Good morning and happy weekend! Yesterday was a whirlwind, over-the-top Friday that gave everyone in Athens a preview of what spring quarter will be like. Spring quarter here is unlike anything you’ve experienced. Every single weekend there is a “fest” in which streets, such as Palmer Street and High Street, put on parties. This means that every house on the street throws a huge kegger, blares music and parties from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. the next day. It’s outrageous.
When not attending PalmerFest, students flock to the bars as soon as they get out of class. Yesterday, as I was walking home from the gym at 2 p.m., the bars had their doors open, luring students into the darkness. People were starting their nights very early.
I woke up Friday excited for the day. It was beautiful outside, I knew Muffin and I were going out and we were going to be able to wear dresses and not freeze! To start the day I had a crunchy, chewy breakfast:
The night before, I combined plain ff yogurt, Kashi GoLean Crunch, cinnamon, raisins and a few chocolate chips. It sat in the fridge overnight, and in the morning I added half a Bosc pear and a splash of soy to moisten it. (I ate the other half of the pear as a snack later.)
The Crunch turned into a chewy delight overnight, the raisins plumped and the crisp pear offered a lovely contrast to the crunchewiness of the rest of the bowl!
After eating, I HAPPILY walked to women’s chorale in the warm weather. It’s so nice to be able to wear my workout attire without having to layer sweats overtop! Chorale was nothing thrilling, and afterward I headed to the office of The Post to talk to my editor about writing next quarter. She’s decided to bring back the Pop Culture beat, which is the beat to which she’s assigned me! I’ll be able to look at large trends in pop culture and localize them for students.
I headed to the gym for another sweat session after the exciting meeting. It is harder to work out when the temperature is higher! I had sweat between every crevice in my body (yeah, every crevice).
Then I came home and tried to eat as fast as I could so that Muffin and I could get our nights started! I know, wanting to go out by 6 p.m. seems crazy, but hell, we are crazy. I had this snackadellic plate:
I saved the enormous apple for last, and I was stuffed afterward. I quickly showered and got ready for the night by 4:30 p.m. It always feels odd to walk to Muffin’s when I’m all dolled up and the sun hasn’t set yet. At least I had my hooker heels in my purse to switch into, which lessened the severity of the nighttime look.
As you can see here, we were elated to be in dresses and to partay:
For dinner, Muffin and our friend Dave decided to go to China Dragon. I’ve never enjoyed Chinese-American cuisine, but I sat with these two lovely people while they ate fried rice and General Tso’s chicken. My “dinner” paled in comparison. I had a Maple Nut Clif Bar and it was yummy and mapley, but had ONE nut in it! And of course, I was nowhere near full. I did, however, snag a bite of a chinese donut (I think that’s what it’s called). It was like a sweet, fried biscuit…heaven.
My friend, whom I’ll call Dub, was bartending happy hour at Crystal. Of course we had to stop by! Here I am with my $1 Captain and diet:
The rest of the night consisted of traipsing around uptown, going from bar to bar, visiting friends’ houses and generally loving life. At the end of the night (haha, it was only midnight), I met up with MisterMan. We went to Casa Nueva because I really wanted chips and salsa, and then we headed to my house. After MisterMan left, I tore into the Cinna-Graham Honeycomb and mixed it with Kashi GoLean Crunch. I swear, I cannot go to bed without having cereal first. Addicted.
I woke up today feeling less than stellar. I also didn’t want breakfast food for some bizarre reason. I had a huge hankering for soup, so that’s what I had at 10 a.m.:
It was exactly what I wanted! Today I’m not sure what I’m doing. All I know is that I have a ton of reading and writing to do. I probably won’t go out tonight in order to finish everything, but that’s fine. Last night was enough!
For review and criticism I have to read Thank You for Smoking (the book upon which the movie is based). I’d love some advice on fast reading. Do you have any tricks to read faster/stay awake while reading? Any advice would help!
I’ll be back later, but for now I’m going to catch up with all of your lives! Love you all bunches!
Ciao for now,
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