Running Forward

Ravin’ !

Last night my sorority held its annual end-of-the-year rave. So. Much. Fun. Our little group went to Clocked for dinner, where I ordered a small house salad and a Clock-cago dog (with a veggie dog instead of a normal dog).

I have a new favorite from Clocked. I took off the peppers because I’m not a fan of spicy food, but the onions, mustard, and green peppers were so delicious!

     We finally made our way to the main event and danced the night away.

Of course, I woke up at 7 am despite going to bed way past my bedtime. After a delicious blueberry-filled breakfast bowl I made my way outside for a 7 mile run. The humidity slowed me down, but I completed it in about an hour. I actually felt pretty good for not having run that far in quite a while. Look what greeted me as I arrived at my apartment complex:

Athens hosts Twilight, a huge bike race, every year and this is the big weekend. They call it Twilight because the professionals race at 8 pm, when the sun goes down. The racers are in incredible shape. I’m working tonight, but will get off during some of the races, so it’ll be fun to watch as I walk home. Have a fantastic Saturday! It’s time for me to find the motivation to pack up my stuff.

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Terrific Thursday

Today was the last day of Tuesday/Thursday class, so it turned out a bit more special than usual. My first class of the day, Advertising Management, consisted of a trivia game. Our teacher created the Krugman Bowl, basically a slideshow of goofy questions mixed with some serious ones. The primary rule of the game is to be as sarcastic and witty as possible. Also, cheating is encouraged. Fun times! Next, we had a normal lecture in anthropology, but she showed us a short video to end everything. It was a musical, narrated by nuts.

I then had a little break between classes to eat lunch, read The Hunger Games, and participate in a grad student’s study. In my New Media Capstone class, our group was chosen to present our app on stage at the new media slam! I should be dreading the extra work, but I’m honestly really excited. As soon as I returned from class I went running with a great friend, bought myself some grapes, and cooked a yummy dinner. I made a college-style eggplant parm. with a side of steamed broccoli and cauliflower. For the eggplant parm. I simply roasted half a sliced eggplant at 400 for 20 minutes. Meanwhile I sauteed an onion, added seasonings, then poured in a can of diced tomatoes. I let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes. Lastly, I mixed some plain yogurt with a splash of Eggbeaters for the “cheese” layer. There are no small baking dishes in our apartment, so I layered everything in a bowl and microwaved it for a minute to meld the flavors. So good!

Side Note: I finally bought a new purse yesterday! I’m sad to finally hang up my French purse, but it’s completely worn out. Anyway, here’s the new one.

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Win Some, Lose Some

On Sunday I began my day with a fast run and a long walk with my parents. By the time the afternoon rolled around, I was ready for some baking. First I made a big batch of biscotti to leave for my parents. My brother couldn’t keep his hands off of them and said that he liked my biscotti so much better than any store-bought brand. Score! Next, I created a mug cake for my mom. It was more of an experiment, and it failed. There wasn’t much flavor and the texture was a bit too spongey. Not making this again.

Lastly, I made a batch of brownies after dinner using a new recipe. My brother said they were the best brownies he’s ever had. Ever. Another success! They were really fudgey on the inside and crispy on the outside. So good. Now I’m just trying to stay on top of my classwork since this is the last week of class. I can’t believe I’ll be free soon!

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Birthday Parmigiana

When my parents decorated my room for my birthday a few weeks ago, they put together a little basket of goodies for my nightstand. It included my favorite fruits, flavored vodka minis, and a wedge of fresh parmesan cheese. So, I was really excited to make some lasagna and healthified eggplant parm last night. But, I couldn’t find the  cheese anywhere when I gathered the ingredients. Turned out, my parents ate all of my birthday cheese without me. Oh well. Dinner turned out fabulous anyway.

Healthified Eggplant Parmesan

2 eggplants

Homemade tomato sauce (crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, onion, celery, portobello mushroom, Italian herbs & spices, balsamic vinegar, pinch of sugar)

Plain nonfat yogurt

Parmesan Cheese (fresh is best, but I only had the shaker kind)

Egg Beaters

Fresh tomatoes (optional)

I started by making the tomato sauce and letting it cook for about 1.5 hours. While the sauce simmered away, I peeled and sliced the eggplant and placed on a baking dish. Bake for about 10 minutes on each side on 400 degrees. Next, I mixed some yogurt with a splash of eggbeaters and some parmesan cheese. Lastly, layer everything! Start with the sauce and place a dollop of the yogurt mixture on each layer of eggplant. Top it off with sliced tomatoes and some more parmesan. Keep refrigerated until you’re ready to cook. This dinner was so delicious that we all stuffed ourselves silly. At least it was all good for us.

Here’s a pic of the lasagna. It’s a typical lasagna recipe, so I won’t explain everything, except I did use ground turkey instead of beef.

This morning I had to wake up early in order to make it to Atlanta for my sorority’s Founder’s Day. It’s always neat seeing the older Pi Phis who are still good friends with each other. And the venue this year was BEAUTIFUL! Right next to Piedmont Park in the heart of Midtown. Lunch was kind of odd, but the fruit plate dessert and coffee redeemed everything. I love my Pi Phi friends!

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A Plan

So, I’m heading to NYC at the end of May to start my Food Network internship and I can not wait! However, the logistics of flying up with my family and getting good airfares and hotel rates is quite tricky. Well, I think we finally have a plan. My aunt is hosting a party at her New Jersey home on the Saturday before I begin work, so she invited us to stay with the family that weekend. However, she wouldn’t be able to pick us up from the airport due to major traffic happening that day. So, we’re flying into Philadelphia on a Thursday and spending the day there, then taking a train to Jersey. After spending the night with my cousins, we’re going to take another train into the city and move me into my dorm. Then my family will fly home without me the next day. Even though it will be a busy, crazy weekend, I know everything will turn out great. And I’m so incredibly thankful that my family will be able to visit me this year. Last summer in Chicago was a blast, but not being able to have them there was unfortunate. I just keep telling my dad, “No more seizures or brain tumors this summer, OK?”. Haha! I’m ready to conquer the last week of class and get my summer started. Oh, I also filled out my paperwork to return to my restaurant job for the three weeks between school and the internship. Yay for money!

Come back later to check out my dinner plans for tonight! I’m making lasagna and a healthy eggplant parmigiana. Celebrating my Italian heritage tonight!


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My Favorite Things

Currently loving:

Hot beverages (specifically raspberry tea and coffee)


Mad Men


The Hunger Games

Crossword Puzzles



Picnics and Plants

Today started with a nice run and eventually led to a picnic with my wonderful Pi Phi family and a pleasant shift at work. The picnic turned out to be a wonderful way to spend the afternoon since the weather was beautiful and the foliage at the botanical gardens is blooming. Before I get to the pics, I got some big news today. The tomatoes are planted! My dad sent me this pic tonight after he finished a long day in the garden. I can’t wait to plant other veggies when I go home next weekend.

Now for some picnic photos!

Now it’s time to get this week started! Hopefully I can muster up some motivation to get through these last two weeks of class.

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Dogs are Barking

My dogs are really barking tonight. I ran at 7:15 this morning, then walked to and from a 6.5 hour shift at work. The end was crazy, but it helped the time pass. After getting off work, I made a trip to Aldi, Wal-mart, and the gas station. At least my car won’t die on me now. For dinner I was in the mood for a veggie mix, so here’s what I came up with:

The pic is blurry, but it consisted of baby bella mushrooms sauteed with some onion, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, oregano, and some salt. Asparagus sauteed with onion, lemon juice, oregano, basil, salt, and some apple cider vinegar. Lastly, I made a tomato, cucumber, and roasted pepper salad topped with balsamic. Delicious, but I was still  a bit hungry, so I concluded the meal with a last minute veggie dog. I guess I needed some protein in there or something. Now I’m trying to motivate myself to do some homework, but my brain is tired. Luckily, I finished a page of the project, so that’s enough for me. Picnic tomorrow!

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2 More Weeks

Friday is here once again, which means there are only two more weeks of class left. Thank goodness! I desperately need a change in my routine. The past week has been pretty busy with work, school, and other activities. Last night I actually had some more time to make my dinner, so I recreated my stuffed squash from last week. And I took a picture this time! It was dark and I used my iPhone, but it’s better than nothing. I served some extra tomato sauce on the side and a bowl of steamed broccoli and cauliflower.

The weekend is looking just as busy as the week. Today consists of a test, work, then the UGA baseball game. Tomorrow I’m working all day. Sunday I’m having a picnic with my Pi Phi family, then working the rest of the night. I can’t wait for summer to hurry up and get here.

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The Easter Lobster

My family celebrated my birthday last night with a delicious lobster dinner. My dad and I made a trip to H Mart yesterday (somehow we got lost and discovered a different, nicer H Mart) to stock up on seafood for the feast. We bought 3 lobsters, crab legs, and a few other goodies. Later on, my mom took me on a little shopping spree to TJ Maxx where I ended up buying two dresses, white jeans, and a shirt. My parents are too nice to me. Here is my delicious lobster that I completely devoured:

Easter began bright and early with another 7 am run before breakfast. I quickly got ready for church and prepared for some family friends to come over tonight for dinner. I made a tomato salad with roasted red peppers and cucumbers and a potato salad (mayo free). We served it with melon, salmon, pork tenderloin, broccoli salad, and shrimp. My mom’s friend made the most delicious chocolate cake for dessert. By far the best I’ve ever tasted. I had a great weekend that flew by too fast. Time to get ready for the last three weeks of class.

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