Saturday, March 30, 2013

Virtual Coffee Date {3.30.13}

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I would tell you how I'm not ready for spring break to end. How all I want to do right now is go for a beautiful hike, spend hours on the beach soaking up sunshine, and have s'mores and tell stories around a campfire. I guess you could say I'm already craving some fresh air and summer in a big way.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I'd talk about how I'm not sure how I can make it another 11 weeks without seeing my family. Having that precious 5 days with them made me realize how much I miss them every day, and how talking to them on a little screen doesn't even hold a candle to being together in person. I'd also talk for way too long about how much I miss my cats. And I'd tell you that that I'm worried that Tux (our oldest cat) isn't going to make it three more months for me to say goodbye to him.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I'd tell you go to go listen to OneRepublic's new album when you got home because I'm obsessed.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I'd tell you about my beautiful run this morning. How the weather was absolutely spotless, and my legs felt like they could just keep going and going. I'd tell you how blessed I am to be able to experience the pure joy and freedom that running gives me.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I'd tell you about all the things I want to do this summer. I want to run the Giant half marathon in the city and run the Ragnar trail race in Tahoe. I want to try out Crossfit. I want to go on road trips to visit friends. I want to go to as many country concerts as my little wallet will allow and go on lots of little mini-vacations with my family.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I'd tell you about the delicious lunch I ate today after I went grocery shopping. After a dinner of yogurt and banana last night I realized that I needed some green in my life, and badly. Brussels sprouts have never tasted so good! Neither have lentils or goat cheese. I'd also tell you about how I always spend too much money at Trader Joe's and Target but that I never really feel guilty about it.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I'd talk about how good it felt to have a little spring-clean-out of my dorm room the other day. And how I somehow have managed to still make a mess in the 24 hours since I cleaned everything.

If we were having coffee this afternoon, I'd tell you how excited I am to go to an Easter service at a new-to-me church tomorrow morning. I can't wait!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Spring Break {2013}

i can't believe break is almost over already! it seems like i was just talking to you guys about trying to survive finals and here i am typing this up with only a few days left of spring break. 

it has been a truly amazing and much needed break, though! i wanted to share some photos with you guys, because i took lots {pretty sure one day my iPhone is going to explode with photos. juuust sayin'}. 

brunchin' with the big bro at corner bakery:

my crazy family is reunited {and to top that off, we went to the happiest place on earth!}

and of course a little kid's souvenir cup at carsland was 100% necessary. 

i had so much fun at disneyland and california adventure- we hit up all the best rides (space mountain, indiana jones, matterhorn, buzz lightyear, california screamin', tower of terror, soarin' over california, radiator springs, and more!) and i don't think i've ever appreciated getting to spend time with my family more. 

i had lots of cappucinos (seriously, people. you don't realize how good starbucks is until you're deprived of it for weeks at a time) and i also ate lots of good food - we got pizza 3 out of the 5 nights my parents were here (in classic foster style). we also ate lots of cookies and froyo and all of that wonderfulness! 

after our two days at disneyland, my mom and i had a day together shopping, which was so much fun! i got a few new dresses, skirts, and shorts that were much needed because it's going to start getting hot here really soon. this is one of the skirts i got: 

on our last day, my family went to see olympus has fallen (i thought it was a great movie!), had dinner at the counter (also known as my favorite place ever), and watched modern family and nashville on TV. basically a perfect day. 

 all in all it has been a wonderful break and i couldn't've asked for anything better! my parents dropped my brother and i off back at campus today and i've spent the day unpacking, cleaning and organizing my room (took soooo long!), picking up some essentials, and eating at whole foods. that spicy shrimp and avocado roll hit the spot!

aand now i'm eating a ginormous bowl of panda puffs (best cereal ever..anyone with me?) and am planning on skyping some friends and watching a movie for the rest of the night. 'twas a good day! 

stay tuned for a Quest Bar review coming your way soon - if you haven't already gotten the hint from twitter, it's safe to say that i'm addicted. i can't wait to tell you guys about them! 


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

WIAW {10th Week}

 hey guys! happy hump day - i hope all of your weeks are going well!

 i've been slammed with work lately and am buckling down for the rest of my last week of classes before finals. which basically means coffee is water, wearing PJ's to class is totally acceptable, my hair will be permanently stuck in a bun until next friday, and lots of chocolate is going to be consumed. 

anyways - onto the recent eats! thanks for hosting jenn :-)

{thin mints totally count for this month's green theme, am i right?}

{greek yogurt with blueberry muesli, chia, seeds, STRAWBERRIES, sunflower seed butter, and vanilla almond granola}

{banana and cho}

 {greek yogurt with frozen raspberries and chocolate chips stirred in, topped with peanut butter and sprinkles} 

{smoothie with a new-to-me protein powder, frozen raspberries, greek yogurt, and almond milk}

{black bean, pork, and sweet potato bowl}

{italian salad with the rest of my PWO protein shake on the side}

 {my staple breakfast: greek yogurt with muesli and frozen raspberries topped with banana, peanut butter, and honey}

{lots and lots o coffee}

{yet another greek yogurt and muesli bowl with strawbs, ssb, and granola}

 {TJ's coconut chips and chocolate chips - always satisfies my sweet tooth!}

greek-style whole wheat pasta with chicken and a salad

vegan pizza - lots of veggies and vegan cheese!

 {a huge package that made my night last night - the lovely folks at Quest Bar sent me some bars and peanut butter cups to try out! i've been hearing all about these for the longest time now and can't wait to dig in. review coming soon!} 

i haven't posted about my workouts in awhile, but i've been going to 2-3 IFT classes a week and running on most of the other days. for the next week i know there will be lots of short treadmill sessions as i don't have a lot of time. but any movement is better than none! 

only 1.5 more weeks til break and i can't wait. disneyland and hanging out with the fambam is where its at!

thought of the day:

have a wonderful week!