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Peace and Pie

Ok, so the U.S. of A just killed a major terrorist leader. Am I the only one who feels a little saddened at the jubilation of our country’s citizens over it?

Maybe it’s because I live in a small-liberal-arts-college bubble.

Ok, that’s most definitely why.

My neighbors at the Air Force Academy are having lots of fun celebrating. Amazing how we’re in the same city, but it feels like worlds away! Their celebrations have been a little tamer than other colleges, at least…

But honestly? I don’t like death. In any, any case. Not even in the name of justice. Call me a peace-loving hippie, but in my ideal world, everyone guilty of a crime would be locked away in a box somewhere,  put through some kind of living-purgatory-type-experience (I’m thinking LOST as a model), and released into existence again when they’re truly sorry for what they did.

Small liberal arts college. I did warn you.

But just because my college is full of liberal tree-huggers doesn’t mean we won’t turn this into an excuse to party on a Monday night. My school is in “8th block,” a.k.a. the last quarter of the semester. I still can’t get the glitter out of my hair from this shindig:

Good news: my red jacket is now flour-free and ready to wear again.

Tonight, however, I need to catch up on sleep, so I will leave you with my food-related hopes and dreams! Ready?

In my ideal world, everyone would realize how delicious the combo of sprouts, avocado, & hummus is, and I’d be able to let animals roam free without fear of humans eating them.

Whole-wheat tortilla with hummus, sprouts, spinach, & avocado, + carrots

In my ideal world, everyone I love would stop to partake in Sunday brunch.

Veggie skewers, spinach & egg pizza, cherry blintz, agua fresca

In my ideal world, I would have the option to go back to my pre-paid campus dining hall whenever I didn’t feel like scrounging in my fridge.

BBQ tofu, salad, green beans, white beans, agua frescaThere would be fewer last-resort sources of protein.

Tuna, broccoli, green peppers & onions

There would be more salads. Period.

Spinach, black beans, avocado, goat cheese & maple balsamic dressing

There would be lots of sprouts, because for some reason, when I eat them I feel like I’m channeling the Buddha. (where did I make that association, I wonder?)

Sprouts, carrots, broccoli & hummus

I would know the Chobani company personally, just to make sure they’re treating their dairy cows right. (Because if it wasn’t for greek yogurt, I’d easily be vegan all the time!)

Plain greek yogurt with cinnamon and....apples? Somewhere?

Plain greek yogurt with chia seeds, 1/2 a mango, & 1 clementine

I would make the whole world see that green monster smoothies are absolutely delicious.

(I might have forced this down the throats of several of my teammates one pre-rugby-game morning. No one gagged, that’s a start!)

The morning special: green monster smoothie + coffee with almond milk & cinnamon.

One of my favorite cereals of all time, combined with the more new-age almond milk.

And…my roomie would surprise me with wonderful baked goods every night! (It’s a wonder what an unexpected pie can do for a student on the verge of a breakdown!)

Homemade blueberry pie/island of crust floating in blueberry yum sauce.

And similar to bad criminals, bad weather would go into hiding, think about what it’s done to the hearts and minds of sun-loving girls like me, and only come back out for holiday festivities and the occasional ski trip.

Mountains? Uh…Marco?

More of this, please.

Little sister not necessary. Just the sunshine, please!

Thoughts on politics?

Favorite trees to hug?

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❤ Erica


What I Ate Wednesday!

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It’s about time I jumped on this bandwagon, eh, bloggies? 🙂 I have not one, but two days for y’all!

(Funny that this week’s icon has a faint image of sushi in the background; you’ll see that farther down!)

But first things first.


Free fruits + veggies, plus some unpictured mini pizzas

Spinach, pear, walnut, & blue cheese salad

(Blue cheese and me? Not friends.)


Cafe au lait with soymilk

(One of my best friend’s names, Jasseigh, is on my mug)

Oatmeal with protein powder, maca, & prunes (yeah…our fruit supply is officially depleted)


Sushi with avocado, cucumber, red pepper, scallion + pineapple

Tea x2

Mixed greens & carrots with artichoke hearts & an egg, drizzled in balsamic vinegar

Banana, side of Arabic

Whole wheat molasses bread with peanut butter, orange

(Didn’t even need the orange that morning; that bread filled me UP!)

Monday (dinner)

Mixed greens & carrots with nutritional yeast & socca

Cut to: mountain scenes!

(They’ve been camera-shy lately. Boo!)

End scene: sleepy roommate.

That’s all for now, folks.

What was the highlight of your Wednesday?

I was able to identify Meatloaf’s  “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” at Trivia Night! The song is great…as long as you don’t picture Meatloaf himself doing what he’s singing about. Hehe 😉

“You just gotta keep livin’, man! L-I-V-I-N.”


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:

I have so many things in my life to be grateful for.

I love books, but one exceptionally great thing about movies is that you can learn a meaningful lesson from them, super quickly!

The movie we watched today in class was no exception. It was a film about boys living on the street in Morocco, and a group of friends trying to bury their recently-deceased friend.

  • “Life is beautiful!” > “Life is a pile of shit!”
  • Rugby team family > Gang family led by abusive deaf & mute older boy
  • Living in a college apartment > Squatting on a corner of the dock
  • Getting bruised from tackles > Getting killed by a thrown stone
  • Watching your friend break her wrist > Watching your friend get his throat slit
  • Working as a summer camp counselor > Selling random trinkets to drivers stuck in traffic
  • Eating a spectrum of delicious foods > Living off of stolen fish
  • Enjoying life on earth > Fantasizing about life after death I don’t know if I should be sharing this so openly, but y’all are a truly lovely group of readers, so here goes: I don’t think about the afterlife because I love my life on earth too much to want anything more. My afterlife views in a nutshell! Endofstory.

It was especially good to see this earlier in the day, because in my team’s first rugby scrimmage of the season today (!) one of my best friends broke her wrist. Ahh! I didn’t see it up close, but I watched it happen.

The Air Force Academy: such a pretty place to play, until the sun sets behind the mountains.

And God help whoever gets in her way once she’s on the field again. She will be one vicious woman.

These are my legs Wednesday. Tomorrow they'll be much more spotted!

Oh, life.

No fear! There’s still food. Can’t you appreciate it a little more now? 😉

Sauteed onions & green bell peppers with nutritional yeast & balsamic vinegar

Mixed greens & carrots with a tarragon & goat cheese socca pancake

Grilled veggies with hummus, salad with wheatberries, whole wheat bread


And the standard pb & banana oats, transported to school.

And of course,

shenanigans in the sunshine.

“You just gotta keep livin’, man! L-I-V-I-N.”

(name that movie??)

What’s one thing you’re grateful for in your life?

(Food included, or not!)

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 🙂

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.


Shots. (the resulting face)

^And me, somewhere in the center of it all 🙂

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 🙂

Let Me Explain…

Hello wonderful readers! I apologize for my absence; let me explain!

At my college, students take one class at a time. (It’s weird, but it works. Trust me.)

Each class lasts 3.5 weeks, meeting for at least 3 hours every day.

This week marks that .5 week portion, aka “fourth week”; in other words, my class ends Wednesday at noon, so I’ve been hard at work writing my final paper. If you really want to know, it’s now finished and titled…

Saint Paul’s Afterlife Anxiety, Revealed by His Controversial Contradictions.

So yes, I had a steamy Valentine’s Date with Saint Paul. Not the best way to celebrate, but at least it was good conversation 🙂 In the past few days, I’ve spent a lot of time confined in this corner:

Evidently, the apartment has been too occupied to clean after Friday’s party!

We’re keeping the balloons around for a while 🙂

Friday night started off with a fantastic foodieness: Indian food!

I got the vegetable korma; this dish never fails me. Soooo delicious, especially with the crumbled cashews on top!

Dishes got passed around the table; I had some saag paneer (spinachy awesomeness) and a bite of someone’s lamb korma (the taste of which brought me right back to Jordan! Daresay I missed it a little?) but I mostly stuck to my veggie korma, rice, naan, and everyone else’s neglected veggies 🙂

We just barely got back in time for the start of our own party:

We totally forgot to take any photos other than this one, but we dressed up in Carnivale fashion because 2 of our roommates were leaving for Brazil the next day! My costume involved a tutu, wings, lots of pink and an excessive amount of glitter.

It was a fantastic night in more ways than one. The next morning, we ventured out to brunch in the dining hall:

Our food service rocks. There’s a reason why brunch is my favorite meal of them all….

Usually I go for sweet, but I was feelin’ some savory goodness this Saturday. What you see is spinach quiche, roasted carrots, tofu lettuce wraps, cheesy eggs, and a cheese blintz. I made a dent, but after heavy-drinking night, it was too soon for all that food! I hate when that happens.

Per usual, we also stole a boatload of fruit 🙂

(There was even more spread out on the dining room table; we’re animals!!)

The rest of the day was about friendship.

Getting ready to send some friends on their way…

(The previous night’s face paint simply would not come off. There are worse fates.)

I met a friend for a lovely walk in Garden of the Gods:

If you’re ever passing through Colorado Springs, you must go to Garden of the Gods. The rocks take your breath away!

It’s a great place to walk in nature and catch up. We must have covered at least 5 miles!

However, we were both in flats. Bad choice.

Kate also convinced me to try a cherry limeade from Sonic. Not my thing, but drive-ins are so much fun!!

But for the most part, nutritious eats were far and few between for the remainder of the weekend.

Yes, there was whole wheat toast with daiya cheese and spinach

But at the same time…

Yes. Ice cream sandwich for dinner.

(Does it sound better if I say it was a lemon cookie with lavender vanilla ice cream? I thought so.)

A pretty pear.

I finally got back on track this morning (while finishing my paper) with a green monster. Of course!

1/2 banana, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, a ludicrous amount of spinach, almond milk

Now I’m finally free…

I can finally relax and laugh about how wonderful life is. Even when I step on melted chocolate

Eew. Really?

I’m ready to go off and enjoy the mountains. Happy late V Day to you all! Show yourself some love. I sure am!

Question: How do you tackle a big assignment? Do you tend to procrastinate or dive right in? I am a huge procrastinator, but if the motivation is powerful enough, I can get it done quickly. I knew I had rugby practice today, and I didn’t want to get beaten up AND have to work afterward. Therefore, it gone done early!!

Sleep When I’m Dead

This always happens.

Whenever I come back home to Connecticut, I am just dandy for most of the break. Then, when I have a few days left and realize I haven’t seen everyone I need to see, I load my schedule with a bit more than I can handle.

Of course, I could just say, “I could see you this time and this time and maybe then…” but since I don’t have anywhere I legally need to be (I opted out of work tomorrow. done!), I get tangled trying to work around other’s schedules. It’s all out of love, I swear!

Love can be messy:

The oats jar just fumbled out of my hands. Much like the saran wrap container that I fumbled this summer and managed to slice open my pinkie finger. Long story short…don’t underestimate any exposed blades.

But I digress. I made Beth’s Carrot Cake Oatmeal! And yes, I did use those oats pictured above. The boiling process cancels out the germs, right?

Carrot Cake Oatmeal (adapted from 2 servings to 1)

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup milk (I used almond)
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 banana
  • splash vanilla
  • cinnamon, lots of it
  • 1/2 tbsp ground flax

Throw those in the pot and cook for a few minutes, until nicely melted together. Then add:

  • 1/3 cup grated carrot
  • 1/2 tbsp dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp dried coconut (i put some on top too)
  • 1/2 tbsp nuts (I used walnuts)

Top with plain greek yogurt and more cinnamon.

If Beth ever opens an oatmeal shop, I will be on the next train to DC.  Thanks girl!

No breakfast is complete without some reading material, even if it is Seventeen. Who says I’m 20?

After breakfast, I was…well….dead. So I slept.

Truth be told, I was struggling through both BodyJam and Bodyflow today. My muscles feel so much better at the end of the day, but they were not happy campers this morning. But that nap was fantastic!

After enjoying one of my sister’s banana chocolate chip mini muffins, I had to run an errand, which was the perfect excuse to run a quick mile at the track afterwards.

Instead of sprints, this year my rugby fitness test (the cardio component) will be a timed mile. I’m ecstatic about that, but I haven’t been running much. Dance has captured my cardio heart for now! But a while ago I busted out a mile:

(This was the last attempt, 1.5 weeks ago. I have new kicks now! And less sunlight.)

And so I did today! I felt a million times faster. I’ll photograph next time.

I took my post-mile blueberries out for a photo shoot:

Oh, Connecticut.

You are so chilly and barren.But of course I’ll still miss you.

Before I knew it, the time had come to take my Dad out for dinner. 70 years old! Holy crow.

I (shamlessly) take advantage of any opportunity to dress up, so I was going to wear a new dress from Banana Republic. However…

I got stuck with the one type of security tag that is impossible to take off yourself! I’ll have to bring it in. Grrrrr.

I opted for the same heels, but with a jean pencil skirt and pearls instead.


And 70!

We went to a vietnamese restaurant, which prompted discussion of many wars, including Vietnam, during which my Dad was in the navy! I love hearing about it. He was in such good spirits that he almost ordered a tofu dish. Voluntarily!! He was DEBATING BETWEEN TWO TOFU DISHES. Who is this man and what has he done with my raw-steak-eating father?!

We got the vegetarian spring rolls and dumplings to start.

(Sis was already makin’ a move)

Squid Sautée for me!

The squid are the white things that look like caterpillars. This was my first experience with them; another seafood crossed off my list!!

I don’t feel the least bit dead, but I have a breakfast date in the morning, so I’d better act like it.


What kind of seafood/fish do you like best? Though I don’t eat any other animal flesh, I’m trying to incorporate fish into my diet. One day, I’ll work up to liking salmon and trout! For now, I’m rolling with easy things like shrimp and scallops.




Gotta Move

Since I’m returning to school in Colorado on Friday (!), I spent today flying around like a crazy person. But it was a blissful day; I was doing exactly what I wanted!

  • CoreYoga
  • Food
  • Road trip
  • Friend
  • Coffee
  • Gym
  • Trashy TV

I’m still under 21, so I’m still allowed to watch ABC Family sitcoms without shame. Right?

I’ll defend myself later.

Last night, I made a dinner that did not pass the little sister test.

Eggplant “lasagna” with tomato sauce & parmesan cheese, mixed greens with carrots

I love this eggplant recipe from the Fitnessista; it’s really easy!

We made some tomato sauce

Coated thinly sliced eggplant in a mix of olive oil, garlic and herbs (those are pretty flexible)

and roast at 375 F for 15 minutes on one side, 10 on the other.

Add a salad.Yay vegetables! What wondrous plants. Too bad the sister hates them, and this meal was scowled at. More for me!! 🙂

The morning came soon enough, as did another tough CoreYoga class.

I came home needing nourishment right away!

Kashi Go Lean Crunch (Honey Flax) + Kashi Cinnamon Harvest, 1/2 banana, blueberries, cinnamon, soymilkI don’t really do “simple” when it comes to cereal. I’m ok with that.

After a 45-minute road trip into the nearest city (New Haven), I was so in need of coffee. However, I ended up choosing a tall chai tea latte with soy milk.

And a good friend to share it with! We hadn’t seen each other in a year, so we had a lot to catch up on.

We discussed the Middle East, homosexuality, veganism, New Orleans, and earrings.

You know, the usual.

After she had to leave, I wandered into a cafe that made me feel instantly better about my diet choices…

The full name is Claire’s Corner Copia: “Vegetarian, organic and sustainable, and Kosher Restaurant….”

I wasn’t hungry, but that didn’t stop me from gawking at the bakery section for a minute.


It was a long trip to make for conversation and gawking, but so worth it. I love New Haven.

I hate cities, but I love this one because it’s got Yale.

And Yale’s gothic architecture is gorgeous.

As is the green…I was once again charmed but this little city, then crushed again.

Oh, fuck.

At least the ticket was just $20 and not $50 like all of Colorado’s are!

And I’m supporting the town of New Haven, right? Good karma…sort of?

After rugby weights #1 and a BodyCombat class at the gym, I picked up dinner at the health food store. A special treat!

$2.49?! Bless you, FoodWorks.

It was even more delicious consumed at a friend’s house watching the season premieres of Pretty Little Liars and Greek.

And with that, it’s time to get ready for another day. Gotta move!

How do you feel about cities? Do they jazz you up or get you down? Cities really bum me out; I like to be surrounded by nature. But if the architecture takes me back to another time, the city grows on me.

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