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Year of the Panda

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you have all had a wonderful first two days of the year. Admittedly 2010 was a pretty rough year for my family and me, so I’m hoping that the new year will change things. I feel like 2011 is a blank slate, I have no idea where I’ll be in a few weeks/months. 2011 might be the year of the Rabbit in China, but I’m declaring it the year of the Panda. Hopefully I’ll have a new job soon, hopefully I’ll still be in DC, but honestly I feel like everything’s up in the air. It’s all been really certain school/career-wise for the past few years, so it feels strange to be job hunting again and really frustrating in this market, but hopefully something will turn up soon.

I’m not usually one to make resolutions. I can’t remember the last time I made one to be honest and I’m pretty sure I’ve never kept one. I vow to be different this year. So I’ve come up with a few that I hope to achieve and hopefully through this blog I can be held accountable:

1. Cook one new recipe a week. During grad school it was really difficult for me to have time to cook like I wanted to or what I wanted to. Now that I have a little more free time, I really hope to expand my cooking knowledge. I have an entire bookcase full of cookbooks, mostly ones that belonged to my dad, and I can’t wait to explore them and find some fun recipes to share with you all.

2. Run 3 races. Gretchen and I ran a 5k this past Thanksgiving and I got bit by the race bug. Since one of her goals is to run an 8k and a 10k, hopefully we can work together on  that goal.

3. Run 400 miles. Just typing that makes me shudder. I don’t think I’ve run 400 miles in my entire life, and I want to run it all in one year?!?! It really doesn’t seem that bad though when I think about it. It’s less than 8 miles a week. Whenever I go out to run, I don’t plan on running less than 2 miles, so I just need to get my ass outside a few days a week.

4. Read 20 books. I thought about this one for awhile. I wasn’t sure what would be a realistic goal for books. I haven’t been able to read for fun in so long. I decided on 20 though. I’m not reading Dr. Seuss after all. I’ll start counting as soon as I finish Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I guess I better hurry up and finish it…

5. I think Gretch made this resolution for me, but I will blog more. Now that I don’t have school to blame anymore, I don’t have any excuse and by blogging I can track my other goals, share recipes, write about my running, and review books that I’ve read. Thanks Gretch! Smile

Hope everyone else is looking forward to 2011 as much as I am!



Filed under Blog, Books, Exercise, Recipes

Who Am I?

For the record, I started writing this post on Thursday. Thursday. Sigh.

I was more productive Wednesday than I have been in a loooong time. Although not all of it had to do with school…in fact most of it didn’t. Most of the week I’ve been working on a paper that was due yesterday and I’ve been up pretty late every night. Now usually I go into the museum Wednesday mornings for my internship, but the internship gods (my supervisor) emailed me Tuesday night and said something came up and not to come in this week, just work from home. Best. News. Ever. I got to sneak in a few hours of sleep yesterday morning that I normally wouldn’t have and it made all the difference.

For as much as I’ve complained about the papers in my American Studies class, the class itself is super interesting. My professor is just full of random facts and finds really cool ways and different ways to look at objects. Plus, I don’t feel the pressure to participate in class like I did this summer. That was the worst. Kind of loving classes this semester even if I am busy and stressed all the time. I enjoy the content. I guess that makes it worth it, right?

Anyway, I came home from class feeling very much relieved. My paper was turned in and I could relax for a bit. Would I catch up on sleep? Nah. I decided to bake the pumpkin bread I’d been dreaming of (and whose ingredients I had been staring at) for the past week. I attempted another bread a few weeks ago and it was a massive failure. Luckily this one turned out perfectly! I got the recipe from this site and added pumpkin seeds to the top! Here are a few pictures:


Ready for the oven! Kidding!



Essential spices. Mmm smells like Fall!



Yummy pumpkin seeds



Blurry delicious end product

Unfortunately, I didn’t realize how blurry my bread pictures were until I uploaded them, and by then the bread was mostly gone. Oh well, hopefully you get the idea.


So after I finished baking the bread I actually wanted to go running. Who am I seriously? I hadn’t run in months, but it was gorgeous outside and I figured I should take advantage of it. The only disappointment was my Nike+ sportsband seems to be broken, so I couldn’t calculate my run like I wanted to. I also had never run since moving into our new place. I decided to run to Mike’s apartment to see if I could. The distance really isn’t that much. I don’t know how much really, maybe a mile and a half, but parts of it are very hilly and I am definitely not used to running on hills. I was really pushing myself towards the end, but I made it! And then I made Mike drive me home haha. Now that the weather is cooler I’m hoping to make time to run more often. I’m really pissed that my sportsband broke though. 😦 I’m hoping I can get some answers from Nike.

So, paper, class, baking, run, came home for some dinner, and then we decided to watch a movie. I passed out about 15 minutes into it. I must’ve worn myself out! I felt pretty accomplished with my day though, but I probably should’ve done a bit more school work. That’s what today is for though!

What’s your favorite fall food? If you’re a runner, what are some of your favorite songs to listen to while you run?


Filed under Exercise, Fall, Motivation, Recipes