Spring Break Edition {WIAW}

Guys, I’ve been a pretty terrible blogger lately. This poor little guy has been more than a little neglected and I feel kinda bad. But between spring and the inevitable school work catch-up after spring break (what professor assigns projects over spring break? Seriously), life’s been a little crazy. And mostly I’ve been a little lazy because I’m wishing spring break would come back.

Responsibilities are silly, I’d like to go back to the beach pretty please.

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Mother Nature is also trying to play a mean joke on me with this forecast:

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That’s funny, I thought spring was supposed to be warm. Thank you weather.

Sorry for all the complaining, cold weather makes me cranky. Whining over. You know what I can’t complain about?

(Thanks Jenn!)

This week my food is coming at you spring break style. I’ll admit that I didn’t eat too many vegetables over break (but I did eat lots and lots of chocolate) and you know what, I don’t feel bad about it. Sometimes you just need to stuff your face with junk food.

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But let’s kick things off with something healthy shall we? This combination is one of my new favorites and I ate it everyday for lunch during Pilates training. It’s broccoli slaw, mixed with avocado, topped with sunflower seeds and a little salt and pepper. Light but filling and you can do the Pilates ab series afterwards without wanting to puke.

I was going to recreate this for lunch today but Harris Teeter was out of avocados. TRAVESTY. Bigger travesty is that they were out of bananas too. Get it to-freaking-gether Harris Teeter, this girl needs her produce.

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Vanilla frozen custard with chocolate chips mixed in. Pure heaven. I’m a hard core fro yo lover, but even I need some heavy duty frozen custard every once in a while. So good.

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I don’t know what my deal is but I’ve been craving chocolate like nobody’s business lately. It’s all I want to eat and I can’t seem to get enough of this. But this Trader Joe’s chocolate bar definitely helps. Is it bad that I think 85% tastes super sweet after eating so much Baker’s chocolate?

And onto the Outer Banks! I have a full recap coming soon (I owe you guys so many recaps it’s ridiculous, I need to get back on top of things) but for now I’ve got food. I didn’t lug my camera to any of the restaurants because it’s huge, so the pictures aren’t the best, sowwy.

Wednesday

Dinner

We had a Restaurant.com deal for Sanya Asian Bistro so we stopped there for dinner after getting into town Friday night. It was perfect because we could all eat there (I tend to make things difficult when it comes to eating out, whoopsies) and we saved $50 off our bill. Awesome.

I accidentally filled up on trail mix before heading to dinner (I seriously cannot control myself around the stuff, it’s too good) so I was in the mood for something lighter. So I ordered an Avocado and Cucumber roll.

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It was really good, but I don’t think I’ve had bad vegetarian sushi, it’s kinda hard to mess up. You should know that I ate all of my ginger, then my friend’s ginger (ironic because she is ginger!) and then my boyfriend’s ginger. I guess you could say I like ginger a little.

Drinks

Later that night we headed to Lucky 12 Tavern for drinks. It ended up be perfect because it was walking distance from our hotel, they had a great beer selections and there was a $5 martini special. Um, awesome.

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I had a Flying Dog K-9 Winter Ale per recommendation from my boyfriend. He’s a serious beer connoisseur, and it ended up being a delicious choice.

And because we had to take advantage of the $5 martinis, me boyfriend and I split a dirty martini. Pretty much the only martini this old man could handle. I can’t do sugary frou-frou drinks and this fit the bill.

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Please ignore the awkwardly placed olives and straw.

Thursday

Our hotel room had a small kitchen, so to save money we at breakfast and lunch there, which was a very boring combo of eggs and frozen veggies, we don’t need pictures of that.

Dinner

We had dinner at Tortuga’s Lie (which has been feature on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives!). But I was a bad blogger because I left my phone in the car and didn’t get a picture of my meal. That’s okay because I had beans and rice and I’m pretty sure we all know that that looks like. It was extra delicious after a long day of sight seeing, but if you mess up beans and rice that’s pretty sad.

I’m sure any seafood lovers out there are very sad that I passed up the opportunity for fresh caught local seafood. Yeahhhh vegetarians.

Dessert

Despite trying incredibly hard to find a local ice cream shop that was open, we had no such luck. It’s still considered the off season so lots of places are closed until April. Luckily, Sweet Frog was there to save the day. Not as good as local ice cream, but it hits the sweet-craving, chocolate-loving spot.

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Chocolate fro yo with peanut butter chips, Reeses pieces, chunks of Reeses cups and a drizzle of hot fudge. Can you tell I hate chocolate and peanut butter? I’m not even going to lie, I could totally have eat another cup’s worth. No shame.

Friday

Dinner was some pizza place and I ordered a Greek salad. Boring. The one place in town with gluten-free pizza was no longer in business (whhhhyyyyyy?????). So salad it was.

Dessert

Don’t worry I balanced that salad out with some serious ice cream.

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Oh. My. Goodness. Can I just wax poetic about how AMAZING this ice cream is? Ben and Jerry, you are pure ice cream geniuses. I don’t even care that it was store bought, I wish I could jump into this pint and live there. No I don’t, that would be a little sticky, but still. Holy cow. Vanilla and chocolate ice cream with peanut butter cups, heath bar pieces, white chocolate chips and fudge covered almonds. I’m drooling a little bit right now.

Drinks

Friday night we headed to the Outer Banks Brewing Station for drinks and late night snacks (which was also featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives!). It ended up being a really cool place. The food was delicious, we ended up demolishing a plate of black bean dip and chips. The beer was equally amazing, they brew it at the restaurant and the process is powered by a wind turbine, I love that they’re environmentally friendly!

One of my friends was sweet enough to buy a bottle of champagne for all of us to celebrate my roommate’s engagement!

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I don’t remember exactly what kind it was, but it tasted like bubbly grape juice. Cheers.

And because I drink like an old man I switched to beer. I love me some heavy duty (none of that light stuff) and dry red wine, old man status over here.

I failed on taking a picture of my beer but it was sooo good. I ordered their Full Circle Robust Porter (a fat and sassy robust porter with complex nuts and dried fruit-like aromas over a big, round, and slightly toasty palate) I love that they describe it as fat and sassy. I think I’m only going to drink fat and sassy beers from now on, that sounds like a good policy to me. Basically the beer was smooth, heavy and darn tasty.

And now I’m skipping to Sunday because lunch was delicious.

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Yet another trip to the Mediterranean Deli in Chapel Hill. I have the hardest time ordering at this restaurant because there are too many tasty looking vegetarian and gluten-free options. I’m not used to having so many choices. I like it, even if it takes me 15 minutes to order.

I had a vegetarian plate with sauteed cauliflower, roasted vegetables, sauteed eggplant, avocado and feta salad and gluten-free(!) pita points. Delicious. I also had too many dates for dessert. I have not control when it comes to those dried out little pieces of nature’s candy. Those dates fueled my 3 hour drive back to school (ugh, one thing I won’t miss when I graduate).

Upon arriving back at my apartment, I was welcomed by this site

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I donated to a living playground initiative at an elementary school, and got a free candy bar and jar of peanut butter from Justin’s in return for my donation. Pretty sweet reward if you ask me. Pun intended.

Now I just want to go back to spring break. Anyway, I’ve got an 8am class in the morning (yippee) so it’s time for this girl to get to bed.

What’s your favorite vacation food? ICE CREAM!

What’s your favorite drink (alcoholic or not)? Water, black coffee, red wine and beer. I told you, old man over here.

Who’s ready for spring? 

Scenes from the Outer Banks {MIMM}

Partying it up in Nags Head, NC

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The girls.

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The Wright Brother’s Memorial

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View from the Memorial

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Light houses aren’t that tall.

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Bodie Island Lighthouse

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Jockey’s Ridge, AKA the desert.

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Proposal! My roomie got engaged!

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Snake wrangler. Kidding, I was at the Aquarium.

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Saving a plastic sea turtle from a shark bite wound in my snazzy lab coat. We’ll pretend that activity wasn’t for children

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Real sea turtle, I didn’t save him.

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Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

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Sunrise

Guest Posting

Hey guys,

I’m have a fantastic time at the beach, but more about that when I get back. In the mean time, check out my guest post over at Diary of a Slow Runner!

Is it Easter yet?

The Monday back to school after a break always sucks. I’m ready to go back home so I can continue being a lazy bum, that sounds much more better than being a productive member of society. These next couple weeks are going to be cah-razy! I love when professors decide to have everything due at once, ha. Me an the library are going to become BFFs. 

How many days until Easter Break? Um, too many.

But the weather in Boone right now is gorgeous!

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Springtime in the mountains is beautiful. I need to make sometime for an outdoor run! It’s too pretty not to enjoy.

Speaking of runs, I had a not so great 3 mile run this morning. Eating a buttload of trail mix before a run is a terrible idea fyi. Pre-run fueling is clearly not my strong suit. But, I think I need to start switching things up  with my exercise routine. I go through phases where I’m obsessed with running and then I get sick of it and it sucks, and I think I’m in the sick of it phase right now. I’m going to try to work in some more yoga and and strength training, those are always a good way to mix things up!

I’m off to bed I’ve got an early morning!

Boring in the Best Way Possible

Sorry for the lack of posts, I haven’t been up to much lately.

And I’m loving it.

My break has been pretty low key which is just what I needed. I’ve just been enjoying my time at home. Doing things like:

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Snuggling with kitties

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(+ 3 more unpictured cats, it’s ridiculous I know. We’re suckers and can’t turn away stray kitties. Also, It’s hard to get a decent picture of a cat using the Photobooth on your Mac, I would try using a real camera but I’m far too lazy for that)

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And crocheting! I just finished a scarf, and I’m starting another for a friend. It feels so good to have free time for a change!

Dropping out of college to sell scarves out of the back of my Chevy Malibu is starting to sound like a good idea. Or not. I should probably get a big girl job and pay off those student loans instead. No fun. Maybe I’ll just move to Cat Island instead.

Maybe I’ll do something more interesting tomorrow. But I really hope I don’t. Sometimes it’s just nice to be a lazy sloth.

Tuesday Tangents

  1. I got the Pilates teacher job!!! I’m so excited! I get to assist with classes for the rest of the semester and then teach my own classes next semester. It feels good to have all my hard work pay off. This semester has been crazy and it feels awesome to have an opportunity like this work out in my favor. Bonus is that I’ll be getting paid for it too, honestly I would’ve done it for free, but I’m not complaining about a paycheck! Being a broke college student is getting old fast.
  2. I really want a cookie. Like bad. Cookies have been the only sweets I’ve been dying to have, I don’t get why I’m craving only cookies. Cake? Brownies? Candy? Eh. Cookies? Get. In. My. Bellay. You can bet that as soon as Lent is over I will be eating the biggest, yummiest, chewiest cookie I can get my hands on!
  3. I was watching Cupcake Wars on Food Network earlier this evening and they had only vegan bakers on the this episode. How awesome is that? I love how accessible veganism is getting. Even though I’m not a vegan, I always try to choose a vegan option if given there is one. I’ve tried doing the vegan thing full time on a couple of occasions and failed, but I want to make a serious attempt at it when I’m living on my own/buying my own groceries.
  4. One of my classes tomorrow is cancelled. Only four classes, one midterm and two assignments stand between me and spring break. So ready.
  5. I really need to do my taxes. That feels sooo weird to say, when did I get old enough to do taxes? I’m ready for that refund check though!
  6. All of the snow melted today. Thank you Mother Nature.
  7. I’m going to bed, goodnight guys!
 
 
What’s something awesome that’s happened to you lately?

Weekend Updates

But first, I have to gush about the amazing yoga class I just took. I’m usually busy on Monday nights but I was free tonight and took the opportunity to take the an Advanced Yoga class, which was a little scary because I’ve never gone to the advanced class before but it was amazing. We did lots of inversions and heart openers and now I feel strong, energized and super noodle-y! I love yoga, it’s so good for the soul sometimes.

I had a whirlwind of a weekend this weekend. It was a little busy but still very rejuvenating. On Friday when I got into town I got to see my boyfriend for a little while, which was nice. It’s stressful to be away from each other but it makes it that much better whenever we do get the chance to see each other. And sometimes a really good snuggle can make your whole week better!

Then I started my Saturday off right with delicious bowl of oatmeal!

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Let’s just excuse how messy the bowl is, I’m pretty terrible at not letting the oats overflow into the microwave. I’m also pretty terrible at cleaning it up before I try to take a picture of it. Anyway, into the bottom of the microwave bowl went old fashioned oats, one banana, peanut butter, pea protein powder, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt. It tasted like oatmeal heaven, it’s been a while since I’ve eaten anything but plain oats (I’m boring, it’s okay) and I was a huge fan of this.

Also I need to address this beautiful thing I found in my kitchen at home:

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Yes, that is a 4 lb jar of peanut butter. Four pounds. Holy moly, Thank you Kroger for making something this beautiful. Um, did I mention my birthday was coming up soon? Kidding, I would have that thing would be gone in a week, and then I probably would feel bad about consuming 4 pounds of peanut butter (but not that bad, letsbehonest).

And then Saturday afternoon I ran in the St. Patty’s Green Run 8k in Raleigh, I finished in 53:46! I want to do a separate post with a full recap, but I just wanted to say that it felt so gratifying to finish that race. I feel like I’ve come so far with my running in the past couple months, and even though it’s far from the fastest time I’m still proud of what I accomplished.

Post-race my parents took me out to dinner at the Flying Biscuit. A funky little restaurant in Raleigh’s Cameron Village that serves Southern and Breakfast food. I love this place, I try to eat here whenever I’m in the area (which is not often enough). I love that they are a southern style restaurant that serves tofu, it’s a wonderful thing I ordered the tofu (of course) tater salad:

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I didn’t take that photo, I was too busy stuffing my face, but that’s what it looked like. The salad had tamari-marinated tofu, feta cheese, red onion and oven-roasted rosemary potatoes over field greens. It was a little greasy from the potatoes and salty but it was exactly what I wanted after a 5 mile run. IMy tummy was very happy afterwards. I also have to mention that I bought an Ann Taylor suit jacket at the consignment store next door for $10. Score. I love thrifting.

My Sunday consisted of church, a three hour drive and yoga teacher training, pretty low key. Now it’s back to the grind, I’ve got 4 days of school and 3 midterms between me and spring break and it can’t come soon enough!

 

What was the last race you ran/completed/are training for?

I think I’m officially addicted to running races, I’m already looking for my next one!

What are you looking forward to this month?

Spring break! I’m ready for some quality time off the mountain.