Crunch Time

April 25, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Posted in Dinner, Other | 19 Comments
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With only two weeks left of school (three weeks including finals), I am definitely starting to feel the pressure!  I have SO much to do that I literally will not be able to do it all.  Every single one of my 5 classes has a final plus at least one other assignment/paper/project/presentation due before the end of the semester.  It’s a lot to throw at me!

That said, I’m doing my best to stay stress-free and just handle each day as it comes. My strategy yesterday?  Walking 6 miles in the afternoon to Picnic Point, and then another 4 miles on Lakeshore Path before it was dark.  10 miles of walking in one day!  That did me WONDERS.  Plus, on the way back of my second walk I got to enjoy these views:



Pretty incredible, huh? Smile


Last night I also had a baked sweet potato – one of my favorites.  What do you do when your cookie sheet is dirty?  Use the pie pan of course! Winking smile


Baked sweet potato topped with MaraNatha organic raw almond butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.


With a glass of unsweetened almond milk.



I have a LOT to get done tonight,  so I’m headed straight to the booksHope everyone started out with a wonderful week!









The Amazing… and Then That Other Stuff

April 13, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Posted in Dinner, Grocery Shopping, Lunch | 11 Comments
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My Wednesday was eventful to say the least!  I was on the go almost all day, and had quite a few adventures along the way… foodie and otherwise. So let’s dive right in!

Lunch was absolutely incredible today – I had a Food for Life Gluten free Tortilla topped with raw Wild Wood super firm tofu (yes, I do enjoy eating my tofu raw), organic spinach, organic mache, and organic sliced red peppers.



With sliced organic cucumbers, light activia, and a glass of unsweetened almond milk.



After my Design Studies lecture this afternoon, I stopped into the grocery store to grab a few staples.

  • Smartwater (yes, I was thirsty… I didn’t just buy it with one bottle missing ;))
  • Paper towel (aka napkins in my world)
  • Food for Life Brown Rice Gluten Free Tortillas
  • organic green beans
  • organic mangos
  • organic kiwi


  • Fage 0% Greek yogurt
  • Synergy Kombucha
  • activia light



Later this afternoon, I was walking back from my Psych Stats class and had just gotten into the door of my apartment when I noticed a hornet on my bright yellow Victoria’s Secret PINK crops.  Of course, my first reaction was to hit the darn thing off me!  Unfortunately, the hornet took that moment to sting me.

*Insert  “scream, collapsing in shock onto the floor, tears, and a panicked phone call to my mom asking what I should do”  here.*

God, hornet stings are PAINFUL!  I think the shock was what really got me, because I tend to be decently pain-tolerant, but it was still pretty bad. 

I iced it right away:

(realizing now how awkward this photo looks… yes, my leg is up on my kitchen counter… I am a yogi after all ;))

This was taken about 5 minutes after the sting:


Within 30 minutes, the bulls-eye lessened and a 3-inch diameter bright red circle appeared around it with more swelling.  The pain is much better now (4 hours later), but I STILL feel it!  CRAZY!

I still had to walk 2 miles to get to my Geology Discussion, so that was quite a trip given that the sting happened 30 minutes before.  I brought an ice pack along with me to class and told my TA I should get extra credit for my effort… he just laughed. Little did he know I wasn’t kidding. 😉


Given THAT whole situation, I wanted something totally simple for dinner after discussion, so I decided to stop into a coffee shop near my apartment and get a “Deluxe Hummus Plate” that I had been eyeing up every time I got coffee there in the morning.

Here’s what they gave me:  Warmed and slightly toasted pita triangles, goat cheese, kalamata olives, sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, and a HUGE tub of hummus.


Here’s what I ended up with:  I nixed the olives (I can’t stand kalamata olives!), and added in some organic carrots and a glass of unsweetened almond milk.



This was one of the best meals I’ve had in a while!  It’s been FOREVER since I’ve had hummus and this was delicious.  The pitas were AMAZING… soft, warm, ever-so-slightly toasted.  HEAVENLY!  I’ll definitely be stopping back to get this again soon!


After dinner, I wanted to make the most of the warm weather while it’s still here, so I went out for a 4 mile walk along Lakeshore Path.  It was getting windy and a little chilly by the time I got back, but the walk itself was perfect!

I have a little more schoolwork to do, then I’m calling it a night.  I’m exhausted from all of today’s events and need to catch up on some shut-eye!

Have you ever been stung by a hornet?








So There is Such a Thing as SUMMER

April 10, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Posted in Breakfast | 11 Comments
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I swear, I had forgotten what it feels like to be WARM!  Today, I cracked open my shorts drawer for the first time since last summer, and have been completely comfortable with my balcony door open, my heat off, and rocking my shorts and a tank top.


I was up at 5:55am this morning because I really wanted to finish my pixelated painting project this weekend.  I just don’t have time during the week to get the paints out, mix colors, and spend hours at a time painting.  By mid-afternoon, I had finally finished!  I still have to cut it out and mount it on mat board next to the original copy, but here’s the unofficial finished product…

The actual photo (from National Geographic):


My pixelated version:


This took me 9 HOURS to complete!  I still have the mounting to do, but the hard part is done – YES!


Before I got to work on my project this morning, Kashi Golden Goodness with unsweetened soymilk and an organic banana on the side fueled me for breakfast.


Caffeine to motivate me.



This afternoon, I walked 5 miles on Lakeshore Path in pure sunshine bliss!  I’m planning on heading out again later this afternoon to keep enjoying this beautiful weather while it lasts!  I just can’t stay indoors when it’s this nice out. 🙂

Hope everyone is having a fabulous Sunday and is enjoying the sun wherever you might be!







A Walk in My World #2

April 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Posted in Exercise | 15 Comments
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I go for walks every single day.  They usually end up being about 4 miles and seriously are what keep me sane in my life.  I absolutely love walking – it gives me time to think, get outside, and feel mentally and physically amazing. 

In A Walk in My World (#1), I took you on a tour of the Madison area Bike Path that I walk on.  The other path I walk on is Lakeshore Path, which runs along the edge of Lake Mendota in Madison. 

The Lakeshore Path itself is about 1.75 miles, but from my apartment to the end of the path is 2 miles (4 miles going there and back).  Lakeshore Path connects with Picnic Point which is basically a peninsula that juts out into Lake Mendota.  Picnic Point is another 1 mile long, so when I walk the entire route, I end up walking 6 miles total. Got it? 😉

In the summer, a lot of times I’ll walk the full 6 miles with Picnic Point because I have the extra time and I just love being outside.  But when school is in session, I tend to just do the 4 miles of Lakeshore Path. 


Today was absolutely GORGEOUS weather-wise!  It started a little cold and rainy, but by noon the sun was shining and I was wearing only a hoodie to walk to class.  I decided to take my camera along with me to walk the Lakeshore Path this afternoon and show you what it’s all about…

The start (or end, depending on what way you’re going ;)).


Lake Mendota



The dark line of trees in the background that extends almost to the edge of the photo is the Picnic Point Peninsula.


Hitting the path.



A couple of the MANY UW Madison dorms.



The view.




I’m obviously in the right place… thank goodness! 😉


I chose the pavement – mud and puddles just aren’t my thing.



The sign shows bikers LEFT and walkers/runners RIGHT.  This gets violated way too often… personal safety people!




Woods on the way back.



Fabulous day, fabulous walk!

Hope you all enjoyed this sneak peek of the Lakeshore Path and A Walk in My World! 🙂








A Walk in My World

March 22, 2011 at 7:43 am | Posted in Exercise | 7 Comments
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I’m always mentioning how I “go for walks” around Madison, so I decided to take my camera along with me yesterday since it was a gorgeous Spring day and give you a sneak peek into one of my favorite paths to walk on.

I usually walk on one of two paths – Lakeshore Path that goes around Lake Mendota and takes you out to Picnic Point (this awesome peninsula that juts out into the Lake), OR the Bike Path which is literally a biking/walking/running path that goes all around Madison and the surrounding suburbs.

Yesterday’s walk was on the John Nolen section of the Bike Path that’s about 20 miles total.  No worries, I only walked about 4 miles of it… I do actually have a life. 😉

Making my way to the path… I have no idea who these people are, as well as all the other people you might see. 😉


On the path.


Camp Randall Stadium







On a bridge.


HELLOOO!!!!  Yes, this person I do know. 😀


Hope you enjoyed this exclusive “Walk in My World!” :)  Have a fabulous Tuesday everyone!







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