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Lucas and I hit up Costco yesterday, and I was curious enough to pick up some Larabars. I was skeptical (I’m always skeptical with new packaged food), but as it turns out I’m in love with the Pecan Pie flavor. Or in lust. Whatever, these things are good!

I think I could probably replicate them at home. Perhaps after exams are over I’ll give it a shot!

Between those silly exams and finishing up assignments, I’ve been keeping busy! Truth be told I’m not much of a studier…I tend to do my thing throughout the term, and then go over the old material during the week or two before exams. I’m a solid Honour Roll student, so I must be doing ok…right? I’m definitely not in the majority when it comes to exam-time stress levels, that’s for sure!

Since I love input, here’s a little exam inspired question for you:

What are/were your exam and test-time study habits, and how did you keep yourself from going crazy with stress?

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Yesterday was beautiful here in Winnipeg, so of course I spent the morning cleaning off my patio/wiping down furniture. The result was a very bare looking space (I can’t wait to get some flowers out) and a very inviting bistro chair. I ended up making this super yummy supper and settling down outside to enjoy the sun:

Grilled (broiled?) Cheese (Ched + Feta), Fresh Green Beans/Mushrooms tossed with butter and parsley

Lucas and I split a Half Pints Bulldog Amber – one of my favorite beers from my favorite brewery! Love it.

You might notice that those are, in fact, sushi dishes. I like to use sushi dishes for pretty much everything because they are the perfect size…no matter what you put on them, it always looks like you’re eating a LOT. Besides, they are pretty and I love them. J

So I have an idea. I think it’s a good one. I need a little input though!

I would love to coordinate a Kitchen Show-Off Day. As in a day where either a) Participants write a blog (with pictures!) about your kitchen, what you like about it, and how you overcome the things you don’t like so much or b) Participants can send me a picture of and tidbit about your kitchen and I’ll post them all here.

The Internet is plastered with food blogs. Wouldn’t it be nice to see the workspace behind some of the meals posted there?

So what do you say? Shall we have Kitchen Show-Off Day sometime this month? If so, would you prefer to do your own post (and let me know so I can link), or send me pics to post here?

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Good Eats

Last night I made soup. Not just any soup – cream of potato soup with turkey sausage!

Progression from pot to bowl (with salad and a hunk of yesterday’s homemade bread):

I ended up eating the salad and half of the bowl/half of the bread hunk. Soooooo good.

You want the recipe? Good, because I snapped a photo of that too. I replaced the ham with turkey sausage, and added carrots. I could have added more veggies but I didn’t feel like chopping any more, so there you have it.

I dressed my salad with a drizzle of this heaven in a bottle:

Followed by angel food cake and this AMAZING yogurt. Yes, that says 8.5% m.f. That is why it is a sometimes food, and part of my dessert.

We picked up a lighter, more “every day” Liberté yogurt as well. Not light as in fat-replacer filled…just not made with cream. Apple Crumble or something. I don’t remember, and I’m not walking the whole 5 feet to my fridge to find out 😉 Why am I explaining myself, anyway? Geeez.

That’s all I’ve got. Make the soup, seriously.

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Good/Better/Best

Good: Skipping afternoon classes on a sunny Monday to hop a bus downtown.
Better: Spending your time downtown at the Convention Center to attend the ABA Show – which your boyfriend’s awesome aunt has provided you with a ticket for.
Best: Getting all of this for next to nothing:

Most Awesomest: Spending time with your favorite cousin-in-law. Yay!

P.S. My ego is starting to hurt a little because I only have 10 twitter followers. Click here to check it out, and make sure to follow! (Yours truly…Squeeky Wheel.)

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The Beginning

Gettin’ There

As far as it got before I left for 5 and came back to a cleaned-off table =(

The End

I go to college. =)

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I absolutely *had* to be at school yesterday. No choice in the matter. Things were going down that were of at least moderate importance, and I had to drag my sick ass out the door and through the snow to be there for them.

Oh yeah, this is what my city looks like right now. Spring in Winnipeg, no big deal…

15 minute round-trip to the library on Wednesday. Saw 6 people stuck in the snow. Awesome.

Anyway, since there is some unspoken rule in my life lately that things just cannot go smoothly, my body decided that Wednesday night was to be a night of no sleep. Guess who woke up yesterday morning with a grand total of 3 hours of Z-time? Yep, that would be me. Lovely.

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am a zombie when I don’t get enough sleep – especially under the 5 hour mark. Not only that, but not getting enough sleep immediately results in an afternoon urge to stuff my face with all things packed with refined sugar and fat. Think cookies, doughnuts or, failing those, chips.

I’ve spent years trying to fight these occasional urges with sheer willpower. It almost always ends in a ridiculous eating frenzy. So after waking and realizing my zombie-like state, I immediately began to panic about the cravings I was inevitably going to face. “Oh my God,” I thought, “I’m going to want to eat everything in sight and I’m going to have to stop myself and it’s going to be sooo hard! Why me? Why now?”

Then I stopped. And I thought. And I made a conscious decision to just chill and let nature take it’s course. Guess what? Not thinking about something constantly makes it easier to deal with. So what if I eat a few cookies? My life will not be ruined. I will not immediately gain 10 pounds. My pants will still fit. A cookie or two will not negate the exercise I do on a regular basis, nor the awesome foods I put in my body 90% of the time.

So would you like to know how my day went?

It was lovely. I walked around like a zombie, got some schoolwork done, and tended to my obligations. I ate a bagel for brunch, and 2 cookies in the afternoon. Pasta with broccoli and Alfredo sauce for dinner. Oh, and I was offered a Timbit that I refused without even thinking about it – because I didn’t want it.

A day of optimum nutrition? Obviously not…but I went with the flow and I have no shame or regrets. That counts for something. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that it counts for a lot.

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I am home sick today, and therefore have nothing better to do than blog and drink tea. Lucky you!

It’s been almost a week since I gave up the scale, so I figured this was a good time to check in. Guess what? It is DIFFICULT to not weigh yourself every day when that is what you’re used to! Imagine that :P.

I’ve had a few panicky moments of “OMG, I’m going to gain weight, what the hell am I doing???” but for the most part…smooth sailing. Eating is easy. I know how to do it. Open mouth, insert food…chew. See? I’ve got it down. As long as my pants keep fitting and I keep exercising and eating the right stuff, everything will be fine.

It turns out that exercise is a lot more fun for me when there’s no pressure…which is nice. Taking my dog for a long walk can be about going outside and enjoying it…and if I decide to pick up running again this spring that can be enjoyable too. Oh, and don’t get me started on how excited I am to get out on my bike again! Exercise bikes just don’t cut it…I like the real deal. Bring on the snow/slush-free roads and bike paths so I can get going!

Unfortunately today is a dreary, windy day and I am a big sicky-poo. I’m so bored that I even took pictures to commemorate my sick day. Sad? Oh yeah.

Chicken soup for breakfast, tea with lemon/honey (and lots of it!), daytime tv and…the beginnings of egg salad sandwiches for lunch. Yeah…soup and egg salad sandwiches are all I feel like eating today, so I guess that’s how it’s gonna be.

Being sick blows.

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