Let’s Play Catch Up {MIMM}

I feel a little bad that I’ve been this little blog lately.  I haven’t been around much but I’ve had plenty of marvelous things going on around here. So I thought I’d catch you up on the last week and a half, because life’s been a little bit of a whirlwind since then!

(Thanks Katie!)

Marvelous is… Graduation!

I don’t technically get my degree until I finish my internship this summer, I walked and I’m out of Boone so that’s close enough. I’m not going to lie though, it’s definitely bittersweet to graduate. I’m ready to move on to a big city (tiny mountain living is only charming for about 4 years) and a big girl job I’m going to miss my college friends a lot.

Marvelous is… My internship with the American Dance Festival! I started on Wednesday and they had me jump right into the swing of things. I’ve already started working on lots of fun design projects and I can already tell I’m going to learn so much this summer. I’m also excited for when the festival actually starts and I’ll be able to take classes!

Marvelous is… Doing a little good. This Sunday my church did a “Church on the Street” event where instead of a typical church service, they had us go out and help with community projects around the area. My mom helped paint some of the rooms in the Children’s wing of the church. It’s been way too long since I’ve done any volunteer work and it felt good to help out again. I need to get back in the habit of it!

Marvelous is… Artspolure, an arts and crafts festival in downtown Raleigh.

There was so much beautiful artwork being sold. I wish my tiny budget had more room for local, handcrafted art, but notsomuch. One day when I get a big girl job it will happen. I did get a really cool coffee mug for $8 which I have been more than excited to used every morning since.

Marvelous is… the Flying Biscuit!

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I had an egg white omelet with mushrooms and spinach, with a side of rosemary potatoes. This meal was salt-city (way more than than previous times I’ve been) but I won’t even pretend like I didn’t finish the whole thing with a big glass of water. It does pain me a little to eat here now that I can’t enjoy their enormous complimentary biscuits, but I still enjoy their cranberry apple butter with a spoon, that stuff is amazing.

Marvelous is… early morning workouts. Okay, let’s be honest, waking up at 5:30AM is not marvelous, but having your entire workout done before 7:30 AM certainly is. My schedule is now 10-6 with a 30-45 minute commute home (depending on traffic), a nighttime workout is just not happening so getting it in early gets it out of the way and peps me up for the rest of the day.

What’s marvelous in your Monday?

What did you do this weekend?

Are you a morning or nighttime exerciser? During school I went through phases of being a nighttime exerciser, an afternoon exerciser and a morning exerciser (gotta switch things up right?) but when I’m at home I usually stick to the morning, I loose my motivation not too long after that.

PS I’ve been really horrible at commenting/responding to e-mails and comments and I promise I will catch up! I’ve been taking a breather from social media which feels nice but I’m hoping to catch back up on my Feedly, blog and inbox soon!

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Last Week in Boone: The Food {WIAW}

Hey guys! It’s been a little while since I’ve been able to visit this little corner of the internet but I am happy to be back! This past week has been pure craziness: final exams, family visits, graduation, moving home, and on top of that today was the first day of my internship! Whew. No rest for the weary right? That’s okay, they’re all pretty wonderful things so I have no room to complain.

During my last week in Boone, I made it a point to get to all my favorite restaurants for one last meal before moving back to Raleigh. Boone has the BEST restaurants and Raleigh, despite having some decent restaurants, is mostly full of chains, blech. So I had some pretty spectacular meals this past week.

(Thanks Jenn!)

Tuesday

I made a roommate breakfast date at Melanie’s, an adorable little breakfast/lunch place in downtown Boone for Tuesday morning. We all had the morning off for exams and everyone knows a delicious, hearty breakfast is the best final-exam-taking fuel. I started with a very necessary cup of coffee. It’s a little blurry, but that’s what happens when I don’t have caffeine in me. It’s not a good time.

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To eat I ordered Melanie’s Big Breakfast

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Which came with two eggs (over easy), stewed apples (un-pictured on the side), a biscuit (which I gave away to my roommates) and homefries. I have a new found homefry obsession and have been ordering every where. Maybe not the healthiest obsession but dang delicious. This meal kept me full for 6 whole hours which is a pretty big feat for me.

Thursday

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Thursday afternoon I grabbed an iced coffee pre-exam and a farmer’s market apple. This is the first time I’ve put milk in my coffee in FOREVER. Iced coffee is a little rough on my stomach, probably because I drink it 10x faster than hot coffee, but a little bit of milk seems to help.

Friday

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Beer, coffee, and a kitty in my lap. Could life be better? I got one last visit in with the kittens before they left for Michigan, it’s amazing how much they’ve grown in 2 weeks!

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Dinner was good old Black Cat. I built my own burrito with black beans, rice, broccoli, mushrooms and tomatillo salsa, minus the tortilla. Oh Black Cat, I’m going to miss you so much.

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After dinner one of my roommates and I headed to Low Wine Bar. It’s located on top of Espresso News, the best coffee shop in Boone. This was my first time going and I’m not sure why I waited so long because it was awesome. Whoever decided to put a coffee shop and wine bar in the same building is a GENIUS.

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I had the Marc Roman Malbec, mostly because it was the cheapest red on the menu, but it also happened to be really tasty. Really easy to drink without being too sweet.

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Post-wine my roommate and I spilt a 7 Layer Bar from the coffee shop downstairs (genius, I’m telling you). It was not even close to gluten-free but so tasty it was completely worth it. 7 layer bars are the best.

Saturday

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Saturday afternoon my parents and boyfriends drove up to Boone for graduation festivities. They didn’t get into town until around 1:30 and I was starting to get borderline hangry. It happens. Luckily I had this amazing and filling meal from Coyote Kitchen to tame the hunger beast. I had the Sedona Boat: Coconut rice, black beans, blackened tempeh, roasted sweet potatoes, corn, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, and spinach, topped with sweet red vegan mayo and scallions. I was full beyond belief after finishing this bad boy but it was soooo worth it.

Sunday

AKA Graduation day! My college’s graduation wasn’t until 3:30pm so my family had plenty of time to kill before then. We grabbed an early lunch with my uncle at Hob Knob Farm Cafe. Hob Knob is one of my favorite restaurants in Boone, but it’s a little out of my (very small) budget so I save it for when my parents are in town =) . Hob Knob is awesome because they have lots of gluten-free, vegetarian and organic options, they source most of their ingredients locally and they have really adorable decor:

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It took me way too long to decide what I was going to order, I’m not used to having so many options – it’s hard to decide! But I finally decided on the Tamale De Bayamo: House made tamale filled w/ spinach, squash, yams, garlic, corn & peppers. Served w/ tamale sauce, black beans, plantains, chipotle queso salsa, green olives, romas & spring mix.

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Dominated.

Post-graduation we hit up somewhere low-key for dinner. We didn’t want to deal with the post-graduation dinner rush, especially with 7 people. Black Cat again! Twice in one week? I’m not upset about it.

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I had the (blurry) Satay it to Me Softly (how cool are the burrito names?): rice, tofu, carrots, broccoli, caramelized onions, and a spicy peanut sauce. Delicious as always.

And my last full day in Boone wouldn’t be complete without…

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Fro yo! Chocolate and Reese’s peanut butter yogurt topped with more Reese’s, chocolate shavings and Oreo’s (they are my gluten nemesis!). This was the most perfect fro yo cup I could have asked for and I enjoyed every last bite!

Monday

I have no pictures from Monday (sowwy!) but I have to mention the delicious meal I had at Boone Bagelry. The meal itself was pretty basic but really delicious. I had two eggs (over medium, is it sad I didn’t even realize this was an option until this week?), homefriends (I’m telling you, I’m obsessed!) and a gluten-free whole grain bagel. Yup, a gluten-free bagel! I should have taken more advantage of it this year! I’m kicking myself now.

Then I loaded up on old school candy at the Mast General Store. The sugar was more than necessary for the 3+ hour ride home. Why have I not eaten more MalloCups in my life? They’re delicious!

Today

Today was my first day at my internship! Everything went really well and it looks like it is going to be a busy, but very fun time! I also found out there is a Whole Foods less than a block away from my internship. This is going to be very dangerous for my wallet.

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Salad with spinach, garlicky kale, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms and roasted chickpeas, roasted zucchini and eggplant (which was served cold, I wasn’t a fan) and some kind of quinoa dish with sweet potatoes, black beans and pepitas. I also had an un-pictured Clif Builder Bar on the side.

After writing this I’m hungry all over again.

Does your town have an delicious/unique restaurants?

What did you eat this week?

What’s your favorite hat/salad bar meal?

Floods, Cats and PRs {Thankful Thursday}

I have lots to be thankful for this Thursday

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(First I’m thankful for Jessie‘s weekly dose of gratitude!)

I’m thankful that I live on a hill, so my apartment and car are safe and dry.

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There were quite a few cars stranded underwater in yesterday’s flash flooding and I feel so bad for the people who have to deal with flood damage. Luckily no one was hurt (that I’ve heard).

I’m thankful that Sam made it out of surgery okay.

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He had his large intestine removed (how crazy does that sound? I know they do that to humans too, but that sounds pretty intense!) because it wasn’t working and he was constipated and miserable all the time, poor guy.

I know you came to my blog to listen to me talk about cat poop. I aim to please.

Anyway, it sounds like it wasn’t too risky of the surgery, but all surgery freaks me out so I was a big ball of stress all day. But according to my dad everything went well, he just has to have fluids through an IV and limited activity for 2 weeks. Hopefully then he’ll be back to his usual ham of a self.

I’m thankful for PRs!!! I ran a 5k in 28:30 today! Bam. Yes it was on a treadmill which is cheating a little, but it was a full 2 minutes faster than my last 5k PR thankyouverymuch. Assuming that the treadmill was not broken, because that’s immediately what I though when I looked down and saw that I was doing 8:30 minute miles, were the heck did that come from? I’m going to blame it on the mass amounts of sunflower seed butter I’ve been eating, which justifies me buying a new jar this week right? I think so.

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PRs warrant duck faces and thumbs up right?  Let’s go with yes. Also excuse the snow jacket, it’s cold here, nevermind that I’m sitting inside my heated apartment. When is spring?

I’m thankful for George Gershwin’s wonderful music. I’ve been jamming to some Gershwin lately. First off I think using jamming in the same sentence as a classical composer is something to proud of, second I can’t get enough of Rhapsody in Blue and all things jazzy and classical. It makes doing homework 100% better.

What are you thankful for today?

What music have you been listening to lately?

Please brag about your PRs here because they are awesome and I want to hear them! Everyone needs a good brag.

 

The Gobbler 5K

The Gobbler 5K was actually on December 1, which makes this post only 2.5 weeks late. Whoops, I guess I’m a little bit of a procrastinator. Sowwy.

This race in particular is really special to me because I ran it last November and it was my very first race. Basically, you can blame The Gobbler for my race addiction 🙂

The race started bright and early at 8:30, one day I’ll learn to stop planning things on Saturday mornings and actually sleep in. One day.

It was a pretty chilly morning but  not too terrible for December in the mountains, I hate running in the cold and my feet and hands were a little frozen at the start of the race, but they thawed out some after a few minutes. The cold air was a little rough on my lungs but I was feeling pretty good otherwise.

The course kinda sucked because it started with a sharp right turn and we had to stick to the sidewalks. That’s my one pet peeve about Boone races, there are only so many (relatively) flat running paths in the city and most are main roads so they can’t be shut down, which is understandable but starting 260 people on a sidewalk creates some really frustrating congestion. There was also one KILLER hill about 2 miles in, we actually ran down that hill last year so it was a little mean to reverse the course and make us run up it this year. I told myself it didn’t matter how much I slowed down as I tackled that best, but I was not allowed to walk, once I start walking I lose momentum and I struggle to get it back, luckily I was all to power through and I took that hill down.

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I finished in 31:30 which was actually probably closer to 31:00 since I started way back in the crowd at the starting line. Definitely not a PR, but I wasn’t expecting it to be and I’m pretty happy with 31:00.

Last year I finished in just shy of 37 minutes, that means I’ve dropped 6 minutes off my time in the past year and I think that’s something to be pretty proud of. Sometimes I have a bad run and get a little down on myself and then I remember a year and a half ago I couldn’t even consistently run a full mile, and since then I’ve run numerous 5K’s, an 8K, and a 10K and that’s something to be proud of. Not to mention last year I’m pretty sure I would have never made it up that hill!

I’m never going to be the fastest runner and I may never place in a race but I’m completely okay with that. Running is a constant challenge for me and something that has never come easily for me, but that’s one of the reasons why I love it. With every milestone I reach and every second I knock off my PR, or every step I add to my PDR I’m filled with an immense sense of pride with what my body can do. And I hope that my running continues to grow in the next year.

Oh and I forgot to mention the best part about The Gobbler is the cobbler at the finish line.

They even had gluten-free! I enjoyed a bowl of blackberry gluten-free cobbler and it was really delicious. Definitely a winner as far as finish line foods go!

What was your first race?

What’s the best finish line food you’ve seen? I think the cobbler wins that one, but the Stickboy goodies at the Mayview Madness 5K were a close second!