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Sunny Sunday

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This weekend has been the perfect remedy to a rough, emotional week. Saturday, I had to go get my spots checked at the derm in NJ, and then my mom and I had lunch (thank you, Karen for the great recommendation!) and indulged in a little retail therapy. I got some great deals on a few work things that will be perfect for the transition into fall.

When I got home, I took a disco nap and then joined some friends for BYOB karaoke. We hadn’t been since my birthday, and it was so much fun! Our vague theme was breakup songs, and we toasted to my cat allergy—at least if/when I die alone, I will most likely not be covered in cat piss. Medicine is great and all, but never underestimate the healing power of singing and dancing like a complete fool with your nearest & dearest. I had many favorite moments (my friends are hilarious), but especially  getting the whole room dancing to the Supreme’s “You Can’t Hurry Love.”

Though I always act my age responsibly and stay well hydrated, I was a bit surprised to wake up bright-eyed and energetic, having enjoyed a good dose of whiskey. And bourbon. And champagne (see toast, above). Yes, champagne at karaoke. Anyway, taking advantage of the gorgeous weather and my good mood, I took a long rambling walk through the park. I also cleaned the eff out of my apartment and prepped some food for the week. Burned some incense to clean out any lingering bad vibes. Yes, I have a Masters of Science, and I still believe in that stuff.

If nothing else, I can tell I’m well into the “moving on” mindset, as I was craving pumpkin at breakfast—and chocolate, but nothing unusual there. Chocolate pumpkin oats in an almost-empty peanut butter jar totally happened. Perfect timing, like, culinary destiny or some sh*t like that. September is next week! This is both exciting and terrifying.

Do you like karaoke? What are your favorite songs to dance and sing to? 

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Beach Weekend

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Monday always comes to soon. I spent this past weekend at the Jersey Shore (first time in two years) with some high school friends and had a relaxing time.

To extend the beachy vibe, I am refusing to blow-dry my hair for the next few days. We’ll see how that goes…

What are some of your favorite things to do at the beach?  Do you take breaks from blow-drying your hair? 

Day of Fathers

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So I guess I spent a little more time talking about music than I did Fathers Day yesterday. I have nothing but my DNA to blame—my mom comes from a very musical family, and my dad’s been in the music business for longer than I’ve been alive. Because of these things, I have never wanted to be a musician (growing up around the business side can turn you off to almost anything, I’m convinced), but I’ve been a ravenous consumer of music pretty much my whole life.

I’ve also been known to be a ravenous consumer of good food. There was also plenty of that on Sunday. We had a full house as always—lots of aunts, uncles, cousins, and a happy grandfather sipping on the usual Johnny Walker Black. My mom’s family does not mess around when it comes to food and drink. Observe:

What are some of your family’s holiday/celebration favorites? 

Last weekend as a grad student!

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So wow, this has been a great last weekend as a grad student—equal parts mellow and fun. I even slept in until 9 this morning!

  • Lunch with Mom when I was passing through NJ for a doctor’s appointment Saturday

    tilapia & funny little salad with lots of picked veggies
    tilapia & funny little salad with lots of picked veggies
  • A friend’s Bday dinner here (I will definitely be attempting to recreate the kale caesar salad I had as an appetizer—so good) and drinks here
  • Coffee at this new place, which kind of feels like an airport hotel lounge—in a good way
  • A surprise Neil Young binge that’s gonna take a few days at least to shake

Tomorrow I’m graduating with my MS in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics. In some ways, it almost feels like my first day of grad school was last week (it was actually 4 years ago today), but in others, it’s like it was a lifetime ago.

5 years ago, I moved to NYC to be with a guy I’m not even in touch with anymore, thinking I’d do my freelance writing and part time PR job until I found something in publishing. Hah! If someone had told me I’d feel compelled to seek out a job with an alternative health care practice and decide to go back to school to study clinical nutrition because of ghostwriting a Chinese medicine blog, I’d have laughed.

The main lesson I’ve learned is that when you follow your intuition to what feels good and what feels right, it’s hard to go wrong, even if it’s not always easy or doesn’t make sense right away. I can’t lie, it’s been awesome—lots of good surprises along the way. I love what I do, and even on the stressful days, I usually still feel like this: ice cream

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down, ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

—John Lennon

Cheers to that. Thank you, thank you thank, you for all your support and encouragement along the way.

What I Ate Wednesday #110: Mothers’ Day Linner

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Happy Wednesday! I’m still recovering from presenting my capstone project last night. It hasn’t really hit me that I’m basically done with grad school, but hey, no complaints! Of course, there’s always time for a little What I Ate Wednesday. Thank you as always to the lovely Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting the weekly link part. Take a visit to see more WIAW from other bloggers!

Since this week has been super-busy, here’s What I ate on Mothers’ Day. My mom is ridiculous (and I mean that in the best way possible)—she’s the only person I’ve ever met who wanted to spend her Mothers’ Day cooking for 15 people. Everything was delicious and everyone seemed to have a really nice time. The only problem with afternoon dinners (at least for me) is that I get hungry around my normal dinnertime. It’s rare that I’m able to eat dinner at 3 and make it all the way to bed without my stomach growling. Over time, I’ve learned to just treat the early dinner like it’s a late lunch. Whatever works, you know? Eat when you’re hungry, stop when you’re full. Eat again when you get hungry 6 hours later…

  • Breakfast: I’m still on a breakfast jag. You’re probably seeing me post zucchini bread oatmeal on Wednesdays, but I eat it at least 3 or 4 times a week right now.
  • Appetizers: Veggies with salsa & spinach dip, tomato & mozzarella
  • Linner: Shrimp, ribs, salad (mixed greens and also this lovely pickled beet salad my mom made), asparagus, potato & cheese pierogi; a glass-and-a-half of my favorite sparkling shiraz
  • Dessert: Vanilla ice cream with strawberries
  • Second Dinner: (unpictured) A salad using up a bunch of leftover veggies; toast with hummus & eggplant

Do you ever need to a eat a “second dinner” after family gatherings? 

Cuatro de Mayo

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Hope you’re enjoying a beautiful Sunday. Any Cinco de Mayo festivities on the agenda? As I mentioned yesterday, I spent most of Saturday at my sister’s place, where she and her roommates hosted a gathering.

There was plenty of food and drink and amusements. Sadly, I lost $1 in the Kentucky Derby bet—maybe I should stick to Roulette. On another note, I have no clue whose idea it was to put tampons in the piñata ; )

The addition of cotton balls, Adora calcium supplements, packets of Emergen-C, and a condom must have been the genius of an accomplice.

Have an awesome Sunday! I’m heading out soon to walk around and look at cherry blossoms in Brooklyn. It totally doesn’t feel like tomorrow is my first day at a new job, but true to my nerdy ways, I’ve already laid out my outfit, pre-made breakfast, and started filling my bag with the papers and stuff I’ll need.

What are you up to this Sunday? Do you celebrate Cinco do Mayo? 

What I Ate Wednesday #94:

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And somehow it’s Wednesday again. Here’s to another What I Ate Wednesday.  As always, thanks to Jenn for hosting the weekly link party. To see more WIAW from other bloggers, visit Peas & Crayons.

This Monday marked the start of my “professional development” rotation. I actually feel really lucky to have this rotation last—I have some coffee dates and networking events planned, but perhaps more importantly, I’m hoping it will help me ease into the great unknown of post-internship land. Going from having a set schedule (even one that changes every three weeks) to not really having a schedule scares me a little.

Because my schedule is more flexible for the next few weeks, I woke up without an alarm Monday, which was so nice! I was still feeling a little wiped from my weekend cold, but well enough to haul it out to New Jersey for a doctor’s appointment (another month, another suspicious mole to cut off). My mom was working from home, so we were able to have lunch first, which was great!

I didn’t stick around too long after my appointment, but I had a nice visit. Luckily, the removal of the aforementioned suspiciousness was quick and relatively painless, though I’m now sporting an attractive little bandaid on my neck. Oh well. I’ve dealt with worse—aka this summer, when I spent three weeks with stitches in my chest and no painkillers.

Anyway. I didn’t even mind the traffic on the way home, since it gave me a chance to just relax and listen to music. I even made it home in time to make a “real” dinner. It was the first night in a while I actually felt hungry enough to eat something other than soup, so that was kind of a relief. Here’s the rest of what I ate Monday…

Breakfast: Chocolate oatmeal with egg whites—and pumpkin cooked in—topped with pumpkin-and-chocolate PB2…mousse? I never know what to call it…

Lunch: Steak salad with my mom.

Snack: (unpictured) clementine and later, kombucha while cooking

Dinner: Brown basmati rice (with curry powder & raisins cooked in), baked tofu, and lots of veggies, avocado on top

Snack: Plain yogurt with berries and cereal—nothing new

And then I peaced out with some NyQuil and slept for 10 hours. It was glorious. I woke up feeling 99.999% back to normal. And by normal, I mean pre-staff relief normal!

Do you lose your appetite when you’re sick? What’s the best thing you’ve eaten recently?