Change of Scenery

I’m all moved in to my new apartment! It’s beyond glorious. All new furniture. Well, the bed is my mom’s old one, but it’s still new to me, but the desk and bookcase are brand-new from IKEA. The bookcase is the one that I won right after my Solstice 10K race! I love it and it’s huge. All of my stuff didn’t even fill it up so I have room to spare to fill with things that I will accumulate throughout the year.

And look at that closet space! I goes from wall-to-wall. Incredible.

I still have to find things to put on the walls, but once I do I think that this will be my new favorite place in the world.

And, yes, I did make myself a little running “shrine” on my wall. Can’t wait to add more bibs and medals to it throughout the year! Also, I don’t have a window, instead I have a wall dedicated to being a sliding glass door for our patio. Equals tons of natural lighting. Score!

One kind of weird thing about the apartment is that we don’t really have doors. Instead, our rooms are separated from the common area by an accordion-style wall.

It’s really not as awkward as it looks and does quite well to block out light. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how well the apartment blocks sound. You practically have to yell to communicate between rooms and I can’t hear any of the other apartments unless they’re hammering into the wall.

And my new place is only a few steps away from my new gym! Literally. They are right next door to each other. I haven’t spent much time there yet, but I went in on Saturday for a long “run” (read: try and run but have to stop so decide to go on the bike instead). Apparently, if you go when they open at 8:00am you get to be with all the preggers ladies and old guys, which I’m perfectly fine with. People my own age didn’t seem to start showing up until 9 at the earliest. Anyways, they have free weights and lots of machines, so this should be good for when I (hopefully) start lifting more seriously next month.

Oh, and first meal cooked at the apartment? Sunday morning pancakes!

Strawberry Shortcake pancakes.

I’ve pretty much just been running all over town trying to get things for the apartment and get myself ready for classes to begin on WEDNESDAY. Luckily I only have work and 1 class, but still, it’s so crazy to think that this is the beginning of my third year already.

But, I’ll ponder that some more a little later, today I want to try out some early-morning yoga at my studio, then I have to go in to work for a few hours, and I want to hit up the gym a bit too and test out my leg. I’m continuing to heal, or at least not getting any worse, but I’m definitely not at a point where I can be running like I used to again… Then it’s time to party! Hey, I am a college student after all.

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Where did you live in college? – Freshman year I was in the dorms, then I lived in an apartment with 3 other girls last year, and now I’m here with 1 other roomie. Next year, I don’t know yet, but I have to start figuring it out soon because leasing starts in October!

What is your favorite kind of pancake? – I can’t believe I’ve never asked this before! I would have to say that those Walnut Brownie pancakes I had a while ago were my most recent favorite, but I’m trying new combinations all the time! I’d love to see your flavor recommendations.

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Running A Thousand…

… miles per hour that is. This week has been crazy beyond belief as I piled on meetings, appointments, work, class, studying, and volunteering. It helps the week go by faster, but at the same time you feel like you’re never home or get to see the people who matter most to you.

At the same time, the apartment has been dealing with major roommate issues. However, these aren’t the same issues that were occurring back at the beginning of the school year. Actually, that situation has resolved itself and I couldn’t be happier. This is actually a completely different spat that involves the girl I had originally signed my lease with who I had lived with last year. She has decided that she can no longer live with us and has chosen to move to another apartment in the complex to live with strangers (she officially moves out today, but all of her things are already gone). She is no longer talking to me (I don’t know why), but, I refuse to get caught up in that. If someone was really your friend and worth your time, they wouldn’t just drop you like that.

I have a follow-up appointment at the University of Michigan this afternoon to check in on the IBS situation, then it’s straight back home to pack for this weekend. The boy and I are headed to a wedding. It will be nice to just get away from everything for a couple of days and just be together. Though the prospect of wedding cake is good, too. Since we both work and have meetings, class, and homework during the week, the weekends are pretty much the only time we get to see each other face-to-face, so I live for the weekend.

I’ve been researching internships for when after I graduate in May 2013 (as long as everything goes according to plan). So far, I’ve pretty much just settled on the state(s) that I want to be in:  Texas or North Carolina. So, I have my eye set on one in each plus a back-up in each in that didn’t excite me quite as much.  I’m hoping to visit with the program directors next spring break and/or summer break, but until then, in accordanence with one of my classes, I’ll be working on my reseme, personal statements, and building relationships with my professors so that I can have killer letters of recommendation.

In other news, I had a murderous workout yesterday afternoon. I swear, I don’t think I’ve ever sweated that much in my entire life and my arms sure are sore this morning. Yesterday was the only day that I had time to work out this week, and I won’t have time this weekend, but hopefully next week and the coming weeks with allow me to get in more often. Getting my electronic access card fixed so that I can actually get in to the gym would be nice, too.

And now, a request: I’m going to a Superbowl Sunday party and have to bring a dessert to share. I want to bake some delicious vegan cookies and surprise everyone with their awesome animal-free-ness! What is your favorite vegan cookie recipe?

Frowny Franny and Pre-game

Friday

I’ve been pretty down in the dumps for the past few days. I’m not really very happy with my living situation and I don’t see anyway that it could get better and where me speaking up would not make me even more disliked. I have eleven more months on my lease, and will of course do what I can to stick it out, but right now I’m living in an environment which is not good or healthy for me right now and it greatly disheartens me that there is nothing to be done about it all.

Workout this morning was elliptical intervals. I didn’t really want to leave my room at first, but once I was in the gym and moving I felt a lot more motivated. I’m not really sure how far I went, since the readout had turned off before I had the change to record it, but I know it was somewhere between 3 and 4 miles.

Time Level
0-5 2
5-6 5
6-7 10
7-9 5
9-11 10
11-12 5
12-13 11
13-15 5
15-17 10
17-18 5
18-19 11
19-21 5
21-23 10
23-25 5
25-26 11
26-27 5
27-29 10
29-31 4
31-35 5
35-40 2
40-45 Cool-Down

Breakfast was old-fashioned oats made in Vanilla Caramel tea, mixed with chia seeds, cinnamon, and flaxseed meal, and topped with Grape Nuts, PB&Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams, strawberry preserves, and almonds (finally almost out!). There also may or may not have been a square of Lindt’s Sea Salt Dark Chocolate aka my newest obsession. Seriously, if you have never had sea salt chocolate, you are missing out. I’m pretty sure that no chocolate I have ever eaten has tasted as good as this one does. Yum!

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After breakfast, I continued where I left off making a study guide for my Human Nutrition midterm last night. Lunch was a spinach salad with artichoke hommus/Italian dressing, an applesauce cup, and a Chocolate Chip Clif Z-Bar (love!). Then it was off to Food Safety for a beginning lecture on E. coli. Real fun stuff, as always. After the commute, it was right back to making my study guide and waiting for people to get back to me about making plans for the evening.

Dinner was leftover Bombay Potatoes, brown rice, and cauliflower (still quite spicy!). Have I mentioned that there was once a phase in my life where I basically would only eat things that were either white or brown? Not exactly the healthiest way to life your life, but I was young and didn’t know any better. But I’m much better now, I swear! It just doesn’t always look like it, but green does make an appearance a lot more in my day-to-day life than it did even a year or two ago.

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Saturday

Since I have my race tomorrow, today was a rest day. And rest I did. I slept in an extra two hours and was incredibly grateful that I did not have to hit the gym, because I wasn’t feeling the greatest. What I was was HUNGRY. Game day oatmeal consisted of the following: old-fashioned oats made in Vanilla Caramel tea, mixed with chia seeds, cinnamon, and flaxseed meal, and topped with Grape Nuts, PB&Co. DCD, strawberry preserves, and the last of my almonds.

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I also snacked on a container of vanilla Greek yogurt mid-morning before the football game started. We played Northern Colorado, but Coach was not allowed to work the game because of the recent heart attack. I’m sure he’s just bursting at the seams to get back on to the field and coaching, but I’m sure we all prefer that he rest and recover so that we can have him around a lot longer as our beloved football Coach. But, no worries, we won by a landslide and Coach will most likely be back on the field, or at least in the stadium, for the next game.

Dinner was Annie’s Bunny Pasta with Yummy Cheese (bought on sale for just $1, can you believe this steal?!) with broccoli and cauliflower (lots of carbs for my race tomorrow morning!) while watching Stick It (I’m an ex-gymnast, or at least I tried being a gymnast). But, that ended pretty early in the evening, so random episodes of Family Guy then ensued. So inappropriate; so funny.

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Wish me lunch on my race tomorrow! I’ve set a goal of 26:00, but I truly think that I’ll be happy just finishing my first race in five years.

Feeling It

I was up basically all night; incapable of sleeping for some reason. I really have no idea how to explain it, other than maybe excitement? Although this article says that it may be the fruit that I ate late last night. Regardless, I hardly slept a wink last night and don’t actually have any idea when I dozed off, but before I knew it the alarm was buzzing and it was time to get my sore body out of bed to groove to some pilates. But, at least I’m all moved in and writing from my new amazing desk in my loverly new room that I decorated and designed all by myself! Take a look:

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That’s only the view from my doorway, there’s also a dresser and closet behind the bookcase, but I love it so much! My own room, away from home (all 3 miles that I am from my house), and lots of space in which to roam and still do workout DVDs and yoga without my roommates having to stare at my weirdness. I also love that it is on the first floor. We didn’t have to carry any of my super heavy things up flights of stairs and will make everything just ten times easier I’m sure. I also found out that some of my friends live in my complex as well which was really nice, since I didn’t think that I would know anyone here other than the roommate I had last year.

After a very cold pilates sessions (the AC is turned way up in this place and I do not make up the majority since I am cold all the time), it was time to make breakfast for the first time in the new place, but I had to be really quite because some people were sleeping in the living room which is connected to the kitchen. Kind of hard to do when you have to use the microwave and repeatedly open cabinet and refrigerator doors and drawers and use measuring utensils. Luckily this isn’t going to be the regular occurrence, but one of the other girls had friends from home stay over. Old-fashioned oats, cinnamon, flaxseed meal, chia seeds, Grape Nuts, almonds, PB&Co. CRS, and raspberry preserves.

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I completely forgot about these giant mugs that my sister and brother-in-law gave me for Christmas for the apartment. They’ve been in the basement ever since and I hardly ever go down there except for the occasional load of laundry I can’t wait to have done. These will be perfect for oats with little danger of them spilling over in the microwave! And they come in different colors, so I won’t have to bore you with my same old mug every single day like I’ve been apt to do.

I spent most of the early morning printing things off for my first week of classes, starting in on the stuff I have to do for my online class, and making up a calendar with all known due dates for all of my classes (a habit I picked up last year). I post the calendar on my corkboard and that’s how I prioritize what do to that day, when to study for things, etc. And I’ll see it every day because it’s right over my bed and colorful!

I walked the ~ 2.5 miles that it is to my house from my apartment on the bike path, picked up my bike, and rode it back to the apartment. Following a much needed shower, I was so ready for lunch. High-fiber tortilla with a vegan Boca burger, lettuce, and ketchup and a cute, little dinosaur pluot. I’ve been seeing pluots on a bunch of the blogs that I read lately, so I decided to check it out myself! Not too bad, not too much flavor in my opinion, but it’s not bad at all! I hadn’t had ketchup in such a long time, it seems. I forget how good it tastes and how much I miss it! For sure my favorite condiment. Thank goodness for my appetite coming back to normal today.

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Once Alli got back from work, we headed over to the Clubhouse to turn in some forms, pick up our bus passes, and look around a bit at where all the facilities were. The Clubhouse has a resort-style pool, hot tub, tanning, basketball, tennis, and racquetball courts, a sand volleyball court, and a 24-hour fitness center. I think you know which one I’m most excited about!

After that, I sat down to do some more work on my computer and tried out a new product: Blue Diamond Wasabi & Soy Sauce Almonds. These sounded so interesting that I just had to try them! They tasted like a very condensed version of Ramen Noodles in nut form. That’s honestly the best way that I can think of to put it. Not exactly something I would want to eat every day, but if I was feeling like getting my taste buds shocked then I would grab for a packet of these babies.

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It’s days like today, before classes officially start and you don’t really have anything to do, that I regret not bringing my TV with me to the new place. Just for something to do to eat up the time, or at least to have on in the background. I have my iTunes playing right now, but it just doesn’t seem to be doing the trick. I tried playing some computer games and reading as well, but since we had so many doors open yesterday there are flies everywhere and are very distracting and annoying and gross. And of course I’m totally uncoordinated or ninja-like so can’t swat the darn things myself.

Dinner was something I’ve been craving all day: Tasty Bite Spinach Dal and Tasty Bite Brown Rice. Tasty Bite has seriously reignited my love of Indian food and I love their short, readable ingredients lists! The seasonings are only just a little bit spicy for me, which is perfect. And I’m so proud of myself for picking out and making up this vegan, kosher, gluten-free dinner all on my own. True, all I needed was a microwave, but still! It was healthy and satisfying and just what I wanted.

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It’s weird how much my tastes have changed over the past year. I hardly ate any pasta dishes over the past few months, and I’m not even upset about it! In my house, pasta was the main component of virtually every dinner that my mother made. Since I’ve started making my own meals and even when I lived in the dorm and had a vast array of options to choose from, I rarely went for the pasta dish. There’s so much more to life than pasta! I probably would not have even had brown rice tonight if it wasn’t just the perfect addition to any Asian-inspired cuisine.

Now I’m just waiting around for Lyle to get back from visiting his hometown so that we can jump in to Friends-watching mode. Almost through season five now! Tomorrow is a scheduled rest day from running and working out, and I think that’s a good thing considering the maybe 3 hours that I slept last night. I felt fine all of today, even with waking up at 6:30am like usual, but I’m not going to let it become a trend to stay up all night like I did last year (bed at 1, wake up at 10). I hope that everyone had an amazing Saturday!

And now to leave you with a funny and (at least for me) partly true article:
Top 10 Signs You’re A Running Fanatic

Movin’ On Out

Yes. Finally. Today is the day. The day that I head out on my own in search of greener pastures and continuing education… two miles away from my mother’s house. But, really, my parents respect my space and don’t just drop in whenever they feel like it. I rarely saw my parents at all last year and both of them work at the university I attend. I probably would have seen them a lot less if I hadn’t been so sick for most of the year. Anyways, I started today out right; with a 4.05 mile run finished in 36:48 (9:04 pace). I really tried not to push myself too fast this morning and just to go the speed that my body left like going, and it turned out to be pretty fast but at the time it sure did feel slow.

Another very cold morning (low 50s, brrr), so I was very looking forward to my mug of oatmeal this morning. Old-fashioned oats, chia seeds, flaxseed meal, almonds, PB&Co. CRS, raspberry preserves, Grape Nuts, and cinnamon. Sorry that it doesn’t look so pretty this morning, I had to prepare and measure everything out last night so that I could pack everything away for the move today. So, my oats essentially were pre-mixed this morning, but it still tasted good nonetheless.

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This morning was filled with music and living minimally. With everything packed away but my computer and a change of clothes for the day, I did not have much to keep me entertained until the big show at 1pm.

Unfortunately, I failed miserably today food-wise. I was just so stressed and busy that before I knew it it was 7pm and I hadn’t eaten a thing. That might explain the light headedness and the shakiness, no? Time flew by and there was absolutely no food in the new place and I didn’t get to go grocery shopping until around 8pm. I’m going to go try and force myself to eat something now that it’s almost 9pm and finish getting the place together. Classes start Wednesday and I already have a To-Do List a mile long it seems. Night everyone!