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Breakfast of CHAMPIONS! . . . or a Poor College Kid.

I had a real breakfast today!  No peanut butter sandwich on the run!  True, it was cereal but it was good.


I started off with a box of this – Total 100% Nutrition Cinnamon Crunch Cereal.  I’ve eaten this before but I picked it up because it’s like a kids cereal but with a lot of added nutrients.  Yummy.

Then I added a splash of my Lactose-free milk.  By the way, this stuff last FOREVER.  I bought it in the middle of February and the expiration date isn’t until the 23rd of March.  Even if you’re not lactose-intolerant, I would recommend buying this milk just for that reason alone, especially if you live by yourself and wont down a whole gallon of milk in a week.

Presto!  Breakfast.

It was good, crunchy, and very cinnamon-y, just how I like it.

In other news, I’m dressed like a boy today.  No joke.  If I didn’t have long hair and a somewhat feminine face, I’m sure I could pass as Alec’s younger brother.  But I’m not changing because it’s comfy.

Also, my apartment is a wreck.  I don’t know if it’s the side effects of having a busy schedule or living with a boy.  I’m thinking it’s the later.  After school, it’s going to become mucho cleaning time since boy will be at school until six thirty or seven and he’ll be out of my hair.



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Cupcake Study? Yes, please!

Sometimes, I really love my school.  It’s as if the school gods read my depressing post yesterday and said “give her cupcakes.”


After my grueling test this morning, I was walking around the bottom of the Family and Consumer Science building when a girl popped out of a room and asked me if I wanted to taste some cupcakes.  Being the sweets-lovin’ girl that I am, I immediately said yes!  She brought me into a room where I filled out a research participant form and then got to taste and tell my opinion on three different yellow cake recipes.  I also got some crackers and carrots to “clean my palate” between tastings.  It was yummy.  No pictures because that wasn’t allowed but I did get some snacks for participating!

Mini-pretzels and an apple, which I was enjoying on a bench inside the building.

Oh, did I mention that it was snowing/sleeting today?

It was snowing/sleeting today.

Of course, class wasn’t canceled until there was no point but I did get out of my last class.  It’s still falling but it must be too cold because it’s not sticking, even though it’s HUGE chunks of snow.  I haven’t done much since coming home, aside for finishing my book and being lazy.


I guess I should do something, like going to get bread since I ate the last two slices this morning with my peanut butter sandwich breakfast.  More than likely, I’ll sit here and read another book.  Yay!

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Busy Little Bee

Sorry to go AWOL for these past couple of days.  After posting Thursday, it’s just been long days of never-ending tasks and almost no food pictures.


I’ll try to recap as best as I can.


I was able to locate some food, thank goodness.  It wasn’t the best stuff in the world and for seven bucks, I was a little pissed, but this is what I had:

A cup of chicken noodle soup which I think should be called dumplings in chicken broth and a few softs carrots for good measure because that’s what it really tasted like.  I wanted the chilly but this was all they had left – can’t complain, though.  The weather was freezing and very windy so the soup warmed me up!

I also bought and orange for 75¢.  It was so juicy and sweet!  Mmmmmm.


After class, I waited in the hotel lobby for my professor with Alec.  He was hungry and so bought a bag of chips and a cookie for each of us.

I ate the peanut butter cookie and it was delicious!  Still warm with a gooey center but a crispy outside.  Yummy.

For the two-hour drive, I brought a bag of trail mix.  I snacked on-and-off on the way there and the two-hour trip back, picking out the raisins, of course.  I don’t know why, but as a child, I was convinced that raisins were rotten grapes and to this day, I can’t eat them by them selves.  In cookies or hot dishes, I’m fine, but by themselves?  Oh, no.  That’s not going to happen.  I’ve been looking for trail mix without raisins but have been unsuccessful.

Anyways, I still have about half a bag or more of the trail mix so I think I’m going to keep it in my bag for emergency munchies.


At the training, I had a 6-inch turkey sandwich from Subway with lettuce, tomato, red onions, and pickles.  On the side, I had a mini-bag of original Sunchips and two 3 Musketeers Truffle Crisp Bars, which were to die for!  I love light, fluffy chocolate with a little crunch to it so this hit the spot!  And best of all, it was free!


The presentation went well, even though I felt like I was going to puke the entire time.  I’m not what you would call a “public speaker.”  In fact, what ever the opposite of that is, that’s me.

I didn’t get home until about midnight, which sucked.


I was bone tired Friday and still had a lot to do – pack, go to class, work, etc.  This is where the bad food starts . . . Here’s how it went

  • Went to Chik-fil-a on the way to class and got a chicken biscuit.  It was delicious so I regret nothing.
  • Sexuality Class
  • Work for a couple of hours.
  • Skipped my last class to load up the car with the dog, boy, and duffel bag to go to boy’s hometown for his mom’s rehearsal dinner.
  • Got there insanely early.  Picked up a Sonic burger, some fries, and a cherry slushy before unloading everything at Alec’s dad’s house.  Drooled over the huge flat screen TV and talked to the step-mom before heading to rehearsal dinner.
  • I sat in the church for about an hour and half, being bored, with boy’s grandmother and future step-grandparents.  We made fun of things and talked.
  • We went to dinner at a local restaurant after the rehearsal dinner.  Really awkward since it was where Alec worked in high school and some of the people who he worked with were still there, including our waitress.  I had the spinach Talipia on a bed of rice and mashed sweet potatoes.  It was a lot of food but I ate all of it, even though the waitress failed to mention that the “lemon” sauce was actually a heavy cream sauce.
  • Watched the Olympics with the stepmom – tried [and failed] to understand curling and got angry that Apollo Ono was robbed his medal.
  • Had a horrible night of tossing around on the bed and multiple trips to the bathroom.  Not fun.

Yeah,  it was wonderful.  Really.



Saturday was a fun-filled day of wedding and errand stuff.  Wanna see?  Of course you do.  :0]

  • 7:30am: Woke up but then realized I was going to be up for a really long time and tried to go back to sleep.
  • 9:00am:  Got up for real because the bed was just that horrible.  Made the bed and then headed out to the living room.  Watched Campus PD on G4 with Alec.  Marveled at the fact that a show like this existed.  Still drooled over the magnificent TV.
  • 10:0am:  Took a shower – came with a lot of grooming since it was a “big day.”
  • 10:30am:  Got out of shower and said “hello” Alec’s dad who just came back from a business trip to Tennessee.
  • 10:40am:  Blow dried, straighted, and prettified my hair while praying that it would stay straight all day and not try to return to its naturally wavy self.  Also put on makeup, which include eye shadow.  Tried not to cry as I stabbed myself in the eye since it’d been forever since putting on eye makeup, aside from mascara.
  • 12:00pm:  Finally finished getting completely ready.
  • 12:10pm:  Left the house to find a charger for my laptop since mine died and the converter I was using with Alec’s mysteriously disappeared – we’re positive the dog or cat ate it.  While searching, we shared a plate of sesame chicken, fried rice, noodles, steamed vegetables, and two dumplings at the Chinese place in the mall.  I also had a sugar cookie from the American Cookie Company.  Finally located a travel sized charger at a small computer repair store for a lot less than the hundred that Best Buy wanted.
  • 2:00pm:  Went to the salon and got a manicure and pedicure – no reason other than I wanted to.  :0]
  • 2:40pm:  Returned to Alec’s dad’s house.  Was going to take a nap but ended up reading instead.
  • 4:20pm:  Alec and I started to actually get ready – he put on his tux, I put on my dress, etc.
  • 5:30pm:  Arrived at the church.  We grabbed Chik-fil-a sandwiches, fries, and sweet teas on the way.  I ended up giving most of my fries to a little boy named Austin, who was apparently really lonely.  Wandered around and took pictures while waiting for everything to start.
  • 7:00pm:  The wedding started.
  • 7:20pm:  Ceremony over – reception starts.  I had a snicker doodle, brownie, a bunch of pineapple chunks, and two little cheesecake squares.  Oh, and a few bites of the strawberry cheesecake and orange cremesicle layers of the wedding cake.  Most of the evening was spent watching other people dancing and talking.  I refused to do the “Cupid’s shuffle,” “Electric Slide,” or the “Hoedown, Throw-down.”
  • 10:30pm: Reception over.  Drove to Alec’s mom’s house to pick up groom’s tux to return Sunday.  Ended up staying to wish the couple a good time on their honey moon to Hawaii and to eat a couple more snicker doodles.
  • 11:00pm:  Drove back to Alec’s dad’s house.  Packed all the stuff up and talked about the wedding.
  • 12:02am:  Drove back to Alec’s mom’s house to grab the socks that the groom forgot to put in his bag.
  • 12:05am:  Finally on our way home.
  • 12:20am:  Stopped in a gas station near my hometown.  Old high school buddy and one of my long time friends was working there as a night manager.  Ended up talking for a while.
  • 1:40am:  Left the gas station to go home.  Feeling hungry so we grabbed a double cheese burger from McDonald’s and shared a Dr. Pepper Slushie with Alec.
  • 2:10am:  Got home.  Unpacked everything.
  • 2:14am:  Went to sleep.  Thank goodness.


And that was my really long day.  Here are a few picture from the day:

The beautiful and yummy cake.

The beautiful bride and her handsome son [aka Alec].

Alec and I at the end of the night – I’m happy to report that my hair stayed straight for the entire night.


All kidding aside, it was a great weekend and a beautiful wedding!  Now it’s time for rest and relaxation before starting up the busy week on more time.



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Sunday Eats and Monday Breaks

Sunday was a semi-busy/study day.  I went to work to watch the kids, per usual, and decided to have breakfast there.  I work as a nursery attendant on Sundays and they always have a little breakfast buffet-type set up so I figured it would save me some time.  Unfortunately for my weight plans, all that was left was a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts.  I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy every bite of that gooey, sugary awesomeness.


It was such a pretty day, too, that we decided to take the kids out onto the playground.  There was lots of dirt and, of course, I was dressed in nice clothing as I’m supposed to, but the kids enjoyed it so much that I hope it’s that lovely next Sunday.

When I made it back home a little after lunch time, Alec had returned from work and we decided to enjoy the time outside by driving around town.  We ended up going to the mall at some point where Alec got a new pair of jeans and a button down and I got a new shirt!  Great fun.


After a couple hours of not being productive, hunger was starting to set in.  We went to a restaurant near the mall called Rafferty’s since it was close and smelled amazing from the street.  I chose grilled Mahi-mahi with grilled vegetables and orzo pasta.  I wasn’t able to finish it all, even though it was only a 7 oz, so I took the rest home and had it later for dinner.  At least this way you get to see the picture!


The dish was simple and delicious – a favorite type of mine.  The vegetables were a good mixture, too.  Usually restaurants just put in broccoli and carrots and call it a day but this had squash, zucchini, a mixture of different onions, peppers, etc.  Yummy!  I also shared an appetizer of fried pickles with Alec, which were perfect and made me yearn for some fried green tomatoes.  Mmmm.


I also had a little bit of Alec’s salad and a croissant with butter.

Later that night, I ate the rest of my meal along with a Popsicle, this time in strawberry.  It was mostly to keep myself awake while I studied for my Housing and Consumer Economics exam that was Monday morning.

Blah.  That class sucks.

Before studying, however, I wasted most of my day with the windows open and watching movies – Enchanted and Pumpkin.  Both were entertaining and interesting in their own right but Pumpkin was a little too Sundance-y for me.  And it was long.  And it had some really bad acting.  But I love Christina Ricci!  Enchanted was cutesy and it had that guy from Grey’s Anatomy, which made Alec happy.


This morning [Monday] wasn’t as beautiful as the past few days.  All rainy and gloomy.  I woke up a little early to get in some last-minute studying and breakfast.  I had Total Cinnamon Crunch cereal with a little bit of lactose-free milk in between skimming chapters in my book.  I’ve taken the test already and I feel pretty good about it but now I’m sitting in the hallway waiting for my next class since my class between the two was canceled.


I’m not sure what’s for lunch since I completely forgot to pack it but it will most likely be a sandwich from Jimmy Johns.

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Breakfast and Review


Today is Saturday and it’s beautiful! Almost 65°F here and getting warmer.  Gorgeous.


Slept in late this morning so that was lovely and I actually had a real breakfast!

I packet of instant butter grits from Quaker, two slices of slightly toasted honey wheat toast with a smidgen of butter and apply jelly, and a sliced up orange.  Maybe it’s just me but the orange was really red, almost the color of a grape fruit, but it was definitely an orange.  Strange.


Hustled my way through a shower and a bazillion different outfit changes.  Ugh.  I hate laundry day.  And of course, when I finally finished being indecisive, I had to book it to get to work.  Wonderful.

Couple hours later and it was definitely lunch time.  I wasn’t too hungry but I’m going to movies and dinner with friends tonight and I know it’ll be awhile before I can eat again.  Seemed like a perfect time to try out the other Annie Chun’s noodle bowl.

This time around, I tried out the Noodle Express: Chinese Chow Mein.  On the cover, it boasts that it’s 100% natural, has no MSG or preservatives, and is ready in one minute, all of which are good factors for someone like me.  However, after the salty experience of last time, I was already a little hesitant about trying out this one.  I’m not much of a sodium girl, I guess.  But looking at the nutrition facts, I was brought to ease.

I do think it’s tricky that the facts are for only half the bowl – why would anyone only eat half of this small meal?  But the sodium was much lower than before, even though it’s still a little high for one thing.  And the calories were at lot better than the 600-ish from before.  I also liked that I understood all the ingredient in the list.


This is what comes inside the packet: pre-cooked Ramen noodles, a packet of dehydrated vegetables, and a packet of sauce.  I followed the instructions on how to microwave it and was excited for the results.

Needless to say, I wasn’t that impressed.  Once again, it was way too salty.  Not so much as the last bowl but too much for me to handle.  It did do a decent job of filling me up and smelled good but the salt is a factor that my hinder my buying of this line of products from now on.  I do believe, however, that this is a great alternative to some other microwavable meals but I may just stick to preparing my own.

The rest of the day is going to be pretty busy.  I’m going to visit a few friends for a birthday celebration and, knowing them, will probably have something really fattening for dinner but I’m still excited!  Hopefully I’ll be able to find something that isn’t too heart-attack inducing.


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No Camera Skills

Or, more correctly, no pictures.  My bad.  The camera is dead but I bought a new pack of batteries so pictures will be back tomorrow!  Since I don’t have pictures, we’re going to do this in a short matter.

  • Breakfast
    • A mixed berry granola bar from Health Valley
  • Lunch
    • Vegetarian soup with pesto
    • 1/2 of a Sierra Turkey sandwich [Smoked turkey breast with chipotle mayonnaise, field greens & red onions on our Asiago Cheese Focaccia bread]
    • Slice of French bread
    • All at Panera
  • Dinner
    • One turkey soft taco with sour cream, Mexican cheese blend, lettuce, and salsa.  Made by me during a dinner with friends.
  • Snack
    • Two red velvet cake cupcakes – one with and one without the icky icing.  I was trying to make red velvet cake cupcakes for the dinner and I taste tested the smaller ones but the icing was gross.
    • One Hershey’s kiss with caramel.

So that was it!  I feel like I ate a lot more but I guess I didn’t.  Hmm.


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Morning Blues and a Review

I woke up this morning not feeling too well – a continuation of yesterday that I thought was just me eating too much but apparently not!  I ended up staying home instead of going to work, which is very abnormal for me, but it was nice to be able to rest.  I stayed in bed and vegged a bit before getting up around ten.  At this point, I thought maybe my stomach just needed some food so I ate a little bit of breakfast.

I had a cup of Total cinnamon squares with half a cup of lactose free milk.  It settled down but I definitely didn’t feel a hundred percent.  Since my laptop died and I have no cable, I spent the rest of my time cleaning the apartment, including the kitchen.  It was a very long process.

For lunch, I was feeling much better and so decided to try something different that I picked up from the supermarket.  Since it’s not something I would normally buy, I decided to a review on it!

Review: Annie Chan’s Noodle Bowl – Garlic Scallion

I saw this in the “natural” food section of my grocery store.  Normally I don’t venture in there but for some reason thought it wouldn’t be that bad of an idea.  Annie Chan products were buy one get one free so I bought the noodle bowl in garlic scallion and a Chinese lo mein one as well.  Today for lunch, I decided to try the noodle bowl.

The packaging looked delicious when I saw it and it was the first one that looked delicious to me!  Plus, it claimed to be dairy free and would only take two minutes to cook – a nice incentive for someone like me who needs fast and good for my stomach.  I wish I had looked at the nutrition stats before I bought it, though, especially since the facts are based on only half of the meal.

Yeesh!  A grand total of 1960 mg of sodium!  That’s a lot!  And 610 calories for just this one little bowl of noodles.  I guess it’s good so there is no need to pack extra stuff but for me, I like to have a little variety in my meals.  Other than those two glaring problems, I was still pretty pumped to be trying it out.

Inside the bowl was a pouch of noodles, sauce, and herbs/spices.  To make the dish, I poured the herbs/spices into the bowl, followed by the noodles and a cup of hot water.  This is where I could see potential problems with this meal – the water needs to be heated up before hand which isn’t as easy as just adding the water straight from the tap.  Anyways, from there, the dish gets nuked in the microwave for two minutes.  After it’s been nuked, the water is drained from the noodles, which is a little more difficult than I thought since I didn’t want to lose the noodles or herbs but it was okay.  Afterwards, I tossed the noodles with sauce.  This is what I got:

Not exactly appetizing and not as pretty as the box.  But I love noodles so I took a bite.

Holy moly!  There was so much salt in this.  I could feel my lips puckering just from the taste.  It wasn’t horrible but it was definitely overpowering.  I decided to jazz it up a bit by grating a few carrots over the top along with some chopped green onions.

It was a lot easier to eat when it looked a little prettier.


To sum it up, the package was great, easy to do, and a great price but it was way too salty and not as healthy of a choice as I was hoping for.  I’m willing to try another flavor but garlic scallion wont be back in my pantry for a while.

With lunch, I had a glass of blueberry-pomegranate juice and two dos-si-dos cookies.  It was yummy!


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