Enjoying My Time

I know my blog is often associated with waffles, pancakes but occasionally….well the majority of meals I like to eat other food too.  This can serve as a life update post too because those have been few and far between.  I’ve been working and going out to eat the majority of time catching up with friends.  It’s somewhat expensive, yes, but I’ve accepted August will not be the month for me to be frugal and since I saved up enough working both jobs and I won’t have the luxury of seeing a lot of people once I move for a while…Not to say I’m going crazy and spending my entire savings account but I’m panicking when I spend more money then usual.

I apologize if some have already appeared on instagram and you feel you feel like you are seeing déjà vu.

This is long overdo but there is another Oiselle athlete in my area Mollie is simply incredible.  I’m not sure anything I could say could give her a proper introduction but she is gorgeous, down to earth, 16 minute 5ker and actually also expecting very soon!  Anyways, I’ve gone out with her a couple of times and people like her make me wish I wasn’t leaving the area right now.


Not to mention eating with Ashleigh.  Ashleigh is one of my good friends that I’m always so glad to be able to hang out with her.


I ended up ordering the steak salad which was quite good.  It had all my credentials after all…steak and crumbly blue cheese.


In the midst of work, I was able to eat lunch with Stella.  We went to the Yorgo’s Bageldashery in Norfolk.


Although I’m not vegan, they had a lot of great vegan choices.  (Literally half their menu was vegan).  I opted for a bagel with salmon on it which was awesome.  It still doesn’t beat the Baglary in my college down.  Those were the best.


So that is just a few of my friend adventures in the last week or so.  Outside of a normal 40 hour work week, I’ve been packing like a mad woman and enjoying my last few weeks with my parents and family.

Questions for you:

What is your favorite restaurant ever? Why? 


Vacation Dinner Food

And foodie day 2. 

So anyways, in San Antonio we ended staying directly on the Riverwalk.  If you have never been there, it’s a nice stretch of River where you walk…go figure.  (Isn’t it nice when things are exactly what they appear to be?) It’s a few miles long and had restaurants, bars, stores…everything for your tourist encounters.  It’s a lot of fun and something that is on the San Antonio big tourist list.

To the untrained eye this just looks like a picture of us being tourists but really it is us on top of the bridge where Selena was filmed.


The first thing I wanted after checking into our hotel was Mexican food.  More like guacamole.  We stopped at the first restaurant we saw called the Maria Mia.


The singing mariachi band swarmed us before we could even order and sang.  I dubbed them my vacation boyfriends.


Maria Mara asked if we wanted guacamole with our chips…what a silly question.  I basically ate this entire thing.  I have never been to a restaurant where so many staff asked how we were doing.  I almost couldn’t choke down my food because every minute someone else was asking.


Anyways back to my salad. If this was how my vacation was going to go…well I didn’t mind one bit.  I love taco salads, nothing beats the moment when you are like done with my salad…now I got a taco to eat.

I had a few taco salads on my vacation (by a few I mean 4).

bonus round

bonus round

We also went to a restaurant called Texas de BrazilThis is a chain restaurant and it has probably become my favorite restaurant of all time.  It isn’t cheap (roughly 50 dollars per person) but it is 100% worth it.  You have unlimited salad bar with everything from goat cheese, asparagus, smoked salmon, couscous…really everything.

This was 1 of about 10 rounds.

This was 1 of about 10 rounds.

Then they bring you all different types of meats whenever you want.  There are literally waiters that go around the restaurant and their only job is to serve the various types of meats: steak, pork, filet mignon, lamb.  You can choose pieces cooked anywhere from medium rare to well done (but it seems like a sin in Texas to get anything not medium rare…I like that anyways).  I left barely waddling out and all I wanted to do after was sleep.  So I did.

Medium rare prime rib

Medium rare prime rib perfection

If you are anywhere near one a Texas de Brazil, I highly recommend it.  Not only because you the food is amazing, but because it is just a really cool and interesting experience.  Just to give you an idea, there was a lady on tight ropes doing flips and stuff behind glass…while we were eating.  I should have taken a photo but I was too busy eating.

Isn’t that what vacation is for?

Questions for you:

Favorite restaurant of all time?

Have you ever been to the River Walk? 

WIAW with the Parents

I never really intend for my blog to be have very many whiney posts but it is realistic updates  of what is going on in my life, whether it’s pancakes, running or life in general.  There haven’t been a lot of life in general posts because quite frankly I haven’t had a lot to report.  I’m boring…sue me.  I don’t have a lot of friends…sue me.   I don’t go out binge drinking with undergradates that I’m trying to teach them alternatives to that culture…sue me.  What am I going to recap each weekend…hanging out and eating popcorn while gossiping on a Friday night with my housemate?  I know it probably thrills you.  I can’t say it’s completely being busys fault but I can say that I haven’t really made the biggest effort to stay busy

I just quite frankly don’t care and I don’t plan to stay in the arctic tundra for my entire life.  I really love my job (and educating students…that’s a post in itself) but outside of that…I don’t know.   Long story short, I’m in a bit of a funk.

So yes, this WIAW with my parents has kind of turned into a bit of a life update which I’m fine with.  As long as I attach a photo of ice cream, I’ll get everyone to just comment on how good ice cream is right?  Moving on, I think part of the reason that I’ve had a hard time here is that the town itself is not runner friendly.

My dad:  I don't want that specialty crap.  I just want plain vanilla ice cream...I'll be bold and go with a cone.

My dad: I don’t want that specialty crap. I just want plain vanilla ice cream…I’ll be bold and go with a cone.

Not runner friendly meaning the terrain and packed snow make it impossible to run outside.  There aren’t many people that run…in Syracuse sure but that is 45 minutes away and if I plan to never eat again I guess I could make that drive everyday.  Plus it’s obviously just a touch to cold to be outdoors anyways…Running isn’t my whole life though and that’s fine.  I can mindlessly watch TV.

We also split Red Velvet Cake

We also split Red Velvet Cake

While I’ve made great friends, most of my friends aren’t here.  Though I’m not really sure where they are.  Who exactly am I considering my friends that aren’t here, my family and Tim?  I mean I guess both technically are.

Greek food is the key to my heart

Greek food is the key to my heart

For me personally, I find February to be an overall funky month.  Last year at this time I was just recovering from a broken arm.  We did have a warmer winter last year (compared to the winter 2 years ago when it was -30 quite a few times (good thing my hair froze multiple times to and from swim practice) This year it’s much more snowy and winter like but at least not that cold.   Some people might enjoy the winter I’m not one of them…I just find February a month to get through.  Though it’s the shortest month, it sure feels like the longest.

hotel coffee

hotel coffee

hotel waffle

hotel waffle

Here is some food because I did title it a WIAW post with my parents:

Cat fish.

Cat fish.

Finally, I’m taking requests for more main girl videos so feel free to comment here, email or tweet me ideas.

Question for you:

What month is the hardest for you to get through?

Do you have a handful of closer friends or a bunch of good friends? 

Friday Catchup

Thanks for everyone and their support with PMB yesterday.  I hope more and more people enjoying showcasing their brags and what makes them awesome.  Anyways continuing on.  Today, I’ll just catch you up on my life this week I guess, mostly from instagram because that is the easiest to remember what I did.

This week has gone by so slow, first and foremost.  Seriously I thought with the election the week would have popped but that was not the case.  Thank goodness we didn’t get all that snow like a lot of the north east. 

The highlight of my week was on Tuesday, I had dinner with Katelyn down in Syracuse at a local bar and boy was it good.


Hands down that was one of the best salads I’ve had in a very long time.  It was nice being able to catch up with her too because we are both soooo busy. 

I saw some deer randomly on a run that was enjoyable…

I have to say that I’ve been feeling really down in the dumps and very UNMOTIVATED lately. 

snow. Boo.

Seriously, I don’t even know what to make of it.  I think this change will be very good for me.  As you guys know, I’m not a fan of the cold, snow or any part of it (why am I in upstate again…oh right I love my job) but it’s very hard for me to be motivated to go out and enjoy myself when it’s freezing…plus I’ve been stuck in the same rut between workouts.  My day goes: wakeup, eat, run, work, lift, eat, sleep.  Everyday or some variation of that.  So it will be nice to get a change.

But at least Lakeside always has some gorgeous sun sets (at 4:30pm)

Questions for you: 

What have you been up to this week?   

Do you like change?

WIAW Timetable

It’s time for my favorite part of the week, WIAW.  These have become a staple of my blog the last few weeks, which surprises me but it’s all good.  Speaking of food, I updated my recipe page.  You can take a gander but it’s mostly just pancakes and waffle ideas. 


Last week, I was asked to include my whole day including workouts and work and everything.   I don’t mind doing that once in a great while but having a timetable of my day seems so boring (to me I guess because I do it everyday). 

6:00 am wakeup and eat breakfast, read blogs…whatever. 

waffle and peanut butter.


I really wish my gym didn’t open at 7, but it does.  If it opened at 6, I’d brave the cold and go before so I didn’t have to shower and go straight to work.

7:30 Gym time

Not sure why I was in the mood for eggs between the gym and work…but I was…

I spend an hour on the elliptical followed by showering and being a real girl and get to work at 9.  (My job is odd hours sometimes and it requires me to work nights, weekends, whatever depending on the day.  Sometimes I work 8:30-4:30.  Some days I work 12-8). 


Work 9-4:30.  I’m not going to go into a lot of details about my work but it was pretty busy.  Obviously during this time I had lunch.  We went to the dining hall which was pretty good.  I have come to terms that I would rather go to the dining hall then eat at one of the al la carte places because the dining has a lot of more healthy options and I can choose what I want…versus being stuck with one item.  I got a random assortment of whatever was going in that photo.  Asparagus is so expensive in real life so I practically got all of it like no big deal… 

If you didn’t know, I work on a college campus in the health center and they pay for me to eat lunch there most days.  As well as we have meetings there or I meet with students in a more comfortable place there.   So I eat at lot on the actual campus.  (Which my undergrad had better food, but this is fine too ;)) 

Some steak, asparagus and watermelon. Typical campus diet….ya know.


Then from 4:45-6 I spend another hour at the gym.  That particular day I was feeling pretty good (also still somewhat full from the dining hall). I had a nice and pretty moderate workout.

From 6-7, I grilled up some steak and whatever vegetables I had in my fridge.  O days I go to the dining hall I get more then enough of my fair share of veggies because I can eat as many as I want and then normally have more for dinner.  I cannot say that for days I don’t but I’m making best use of my money right?  Vegetables are expensive and I’d rather spend it on gas station coffee. 

Steak Salad


7-10 is spent as personal time.  Honestly, I never really accomplish anything in those three hours.  Sometimes I call my parents, read more blogs, watch trashy TV…if I need to answer a few emails with work I will…but other then that I don’t. 

and eating Stewerts ice cream. I was really craving it last night…



This particular night I spent a good portion wasting time looking at Halloween Costumes.  Don’t worry it’s real life. 

Question for you: 

  1. 1.       What did you do today?
  2. 2.       What is/was your favorite thing to get at a dining hall?

Food Staples

Food de Hollie
After my WIAW rage, (ha) I got a few emails about what I stock at my house to cook. I can assure you some of it is probably weird, some is strange I guess not all of it so whatever.
Breakfast Foods:
1. Greek yogurt

I like to hoard the containers like no big deal…

2. Peanut flour (I have at least 1 serving daily normally…my “odd food”)
3. Eggs (I go through a dozen eggs once a week)
4. Liquid egg whites
5. Sugar Free syrup (for waffles/pancakes)
6. Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder (once you try this stuff you’ll never go back)
7. Stevia and truvia (depending on my mood)
8. Peanut butter
9. pumpkin
10. skim milk
Lunch foods: (While I normally have lunch on campus, I occasionally pack my lunch)
Which is normally a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a greek yogurt. Well actually it’s two because I have one at 11 and one at 2.

1. Lots of frozen vegetable steamers (broccoli, asparagus, brussel sprouts!)

My favorite dinner ever.  Salmon, brussel sprouts and mushrooms

2. Fresh vegetables include onions, garlic, kale and mushrooms
3. Frozen steak and chicken to grill on my george foreman
4. Fresh fish normally bought day of from the supermarket to grill

1. Quest protein bars (these are my current favorites).
2. Greek yogurt+ pumpkin
3. Protein shakes made of Xanthem gum, pumpkin, skim milk and greek yogurt
4. Hard boiled eggs

Random other things  I like:

1. I always have hot cocoa stocked
2. and ice cream

3. Coffee creamer (I am in a Baileys Irish Cream mood lately)

But other then that I have dessert at restaurants because they are clearly better then anything I could make
Question for you: Name your top five staple foods.

1. Eggs
2. Greek yogurt
3. Peanut flour and cocoa powder (for pancakes…it counts as one)
4. Salmon
5. Xanthem gum for smoothies

WIAW: Instagrammed

I always feel like it’s somewhat cheating or boring because if you follow me on instagram, I normally post these shots and so it’s like you are seeing the same thing..over and over again…but alas I don’t think anyone is really that concerned with it. 

With that I will dump some of instagram eats on you blog readers and commentary (per usual).  


When I go out to eat I get omelettes…because I can’t make them.  (stuffed with crab and mozerella…topped with mushrooms and feta cheese)

I like raw fish (Sashimi).

Giant 1.1 pound steaks…Recovery food of champions.

Protein smoothies have tickled my fancy lately

and no day is complete without my love for coffee.


Question for you: What have you been eating and loving lately? 


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