Friday Favorites 10/17/2014

Haaaaappppyyy Friday to You and Yours!!

This week fah-lew by, thanks to a biology test, and just the ush (short for usual?).

So…Friday favorites.  I love these posts by other bloggers (and other blogger), but mine won’t be as pretty or as fun.  You are warned.

1.  Trader Joe’s Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter with Flax and Chia Seeds.peanut butter

Ohmygosh this peanut butter is incredible.  The little chia seeds stuck in your teeth after lunch/breakfast/all day are so completely worth it for the crunchiness that they provide.  And the peanut butter itself is perfectly salty, but so is just salt itself, so that says, um, nothing.  Try it.

2. Starbucks.starbucks

I’ll preface this with saying that I’m half anti-Starbucks.  Why pay $27.00 for a coffee when you could pay like $1.00 for an xxtra large (#McDonald’sforthewin).  But…I tried my friend’s iced coffee something with turtle nut something and it was SO GOOD.  And my mom very generously gifted a Starbucks gift card with $2.94 on it, so the stars aligned and I was able to get myself a nice hot cup ‘o Cafe Americano with a 1/2 pump of turtle syrup.  It took me a whole 5 minutes to work up the courage to actually order (the sizes!  the syrups!  the types of milk!- all too much for me).  But so worth it and so good.  Powered us through an entire chapter of physics (snooze).

3. Organix DIY Brazilian Keratin

I heard about this stuff last year and the person told me “it worked so well!!!” and as someone that has paid an embarrassingly high amount of money for relaxers, I heard “same treatment for 1/500th of the price!!!”.  So, naturally I had to give it a try.  I wasn’t able to find it in stores, but I saw that it’s on Amazon for around $15, but then found it at Bed Bath & Beyond and with that 20% off coupon…badabing!  Not too pricey.  Of course, I knew it wouldn’t work as well, but I thought it could act as a placeholder for when my hair starts to go wild and I am replenishing my entire life savings for a treatment.  I tried it once during the summer and it was “eh”.  I think the humidity killed any magic that the stuff could work.  But then, then!  I tried it again last week and it was completely different.  I have noticed a difference in the frizziness of my hair.  Of course, it’s not on the salon-poison level that I love, but its getting the job done…for now.

4. Gilmore Girls.

Season one, episode 7, 5 days.  And all these years later, I still want to be Rory Gilmore when I go to college.  Forever and always.

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5. Food Prep.lunch

After surviving off of mini apples and peanut butter sandwiches last week, I decided that this week, there would be a large change in the food departamento.  So in between all of my notstudying (Insta, twitter, FB….) I boiled eggs, cut veggies.  Ok so that’s all I did, but…BUT it was helpful for the lunch packing procession that occurs every night.  And there is really nothing more fun than eating a hard-boiled egg in a small room!




We went to the Bastille concert at the Liacouras Center last night and had an absolute 2(1)

Definitely on my list for best concerts I’ve ever been to!  Except…I’ve never been to a bad concert….soo……

Anyways, I knew most of the songs, we were on the floor (!!!), and Bastille put on an awesome show.  They even played their cover of No Scrubs by TLC and it was AMAZING.  The crowd loved it and was super energetic.  I think it was my favorite song of the night, even if it isn’t originally theirs.

Notable mention goes to Bad Blood, Pompeii, and Poet.  As well as all of their other songs.

At one point, they played “their most depressing song” and told everyone to take out their lighters, or their modern day equivalent, and the entire place lit up.  Super cool to see, especially from the 3

Russ and I (and his friends!) really had so much fun and I feel so lucky to have been able to get those tickets!photo 1 It was a GREAT way to celebrate my good grade on my Orga test!!!  I think I earned the bragging rights.

Now if only I could go to a concert after every test….

Anyways, enjoy those links up their.  If nothing else, you’ll love the accent ;)

Other concert posts:


Whoops, another long and unintentional hiatus from blogging.  This might be the longest break I’ve taken…ever.  And not really for any good reason.  I’ve been busy, but I’ve been busy a lot of times in the last couple of years and always make time to write on here.  I think about writing/ updating everyday, but I feel like I have nothing to say, which is ironic because it feels like so much is going on (Example A:  Started this post Tuesday two weeks ago, posted it Oct 6th).  Perhaps it feels like there isn’t much to say because each day blurs into the next and it’s one long day of train rides, class, studying, homework, and semi-frantically trying to keep my head above water.  For some reason, I also get (nervous?) about updating?  I don’t know how to explain it.  It feels like it’s been so long so what’s another day?

Anywho, I’m going to make a much better effort to update often, not only for my 3 loyal readers* (haha) but for myself, so I can look back and see all the fun that was being had during this time! [Semi-sarcasm]  I think I have a pretty good grasp on things right now, school-wise, but I also know how easy it is to slip under and be drowned by Xfinal=XInitial + VInitial-1/2gravity(time)^2 and parts of the cell- endoplasmic reticulum, cytoplasm, Golgi body galore, and how to identify a molecule by its NMR spectroscopy.   I know you wanted a visual. :)

I actually don’t mind the work… It just feels like a never ending job where the work comes home with me and permeates my dreams (nightmares). Okay that makes it sound super bad, but Russ and my parents have been little angels when it comes to giving me time, space, and free passes on things like cleaning up after dinner and other chores.  I go to bed each night feeling semi-accomplished with what I did that day, but always with a running to do list of the chapters that need to be read and the problems that need to be solved.

Besides all the unfun that is school, I have also been having some actual fun!  It’s important to fit it into the busy schedule or else I will be at high risk for head explosion.  Ain’t nobody got time fo’ that. So. Back to all the fun being had…

First of all, there is Teddy!photo 2-3  He’s our newest family member and while I want to write an entire post about him, I will say that I am Obsessed with a capital 3-1  He is cuddly and snuggly and oh so very bad, but wonderful at the same time.  In 1-3Russ put him in the cage and put on Sarah McLachlin’s “Angel”, and then rescued him, just so he could say he’s done that.  A real gem, that one!DSC_0113

Then there was camping with Russ and friends a couple weekends 4(Am I gazing into the distance??)  I haven’t been for real camping in years so this was super fun.  We left on Friday afternoon, and 3 hours late (thanks, traffic), we were there!  There was campfire cooking, s’mores, beer, Dog Fish Head Brewery & dinner, laughs, and fun.  Me gusta mucho.DSC_0018 DSC_0022 DSC_0027 DSC_0035 DSC_0046If Russ didn’t look like he was going to make me his dinner, I would love this photo.

Hmmm, what else.  My dad and I watched a building get imploded.  I got up at 5:40 am with my dad on a Saturday. 1-2[The building is in the back.  Scared the bejeezus out of me when the explosions happened.]

We had Rosh Hashana dinner at a neighbor’s house.  Those “what are you doing with your life” questions sure get funner and funner!!! (Dad-I know “funner” is not a word)photo 5

My mom and I took a rare selfie together since the lighting was muy bueno and we look #flawless.  I have a pretty mama, no?

I (FINALLY!!!) got to see XXXtine, Bobby, and Justin last weekend.  It’s been months, so we were super over-due.  Instead of the usual bar grind, we went…roller skating!skating 31 After a lovely dinner made by Justin. We went to the local ‘rink. Haha it was a combination of being old people and being little kids all at the same time.  It’s safe to say we were the oldest, childless, skating people there.skating skating2

I thought it was hilarious and only fell ONCE.  Success.  And Russ held my hand for most of the time. #aw.  In the morning, Christine and I (and Russ) made everyone breakfast (egg sandwiches).DSC_0009[Photo from camping, but you get the jist]

And…lunch yesterday after a 6 mile 3-4  Furthest distance in weeks.  I plan to write about my exercising and lack thereof in the near to distant future.  Empty promise!

I guess that’s the extent of the funsies from the last three? four?  weeks,  Hey, I’ll take all of the fun/ notschool I can get around here.

Back to studying Orgo, or as my dad pointed out, “orga” for organic chemistry.  Tengo examen manana!


*Not to say you 3 people aren’t near and dear to my heart!  You are!  You’re my everything <3

The First Week of School

I guess my absence from here gives you come idea as to how the first week went, huh?  If not, we’ll, it’s been a looooonnnnngggggggg week. Mucho mucho.  I’m taking the following classes: Physics, Organic Chemistry, Biology, Art and Science of Healthcare, and labs for the three science courses. It’s the same number as classes as college, but feels like high school because we have classes back to back to back, so I’m in such basically from 8:30-3:00.

So far, physics is the hardest, followed by organic chemistry and then biology.  I have a feeling that this order is here to stay.  I’ve got to say, for the people in my class (most) that have never seen biology or organic chemistry or physics, I give major props for being able to juggle all of this.  This is going to be enough of an uphill climb and I’ve taken organic chemistry and tutored biology.

This week alone, I have probably spent 20 hours on just homework and we are just getting started! I need to devote some time to reading the chapters this weekend, because we are already on at least chapter 3 in every class and, whatdoyaknow, but homework is so much harder when you have no idea what you’re doing! Incredible.

on the bright side, everyone is really nice, the city is a fun place to be, I enjoy taking the train, and this is all leading me somewhere.

Best Birthday Weekend.

My-oh-my, I don’t even know where to begin.  This weekend was great!  Completely jam-packed with fun things to do and see, and I really loved every minute of it.  It truly was the best way to end the summer and get ready for school on Tuesday. (eeeeeek…)

Thursday was my real birthDAY, so we celebrated with sushi (made by Russ and me) and then flour-less chocolate cake from Whole Foods.  Stuffed to the brim, I was.DSC_0002DSC_0011

Friday was supposed to be a beach day, but since the weather looked cloudy, the executive decision was made not to go.  Instead, I headed to the gym and then spent the day at the local co-op with a coffee and my computer and tried to get some work done.  It was moderately productive.  Then I went home and napped because I was exhausted from all that brain power I used!  Friday night we did what we do best-Shark Tank and ice cream.


Saturday was a long and REALLY fun day!  After 4 grueling hours of work, I quickly showered and then my family and I headed to the Odessa Brewfest. (This is a HUGE shout out and THANK YOU to Jen, (our…cousin?) for hooking us up with tickets.  We had so much fun!)DSC_0057 DSC_0037

It was a hot and steamy day, but there were so many new brews, which allowed us to try new beers and see what we like (and don’t like).DSC_0040photo-35

I apparently like beer that tastes…not like beer.  So not hoppy, watered down and sweet is ideal.DSC_0061

After driving the crew home (I sipped each of my beers then handed them off to Russ), we had about 10 minutes to change for a night out!  Dinner reservations at Max Brenner-Chocolate by the Bald Man were at 8 pm.  We were a teeny tiny bit late (more like 30 mins…), but I don’t think anyone was tooooo mad?  And I was so happy that my closest friends were able to come with us!DSC_0079 DSC_0074

Russ and I shared mac and cheese, which was really creamy and delicious, and then we shared a Smores dessert, which was HUGE and perfect.DSC_0068DSC_0093

It had marshmallow, chocolate ice cream, melted white chocolate, graham crackers, and whipped cream.  I was beyond stuffed, but in a good way.

After saying goodbye to Maeghan, Kevin, and Brandyn (they all had to either catch a train back, or be up early), Russ and I went to Ancy’s apartment where there were drinks, friends, and cupcakes.  A huge thank you to Ancy and Chris and Russ for organizing all of that!  I think this picture just about shows it all…DSC_0123

The only picture we got together, just the two of us:DSC_0114

And with Ancy Pantsy: (I ended up changing into shorts after dinner.)DSC_0137

Shortly after arriving, we were back out the door to walk to Cuba Libre, but not before we attempted the signature group shot…DSC_0126

Almost there….And much better!DSC_0128

Cuba Libre was jam-packed with people, but fun nonetheless!  By 1:40 am, we were all more than ready to head home.


Sunday morning, we were up bright and early-ish for brunch at the South Street Diner.  It just happened to also be the day of the Green Fest on South Street, which was really fun!DSC_0143 DSC_0147 DSC_0152 DSC_0162 DSC_0165DSC_0168 DSC_0163 And we were all loving the giveaways!  Free food, iced coffee, reusuable bags!  It was great.

Eventually, we made it to brunch where neither Russ nor I knew what to order, so we shared something that my dad would order-Cream Chipped Beef.  It was just okay and neither of us were starving, so we left most of it on the plate.

While Russ went to his grandmom’s, I had grand plans to go to the supermarket for snacks for lunches, but my bed was calling my name loud and clear.  There is nothing like a Sunday afternoon nap, with the fall breeze coming through the open windows.  Okay, so there is nothing like a nap on just about any day of the week.

It truly was an incredible weekend.  I am very, very, very lucky to have Russ, my family, and good friends by my side, helping me celebrate.

Thank you, to all of you, and I love you long time.DSC_0048

It’s going to be a great year, I can already tell.

Labor Day Weekend. {Pictures}

How was everyone’s long weekend?  It was sticky, hot, and humid here, but we managed to get out and about (despite having work for 8+ hours every day of the weekend).  I don’t have much to say about this weekend, but I have a few photos to share.


I worked, worked, worked all day from 9 am-8 pm.  It was a long day, but flew by quickly and wasn’t so bad.  Holla at those 1/2 hour and 45 minute breaks throughout the day.

Saturday night, we went to a friends house for a BBQ, fire, and beers.


Sunday started with brunch with Russ’ family at Sabrina’s Cafe.DSC_0017 DSC_0022  I only wanted eggs and potatoes because I’m boring, according to Russ.DSC_0018  My food was good, but the french toast was the most impressive thing on the table.DSC_0020

Sunday was also notable for being MY LAST DAY AT THE POOL!!!!!!


I woke up late Monday morning, headed to the gym with Russ and my pops, showered and ate protein shakes (really delicious ones- made with Vega protein powder, banana, cocoa powder, peanut butter, and milk- tasted like ice cream!)

We had plans to spend the day with my parents at a nearby lake, but the swamp a$$ humidity made us change our minds.DSC_0029

Instead, Russ and I took advantage of Labor Day sales and went shopping with Mae.  I’m super happy with my purchases and excited for some fall weather up in hurrrrrr.

Monday night was the best part of the weekend.  Russ and I went back to the pool for an end of the summa/ Labor Day BBQ.  There was food, drinks, Boxball, and water polo.  I got 5 points for our team and if you know me at all, you know this is a HUUUUGEEEEEEE deal!  I always get picked last for sports, so this was big.  My plan of attack was to hang out in back, near the goal, while everyone else chased the ball around and tried to drown each other.  No one stayed near me because I’m usually the one that can’t play sports.  People would pass me the ball and then I just plopped it in the goal.  Mwahahaha :)

I was feeling very thankful on Monday, for being able to do what I was doing, for having Russ with me.

Ok…guess I didn’t have as many pictures as I thought…. :)


Plans for the Fall: Jefferson, Here I Come!

Good Morning!

How’s your day treating ya?  Mine started with a bowl of oatmeal before heading to the gym for a quick bicep/ chest workout.  I had to skip the running today because I’ve been dealing with some pretty sharp heel pain that won’t budge.  Usually I can ignore it and it actually feels better after a few minutes of activity, but today it hurts with even the slightest bit of pressure.  No bueno.

Plans for the Year

Indulge me for a second and pretend that you care what I’m doing this year, now that I’ve graduated.  If you’ve been reading for awhile, you know that I’m the most indecisive person EVER and have been feeling completely lost/ confused about my plans for next year (click the hyperlink for a post about that).  While those feelings haven’t completely subsided, I do know what I’ll be doing for the next year and have a general life direction plan, although not a definite path. (But does anyone?)

So in the fall, I will be attending Thomas Jefferson University for a one year post- bac program.  Sometime during January (or December?) I applied to Jefferson’s program, got called in for an interview, got accepted soon after the interview, and then stopped filling out my other applications because I knew that Jefferson is the place for me.

If you’re like 99.9% of everyone, you have no clue what the is. The program that I’m doing is a one year program in which I will take all of the classes (plus a few extra) needed in order to gain entry in medical school.  Calm down, I’m not even completely sure that that’s the plan right now.  The thing I love about Jefferson’s program is that it prepares for a number of healthcare professions, so my options are more open than, say, Temple’s program.  I am planning to use this year as a time to really, really explore what I do and do not like and hopefully find a path that is right for me, whatever that may be.

It’s super scary starting something new, especially with no concrete direction, but it’s also exciting to think about being in a new environment, taking whole new classes, meeting a lot of new friends, and getting to be a city girl.

Well, kind of.  I’ll be a city girl while I’m AT school, but I’ll be living at home this year with the good ol’ parents!  It’s like high school again (haha— send help.)  Actually, on that note- I’m in the market for FRIENDS at home.  No need to apply…I’ll take anyone :)

Anyway, I have orientation late next week and then I start classes the following week (eek!).  I’ve been previewing the material for each of the courses for the last few weeks to prepare for what’s to come.  Let’s just say physics might be the death of me.  Don’t worry, I’ll keep you posted.

Here’s to a new chapter!

Thanks for your support :)

What I Ate Wednesday! It’s Been so Long.

Happy Hump Day!

How’s your week treatin ya?  It’s one of those weeks that seems to be both flying by, and draaaaaging along.  This is my week of work, so that could have something to do with it.  I haven’t done a WIAW post in….forever, so I thought it would be fun to bust one out!

BreakfastDSC_0009Steel cut oats, yogurt, blues, banana, cherry jam, pb


…when I’m home from work:DSC_0005Eggplant parm, cucumber, fresh beets, a wedge of brie

When I’m at work (and includes all day snackage):DSC_0005Cuculbers, pasta with ratatouille, carrots (ended up in the trash!), nectarine, apple, fruit & nut bar


I forgot to take a picture last night (because I’m a ravenous dog when I get home from work at 8 pm), but dinner was grilled salmon with pesto, roasted potatoes, salad and fresh beets.


Ice cream is an equal opportunity player in my diet these days, so when we realized there was NO ICE CREAM (!!!) last night, we did the right thing.  We went right to the supermarket and bought 3 containers of it.  We actually had 5 containers, but for fear that my mom would breathe scary dragon breath because we dared to bring home inferior NOT Halo Farms ice cream, but limited to 3.  And one is a frozen yogurt, so all is good and well in the hood.DSC_0009-001

The Cafe latte frozen yogurt tastes very similar to the Edy’s Espresso Chip.  They have the same # of cals/ serving, but the froyo has more protein (and more sugar too), and less fat.  It’s a definitely a tasty sub for ice cream, but when Edy’s is 2/ $5…..who can resist?


See above lunch photo.  That is pretty standard…fruits, hummus, pretzels, snack bars, etc…oh, and whatever delicious treats might be hanging out on the table at work all. the. time.

Spruce Street Harbor Park: Pop up Park

Hi, friends!

I hope you had a fun weekend- I sure did.   Friday was pretty basic- dinner, Shark tank, fall asleep on the couch #oldlady. But Saturday, SATURDAY was fun!

Like any good weekend, brunch was involved, and like any good meal, it was a Groupon!  Woohoo!  We love Groupon.  I found the Groupon on Friday, and when we were driving there Saturday, all we saw at the “location” were apartments and then we saw that the Groupon said “#A2″ so we were all “….this is in someone’s apartment?”, but when we called, they said we had the wrong address.  All was well and we found the place and the food was decent and I love brunch with Russ.  The end.  And here is the link for Bernie’s Pub Groupon if you want a relatively inexpensive brunch.  Who doesn’t?DSC_0040DSC_0046 DSC_0051 Russ and I went to the Spruce Street Harbor Park with the Brunch Bunch, aka Ancy and Chris aka our favorite double date couple (hey, guys).  Luckily, the rain let up and made for a really nice & cool night- perfect for the beach?!DSC_0082 DSC_0053

Before Saturday, we hadn’t heard of this pop up park, but basically it’s a pop up beach/ park down at penny’s Landing off of South Street.  There are pretty lights, hammocks in the trees, food trucks, relatively cheap IPAs, beach chairs, picnic tables, and boardwalk games during the day.DSC_0060

I think my face just looks like that naturally.

(IDSC_0063 DSC_0068 DSC_0073 We got there around 10, got ourselves some brews (a PBC Walt Whit for me, and a Yard’s Brawler for Russ) found a table and sipped/ chatted/ had strangers take pictures of us.DSC_0093 DSC_0104 DSC_0107 DSC_0110 The walk home led us to the #BigChair…DSC_0149 DSC_0159 DSC_0161 And to WaWa for requisite WaWa Fest sandwiches for some pre-sleep fuel. Necessary.

In the morning, we walked past the Philadelphia Magic Garden and Russ told me to “Be a lion!”DSC_0180 DSC_0181…and then we had brunch (omelets made by Russ, toast made my yours truly.  Dad joined in on the fun, too)DSC_0186

Definitely a lot of fun and I really hope we have one more opportunity to get down there!   What did you do this weekend?

Friday Favorites 8/22/2014

Good morning and Happy Friday!

This week absolutely flew by for me.  I have no idea why, but I’ll take it!  No big plans for the weekend around here, but I’m hoping to get together with Ancy and Chris this weekend (and Russ, too).  We shall see.

Whatever your plans are, I hope you have a wonderful weekend!  In the meantime, here are five of my favorite things this week!  Enjoy :)

1. My hair- One of the lifeguards (Steph) did this for me at the pool!  Talented, right?!photo 3

And the curls that resulted (but my head looks HUGE)…DSC_0009And Russ’ comment:  “It looks like Steph is more than qualified to do the hair of all of the characters on Orange is the New Black.”

2. Speaking Spanish with my mom- It’s a struggle, but I have been making a real effort to speak Spanish with her every day, even if just for a few minutes.  It helps, but it’s tough!  It’s even exhausting because it’s difficult to express what I am trying to say, but that’s how to learn, right?

3.  Salsa- Not the food, the dancing!  I went to lessons again this week with a couple of other girls and I had a blast!  For once in my life, I have something that resembles rhythm (but not to be confused with rhythm)salsa

4.  This blog.  Obviously, I don’t have kids, but I still think this blog is hilarious and enjoy reading the posts!

5. Salted Caramel and Chocolate Pecan Pie Barspecan pie bars


That’s all I have for you this week!  Have a fantastic weekend…and maybe make some Salted Caramel and Chocolate Pecan Bars!