What I’ve Been Up To

6 Mar

In photos…because I’m too lazy to compose any coherent prose.

2014-03-06 08.01.11Delicious oatmeal with chia seeds, flax seeds, roasted nuts, golden raisins and orange-flavored cranberries!

2014-03-03 18.19.21We’re making an effort to eat less refined carbs/processed foods, which means more homemade meals and less eating out. These stuffed bell peppers were so yummy, they made me almost forget about the French bread I was craving. Almost!

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In the meantime, I’ve been dreaming of Ethiopian food…
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And French Toast!

2014-03-04 17.43.28The other day my yoga teacher friend came to visit me and give me a private class. Then, we took her daughters to the Smithfield Outlets for a little shopping. I ended up buying this pineapple shirt and I pretty much haven’t taken it off ever since. It is so soft and comfy! And I only paid like 3 dollars for it! Also, I should clean my bathroom mirror before I post bathroom selfies on the Internet.

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A couple of weeks ago, I was home from school because SNOW, and I found myself looking at professional blenders online. I ended up buying this Ninja Blender, and it was totally worth it! Truth be told, I’ve gone a little crazy with it. I’m always trying to find excuses to use it.

I made “healthy” ice cream with it:

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 This is just frozen berries, half-and-half and stevia! So so so good!

2014-03-03 18.17.53And I also made these little date balls. I just blended a cup of Medjool dates and a half cup of roasted nuts (peanuts or almonds) and then made them into little balls. They sort of taste like one of those No-Bake peanut butter cookies. These are a great snack or dessert. I call them Pookie Balls!

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I know the South doesn’t get snow very often and thus, we shouldn’t complain when we do get it. But man, I’m sick of the snow, the freezing rain and the sleet. At first, it was like, “Yay, snow day!”. However, when you have to make up for those days by working late every single day, snow days somehow lose their appeal. This has indeed been a bitter cold winter. It’s made me never want to live the Northern US or Canada!

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Valentine’s Day Roses. Yes, flowers are not a practical gift. They can be expensive considering they don’t last long. But they’re pretty and they make me happy! Thank you Husband for understanding this!

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Yay for flowers!

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And for spouses that bring you breakfast on a tray on Sunday mornings.


But nay for husbands who play Call of Duty way too much. 2014-03-06 08.01.43

One of the things I want to accomplish this year is read more. I didn’t read much last year. The first part of the year I was too busy writing my thesis and the rest of the time, I was just burned out. I’ve been loving Donna Tartt’s books, especially The Goldfinch, which I loved so much, it inspired me to use the famous painting a my desktop cover.

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2 Responses to “What I’ve Been Up To”

  1. Angelina Ballerina March 11, 2014 at 6:52 am #

    I liked. Pics+description worked good for me and made me miss you more. Love you bunches PP.

    • Mangocita March 11, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

      I miss you too! So much!

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