Study Free Sunday

Despite the fun I had last night (read: BEER!) I managed to wake up at 7:30 am.

I actually felt pretty good, and decided to go ahead with my scheduled run. I only had 6.0 miles on the marathon training plan. I really like getting my long runs done on Friday, since the weekends seem to get so busy!!

I’ve been doing a lot of long, slow runs. I really felt like running fast today! Here are my mile splits:

  • Mile 1:  9:39
  • Mile 2:  9:04
  • Mile 3:  8:55
  • Mile 4:  8:44
  • Mile 5:  8:37
  • Mile 6:  8:26

Negative Splits… woo hoo!!

I ate half this CLIF bar before, and half after my run.


After my run, I quickly showered and jumped in the car to head to Tampa. I left my sister there last weekend to hang with our dad, and I went back to pick her up. To make the trip not seem so pointless (3 hours roundtrip) we met up with our two aunts and grandma for brunch at Mimi’s Cafe!


(Grandma, Aunt DeeDee, Me, Aunt Christie, and Brielle )

By the time we got there and seated, it was already almost 1:00 pm. I was STARVING! I didn’t know that it would take so long, or I would have eaten a normal breakfast before I left.

I started off with a pumpkin spice muffin. I was dying to try this. I ate half of it, and save the other half for an afternoon snack.


Check out that muffin top!


I ordered the ham, cheese, and broccoli omelet but I made some substitutions. Instead of ham, tomato. Egg whites instead of whole eggs.


I ate every single bite!!! It was so good!


My meal also came with grapefruit juice, which I found SO sour!! I gave it to Jason…


Brielle ordered the same meal. I think she really liked it!!


It was so nice to see my aunts and grandma again! We managed to chat for over 2 hours!



For dinner, I knew that I needed to make my acorn squash! After all, today is the last day to submit recipes for the Blogger Secret ingredient.

I have seen SO many recipes for stuffed squash, I knew I had to try it for myself. I while back, I found Bridget’s recipe and thought it looked good.


I made a stuffed acorn squash for myself! Brielle and Jason were still full from brunch.


I cut an acorn squash in half, and baked upside on a cookie sheet for 25 minutes. I added a little water to the pan so that it would not dry out.

While that was going on, I chopped up 1/4 of a yellow onion, and 1/2 an apple. I threw the onion, apple, and an organic chicken sausage in a pan with 1 tsp of EVOO. Once it was cooked all the way through, I added 1/4 cup of oats and 2 TBL of egg whites. 


I filled the squash with the mixture, and popped it back in the oven for 25 more minutes. It turned out delicious!!

All the ingredients reminded me of fall!


I will be announcing the winner of this week’s Blogger Secret Ingredient in the morning, so be sure to check back!

Have a great night!

❤ MegaNerd

Pass or Fail, I Tried My Best

Yesterday, I took the final exams of all final exams.

It wasn’t terribly difficult, but it was reaaaaallly loooong. Eight hours in a freezing cold room, taking a test covering everything I have ever learned [and more] in four and a half years of engineering school.

I won’t know for 10-12 weeks if I passed or failed. If I did fail, I know exactly what I need to study next time. If I passed, it’s a miracle. Either way, I tried my best!!

The test started at 7:15 am, so I had to leave at 6:30 am to get across town in time. I ate breakfast in the car, so it wasn’t completely photogenic. It was just as delicious as usual!


Oatmeal, milk, peanut butter, un-frozen berries. YUM! It was the only thing I knew for sure could hold me through lunch.

I packed my “purse” with my calculator, ID, and directions to the testing site. They were very strict about what you could bring in to the test. We were not even allowed to bring our own pencils!


Along with some “unobtrusive snacks”:

Some grapes


…and an unwrapped pumpkin pie Kashi bar (which I never had time to eat).


I also made sure to pack a water bottle…


…and a Lunch!


We had about a 45 minute lunch break in between the morning and afternoon sections. I was surprised how many people did not pack a lunch, and were scrambling across the street to McDonalds.

I was very pleased with my lunch! I figured that I would not want to stop for snacks during the test, and I needed a big lunch to fill me. I was right!


I got a Publix sub on Friday night to take with me. I was too lazy (more like stressing out) to make anything myself. I asked the lady at the deli to package the veggies separately so they wouldn’t make the sub soggy. I also grabbed some mustard and a packet of pepper, and arranged it all once I was ready to eat.


I ate most of it, but my stomach started to hurt. I threw this little nubbin away. 😦


Once it was over, I was so relieved!!

I got home around 6pm, and immediately cracked a Harvest Moon beer. Normally, I don’t really drink more than one beer at a time. However, I worked my ass off for that test, and felt like it was well deserved. Not just for today, but for the past 6 Saturday’s of torturous classes.


(times two…)

Continuing the celebration, Jason and I went to Mellow Mushroom for pizza… and more beer!


Jason ordered chicken wings for an appetizer, and I stole one of them! He wasn’t too happy about it. That boy and his chicken wings. Sigh.


I ordered the Mega-Veggie Pizza for my dinner, but asked for no butter on the crust. I thought about not getting cheese, but I wanted to try it with it on there. I actually didn’t think they put much anyways, it was kind of sprinkled sparingly.


I ate a quarter of the pizza, and cut my slice into two to make it easier to eat.


I was way more interested in my Orange Blossom Pilsner anyways.


Clearly, I enjoyed myself!

I realized that I have not cooked in almost a week!! I’ve been eating super quick stuff, eating out, and forgetting to eat altogether. Thank you for putting up with me through this stressful time in my life!

Time to get back to my regularly scheduled life! I haven’t done laundry in almost three weeks… and my apartment looks like a bomb went off. 😀

❤ MegaNerd