Thursday, April 28, 2011

sum sum summertime

summertime girls got it going on
shake and wiggle to a hip hop song
summertime girls are the kind i like
i steal your honey like i stole your bike
i'm pretty much the happiest girl in the world! why? because it is officially summer for me!!! Good bye sophomore year of college!  Hellloooo summer! Here is what i am excited for and why i love summer:
Toes in the Sand
Prank Wars
 Baseball Games
Jet Skiing
 Destin <3

only three more days until my half!!
what are your summer plans?!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Home is where your family is

This past weekend was spent with my family who came to visit from Illinois and Atlanta.  I came home with the intentions of eating home cooked meals, spending some quality time with family as well as my quantitative methods book for my final this least the first two parts were met! This weekend we went to this amazing Mexican Restaurant where we ordered pretty much the entire menu:

 Rollos Acapulco
 My sister says that I  "never take pictures of her food" so this one is for Ava
 Then came dessert, and yes we did order three out of the four desserts on the menu
He knows whats up
Home is where your family is, &
Life is certainly good.

Needless to say I'm back at Pitt and the countdown begins:
1 day until my last final
2 days until I am home for good
4 days until I load up on carbs [pizza]
5 days until my half marathon
6 days until I do absolutely NOTHING : )

I need to start making a list of my summer plans, but this year, I am going to do them! What are your summer plans?  I am thinking, running obviously, going to the Ring Dance, experiementing in the kitchen more and posting recipes more often, going to the beach for the weekend, CAMPING because I have never been, NYC trip, mountain biking,  etcetcetc still thinking....

Have a lovely Tuesday

Saturday, April 23, 2011

pancakes = heaven

i dont know about you
but i can eat breakfast anytime of the day
especially when its pancakes
blueberry, chocolate chip, banana, or pumpkin
here is hands down the best recipe ever:
Whole Wheat Pancakes
1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup of oatmeal (regular rolled oats)
2 T oat bran
2 T flax meal
2 T sugar
1 T baking powder
1 T baking soda
1/4 t salt
1 egg
2 T oil
1 cup butter milk
2 T water (more or less)
butter or spray for skillet
*blueberries, semi sweet chocolate chips, bananas

Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix the first three wet ingredients, skip the water for now, in a different bowl.  Heat skillet to medium.  Add dry ingredients into the wet bowl and mix just until barely blended.  Fold in bananas if you want (I'm practically a monkey so bananas go into all my breakfast foods).  Add around 2 T of water if needed.  Spoon batter onto skillet, cook for 3-5 minutes, flip and cook for another couple of minutes.  Serve with all your favorite toppings!
 Pair it with a cup of hot coffee and some bacon and your good to go : )

What's your favorite breakfast food?
Are you a banana freak like me? ie: not only are bananas in my recipe but they are also on top of the pancakes!!! Hey I am a runner girl!

Have a great easter!! I hope the Easter bunny brings you lots of dark chocolate ; )

Friday, April 15, 2011

Any day that I am too busy to run, is a day that I am too busy

There is something about running that no non-runner can ever understand
Despite all of the pain, time, and energy our body goes through, there is still that next day that keeps calling us back for more, and we respond to it by getting our shoes on again and hitting the road. 
Because we are runners and that's what we do
As difficult as it may be to get myself motivated to go for a run, at the end of the day if I missed my run I feel a sense of guilt, like I missed my 'me time' with the world.
Yesterday it was a beautiful 73 degree sunny day in Pittsburgh, everyone was laying out on the grass, throwing footballs, studying, listening to music, just enjoying life, as was I, [& the last thing I wanted to do was get up from relaxing], but as I was looking through my planner I noticed May 1st.... Then I noticed yesterday's date was April 14th...
Needless to say, I got up and ran. With only two weeks before my next half marathon I knew I couldn't waste a day not getting some kind of exercise in! Because I do not want a repeat of last year. ouch [I'll save that story for another post]

So I decided to do a speed work out yesterday and while I was running my 800s I got that feeling
That feeling of nervousness, you know, the one you get before a race.
I hate that feeling.
But I find myself signing up for races, time and time again : )
And now that I am in college and don't compete for a team anymore I still find the butterflies coming into my stomach. But the races keep coming because when a group of over a thousand people come together to do what they love, it is just the most empowering thing, and the stories you hear as you are running, simply remind you why you started in the first place. free pink ribbon bagels from panera, just kidding! kinda

 Last year after my first half marathon... I was in serious PAIN in this picture... and to top it off my mother beat me.

Do you like to race?
Favorite Distance?!!?
If so you know that feeling I am talking about!
What do you do to keep calm and carry on?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

All in the details

I have added something to my bucket list.
As vain and foolish as it may sound, I want to be approached & photographed by The Sartorialist one day.  In my eyes he is a genius and captures the most stunning photos of people I have ever seen.
 If you were to ask me what my personal style is, well it would just depend on the day and how I feel.  I can tell you that my closet consists pretty much only of, grey, white, nude, & black... oh wait does navy count as a color?

These are some of my finds that I fell in love with recently [one of them is colorful!]
Oh look at what I found!!!! & 10% of student discounts on Tuesdays! SCORE 

Click on my Inspirations:
My Mom

What inspires you?