Five Minutes

I think it’s safe to say that my life plans change every five minutes or so.

 

One minute, I think I have things all figured out. Then five minutes later, a new opportunity presents itself, and another door is closed. My life is a bit all over the place right now as I’m currently throwing around the some ideas:

 

  • Should I stay in Orlando?
  • If so… I need roommates. Living alone is $$$$$$$$$$$$.
  • Should I go to graduate school? ($$$$)
  • If so, how can I afford it? ($$$$)
  • If not… can I find a job?
  • Where is this job going to be?
  • Should I move back to Tampa with my dad?
  • Should I move to NC with my mom?
  • Blah, blah… you get the idea.

 

Too bad everything revolves around $$$ or my choices would be much easier.

 

I’m trying to be as flexible as possible since everything is so un-planned right now. I have a back-up plan, but I’m waiting for my “plan A” to unfold. Does that make any sense?

 

I’ve been on a salad kick lately, I think it has something to do with my desire to stuff as many fruits and vegetables into my body as it will allow. I have been feeling a little down about this whole, “my-life-is-so-unstable” thing — maintaining my healthy habits provides some sort of normalcy.

 

My newest favorite: The Five minute salad.

 

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I call it this because even if I change my mind every five minutes, there is something in this salad that will appeal to me at all times.

 

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It includes:

  • spinach
  • romaine
  • leftover chicken
  • leftover Trader Joes’s Grain Blend
  • corn
  • snap peas
  • broccoli
  • red pepper
  • carrots

 

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No salad is complete without amazing dressing. That is why Trader Joe’s Tuscan Italian makes its way onto almost every salad. Unless I use the beloved poppy seed. Sorry Poppy, Tuscan Italian won this battle.

 

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There are so many ways to make a salad, and usually it always turns out well! I’m kind of feeling that way about life right now. I have so many choices, and they all seem so great!

 

Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one graduating “without a plan.” I know this cannot possibly be the case.

 

❤ MegaNerd

Something About Summer

I’m what you could call anti-Florida. I HATE hot weather.

 

Summer is my least favorite season, which happens to last for at least six sticky months in Central Florida. Blah. Maybe it would be better if I lived on a beach?

 

There is one thing that I do love about summer, fresh salads, and sweet fruit!

 

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Something about having a light salad towered with fruit makes me happy.

 

I brought lunch to work today (what am I saying… I do EVERY day!) but I was really looking forward to eating today’s meal!

 

My summer salad included:

  • spring mix
  • honey maple boar’s head brand turkey
  • strawberries
  • mandarin oranges
  • pink lady apple
  • almonds (buried)
  • poppyseed dressing

 

I’m a die-hard fan of the Trader Joe’s Poppyseed dressing, but I ran out. I picked up this generic store brand (Publix) and it was actually really good!

 

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YUM!

 

Seriously, one of my favorite meals! It satisfies my sweet tooth, and yet it’s packed with good-for-you ingredients!

 

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I came home from my eleven hour work day completed wiped out. I spent another two hours doing homework. I haven’t really touched my school stuff since summer classes began 3 weeks ago. I have been so focused on working and looking for a job that I forgot that I have to actually graduate. Oops.

 

I ended my hectic day with a glass two glasses of Trader Joe’s HoneyMoon wine.

 

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I’m off to bed, even though it’s not even 9:00pm yet. I’m wiped out!

 

❤ MegaNerd

Feels like Monday

I love three day weekends, but sometimes I feel extra tired come Tuesday. Maybe it’s because I had so much fun this weekend, I forgot what it’s like to wake up early for work!

 

I had big plans to get up at 5:45am and head to the gym for a workout and a swim, but when my alarm went off there was no way I was getting out of bed. I slept an extra 1.5 hours and decided to head to the gym at 7:00pm after class tonight. I’m pretty sure I will regret that decision… considering the gym is PACKED at that time of day.

 

I would rather sleep-in than workout. Just saying. 😀

 

I was craving oatmeal, so breakfast was an easy choice. I made my usual combo but added granola, berries, and banana. YUM!

 

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This weekend was a blast! In case you are just getting caught up:

 

 

I hope you had a relaxing and safe weekend! Happy Tuesday!

 

❤ MegaNerd

High School Hum Drum

Five years ago today, I graduated from high school.

 

Seems crazy to me! I wish I had a picture from actual graduation—all I can find is this funny one of my church group in our respective high school cap and gowns.

 

Class of 2005!

 

 

Recognize these ladies? Probably because we are STILL friends!

 

 

Same girls, five years later! Love it.

 

Lately, I’ve been pretty hard on myself. I feel semi-failure-ish because:

1. I’m in tons of school debt and the bills keep rollin’ in

2. Having trouble finding a career

3. Taking exxxxtra long to graduate from college

 

However, I was inspired today after reading Allie’s post about the path less traveled.. I thought about everything that I have accomplished in the past five years. Looking at this picture brought back memories of my senior year of high school. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, practically knew nothing about real life, and had a very small perspective on the world.

 

I’ve managed to figure out at least a general idea of what I want to do with the rest of my life, graduate with two degrees in 5.5 years, and pay for most of my own way through college. I’ve learned to be responsible, to be healthy, to love, and to think for myself.

 

Sometimes it takes something small to put things into perspective!

 

Back to the Hum Drum of Today…

 

Things have been pretty plain jane around here lately. I feel like I’m just going through the motions of work and school.

 

I spiced up my otherwise dull morning with a 1250m swim in the pool before work. I’ve been getting into a habit of going to the gym before work which I really like!

 

After my swim, I swung by Starbucks for Perfect Oatmeal with all the toppings. A bit of sweetness for my morning!

 

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I’m off to tidy up my apartment… guess who’s coming to visit for Memorial Day weekend?!

 

 

BFF DEBBIE!! I can’t wait.

 

❤ MegaNerd

U.S. National Whitewater Center: Part 2

The adventures at the whitewater center didn’t stop with whitewater rafting.

 

Did you miss part 1?

 

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Once we got back on dry land, we headed to the car to change clothes.

 

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Our day pass included the rental of mountain bikes, so we took advantage!

 

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It felt really odd being on a mountain bike after riding my road bike so often. The tires were big and clunky, and I sat much more upright.

 

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There were beginner, intermediate, and advanced trails at the center. The guide warned us that their beginner trails were not easy, so we started there, on the green trail.

 

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The trail started out fairly tame.

 

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It quickly got much harder!

 

There were steep hills…

 

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…dips in the path…

 

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…thin paths (2-3 feet wide in some places!)…

 

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…and branches low enough to hit your head.

 

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Thanks for demonstrating, Mark! 😀

 

We ended up riding 4.0 miles in 1 hour. It’s crazy to think that on road bikes we can ride 16-17 miles an hour. I literally could run faster than this!

 

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It was so tiring, but it was nice to enjoy the scenery. There were only a few other people on the trails, but it felt like we were exploring uncharted territory.

 

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Once we turned our bikes in, we headed to the rock climbing wall. By the time we got there, I was pretty tired, but managed to muster up the energy to climb.

 

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Mark was half way up the wall by the time I reached for the first peg. He was a natural!

 

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Hehe.

 

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On the other hand, I was pretty slow at climbing. I started feeling a bit afraid of heights half way up and started panicking. Mark coached me up to the top, but once I got there I was afraid to let go.

 

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YIKES!

 

I haven’t been rock wall climbing before, even though I have had every opportunity to do so. We have a tower at the UCF gym, but I have never been to it in the five years I have been in college. I might have to check it out before I graduate!

 

We left the whitewater center around 4:30 pm, and we were absolutely wiped! I can’t believe that in one day we managed to do so much!

  • Kayaking
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rock Wall Climbing

 

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It was kind of like a theme park with a waiver. 😉 Except it was much more fun, and there were no long lines!

 

We grabbed a quick smoothie on the way out. It was something with strawberry, banana, and peanut butter. It tasted like a PB&J and tasted amazing!

 

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From the center, we drove about 90 miles to my mom’s house in Winston-Salem, NC. I couldn’t wait to see my mom and tell her about our adventures.

 

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We chatted the night away over veggie pizza and beer.

 

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It was the perfect way to end such a busy day. Mark had never done any of the activities before, and I had only kayaked a handful of times. We had no idea what to expect, but we had a blast!

 

What is your favorite adventure activity? I love snow skiing, but I also really like kayaking!

❤ MegaNerd

Veggies at Every Meal

Dinner last night was quick and easy!

 

I worked both jobs yesterday, so I was out from 8am to 8pm! I came home from work and whipped up the first thing that came to mind.

 

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I steamed broccoli, zucchini, and yellow squash in a bowl. I then topped it with half a cup of marinara sauce, and white beans. I added string cheese to the top and micro-waved it to melt it. YUM!

 

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Quick and easy is where it’s at! I even made extra to take to lunch later in the week.

 

This morning I was planning on going to the gym, but decided I needed the extra sleep. I am working tons of hours this week and have a bike ride planned with Mark and Kelly this afternoon. There’s always tomorrow morning! 😉

 

I thoroughly enjoyed my extra hour of sleep…and not having to pack breakfast. Packing multiple meals can be quite annoying.

 

After seeing Caitlin add sweet potatoes to her breakfast, I knew I had to try it! I was intrigued with the concept.

 

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I used her combo, but added honey instead of maple syrup because I didn’t have any.

 

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This strange breakfast included:

  • 1/3 of a huge sweet potato, cold
  • pecans
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • plain chobani
  • flax
  • honey

 

Who knew veggies went with oatmeal?

 

It tasted fine, but the texture was strange to me. I haven’t ever eaten uncooked oatmeal, so I think that’s what was throwing me off. By the end of the bowl, I felt like I was choking down the oatmeal. I ended up picking out most of the potato and pecans and left behind some oatmeal. Whoops!

 

I’m off to work! I have Part 2 of my whitewater recap set to publish this afternoon, so be sure to check back!

 

❤ MegaNerd

U.S. National Whitewater Center: Part 1

My vacations usually just involve going to visit family, but this time I made a detour on the way to see them!

 

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Friday morning, Mark and I woke up bright and early to head to the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, NC.

 

Our hotel offered free breakfast, so I grabbed some before leaving for our big day.

 

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I had a bowl of mixed fruit: grapefruit, pineapple, pears, peaches.

 

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…and a toasted blueberry bagel with PB and honey.

 

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Mark had the same, plus a giant belgian waffle.

 

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We arrived at the National Whitewater center and were pretty impressed with it. We had debated driving out to the mountains for “real” whitewater rafting but decided that it would take way too much time out of our short weekend. I was unsure how I would like a manmade river, but it turned out to be pretty awesome!

 

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We started our morning with Flatwater River Kayaking, but all the pictures are on my disposable waterproof camera, so you’ll have to wait for those.

 

It was a nice relaxing way to start the morning since things got pretty intense later in the day.

 

Between kayaking and rafting, we grabbed a quick bite to eat at the River’s Edge Cafe and Grill right there on the property.

 

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Having a full belly while rafting didn’t seem appealing, so we split a Chipotle Chicken sandwich with sweet potato waffle fries. Wow, those fries were INCREDIBLE!!!

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I was starting to get nervous for rafting. We had a “trip talk” before getting on the rafts where the raft guides explained everything there was to know about safety, paddling, and how to deal if you fall out of the boat.

 

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There were two channels, a training one and a competition one. Each one has Class II-IV rapids. In the center, there is a giant pump that creates the intense water flow. It’s actually quite an amazing engineering feat!

 

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The channels had built in rocks, and removable pegs to create different level of difficulty. I was really impressed!

 

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Can you spot Mark and I in the photos?

 

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If not, Mark is in the front in a white helmet, and I’m right behind him in the blue helmet.

 

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Wow, that was a blast!!! We got to raft for about an hour total, which was plenty long enough.

 

I fell out of the boat once. It wasn’t really that scary! Mark and the guide yanked me out of the water and back into the raft in seconds. I didn’t really even know what happened because it all went so fast.

 

Even though there are lifeguards all around ready to grab you out of the water at any minute, there was still a sense of adventure. I was worried that being at a manmade river wouldn’t feel like we were in nature, but it was out in the middle of nowhere with trees and plenty of scenic views.

 

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Did you know that the U.S. Olympic athletes train here? Cool!

 

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To be continued…

 

❤ MegaNerd