After a 6 week test streak (yes, it was as horrible as it sounds), I’m finally feeling a little less stressed. This semester has challenged me mentally, physically, and emotionally, and while I still love the career path that I’ve chosen, I couldn’t be happier that there are only 4 weeks left.
But enough about school! I can’t believe next week is already Thanksgiving–I’m having my bestie from California over for the 2nd annual Thanksgiving pizza party. Since neither of us can fly home for the short holiday break, it’s nice to have someone to hang out with (read: someone I force to watch “Keeping Up With The Kardashian’s” reruns with me while stuffing our faces with homemade pizza). It should be a good holiday! What are your Thanksgiving plans?
Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:
October has just flown by–can you believe that this weekend is Halloween?
Life has been a little bit of a jumbled mess around here lately between 6 straight weeks of midterm exams, lots of group project deadlines, and just general mid-semester craziness. I’m really happy that this semester is getting closer to the end, but I’m starting to get sad about saying “goodbye” to all of my friends! Here’s some snapshots from the last couple of weeks.
The Carnegie Museum has the cutest tickets; I went with some girlfriends a few weeks back.
Some pretty fall leaves I found on my walk in the park.
The prettiest bombolini from my favorite Italian market; after 3 weeks of tests, I needed to treat myself.
Schenley Park is my happy place.
There’s a great taco stand near my school, these chicken tacos are the best.
This semester has been unbelievably busy–I think I’ve said that about every semester, but this one has really taken the cake. There are so many moving parts, and in order to keep my sanity, I’ve tried to simplify my life in a couple ways. One of those ways is letting go of making “the perfect lunch” everyday.
I usually bring salads to lunch every day, but I just haven’t been able to make it happen this semester. Honestly, the last thing I want to do after a long day of school and homework is make a fancy lunch. So I’ve been “mono-eating” this semester to make things easy. Mono-eating is all about consistency and eating the same things every day.
This is a picture of my typical daily lunch: a sandwich, an apple, and some form of finger-food veggies. It keeps me full until I get home, and it’s quick and easy to pack the night before. I know it seems kind of boring, but I’ve found a few ways to mix it up and make it work for me.
Some ideas for mixing up the basics:
- Different bread: you can use sandwich bread (I like whole wheat), English muffins, tortillas, bagels, or rolls to mix up your sandwiches.
- Different sandwich toppings: I rotate between turkey, chicken, egg salad, and tuna sandwiches, but you could make any type of sandwich you like!
- Get Creative with you Condiments: I’ve found that using different flavors of hummus on my sandwiches really adds a lot of flavor and makes it less boring. Plus, it feels a little healthier than slathering on the mayo.
- Mix up your veggies: I like to make it easy by packing veggies that I don’t have to work too hard to cut up, like baby carrots. My newest obsession is raw green beans–have you ever tried them? So good.
While I don’t plan on “mono-eating” beyond this semester, it’s working for me right now and that’s what matters. What do you like to take for lunch? Any other “mono-eaters” out there? I’d love to hear from you!
I can’t believe we’re already knee-deep in July…the summer always seems to go by so fast! I’ve been really settling in to life back home in Colorado, enjoying spending time with my family and pets, and relaxing a lot. I am working on setting some goals and some form of a schedule for the blog, so I hope I’ll be focused enough to get some things done! It’s funny, I always think I’m going to get so many things done over the summer, and then in reality I prefer to spend my time in the sun. Here’s what I’ve been up to this month so far:
Happy March, everyone! I am certainly glad to see February make it’s exit; it’s been a really hectic and overwhelming month at school, and the weather here in Pittsburgh has just been bitterly cold for so long that I’m not sure how much longer I can stand it! We had a couple of weeks in a row where the temperature didn’t make it above zero. I am truly thankful to my family and friends for listening to me complain and grouch about the weather.
I’m hoping for some warmer weather heading our way soon (please, let there be sun!) as March unfolds. My mood has also perked up a bit because I’m headed to Florida for spring break this year, and I can’t wait to get there. I’ve been looking forwards to this trip all winter long, and just knowing that I’ll soon be laying on a beach makes me feel a little less sad on the inside.
I made this birthday card for one of my good friends — can’t wait to mail it next month!
I’ve been trying to improve my lettering and handwriting skills, so I’ve been practicing every chance I get (aka during lengthy lectures and while watching 30 Rock — multitasking works, right?).
Anyway, lets hope that March brings us some sunshine and warmer temps. Have a great week!
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! I hope you all have the best weekend, spent with family or friends (or your favorite ice cream, that would be great, too!).
I have a lot of homework and group projects to get done this weekend, and I’m going to try to catch up on sleep. Last week was a doozy, and I kind of felt like a chicken running around without my head. So I’m hoping to just have a relaxing, catch-up-on-life, kind of weekend.