Happy Monday, friends!
I just wrapped up an extra-long weekend since I had no classes on Thursday or Friday for fall break. On Wednesday afternoon, my sister and I drove home from UNC, so I got to spend the past four days at home in Raleigh. It was great to get to go home to rest up since I’ll be going out of town for the next couple of weekends in a row.
As much as I love being at school, it was nice to be away from campus for a few days, get a little more sleep than I usually do, have a fully stocked kitchen for cooking, and spend some time with my family.
On Thursday, I did my first day of a new internship at the lieutenant governor’s office. I’ll be interning there during some of my school breaks, which fits really well with my political science & public policy majors. The first day went well- lots of normal intern-type things. I’ve also had to start venturing into the world of professional clothes. Given my love for stretchy pants, you can probably imagine that I wasn’t super psyched about it, but so far, I’ve been able to find cute and reasonably comfortable professional clothes (although I’d like to have a conversation with whatever dummy came up with the idea of pointed-toe heels). I’m holding off on buying a suit, but I’ve resigned myself to the fact that it’ll have to happen soon.
On Thursday night, I went to a night premiere of a new film, Woodlawn, with my family. It’s based on the true story of what happened to a high school football team in Birmingham during the period of racial integration through a spiritual revival, and it was really interesting. Definitely worth watching!I recruited my super handy dad to help me with a DIY project, so we spent some time together at Home Depot.
Any guesses as to what I was making? Hint #1: I took the back of a hammer to this board just before I stained it…Hint #2: I plan to use it for something blog-related. Here’s the finished product:My dad, brother, sister and I also went hiking at Umstead State Park one afternoon. I love this park because my high school cross country team drove here every Saturday morning for all of our long runs. So many great memories! The weather was absolutely perfect for our hike here, too. Speaking of weather, the weather for running over the weekend was incredible. 40-50 degrees is my ideal running temperature, so I took advantage of the perfect weather to do a few long-ish runs. Typically, my runs at school are cut short either because of schedule constraints or my own sleep-deprived zombie-like state, so running on 7-9 hours of sleep instead of my normal 5-6 and having fewer time constraints made a world of difference in how I felt.
A few weeks ago, I remember telling my running buddies that I wasn’t sure how much I loved running anymore (crazy talk for me!), but this past week really affirmed how much I still love it. I just need to get enough sleep so I can enjoy it– and the cool fall weather doesn’t hurt, either. I took advantage of the weather to do a few 6-milers and a 7-miler, which has been a little rarer these days. I also spent some quality time with the pup on some longer walks on a nearby greenway. Let’s see…we also got family pictures taken one day, and I’m excited to see how they turn out. I’ll have to share a few when we get them back.
I did very minimal studying all weekend and I think the break was really beneficial for me, plus it allowed me to spend more time with my family. I did spend one afternoon studying with the perfect set-up and got so much work done because it was justtt cold enough outside to motivate me to work quickly so I didn’t have to spend all day outside!
Like always, I enjoyed having a fully-stocked kitchen where I can cook, plus my mom is an incredible chef. I made omelets or something similar to this veggie egg scramble with salsa most mornings.For lunches, I switched things up from my typical cold packed lunches with either leftovers or delicious sandwiches like this toasted turkey sandwich with melty muenster cheese, a random craving that totally hit the spot.I also enjoyed some of my mom’s cooking for a few of our dinners.
My mom’s famous spaghetti sauce atop whole grain fettuccine noodles
Since I consider it practically sacrilegious not to make lasagna after we make homemade spaghetti sauce, I made lasagna the next night. It was 8 p.m. so the picture quality may be lacking but it was delish. Fajita chicken salad with tomatoes, carrots, cucumber, sauteed veggies, and guac
And we celebrated my brother’s 18th birthday on Sunday night with grassfed steak and green beans, per his request. My family has been successfully following a pretty strict clean eating lifestyle for the past month or two, but they made a few exceptions this past weekend for me to get my pasta fill and for my brother to have a birthday cake. I made a hummingbird cake, which is an old Southern Living recipe. It’s a banana cake with pineapple and pecans and it has cream cheese frosting. Even though I’m more of a chocolate girl, I love this cake.I like to think of my style of cake decorating as “rustic.”
My roommate from last year, along with a few other friends, is starting the Whole30 plan this week and I’m joining in on the 30 days of clean eating starting today, so I won’t be eating desserts, processed foods, etc. My goal is to use it as a healthy eating “reset” and gradual lifestyle shift rather than some type of temporary diet. Wish me luck!
Questions for you:
Are you a DIYer?
What’s your ideal running temperature or ideal outside temperature in general?
Have you ever done Whole30 or a similar clean eating plan?