enjoying a rainy day

I used to hate rainy days.  It meant being stuck inside with nothing but homework and reading and things like that.

Nowadays, I look forward to being stuck inside with nothing but homework and reading and things like that. ūüėČ

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Today, however, I enjoyed my rainy day.  Outside.

It was pouring outside. ¬†Absolutely pouring! Umbrellas were pointless and even rain boots would have been a futile approach to staying dry. ¬†And so, when I arrived to the local 5k to cheer all the brave runners on, I gave up on my umbrella and decided to just embrace the rain. ¬†I could feel the runners’ energy. ¬†I clapped and hollered, urging on the tired runners. ¬†To keep on going. ¬†To not give up.

My favorite moment was when an older woman with a bright smile shouted, “this is my first!” ¬†This was her very first 5k! ¬†This was her marathon. ¬†I loved that I was able to share the moment with her as she thanked me for the motivation, running on to the finish line. ¬†It made me want to go out and run! ūüėÄ

If you’ve never volunteered at a road race, I highly recommend it!

“Breakfast of the Week”

A fruity bowl of oats sprinkled in coconut, walnuts and a dollop of raspberry jam.

Delicious.

A Fruity Bowl of Oats

Grapes are fabulous with oats.  The heat brings out their natural sweetness.  A healthy dose of coconut, walnuts and your favorite jam pull it all together.  Sigh.  What a beautiful morning.

  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 2 Tbsp. crushed flax
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 sweet banana, sliced
  • 3-4 strawberries, sliced
  • handful of grapes, cut in half
  • cinnamon and nutmeg
  • toppings: walnuts, coconut, Trader Joe’s raspberry jam
  1. Combine oatmeal, flax, milk, 1/4 cup water, fruit and spices in a microwave safe bowl.  Stir.  Place in fridge overnight.
  2. The next morning, heat for about 5 minutes or until desired consistency. ¬†Top with your favorite mix ins and ENJOY! ūüėÄ

Question: Rainy days…Yay or Nay?

 

a fresh new morning

I’ve been pulled over¬†by a police car three times in my life.¬† I’ve¬†also received one parking¬†ticket, which turned out to be the most expensive “I’ll just stop and run into that cafe for a cup of coffee-to-go”¬†ten minutes of¬†my life.¬† Lesson learned: when you see a quarter lying on the ground right outside your car, take it as a sign that you really should put some money into the meter.¬† Yes.¬† Lesson learned.

Anyways—so far—I have not received a speeding ticket, and I’d really like to keep it that way.

Yesterday came pretty close though. 

As I was driving along, rolling over the peak of a¬†hill, I¬†suddenly saw a sign that read “school zone: 20mph.”¬† As soon as I saw the sign, I saw a police car.¬† And as soon as I saw the police car, the police car saw me.¬†

The most embarrassing part of this story¬†isn’t that I¬†was forced to¬†sit and wait in my car while people slowly drove on¬†by, peering into my window.¬† The embarrassing moment occurred when I accidentally¬†handed the police officer my credit card instead of my drivers license.¬† He returned it with a raised eyebrow and a grunt, “sorry, this won’t work.”¬† I think I must have looked pretty silly¬†at this point, as I laughed hysterically, telling him I was horribly sorry.¬† He honestly¬†didn’t look very amused.¬† ūüėČ

Anyways, turns out¬†that this particular police officer¬†didn’t feel the need to give me a ticket.¬† He just¬†sent me on my merry way with a written warning.¬†

The End.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Thank goodness for happy endings.

Thank goodness for police officers who enforce the speed limit in school zones (even if it was at the very top of a hill, completely catching me off guard.)

Thank goodness for¬†police officers who don’t write me a $200 ticket.

Thank goodness for a reliable car that drove me home at the¬†race¬†car¬†speed of 15 mph. ūüėČ

Thank goodness for fresh new mornings.

A Tropical Awakening

Pineapple and coconut go together like peanut butter and jelly.¬† This breakfast has a¬†bright and sunny personality, so I highly recommend eating it on a cold, gloomy, winters’ day.¬† Instant smile!

Fresh pineapple carries far in this morning bowl of chilled oats.  However, if canned pineapple is what you happen to have on hand, I imagine it would be quite delicious as well.  And if you have the extra juice to spare, add just a touch in order to really up the exotic flavors.  Enjoy!

  • 1/2 c. uncooked old-fashioned oats
  • cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 c. fresh pineapple, diced small
  • 6-oz. plain yogurt
  • toppings: Pom seeds, shredded coconut, walnuts and Natures Path Pumpkin Flax Granola
  1. Combine oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, pineapple and yogurt in a medium bowl. Stir well.
  2. Transfer to your breakfast bowl and top with pom seeds, coconut, walnuts and granola.¬† ENJOY! ūüėÄ

Question: Have you ever been given a written/verbal warning or a ticket? 

in season

There’s something about eating a whole wheat bagel with lots of nut butter and a banana.¬† It instantly puts me in running mode.¬† I feel like an athlete, ready to take on the world.¬† Like I could knock off a marathon if I put my mind to it.

All because of a whole wheat bagel and lots of nut butter.

Anyways, my mind eventually came back to planet earth, and when it did, I laced up my sneakers for a hilly 4 miles.  

It was by far the toughest 4 miles I’ve run in a long time.¬† The sun was scorching hot.¬† Relentless.¬† I could have definitely used a water bottle on this run, if just for the point of being able to spray myself with it every mile or so.¬† On the last mile home, I kicked into high gear and gave it everything I had left in me.¬† And then I came home and collapsed on the front yard.¬†

Followed by a copious amount of watermelon. 

Shrimp is one of my favorite sources of lean protein.  Although it can come across as semi-pricey, it does occasionally go  on sale.  Especially the raw, shell-on, medium sized shrimp.  Which is fine by me, because in my opinion, these are the ones that taste better anyways.  Home-cooked shrimp is way more flavorful and tender than the pre-cooked version.  You have control over how long to cook it, and it literally only takes about 3 minutes.  Literally. 

This meal takes advantage of the garden fresh summer squash, which I love.¬† It’s nice¬†finding new¬†recipes that fit¬†in vegetables that are at their peak of flavor right now. ūüėÄ

Summer Past Salad with Shrimp—taken (and tweaked!)¬†from Everyday Food

  • coarse sea salt and ground black pepper
  • 1/2 lb. whole wheat penne
  • 1 medium yellow squash, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 4 lightly packed cups baby spinach
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest + 2 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  1. Cook pasta according to directions, until al dente.  Drain, trainsfer to a large bowl and toss with squash, spinach, lemon zest and juice, and 1 T. oil.  Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 2 tsp oil over medium high.  Add shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until opaque.  About 3 minutes. 
  3. Top pasta with shrimp, and season with salt and pepper.

This meal comes together in minutes.¬† Everyone (the three of us)¬†went back for seconds, and there is¬†plenty left for at least¬†another 2 meals.¬† Gotta love it! ūüėÄ

Afternoon Snack = latest obsession = Snyders Whole Wheat & Oat pretzels with string cheese

I saw these Snyders Whole Wheat & Oat pretzels¬†at the store this week, and decided to pick some up.¬† They’re made with whole wheat flour, oats, chia seeds and¬†agave nectar.¬† And they taste amazing.¬† I love them with string cheese, for the perfect snack on the go. ūüėĬ†

Dinner

What do you do when your fridge has¬†three—count ’em, three!—sets of leftovers (canned salmon, refried beans, and chickpea quinoa pilaf) that are going to be thrown away if not consumed by the end of the night?¬† What do you do if none of these¬†leftovers really seem to¬†fit together into one cohesive meal?¬† What do you do when your economic side wins over your foodie side in such a situation?¬† And what do you do when you decide to throw¬†these three¬†random leftovers¬†together, and there’s nothing—nothing!—aesthetically pleasing about your meal?¬† Nothing!¬†

I don’t know.¬† But honestly—for your sake–I almost decided not to post about dinner.

Even as I was plating it, Dad looked over my shoulder and just smiled.  And when it was time to say a prayer over dinner, he prayed that my stomach be able to handle this strange concoction that was about to enter it.  :mrgreen:  What can I say?  I hate throwing things away, especially highly nutritious foods.  It would be a shame and a tragedy and I would hate to be the cause of it all!  You know?

So here you go.¬† It’s not pretty, but it actually tasted kind of good.¬† Not that I plan on remaking it any time soon or anything.¬†

Oh, and my stomach totally survived.¬† So far. ūüėČ

I found some goods at TJMaxx today, and tomorrow I’ll be ransacking through my closet to come up with several¬†“new” outfits.¬† I need to have¬†a casual wardrobe¬†for the internship’s orientation, and I’m quickly discovering that I’m a little low on cute/casual clothes.¬† I have plenty of workout shirts, yes,¬†but everything else is seriously lacking.¬† But sometimes all it takes is a few key items to come up with a whole “new” wardrobe, so I’m excited to see what I can make of it. ūüėÄ

Off to relax…G’night!

Question: What is your favorite vegetable/fruit that is currently in season?¬† Aside from blueberries, I’m also in love with garden fresh tomatoes and cucumbers!¬†ūüėÄ