Tuesday morning I awoke after approximately four or five hours of sleep. I have been cruel to my body in terms of hours of sleep and caffeine intake, so I’ve been trying to be very kind in terms of whole foods and nutrients. I had this bowl for breakfast before my VICO final:
You can’t see what all was in there, but it was great. I had a bit of Kashi Go Lean Crunch, Quaker Crunchy Corn Bran, soy milk and berries on top. I am in love with this breakfast and you will see it until you’re so sick of it you stop reading SnackFace. Okay, no. I’ll try to mix it up at some point. Here is a picture of my new fave cereal in my palm:
I’ve never had orininal Puffins, but I imagine they taste something like this. And when you add cinnamon? Totally Cinnamon Puffin territory. Basically, these are the cheaper (yet probably less earth-friendly…or something) version of Puffins. They are also smaller, but super crunchy and barrel-shaped with a hollow center. Back to Tuesday’s breakfast… I had that with a pot of coffee. Healthy, meet unhealthy.
Then I headed to my VICO exam. This exam blew. I studied. I knew what I thought I needed to know, but these tests trip me up every time! I don’t think more hours of studying would have helped, either. There was no worrying about it afterward; I did the best I could and moved on.
After the exam I worked out. I absolutely have to work out during exam week, no matter how sleep-deprived, in order to clear my head for the next exam and feel somewhat stable. I came home and whipped up a snack plate:
On the plate: Pinata apple, orange cauliflower (shout out to my girl, K), radishes, mini La Tortilla Factory tortilla, few Nut Thins, Sabra’s hummus. Snack plates are the way to eat. Beside stating the obvious, here is another new product and snack I have been enjoying:
I’ve enjoyed the crackers several times, whether it be while studying, waiting for sweet potatoes to bake or keeping me company at 2 a.m. They are gluten and wheat-free, crunchier than you could ever imagine and the Smokehouse flavor I selected reminded me of my meat-eating past, but better. I wish they weren’t as expensive, or else I’d make them a staple in my cupboard. And again, back to Tuesday afternoon.
After digesting a bit, showering and covering my deep-purple undereye tattoos, I headed to the library. I try to avoid the library at all costs, as I find the environment to be depressing and a damper to the spirit. I needed to use their updated version of PowerPoint in order to study for IART, so I headed there. I had snacks on hand, of course:
Upon arriving at the library, I visited MisterMan, who has been living there for longer than a week now. It’s disgusting. He has been so dedicated to studying, and I’ve looked to him for inspiration. I managed to get a ton done in the library (I hand write my own study guides over and over again before memorizing). I was there from 5 p.m. to 8ish. I had a few pieces of pineapple and 1/3 of the bar, but I really just wanted dinner. It’s Wednesday night and I’m still milkin’ that Clif bar (it’s a true luxury to be able to have this!). Before I left the library, MisterMan paid me a last visit while I checked my Gmail. I’m afraid to say this. I tend to get TOO excited for things, and then they never happen. I don’t want to jinx this, but I’ve made it to the next round for the VegNews internship! I have a phone interview set up for March 30th! It’s the final step, and if I get this internship I’m pretty sure I’ll pee my pants.
Elated, I walked home on a cloud and pondered what to have for dinner. I have to use up produce, so what you are about to see will not shock you. As an appetizer:
In dat salad: spinach, seven lettuces mix, edamame, strawberries, pineapple, BBQ sauce and balsamic vinegar. I’ve been a salad-lover since a young age. Imagine a nine-year-old Kailey in a TGI Friday’s ordering french onion soup and Caesar salad. It happened. I’m just warning you that as the temperatures rise, I’ll be eating many of these.
The true beauty was ready when I was finished with my salad:
I’ve clearly been trying to negate caffeine overdoses and sleep underdoses with fruits and veggies. I love eating this way more than anything. The closer to whole and 100% natural (okay, minus the obligatory ketchup), the better I feel. This fiberful dinner kept me full throughout most of the night of mem’rizin’ art movements. I had a little bit of Crunchy Corn Bran and a few Rice-Thins with hummus to get me through to 3:30 a.m. As my eyes burned, I realized that I was wearing down. Three nights in a row of staying up past 3 a.m. was killing me! But it was nothing I hadn’t done before, so I just pushed through.
Wednesday morning I awoke, excited for the day. I reviewed my homemade IART study guide for 45 minutes, and then had breakfast while reading blogs (all I want to do when I should be studying):
I had another bowl of Kashi Go Lean Crunch, Quaker Crunchy Corn Bran, soy milk, berries and this time, pineapple. I ate all the fruit off the top and then ate the incredible cereal. Instead of a pot of coffe, this morning I had three cups. Cuttin’ back, yo.
The IART exam was easy peasy! It was 50 multiple choice questions, and I had studied more than enough and finished that part in no time. Then it came to the essay. Turns out that one of the essay options was the same question I used for the midterm. I was all ovah that! You bet I wrote pages about Medieval music and how it influenced other aspects of the Middle Ages.
I went to the gym afterward for a fantastic workout. It felt so freeing not to have another exam to worry about! I read Glamour without a care in the world while ellipticaling. I returned home to have a delicious lunch:
On the plate: Mini La Tortilla Factory tortilla with vegan Boca patty, mustard, ketchup, pickles; Pinata apple with few pieces of pineapple; orange cauliflower with Sabra’s roasted garlic hummus. This wasn’t as filling as I’d expected, but it was freakin’ tasty. I loved all the different flavors. Just so ya know, I always finish with the fruit.
I showered after eating, dressed, make-uped and edited my final piece for Review & Criticism class. I don’t feel uber-confident about this paper, but I did what I could. We had to compare Thank You for Smoking, the novel and the film. I liked both, but found them to be different and strong in their own ways. I recommend reading the novel and seeing the film, but don’t expect the film to be exactly the same. But we all know this when it comes to book-to-film transformations.
I met up with Muffin, handed in the paper and then we went out for a celebratory sip. Here we are just loving life:
MisterMan and I met up shortly after this. I have barely seen him for the past week or so, so every time I do get to see him is exciting! I miss the social MisterMan who isn’t holed up in the library. Finals week turns people into study machines you’ve never seen before. It’s fascinating.
Eventually I came home and made dinner. I’m sorry, but it’s almost exactly like Tuesday night’s. Appetizer:
Simply scrumptious. And then, naturally, the sweet potato course:
All sweet potatoes and cauliflower that have been roasted have been dusted in garam masala. Can’t fight the desire. So this cauliflower… I’m trying to eat a large head of it within three days. Tasty, but not interesting to the viewer. I’m sorry! I had Crunchy Corn Bran for dessert (unpictured).
I congratulate you if you’ve made it through this long post. It’s colorful, but that’s about it. I just cannot believe I am finished with Winter Quarter 2009! The most dreaded quarter is over. Get ready for an insane Spring Quarter 2009. Stay tuned and you’ll see the magnificence of spring in Athens, Ohio. I’ll try to keep this blog PG-13.
Tomorrow afternoon Muffin and I are heading back to da Nati! I, once again, am stoked to go home. I hope to sleep for ridiculously long numbers of hours so that I make up for a quarter of sleeplessness. I hope to spend time with my family. I hope to celebrate MamaJs birthday in style (March 20th!!). I’m writing this as though I won’t be blogging. Hell nawww. You know I can’t stay away! I’ll be back tomorrow night.
I loved reading all your Barbie thoughts/ stories! Erin, from Care to Eat, mentioned that she’d let her kids play with Barbies, but never with fake guns. This is something with which I strongly agree. MamaJ never even used to let us play with water guns or NERF guns, so there is no way my kidlets are playing with them. Violence is a huge no-no.
You’re probably sick of my voice now, so I’ll sign out. I could type fo’evah, but that’s drive you away. Anyway, I’ve missed you so! Much love.
Ciao for now,
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