Coups & Soups

Evening everyone!! Happpy Friday! ๐Ÿ™‚ Well…at this point — HAPPY WEEKEND!

Today was a productive day. I was up verrrry early because I fell asleep extremely early last night. I think I fell asleep around 8:45 or 9 — which meant..BING at 4:15 I was wide awake. I made myself stay in bed until 5:30 because I was hoping I would fall back asleep.

I got up, and before anything — tuned into my OnDemand and did about 25 minutes of yoga. It was glorious.

After that I cleaned up (aka took a looong shower) and made myself some tea. I checked up on some e-mail and blogs that I had missed falling asleep so early, and just relaxed on the couch for a while.

I put together a list of everything I needed to get done today — and thought about the best possible way to get all of those things done with the least amount of travel. haha I needed to pick up a book at the bookstore, go grocery shopping at more than one grocery store (love Trader Joe’s but there’s always a few things that they just don’t have), etc. etc. etc.

I got a move on around 10-ish (I relaxed for a while, k?? hahaha), and made a quick stop into my fave haunt – Starbucks – and got myself a venti Skinny Hazelnut Latte (you know how I do)…I got it free with a coup they sent me. Woohooo for a coup and no drink size limit!! Iย first went to the bookstore to pick up the very last textbook that I needed. It was an ordeal and they couldn’t find it at first — but I have it now…I have TOO many books this semester — oyyy.

I felt no shame taking this picture while waiting for the T — there are many people doing weirder things that taking pictures of their coffee. haha

Anyway, while at the store – I decided to make a trip into Whole Foods — seeing as it was riiiight there. ๐Ÿ™‚ I perused the aisles, and stumbled on some Cinnamon Raisin Swirl by Peanut Butter & Co. (I was looking for Mighty Maple..but I can’t find it anyyyywhere!). I haven’t tried that flavor before, and it was on “special” — so it was cheappoo. I said, “Why not?!” I also picked up some split peas and some sushi to soothe my hungry tummy.

I haven’t tried it yet – hope it’s good.

The wasabi I added postย paparazziย attack was a good solution to the sinus issues I’ve been having. haha

After noshing on the delish sushi, I headed to Trader Joe’s – where as always – bargain mania. They had rearranged the store since the last time I was there so I must’ve looked like a lost puppy wandering around. haha I came away with a damn good haul or fruits, veggies, milk, flax, uhh…what else did I get? haha Either way — my fridge now has food in it where as before — it had a Brita, champagne, Smart Balance and that’s it. haha

A full fridge is a happy fridge — okay so it’s not all that full…but I am only one girl! haha And a lot of my stuff doesn’t need to live in the fridge. ๐Ÿ™‚

This evening I set to work making split pea soup. Nom. It came out pretty good — I didn’t want to add bacon or ham so I subbed in some curry powder for a smokier taste. Yum. I also added spinach — nutritious and it makes it look a heck of a lot more appetizing. haha Dollop of Fage for fun.

I’ll be eating this fooo-eva. It made so much. haha

I hope everyone survived their week and has some fun planned for the weekend!!

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Give me a break…give me a break…

…break me off a piece of that …KitKat Bar! haha

Okay, damn now I want a KitKat! But that newfound craving aside…

I AM NOW ON BREAK!!!!!

It feels so good. ๐Ÿ™‚

This has definitely been an interesting week in terms of finals. First, the whole “almost didn’t wake up in time but somehow did” thing…and then last night, I stayed up to take my PR final the moment it was available online…but it wasn’t there. Uhg. And it still wasn’t there when I got myself up early this morning to do it….

It was supposed to be available on 12/15 (today) from 12:01am to 11:59pm…well…not so much. haha I sent my professor an e-mail, this morning, about it, and luckily everything got fixed by 10am..but still. Frustrating. I ACED IT THOUGH! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Before sitting down to take my exam, though, I made sure to make myself a big ole cup of coffee. It was just what my bod needed after being frustrated and up later than usual.

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I spent the afternoon studying for my Ethics final. I had some popcorn (slightly uhh…toasty…) and a yogurt mess: NF Greek yogurt, PB, blueberry flax, honey — it was kinda like PB&J yogurt mess. haha


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So I spent the afternoon (up until 5)…alternating between going over every study question I could think of, and mindless television. haha I’m so diligent…. I powered up for my final with JUICE! haha Green Goodness. It looks soo thick in the picture…but it really isn’t!

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I think I rocked my final though. Excited. I know I didn’t fail, at least. haha ๐Ÿ™‚ I rewarded myself with sushi and chocolate! Though … not together. haha

I picked up some spicy tuna rolls and a bar of dark chocolate with coconut flakes in it. I’m excited to try the chocolate. haha ๐Ÿ™‚

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I’m excited for an evening of NOTHING. ๐Ÿ™‚ No alarms to set…nothing! Yippeeee!

I hope you all are doing well!!

Peace, Love & Munchies.

Decemburrrr

Seriously, the weather was pleasant for the month of November, but the moment the clock turned and it was officially December…BRRRR! It was 33 degrees this morning when I was walking to class, and right now it’s still only 38. Brrrrr. Ch-ch-chilly!! Luckily, I had a nice warm drink with me from the ‘bucks.

First though, I should start with last night’s dinner. Considering I ate it so late…I don’t know if it should have been considered dinner or a midnight meal! I nuked the last of the baked sweet potatoes that I had. I mashed it up, added some Sabra Chipotle Hummus, and some hot sauce. Yumm.

By the way, I was just looking at Sabra’s site and it says that they have a Cranberry and Fig Hummus?!??! Has anyone tried it????

For something a little sweet, before heading to bed…I believe it was around 12:30am at this point…I had a spoonful of honey peanut butter. ๐Ÿ™‚ Always hits the spot. Plus, it makes me chug a lot of water right before bed which makes my bod happ-happ-happy!

This morning, as I mentioned before, the walk to class was pretty brutal. 33 degrees…and it was windy. Rough. haha However, I made my usual stop for my skinny hazelnut latte. (I still have yet to “fix” my espresso maker) At first it tasted funny — too coffee-y for my taste, not enough hazelnut — but I think it was just because it was SO hot. As it cooled it was much more enjoyable..one, because I wasn’t scalding my mouth (always a plus!) and 2. I could taste the hazelnut.

My thumb looks awkward in that photo. haha

Anyway, I had to pick up some paperwork from one of my professors, and then I headed home — which was an equally as chilly walk, and for some reason always feels longer than my walk to school. Once I got home, I made myself a big bowl of yogurt mess: Fage Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt, flax, sunflower seeds and honey. I do have to say, I ran out of the honey that my family friend had harvested, and so I purchased some at the grocery store, and woah is there a difference. His was MUCH better..haha I mean, the honey I use isn’t bad, but it’s hard to go from AMAZING honey, to just plain honey. haha Once I’m done with this batch, I am going to go on the hunt for amazing stuff; it’s too bad the Copley Sq. Farmers market is finished for the season; I should have bought some there while I could!!

The rest of today is busy, busy, busy. I have a paper to write (start) for Thursday, a storyboard to draw for tomorrow…eeeeps, and a meeting tonight for my group project!! I don’t know when I’m going to get in tonight…hence my early post! I’m nervous about tomorrow — presentations…so not my thing. You wouldn’t know that I am absolutely fine singing in a chorus or in a musical in front of a large audience…but talking in front of a small group of people… terrifying!!

Stay warm everyone!! I think I’ll go make myself a cup of tea! ๐Ÿ™‚

Peace, Love & Munchies.

Eat Fresh

Morning all! Well, it’s almost afternoon, now, isn’t it? haha Thankfully the clouds that took up the sky earlier this morning are starting to part, and some sunshine is peaking through — but it’s still waaaay chilly out there!

I stopped by Starbucks and got my morning latte; unfortunately, I think the guy at the register didn’t hear me correctly, and I got a skinny vanilla instead of skinny hazelnut — I told the guy it was no big deal though…one, I didn’t want to be late to class, and two…not that big of a deal to me. However, in hindsight – I wish I had gotten it fixed because I realized (through lacks of sweets in my life) that some things are just “too sweet” for me now. Their sugar free vanilla syrup is one of those things. I drank about half of my drink, but ended up tossing the rest.

Though, not before getting a pic of the glorious red cup. hahahaha

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Now some of you may be asking, “Jil, I thought you got an espresso maker. Why are you still buying lattes??” Well, unfortunately, after the first couple of (deliciously successful!) uses the little rubber ring that seals certain parts of my espresso maker — got burned or something. I think I may not have properly cleaned it, . I.E. I didn’t realize the rubber ring came out. The singed rubber makes for some not so tasty espresso (okay, so I never tasted it, but espresso smelled like burned rubber instead of coffee…so I assume it tasted like crap). haha I’m glad I found the source of the smell though – it’s an easy (and cheap) enough fix.ย  So this weekend I’m going to go find another rubber ring…I assume that I can find them at most hardware stores.

Anywho…so I stopped by DeLuca’s Market on Newbury and picked up some Nonfat Fage greek yogurt and some Naked Green Machine. A healthy part of a complete breakfast. haha I ran out of yogurt yesterday and it was a quick fix, and I also just ran out of Green Goodness. The guy who worked there was so nice; I think I was the only person in the store. If you’ve seen any of the recent pics of Katie Holmes when she was out and about in Boston, you’ve seen DeLuca’s. haha It’s just a tiny little grocery/convenience store, but they do good sandwiches and they carry some pretty stellar specialty items, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway – BREAKFAST:

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I’ve got a busy afternoon ahead of me, but I’m going to get some Subway (Eat Fresh!) for lunch. Yummm Veggie Delight!! haha

TGIF!! Have a great Friday everyone!!

Peace, Love & Munchies!