Yes, back to regular blogging today!  Between Sunday’s travels from home back to school, meetings all night Sunday, and work/class/more meetings/studying for my test on Tuesday, I didn’t have a spare moment.  But now my exam (at least that one) is over – thank God.

This morning I’m staging a repeat of Monday’s A.M. routine.  Thanks to the time change, I woke up at 6 (although by alarm), made coffee:

PB031160PB031161PB031168Archer Farms Fudge Brownie coffee.  Yes, it is as good as it sounds.

had an apple:
PB031165Crisp Gala.

and am going to head out for a run pretty soon.  Be back after breakfast #2!


Last night at my very short meetings, I had half a banana to fuel my gym trip.  There, I did 20 minutes on the stair stepper, 10 on the stationary bike (too boring to continue) and 20 minutes of speed walking at an incline.  I was there longer than usual, but it was all so low-impact that I didn’t really feel like I did anything :(.

Obviously I burned some calories though, because my after-gym snack of a giant Cortland and cinnmon:


needed to be supplanted by grapes right before bed:


on the same paper plate.  Ohhhhh, college.

This morning I woke up and made the usual coffee in an unusual mug:

PA250975My UConn one is missing but I remembered I had this one that my mom gave me a couple Valentine’s Days ago .. yes, the only V-Day present I get is from my mom.  At least I know she loves me!

A while later I decided this was the perfect breakfast:


2 Kashi GoLean waffles with a Cortland and cinnamon.

I LOVED being the “pledge mom” to our new members, it was a truly great experience – but I am relieved that the most stressful part of my job as chapter educator is over.  I feel like this week is going to be great!  I feel great knowing that I taught our new sisters everything I could about our amazing sorority.  They’re all SUCH amazing girls.  I really couldn’t be prouder of them :)!

This week also starts something new to balance in my life – my job search.  I have one dream job I’ve started securing recommendations and applying for, but I’m also going to take my resume to Career Services for them to look over and really start searching.

Last year, when I decided I wanted to go into Highed Ed and Student Affairs, I planned to apply to grad schools and take the GRE this semester.  A few weeks in, with school, work, having a huge position, and trying to live my life in general, I realized I needed to take a step back.  Something needed to be cut.  So I decided to take the GREs later and apply to grad schools for admission in fall 2011, not 2010.  I feel really great about this decision.  First of all, it took a huge weight off of my shoulders.  I really could not have been studying for the GREs and applying to grad schools on top of everything else going on right now.  Secondly, I’m really looking forward to moving back home for a year and spending some time with my family before I move away.  I’ve really missed them more this year than anything.  Thirdly, saving money by living at home = :).  Obviously, I’ll still do some of my own grocery shopping, but that bill will get cut down too.

I used to view people who moved back home after graduation as somewhat failures.  I don’t know why I did that.  I know this decision is right for me at this point in my life.

This will all change, of course, if I land my dream job ;).

This morning was not my favorite.  When I opened the freezer to make my delicious breakfast:


Kashi GoLean waffles with a Honeycrisp, Toasted Maple Nut coffee with skim and PureVia

I discovered that some of my food was missing.  Ultimately not cool.  I was in a bad mood the rest of the morning, even after eating the pumpkin pie I packed:


As soon as I got to work at 2 I ate my lunch, which immediately put me in a better mood.

PA190904Arnold’s 100% WW Sandwich Thin with pepper turkey, Laughing Cow Garlic & Herb, romaine, and sriracha + grapes.

I guess since I felt better immediately I really just needed some whole foods in my tummy and my blood sugar was low.  But still.  Stealing = not cool.  Stealing food = even not cool-er.  I’m also drinking a Coke Zero due to my hostility towards the world and new found love for them.

I have another long run planned for blowing off steam later.  Can’t wait.  I also love that I can’t wait to run!!  I think I’ll go post some more OB notes as the Coke Zero has reached my pea-sized bladder in record timing.

Check out Janetha’s giveaway in honor of her six-month blogversary!  It’s a great one!

No, not weight-wise.  I didn’t mention it yesterday, but over the weekend there was a horrific attack on my campus.  At about 12:30 am Saturday night/Sunday morning, a fire alarm in the Student Union was pulled.  When everyone was outside, a fight broke out and two people were stabbed.  One of the men died, a football player, Jasper Howard.  The other victim was released from the hospital. I think they know who did it, but no one has been caught/arrested.

While there have been sexual assaults on campus that have been publicized, there has not been a MURDER.  It is completely horrific and I’m extremely creeped out.  Last night I went out to my car alone in the dark to get something and had to ask myself if I was safe.  Even with those previous assaults, I have never in 4 years felt unsafe on my campus.  We live in such a rural area (there are legitimately cows outside my window) that violent crime is almost unheard of.  As sad as it is, sexual assault on a college campus is not all that surprising.  Stabbings, on the other hand …

There’s a very quiet and weird vibe on campus right now – and I haven’t even been to class yet.  This crime is terrifying and devastating to our school – especially when it happened to a prominent figure the day we won our Homecoming game.

Anyway – I really wanted to run this morning, but it’s just too cold – apparently it feels like it’s 20 degrees.  I can go this afternoon after work, but I reallyyyyy need to get some winter running gear because soon it won’t matter what time of day I go.  Afterall, this happened yesterday:


More October snow.  Normal, Storrs.  Breakfast was soo good and refreshing!


Toasted Maple Nut coffee with skim and PureVia, Chobani Vanilla with chopped Honeycrisp and cinnamon.

Gotta get ready for class!

It’s hard to believe global warming exists when it’s 30 degrees outside when I wake up in mid-October.  After trying to talk myself out of my run, going back inside to change leggings and grab new headphones, I ran the 3.5 miles my training plan calls for at about a 10 mile and hour pace, which is normal for me.  Before my run, I quieted my tummy with a mini Clif Crunchy Peanut Butter bar.

Breakfast #2:


An Amy’s Breakfast Burrito!  After cooking for 1.5 minutes on both sides, grabbing my coffee and hot sauce, I had this:


Amy’s Breakfast Burrito, Frank’s Red Hot, and the last of my New England Coffee Hawaiian Macadamia Nut.

Amy’s Breakfast Burrito Opinion
When I saw that jalapenos were the dead last ingredient, I thought it might need some extra spice – and I was right.  Overall, the taste that shined through were the black beans – and really nothing else.  It was good, but nothing special.  I’d eat it again but only if I wasn’t buying.  2/5.
Texture: The chunks of tofu and potato were great with the creamy black beans and chewy wrap. 4/5.
Fill Factor:
Great for only 250 calories – it kept me full all morning until lunch!  5/5.
Ingredients: Yay for mostly organic ingredients!  I’ll have to look into what expeller pressed high oleic safflower oil and tapioca powder are,  and I’m curious what “spices” they’re referring to.  4/5.

I’m sad my macadamia nut coffee is gone :0( But I do have a bag of Maple Toasted Nut waiting for tomorrow!

Lunch was eaten at work:


A pepper turkey and Garlic & Herb Laughing Cow wedge on an Arnold’s 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thin, a Tazo Passion tea, and a pluot!

Mmm I LOVE pepper turkey!  The spicy turkey with the garlicky cheese was perfect on my favorite Arnold’s Sandwich Thin!

The Pluot:  I saw these at Big Y on my excursion last week and snagged one to try!  What I thought: with two fruit to live up to, I had high hopes – but to be honest, it didn’t really taste like anything.  The texture was great and plum-like though!  Maybe it’s not the season for pluots?  Are there even seasons for cross-fruits?

Mid-afternoon I scarfed down a banana, and dinner was an unphotographed whole wheat wrap with turkey, lettuce, tomato, jalapeno, and roasted red pepper hummus from the dining hall with a few orange slices.  After my school’s Homecoming pageant, I had my favorite snack!  A strawberry Chobani (legit addicted) with a cup of Kashi Honey Sunshine cereal.  No pic :(.  It’s honestly a rare day that I don’t eat Greek yogurt.  A lot of times if I realize I haven’t eaten it all day, I’ll plan it into my dinner or snack later.  I think I need some sort of group …