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Back from hiatus

It’s been quite a while since my last substantial post. But I have to say, I needed the break. As much as I love blogging, it was more important that I regrouped, reassessed, and got through finals both healthy and in one piece.

Thankfully I managed to do that and, after a 2 week trip to visit my grandma, I am revitalized. Thank you so much (everyone) for the wonderful comments. I am back to stay with a completely new (and better) outlook on food and life and running. I don’t think I will be photographing every meal, but there will definitely  be recaps and highlights (as well as occasional photographs)

It’s great to be  back though!


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With three weeks left in the semester (before finals), the work is definitely comin’ in buckets and my schedule has been insane…hence the very little posting. I’m going to do the best I can and at least attempt to post about the new things that I try/have tried. Look out for some new stuff this evening 🙂

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Deep breathing

My chem exam is in a little over 2 hours and I am freaking out. I know that being absurdly nervous is only going to hinder my performance so I am trying to calm down, relax, and just be “zen”. I’m confident with 95% of the material and really, there’s nothing more I can do at this point besides review and relax.

My eating habits have been extremely college-like this morning: 2 huge mugs of coffee, 1/2 slice of cheesecake, and some 12-hour Sudafed for my allergies…talk about completely unhealthy. I feel so blah; I’m definitely regretting the caffeine because it’s made me jittery! So now I’m just trying to hydrate (with water of course 😉 ) and get some fruit into my system.

 Ok, I’m off to review and “meditate” (aka lots of positive thinking and relaxation). Hopefully I’ll have good news to report back with later this afternoon!

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I confess…I spent the entire day in my pajamas and I was not about to get all dressed up just to go grab some dinner (I’m not one of those students that feels comfortable wandering around campus in my pajamas). So instead of trying to be at least a little creative, I had a melange of random things: a veggie burger, baby carrots with hummus, kashi crackers (I ended up eating more than pictured) and a kiwi (I also snacked on strawberries about an hour before dinner). It was delicious but most definitely one of my laziest meals yet. I knew the “meal” didn’t make sense just by looking at it. But hey, as long as it tastes good…

I was going to make something special tonight but just wasn’t in the mood for it. Since I don’t have an abundance of ingredients to make it, I’d like to save it for a night that I’m really craving it (and no, I’m not going to tell you what it is 😉 But here’s a hint for all you fellow Food Network addicts: it was featured on an episode of Bobby Flay’s Throwdown last week).

In true Ellie fashion, I had to have a nighttime snack. It was the same as last night’s; a plump plum and a mug of hazelnut Belgium coffee (which I’m beginning to think will takeover the spot previously held by hot chocolate. Every sip just gets better and better). Quite yum.

I also confess that I have been wanting to bake quite a bit more than usual lately. Seriously, baking is all I can think about; cakes, cupcakes, pies…you name it, I’ve dreamt about it. It’s a bizarre phenomenon because prior to, well, now I never considered myself to be a baker (I am infamous for messing up simple cookies). Watching Nigella Feasts this morning didn’t help with this burning desire one bit; it was her “chocolate feast” epsiode and, after seeing the chocolate cake she made, I had to restrain myself. Could this be a new passion being born? Maybe it’s just my sweet tooth taking over? Or maybe it’s the fact that I’ve been watching waaaaaay too much baking on the Food Network this weekend? All I know is that I want to bake a killer batch of chocolate chip cookies right now.

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Oh bananas.

I am SO glad that it is Friday. I’m going to have another homework filled weekend ( 😦 ) but doing homework all day while sitting in my pajamas isn’t quite as bad as having to worry about doing homework all day and then getting to class on time. I just needed to remember that the end of the semester is super close so everything is going to start getting extremely busy, whether I like it or not. So I can either go with the flow and do all the work without thinking much of it or I can make all the work more painful it has to be. Me thinks I’m going to go with the flow.

It was back to my traditional banana-wheat germ oatmeal this morning…I just couldn’t stay away. And I definitely have confirmed that letting the oatmeal soak in milk for a couple minutes ups the creaminess of the oatmeal. For a few times I thought it was a fluke but now I know it’s not. No more dry oats for me! But I have to admit, the pear tasted a lot better in the oatmeal than I perceived it to; it just took some immediate comparison from the banana in the oatmeal to realize that. It’s a different taste, much sweeter (and well, pear-like), but still good. Sadly I’m almost out of oatmeal and fruit so I really need to restock this weekend.

Also, and I know this is random, but I signed up for a 1.5 hour “cooking class” put on by my school’s adventure department; it’s called Backwoods Cooking and is designed to help the student improve their camp cooking skills. I signed up for it mostly because I have an insane cooking bug at the moment, but also because my dad and I go camping a lot during the summer and, when we do attempt to cook, the food is lousy. Plus it was free and we get a free dinner out of it (always amazing for a student!). So it sounds like this class will be useful in more ways than one!

Also, RIP Vols. Ya’ll tried 😦

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My stomach is still quite unhappy this morning. I definitely feel immensely better than last night but I’d much rather be sleeping right now instead of attempting to study for a test that I have in a bit. I doubt I’ll be posting regular meals today because, well, I doubt I’ll be eating regular meals. Pita bread and ginger ale seems like they’re going to be my foods of the day.

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I almost forgot…

Today is Greek Independence Day! So, because I didn’t get to eat my Greek inspired dinner that I had been planning on, I’ll post from pictures from my last trip to Greece instead…

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