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Feeling Foggy

Have you ever had days where your mind feels more than a smidgen awry, and you think, “Who the hell am I?”

Of course, I could be feeling foggy for many reasons. Shall I count the ways?

  • My head’s a little shaken from my rugby game this afternoon. We were missing a couple of key players, so it was rough and everyone got considerably banged up.
  • I was drunk on Friday night. Not that unusual for a college student, but I don’t drink often, and I didn’t plan for it while eating dinner (read: did not eat bread to soak up the alcohol!) so 2 shots and I was done for.
  • I pulled an all-nighter to write a paper on Thursday night. In my defense, I had dance rehearsals & performances every night that week, and I didn’t start the paper until 1 a.m. Ok, that’s a pitiful defense.
  • I’ve been listening to Ree Drummond’s The Pioneer Woman on my iPod. Ergo, my head is spinning with dreams of my own real-life romance with a cowboy.
  • My mom and my sister are coming to visit in a week, so I need to finish my final paper for class before they arrive. Good thing analyzing Ramakrishna’s mystio-erotic spirtuality through the lens of Hindu masculinity will be an exciting paper to write!

Who the hell am I?

School-produced vegetarian goodness! That blue dot conveys how local the ingredients are; I think the blue is the closest?

The dinner that was not sufficient to withstand alcohol a couple hours later. Being a lightweight is both a gift and a curse!

Not just an egg..

An egg on top of a spinach, onion, mushroom, & chickpea salad. It was lovely.

And yes, it was really sunny that day! Hence the summery, east-coast-y dress. Topped with a J.Crew sweater, no less. You can take the girl outta Connecticut...

Pear & PB oats. I stirred in a spoonful of plain greek yogurt at the end that made them really gooey!

Golden delicious.

Orange. It tasted amazing when I was very slightly hungover.

Roasted brussels sprouts! It's been too long.

Post-rugby spinach with chickpeas, brussels sprouts, & nutritional yeast.

Despite the fog, here’s what’s making me happy at the moment:

My roomate did not pick up ORGANIC spinach like I asked, but for the first time I'm having Popeye-mascot-branded spinach!! How cute!

On that note, the apartment fridge is STOCKED. Can you spot the questionable purchases?

Not only did I roast brussels sprouts today, but I prepped my smoothie for tomorrow morning!

I enjoy creeping on my roommates playing frisbee. The mountain background is irresistably epic!

And last but not least…

I can't wait to keep listening to this on my way to school tomorrow! Yum.


Anything not-so-nice about your weekend worth ranting about?

What is your opinion on frisbee?



Do you believe in life after love?

According to my watch, there 44 minutes left to my favorite day of the week. 

Where did all the time go?

Oh, right. To my college education and the crazy commitment schedule it entails.

Wednesday was so wacky that there were times were I told myself, “You can either be late to this activity or this activity. Which one will have the better consequences?” (I chose being on time for an education department meeting at the price of being late to ballet, and later to skip a meeting for drinks to go to a study session. good decisions!)

But at the end of the day, I’m in a class titled “Life After Death.” So lately, I’ve been able to say “Carpe Diem!” with honest (and useful!) gusto.

That’s my…

“Whatevs, it’s after midnight, I’m still reading this article about the life of the prophet Muhammad, but it’s all good”


At the end of the day, when I can have a deep late-night conversation about religion with one of my bewildered (and slightly intoxicated) roommates and feel completely knowledgeable, I’m satisfied.

(I can assure you that I never inquire about his study of physics when I’m in the same state.)

At the end of the end of that day (which would be a new day!), when I can begin the journey of student-aiding in a local high school before my class for the day even starts, I’m thrilled.

9th grade English students might be a little unpredictable, but the 7 a.m. mountain view is always sure to inspire.

And at the end of the end of the end of the day (lost yet?),

there is always good food to fall back on.

Am I right?

Green monster, meet toasted coconut.

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

Coconut in smoothies. A new (and scrumptious) frontier of texture!

Rushed-for-time-college-student, meet to-go salads.

Another 1/2 bananarnar.

Leftover water chesnuts & almonds, meet mushrooms & skillet.

And goat cheese! Good match.

Fruit meets sunrise…

Oats meet sunshine…

Dining hall salad of goodness, meet my starving tummy .

Granola & cookies, you can meet my tummy too.

Carpe Diem, everybody! Don’t forget to

seize the day

no matter how stressful it may be.

I leave you with the wisdom of Cher.

(For the record, there is life after love. Yay!)

Fill in the blank: At the end of the day, I ___________.


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 🙂

In Between Days

Hello there! I hope everyone’s Thursdays have been thirsty theatrical thankful? therapeutic? Is there a th- word that fits how a Thursday should be?

Surprisingly, I think mine falls under the therapeutic category! Right now, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are my run-around days, but my Tuesday and Thursday activities haven’t taken root yet, so there’s been time to relax.

My class (at my school, you take one at a time) isn’t too hard; just a lot of reading and long, deep discussion!

A few days ago, we were sent around the building to find something that represented life after death.

I found the recycling center. Duh! Just like many faiths, recycling has specific criteria for a successful afterlife. Thankfully, the city I live in sorts your recyclables for you, but that doesn’t mean you can throw crap in there. If, say, you throw in an item that’s not clean, you could compromise the salvation of the whole batch. How’s that for responsibility, huh?

Ok, enough relating trash to religion. Here’s some food!

Sauteed spinach with onions, mushrooms, broccoli, almonds, garlic, and nutritional yeastBroccoli with feta cheese and college student crack salsa con queso

Yesterday morning, I decided enough was enough.

I wanted a green monster.

So I dug out some frozen blueberries from the freezer (probs should have checked the exp date…), threw them in with some spinach and protein powder, and hoped for the best….

Grrr. Blech. It was drinkable, but those blueberries were definitely not up to snuff. I drowned it out with some honey and called it ok 🙂 I ended up going to the dining hall for lunch because I missed my underclassmen pals, so I snuck out some bananas while I was there! Hence, this morning was so much better.

2 handfuls spinach, 1 banana, scoop of chocolate protein powder

Mmmm. I usually add a cup or so of soymilk to thin it out, but since I haven’t done the grocery shopping yet this week, we had none and I didn’t want to take a chance on the digestive upsets of cow’s milk 😦 But it was still DELICIOUS and I had been wanting one for so long! A girl in my class even took a taste and proclaimed it wonderful. I know, right? 😉

My magic bullet is so noisy in the morning, but for tasty creations like this, it’s worth it. Sorry, roomies!

Obviously, I compromise other responsibilities when it comes to ensuring that I get breakfast.

Nope, not happenin’.

But I did plant the $1 strawberry plant I got at Target! It’s sitting pretty on the windowsill now.

(The man socks have since been removed)

More chores I will not do:

I won’t be fixing that futon.I won’t be climbing up the bookshelf to tack another flag alongside Australia’s (or fill the Picachu pinata).

But on this therapeutic Thursday, I did take a 2 hour nap. Oh, yes.

Then I stumbled downstairs to make lunch…

1/ 4 a red onion, spicy tempeh, feta cheese, and kidney beans on a corn tortilla. Cilantro garnish just because I could!

One of my favorite teas to wash it down! Someone recently told me that the owner of Yogi Tea’s daughter is in fact a girl we know at school. Shut the front door! That would be too cool.

(I also recovered a lost silly band!)

Thursday was also therapeutic in the fact that I got to dance my heart out at auditions for a bi-annual dance showcase at my school. Even better, I might be collaborating with a choreographer who wants to do a bellydancing piece! I’ve taken a couple bellydancing workshops waaaay back in the day (8th or 9th grade? not the best use of my time) so that would be fun! Plus…any excuse to show off my bellybutton ring 😉 Best resolution ever.

And as I was walking home, a friend called to invite me for a quick round of Laser Tag. How random! I usually hate social games like bowling and mini golf, but laser tag is always fast-paced and fun! I came 4th out of 14 🙂

And came home to create a dipping dinner of plain greek yogurt, pear slices, cinnamon, and honey:

My days will busier soon, but for now, I’m enjoying the flexibility of the in between days!

Have a fantastic Friday!

Question: What do you do on your non-hectic days? I like to make time for yoga (I went this morning), tea, and a book to snuggle up with!

The Calm Before the Storm

Do you see a storm brewing over these mountains?

Nope, neither do I. There is, however, a beer bottle in the middle of that field. If you noticed.

My actual semester starts tomorrow, and I’m happy to say that I am very much at peace.

Unlike this yard, my last 2 weeks on campus have been, in a word, serene. They’ve been filled with good food, great friends, and gorgeous (yes, gorgeous) exercising. My apartment just welcomed our 8th (!) roommate back from his home in Australia; he was so exhausted, he slept through the fire drill last night! We’re still recounting skiing shenanigans. This morning, we went on a Target run with belly button rings as the most crucial items on the list.

If that’s not a forecast for a great semester, I don’t know what is.

Fresh with this morning’s plunder, I am currently lounging under my new down blanket:

Mmmmm. Warmth.

Admiring the new features of my room:

We are such girls.

Another roommate’s tapestry from Kenya.

Danish flags! Because my roomie went to Denmark last semester, and because I happen to be 1/4 Danish!Oh yes. More accessories.

But what are material things compared to this sense of serenity?

Food helps too. Here’s my lunch of 2 eggs scrambled with mushrooms, onions, nutritional yeast, and balsamic vinegar.

Apple snack on the way to a meeting, side of paper.

Whatever storm you’re seeing on the horizon, I hope you can find some calm to get you through it.

Have a wonderful Sunday night (and manic Monday), everyone!

Question: What do you buy when you go to Target? I only bought one thing from the $1 bin this time; it was a mini strawberry plant, it was too adorable to pass up!


Crack Happy

I saw the movie The Fighter last night, with Mark Wahlberg. It’s based on the true story of the boxer Mickey Ward.

The actual movie didn’t move me, but I can say that I’m very happy that I’m not on crack…

even if my own behavior is a bit off lately.

In the past 24 hours, I have:

  • walked out naked in front of our cleaning lady (by accident) and felt not the least embarrassed
  • checked my work schedule for the first time in a week to realize I had to be there within the hour

In the past week, I have:

  • gotten my bellybutton ring caught on a box I was holding
  • watched knocked up and pineapple express with my mother…who loved them
  • been rejected from a blood drive, mostly because I hadn’t been eating as much spinach (hence, low iron!)
  • gone through an entire season of Make it or Break It

I blame the blizzard.

I’ve been forced to find alternatives for soy milk on cereal,

kashi, banana, plain greek yogurt, applesauce

Congratulate myself when I drive to the gym and make it back alive,


Hit up the local tavern, even though I still can’t sit in the bar area:

Thank goodness for warm places, old faces, vegetarian options, and improved photo quality!

Portobello Sandwich with lettuce, tomato, onions, mozzarella, huge mushroom, and sweet potato fries!

Now I just hope I can avoid more cracked-out bellybutton ring disasters at work.


Let it snow, just a little bit more.

Oh, come on. Really?

If it’s going to be cold, I want there to be snow.

I want these Uggs to become want they were born to be:

snow-crunching, fluff-lined defenders of my toes against deep blankets of snow.

It’s already late enough in December that our friend at the farmstand gives us all the apples for free.

Until then, I’ll just cook warm things and stare out the window.

Pumpkin Gingerbread Oats, inspired by Holly!

1/2 cup rolled oats, 1 cup soy milk, 1/4 cup pumpkin, a smattering of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 1 T sunflower seed butter. The spices made it! So goooey and delicious.

Sadly, you can’t just savor oatmeal and watch for snow all day. I looked for it while hiking, too, and I found some…but it didn’t last.

Back to more warmth!

I just bought my first bunch of kale a few days ago, and I’ve had so much fun playing with it. This time, I steamed it for a salad…

sauteed some mushrooms, black beans, and garlic to go with…

and yum.But the crown jewel of this warm food day?

Complete with healthy additions of whole wheat penne, whole wheat breadcrumbs, greek yogurt, cauliflower, and lowfat mozzarella…

Cheesy Cauliflower Pasta Bake, from Callieflower Kitchen.

This passed the family test, which I am so grateful for, especially because:

1. I realized I had eaten the last plain greek yogurt yesterday. So I used 2 containers of strawberry greek yogurt, leaving out the fruit on the bottom and hoping that the strawberry flavour wouldn’t peek through.

2. In interest of convenience, I used the shredded mozzarella in the fridge instead of the cheddar the recipe called for. Why do I never remember that mozz doesn’t spread as well as chedd when melted?

Doi. Still great warm food.


But I still want snow.

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