Fundamentals of… What Exactly?

I do not feel ready for the FE tomorrow. It’s as simple as that.

Here’s what I’ll be doing tomorrow:

 

Morning Exam- 120 questions

  • Trig/Algebra/Geometry
  • Calculus
  • Differential Equations (iffy)
  • Matrices (iffy)
  • Vector Analysis
  • Probability and Stats
  • Chemistry …bahaha I never understood it
  • Computers… twitter doesn’t count
  • Ethics
  • Economics
  • Statics (easy peasy)
  • Dynamics (iffy)
  • Strength of Materials
  • Properties of Materials
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Electricity
  • Magnetism
  • Thermodynamics (funny how I’m failing that class, but understand everything)

Afternoon Exam- Civil- 60 questions

  • Surveying
  • Hydrology
  • Hydraulics (haven’t taken this class yet)
  • Soil Mechanics (haven’t taken this class yet)
  • Environmental Eng.
  • Transportation
  • Structural Analysis
  • Structural Design
  • Construction
  • Materials

Fun, huh?

 

I am really not comfortable with a LOT on this test. I’m going to try my best, and go in with a positive attitude! Each exam lasts four hours, for a total length of 8 hours of testing!!

If I don’t pass, I still can try again in April. I am probably making a bigger deal out of this than it actually is, but I just want to get it over with. Plus its $$$$$. It’s possible to pass, but I’m not expecting it. I’ll just guess “C” when I don’t know the answer. LOL.

 

I tried to study a bit more today, but I decided that it was just better to relax. I’ve been studying for four and a half years for this test. I get worked up about it really easily, so I’m chilling out. I made a nice pasta lunch today to keep me out of the office:

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I used whole grain penne pasta, broccoli, peas, white beans, pesto, and this little guy:

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It was quite a filling lunch!!

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However, 15 miles requires extra food.

For my second lunch, I made an entire large sweet potato worth of fries! I don’t mess around with the ketchup! LOL.

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My tummy was full and happy.

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After e-mailing with another engineer and friend (we met at the blogger lunch), I realized that I needed to stop thinking about the test, calm down, and relax tonight. Thanks, Gloria!  I had a Sam Adams Octoberfest to take the edge off. 😀

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We did the easiest possible thing ever for dinner. I picked up a rotisserie chicken from Publix, whipped up a Caeser salad (with only a smidge of dressing), and mac n’ cheese.

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I went back for more salad, and more pasta. Not really hungry but it tasted good.

Delicious, yes. Nutritious? Well… It’s not too bad. I just haven’t felt much like cooking the past week. I can’t wait to get this test over with!!!

 

I’ll see you tomorrow night! Keep your fingers crossed!

❤ MegaNerd

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Fake Fall

Last night, I was on my own for dinner! Jason was home, but is living of chicken noodle soup and Gatorade. Feel better!

 

I love these nights when I’m home at a decent hour and can make whatever I feel like!

I found a recipe in REAL SIMPLE magazine that I wanted to try out: Quinoa with Mushrooms, Kale, and sweet potatoes.

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I followed the recipe for the most part, but used veggie broth instead of wine because I didn’t have any. I also only made enough for one, so I quartered the recipe!

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It was quite tasty, and reminded me of fall! Fall is no where to be found in Florida, so I have to pretend, by setting up pretty flowers…

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Dessert was also whatever I felt like! Normally, that would be brownies and fro-yo because that’s pretty much all Jason will eat.

I have been DYING to try Angela’s Vegan PB Jam Glo-Bites and I finally had the perfect opportunity to do so!

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I’m pretty sure they didn’t come out as beautiful as the originals, but they were very tasty! Next time, I want to try adding chocolate chips instead of jam. Maybe even make a pumpkin flavored one?

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I finally got to bed around 11:15 pm, and didn’t wake up intil 8:15 am!! YIKES! I slept through prime running hour and that means it was HOT!!!!

I made it through… but I cut it short. I intended to run 6.0 but stopped after 5.0 miles. I ran out of water, was sweating like a crazy person, and I decided not to torture myself.

I finished the 5.0 miles in 47:20 and then headed home to take car of my flu-stricken boyfriend.

Once I got back from my run, I had an extreme craving for a bagel! Not just any bagel, an EVERYTHING bagel with cream cheese! Sometimes I get the strangest cravings, but I think it’s my body telling me something, so I try to listen to it.

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NOM-NOM! It was perfect.

I’m thinking of making some hot chocolate! It’s 88 degrees outside, but its COLD in the apartment! Jason has the air cranked wwaaaaay down!

I guess you could say we are trying to fake fall around here!

 

I want it to get cooler SO BADLY!!!

❤ MegaNerd

Suddenly Sore

It’s been a great Sunday!

Jason and I decided to check out the UCF Farmers’ Market. It just started last weekend, so we were unsure of what it would be like.

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They had a great selection and the prices were decent.

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Fruit and veggies make awesome pictures!

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Since it was only the second week, some reporters were there from the Orlando Sentinel. Jason and I were interviewed and they followed us around and took pictures of us shopping while asking us questions!

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I will have to remember to look for the article!

We LOADED up! All of these items were $11.00!!!

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By the time we got home, I was STARVING!

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Lunch consisted of:

free Chick-fil-a pattie from yesterday, sans bun (it was soggy!)…

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…mini sweet potato with brown sugar…

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…side of broccoli

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… and a nibble of mac n’ cheese leftovers that Jason was having.

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Oh yes, we cannot forget the pickle tasting!

Remember my list of foods I am afraid to try? Pickles were one of them!! Caitlin gave me one on Friday to try. EEEEEEWWW!!!

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Me no like pickles. YUCKY!

 

I spent a good part of the afternoon doing homework…

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…eating fruit…

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..and munching on popcorn.

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Jason and I made a HUGE pot of chili for dinner. Jason asked for my help to make a kick butt pot of chili for the ABC cook-off, so expect many chili dinners in the near future!

We used this recipe, and added a few extras. Some CRAZY stuff went in there!

  • Acorn Squash
  • jalapeño pepper
  • cocoa powder
  • beer
  • pinto beans
  • Chinese five spice
  • lime juice

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I was unsure of how all the flavors would taste together, so I did a fair amount of taste testing.

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While it was simmering on low, Jason and I went on a short stroll around the apartment complex to get the blood flowing in my legs. They have gotten soooo sore all of the sudden!!!

Anyways, once dinner was ready I was barely hungry. I had to try a bit, so I had a little bowl.

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It is definitely a MUST TRY! The flavors went together PEREFCTLY!! I was so impressed!

 

I had a baby brownie for dessert!

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I’m now icing my quads, and watching the Desperate Housewives premiere with BFF Debbie!!

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My legs are hating me right now… they seem to be feeling worse! They are evenly sore, so I’m not too worried. (If only one hurt this bad, I would be worried that I injured something.)

I’m pretty sure this weekend went by too fast!

Off to bed!

❤ MegaNerd

Pre-Race Checklist

I think I’m  ready for tomorrow’s 15k!!

I made a little checklist for myself, to make sure I got it all done. Let’s see how I did, shall we?

 

Pre-Race Checklist

  • Carbs- check!

…a pear

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vanilla soy milk

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Honey Graham Clif Z-bar

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  • iPod with 15k Playlist- check!

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  • Running outfit- check!

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  • Shoes, fitted with D-Tag timing chip- check!

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  • Race number, map, and directions- check!

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  • Charge Garmin- check!

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  • Set out pre-race fuel and water- check!

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  • Properly hydrate LOL- check!

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  • Fill my belly with delicious dinner (aka… more carbs!)- check!

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(chicken and sweet potato dumplings!)

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Soo good!

  • Complete top secret baking adventure with Meghann and eat mystery dessertcheck! check!!

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  • Blog- check!

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  • Set alarm for 5:00 AM (Caitlin, NOT pm!!!)

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  • Head to bed early- check!

 

Anyone else racing tomorrow? Good Luck!!

 

Be sure to check back tomorrow for an official race re-cap!

❤ MegaNerd

Two-A-Day

I’m getting excited! I’m racing again this weekend!!

 

Miracle Miles 15k and 5k are this Saturday, and I know it’s going to be a blast!

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I have never run a 15k race before, but I think it’s going to be really fun. I will PR no matter what my time! 😉

 

Jason called me around lunch time today to ask me if I would run 3.0 miles with him tonight to practice for this Saturday! (he’s running the 5k!) Of course I said yes, even though I already ran 2.0 miles this morning.

Before our run, I had a Kashi Pumpkin Pie bar:

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Didn’t hurt my tummy! Yay!

I tried to cram a whole bunch of veggies into dinner, so I made black bean veggie burgers.. (I ate 1.5- so good!)

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 egg
  • bread crumbs
  • onion
  • broccoli
  • scoop of brown rice
  • paprika
  • garlic salt

I blended them together in the blender and hit “pulse” a few times to break everything up. Then, I separated them into four patties and heated them in a pan! They were quick and easy!

On the side…homemade sweet potato fries

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…and broccoli!!

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Perfect post run meal! (Yeah, that’s a lot of ketchup.)

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To satisfy my sweet tooth, I  had a nibble of fro yo:

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Time to catch up on the Biggest Loser!

I feel like I got so much exercise today because I did a two-a-day, but on the Biggest Loser, I feel like they work out 24/7!!! How do they do it?!

❤ MegaNerd