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Napping & Other Bandits of Time.


What up bloggies! Sorry I’ve been so m.i.a. this week. I have some excuses prepared! The truth is, it’s not that I’m (purposely) neglecting the blog world. It’s just that I’m a busy, busy college student with a grueling schedule. For elaboration on my school’s weirdo philosophy, see here. I have definitely stretched myself thin this semester. Oy! So in my free time, this what I can be found doing:

  • Napping, napping, napping! I can’t seem to get to bed until after midnight nowadays, and since I teach at a high school in the early mornings (which requires getting up at 6:45), I seem to be always in need of more sleep. This is especially essential before rugby practices.

    The essentials for the walk: scarf, iPod, greek yogurt.

  • Smiling over random happenings in my day, like getting a text from my roommate Dicky saying, “Erica thank you so much. Your salad is soooo good” (I didn’t take a picture, but I layered spinach, roasted brussels sprouts, black beans, corn/peas/carrots, & avocado. He was skeptical, but ended up loving it.) In return, this Taiwanese boy taught me the proper technique for making pancakes, which I was totally unaware of (you have to wait for the bubbles to stop bubbling? really? It’s a testament to the instant-gratification culture of the USA, really, that me, this American girl who should be able to make pancakes like it’s her job, had been too impatient to wait for them to fully cook before flipping.)
  • Spinach with roasted brussels sprouts and nutritional yeast.

    • ย Attempting to fit “legit” cooking into my life. I can’t remember the last time I actually planned out a dinner! Usually I’ll just sautee lots of veggies, add some protein, nutritional yeast or goat cheese, and put it on a huge pile of spinach. Or I just use my dining dollars and eat the yummy (most of the time) food my school has to offer.
  • Reveling in life’s funny coincidences. I discovered that a male acquaintance of mine will be living in the house next to me next school year! I can’t remember if this before or after we made out. Regardless, I’m thrilled about it.
  • Socializing with the guests that appear in my 6-person apartment. It does wonders for expanding my circle of friends! (see above. hehe!)
  • Rachel just wrote an article on the best music for getting it on. Coincidentally, much of that music is what we play in our apartment on a regular basis.

  • Im so glad my college doesnt have high standards for showering, or my post-rugby stench might be considered rude.

  • Chatting with far-away friends about our crazy iives, and how we survive them. Sample quote from me: “I can’t believe he abandoned you during your first rave on ectasy! He should have stayed in a jail a little bit longer.”
  • Miss you! Dont do anything stupid.

  • Playing rugby, loving my ruggers, and simultaneously being reminded of just how dangerous the sport is. Our team has just been rocked by the recent death of the University of Texas Women’s Rugby captain. It’s a shocking wake-up call for college rugby, and especially for our team since some of our players were playing when that injury occurred.
  • Looks epic, but that is me making a not-so-low (aka not-so-safe) tackle two years ago, when I was a rookie rugger!

Then again, the danger is what makes the rugby bond so strong.

Luckily, all I usually get are bruises.

  • ย Listening to the Smokey Robinson channel on Pandora Radio. It’ll turn your frown upside-down and heal your soul.
  • Oh, and eating! Yes. How could i forget?

Salad with mixed greens, roasted brussels sprouts, black beans, & nutritional yeast.

Brown-speckled banana, just the way I like them.

Vegan sampler of salad & lentils!

Breaking the vegan streak with yogurt.

Did I devour that already? Oops. It was yummy.

A Mocha Blast from the school coffee shop. Note the cute eco-friendly cups! Theyre compostable.

You knew it was only a matter of time! Green monster smoothie with spinach, orange, vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, & coconut on top!

More salad. How lovely these brussels sprouts look!

Plain greek yogurt with cinnamon & a pear.

Yellow cake ice cream. Nom nom!!

Well that’s all I’ve got for now.My weekend is sure to be full of paper-writing, partying, & rugby playing; I’m hoping for sunshine to accompany them all!

Questions:

Do you like the rain?

We got a thunderstorm the other night, and it was so refreshing because it NEVER rains in Colorado!

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten lately?

My college’s dining hall has started serving gluten-free pancakes at its midnight breakfasts, so even the gluten-free drunk kids can get their drunchies on! They’re actually quite tasty, and I enjoyed some last night. Clarification: Not drunk. ๐Ÿ™‚


Free-soloing.


Maybe it’s because Colorado is experiencing some freakish weather right now.

Maybe it’s because I’m ashamed that I haven’t learned to rock climb yet.

Maybe it’s because I climbed the mountain in this video too long ago (not even 2 years!) and that was without being on the constant verge of a 1000 ft vertical drop.

For whatever reason, I’m obsessed with this gem of a clip about a female rock climber named Steph Davis. I think I’ve played it at least 10 times now:


Watch it. You’ll get dizzy, but it’ll be great. Trust me.

The Youtube channel it’s on is chock full of amazing feats of outdoor adventurers. I think it was just what I needed for a little kick in the butt to start the week!

On this manic Monday, I started with the (really) lazy girl’s version of overnight oats: about-an-hour oats ๐Ÿ™‚

1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup vanilla yogurt, 1/3 cup soy milk, cinnamon, apples

Meaning that I mixed these together, walked to my hour of student teaching at the high school, and then devoured them on the way back to campus. Not too shabby!

But as I arrived on campus, my mind (body? same thing) realized how early I had gotten up, and wanted caffeine.

I’ll say one thing: coffee is a powerful, powerful force.

Looks gigantic, but it just fits a "tall" size.

I stayed awake through class, but my heart would.not.stop.thumping afterwards. Can’t complain, though; I wasn’t really hungry, so I got ahead on some of the night’s reading and ended up munching a red bell pepper for lunch:

Strangely enough, it was enough!

Know what else is a powerful thing? Planning ahead. I knew I’d be starving after ballet and gym, so I pressed and marinated a block of tofu in balsamic vinegar & garlic powder before I left, popped the pieces in a 375 degree oven when I got home at 5:15, and took them out in time for 6:00 dance rehearsal in the form of a beautiful, fulfilling salad.

Complete with nutritional yeast, sauteed onions, and spinach.

Mmmm, portable goodness.

Now my reading’s all done, and it’s not even 9 pm yet. I could get used to this ๐Ÿ˜‰

It’s no free-soloing the Diamond face of Longs Peak, but it’s been a day of achievement.

What are you proud of doing today?


Life of Erica



Do you ever read or watch something that was popular years before, and even though it’s a good decade after it came out, you still want to chat about it like it’s hot off the press?

This is one of those times.

In a nutshell: An Indian boy survives 227 days after a shipwreck, while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a bengal tiger. He happens to be very spiritual, practicing 3 religions (Hinduism, Islam, Christianity) all at once, and also the son of a zookeeper.

A good part of the book was filled with elaborate, technically detailed descriptions of the process of staying alive in a lifeboat. I did not like this. But I highly enjoyed the spiritual imagery.

What does this have to do with anything?

Well, this weekend, my rugby team spent 10 + hours in cars traveling to the southwestern corner of Colorado to play a game (which we won). In my opinion, both road trips and rugby games are a great time for reflection and revelation.

Uhhh…why?

Well, think about it. On a roadtrip, you’re passing new landscapes….

If you’re lucky, you’ve got a mix of old and new friends.

You may stumble upon familiar landmarks.

(If you’re me, you may not be hungry for tamales and end up eating an apple, a pear, an orange, and 2 apple-cinnamon muffins for dinner without complaint, over the course of 5ish hours.)

On a roadtrip, you may get to your destination to find that it’s better (or worse) than you expected.

Better: mountain views, fluffy grass, 60 degree weather in March

Worse: field is behind a bowling alley, the opposing team plays and talks dirty

Comparing this new location to home is ok.

(Conclusion: Colorado Springs’ mountain views are prettier.)

You may want to play around a bit in the sunshine.

(If you play women’s rugby, that just means you’ll emerge a bit more scuffed up at the end)

Then you can explore the local dives…

Thanking God/Allah/Krishna/whateveryouplease for vegetarian options at a brewery…

As well as for the appetite for ice cream to fuel the 5 hour drive back home.

You may even encounter some blatant messages along the way.

(some are not necessarily to be obeyed)

And though you may come home physically worse for wear…


The reflection and revelation takes hold, some way or another.


What’s a good book y’all have read recently? What did you learn from it?


A Mili


When you start the day off with this song:


That’s a sign you’re coming off a pretty badass weekend.

Yeah, I’ll explain that in a bit…

Here’s what went down!

My rugby team won our Sunday game…

47-0

What up! As usual, I’m sore and bruised all over.

However, another teammate of mine broke her wrist during a scrimmage on Thursday, so I’m pretty darn thankful to be intact.

(By the way, how did I manage to bruise a toenail? It’s my big toe. It hurts and it’s making movement annoyingly difficult.)

  • My college’s annual “Drag Ball” happened, and since I had a rugby game the next day, I did not drink for it. Seeing guys dressed as girls is funny when you’re sober, but admittedly much more hilarious when you’ve got a couple shots in you.

Dressing our guy friends up

I grabbed my roommate’s kimono and dubbed myself…

” a young samurai in training…in his evening wear.”

It’s a very mature college event.

  • I snagged a suhweeet pair of cowboy boots at the thrift store for $9.99. Yay bargain shopping!

We almost bought this hula hoop, too.

  • On a random baking whim, I made molasses bread. It showed me that I haven’t baked lately…and it shows, haha! But I’ll get back into it soon.

I made up for it with more beautiful food over the weekend.

Starting with the best quiche I’ve ever had:

(and a GUY made it!)

Post-rugby salad:

Mixed greens, nutritional yeast, rosemary & tumeric socca

1/2 a Pita Pit hummus wrap with tzatziki sauce

(I am being fed so well by Arabic department events! This was a Tunisian Revolution information session.)

Feast in the dining hall:

Shards of a blueberry muffin:

And…you had to know this was coming…

Yurp, green monsters galore! I think I had 3 in 3 days. Win!

1 orange, spinach, protein powder, cinnamon, water (skimpy but swell!)

The norm: banana, spinach, protein powder, almond milk, cinnamon

I’m off to ballet and the gym,where I will continue to extend my badass-ness from the weekend!

Holla! Have a great day!

Tell me one awesome thing you did this weekend.

 

 

 


Woohoo! Wednesday.


I’m high on endorphins, folks. Get excited, it’s gonna be a great day!

Today’s (morning) workout: WSU week 2

I love circuit training.

(An earlier pick to show youย  my awesome kicks. Oh, and the nice friend I’m on top of.)

Today’s breakfast: Green monster.

I love spinach.

Yesterday’s breakfast: Blood orange & greek yogurt.

Signs of talking with the boy toy too much: I prefer coy smiles over teethy ones.

Yesterday’s lunch: Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich & Pickles

(Tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, red onions, & feta on savory pumpkin bread!)

Today’s agenda:

  • Gym
  • Class
  • Grad school fair (!)
  • Ballet
  • Rugby
  • Endless reading
  • Sleep

Some food in there, too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!

What are you up to?



Shakin’


She was shakin’ (oh oh oh oh oh)
Snappin’ her fingers (oh oh oh oh oh)
She was movin’ round and round
That girl was shakin’

Eddie Money, anyone? I love the 80s; I wish I could have been there ๐Ÿ˜‰

No, but really, this afternoon I was shaking. Why, you ask?

Dun-dun-dun-dunnnnnnnn!

A tall latte with soy milk.

Let me explain! I used to get soy lattes at the school coffee shop all the time. They’re so delicious and nutritious (yes? i think so). But since I’m on a commuter meal plan this semester and most of my food I prepare at home, I haven’t been around campus much to indulge in coffee. Nor have I really needed it! That’s a good sign, right?

Well, after a quick elliptical workout this morning, I was really craving a soy latte! I noshed on a ginormous (it’s a real word, go with it) apple while getting ready for school:

Did you know that apples are more effective in waking you up than caffeine? For real, look it up!

And then sipped on my latte before class.

Other than being a little hungrier than usual for lunch, it meshed with me very, very nicely. I didn’t even feel the caffeine; just soymilk + coffee goodness! I attended a lunch held by the political science department where I had ordered (teehee…so spoiled) a huge salad from the nearby (amazing) deli, Wooglin’s.

spinach, mushrooms, cucumbers, avocado, onions, 1 hard boiled egg, croutons (I only spared the sliced bread)

Then, after my Arabic adjunct had ended around 4 PM, I started…shaking. Regardless of the fact that I had just watched a 2-hour Arabic movie (“State of Love.” it was great!), my heart would not stop racing!

I’m not sure when the last time I had coffee was, but it’s definitely been at least a month, perhaps even 2?? It’s amazing what caffeine withdrawal can do!

One of coping methods is making to-do lists. I might never look at this list again, but hey, A for effort!

Thank goodness I had rugby practice at night to solve THAT problem ๐Ÿ™‚

I usually don’t make “cute food” to put on the blog, but since I was using grapes…I just couldn’t resist.

Teehee.

Practice was hard and good. Good and hard, whatever you prefer.

(There were a lot of dirty jokes over dinner, can you tell? ๐Ÿ™‚ )

I simply HAD to get school food tonight, because it was SUSHI TUESDAY!

My roll had carrot, cucumber, asparagus, red pepper, and tofu.

Yummm. I still haven’t mastered theย eat-each-piece-in-one-bite-to-avoid-looking-like-a-gross-slob technique, but so long as it all winds up in my belly, I’m a happy sushi-eater ๐Ÿ™‚

My other rugby teammates compensate by making artwork out of soy sauce.

Have a fantastic Wednesday, errybody!

What do YOU like in YOUR sushi? Or what’s the craziest kind you’ve had?

(Apparently I’m all about the caps tonight. I still blame the caffeine.)

I usually get some variation on the avocado roll (with tofu if they have it), but since I had already had some avocado in my salad today, I opted for more veggies instead. I’m trying to focus on variety!





Back to School


It’s amazing how long it’s taken me to even partially recap Vegas. Scandalous clubbing pictures aside, all there’s left to show you is some eats from the journey home!

Though I was kind of still full from my pina colada earlier that day, I bought a cup of tortilla soup from the Wolfgang Puck Express in the airport, mostly because it included goat cheese.

In fact, I was quite disappointed when my gentle command of “You can keep plopping that on!” to the serving lady went unheard. Still, it was delicious!

I applaud Frontier Airlines for the free cookie, too ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m not too proud of my dining style during my Vegas “recovery day” at home. Meals were bland like this:

(I thought putting it next to the magazine would make my Daiya cheese & salsa tacos look less sad.)

And meals were random like this:

I wanted Shrimp Lo Mein. Badly.

Other bad choices: frosted flakes, cheese dip, tortilla chips, and way too much coconut ice cream.

But it’s ok, because my roomies came home eventually and made crepes!

Sauteed carrots, bell peppers, & onions + goat cheese. x3. plus another crepe with butter & sugar.

Now, despite our brief mishap with pulling floor tiles out..

We’re pretty much back to normal!

I started today with a green monster smoothie. The perfect way to kick off a detox, I do say!

spinach, 1/2 banana, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, almond milk, cinnamon

I actually blended it the night before and stuck it in the fridge overnight. Bad idea! It doesn’t taste the same when it’s not fresh, and I had to add some honey to sweeten it up.

Lunch was a glorious reunion with two standbys: tofu and veggies.

Coconut tofu, mushrooms, water chesnuts, & spinach, sauteed in coconut oil & balsamic vinegar

I took a nap in this same sunny spot following lunch!

I had a loooong afternoon at ballet and then in the gym trying out a new routine (Fitnessista’s 2011 WSU!), so I came home in dire need of protein. I looked for the greek yogurt

But I made the mistake of having one of my male roommates pick it out at the store, and he got the “traditional” variety that has not a lot of protein and lots more fat. I don’t know if I’ll get around to eating this, since protein is such a huge part of why I eat greek yogurt!

 

I opted for more tofu and an orange instead.

I packed dinner to eat while doing reading later on! Making to-go meals is kind of fun.

Sauteed carrots, snap peas, mushrooms, & goat cheese with olive oil & balsamic vinegar

See? Detox. It’s on.

I leave you with photos of another rugby 21st birthday party!

(February is full of them, and I’m not complaining!)

The birthday girl making good choices.

More maturity.

Cake.

Shots. (the resulting face)

^And me, somewhere in the center of it all ๐Ÿ™‚

I hope everyone had a good Presidents’ Day! Did y’all get the day off, and if so, how did you spend it?

Still class for me (although I did just get a break, so I can’t complain!); the only sign of the holiday was that my ballet teacher was decked out in American flag pictures and colors ๐Ÿ™‚




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