The Final Word

FOOD

First day of finals breakfast fuel: Blueberry baked oatmeal with crunchy almond butter on top and raw buckwheat groats and flax thrown into the mix. I even broiled it for the last few minutes to get a nice ‘n crispy top. I love the edges the most (this basically applies to anything that gets baked); all browned and crunchy-like.

It filled me up and kept me satiated through my online final exam and an hour of yoga afterwards. Followed by a much needed shower. While my hair dried, I caught myself up on my Reader and made lunch. A tofu wrap with spinach, carrots, and balsamic dressing and a juicy, ripe pear with cinnamon, as well as a (unpictured) raw cookie. I’m so glad that I remembered to keep my pear on the counter rather than the fridge where we keep most of our fruit so that it could ripen. I don’t like pears at all unless they’re basically completely ripe.

I wasn’t sure if I would like the balsamic (I ran out of hummus and needs some kind of flavoring), but it turned out pretty well! Only wish that I had thought of what I wanted for lunch sooner so that I could have marinated the tofu and pressed it longer. Oh well.

I saved my last cookie from Amber as a treat/”reward” for finishing my Anthropology exam and surviving the first day of finals (as well as finishing half of my finals). Last year for finals, my dad sent me a Zingerman’s Student Care package. Holy gourmet food coma. It was amazing and I blame the Munchies Collection as the reason I gained 5 lbs. in the two weeks leading up to the last day of finals. No such luck with gifts this year. But, Amber’s cookies, which I technically paid for (in donations to the American Red Cross), are just as good and much less detrimental to me fitting into my favorite pair of jeans. I was still a bit peckish after finishing my cookie, but it was too early to make dinner, so I grabbed a plum to hold me over.

As part of my desperate attempts to get rid of nearly empty containers in my cupboard (I keep buying new things and I have no room to put them in my tiny cupboard!), dinner was a taco salad of sorts. Spinach, black beans, salsa, Daiya cheese, cumin, and blue corn tortilla chips. I love cumin; it’s probably my favorite spice after cinnamon. Along with another unpictured plum. Tasty little buggers, aren’t they?

My appetite has been really down for the past few days. I’m sure I’ll have a snack or two before the night is out, but who knows what I’ll be craving then, assuming that I crave anything at all. It sucks forcing myself to eat because I know that I’m way too low in calories for the day. I wish I knew why my body hasn’t been asking for more. So annoying!

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LIFE

I woke up bright and early to take my first final at 8am (thankfully it was online). I was a bit tired because I tried to stay up last night to hear the president speak about bin Laden getting killed, but my poor little body was just too tired and I fell asleep a few minutes in to his speech. Anyway, my first final was only an acceptable score (in my opinion), but I still scored high enough to get a 4.0 in the class, so overall I guess I can’t be too hung up on it.

My second final actually required me to be present on campus, darn. I bused myself in, took the exam, and dashed home. No reason to be on campus longer than I have to be, especially during finals week. I turned in my 13-page Honors Option paper at this time as well. The professor hardly made any comments on my rough draft, so I’m assuming that she likes my topic and will, hopefully, like my final draft just as much as the rough copy. I left feeling okay. I undoubtedly got questions wrong, that’s just the way it is. I won’t know my score, since I had to take me test at a different time than everyone else and had to circle my answers rather than fill out a sheet that gets graded by a machine. But, I’ll find out all of my final grades by the 11th. I think I can wait that long.

Since I don’t have my next final until Wednesday morning, I took it easy this evening and let myself unwind after working my brain so hard trying to recall everything that I have learned since January. I am the master of the 1-hour free computer game trials. Everyday, I check out iWin Games and Big Fish Games because they come out with a brand new game every day. If the game looks like something I would like, I download the trial and wait to play it for when I have a lot of free time. They really pile up on my desktop! They provide the perfect study break.

I’m back to reading The China Study. Wow is this book is blowing my mind. Definitely reinforces my decision to be a vegan. I can’t believe it’s already been, what, 5 months? 6 months? Time sure does fly. Anyways, I’m about a third of the way through and just the sheer scale of the information and data that they amassed is mind-blowing. I’ve always been a numbers and figures kind of a girl with a math-minded brain. Data like this is so powerful and the implications are staggering. I’m so glad that I decided to buy this book months ago and am only sorry that it has taken me this long to get around to reading it.

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FITNESS

Monday = stretch. I was especially happy that today is my yoga day because my ankle is still acting wonky. It’s not painful, really. I definitely could still run on it, but I still want to take it easy. I’ve been icing it a few times a day and elevating it a few more, so I’m hopeful that by not running on today that I will be even better to run tomorrow.

I think that the yoga really helped. No discomfort at all (in my ankle at least) during the session and hours after I’m still feeling pretty good. Though, to be fair, I haven’t had to walk around much today. Just to the bus stop, then to the building my exam was held in, back to the bus stop, and back home. I would say 1 mile at MOST. I’m still hopeful for tomorrow, though. I want to do 4 miles in between studying for my next final on Wednesday morning.

I guess that this is coming at a good time, though, because I’m on a fall-back week for my long runs. Instead of running 9 this weekend I’m only running 6 and saving the 9-miler for next weekend. Should be the perfect way to round out finals week (well, that and hopefully getting to see my boyfriend for a bit).

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I’m now on Formspring! I plan on doing another Q&A post once I get enough responses. Seriously, ASK ME ANYTHING. My running, past, relationships, family, school, ED, nothing is off limits. And it’s completely anonymousso don’t hold back.

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Does anyone else get an insane sense of enjoyment when they finally get to get rid of all of the papers/notes they took during the semester?

What do you do when you know you haven’t eaten that much in a day but aren’t at all hungry?

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6 thoughts on “The Final Word

  1. Mmm yummy eats!
    Good job with your finals, it’s always nice to get them outta the way.
    Usually if I know I haven’t eat that much and I know I need more calories, I’ll eat a larabar. Some of them pack 250 calories and they are pretty tiny. Or a banana with nut butter (although that is kinda fiiling.)

    • I think one of the problems that I have is that I usually feel like I have something stuck in my throat. I don’t really know how to explain it, but it always feels like there’s food or something stuck in there, so I get scared to eat or it’s too physically uncomfortable to eat.

  2. Oh I CANNOT WAIT to finally be rid of all my notes!! Gonna burn them and dance around in delight!! Well, not really cos i’ll need them next year but you get the idea 😛 I always try to force myself to eat a bit more but sometimes just wait till the next day when I usually feel hungrier anyway…it all balances out 🙂

  3. I actually keep all of my notes in binders so that I can reference back to them seeing as I’ve had the experience that all of my classes eventually tie into one another. That way I really don’t have to relearn much. But I do enjoy the feeling of not having to take notes anymore and just being done with the semester is something I’m looking forward to so badly.

    …9 more days of classes, finals week, and I’m out of the dorms forever… ^^

    • Most of the classes I’ve taken so far won’t be used again. Like my anthropology course notes, etc.

      I keep the textbooks that matter too, but most of mine this semester I’ll be trying to sell.

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