Well, after staying up last night to watch the Kanye West is a Gay Fish episode of South Park on demand, I kicked off this oh-so-sleepy Tuesday morning with some fall-ish oats. After the amazingness of the Snickers sub that I mentioned yesterday, I’m starting to really appreciate dried dates. So instead of my typical banana, I put some in my oatmeal…and then decided to add the dark chocolate chips for good measure. Then I added a little almond butter and a few spoonfuls of canned pumpkin.
This was a winning combination for me! The dates were perfect, and I love pumpkin but I think using less is a good idea; it’s a bit overwhelming otherwise. I forgot how much I love dark chocolate, and the chips are tastier than using powder. It was just the right blend of nutty, sweet, and savory! I had it with a big cup of coffee and was generally blissful. Kaytee’s recipe is just turning out to be the gift that keeps on giving for me!
I made an executive decision today to not run first thing in the morning. I love getting it out of the way, but I also feel like I can get so much work done between breakfast and lunch if I don’t run. If I run early, my morning is completely sucked up by traveling to and from the trails, running, and showering. I have the afternoon free to do work but somehow it’s harder for me to be productive between the hours of 1:00 and 4:00. I got so much done this morning, so I think this may be the ideal schedule for me!
After writing two articles for other publications, I started on something that I’ve been meaning to do for a couple weeks. When I was in college, I wrote the blog “The Spartanette” for three years. It was a blog before blogging was, well, blogging as we know it today! It didn’t have tags or categories or good pictures (and it’s a true shame it didn’t have Twitter)! The Spartanette covered college life from the point of view of a sorority girl at Michigan State University, and it caused more than a little controversy (and earned me the lovely nickname “the oft-mentioned ho bag” from the staff at the school newspaper). It’s been floating around in Internet oblivion for the past year, but now I have some plans for it. The first step was putting all the content into a Word document, to get an idea of what I was working with.
And…I am working with 400 pages! I couldn’t believe how much content I had. I also couldn’t believe how much I still love every last word. At the time, I don’t think I really understood what I was doing and why it had the impact and reputation it did. I wrote whatever I wanted because it was simply my daily life. I never saw the big picture! Today, after re-reading a lot of things I had forgotten about, I have to say, I am so proud of my 20-year-old self. I was pretty damn ballsy!
Now I have to start the real project: go through all 400 pages to edit it and see what I can do with it. But I’m quite excited to have it all in one long-ass document! It was also a fun trip down Memory Lane…the posts just are such a reflection on the stuff I was going through and the emotions I was feeling every semester! (Sean, Eric, Jeff…I sort of feel like I owe you guys royalties!) Anyway…I thought I’d share a few of my all-time favorite posts here. A little more “Getting It” than “Shedding It,” but well…you’re going to have that sometimes.
So today was one those days where I was very busy and productive, but I also didn’t move for oh, five hours. I almost missed lunch! But then, that would probably never actually happen, would it? I wanted to get more stuff done, though, so it was a quick lunch: defrosted Sweet and Spicy Peanut Soup and a wrap with Sabra hummus and veggies! Quick, meatless, healthy, yummy!
And for dessert I had two mini Honeycrisps!
Then it was time for an easy taper run — just three miles! The odd thing about my life is that I’m a runner, not a walker. I can run 12 miles and be fine, but if I spend a day walking around more than usual, I end up sore. So strange! So, after my hour-long walk yesterday, today I woke up with a sore back and shin splints. Go figure.
I didn’t bother to go to the trails because I was low on time and I didn’t think it was worth it or such a short little jaunt. It was good to mix it up, because my neighborhood has a good amount of hills! There’s a ton of gorgeous sun, but it’s pretty chilly today. But I just love that brisk air for running! I really picked up the pace and I felt like my lungs were burning (in a good way).
I love how short three miles feels now. It was a good run and I literally ran straight into the house and into the shower! Tonight I am driving down to Ann Arbor to see David Cross live. I am so excited for the LOLs that await!