Tell the World I’m Coming Home.

I hope you don’t think I’m dead.  I was going to use Pink, “I’m not dead” as my post title…but you know…

I’m alive I swear.  I was just driving back from school and such.  It’s about a 12 hour drive and with packing, unpacking, getting bored and stopping unpacking and then really unpacking…it tends to be a 4 day adventure ha.

This is where I'll be...well not in front of this sign but you get it

To rewind a little bit last Friday after my last final (which was a lecture I did on combinatorics…), I went for a nine mile run, quickly showered then headed south to Syracuse to pick up my dad.  I somehow managed to leave my townhouse within an hour of finishing my run.  I’m never that quick…so it was already starting to be a good trip.

My dad always flies up and we drive back together and bond about life and such.  You know father daughter stuff because that is how we roll. Sometimes we have sing alongs and then he tells me he’s over it.  He enjoys riding in the car with me because he gets cultured” in all the current music. 

We stopped and a delicious and nomtastic dinner from Ruby Tuesdays.  I am in love with the salad bar there, along with well everything.  I got grilled salmon with 2 orders of spaghetti squash (because it is amazing) and a few rounds of salad bar.  Enough to satisfy my belly all night long.

We stayed the night just north of Washington DC and then drove the rest of the way home on Saturday.  I was sad because I was so close…yet so far to half the blogging population at Fitblog. We happened to stay at a hotel in which they had waffle irons for the breakfast and if they didn’t…I might have contemplated whipping mine out from sort of crevice in my car.  I topped with some fresh fruit and called it a breakfast.

I got home around 3pm on Sunday and then began to unpack and clean and such.  It is the hardest and most challenging thing in the world to unpack after a 12 hour drive.  Blech and It’s still not done…

unless you count this done

For dinner, my daddykins wanted to get some sort of pasta as did I.  We went to a local place called Spaghetti Eddies which seems to win every award for best pizza and pasta.

I got the baked pasta along with my dad, and the rest of the family split a giant pizza (which I still had a slice of and it was still the bomb.com).

Cheese with a side of pasta? Yes please.

My race today went really well and I’ll do a better recap later but I ended up PRing and running a 1:36.56 (for a half) in the hilly and humid weather.  I also briefly (literally) saw Alyssa as she scared the bageezes out of me.  Situational awareness I do not have.

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Question for you:

How do you eat well while on the travel? 

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Nine Months of Blogging in Pancake Photos

If learn nothing else this school year, I think my photography skills for food blogging have come a good way since the beginning of the year. Although many of you didn’t have to put up with them until recently. God knows I’m not saying I’m a good photographer or even decent but I am 100% better then last August. Dear college tuition, you did something for me…I guess.

From the glorious Apple cinnamon pancakes I had at a diner in NYC...
To my first attempt at taking photos of pancakes back in August!
I guess I kind of progressed in September by at least naming my photos
October brought my obsession of Red Velvet Pancakes and my photography went from a 1 skill level to maybe 3
November was a good month for photo since I still actually use this photo of pancakes nomm.
December involved less pancakes because I was too busy scrapping my car everyday from ice. Poor Lorraine 😦
But I did make gingerbread pancakes which I want really bad right now.
Jan was brancake time.
No notable pancakes of Feb so I focused my photography on quiches...
pumpkin pancakes are always the most photographic hands down...
Raspberry pancakes were the the theme of April, although my photography never improved.
And I'm just been in a waffle craze de May

As you can see in my nine months of blogging the only thing that is clear, is I still have some photography skills that I need to work on. A goal for the summer-perhaps. Throughout the nine months though, I still have enjoyed eating my breakfast as I have over 300 photos of pancakes and 100 of waffles collected on wordpress.
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Question for you:
1. What is your more reoccuring photo on your blog of?
2. Tips for us “awesome” photographers?

QUICHE FOR BREAKFAST?!

Since I’m really avoiding packing my car right now I’ll do some good ole blogging.

My day started at around midnight this morning…but that is another story left for my twitter.  Really it started around 8am.  I was going to go for a run before my final-but alas I was too tired and don’t have too much else to do today besides my coaching portfolio and final.

For Breakfast today, I actually had a quiche and yogurt.  Kelsey asked if I wanted to get breakfast on campus and I thought ya know why not…I haven’t really all semester.  I suppose my body was rather confused since I normally have that for lunch but it was nom.com either way.  Veggie quiches are my favorite so I was rather pleased.

Burnt and crusty. My favorite (You think I'm joking...)

It stopped raining for a hot second so I decided to run for nine miles in the humidity which was nice.  I really need a break from the gym right now and couldn’t bare to run on the dreadmill.  When I came back from my run, all of my housemates had moved out.  So I am all by myself for the next 24 hours.  Blech.

So I made these pancakes.  Nom.com.  Sweet potato pancakes are actually my choice of pancakes before any cross country race or swim meet.  Don’t ask why because my mind couldn’t tell you…it just demands what it demands.

Sweet tater with cranberry jam.


Seriously make these now.  I actually have a hot dinner date tonight at First Crush tonight with zee bestie.  Nomtastic.

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Oh yes and this is my last Vlog for a while (unless you find them more entertaining then text)  But it is my thoughts of America’s Next Top Model Season Finale.  That way, my male blogging besties (and females who that isn’t their jive) wouldn’t have to go through an entire post of boredom.


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Question for you:

1.       Do you enjoy doing Vlogs?


On Yo Video Phone

I been all about the song titles as blog titles eh.  Fun fact, I didn’t actually record this on a video phone nor do I really know what that is.

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Ding ding ding.

Round 3 of finals.  Do you think I could go into prowrestling? 

I like to pretend I’m kinda scary. 

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This morning was my 8am acalc final.  The class is normally at two pm, and that is normally the perfect amount of time for my little brain to prepare itself to think of those terms.

But the final went okay, it didn’t go as well as my first one (but the class is about about 10X harder…) but it wasn’t as bad as my math class last semester.  So I’m pleased for it to be done and for me to be done with it…but more to that later.

Tomorrow I have my big coaching portfolio due, but I’m done with that.  It was luckily shorter than my teaching portfolio de 50 pages.

So tonight will be filled with packing.  

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I was going to do what I eat Wednesday but since I eat the same things-how boring. 

Fun facts of my day, Justin came over and if you live in my life you know I blog about everything.  You must be prepared in all situations and you must agree when I say ohhhh please its for the blog and you’ll be famous.


Justin was way too prepared-already making his nanner waffle look the bomb.com.  That is why we are Arctrainer besties!  He knows how to really fix up for some good food photography.

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As far as Monday is concerned.  You’ll be happy to know that actually the winner of swimming versus running is….

Running…only by two votes though.  I voted for swimming, and no the furthest I have ever swam in the open water is 2 miles and when you are a mile out from shore it’s rather scary.  I feel those races 10 fold more than half marathon…

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I’m a youtube supahh star!!

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Questions for you:

1.       Do people love/hate your phototaking of food?  Do you hide it?

I’m so up front with it.  I’m like you if you eat with me-you eat with my blogging besties.  You think I’m kidding but no. 

2.      What is a video phone?  

Part 2: Staying Active in College

Have you ever typed up something on PC and then your computer crashed and you lost it because you were an idiot to not save it?

Yeah well…this is my first time and the reason this blog is a little overdue.

blech.



A week or so ago, we had a chatski about eating well in college.  Today we can have a chatski about being active in college.

For many of my blogging bffs about to go off to school, you are being a recruited for a sport.  While I was never recruited, I can tell you during season you will have no problems being active.  At all.  If your butt doesn’t make it to practice…you’ll be in a bit of trouble and thus have to make up practices (so you never really catch a break).

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But what about during off season? Or what if you aren’t on a team?



I don’t know a single college without a gym.  If you do, please let me know, I’m interested.  Most college gyms have a plethora of different machines weather you are into cardio or lifting or both.  Take the first few days before classes – to explore the gym.  Play around on machines, see what you like or what you don’t.  Not every one likes the same machines, so you should feel out what you like at your gym.  I hate recommended cardio machines for people because it’s all on general taste. 

You don’t have to go everyday, or even stay for an hour.  You just want to an outlet to be active and relive some of your stress from classes or um…housemates.

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But what if you just hate the gym? 



My housemates hate the gym.  They do not like going at all, it bores them, it’s stinky ect.  They do stay active though going to different classes and really going out that way.  Along with a gym, most colleges have anywhere from tennis courts, an ice rink, workout classes and most even have a pool.  I’m not saying you should try (or learn) to swim laps, I’m just saying it’s a great stress buster and I always have the most satisfying workouts via swimming.

Freshman year I was an ice-skating champ!

Amen Nicole.  If I’m throwing money into classes-my butt is over there.  That is BCBG clothing I could be spending it on. 

You don’t even have to go near your athletic complex, rent DVDs from your library of Julian or other videos.  Those can be done at home and as early or as late as you like.

Sign up for intramurals!  There is nothing like being active with 10 of your closest BFFS and not really evening knowing you are getting exercise in. 
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But what about making time between classes, studying, social life, and your other jives?

I took a lot of crap for this one actually.

And I mean a lot of criticism first semester for being on the cross country and swim team.  A lot of people would snidely ask me how I had time to balance sports and that it was a good thing I wasn’t taking hard classes, and if my studies were suffering, oh yes and the everymore HTF I blogged on top of all of that.  Incase you wondered, I got a 3.6 first semester, so my studies were not suffering and I was not bumming around in easy classes either.  Math major is a little bit hard to have an “easy load”… There is always room to fit exercise in somewhere, you just may have to give up a little facebook stalking (or blog stalking).

Anywho-Let’s just say there was a lot more negativity then positivity. 


Making time for the gym is all about your priorities.  You don’t have to go everyday but you do have to prioritize.  I make a master schedule of my week.

My biggest advice is to plan the week on Sunday.  Plan the days you are going to the gym.  Plan everything.  Plan what you want to get done each day (such as projects/homework/papers/equations), plan outside of the school things (laundry/going to the groceries ect) and when you’ll need to do that, but also plan when you are going to the gym.  If you plan it, you are so much more likely to actually get there.  Seriously getting to the gym or wherever you are working out, is half the battle.

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More from the Tweeting Besties:

I couldn’t agree more with Becca and Lauren.  I literally walk between 5-8 miles around campus on the weekdays. 


 Most gym fees are included in your tuition which means you aren’t paying a billion dollars per month.




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In short:
Take 5 minutes each week to plan out your week.  Set priorities.
And you don’t have to rely on boring cardio machines all the time, workout with friends, do other things outside of stinky gyms.  You’ll love it that way.

So be active and have fun in school. 4 years is an awfully short time.

and invite your 100 closest friends.



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Question for you:

  • How do you (did you) stay active in college?
  • Ding Ding Ding Now Starting Round 1


    Of Finals week (for me anyways).

    Finals Day Round 1. An excuse to wear makeup and put my hair in the worlds greatest messiest side bun on top of my head. AKA anti real girl days.

    Don’t think I’m lazy my blogging bffs, I’m not.  I have two finals that required any studying and one that requires much more than the other.  Both of them are math.

    My first one was today at 10:15 and it went well.  I was very pleased with it.  I’m pretty sure I got at least a 90. 

    The second one (and harder one) is on Wednesday.

    I have a few presentations for education amongst there…but if you can’t tell I enjoy talking so no big deal.  Apparently I’m a decent public speaker as I can keep the class amused for a rousing 20 minutes when I normally present…go figure.

    Needless to say, I have never really been in a situation like this that my finals aren’t making me sweat too much.  I mean they are obviously, but there is not a need for me to stay in the library for countless hours like every other time.  My finals this semester have more or less have been a culmination of projects and speeches with two intense math tests.

    I won’t complain because I don’t want to jynx it. 
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    Today because it was blistering cold and rainy the temperature dropped back down to 35 and pouring rain.  Needless to say I kind of hid in my room before and after finals and under about 1000 layers of covers.

    Since it was so cold out, I decided it was appropriate to have a nice ole warm blueberry waffle topped with Greek yogurt and more blueberries.

    I’m rather proud of how my photography skillz have progressed since the year has gone by.  One day I hope to be as classy as some of those photographers that make you crazed with hunger just staring at their food.

    To continue to chain of food photography, I took a picture of my “garbage salad”.  I call it a garbage salad because it was like I dumped everything and anything found on the salad bar into the salad.  All topped with feta cheese.

    Yes there is chicken, ham, banana peppers, olives, spinach, oranges, pears and cheese all in that salad.

    If you squint you can see my corn and roast beef sandwich in the background...somewhere...


    I’ve also been getting into tuna fish sandwiches for snacks lately (because I have 10 cans of tunafish that I need to use up before the end of the week).  1 can of tuna fish+1/4 feta cheese+ half a bottle of parmesan cheese, all toasted up.  It is certainly a nomtastic snack that I can eat in class and guarantee no one will sit next to me.  Perfect.



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    Questions for you:

    1.       Did you have any particularly rough or easy finals weeks?
    Last Spring Semester, I had a rough one studying for my graduate level math course.  (I almost decided to do a BA/MA (bachelors-masters) program at school where you get your masters  in math alongside your bachelors in 4.5 years.)  Uh yeah hardest test of my life.  It was worth it though because I got a 3.0 in class but was more in limbo about math in general.  Needless to say I didn’t want to get a masters in math.  That was the hardest semester of my life to begin with though.  It began my questioning of weather math was really for me or not or if I care for proofs. Random side notes of my life.

    2.       Would you rather swim 2 miles in open rough currents water or run 15 miles on the treadmill staring at the wall with no music or tv?  Feel free to tell me why.


    I Be Up In The Gym Just Workin’ On My Fitness

    Fergi always has the best lines in songs no? 

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    Workouts:

    Swimming: 9400 yards/10000

    I’m not too worried that I didn’t get that last 600.  I’ll build up my swimming when I get back home.  I didn’t get a full hour in on Monday which is where I missed it.  My body needed rest that day though.

    Running: 55miles. 

    I’m super pumped that I have finally reached above 50 miles post injury .  I took Monday off from running because my hip was bothering me and have had quality runs since then.  All my miles (minus today in the pouring rain…but uh what was I thinking going out there first of all) have been great runs.  My most notable was on Friday running 7 miles at a 7 minute pace.

    If I had felt like crap I wouldn’t have run plain and simple.

    Arctrainer: 2 hours

    This workout week was everything and I wanted.  None of my miles were crappy or bad, I took rest when needed and it was just a generally jazzy week.

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    Goals for Next Week:

    Well some big things are happening next week. 

    1.        I have finals (so no classes and mass amounts of stress busting needed).
    2.        I am driving home (big ole 12 hours)
    3.       Oh and I’m running my last half marathon on Sunday.  (the day after I get home).

    With that being said.

    I plan to get 45 or so miles depending on how my body feels. 

    3 hours of swimming

    HERE IS THE BEST PART.

    I have just 1 hour of Arctrainer crosstraining planned tomorrow.  🙂  My workout weeks should start to tend to look like that with minimum Arctrainer and more running.  Like I have mentioned before, I used the Arctrainer as a clutch to burn more calories and would continually tire my body out.  If there was an Arctrainer half marathon count me in and I would be able to justify spending countless hours on there-but there isn’t.  It is a great source of crosstraining but there isn’t a point post injury recovery to be doing it for 5-6 hours weekly.

    Since I have no photos for you, I’ll show you how I have been wasting time by not studying.

    painting koi fish...

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    Question for you:

    1.        How was your workout week?  Any big plans this week?
    2.       How do you feel about Arctrainers and Ellipticals?  (Arcs are just another form of elliptical).