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Snippets

The past few days have been fun, but busy. So, here are a few highlights.

 

The basketball player in my health class is super tall. The athletes that sit around me keep it interesting.

 

 

My spin class, probably my favorite class this semester.

 

 

Pi Phi had a tailgate for the alums and actives before the game yesterday. It was fun to meet a few of the Pi Phis from Tennessee. And the food was delicious!

 

 

Uga taking a nap before the game. I think this dog has a better life than most humans.

 

 

For dinner last night I made some more zucchini linguine and served it with some tilapia on top. Such good comfort food!

The game yesterday was so exciting and had a great ending! I’ve got fun plans for today too, so the weekend isn’t over yet.

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Monday Blues

Okay, I had a pretty good Monday, nothing to complain about so don’t take the title of this post too seriously. My roommate and I just talked about how it’s so difficult to get back into the normal routine after a fun-filled weekend. I had my parents come stay with me, and she attended a wedding in Savannah. Luckily, I have some fun events to look forward to this week.

On a side note, Trader Joe’s was out of my usual hummus, tomato basil, so I wiped the tears away (just kidding, I’m not THAT crazy) and picked up a new kind, Hummus with Freshly Grated Horseradish. So freaking good! It might even be my new favorite (sorry, tomato basil). Moral of the story: try it if you like horseradish.

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Parents Weekend

This weekend was extra special because my parents stayed with me for the weekend and even came to the football game! It was their second SEC game ever, which is a big deal in the south. They arrived late Friday night and immediately got ready for bed. Unfortunately, our neighbors decided to party literally all night. My dad and I even called the cops at 3 am. Pretty ridiculous. Anyway, we had a leisurely Saturday morning and I enjoyed making breakfast for everyone. We all ate some version of an egg dish. I had toast topped with egg whites and tomatoes, my mom had an egg and sausage sandwich, and my dad had a veggie scramble with toast. All delicious! My ultimate back-up plan for life is to run away and become a diner cook. I can make a mean breakfast.

Later we ran some errands around town, then parked the car at Milledge to walk to my friend’s tailgate. Of course, her family is ridiculously nice and we had a great time. So grateful to have met Leslie during my sophomore year!

Once 5 pm rolled around we walked back to my sorority house to enjoy the tailgate for parents weekend. Dinner was catered by Brett’s and was surprisingly delicious. The spread included grilled chicken, green beans, creamed corn, and cheddar biscuits. I loved the chicken and the green beans the most. Oh, and my brother came! He rode to Athens with some friends who were also going to the game, so I was super excited to see him! I can’t help but be super proud of him- he’s so freaking cool, I swear. He needs to teach me how to be so outgoing and friendly.

 

Finally we watched the game! The stadium was packed and the fans were pumped. UGA conquered Vanderbilt and everyone¬†headed home happy. My parents helped me run some errands this morning, then took off for home. I loved having them visit for the weekend and still don’t know how I got so lucky. They’re wonderful! Now, I must bake pumpkin bread!

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Back Up Plan

Getting a job has been on the forefront of my mind for the past few weeks. Of course, I’ve been applying to jobs like a crazy person, but hearing back is a different story. I don’t know if the process just takes a long time or what, but I’m getting antsy. So, today I officially decided on a back-up plan. If I don’t get a job within 6 months of graduation I’m going to culinary school in New York. Attending culinary school has always been a dream, and I already know that I love New York. I can’t picture myself enjoying the restaurant side of the business for a living, but I could easily picture myself working for a publisher or network as a recipe tester. I need to do more research, but there’s plenty of time for that. Hopefully, I’ll hear back soon from some of the companies I’ve applied with. But, until that moment comes, I can fantasize about the possibilities of the future (or at least the cute guys in my classes this semester). Here’s to the next few months!

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Football Night

I finally made it to a UGA game last night. I was home for our first home game, but stayed in town this weekend to watch the Bulldogs beat Florida Atlantic. The first quarter scared everyone because we just could not keep FAU from advancing down the field. However, it soon turned out to be a blowout with UGA taking the lead in a big way. It was fun to be outside in the cool weather while cheering with so many other fans. I was tired by the end, but I’m glad I stayed. Go Dawgs!

 

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The Week’s Highlights

I had two tests this week, which meant Netflix time! Having a major case of senioritis leads to a higher TV show and movie consumption. However, since I’m planning on going into the media business, I justify my behavior by considering it “research”. My recent findings: How I Met Your Mother and Take Me Home. Fantastic!

On Wednesday I helped out at my sorority’s philanthropy event which led me to a Kroger trip to buy 30 pounds of beef, 6 pounds of corn, and a cart full of tortilla chips. You can bet your bottom dollar that I got some puzzled looks in my direction.

On Friday my sorority had a sisterhood event at the Braves game. We all sang at the top of our lungs during the bus ride and danced every chance we had at the game in an attempt to be shown on the Jumbotron. No luck. But the game was exciting and had a fabulous finish! The Braves won!

This morning I met up with Lesley first thing to run 9 miles for half marathon training. As always, the run flew by as we chatted about all our favorite things. Perfect way to begin my Saturday.

After running some errands, I made myself a pretty darn delicious lunch; lettuce wraps with mushrooms, eggplant, and tofu. I started by sautéing a bit of an onion, then adding the eggplant, mushrooms, and tofu along with some spices. Once everything had browned I added a splash of soy sauce and stirred in some of my favorite horseradish mustard. I used Boston lettuce for the wraps and it was delicious!

Time to get ready for the UGA game tonight!

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Never Forget

The greatest city on Earth, New York, has been in thoughts all day. It’s difficult to think back to the state our country was in 11 years ago, but it’s important to remember all the heroes that arose from the attacks. I still can’t believe I was lucky enough to spend the entire summer in NYC, such a powerful and unbreakable place. While I was there I heard many stories about 9/11, which really opened my eyes since the south was so far from the damage. Never forget the victims of 9/11/01.

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Running, Shopping, Resting

Another week came and went which meant it was time to enjoy the weekend again. I drove home after class on Friday and put together a picnic dinner for my family to take to my brother’s football game. I also had a great urge to make pumpkin bread, so I gave in. I’m so anxious for Fall to arrive. The game was pretty disappointing, but I got to chat with one of my oldest friends the whole time which was a lot of fun.

Saturday, my parents and I woke up early to run a 5k to benefit The Brain Tumor Foundation for Kids. It’s a great organization that funds research and also helps families when a child is diagnosed with a brain tumor. My half marathon training plan included an 8 mile run that morning, though, so I ran 2.5 miles just before the race and 2.5 miles just afterward. It felt great to be finished with 8 miles by the time we got back in the car for breakfast. I also got first place for my age group! My mom placed third in hers.

 

After getting some breakfast for my parents, my mom and I took a trip to TJ Maxx for some shopping. Then I spent the rest of theafternoon trying to keep my eyes open. It’s amazing how tired I get after a long run. We went out for sushi for dinner then watched UGA conquer Missouri. Great day!

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On The Hunt

I’m on the hunt- the job hunt, that is. Send positive vibes my way because I want some interviews, and I want them soon! In the meantime, I’ll keep going to class, cooking, and filling my time with fun things. Labor Day weekend was pretty awesome because it started with my brother’s first football game of the season, which was followed by a mini vacation in Charleston. The game was one of the most exciting ones I’ve ever been to, and Milton beat Alpharetta! Obviously, my mom couldn’t contain her excitement for the beginning of football season.

 

My parents and I drove to Charleston the next day and spent our time there shopping, eating, and relaxing. Our first dinner was at Monza Pizza, where the pizza reminded me of New York. The crust was charred (sign of a good pizza), there wasn’t too much cheese, and the other toppings worked really well together. We ordered the Campari (fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, eggplant, roasted red pepper, olives, goat cheese, capers).

Sunday was filled with exploring and shopping. We scrambled for a lunch place and finally got a table at Amen Street. We all ordered seafood and shared bites around the table.

For dinner we ate at Pearlz for dinner where my dad and I started the party with some oyster shooters. Not bad, but not very good either.

We got back home on Sunday afternoon and I slaved away in the kitchen cooking dinner (and cleaning everything afterwards). But that’s okay because being in the kitchen is my favorite. My mom and dad grilled chicken while I made cornbread panzanella salad (I baked homemade cornbread for the croutons), my healthy potato salad, and homemade baked beans. It was delicious and got me ready for the short week ahead. I can’t believe tomorrow is already Thursday. I’m ready for another weekend!

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