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It’s been a crazy past few weeks.

Last week walking through Pittsburgh I ran across this sign:

gotta love it..and the beauty of the old buildings mixed with the newer buildings:

And this pretty blue Oldies car (blue dice 😀 ):

And I grew a Flamingo:

And I made some business cards by hand:

Next time I should consider ordering some online.  And yes the paper is textured, I am a freak for textured paper 😀

 

I do want to add this however….a strawberry giving birth to the new strawberry tic tacs…or exploding from it, or puking it, or however you want to interpret it (I know the lighting is bad, but this angle is just too epic):

 

Sat-your-day = rest day for my body (especially my legs!)

Yesterday I hit my 22 mile mark….the wind was horrible and the last 4 miles were extremely rough.  But here’s a trick I kind of learned to make sure I was not pushing myself to hard on my long runs:  Say “Hello” “Good Morning/Evening” or something to passerbys’.

Yes I took taht in a bathroom, they seem to have the best lighting…all the time (most of the time). And I had shorts on in 30 degree weather, anyone else wear shorts at 30 degrees or lower?

I also have noticed that I gained some weight during my training.  I have done some research and it turns out that gaining weight from marathon training is VERY COMMON so there’s no real need to panic.

Reasons why?

You may be an untrained/novice runner and your body is not used to this type of running (possibly? I never ran anything over 15 miles before)

Your body is holding on to carbs/glucose to use for it’s next big run (this is also a possibility, but at the same time it’s usually novice runners).

You are eating more than you think you are burning…this is probably my answer…after eating a whole jar of peanut butter in one week and several cookies and poptarts…my bad nutritional choices are starting to catch up on me.

Or it could be that I decided to make a smoothie…I am not a big smoothie person.  But when I am actually in the mood for one I MUST MAKE ONE.

Banana Strawberry Smoothie
Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup Greek Yogurt (Fage preferably)
  • 1/2 small Banana, sliced up
  • 1/2 cup of Strawberries (preferably frozen, if not frozen throw in some icecubes.)
  • 1 cup of almond or soy milk. (or was it half of a cup…i do not remember the amount haha)
Directions:
  1. Add everything and blend!
  2. Drink and Enjoy 🙂

I also learned how to crochet a ton of stuff over break….A TON..like this hat:

Maybe I should quit school and crochet hats and sell them on etsy or something….lmfao.

And it’s that time of the year when my house is being invaded by ladybugs…mmm whats up there lady bug, you landed in my eggs this morning 😦

Seriously…it snowed last weekend and that was it for this month…so far, there’s still 10 days left!

Did my long run, and I will be thankful for painkillers and Dr. Scholl’s inserts for Planters Faciitis.  I got it back in October (due to the running schedule of high milage one week, low milage next week, high milage week followed by low milage week, ect.  Usually it’s 3 weeks increase milage and 1 week back off).  I’m pretty sure I have it back in my left foot, and now in my right (I am a dummy who tied their shoes on too tight.  Anyways, I guess when your watch reads 8min/mile for your long run instead of the usual 8:40 I guess that says something haha.

Recap on my budget challenge again…I used my credit card yesterday, but only for gas.  I planned on using whatever I had in my bank for gas anyways since I have cash floating around left and right, it’s an awesome day when you do laundry and a 10 dollar bill falls out of your pocket.

I also snagged a huge fruit tray for free on Thursday.  My friend and I went to see this guy from Business Week talk about how they design their magazines (British people, love your accent, hate trying to pick up on what you are saying).  I guess looking like a starving college student made 3 people walk up to us and ask us to take the trays since it was going to go to waste…um….SCORE!!! There’s a ton of grapes and I really want to try making raisins from my dad’s dehydrator and make english muffins (they’re so expensive to buy!)

I don’t have any recipes this time around…that deal with pancakes or breakfast foods…but…

Enjoy your day with the biggest peep in the world (and sugar rush jk).  I like to put marshmallows in my coffee for some reason.

 

I feel like I need to update before the weekend…not too much has happened except for dread on what the next week will bring me. (and no I am not talking about Valentine’s day)

I am talking about being a student athlete.

Some of you may be aware that I compete for Cross Country, Indoor and Outdoor track.  Many of you may not know that our schedules for competition are “lighter” than in highschool.  We compete on the weekends.  Cross country is usually half a day or overnight.  Track is either all day or 3 days (this includes the travel time).

What I am getting at is this:  it’s very frustrating to balance homework, life, track, getting money (as in a job haha), working on my future career after I graduate.  I am working towards a BA in Graphic and Web design, I need my computer to do my work not a book to dig my nose into and memorize words that I will possible forget in a year.  I am also not the only one on my team with this double BA major, the other girl also feels the same way.

What other people don’t realize is that we are creative people who have creative projects.  It takes time and effort and dedication to put good work out there.  I have seen kids in my class that half-assed their work just to satisfy a professor.

 

Seriously sometimes I wonder if my mind is constantly on some sort of high (runners high!!!)

Back to my challenges:

Smiling seems to have helped in many ways.  Like when a printer randomly decides it doesnt want to print because it thinks it has no paper….force a smile, stare at a wall, and instantly you wont feel like throwing the printer out a window.

As far as budgeting….well my recent paycheck from work study was less than I thought I was going to get. I was going to use that money to sign up for a marathon (well I still am, the deadline for cheap registration ends the 15th). So I can’t use my credit card for a month.  So here’s to 30 days of not using a credit card…starting…now.

So, yea I kind of applied this kind of didn’t.  I had a crappy past few days.

I went home this weekend, so cookies galore haha

 

These are gluten free chocolate caramel cookies.  I was skeptical at first, but they’re SOOOO GOOOOD!  They’re from Mi-Del, they are made from gluten-free flour and contain no trans fat or artificial flavoring. I checked out Fooducate (free app!) to see what they say..yea there’s artificial flavoring in there, I knew it was too good to pass up 😛

I also had a conversation with my dad, about graduation and Outdoor track conferences being that same weekend.  Obviously I am graduating, obviously I am walking, I already paid the fee to show up (Do other schools do this???).  So on top of that, the following day is the Pittsburgh Marathon.  I havn’t signed up for it yet, I plan to, and I get paid this week from my work study (mmm budget challenge out the window).

I also tried Ba Ghanouj this past weekend.  It’s hummus, but instead of chickpeas it is made with eggplant.  My other half and I went to this Mediterranean restaurant called BaBa D’s.  I’m not sure if they cut their own french fries, but they were the best I’ve ever had anywhere.  Not soggy or super stiff or too salty.  On the plus side, it was cheap, like cheaper than Panera bread or Subway cheap and a huge portion size.

I guess for the smile challenge, I actually did smile more.  At least reflecting on it I think I did haha.  When you smile more, things seem to automatically be better.  Your perspective in life changes from “Doh, I can’t do anything today BLAAHH” to “I feel like superwoman and I’m gonna tackle the world!”

Any Graphic Designers out there will get a kick out of this “confessions of a designer

 

I can’t spell February right.

Budget challenge was kind of tough, but at the same time it wasn’t.  I mean I didn’t go super strict on the rules or anything either.  Just enough to keep me from impulsively buying stuff….Like a hamster…

I was also thinking about my next challenge, and that is something I want to put towards my career.  Become more knowledgable in interactive media.  I picked that up last semester with Adobe Flash (and later found out that flash will eventually be obsolete and replaced with jQuery or something).

So I guess my next challenge will be to learn/build my portfolio.  I seem to have let that go due to classes and track and I personally feel pretty far behind.  But then I think about people who have started late and people who have started early and then I’m like…well if I’m worried about age being a factor it’s only a number so who cares?  It’s about experience and getting my butt out of the shy corner and into the world.

I’m still going to continue with the budget challenge, I’m just going to slowly add things to it…until I implode.

Hopefully the link works haha.  This is my 3rd account on DA, the interactive flash part is not where I want it yet.  I am still working on it.

Anywho Ive decided that my next challenge is to smile more, say hi to everyone, go to more events(ok this one may be a bit of a problem considering my finance issue and time constraints) even if it feels awkward.

I have no idea what day…but  I do know that I started on the 9th so this makes day 22.  This weekend I spent….$1 on water.  The $5 I got from friday went towards…egg whites to add to my egg and frozen blueberries(darn those blueberry pancakes).  I didn’t even buy gas, my friend was generous enough to put a few bucks in my tank since she needed a ride.

Out of my meal plan money, I spent money on the cheapest stuff there, eggs, soy milk, peppers (a lot of people don’t know you can buy these), apples and bananas, yogurt, tons of cottage cheese.

I also got my Canon battery back 🙂  Omnomnomn. An egg, 1 part egg white, some red peppers, salsa, a lil’ bit of cheese:

I love how the colors pop out with my canon, it’s seriously making me hungry….oh and so is this apple cinnamon oatmeal with blueberries…and some guy fishing for oats:

Tomorrow is Feb 1st…I was debating on if I want to start a new challenge or not. (I’m definitely doing a reflection on this budget challenge tomorrow.)

Every meal…rice rice rice…lots and lots o rice.

  • Breakfast: greek yogurt, banana, rice.
  • Lunch: rice, edamame, mixed veggies, curry sauce.
  • Dinner: left over curry from last night…more rice…hot chocolate (from the dollar store across the street).  Well, I ended up eating all the curry because I read something about how long I could store this stuff in the fridge and freaked out over food poisoning (I’ve had it before, right before a race, it sucks)

This morning I woke up at 5 am to get my run in (long day awaited me).  It was extremely humid and warmer than I was expecting it to be.  (Does anyone notice that the air is more humid in the morning?)  Just as I was entering the neighborhood section, this guy comes running around the corner with a helmut on and a light attached to it.  I don’t know whether I should’ve laughed or been freaked out but it’s weird running into people running at the same awkward time of the morning as you where I live.

Since I was downtown all day for class, I decided to visit a good friend of mine and walk around the University she goes to.  Took my camera…with a massive camera bag (seriously unnecessary ).

Photostream from today