Rednecks & Kitty Cats {MIMM}

Before we get to the marvelous in my Monday, I have to take a minute to address something that is not-so-marvelous.

My heart goes out to all the people that were hurt or otherwise impacted by what happened today in Boston. Although what happened today was horrible, I have to say it’s pretty marvelous to see the running community come together to support one another at a time like this.

(Happy birthday Katie!)

Marvelous is… My 22nd birthday is tomorrow! Actually it’s in 1.5 hours, I came in to the world bright and early at 12:30 AM.

Marvelous is… Joint birthday parties! My friend’s birthday is Friday so we had a joint party over the weekend. The theme? Rednecks and cats. No joke, we are a creative bunch.

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The rednecks.

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NASCAR-themed temporary tattoos may have been involved.

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Along with prop 40s you couldn’t convince any of us to drink. We try to keep it classy.

Cats were not well represented because cat apparel does not exist after Halloween, I did rock some Hello Kitty rings.

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Try not to be too jealous.

Marvelous is… beautiful weather and weekend hikes. A very muddy, but fun 5 miles.

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I wish I had taken more pictures, but I was worried about my camera landing in a pile of mud, which isn’t really ideal.

We did the Boone Fork Trail Loop, which is right off the Blue Ridge Parkway, the trail is the perfect combination of beautiful views, uphill climbs and creek hopping. My buns were on FIRE by the end, so worth it though.

Marvelous is… birthday cake.

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I used Betty Crocker’s gluten-free yellow cake mix for the base, and because we all know I can’t just leave things be, I added a 1/4 cup of peanut butter to the mix which was a very delicious choice. The frosting is just Cool Whip with cocoa powder and cinnamon mixed in. Easy, cheap, and trans-fat free. I can get behind that.

I made my own, which my friends thought was really sad I made my own cake (they did offer to make one for me, I’m just stubborn), but since I love to bake I actually really enjoyed it. Lame? Maybe, but I got to lick the bowl which was more than worth it.

And the gluten-filled cake for the gluten-eaters:

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My friend did a pretty impressive job on the decoration! I definitely scraped off the cat so I could eat it myself 🙂

Plus a few other party foods:

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Gluten-free brownies. AND my favorite part:

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Beer floats. Well, A beer float, no one else was feeling quite so adventurous but you better believe I went there. The combo was actually pretty tasty.

Marvelous is… Engagements!

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These two got engaged on Saturday! I’m so excited for them! Plus the ring really offsets her new dragon tattoo.

Marvelous is… Sunday school cookouts! We got together at our small groups leader’s house and had a delicious lunch. The carnivores had barbecue chicken sandwiches, but they were nice enough to cook up a few veggie burgers for me and the other vegetarian in the group. I didn’t take any pictures but it was a good time!

Marvelous is… look-a-like clay figurines. The couple that leads our small group has a very artsy 10 year old daughter and she made us all figurines that look like us.

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That little girls is seriously talented! My figurine is only about 1.5″ tall and the detail is pretty awesome. I’m adding it to the collection of drawing she’s made for me over the past few Sundays!

Marvelous is… Best Body Bootcamp Phase Two! I’m already sore from today’s workout! I’m already looking forward to the rest of the week’s workouts!

Marvelous is… 5 days until the Tar Heel 10-miler! Eep! I’m both super nervous and super excited!

What made your Monday Marvelous?

Are you a fan of themed parties? What’s the most ridiculous theme party you’ve ever been to?

What’s your favorite flavor of cake? I’m not sure that there’s a flavor of cake I don’t like, but red velvet and carrot cake are pretty high up there! Peanut butter and chocolate is always a winner too 🙂

21 Things to do Before 22

Ha. I’m a poet.

So my 22nd birthday is in approximately 2.5 weeks, and I thought I’d come up with a list of 21 things to do to round out my 21st year of life.

And… since I only have 16 days, I’m sticking with small things that will make each day a little more awesome leading up to my birthday. Not to mention final exams are only a month away and I’m trying to avoid being completely consumed with the crazy end of year projects professors love to assigns. Like the lovely 10 page paper due on Wednesday that I may or may not (letsbehonest not) have started.

01 // Paint my fingernails. Seems silly but it has been a shameful amount of time since these fingernails have seen a drop of polish, which is too bad because it’s fun to have crazy colored nails.

Fancy.

02 // Run a 5K. There’s a cheap one the weekend before my birthday that a couple of my friends are running, should be a good time!

03 // Make a REAL dinner. My dinners lately consist of frozen vegetables heated in a pan along with 2 fried eggs. Gets the job done but it’s not real exciting. I want to take a few extra minutes and actually plan a real meal. Bonus: leftovers.

I’m thinking this amazing looking bowl of goodness created by Elizabeth at Mackin’ Cheese will be made.

04 // Studio yoga. I’ve always wanted to take a yoga class at a studio instead of a gym, budget permitting, I want to take a studio class. If not, the yoga instructors on campus are awesome and I don’t mind taking class there!

05// Start a new book. Pleasure reading is not easy to do in college but I want to at least start a new book soon, if I make the effort to start it, odds are I will finish it eventually. Book recommendations are welcome!

06 // Bake something. I think some birthday cupcakes will be in order.

gluten free chocolate cupcakes

07 // Drink a shot of espresso. Straight. It might sound weird but this is something I’ve always wanted to do. I actually I’ve always wanted to throw back a shot of espresso like a shot of alcohol (I feel like that is a weird thing to want to do, but I have some strange desire to) but then I realized that espresso is hot and that might not be a smart choice.

Such a beautiful sight.

08 // Spontaneous mid day coffee. Those just make the week better don’t they?

09 // Design something for the blog. I have some ideas, I just need to spend some time with good old Adobe Illustrator.

10 // Buy a new vegetable. And try cooking with it, I get it in serious food ruts and nothing switches things up like figuring out how to cook something new. I also love a good excuse to explore the produce department at Earth Fare.

11 // Juice it up. I got a juicer for Christmas and I have used it a grand total of one time. Cleaning it out intimidates me, but I need to suck it up and enjoy some pretty veggie-filled juice.

homemade beet carrot apple ginger juice

 

12 // Break out the DSLR. I need a good excuse to bust out the DSLR to take pictures of something other than food.

13 // Grandfather Mountain dollar days. Assuming the weather decides actually act like spring, I want to go to Grandfather Mountain because during the month of April admission is only $2 for students, versus the usual $18, aka perfect time to go. I went for the first time last year and had a great time, time to go back! This would also help out with #12.

14 // Clean my room. Okay, not a fun activity but it needs to happen. A clean room makes me happy, just not the process of actually cleaning it.

15 // Best Body Bootcamp. I won a free entry for Tina‘s Best Body Bootcamp via a giveaway on Clare‘s blog. It starts tomorrow and I’m really excited. It’s basically going to force me to do strength training which I need, I’ve been seriously slacking in that department.

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16 // Kick this tendonitis. I finally got my butt to the doctor about the pain behind my knee. The doctor thinks it’s probably tendonitis (of the Biceps Femoris tendon, if you’re nerdy like me and want to know the specific one). Thursday and Friday I went to the injury clinic and had some Electric Muscle Stimulation done to my hamstring. Things feel much better but it still hurts when I run, get better tendon!

17 // Random act of kindness for a stranger. Making other people feel better makes me feel better.

18 // Watch a Disney movie. Because I’m 21 going on 8.

19 // Buy a new candle. I love candles but I have lit one in way too long. Something about candle light is the most relaxing thing ever, and I need more of it in my life. This one will have to be on the down low though because my apartment complex doesn’t allow candles (lame right?).

20 // Get organized. This goes along with #14. My life is pretty much semi-organized chaos. Some days I get away with it, some days I’m running around my apartment with a minute to catch the bus trying to figure out where I put my student ID. Not a good habit.

21 // Have Fun. Not sweating the small stuff and living in the moment. That’s what’s important in life.

What’s something you want to do before your next birthday? 

Happy Easter!