I decided to treat myself to some waffles-a-la-mode this morning…for no other reason than the fact that it has been a crazy week. Very stressful. It was almost *too* sweet, though. I think I prefer my usual combo of peaches and whipped cream, instead.
So, this past Saturday, I ventured into town with my friend A and Mel to look for dresses. There’s going to be a Yule Ball this weekend (woohoo!), and it’s semi-formal, so we were on the hunt….
We stopped at a bakery and I treated myself to a pastel de nata, something I’d never heard of. It’s a Portuguese egg cream pastry…or so I read on the menu! Delish.
Although shopping in town (and trying on elegant dresses in thrift stores!) was tons of fun, we turned up empty for something we could *actually* wear.
Home to the rescue! My mom mailed me a package, and I got it in the mail today. I love getting mail, it’s one of the coolest feelings in the world.
After some cheese quesadillas and a salad with iceberg and shredded lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, cheddar, refried beans, and lots of guacamole, we headed to bingo (sorry for the blurriness…cell phone camera). I had some oreo cheesecake that I devoured too quickly to photograph…oops. Custard-like, but deeelicious.
(Out of our entire table, none of us won. =( Bummer.)
Good Tuesday. Time for some more homework and SLEEP!
I had so much work today that I’m skipping my run. Do you get workout guilt?
Oreo cheesecake! Yeeeaaah! Do you have a candy/dessert combo, or unusual favorite dessert?
Saturday night, I ended up chatting with one of my friends about half-marathons, so I didn’t fall asleep till past two am…but long run at 10 am the next day we did! Huge thanks to L for accompanying me on the beautiful trail even when he was exhausted. We took a few stretching breaks and did our best to ignore our rumbling stomachs. We hit six miles at 1:17…at the entrance of the dining hall. Perfect timing!
Sandwiched between L and Mel. Yes, we are THOSE people that ran straight to the dining hall instead of showering…yikes. The BF isn’t pictured…but he showed up to enjoy my sweaty company, anyway. What a trooper.
After a relaxaing afternoon, we all piled into the lounge to watch the game on the projector. Go Giants! Wooo!
Yup, just some college students having fun. But I’ve gotta say…Mel is a big fan of creepy photos.
I’m still recovering from my food coma, phew.
Did you watch the game?!
It’s Monday. I’m exhausted and swimming in homework. Any concentration tips?
What can I say? I sincerely apologize for the gigantic hiatus. College got the best of me, and these past four months have been unlike anything I’ve ever known.
What I did this half of 2011:
-Ran a 10k! (recap coming!) The Rock ‘n’ Roll 10k in Prospect Park was one of the most unprepared-for events I’ve ever participated in. I’d only run two 5ks before this, so I was a wreck, but it was an amazing race and I finished with a smile on my face!
-Got a 4.0 average! I was taking two major classes, but only twelve credits. Still…it’s a proud moment.
-Which means I made the Dean’s List!
-Had an amazing social life and managed to meet some incredible people (including my boyfriend, but more on that later).
-Fell in love with yoga Oooh, yoga. I love it. I’ve started practicing some yoga stretches after runs and I’ve noticed it makes such a difference in my running. And stretching and warm-ups and cool-downs are now my buds. 2012 will not be the year of injuries!
-Mourned the loss of my kitchen
I have microwaveable soup more often than I would like, but the weekend breakfasts are very good. Still, I miss my gigantic fridge of fruit and veggies at home!
-Played in the snow…on Halloween
Snowball fight with my friends? Check!
-Went to my first concert! (Laura Stevenson & The Cans) They were amazing live, even though I didn’t get home till 2:30 am! It was worth it.
Here’s to an adventure-filled (AND blog-filled) 2012!
Hang on tight for the ride!
I recently went on a school-sponsored trip to Bannerman Castle, located on Pollopel Island in upstate New York.
I almost missed the trip, if not for my neighbor waking me up at 8:30 to run to the bus! He (and my roomie) woke me up at 2 am to tell me when we had to leave the next day, but I don’t remember it! Scary. It’s like it was a dream. I can vaguely picture it, but I was really, really out of it. Um…it’s said there are three things you can get in college: sleep, good grades, and a social life. The catch? Pick two!
Clearly, I need more sleep.
What a gorgeous day! I’ve kayaked a few times before, but this was my first time in a single-seater. Soooo much fun! (No photos, sorry, because I forgot my phone on the bus.) I was worried it was going to be too strenuous (even though the flier said no experience necessary, I didn’t believe it! The backpacking trip also said no experience necessary, and that was TOUGH AS HELL), but it was fine. I was able to easily stay in the front of the pack and drifted to the middle often so I could just float and enjoy the view of the mountains. My arms weren’t even sore (okay, *too* sore) the next day. Yipee!
I’ve joined the outdoors club here at school (and I’ve recently become a yoga addict), so I’m anxious to see what other trips there are. There’s indoor rock-climbing this week…hmm.
The internet is slow here, but college is awesome. Once I have my posters up, I’ll show off my room. My Tuesdays should be renamed tiring Tuesdays…I had four classes today, so blogging is a stretch! Hopefully, as things get back to normal (bizarre schedule from Hurricane Irene), I’ll get back to blogging regularly. I apologize for the lull.
Happy adventuring! =)
We hiked 1.5 miles in and within the first five minutes, I thought, this is the toughest thing I’ve ever done.
The first five feet were straight downhill, and my pack was set awkwardly, so it was digging into my head, and I couldn’t see. I seriously considered turning around.
And you know, I take the most pride in myself for not giving up when things get tough. Still, I’ve learned it’s important to know my limits.
It was time to push them a little farther.
We set up camp in Phoenicia and just sat around, played cards, and talked. At nighttime, we had a fire and we even found an orange salamander! (We dubbed him Charlie.)
It was nice and toasty around the fire. We played many rounds of the “picnic” game, when you have to guess different rules of what is allowed (and isn’t) on a picnic, like certain letters, or a certain number of syllables.
Actually, the second day, we made it about 2 miles to the trailhead before we heard BADOOOMBOOOOOOOOOM and within thirty seconds, it started pouring rain. We had to turn around and head back to camp. Around 3, it cleared up, and by 4, me and two other girls were bored enough to head back up to try the summit again. Boy, was it steep! The second attempt, we just took rain gear, headlamps, and water. Soooo much easier without packs.
Although it’s challenging, I love hiking! This was my first time hiking, and it really pushes your body in a different way.
Anyway, about .5 of a mile from the summit, we hit some rock stairs. These were some hard-core vertical stairs that were extremely steep. I have some issues with stairs. My balance is not the best, and I fell quite a lot as a child.
I tried the rock stairs, but it was *so* steep that I was completely convinced I couldn’t make it back down in a downpour without sliding. I went back with one of the more experienced girls, and, sure enough, fifteen minutes down it started to POUR.
Turns out there were FIVE sets of rock stairs total. Eek. The others made it to the top and back down two sets, but they said it was absolutely crazy coming back down the rest of the way.
I was glad I challenged myself, but glad I went with my gut feeling (that I have so often overridden this year). After all, it was only my first time hiking EVER! I think I did pretty well. =D
On Sunday, we were never so glad to see the main road, and civilization, again.
Three days of backpacking in Phoenicia, New York. One awesome adventure.
My first thought upon returning home? SHOOOOOOOWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A regular post about food and exercise will be back tomorrow (the lovely Paola from Sol de Luna was kind enough to tag me in the Amazing Blogger Award! I’m so psyched to fill it out.) But the past slew of days has been such an adventure. Orientation! Celebrating the 4th! And, of course, yesterday’s incredible adventure in the city.
First off, college is going to be great! I’ll be heading upstate for school. Mountains, anybody? Mountains mean mountain biking, trail running, and college means easy access to a gym! Woohoo! I was lucky enough to meet my roommate and new friends.
So, since college is coming quickly, a friend, M, and I decided to visit one of our friends at NYU. I hadn’t been to Greenwich Village in a while, so I decided to find all the places I’d been hearing about….
Peanut Butter & Co. had too many tempting options! I finally settled on the Peanut Butter Sampler. The best picks? Dark Chocolate Dreams (imagine Nutella laced with addictive substances and dipped in magic. Here you go.) and White Chocolate Wonderful.
And then THIS happened:
“So are you two hanging out in the city after?” (The true life of a suburbanite: Manhattan = ‘the city.’)
“Yup, we’re going to The Strand and then Insomnia.”
“Well, at 6:30 I’m meeting Meg Cabot!”
WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT. So, of course, we accompanied her to the NYU bookstore, where the fantabulous Meg Cabot was giving a presentation on her new novel, Overbite. I love her novels!! She’s just as nice and hilarious in person as I thought she’d be! It was a small presentation, and it was worth the wait. The whole time I couldn’t believe it was happening.
Not gonna lie, we felt just a bit like rockstars.
Earlier in the day, after trekking around in the Village, we headed to The Strand. Success! $1 for the Narnia sound track and an illustrated, colored version of The Little Prince. I actually found a pop-up version, and believe me, I was very tempted to bring it in to my English class! College is great already because The Little Prince is on my reading list. =D
Insomnia is so tiny. Only three stools inside! I would’ve walked right by if M hadn’t spotted it. I bought a PB Cup cookie, but truth be told, I was pb’ed out! Too much pb, though I never thought I would say that. I did have pb this morning, though, so don’t worry, it’s a temporary condition! 🙂 We also relaxed in Washington Square Park, which I had never actually been to before! (Bad New Yorker, bad.) Seeing the fountain made me want to dance around like in Glee.
I will settle for an ice cream sandwich, though.
Hope you all had a great 4th of July! I sure did.