Tuesday, Lately

Well hello there! I hope you are having a lovely Tuesday so far. The weather here is absolutely beautiful—sunny and warm, but not hot or humid. And the evenings have been chilly, so like the basic B that I am, I’m hoping that fall is just around the corner.

Some things of late:

My boyfriend is a huge Notre Dame fan, and so I am also one now by default (cue real sports fans everywhere being super annoyed by that statement).


We threw a party for the first football game of the season, and it was awesome. He built a huge screen to project the game on outside, we had a campfire + s’mores + pizza, and generally a really good time hanging out, watching the game, and chatting (that was more me than him).

I’m still trucking along with the Couch to 5K thing.


And today’s run was brought to you by 50 Shades of Blue. (I hope that’s not a thing.) I haven’t been following the Couch to 5K program strictly, but I’ve managed to get couple run/walk times in each week, and I’m happy with that. I don’t have an end goal or anything in mind, so as far as I’m concerned, I can take my sweet time.

Also, I got a massage yesterday at the chiropractor’s office, and it killed me. That’s all.

This past weekend, I worked as a server at an event for one of my classes. I have never waited tables before in my life—I was an absolute nervous wreck leading up to it. Fortunately, everything was fine, except for the exhaustion that took me the whole next day to recover from. To all of you in the food service industry: Respect. I don’t know how you do it.

And lastly, little baby Dora wasn’t feeling well last week.


She’s being a little overdramatic in that photo, as per usual. Basically, she got in the trash one night last week, then spent the next 2 days vomiting up everything. So much dog vomit. I took her to the vet to make sure nothing else was wrong, and then paid $100 for them to tell me, Yup, she just got in the trash. To top it all off, she has a tooth that needs pulled soon. (I should mention here that I also had car trouble last week, which was not cheap.) When it rains, it pours.

And now, we’re all caught up. I’m off to get ready for an event tonight, and I’m actually dressing up—yoga pants are staying in the drawer tonight. :)

A Day in the Life: Back to School

Hi! I hope you are all getting ready to enjoy a nice long Labor Day weekend. I took a vacation day on Friday, and I’ll be busy doing a mix of projects, schoolwork, and having some R&R time.

I’ve been meaning to check in on here for the last few weeks, but, as you may have guessed from the title of this post, I started classes last week. That first week of getting into the groove can be killer—I always feel like I have to relearn how to balance work, school, fun, and my personal time. I’m pretty excited for this semester and the classes I’m taking. And best news—this is my last year! I actually filled out graduation paperwork this afternoon. :D

One of my favorite blogs (and one of the first blogs I started following) is Carrots n Cake. She does this semi-weekly feature called A Day in the Life, and I thought it would be fun to try over here. I also originally intended this to be a WIAW (What I Ate Wednesday) post…but then I forgot to take a picture of dinner, and now it’s Thursday—so obvs not happening.

But first things first: I got a lot of my hair chopped off.

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That’s the before and after. OK, and now that I’m looking at it, it doesn’t look that drastic. But to me it was. And my hair feels so. much. healthier.

A Day in the Life: Tuesday, September 1

6:00am Alarm goes off. Hit snooze.

6:18am Actually get up. Head to the kitchen to make breakfast.


3 scrambled eggs cooked in coconut oil (topped with black pepper and hot sauce), a big ol’ peach, and water.

6:45am Get ready to face the day!

7:15am Head to class at 8am, but stop for iced coffee on the way. (Duh.)


Iced coffee + skim milk.

8:00am Class (stimulating PowerPoint lectures included).

9:45am Head out for my first Couch to 5K run.


I have not run in several months. Starting last fall, I kept getting injuries in my left leg when I was running, and even though I love running, I just stopped. But lately I’ve been really missing it (plus, fall is like the best running weather, ever), so I decided to eat my humble pie and start really reallllllly slowly. The first run is a 5-min warmup, 20 mins of alternating 1 min run/1.5 min walk, and 5-min cool down. It was really good, but I have the most killer blister on my left ankle (TMI?).

10:15am Clean up and make a smoothie for a snack.


This was 1 cup of almond milk, ice, and a packet of Amazing Grass Green Superfood. I found out about Amazing Grass through my blog crush, and it’s really good. You can actually order a sampler pack of several of their supplement powders (plus that cute little bottle above) for like $10. Check it out!

10:30am Settle in for a couple hours of schoolwork.

12:30pm Lunch and chit-chat break, followed by more schoolwork.


Today I had an Amy’s burrito (gluten-free and dairy-free) over some mixed greens, plus a sliced apple with almond butter and chocolate chips. Oh, and a McDonald’s Diet Coke (Transparency!).

3:00pm Back to class (this one included a PowerPoint, but was much more interesting).

4:45pm Home to grab essentials for dinner and let little Dora out.

5:30pm Arrive at boyfriend’s house, light the grill and throw fries in the toaster oven. This is where I failed to take any more pictures for the day, but we grilled these amazing chicken sausages and had sweet potato waffle fries on the side.

After dinner, we watched some TV and caught up on our days. #theperfectcouple

10:00pm Home for the night. Talk with the roommate for a bit and get ready for bed.

10:30pm Get in bed, read for a bit (this), and hit the lights.

So that’s a typical school day right now. I think I might try to do a work day or weekend episode of these too, if you’re interested. I am super nosy and love reading these things, plus it’s nice to get ideas for meals or snacks or what have you.

Anyway, thank you for indulging me in this. I hope you all have a safe and happy Labor Day, and hopefully I’ll check in again on here soon!

100 Posts & an A to Z Survey

Well you guys, I’ve officially made it to 100 posts. 100! Yup, I’ve managed to regale you with 100 blog posts about my dog, trying to get up with my alarm, what I’ve eaten lately, and how much I love yoga. (For real, if you have managed to stick with me through this, I <3 you so much.) In celebration of my 100th post, I thought I’d do one of those blog surveys that I love (read: I’m very nosy). I found this one on several other blogs that I read, but I modified a few of the questions that I didn’t care for. :)

A – Age: 29 (!)

B – Biggest Fear: I’ve left the door unlocked or the oven on or a candle burning…this is the mind of someone who’s in a constant state of worry.

C – Current Time: 2:42pm

D – Drink You Had Last: Bottled water

E – Easiest Person To Talk To: My mom. My boyfriend. My best friend. I’m very lucky.

F – Favorite Song: “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John

G – Guilty Pleasure: Chick lit novels (these and these in particular)

H – Hometown: Evansville, Indiana

I – In Love With: My boyfriend. (And my dog.)


J – Jealous Of: Morning people. But seriously, how do you do it?!

K – Keepsake You Will Never Part With: The picture of my grandparents on their wedding day.


L – Last Picture On Your Camera Roll: OK, I had to scroll back a few screenshots, but here’s this precious picture of Dora snoozing with her penguin.


M – Middle Name: Rae

N – Number of Siblings: 3 sisters (+ 2 brothers in law)

O – One Wish: To finish these last 2 semesters of school without losing my mind.

P – Person You Spoke To On The Phone Last: My mama


Q – Question You’re Always Asked: “When will you be done with school?”

R – Reason To Laugh: Lots, but I have been cracking up today thinking about this scene from Bridesmaids. (Language alert!)

S – Song You Last Sang:  “Take Me to Church” by Hozier, but in an obnoxious Broadway voice.

T – Time You Woke Up: 7:20am

U – Underwear Color: Maroon (haha, could anything be unsexier?)

V – Vacation Destination: Like dream vacation? London. But my favorite place to visit that I’ve actually been to is Chicago.

W – Worst Habit: The snooze button

X – X-rays You’ve Had: Uh…like for the dentist and stuff. And of my knee when I initially hurt it.

Y – Your Favorite Food: I’m going to be super basic white girl and say pizza.

Z – Zodiac Sign: Scorpio

Wasn’t that fun? And don’t you feel so much more connected to me?? Haha. But seriously, if you have read my weird, rambling thoughts at any time, it really does mean so much to me. Hopefully within the next 10 years, I’ll be celebrating 200 posts. :) Maybe sooner!

Weekending & the Importance of Self-Care

Hi! I’m currently enjoying a quiet Tuesday night after a busy weekend + Monday.

Someone special had a birthday on Thursday, so I took a vacation day Friday to hang out. We ran a bunch of errands (including Chipotle and Target, my 2 loves) and then set up a sweet new projector for watching movies outside—and football games this fall. :)


The first thing we watched? Parks and Recreation. <3

Saturday was the annual Bluegrass in the Park fest in Henderson, aka my Most Favorite Event of the Summer. Seriously, I can never turn down pulled pork barbecue and fries.


Saturday was miserably hot and humid, so we were all surprised with a-mazing weather Saturday night. Like this beautiful sunset.


Plus a nice cool breeze and zero humidity. I was a happy girl. (Also there was an older gentleman with a fat chihuahua and 2 cockatiels present = best thing I’ve seen all summer.)

Sunday was church + hot yoga, followed by pizza with the roommates and a grocery run. And Monday ended up being a crazy day at work and a late night (like, not falling asleep till after midnight), so I was dragging all day.

So tonight after work I decided to take it easy. I cooked myself dinner,


watched an episode of New Girl, and took Dora on a walk. And now I’m chilling out with the Balanced Bites podcast and probably some reading before hopefully heading to bed early.

One thing I’ve learned about myself over the past 2 years is how important having a night to myself is. I’m not really an introvert, so too much alone time and I tend to get weird. But just one night where I can do whatever I want—whether that’s being super productive and doing meal prep and exercising and whatever, or just laying on the couch with Netflix on in the background and catching up with my roommates—that’s my sweet spot.

I think my 20s have definitely been a lesson in self-care. When I was younger, I constantly wanted to be busy and fill all my time. Now, I still like being busy, but I can recognize how being busy all. the. time. is so unhealthy for me (cue stress/anxiety/depression perfect storm). It definitely takes time to figure out where you function best—maybe you need a solid 9 hours of sleep every night, and you have to work around that. Or maybe weekends are your time, and you like having your weekdays and nights full. There’s no wrong way to practice self-care. We’re all unique and awesome and again, just because something is good for someone else, doesn’t mean it will work for you.

And with that thought, I’m off to spend some time with this book. Have a great evening!

Tuesday Things

Hello and happy Tuesday to you! Since Tuesday is the worst day of the week and I’m feeling kind of foggy today, I thought I’d share a few things that are making me happy lately.

Busy Weekends and Quiet Evenings

Friday night through Sunday night were basically nonstop—dinner with friends, a going-away party, and a full day at Holiday World with my whole family. We had so much fun (and got so sunburned—or maybe that’s just me), but I was very thankful for a quiet Monday night at home. I went to the grocery, did laundry, caught up with the roommates, and did some cleaning in my room. I love those kinds of nights because they are so immediately satisfying—I feel like a weight has been lifted off me.


(This is before the sunburn had really set in.)

The Balanced Bites Podcast

I mentioned I was looking for some new podcasts to listen to, and this one had been recommended by one of my best friends, along with some blogs that I follow. So Balanced Bites is basically a paleo podcast, and while I don’t consider my diet paleo (at all, ha!), I am in love. Diane and Liz are so relatable, and even though they eat a paleo diet and believe it is the healthiest, they are by no means paleo-nazis. I’ve flipped through their 200+ episodes and just downloaded ones that look interesting—some about anxiety, hormonal balance, exercise, whatever.

You guys, I feel like I’ve learned so much. I also think what’s exciting is I’m not letting myself feel overwhelmed by all of this info, or stressed that I have to eat a strict-anything diet. This is another reason why I love Robyn’s blog so much: She is all about listening to your body and finding what’s best for you. There is SO MUCH nutritional info available now, and pretty much everything is conflicting. But what I think we can learn from this is that what’s good for someone else does not mean it will be good for you. All of our bodies are different and complex and amazing, and they all need to be treated differently. Moving forward, I’m planning on focusing on real, whole foods and seeing how my body does—with and without grains, dairy, animal products, etc.—and then trying to eat the way that makes me feel best.

Spotify’s Discover Weekly Playlist

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I’m not super good with Spotify—I would say I just now can barely use it confidently. So maybe this is old news to everyone, but yesterday I found this Discover Weekly playlist—basically just music they think I would like based on what I listen to I guess? I’m actually surprised there’s not more embarrassing pop and rap songs included. I turned it on this morning at work, and it’s pretty good!

And with that, I’ll leave it to you—what Tuesday things are on your mind? I hope you all have had a lovely day!

One Month of Summer

Hello and happy Monday to you!

So on Friday, I realized (with a slight sense of panic) that I had exactly one month until classes start again. What.

I realize that the first part of my summer was taken up with a summer session at school, so maybe that’s why it feels like it’s gone exceptionally fast? Who can tell. But I do know that, while I’ll be sad for summer to end, this is the start of my last year of school—PTL for that! It has gone by so quickly, and while I’ve loved my classes and am so glad I decided to take the plunge and go back to school, I will be so glad to just be a normal adult again. You know, just working for the weekends and all that (I kid).

OK, one month of summer left, and I want to enjoy it. I came across this post on Pinterest a few weeks ago, and I became sort of obsessed with it. I just really love the idea of developing habits that are focused on self-care. And you know I also love to-do lists. So kind of combining those two things, here’s what I want my last month of summer to look like.

1. Get up with my alarm.

If you ever think you are going to find a list of goals on this blog that doesn’t include becoming a morning person, you are a fool.

2. Commit to a regular yoga practice.

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Earlier this summer, my roommate and I joined a hot yoga studio for their promotional summer class rate—basically three months of unlimited yoga. Yes! Like with most things in life, I started out super strong, then fizzled for the last few weeks. I love yoga, and yeah, I really want a yoga body, but it is time-consuming. So I would like to commit to practicing in-studio three or four times a week for the next month—I think that will give me the benefits of practicing hot yoga, and also the benefits of having a life and seeing the people I love.

3. Take Dora for more walks.

While we’re talking about moving, little Dora has had little to no exercise this summer. OK first of all, it has been super hot and I am worried about her hydration (yes, that was an obnoxious dog mom thing to say). But I also just haven’t made the time for it, and I feel bad about that. So along with getting up when my alarm is going off, I’d like to take Dora at least for a short walk in the morning. It’s a lot cooler then (mostly) and the sun is up early these days, and I’m hopeful that getting up and moving for a bit will help me wake up and clear my head.

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4. Rekindle my love for podcasts.

I do this thing where I exclusively listen to playlists on my phone or CDs for a few weeks, exclusively listen to the Top 40 radio stations for a few weeks, and exclusively listen to NPR for a few weeks. Podcasts used to be in that mix, especially during the school year when I was practically living out of my car and driving out to campus all the time. I really haven’t listened to any lately—perhaps this entire year (the horror!). Over the weekend I downloaded a few different podcasts that I’d heard good things about, and I’m excited to get back into them.

5. Try some dessert recipes.

I came across this dairy-free ice cream the other day, and it looks amazing and refreshing.



And also this fruit pizza. Fruit pizza! A dessert I love but somehow always forget about.



There you have it folks: My summer to-do list. Let me know if I’ve missed anything, or what plans you have for the rest of your summer!

Playing Catch-Up (Ha!)

So this is the part where I sheepishly say hello and try to explain where I’ve been for the past…10 months? Honestly, I’ve missed posting on this little blog, and one of the things that kept me from posting was that it had been so long. Like so long. But now that my schedule has freed up for the rest of the summer, I thought I’d jump back on here, give you a little update on what’s been going on lately, and then move forward—no apologies, no looking back!

The last year has been the year of…

1. Not moving. This is significant because I have moved 9 times since I graduated college in 2008. My roommates and I decided to stay in our current house this year, and I was so grateful to not have to worry about finding a new place and packing up everything I own to move in the dead of winter.

2. Going back to school.

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This is the big one. So I started taking classes in January 2014 part time. Well, in August, I decided to go part time in my job and take classes full time. Call me crazy, but I didn’t want to be working + taking classes for the next 10 years of my life, especially since I didn’t really have anything stopping me.

Going back to school is weird and a little nerve-wracking. I mean, I’m fortunate that I don’t look that old, so I don’t really stick out like a sore thumb in classes. But I still felt super weird knowing that I am 10 years older than most of my classmates. Fortunately, I met some really great people who have made classes and studying really fun.

It’s also been super stressful, trying to balance work, school, and a social life…or just not going crazy. But I think I’m getting better at finding balance, and forgiving myself when I don’t manage to achieve it 100% of the time.

3. The year of Parks and Rec and Harry Potter. Yup. I know I’ve talked about it before, but I love that show and those books so much. They’re my go-to when I’m bored or need cheering up. With so much textbook, science-y reading, sometimes you just need a break. Plus this.

4. The year of the braid.


Yeah, I’m 29 years old and taught myself to French braid this year. Jealous much?

5. The year of Dora. OK, every year is the year of Dora, and I needed a #5 to go along with my “the year of” theme. But sweet little Dora is still hanging by my side, giving me lots of love and encouragement when I need it, and hating every single moment she spends outside.

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It’s good to know some things never change, right?