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Let’s Get Organized!

17 Feb

Happy Sunday morning readers!

It’s been another very hectic weekend for me. After Valentine’s Day I’ve been moving from one thing to the next to the next. I’m so grateful to have a couple hours of pure downtime before I head into work today at 1. I’m going to take this time to whip out my brand spankin new planner and get organized!

Now, something you should know about me – I love school supplies. My first friend at AU, Allison, bonded over the idea of highlighters and the Staples store with me almost immediately – obviously we were meant to be friends. I was on the hunt for “THE” planner, for those of you who get jazzed about this kinda thing you know what I mean, and luckily a fellow AEPhi pointed us in the right direction. Mine arrived last night!IMG_2415 IMG_2416 IMG_2417 IMG_2422AND IT IS PERFECT AND BEAUTIFUL! Okay, again, if you love office supplies, you understand. I just love the attention to detail, even the box it ships in has an inspirational quotation on it! When I opened it up, it even held goodies for me! A sample pack of labels with my name on it! Meant for gifts, envelopes, etc. I also got  a coupon that NEVER EXPIRES, how often does that happen?!? for my next order from them. Seriously, she’s the bomb.com. Thanks Erin Condren!IMG_2421 IMG_2420Once I opened it up, I knew I definitely definitely made the right choice. She places the month calendar before it’s broken into weeks, an essential in all of my planners, has inspirational quotations up the whazoo, a folder in the back with a place keeper that snaps onto the spiral, I really could go on and on so I’ll spare you all the details and just show you 🙂 IMG_2423 IMG_2426 IMG_2427 IMG_2429So it definitely is safe to say that I am one happy girl 🙂

Some may ask – so what does this planner have anything to do with “healthy eating?” My answer, everything. Lately I have been having so many things to think about from work. Events to plan, tasks to complete, exercise classes to work into my schedule and I have been having a really hard time keeping up and making sure things are getting done on time – because my notes are all over the place. It’s hard for me to remember due dates when they’re scribbled onto pieces of paper scattered throughout a notebook and google cal, it’s really not for me. I’m “old fashioned” that way.

With all these dates and tasks floating around in my head, it’s hard for me to plan ahead and see which days are my busiest. Thus, healthy meal planning has been becoming very difficult for me to stay on top of. I know I could be doing a way better job, and I’m currently fresh out of groceries – except for breakfast foods, so I’ve been winging in the past couple of days because I can’t physically see when the best time for me to go grocery shopping and plan would be. Alas, that won’t be a problem anymore thanks to my planner! I’m so excited to get everything in order and have it all in one place. It calms me so much and makes me look forward to the things I have to do more, versus dread remembering them and stressing about getting it done. You should enjoy things you do, get excited about it. I’m very happy to report this planner will help me do just that! 🙂

Quick recap of the last couple days:

Valentine’s Day. You guys saw how sweet Kevin was that morning and that evening he took me out for sushi! Yum! We went to Yazamato in Alexandria and it did not disappoint. Yellowtail nigiri, Alaskan roll, Godzilla roll (blew my mind) and a Super Dragon roll.IMG_2348 IMG_2349 IMG_2351 IMG_2354We also ordered Green Tea which they filtered through rice and spices! The miso soup was devine 🙂 Definitely my new favorite restaurant for sushi!IMG_2339 IMG_2340 IMG_2341 IMG_2346Kevin’s Senior Night
This weekend has also been super special because it was Kevin’s last college dual meet of his career. He went out in true style by pinning his opponent in a career-fastest time! So proud of everything you have accomplished Kevin. Let’s kill it at EIWA’s again this year! NCAA’s, here you come.IMG_2397 IMG_2404 IMG_2411 IMG_2413Yup! That’s Kevin’s dad. He flew here all the way from Washington state to be here for this weekend. We picked him up from the airport Friday after my shift and have been having a total blast since he got here. Bowling last night to celebrate was definitely a highlight of my weekend. I really like his dad so I definitely always enjoy getting to spend time with him.

Well readers, I’m off to organize and get ready for my busy Saturday. After I jot a few things down I’m hoping to get outside for a quick 3 mile run because I start my half-marathon training this week! Be on the look out for that!

Until next time,

Natasha

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Mean Girls, Sushi and a Mini Cannoli

16 Dec

Happy Sunday everyone!

I hope your weekend has been a good one so far. Mine has been really busy, but really enjoyable. Let’s start off with yesterday morning.

I woke up bright and early at 730AM and had to check the car before my mom left for home to make sure I didn’t leave anything in it, I blogged, then started to get a little hungry.

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Smoothie time! 🙂 I’ve just absolutely loved waking up and having juice in the morning. Adding berries and some yogurt into it makes it more filling and, since I love their taste, more enjoyable for my taste buds – which also leaves me more satisfied.

Since I wasn’t starving though, I made a smaller one today – again sans banana.

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Then my roommate Autumn woke up. We had plans to watch Mean Girls at 10AM.

Good morning Autumn!!!

Good morning Autumn!!!

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We were laughing about how we had to actually pencil in this time to make it work with both our schedules. She’s busy with finals and her capstone and I work a lot during the week so we both set alarms to make sure we would be up Saturday at 10 for our viewing pleasure.

While we watched, I got a little hungry so I toasted half a Pumpkin Spice Bagel Thin and put some Cinnamon Swirl PB on top.

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I wasn’t able to go to my internship for Potomac Pathways today which was a total bummer. They were doing laser tag!! But since my mom took the car it would’ve made everything much more complicated for me to get there, so I decided to nix it this time. Instead, I swung by Kevin’s to see Liam and help move a couch. The night before I spotted this flyer in the elevator for a free IKEA couch! This apartment was just giving it away and they were only one floor below Kevin. Today was moving day!

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It has a couple bleach stains on it, but no big deal! David and Kevin did all the heavy lifting, but I got hungry so I had some yogurt then some oats with milk, banana, cinnamon and honey.IMG_1426

Liam has been absolutely loving his new abode. He has been doing some full on exploring. So cute.

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For today’s workout, I was in the mood for a nice long run. My goal was 6 miles, so I set my Nike+ to let me know when I reached 10k and I went on my loop that I know is over 5.5 miles.

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Well, about halfway through my run it told me I completed 1k. ONE?! I knew it was wayyyyy off today, but this was ridiculous. It’s not the most accurate watch (Nike+ Sportband) and is normally off by .4 of a mile, which is still a good amount off, but it told me I ran 3k with a 21 minute average pace!!! What the heck?!

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Ridiculous. I’m so glad I put a new GPS watch on my Christmas List this year. I’m definitely ready to say goodbye to my Sportband.

Next I hopped in the shower, got dressed and biked over to meet up with Hana and Erika for our last dinner together 😦 Hana is going abroad to India next semester and I’m planning on moving come May so we likely won’t be able to see each other for a long time. Even though we just met this summer, we formed a great friendship and I really really enjoyed getting to know her. I’m going to miss her for sure 😦

I picked Murasaki for dinner, my favorite Sushi restaurant in DC! Both of them had never been which always makes it more fun 🙂IMG_1431 IMG_1432

I love this restaurant not only for the best sushi, but I love their dining sets. They’re so beautiful and simple.IMG_1434

We all had a tough time deciding what to order. I normally get the Hidden Dragon Roll which is eel and avocado with 2 shrimp tempura rolls. Amazing. ClassicBut this time I decided to venture out. I ordered a California Roll and their Tenleytown Roll which has lump crab meat, eel, asparagus, roasted red pepper and old bay spicy sauce! I used to hate spicy things, but now I enjoy mild-medium spicy foods from time to time.

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My Tenleytown Roll 🙂

IMG_1435 IMG_1437Hana got one roll to start, Murasaki Roll (tuna, yellowtail, salmon, avocado and red tobiko), while Erika and I both order California Rolls and Erika’s second choice was the Market Roll (shrimp, crab fishcake, eel, avocado and roe), she later also ordered a Philly Roll. Everyone enjoyed their rolls, although Erika was disappointed by the Philly, and was happy with our choices. We shared some really hilarious stories, Hana even knocked her head into a nearby waitress from leaning back and laughing so hard, and really had a great time. Hana was still hungry so she ordered meat and noodles and gave me all the vegetables 🙂

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And of course, we had our waitress snap our first, and only, picture of all 3 of us together. (Color coordination not planned for).

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Erika felt strongly about getting some Cheesecake and we definitely were not going to disagree. We thought of walking down to Cheesecake Factory, but decided it was a little too far/cold and chose Whole Foods instead. Cheesecake also would’ve been pretty crowded and hard to sit and take our time, so Whole Foods ended up being a way better choice for us. We all took our time deciding what to get, but once we paid we got some free Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate Samples!

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Mine was a little too salty for my liking, but it was still tasty. For dessert, I chose a mini cannoli, Hana got 3 fruit tarts, and Erika chose a raspberry chocolate cheesecake slice. She ended up getting her cheesecake slice for free (a $7 value) because the card machine wasn’t working and another worker came over to say Erika had been waiting too long so the cheesecake was on them. Happy Holidays from Whole Foods Erika!

We sat in the upstairs part of WF to sit and enjoy our delectables.IMG_1448 IMG_1449 IMG_1450 IMG_1451

While we ate we goofed off a ton and talked for almost 2 hours. It was so nice to just be together, not rush and enjoy our evening.IMG_1454 IMG_1458 IMG_1459

Luckily I’ll get to see Hana for a hot second on Monday, (I’ll never say goodbye), but I really am sad to see her go. She will have a blast in India though – and fully catch them up to speed on everything they need to know about pop culture.

Until next time,

Natasha