy hamburgers and fries (did I mention I didn't eat very healthy this weekend?). Grandma and I had a couple beers and they tasted pretty darn good. That's one of my favorite places to go when I'm in town. We know everyone who works there, and most of the people that go there and it's always fun. Plus it's nice to get a delicious cheeseburger and cheese fries now and then. :)

Later that evening, Chris and I went to Olive Garden for dinner. Lucky for us, we got sat near a table of teenagers going to homecoming. Oh boy. We got stiffed on breadsticks because those kids ate a ton of them because apparently none of them have jobs to pay for their own shit. Also, once they got their checks, they took their bills to their mommies sitting at another table so that their moms could pay for their dinner. Seriously. When I  was in high school, if I needed money for something like that, they'd give me a $20 and I was on my merry little way. Kids these days. Also, holy short dresses batman! Pretty sure most of those girls' dresses barely covered their hoohas. Sheesh.

Anyhoo, after dinner we went out to Pop's to see Killer Me, Killer You (and some other bands). The first band was not so great. Pretty sure it was City Avenue, and they just sounded a little off-key at times and stuff. Apparently they are on Spotify though, and so I'm guessing they probably sound better recorded than live. Next up was Five Fold. I couldn't make up my mind about them. Some of their stuff was really good, and others were just okay. They'd probably be one of those bands where I'd buy a song or two that I liked, but wouldn't pay for the entire album.

Finally, Killer Me Killer You came on and they were spectacular as always. And they played their cover of "Take Me Home Tonight" which I'm pretty sure everyone loves. They've played it at every show I've been to. They're fantastic live and possibly one of my new favorite bands.

After they were done, we left. Partly because we were exhausted and partly because I'm not a huge Brook Royal fan. The drive home SUCKED. They're doing some serious road construction on 70 in TWO different places. So almost immediately after we got onto 70, we were at a dead stop. They had the freaking highway down to ONE LANE for construction. Once we got out of that mess, everything was fine, until we got to St. Charles. They're in the process of getting the bridge ready for construction which means screwing up all the lanes and whatnot. So that took forever as well. Yuck.

Sunday morning Chris's mom made us chocolate chip pancakes. They were delicious. I also had some strawberry banana Chobani (that was probably the healthiest thing I had all weekend). After that, I went home (felt like crap, as usual) and laid in bed all day to finish reading The Scarlet Letter. It was better than I remember. I'm sure I'm one of very few who love that book, but I do! It's so fantastic. Now I just need to figure out a topic for my paper . . .

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! More later (maybe)!

PS if you're in St. Louis and wanna go to the Cards game against the Astros tonight, you totally should. It's Johnny Venus night! Check out this video and go go go!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Jimmy John's: I will love you forever.

Here we are again. Lunchtime. And mine was delicious. Turkey Tom lettuce wrap from Jimmy John's. And a pickle. Yes, a whole pickle. I had them cut it into fourths though to avoid awkward stares from my interns. I am also considering a candy bar later. Because that just sounds good.

If you guessed that I didn't work out last night, you guessed right. I did, however, get homework done. Not all of it, but a significant chunk of it. And then I fell asleep with a terrible headache. Shocking, I know. I should probably see a doctor. Eventually. And I had 3 oreos while waiting for Chris to get there so we could get dinner. I was hungry. We got Applebee's--half-price appetizers! Unfortunately my cheese quesadilla was filled with bacon instead of pico. I was extremely disappointed. Not that I hate bacon. Bacon is good. I don't like it when it just shows up in my quesadilla unexpectedly though. Good thing I'm not a vegetarian or anything.

After dinner we watched The Fox and the Hound. I forgot how much I love/hate that movie. Seriously, it is so adorable and horribly sad all at once. Disney can be so cruel. Although I seem to have become a major cryer lately, and I cry during just about every movie I watch. Weird. I have found that the cure to this is chocolate. Or ice cream. Or both.

Speaking of Disney, Finding Nemo in 3-D is now in theaters!!!!! I have been waiting for this for so long! Chris and I are going to see it on Tuesday night (and hope there aren't a lot of obnoxious kids there). They should have separate theaters-- one for people with kids going to watch Disney movies, and another for adults that are still kids themselves, thus they don't want to listen to a ton of whiney children who can't appreciate the cinematic perfection that is Pixar. Kids these days. Ugh.

After work today I'll probably be getting some Starbucks because I didn't sleep one bit last night, and then I'll be driving to St. Louis. Gotta get laundry and homework done and we're going to see Killer Me Killer You at Pop's tomorrow night. Love them!

Happy, happy Friday! :)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Presentation Sucked. Ice Cream Made it Better.

Another lunchtime post. I had Imo's again. It was delicious. Obviously, I didn't get around to another post last night. Things got busy. But let's just say my presentation was not so awesome. Actually, it just really sucked. Whatever. Thank God I'm good at writing papers. We did get out of class almost an hour early, so that was nice. I went home, not feeling well--not sure if I was sick or just completely embarrassed. Then Kirsten picks me up to go to Target with her. Nothing good can come of me going to Target all depressed and sad. It makes me buy things to make me feel better. I didn't actually buy anything other than stuff I actually needed, like vitamins and whatnot. But still, hadn't planned on spending any money. Oh well.

For those of you who didn't know, yesterday was National Chocolate Milkshake Day. If you're starting to think the only healthy thing I had yesterday was an apple, then congratulations. You are correct. I was a rebel and didn't get a chocolate shake. I did get ice cream though. We stopped at Dairy Queen on our way home and I got a mini snickers blizzard. Those things are absolutely adorable. And they even give you a mini spoon! It was delicious. And, again, made me feel a little better about myself after I totally failed at that presentation. Presentations just aren't my thing.

I was awake at 6 this morning. Sneezing, coughing, etc. Yay allergies. After all that nonsense, and about another half hour of sleep, I had a headache. I'm feeling a little better now, but my nose is still stuffy. I hate that. Pretty sure my nose always feels this way. So annoying. I do plan on doing a quick workout after work (assuming I don't start feeling worse before then). Then I will get some homework done, so I don't have as much to do over the weekend. And I might take a nap. Because that sounds lovely and cozy. Seriously, I think I'd give my left arm to be able to go home right now and sleep for a few hours. I miss my bed :(

Work is still busy. I'm actually getting quite a lot done today though, so that's a good feeling. And I'm getting good at delegating stuff to my interns. I have to be careful about what I give them though. And I seem to delegate more projects to the girls than the boys. Maybe I'm biased, but generally girls are cleaner/neater/have better handwriting/etc., etc. And they're usually better at following directions.

Again, possibly another post later tonight. No promises though. But maybe if I actually workout today then I'll write a little something about it.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Lunchtime Special

Leftover Imo's! All on a nice little plate, thanks to my boyfriend. He's so thoughtful :) And I've totally been slacking on posts lately. My apologies. Work has been crazy busy and I've had a lot of homework to do, especially to get ready for my presentation tonight on Nathaniel Hawthorne (wish me luck!) which will not be as humorous as I had hoped because I can't find the video I wanted to use.

I've also slacked in the exercise department too. There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day, and by the time I get all my other work done, I'm exhausted. As far as eating goes . . . well I haven't had much of an appetite lately, so I guess I'm eating fairly healthy. Minus the Imo's from last night, and a snickers bar.

I have a plan though. Sort of. Ok, I don't have a plan at all. But I have thoughts that somehow work themselves into plans sometimes . . . Anyway. I am going to try to go for a run or two this weekend since I don't have a lot going on, and I don't have quite as much homework for next week. I also plan to go grocery shopping and get some more Chobani and some veggies and milk. I seem to be running out of milk fast lately. Which sucks because I know if I buy a whole gallon of milk, I won't use it all and it will go bad. I had planned on cooking my spaghetti squash on Sunday. That didn't happen. I alternated between napping and doing homework all day. I wasn't feeling too good.

Random thoughts for the day: There are some really strange people on this campus. Does anyone else notice that smell when people walk in after being outside for a while when it's hot/warmish? I hate that smell. I haven't gotten to listen to Yellowcard's new album in its entirety, but the few songs I have listened to are pretty good. Thanks to my good friend Adam for always supplying me with good music :)

Possibly a post later tonight after my class--especially if I tank my presentation . . .

Friday, September 7, 2012


Hello, it's been a while. And it's been another rough week. First of all, my primary reason for lack of posts this week is the amount of homework. I have a presentation due on Wednesday on Nathaniel Hawthorne. While it isn't a terribly difficult assignment, it is time-consuming. Mainly because I'm a good, responsible little grad student and I'm writing down every single website/book I find any sort of information in. I think I have most of the information I need. I just need to put it all together in a nice little presentation. One that looks nice, is informative, and as I always strive to be, somewhat clever. The worst part of all this will be leading the class discussion afterward by asking questions, acting all teacher-like, blah blah blah. Yuck. Oh, and I have to have at least half of the book read by Wednesday as well.

I'm a procrastinator at heart, so here I am. Really, I just got the urge to do some writing. I wrote a tiny little poem which isn't much of anything significant currently. But eventually I'll get around to revisions. I had what I thought might be a good idea for a story earlier today--or maybe it was last night--but it's gone now. I have no idea what it was. I've been reading war stories and poetry all week for an anthology we're doing and that's all that's in my head lately. I know nothing of war or military life, nor am I ambitious enough to do any research, to write about it.

Work has been crazy. I've had a ton of homework, which is what I'll be spending most of my weekend getting done. To top it all off, I locked my keys in my car Wednesday night after class. First time that's every happened to me. And of course, I was two hours away from my spare key. No bueno. I called the police because apparently somewhere in the world they actually help people with these sorts of things. As I may or may not have mentioned before, the police in this town are completely and utterly useless. The guy said they no longer had the "tools" to help with such things. But he offered to call me tow truck, so that's super helpful! Not. Pretty sure if I was capable of calling the police, I'm more than capable of calling myself a tow truck. Idiots.

Next plan was a locksmith. The one that is supposedly "24 hours" never answered. I called twice. Nothing. So I called the only other locksmith I could find online. He said he could do it, but it would cost $55. Okay, not bad. Except he wouldn't take a credit card or a check. He said he'd follow me to an ATM to get cash. Well since I still don't have my new debit card, that's not a possibility. Next plan of action: call Rhyen. This lady knows much more about cars than most guys I know, so I figured if anyone knew how to break into a car, it'd be her. Thankfully, she came through and showed up with all the "supplies" needed. Unfortunately (fortunately?) the seals on my car are super tight (the "that's what he/she said jokes were numerous), which made it hard to get in (that's what he said).

Long story short, it took a total of 7 people to finally get my car unlocked. It was well after midnight. I had a terrible migraine. I didn't get to bed until about 1:30. Lessons learned: Most of my neighbors are dicks. For all they knew we were just breaking into someone's car. We did meet one neighbor and his friend who actually checked to see if we needed help. They weren't much help, but they did provide some comic relief (including, but not limited to, that's what she said jokes). The seals on my doors/windows are tight. So happy to know my car's not a slut. Most important lesson of all: make sure your spare key isn't two hours away.

Seriously though, this is the first time it's ever happened. But people love to make you feel like a total idiot for it--like they've never done it. I was a little hysterical for a while, given all my car troubles in the past month. Luckily Kirsten and Rhyen were there to help and keep me sort of sane, and kept me from breaking the window with a hammer :)

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


The past couple days have kind of sucked as far as exercise goes. I spent my day off yesterday doing homework. A lot of homework. By the time I had gotten most of it done, I felt like crap. So I figured I'd wait until today to go for a run since it's my usual run day anyway. Well, I didn't do that either. I've had a headache most of the day along with a stomach ache and back pain. Rather than going for a run after work, I went to bed instead.

My dinner was far from healthy. I had planned to cook a spaghetti squash. I was not up for cooking at all tonight though. So I had pizza rolls instead. And oreos for dessert. I'm officially out of milk now. I had a really healthy lunch today though . . . at 3:30 this afternoon. I had training during the time I normally eat my lunch. Lunch was a banana, an apple, and leftover zucchini lasagna. Not bad reheated. I'm not sure if the original recipe says to cut the skin off the zucchini or not, but I'm thinking we should have. It was kind of tough, and a little sharp feeling too. Also, I'm not sure if it says to deseed them or not, but I'm we probably should have done that too. Not that it's a big deal and the seeds aren't edible. They just looked kind of weird and had a weird texture and all that. They would definitely be better roasted in the oven like pumpkin seeds. Glad it's about that time of year! Can't wait to make those.

Since I haven't worked out since last week technically, my plan is to try to squeeze in some form of a workout in before my class tomorrow night. I'm going to try to head over to the gym. I know on my "off days" I need to be strength training and cross training and stuff, but I really, really hate doing that stuff. I'm not a fan of lifting weights, or doing the elliptical machine, or riding a stationary bike, etc. I would rather be running. Or just walking. Walking counts as cross training, right?

The rest of my night will be spent doing research/making a presentation on Nathaniel Hawthorne for my class next Wednesday night. I should probably start re-reading The Scarlet Letter as well. I have to write a paper on it in a couple weeks. Trying to decide what topics/issues I want to write about. In my spare time (or just when I get bored with doing homework) I'm going to try to start working on writing some poetry, and maybe give fiction a shot. Maybe. Writing stories is hard. I need to reconnect with my childhood imagination and come up with some good ideas. What's the best way to do that? Eat dinosaur chicken nuggets and M&M sundaes from Doozles? Maybe not. But it's worth a try :)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Zucchini Lasagna

Gigantic zucchini
Tonight, Kirsten and I attempted Zucchini Lasagna (recipe from We made a  few modifications of our own. First problem: oversized zucchini. It was extremely difficult to cut. So rather than cutting it into 1/8 strips, we just sliced the monster in to rounds instead. We also didn't add all the veggies from their recipe to the meat sauce.

Zucchini fresh out of the oven
Instead, we used spinach, broccoli, onions, and carrots. So the meat sauce consisted of: Prego meat sauce, ground turkey, and all of those yummy veggies. We cooked the zucchini slices in the oven and mixed all the veggies, meat, and sauce, and made the cheese mix of cottage and parmesan cheese. It took forever to get everything ready. And once it was all assembled, it had to bake for 50 minutes. So long. The end result was not necessarily the prettiest thing in the world, but it tasted fantastic. I'm really enjoying finding new ways to incorporate vegetables into my meals. Even if I had just made regular spaghetti or something, I really like the idea of adding all of those veggies to the sauce.

Meat/veggie sauce
Cottage and parmesan cheese

Tomorrow I plan on making a spaghetti squash, although I'm not sure what kind of sauce I'll use since I used my last jar of pre go on the lasagna tonight. I'm also learning to love ground turkey, and I'm getting pretty good at cooking it (not that it's all that different from ground beef, but remember I'm a terrible cook.

Back to the lasagna. It was delicious (although I'm pretty sure my mom could do a way better job lol). The prep/cook time was a little bit too long for me. And there was an excessive amount of dishes. Although I think now that I know what I'm doing, it might help cut down on prep time a tad. I can only hope.

The end result: delicious
How was everyone's weekend? Mine was really good. I spent Friday night with my parents eating White Castle and popcorn and watching Lifetime movies. Saturday I went to the Apple store and walked out with my brand new Macbook Air! I was so happy! I also found a really cute dress to wear to the wedding Chris and I are going to in October. Can't wait to buy it! My lack of a debit card is making things quite difficult. Saturday night I was pretty lame. I did homework, watched Toy Story, and then went to bed. Sunday my mom made delicious biscuits and gravy for breakfast. I went to dinner at Olive Garden with Kirsten and a few of our friends who were in town and then we watched The Princess and the Frog and then 10 Things I Hate About You. It was a pretty good night and a really good weekend. I hope you all had one just as good, or better :)