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Meet Dylly

Dylly is my cat. She’s a real sass and pretty much runs the house.

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Dylly Fun Facts: 

1. She’s named after Jacob Dylan.

2. She was born in Michigan 3 years ago.

3. Her favorite place on earth is a warped basket above the radiator.

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4. She can’t be alone. Not now, not ever. She’s laying on my forearm as I’m trying to type. Below is a photo that demonstrates my inability to get away for just one minute, even when using the restroom.

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5. She used to be so little. I know that’s not really a fun fact, but this picture melts my heart.

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OK, one more…

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…And now she’s purring like an engine. It’s like she knows I’m writing about her.

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I’m about as tired as Dylly was in this picture. I think she only got 17 hours of sleep that day, so she was extra cranky.

Goodnight. 🙂

 

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Things I’m Loving Friday

Happy Friday! And happy spring break for those college folk out there! Even though Bryan and I are staying in Milwaukee for our break, we have a few fun plans that are making my lack of travel less depressing. Family, corned beef, and a date night or two are on the books for this week.

Today, I decided to compile a list of things that I’m absolutely loving this week. This is a pretty common type of post in the blog world, so I’m trying it on for size.

Whole Wheat Tortillas

I know. Real original.

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Think about it! How sick of sandwiches are you? I’ve had a peanut butter and banana wrap for lunch twice this week. And a peanut butter, banana, and chocolate chip quesadilla for dinner one night (oops). The combination is irresistible!

Spring Sales

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I’ve found some great deals online this week. $20 capris? $9 oxford shirts? Don’t mind if I do, Old Navy!

Clinique Chubby Stick

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I got this lip color in a free gift sample bag from Clinique a while ago. Not only is the color gorgeous, but it actually moisturizes your lips! If you ask me, it’s time to chuck that burgundy lipstick out the window. I’m all about the peaches and pinks when the weather gets warmer. This chubby stick happens to be Mega Melon, and it’s a safe color for several different skin tones.

Above Freezing Temps

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Last week, we actually made it above freezing for the first time in over a month. Today, it’s 45 degrees! I’m headed out for a long run and maybe even an iced coffee later.

Irish Soda Bread

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Irish soda bread is a slightly sweet loaf with a tolerable amount of raisins and a moist texture. It’s one of those foods I forget about every year until March comes around again. Last Saturday, Bryan and I were browsing the specialty area of our local grocery store, which I fondly refer to as “the suck hole,” because everyone walks three times slower when a cheese sample is in sight. The bakery was offering samples of irish soda bread baked that morning, which happened to be .75 cents off. Bryan decided it was going to be his lunch. I had a little sliver of it, and now it is on my agenda to bake some. Today.

China Glaze

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My friend and I were at Sally’s Beauty Supply earlier this week, and these were BOGO! I couldn’t stand how cute these colors were, so I caved. Painting my nails is also on the agenda today.

Well, I could go on and on about the things I’m loving this week, but I think it’s time to start enjoying my Friday. 🙂 Have a great weekend, wherever you are and whatever you do!

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Relieving Food Poisoning

Yes, I’m still alive. Although I don’t have any viewership yet, I’m starting to get a little bit attached to blogging and feel guilty that I haven’t posted in days. I would love to say that my lack of writing had something to do with my riveting social life or crazy work schedule, but…

I’ve spent the last 3 days in bed.

Yes, bed. And I’m going CRAZY. I am the type of person that cannot spend a day doing absolutely nothing. I love being active, and my Type A personality is the cherry on top. However, some things can’t be helped. Like food poisoning.

How it all went down:

For lack of a better description, food-borne illnesses just plain suck. To remain discretionary, I wanted to keep the name of the restaurant culprit a secret, but let’s just say I won’t be going back. Last Tuesday night, Bryan and I had just finished up with our midterms, and decided we were going to take ourselves out for dinner. When we sat down, it took us about 10 minutes to get the attention of any of the servers. We weren’t in any kind of a rush, but our waitress told us she was putting our order “on the fly.” We were all for that because we were absolutely starving.

This is where I should have connected some dots. My meal was a chopped salad topped with a grilled chicken breast, and the order came out very quickly. I dug in thinking, “I wish the chicken was warmer.” And it didn’t have any grill marks on it. Grrr, what’s wrong with me?

Anyway, about 32 hours after ingesting that lovely salad, all hell broke loose. I’m diagnosing myself with Salmonella after referencing this extremely useful article that I think would help anyone suffering from a form of food poisoning: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/food-poisoning/basics/definition/con-20031705

I will spare you the details on all of my symptoms, but let’s just say I had most of them. Fever, chills, excrements, body aches, nausea. I would like to share a few of the tactics I used for my fight against the poison, to serve the greater good.

Here are my quick tips to relieve discomfort during a food-borne illness:

1. Stay hydrated. I drank water, ginger tea, white soda, and even a green smoothie. You will need all the liquid replenishment you can get. I’ve heard that drinks with electrolytes, such as gatorade, are very helpful as well.

I highly recommend this tea:

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2. Rest, rest, rest. Get as much sleep as you possibly can! I slept ten hours every night I was sick, plus naps. I’m the type of person who normally gets 7 hours of sleep and feels fantastic. Your body needs extra rest to fight the bacteria inside of you, so don’t do anything strenuous during your inevitable waking hours. Sit down and set up your Netflix.

3. Be a brat. Ever heard of the BRAT diet? It stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. These foods are pantry staples and easy on the intestines. This is important – do not eat anything with dairy, caffeine, alcohol, or spice until symptoms subside. You will be very sad, and by sad I mean heavy abdominal cramps.

Well, that’s my weekend in a nutshell. I’m going to go eat more applesauce and watch yet another episode of Sex and the City. Seriously, these girls are getting me through.

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Note: I am NOT a physician, nor do I have any expertise on medical-related information. These are just my tips for attempting to relieve the debilitating symptoms that may come with food poisoning. ALWAYS contact your doctor if you need medical attention or have questions regarding your health.

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Long Underwear is Funny

This afternoon as I was getting ready to leave the gym, I had a little thought. A silly thought.

“I’d be lost without my long underwear.”

Then I laughed because my sixteen-year-old self is rolling her eyes at me.

Don’t get me wrong…long underwear still bugs the heck out of me. Wearing TWO pairs of pants? Um, most mornings I can barely convince myself to wear one. Sometimes I honestly feel like a sausage being stuffed inside of its casing. However, I stand by the statement that it’s the only reason I’ve survived this unforgiving Wisconsin winter (10th coldest winter on record for Milwaukee!).

I was marveling at how much I simultaneously love and loathe my long johns to Bryan the other day, and he chuckled and said, “Long underwear is funny.” I said something along the lines of, “What? How is it funny? We’ve had to stuff ourselves inside of it every day for the last 3 months!” I simply view it as a survival tactic.

Two hours later I get this text:

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My Long Underwear

Long underwear is funny.

Someday…

Someday, all of my mugs will be from Anthropologie.

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These mugs have the perfect farmhouse look, and the monogram takes it to the next level.

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I love the idea of sitting down with a book and a cup of tea in one of these colorful beauties. Puts a smile on my face just thinking about it!

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I MEAN…! This one is for those mornings when I just can’t handle my life and I need a huge handle as to not spill everything everywhere. Anthropologie just gets me…

…Except for one little thing. These mugs range from $8-$12. Each.

It’s a good thing I’m in college.

True Life: I Don’t Own a Camera

Well, today I made some pretty nifty little eats that I would just LOVE to share pictures of. I’m currently having a debate with myself about taking pictures with my iPhone 5c (um) or just blogging sans camera until my budget expands a little bit.

Breakfast

Today, I decided to try one of my favorite food blogger’s breakfast recipes: Copycat Starbucks Oatmeal from Iowa Girl Eats, of course. She’s one of my inspirations – a girl from the Midwest that makes delicious and affordable home-cooked meals that I don’t feel guilty about eating. You can click on the link below to go directly to the recipe; it is absolutely delicious. This was my first time cooking oatmeal on the stove instead of in the microwave – I’m a changed woman! I proceeded to top this heart-healthy meal with walnuts, sliced almonds, and dried blueberries.

http://iowagirleats.com/2014/02/28/copycat-starbucks-perfect-oatmeal/#comments

Lunch

I’m a “easy lunch” kind of person. If I’m going to make a real effort in the kitchen, dinner is my favorite meal to experiment with. Today I threw together something quick and healthy:

-A whole wheat bagel thin with 1 serving of extra chunky peanut butter (gotta have the CHUNK!)

-A 6 oz cup of plain greek yogurt, topped with: 1 cup fresh blueberries, a pinch of sliced almonds, a bit of honey and 1 tsp  of chia seeds (gotta have that CRUNCH!)

-1 serving of baby carrots

Protein, fruit, veggies, omega 3s (ch-ch-chia!) and a little sweetness = my perfect lunch.

…You’re probably wondering what the whole CRUNCH thing is about, and all you really need to know is that I love chomping down on my food. Plain yogurt with no chia seeds or almonds to crunch down on? What a bore…

Tonight

This morning, I prepared chicken taco soup for dinner with my true love, the crock pot. We make such a good team – I’m the initial assembler, and my crock pot finishes up the labor. We’ll live forever in blissful matrimony.

I have night school (can you think of anything more fun than a 3 hour accounting class?) so I’ll be leaving Bryan to fend for himself and eat soup. When I woke up today it was -25 degrees with the wind chill, so a hot dinner is sounding pretty darn tasty right about now.

Cold Blast in Wisco

The midwest has been hit hard this winter. We are breaking weather records left and right, and while we certainly don’t have it as bad as Minneapolis, these temperatures are starting to take a slight toll on me.


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Pictured here is my aforementioned boyfriend, Bryan, and I on our winter getaway to a Wisconsin B&B last month. We hiked eight miles on a twelve degree day and it felt GREAT.

Why am I telling you this? Because that cool, crisp air doesn’t feel great anymore. It hurts my face. Here’s the current weather in Milwaukee:

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The last two days have included waking up to wind chills of -15 and -20, and if that’s not a “Polar Vortex,” I don’t know what is.

Luckily, I have a nice workout facility at my college where I’ve been able to continue my half marathon training. My apartment is south-facing with free heat, so I get to continue wearing my grandma-esque nighties to bed. These are luxuries that I have not forgotten about.

So I will continue to wait patiently for summer. I’m dreaming of warm nights, cold beer, fish fry, long walks, patios, farmers markets, kayaking, delicious produce, and dresses. AND THOSE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE THINGS.

To combat this cold, here’s some stuff I’ve been doing to put an extra smile or two on my own face:

-Adding a spoonful of Nutella to my hot chocolate. I know.

– Trying new recipes! If I can’t be outside, I suppose it can’t hurt to experiment with different things to put in my quesadilla. Recent discovery: Cheddar, green apples, and stone-ground mustard.

-Brewing vanilla hazelnut flavored coffee. Yum.

Stay warm, and have a great weekend! Brrrrr.

Vegetarian Recipe: Tuscan Salad

Welcome to my first blog post ever! As of right now, this blog doesn’t even have a real name. The blogger doesn’t own a fancy camera. And I’m a college student with a limited budget. GOOD NEWS! All of these things are subject to change. If you’re willing to hang around for a little bit, keep reading for a recap of my Sunday and a vegetarian recipe adaptation that I created this afternoon.

Sunday

I woke up around 8am to start studying for midterms this week. I’m an accounting student, so I really don’t have much of a life on weekends. Or weekdays. Or nights. But that’s okay, because it’ll all work out in the end, right? RIGHT?

Ahem. So I woke up and studied until about 2, except for a lunch break that included watching the second episode of the second season of House of Cards. If you’re not a fan of the show, it’s a Netflix original series that just rolled out it’s second season on February 14th. My boyfriend, Bryan (you’ll hear more about him later), and I are pretty hooked on it.

Workout

After studying, I headed out for a run. I’m training for a half marathon, and today ended my first week of training. I’m following Hal Higdon’s 12-week novice training program. Today was a 4 mile run, followed by a trip to the grocery store to get ingredients for a Tuscan Salad!

Dinner

So, I’m not a vegetarian, but I’ve been trying to cook more meals sans meat to benefit both my health and my wallet. Today’s vegetarian recipe was inspired by a salad that I had on Valentine’s Day at a restaurant called Cafe Lulu. YUM – so epic. Here’s my adaptation of the salad:

Tuscan Salad, inspired by Cafe Lulu

Ingredients

1 romaine heart, sliced up

1 handful baby spinach

Red onion slices

Sun-dried tomatoes

2 T Sunflower seeds

1/4 cup reduced fat bleu cheese crumbles (I may or may not have thrown in a few extra creamy chunks) 🙂

10 grapes (optional)

3 T Balsamic Vinaigrette (homemade, recipe to come!)

Directions: Toss ingredients together and enjoy!

Cafe Lulu used gorgonzola and pine nuts because they’re fancy like that, but I used bleu cheese and sunflower seeds to scale back the costs just a bit. If you’re skeptical that this meatless meal is actually epic, this salad would be great with a chicken breast on top if you need some extra protein! I’ll try to take pictures of my food next time, but I completely forgot tonight. I wolfed this salad down like nobody’s business.

The rest of my night will be filled with studying and stress, but I’ll get through it. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!