Thursday, April 28, 2011

Another let down

So after going home this past weekend for Easter (which was a much needed break), no running or really healthy eating happened!

I haven't been feeling well lately, I've had stomach issues and digestion problems. Plus the weather has decided to be confused (one day it's sunny and warm then the next day is cold and snowy/rainy).

I promise, promise, promise that running and healthy eating will continue once I figure out these "problems" going on!!

In the mean time I'll be keeping up with all your journeys!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Easter Weekend!

Just to let you know I'm back to my old healthy self! After being out for 2 days last week, it was tough getting back into a routine, but once the homework and laziness kicked in I knew it was getting better!
This weekend I will be going back to my hometown for a LONG weekend! And I'm making sure I get back on the roads for some runs!

I'll keep you all posted!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sick, sick, sick...UGH!

I have been out of commission literally for the past 3 days! After a wonderful weekend away house/dog sitting, the pain in my stomach just hit me...like a brick! I went to one of my classes Tuesday morning and came back to "nap"-which turned into sleeping pretty much the whole day!


I don't know what I have, which is the most frustrating part! I have stomach cramps, nausea and don't really have an appetite. No vomiting or other bodily functions, just tired and uncomfortable!

Of course this would all happen once the weather starts getting warm enough to walk/run outside!!!

Well hopefully I'll be on the mend this weekend, and will be back in ACTION next week!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

What a joke!

I feel like such a joke right now!
I met up with some of my Lutheran Campus Ministry friends for a spiritual run on Saturday that we had planned a few weeks ago! Two of the girls were joking about how they were going to be in the back of the pack...well let me just tell you I was the only one in the "back of the pack"!

So much so, that only about 10 minutes into the run, all 7 other runners were WAY ahead of me! I'm used to just a nice easy jog starting out...but they took off like speedsters...almost like they were trying to keep up with the marathoner leader (he's currently training for a marathon)! Even if I had put all my effort into running, I don't think I would have caught up with them! I couldn't keep up so I went back to the starting point and "went to the bathroom" or at least that was the excuse I told everyone when they got back 20 minutes later! 

I'm disappointed in myself...
I feel embarrassed...
I'm mad at myself...

Here's a picture of how I felt after the run:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

SNOW DAY=Laziness

Even though I don't have class on Wednesdays, our school called a "Snow Day" after noon today! I was working on campus and decided to leave around lunch time!

The snow was horrible to walk through. It was slushy and slippery! I was just thinking the other day that I could get my bike dug out back into action!
The weather man lied...we were supposed to get 3-5 inches, but there's sooo much more!
Even though the title of the post indicates laziness, I wasn't that lazy today! I felt like I got a workout just walking through the slushiness! I walked a few blocks down to Kwik Trip with my roommate Julie since we were hungry. Both of us were upset with the weather, since it's supposed to be Spring!
I was supposed to be frowning
 I plopped in the snow for a little while. For some reason I enjoy just plowing through the snow without a care in the world...ok, ok I feel so powerful with my AWESOME snow boots!
The snow is a perfect resting spot
After dinner I was going to go to a Lent service at the church about 15 minutes away, only to remember that the public schools had been closed today as well and when the schools are closed the church services are canceled! Well at least I got about 30 minutes of a slushy, slippery, wet, snowy walk in!

I completed all my homework earlier today so I've been catching up on my Cosmo and Fitness magazines for the majority of the night! One thing I'm trying to focus on is finding some races around the Madison, WI area for this summer :)

Also I'm watching the trashy reality show Real World: Las Vegas and looking up some new recipes to try!

Tomorrow I'm planning on getting on the treadmill and really working up a sweat!!

Hello Spring?! Where did you disappear to?!

In great ol' Wisco aka the frozen tundra, I think Mother Nature is a little confused!

On Monday it was 45 degrees, then all of a sudden yesterday it was snowing/hailing, thundering, lightning, and super windy?! Yes all in the span of a few hours!

Today I would say we have a good 6 inches! And it's still coming down!



Did Mother Nature not get the memo that Spring started on March 21st?!

Has the weather where you live been seasonally confused too?!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

LIFE IS GOOD :D



 I'm back from my Habitat for Humanity Spring Break Trip in Elgin, IL! It was a blast! I learned soooo much on the build sites and had the opportunity to hang out/get to know some AWESOME people! The church that hosted us for the week was AMAZING as well, since we had to scramble the week before when we thought that the trip was going to be canceled.

We left on Saturday the 12th and came back on Saturday March 19th. Monday was a free day so some of our group jumped on the Metra for an hour train ride to CHICAGO!! Tuesday-Saturday was when we spent most of the day at the builds, but had down time to hang out and play games with everyone once we got back to the church. There's a variety of pictures all mixed up below of Elgin, Chicago, and the Habitat work sites!

On a side note: I have a job for the summer!! I interviewed a few weeks ago for a bible camp called Bethel Horizons located by Madison, WI for the Retreat Center Coordinator!! After interviewing with the recruiter, I knew that's exactly where I wanted to work! So I'll be spending my summer in the middle of WI!!! I'm so excited to be able to just relax now the rest of the semester without having to worry about jobs too!

Now that the snow has pretty much melted, I'm also looking forward to running outside! Now if only the temps would cooperate!
All the girls in front of the flag!
Roomie Love <3

Riding the Metra to Chicago

On the lion in front of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rawr!

The gang in front of the BEAN! We were missing some people :(
Oh Navy Pier
Just hanging out with the children outside Navy Pier

I wish I could be this tall

Distorted Roomie Love <3
The "Rude" Restaurant. The waiters say snarky comments and can be rude, who thought of this?!

Our rude waiter with all our food
Looks like a traditional diner, but no manners!


My site's workers. The other half were at another site a few blocks away

H4H tool belt...creative shot

Rockin the safety glasses

Some of the crew cutting wood sub flooring

St. Patty's Day bowling

Downtown Elgin's playground!

Goofing around

We found this apron in the host church's kitchen!

Modeling the apron
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Our pastor came and kidnapped us for a coffee break
Modeling our masks! Funny how you still try to smile even though you can't see your mouth

Saturday, March 12, 2011

SPRING BREAK!!!

Just to let you all know I'm headed to Elgin, IL for my spring break! The reason I'm headed to IL is for Habitat for Humanity!

So that being said, I will be absent for until next Saturday or Sunday but...I WILL HAVE TONS OF PICTURES TO SHARE WITH YOU! I will miss reading all your blogs, though we may make it to a place with some Wi-Fi!

Have a great week and I look forward to sharing my trip with you!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

What do you get for being productive?!...

...I get to BLOG more often!!! I really feel like I have these amazing time management skills balancing work, homework, and leisure activities! This semester has been the most productive and managed time of my life!!!

Well anyway onto the fun FAT TUESDAY activities that occurred! We had a pancake and sausage feed...I ate a little TOO much!
Pancakes and sausages!
They had a whole variety of different colored beads right when we walked in the door! Each of us got two: I stuck with 2 of the traditional Mardi Gras colors, purple and gold. While we ate they were playing JAZZ music and it was sooooo enjoyable! I didn't get a chance to take a picture of my individual plate, but I did get a group shot of my table.
Wasn't really prepared for this pic!
For dessert they went all out too and had an ice cream bar!!! Three kinds of ice cream: chocolate and vanilla, mint chocolate chip, and just vanilla! The toppings they had were crushed Oreos, Butterfingers, M & Ms, and caramel, chocolate, strawberry, etc, etc!!!! I had a scoop of vanilla and a scoop of mint chocolate chip!
ICE CREAM & TOPPINGS!
Once everyone was finished with dinner and dessert, we headed up to the house's attic to make MARDI GRAS MASKS! I traced the template that was available and went crazy with my AWESOME paint skills! It took about a good 30 mins to create my masterpiece! Again I was feeling festive...HELLO it was FAT TUESDAY and I was feeling stuffed...so I stuck with the traditional colors!
All the goodies and festive colors!
Aw the creativity of college brains!
Traditional colors!!
I got home just in time for GLEE!!! I usually don't want it on my own, but I promised my roommate I would watch it with her! After that was done we waited for Teen Mom 2! I don't know what exactly it is about trashy MTV shows because my roommates and I LOVE them! Here we are with some expressions to express our concern for the young teen moms and just goofing off:
This is the sculpture our friend of the house gave us...random!
As you all read this you may be thinking...."how come she hasn't been running?" well I will be running once the weather starts to warm up and the snow melts, actually I'm thinking I will hop on the treadmill tomorrow! I have a busy day with lots of walking so a lot of times I count that for my exercise.

Wednesday
I worked today and even got to an Ash Wednesday service on campus that was put on by the ministry. I only rocked the ashes for about 30 mins, because I didn't want to get it all over my clothes. 
Rockin the ashes
I took a " nap" as in like 2 hours worth of sleep and woke up feeling too lazy to make any effort of a dinner! So instead of slaving over the stove, I simply put a chicken breasts with seasoning in the oven and microwaved some green beans. Along with that I enjoyed a piece of garlic toast (which was burnt from the pizza oven) with an OREO for dessert! For some reason I enjoyed some Lambrusco, which is a sweeter wine that I'm used to since my extended family drinks it at special occasions, and it has been sitting in my fridge since October. It's a huge bottle, so I have to use it sometime!
Such a lazy dinner, but it was DELICIOUS!
Today is another full day for me! One thing that I'm looking forward to is going to Caribou with my running buddy Rebecca! I haven't seen her for like 2 weeks, so I'm excited!

TGIT (Thank God It's Thursday)!!! Does anyone else feel like this week is dragging on?!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

HAPPY FAT TUESDAY EVERYONE!!!

Like I said before the beginning of my week is jam packed with events!!
Just a little inspiration!
 I painted (worked) for about 6 hours yesterday, ran home to spend 2 hours taking an online test with my roommate Shayna, and then headed to Lutheran Campus Ministries for our weekly Monday night dinner/discussion.
Here was my lunch:
Turkey, cheese, hummus sandwich, with leftover minestrone soup and salad
ON AN EXCITING NOTE: IT'S FAT TUESDAY!!! Tonight after working for a couple hours I'm heading to a breakfast feed in honor of Fat Tuesday! They're serving pancakes, sausage, and other types of breakfast food I'm assuming. I'm going to try to control myself and not eat too much, but I'M NOT MAKING ANY PROMISES! 

OH AND WE'RE GOING TO BE MAKING MARDI GRAS MASKS!!!!

I'll be sure to take lots of pictures to share!

Do you have any big plans for Fat Tuesday?!