I need to head to bed, so we’ll do this quick and in a time-blocked manner. My plan changed a bit from what I posted yesterday!

7:30am – Wake up, blow dry and straighten hair, get ready for my last first day of classes!

8:30am – Breakfast with some of my sisters: Cheerios, banana, rice milk, and coffee to go with skim and Splenda.

9:30am – Nutrition Through the Life Cycle. Moves fast, but prints slides and posts them online. Love this class already.

11am – Stand in line for 45 minutes to get refund check from Bursar’s office. Worth it.

11:45am – Read the first chapter of my nutrition book for review. Get overly excited about RDIs and vitamin intake. Diagnose self with 92348429 deficiencies. Realize I am a hypochondriac. Eat my packed lunch from yesterday – spinach, hummus, raisin wrap and an orange. You already saw it.

12:30pm – Medieval English Literature. I just “learned” this all in Brit Lit. Beowulf again, oh joy.

1:00pm – Get out of class super early. Head to bank to deposit mad moneys. Curse the weather yet again – instead of predicted snow, it is raining. And very cold. I decked out in snow gear, not rain. The two are very different.

1:20pm – Head to cafe to read more nutrition, play with my friend that works there, and drink an Awake tea with skim and Splenda.

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1:25pm – Wonder when my nutrition book will tell me to stop inhaling Splenda.

3:30pm – Emotion in Literature and Film. Spend 1.25 hours going over a syllabus I can understand, as a senior in college, by myself. Die inside a little. Munch a Spooky S’mores bar whose picture my Blackberry ate.

4:45-5:20pm – Wait for bus. In lieu of waiting for Blue line, get on Green line to get to Red line stop.

5:45pm – Finally get on a bus home. Surprised I haven’t started crying. Maybe I have, and mistook it for rain.

6:00pm – Eat some dried apricots.

6:30pm – Head to off campus gym with sister for free week from her membership.

6:45pm – Join off campus gym. They have TVs, air conditioning, classes, and a spa-like bathroom. I want to be friends with the front desk girl.

6:50pm – Ellipticize for 30 minutes on level 10 of rolling hills. Realize I am now technically paying for 3 gym memberships. Acknowledge my hardcore-ness.

7:25pm – 3.1 miles in 28:44, half on iPod, half on The Office. Wonder if weight lifters next to me are judging me for laughing out loud. I love you, Jim.

8:00pm – Stop at CVS to buy bright purple lock for new gym. Feel even more hardcore.

8:45pm – Finally eat dinner. Focus not on taste, but talking with friends. Feel like a real person again.

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love.burrito Veggie Fajita (review soon) + carrots with roasted red pepper hum

9:30pm – Be amazed that there is hot water this late in our house/condo/dorm.

10:00pm – Eat organic piñata apple.

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10:29pm – Hit publish. Apologize in advance for super lame, Blackberry picture filled post.

Good afternoon bloggies! I wasn’t actually hungry after posting last night and thought it might help me sleep if I wasn’t digesting a snack. I don’t know if that’s why, but I actually slept restfully though the night! I’m going to try to stop snacking after dinner for the next few nights to see if it helps me sleep better.

I found the new Chobani flavors at Stew Leonard’s the other day and bought two of each! I used the raspberry in today’s breakfast:

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Raspberry Chobani and Kashi Heart to Heart

Sooo good! Also had a coffee with skim and Truvia :0)

My friend Emily IMed me and asked me to meet her at the gym. My hamstrings are still a little sore and after my bad run yesterday, I just wanted to take it easy – luckily, so did she. I did 2 miles on the treadmill in 19:30:

  • Mile 0-0.5: 6mph, incline 1
  • Mile 0.5-1: 6.1mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1-1.3: 6.1mph, incline 2
  • Mile 1.3-1.5: 6.1mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.5: 6.2mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.6: 6.3mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.7: 6.4mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.8: 6.5mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1.9: 6.6mph, incline 1

I headed over to the elliptical and watched The Biggest Loser: Families while I ellipticalled up and down a mountain on level 7 for half an hour and finished up with 10 minutes on the stair mill. I did on a minute on level 3, alternated minutes on levels 4 and 5, and finished with a minute on level 3. I also stretched my hamstrings out a lot and they feel so good :0)

Lunch was essentially a snack plate:

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3 egg whites with salt, pepper, and Frank’s in a Joseph’s WW tortilla with a plain LC wedge and salsa + carrots and garlic hummus + half a Granny Smith with cinn

Yum! Off to shower and clean my room! What are you up to today?

Good evening bloggies! First of all – I’m trying out a new layout and a new picture size. I think the default ratio on ecto is a tad too big. Also, I am LOVING getting all of your comments – keep them coming! I also respond to each one, so go back and check if you wrote me a note on my last post!

Where did we leave off? Dinner, last night .. turned out to be super boring. Mah b.

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Buffalo Crackwrap, steamed brocc with parm, steamed carrots and brussels with S&P

I got expectedly snackalicious:
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Plain Chobsies with frozen blueberries

It turned into a giant purple mess of antioxidant-y goodness – loves it!
Today. Ohhhh, today. Well, I haven’t been sleeping that well at home this break, which is incredibly unusual for me, as I always sleep the best at home, in the sense of restfulness and not waking up. Every single night this break, I have woken up around 3:30. Sometimes I can toss and turn and fall back asleep, sometimes I’m in and out until about 5:30 when I actually fall asleep again. But this morning, I could not get back to sleep. I turned my TV on for white noise. I flipped channels. I read blogs. At 6ish, I finally got up and did the 20 minute free podcast of Morning Flow #1 from YogaDownload.Com – ahhhh. I’m pretty sure I’ve finally fallen in love with yoga, to the point where I crave doing it, all thanks to that one-hour class and Heather.
I made coffee, watched some TV, read some more blogs, tried to nap, gave up, ate breakfast:
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Fuji, pom, MultiGrain Cheerios with warm skim

I thought about going to the gym. I continued the TV, blog, and nap attempt cycle a few times. I made lunch.
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Tuna salad in a Joseph’s wrap with some granny covered in cinn

Santa’s not going away anytime soon. Well, until I’m back at school a week from today. Blech.
I dressed myself for a Target and gym trip, felt snacky, popped a cookie:
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Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar

and immediately felt too full. Fail.
I bought some socks, a new pair of sweet royal blue running shorts, and the new pina colada Orbit flavor at Tarjay, and still super full, headed to the gym where I had a hideous run. Hideous. I won’t dwell on the worst run I’ve had in at least two months, but I finished 4 miles in 37:37 and walked another 20 or so minutes. My hamstrings are gloriously sore (but not too too bad) from yesterday’s amazing yoga. The run and walk made them feel fab but they’re still pretty tight – in a good way. I love sore muscles!
I snacked on some very friendly clementines while I made din:
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They’re only a couple weeks late. Dinna:
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Baked sweet potato rounds with s, p, and chili powder + hummus and spring mix on fluffy whole wheat

Nom. My favorite sweet potato parts were the burnt ones! They taste like toasted marshmallows. I need to remember to slice much thinner slices for the crunchy, fry-like texture. Actually, I might do a batch super thin, like some of mine were, so that they’re like chips! Honestly couldn’t tell the difference. Oh sweet potato, you are the perfect food.
Congrats to all the Disney marathoners! Meghann, Caitlin, Ashley, the twins, Megan, and everyone else did AMAZING! My friend Jess, who I’ve known since kindergarten and ran (she ran, I walked) cross country with in high school finished in 3:37.48 – she is obviously beyond awesome and qualified for Boston!!!!!!!! I’m so proud of her! AND it’s her birthday! She celebrated by running a marathon. I went shopping and ate a lot of Japanese and had cake. It’s cool.
I really want to make an inspiration/goal board a la Gina for 2010. I have a few ideas of what to put on it, but it definitely needs to be fuller :0) Did you make an inspiration board? What is or would be on it?

I’m feeling snacky!

Last night I obviously had a bedtime snack!

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Pumpkin Pie Parfait!

Also known has 1/2 cup of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and one egg white microwaved for 4 minutes, topped with plain Chobani mixed with vanilla extract and TruVia and sprinkled with a Kashi Pumpkin Spice Flax granola plank. Yum.

I really wanted waffles for breakfast but I opened the freezer and tried not to cry when there weren’t any :(. I was in a bit of a time crunch, so making some was a no-go. I settled.

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MultiGrain Cheerios with skim and frozen blueberries

I never had blue milk before this morning! I had a doctor’s appointment, after which my mom and I headed into New Haven to have lunch at Claire’s Corner Copia, a fairly famous vegetarian restaurant. Sorry for the BlackBerry pictures!

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I had the roasted vegetable salad with feta, which came with a grainy roll (not sure if it was multigrain or whole wheat?) and an iced tea. Honestly, it wasn’t good. The vegetables were pretty oily – so much so that the bed of spinach they came on got soaked. The veggies were cold. I don’t get cold roasted vegetables? They were also pretty tasteless because of the oil – I really don’t understand why people drench things in oil. It takes all the flavor out! Regardless, I was starving and ate all the veggies minus the peppers but left most of the lettuce and half the feta (there was a lot more than pictured). I also had half of the roll, which is a lot bigger than it looks. The roll was the best part! It was warm and so doughy, fluffy and chewy – perfect bread! I took the other half home.
After running some errands, I was still hungry when we got home, so I snacked on an exceptionally good Fuji before some nappage occured:

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Eventually I got up and made a random dinner:

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Egg white scramble with broccoli, onion, half an LC French Onion wedge and organic ketchup, plus the other half of my roll – half with strawberry jelly and half with the other half of the LC French Onion wedge

I heated up the bread in the microwave and it was still so.damn.good. Best bread ever? Maybe.
I was planning on taking today off from the gym, but I got so bored I ended up getting dressed, but then talking myself out of it again. I went back and forth for a while until Grey’s came on Lifetime and made my decision for me. Of course I got exhausted right after that so it was a good call. I just snacked on some carrots and sriracha:
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Andddd now I’m passing out. Good night!
PS. I’m super excited for breakfast tomorrow! Something new!

First of all, thanks to Michelle over at Snacks&Field for tagging me in the Happy 101 Award!

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10 things that make me happy:
1. Food!

2. My sorority sisters, especially my little! I don’t know what I’d do without her!

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Yes, my little is taller than I am. We see the irony.

3. TRAVELING!

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Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy – Tower of Pisa, Pisa, Italy – Miami, FL at my sorority’s national covention

4. “Twilight” and making fun of it
5. Fall
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6. Puppies/dogs
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7. Funfetti cake/cupcakes

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8. The endorphins/feeling of accomplishment and general awesomeness after a run (especially a PDR!)
9. Nail polish. Serious addict. And snob – I only really buy OPI and Essie. And can identify most colors by name on sight.
10. New blog friends :0)
Speaking of, I have to tag 10 other blogs. Most of the ones I read have already been tagged, so here are 10 blogs that always make me happy :0)   Another One Bites the Crust; These Beautiful Feet; Peanut Butter and Jenny; Snackface; Skinny Runner; Vegan Love; Be Fit. Be Full. ; Yes, I Want Cake; RhodeyGirl Tests; The Hungry Yogini.
Just another lazy day occupied with only the food and the gym. I think I’m actually starting to get bored?!?! Maybe looking forward to getting back to school …

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Pomegranate Chobani with Kashi Heart to Heart

I was meeting my friend at the gym at 1:30 so I had a super light lunch/snack around 12:30:
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Leftover roasted veggies

Yes, I eat on my floor on my yoga mat a lot. It’s fine. I also threw a few salted roasted almonds in my mouth on my way out the door to the gym.
I got there a few minutes before my friend and ran .38m waiting for her. We moved to other treadmills since someone snagged the one next to me just as she was walking in. We did 5 miles in 46:50. I played with the incline a little and speed a bunch as usual.
  • Mile 0-1: 6.2mph, incline 1
  • Mile 1-1.5: 6.3mph, incline 2
  • Mile 1.5-2: 6.3mph, incline 1
  • Mile 2-3: 6.4mph, incline 2
  • Mile 3-3.75: 6.5mph, incline 1
  • Mile 3.75-4: 6.6mph, incline 2
  • Mile 4-4.5: 6.7, incline 1
  • Mile 4.5-4.75: 6.8mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.75-4.9: 7mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.91: 7.1mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.92: 7.2mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.93: 7.3mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.94: 7.4mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.95: 7.5mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.96: 7.6mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.97: 7.7mph, incline 1
  • Mile 4.98-5: 7.8mph, incline 1

I was DRIPPING after this workout, but felt SO GOOD. I heart running.

Snacky-poos:

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Cortland with cinnamon
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Carrots and sriracha

Dins:
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Steamed brussels and carrots with S&P, steamed zucchini with oregano, BBQ tofu

Yeah, I don’t know why that would be enough food either. It was quickly supplemented.
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Multi-grain english muffin with a Laughing Cow French Onion wedge

Why is bread and cheese so simple but so perfect? My mom picked up Thomas’s Smarter Start Light Multi-Grain english muffins. They’re not whole wheat, but they’re so doughy and delicious and only 100 calories! It’s love.
I added a “Workouts” page to the blog so that I have something to easily and quickly track what I do/don’t do everyday. I think I’m also going to make a page with my grocery staples – what do you think? I also have a serving of tofu I haven’t done anything with yet – any suggestions? I like buying tofu but it’s hard for me to figure out how to cook it once I buy it.
Snacktime! Happy blogging!

So obviously as soon as I posted about not being hungry, my stomach immediately demanded food. I went with my second sample from Chobani. Thanks again!

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2% Strawberry Banana Chobani Opinion
Taste: Just like a strawberry banana smoothie! More strawberry than banana, but seriously – gasm. 5/5.
Texture: Thick like any Greek yogurt and extra creamy since it’s 2% = perfect. There were definitely strawberry chunks, but no banana – it would probably brown? 5/5.
Fill Factor: Great for my nighttime snack with some MultiGrain Cheerios. 14g of protein and 3g fat will keep you satisfied! 5/5.
Ingredients: “Cultured pasteurized nonfat milk, cream, evaporated cane juice, strawberries, bananas, natural flavors, locust bean gum, pectin, fruit and vegetable juice (for color), contains five live active cultures including S. Thermophilus, L. Bulgaricus, L.Acidophilus, Bifidus, and L. Casei.” 4/5.
Nutrition: Like the other 2% flavors, there are 160 calories in 1 6oz. cup. 3g of fat (2g saturated), 5mg of cholesterol, 65mg of sodium, 19g of carbs (1g from dietary fiber and 17g of sugar), and 14g of protein. Again, sugar is pretty high from lactose and fructose, but also from the third ingredient of evaporated cane juice (before both strawberries and bananas). 4/5.
Overall: Seriously did not want it to end. I’ll definitely be buying this regularly once it’s in stores. It was absolutely delicious. 5/5.

The carb/fat/protein combo kept me full into the morning, when I had to get blood drawn without eating anything first – so good job smoothie yogurt! After that surprisingly calm experience, I did some glorious detox yoga a la YogaDownload.com podcast. After that 7-miler yesterday, my legs and hips are kind of stiff but yoga definitely helped.

I kept breakfast light:
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1/2 pear, mango, with cinnamon and milk

Surprisingly wasn’t feeling this at all. I dumped it and made apple cereal instead:

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Huge fuji chopped and warmed with cinnamon, TruVia, and warm skim

Before my mom and I stopped at the store, I snacked on the other half of my super juicy pear:

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And came home and roasted a small country’s worth of vegetables:

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Zucchini, broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, onions, sweet potato, eggplant
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La Tortilla Factory wrap with hummus, brussels, onion, sweet potato, zucchini, eggplant, carrots with a side of crispy broccoli

Broccoli fries, anyone? Delish. I think I’m going to add balsamic to the three tons of leftovers I have in the fridge – like my favorite balsamic grilled veggies from the student union at school!

I lazed around all afternoon and had my mom’s amazing minestrone soup for dinner:

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With a Joseph’s low carb pita – mmm!

There were so many goodies in the soup!
  • Whole stewed tomatoes
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Corn
  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Black beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Pink beans

I snacked on the other half of my Cashew Cookie Larabar for some pre-gym fuel and some tea for caffeine:

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Larabar Cashew Cookie Opinion
Taste: Pretty light taste of cashews, which apparently aren’t my favorite.  2/5.
Texture: Moist, chewy, nutty – perfect!  5/5.
Fill Factor: Kept me fueled for 7 miles yesterday and an hour on the elliptical today without hunger pangs either time, which is really, really unusual for me. 5/5.
Ingredients: “Cashews, dates.” Maybe they should throw some salt in there? But still – 5/5.
Nutrition: 230 calories (highest count in a Larabar I’ve seen), 13g of fat (2.5g saturated, 0g trans fat, 2.5 polyunsaturated, 8g monounsaturated), no cholesterol or sodium, 340mg potassium, 23g of carbs (4g from fiber, 18g from sugars, and 6g of protein. 4/5.
Overall: Least favorite flavor yet. I was pretty disappointed, considering that I’ve heard such great things about. I won’t buy it again unless I’m craving cashews – and I can’t be trusted around unportioned nuts. 2/5.

At the gym, I did 60 minutes on the elliptical – “Kilimanjaro” aka mountain setting, at level 10. I probably should have taken today as a rest day after running more than I ever have before yesterday, but my legs weren’t sore at all, just a little tight, so I thought going easy on the elliptical would loosen them up. It did, and I don’t regret it, but it just wasn’t a good workout. I was however, extremely entertained the entire time.

To my left was a small man I see a lot, maybe in his late twenties, watching “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” on ABC Family. To my right was Rabbit, from 8 Mile. Legit. Complete with black hoodie covering his head and face (yet I could see him creeping) and ragging his finger – you could just tell he was angrily rapping at the poor elliptical. The finger wagging was so intense and consistent it actually really started to annoy me. Pretty persistent out of the corner of my eye there, Slim Shady.

I also watched the first half of “The Bachelor” premiere. Wow. Some of those girls are just … they just have to be following a script. There’s not way that show is unscripted. “Do you have a registry for those guns?” First of all, is your hair up or down? Second of all, that is not the proper term. Third, really?

Anyway. Post-gym snack:
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0% Plain Chobani, a clemmie, and a packet of Stew Leonard’s Cranberry Fitness trail mix

Looks just like my brother! Except his eyes are green, not walnut hazel. I loveee this trail mix! It has peanuts, walnuts, almonds, pepitas, cranberries, raisins, and maybe one other seed? SO healthy and SO good.

I need to rehydrate – maybe with some more clementines! Have a great night!

If when I ever start racing, I know what my pre-race dinner will be – a bento box with teriyaki shrimp and scallops and brown rice. Maybe minus the shiraz and carrot cake.

I seriously had such a great run at the gym. I planned for 4, but I felt so great I decided I’d go for 6 and cool down until I had been running for 60 minutes. I finished the 6 miles in 55:27, but by the time 60:00 rolled around, I was at 6.48 miles so I decided to just speed up again and get to 7 – a new PDR for me! I ran it in 64:50, averaging about a 9:15 minute mile.

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Pre-run, I had half a Cashew Cookie Larabar that my mom put in my Christmas stocking. Definitely not my favorite flavor – I’ll post a full review when I finish the other half. I’m sure the dates and cashews (the only 2 ingredients – why I love Larabar) helped keep my energy level up as well! Honestly, I felt so good I could have gone for 8, but I my knees were starting to feel the pounding and I knew I needed more fuel for a run that long.

Post-run, I really was not hungry at all (normally my stomach is growling after a workout), but after I showered I made a snack plate to refuel.

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Baby carrots, broccoli, sugar snap peas, and hummus x3 – plain, garlic, and plain with hot sauce

I got a little hungry again a couple hours later, so I heated up a small dinner of leftovers:

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Curried chickpeas and sweet potato rounds with organic ketchup

While I reheated the sweet potato rounds in the oven to crisp them up, I sauteed a tiny bit more onion and spinach to add to the chickpeas, and microwaved some frozen peas to add to the mix. When the onion and spinach were fully cooked, I threw the leftovers and the peas into the skillet to heat up and mix in. The peas were definitely a great addition!

4 hours later and I’m still uncomfortably full from that small meal. Running does such weird things to my appetite – 3 or 4 miles will leave me starving, but 7 miles and no appetite? My huge dinner and dessert from last night is probably contributing, but still! I guess my metabolism was just having a quirky day!

Sad, quick, and poorly-lit pictures are due to my camera’s quickly dying battery and my complete cluelessness as to where the charger is.

Have a great night!