Four and a Half

4 1/2 more weeks….4 1/2 more weeks….4 1/2 more weeks….

Seriously. That’s all I have left. There are good things and bad things about this.

Good:

  • Well, it’s only 4 1/2 more weeks of school!
  • I’ll be one semester away from graduation (I still have to student teach)!
  • Summer is nearing!
  • I’ll be babysitting some great kids again this summer!
  • I won’t be plagued by weekly essays, novel readings, silly assignments, and all of that other fun stuff.
  • I/my parents won’t have to pay an outrageous rent! Or electricity!
  • I won’t have to listen to my stupid neighbor’s music day in and day out! (Seriously. I think my heart beat and the pounding in my head has synchronized to his music’s beat. Oh, did I mention he’s apparently an aspiring rapper? Yeah.)
  • I have time between school and working to relax a bit!

Bad:

  • I’ll be one semester away from graduation. Yes, this is good and bad. To be honest, I am so scared of graduating and needing to become a real adult!

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  • I won’t ever have any undergraduate classes any more. Despite all of the stuff I already said, I do like being a student.

…Um, I think that about covers the bads. Hah.

Another good thing is that I’ll have access to a bigger kitchen full of my utensils and good food. I love being in the kitchen. 🙂 I’m going to use that as a very bad segue into…..

WIAW

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Thanks for hosting, Jenn!

Breakfasts

The usual, Greek yogurt, but with granola on top instead of cereal! Over the course of the week, I enjoyed my Greek yogurt bowls with homemade granola (so good) and some of this Cascadian Farms organic granola.

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Both were fantastic, and a nice change-up from what I’ve been having lately. If you can call the switch from cereal to granola a change-up. Haha.

Lunches

Lots of good lunches this past week.

For example, this chicken salad. I breaded the chicken with some panko breadcrumbs, Italian herbs, and cayenne pepper, then baked it, and threw it on a salad with Craisins and balsamic vinegar.

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On Easter, I wasn’t super hungry for lunch, but also knew I’d better not fill up before dinner. So, hummus, baby carrots, and a toasted whole wheat tortilla was lunch!

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Finally, a delicious wrap. Well, more like fold. I stuffed it too much to wrap it! Inside: tuna, romaine lettuce, and some delicious cucumber cream cheese my mom whipped up.

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On the side I had strawberries and salt and vinegar potato chips.

Snacks

A delicious berry smoothie. I also switched things up with a few handfuls of spinach and coconut milk. Have you ever tried that stuff? It’s so creamy, and so perfect for smoothies!

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I love that dark purple color.

Well, I guess I didn’t take a whole lot of snack pictures, but wow was I bad this week. I really need to get myself back on track.

Dinners

Plenty of good dinners, too!

First up, this incredible dish from Women’s Health magazine. I think it was called something like Creamy Chicken with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Wild Rice.

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From the title, I don’t think I really need to tell you what was in it, but I will elaborate: there was cheese. Gruyere cheese. Melted into a bechamel sauce. Coating delicious, nutty wild rice. So good.

Then on Saturday, my mom and I made soup, salad, and bread sticks rolls. Chicken noodle soup and frozen dinner rolls dipped in butter and sprinkled with herbs. Drool.

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On Sunday we went traditional with a baked ham (my mom actually cooked it in the slow cooker, which was great for clean-up, and there was no need to turn on the oven!).

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On the side there were roasted sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, and green beans.

As a side note, we’ve begun using whipped butter instead of margarine or spray “butter”. I was watching Dr. Oz a few weeks ago and he claimed that while, yes, whipped butter does have saturated fats, it is much better for your body than all of that fake, chemical stuff in the imitation butter. We initially used margarine because my brother and I were allergic to dairy, so I completely understand that some people have to use it, but if you’re tolerant to dairy, give it a try. It tastes so good.

Desserts

Ok. Here is my downfall, people. Other than snacking (yikes), I went all out this weekend with desserts. Including…

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…not one, but two batches of cookies. (All of which are stored in the freezer, now, by the way.)

Light churned chocolate ice cream.

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Key lime pie. (Keep your eyes open for the recipe soon!)

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And so many other candies and goodies that I’m embarrassed to even mention any more. Oh well. This week is a new one, right? I suppose there’s no use in beating myself up about things that have already happened…

And I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy the candy and cookies at the time. 😉

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Workouts March 31-April 6
Sunday: off
Monday: 6 Week 6 Pack + 10 minutes elliptical (<– that workout burns me out! I love it.)
Tuesday: 25 minute jog + 25 minute walk on treadmill
Wednesday: 30 Day Shred? Pinterest exercises?
Thursday: rest
Friday: 25 minute jog + 25 minute walk on treadmill
Saturday: Yoga

In other news, I signed up for my first 5K! I’ve been running that on the treadmill for a while now, but I’m a bit apprehensive because treadmill running and outdoor running are so different. I’m not sure about the route’s terrain, but running around my neighborhood with its relatively small hills is killer! But I’ll be running it with my aunt, so I’ll have good company, at least. 🙂

And that about covers it! But I do have some questions for you all…

How many more weeks until your summer starts? If you don’t have a break, what are you most looking forward to about the season?

What meal or time of the day is your downfall?

If you’ve ever run a 5K, do you have any tips for me? Like I said, I’m not too concerned about it, but I’d like to know what you all have to say about it!

How was your Easter weekend, if you celebrated? Did the bunny bring you any goodies? 😉

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

34 comments

  1. those desserts…. enough said! #incredible #delicious #mouthwatering!!

    1. Haha yes, desserts definitely are my favorite too! 🙂

  2. I love keylime pie so I Will be looking for the recipe!!

    1. My plan is to have it up tomorrow or Saturday!

  3. I’m so excited b/c I have 4.5 weeks left too! Then 2 weeks of work-free summer 🙂 Then work, but I’m just thinking of the sun right now! Haha 🙂

    Love your classic Easter meal.

    And P.S. I sent you an email instead of responding to your last comment on my blog! So be on the look out for that 🙂

    1. Yep, exactly…work isn’t always fun, but at least we’ll be working in the sun, not the snow! 😉

  4. pickyrunner · · Reply

    I can’t believe you only have 4.5 weeks left!!! Whattt so jealous! I still have 6 more weeks and then 2 semesters left. Ew. I cannot wait for summer, or just to graduate, whichever comes first.

    1. Really?? I’ve never heard of a university going that late into the summer! If it makes you feel any better, the last two semesters of my degree have been my favorite!

  5. happy to hear the finish line is in sight! the key lime pie is stunning- so pretty…happy wiaw!

    1. Thank you! You too!

  6. I also went totally overboard with my desserts on Easter — I figure it’s worth it for a holiday. 😉

    And I vividly recall the fear of approaching college graduation, so you’re definitely not alone in that boat. I was simultaneously excited and terrified, which it sounds like you are too. In the 10 years since I finished college, though, I can definitely say that everything turned out just fine — in fact, a lot of awesome stuff happened that I never could’ve forseen when I was thinking about my post-college future — and I know that the same thing will happen for you. All will be well! 🙂

    1. Exactly. 😉 I’m so glad everything turned out better than you expected – it’s good to hear stories like that! And thank you so much for the support!

  7. Ooooh, easter desserts are the best!! And you’re ALMOST done! 🙂

  8. I don’t think I can pick one thing that looks good. It all looks gorgeous.

    1. Thank you! 🙂

  9. Whoa! I want to start my day with that Granola breakfast (love it) and end it with the key lime pie.

    1. Definitely an ideal start and finish to the day! 😉

  10. All that food looks amazing! I always have mixed feelings about the semester coming to an end. I am excited that I will have a break from school work but also tend to freak out at the papers and exams that all seem to pile up at the end of the semester.

    1. Oh my gosh, I totally know what you mean. Definitely have a bit of that last-minute craziness going on right now! I just have to keep the ending in mind…that’s such a great feeling when you hand in the last exam or paper! 😉

  11. I forgot what summer vacation is! I am looking forward to the 4th of July, when I can go home for maybe a week and just VEG… And not think about ANYTHING!!!! 😀

    1. Aw. I wish it could work out that everyone could get a summer break! Haha that’s probably the best aspect of vacation. 🙂

  12. Wow, graduation really is bittersweet. I’m excited for some bathing suit time 🙂

    1. Me too! I’m so excited for the beaches to warm up around here!

  13. Haha I LOVE that e-card…too funny. That smoothie looks amazing as well! Happy WIAW 🙂

    1. I laughed out loud when I saw it! Thanks!

  14. Wow!! 4 and 1/2 weeks! That’s so exciting! Don’t worry about missing school – you will be learning new things for the rest of your life! The real world is an adjustment though. No summer break for me 😦 I will LOVE wearing shorts and flip flops and lying by the pool. Your food looks amazing by the way! I can just taste the berry smoothie. I love the way you garnished your pie.
    My advice for the 5k – spend an hour making a great playlist that will pump you up or slow you down at necessary times.

    1. Lounging around a pool is one of the delights of summertime. 🙂 Thank you!
      And that is some seriously good advice. Thank you for sharing, I’m definitely going to do that!!

  15. ooh exciting! Finishing Uni may seem scary but its such an exciting time – the future starts now 🙂 (with some great food along the way!)

    1. I always say I can’t tell if I’m more excited or scared! 🙂 Good food does make everything better!

  16. I love using coconut milk in smoothies! So creamy and tastes delicious. I love it for cereal too.

    1. Yes! It’s very good with cereal, too. I haven’t found a meal I don’t like it with!

  17. congrats! that is like no time left for school. You are so close!

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