The Idiot

Today was a very productive day! It started bright and early with a 7am wake up call and a hearty, delicious breakfast.

IMG_3892I figured out that putting the peanut butter on top of my oatmeal while its still hot is SO much better than stirring it in while it cooks. You can taste it so much more and every bite has a little ribbon of creamy, melty deliciousness.

After breakfast I finished up my psychology research paper. It took much longer than it should have due to many breaks and general distractedness, but around lunchtime I finally finished and ran out to run some errands (after eating a bowl of quinoa and an apple).

IMG_3901I mailed Halley her climbing shoes, sent the rest of the money I owed to the people who I bought the bed from, and returned some things from Target. Then I came home and relaxed for a bit before heading to my transfer student meeting on campus.

As I was sitting outside the lecture hall before the meeting, two people walked up to me. Feeling super social, I introduced myself right away to the woman and was super smiley and sweet. I then proceeded to ask her the name of her dad.

Who turned out to be her husband.

Why???

tumblr_inline_mhrsry5e5X1qz4rgpThen we had to sit there for like ten minutes and wait for the meeting to start. That wasn’t awkward at all. Once the meeting was over, another wave of incompetence hit me and I was totally unable to find my way home. This is not a large campus. See, there is a little park across from my house that I’ve never noticed before, so when I saw that park I thought I must be going the wrong way.

rD1J7gVI wandered around the empty campus for thirty minutes getting more and more turned around and hungry. Finally, I had to call my mother and she gave me step by step instructions on how to get home (she grew up in Missoula). Yep, almost twenty years old folks and my sense of direction has refused to kick in. Sheesh.

Once I was done being an absolute moron for the day, I spent the next hour enjoying my book in the newly discovered park outside my house! After munching on some almonds and a small bowl of cereal, that is.

IMG_3902At six I walked down to my cousin, Phoebe’s, house to join her at “out to dinner”, an event held in the park by the river downtown. It was a gorgeous night and I am still blown away by how beautiful this city/state is.

IMG_3903I had a pulled pork taco and a beef taco with spinach, salsa, guac, and pepper jack cheese. Holy yum!! After dinner we walked around downtown for a bit to soak in the evening before calling it a night.

IMG_3905When I came home I had a really fun and long conversation with my roommate Madi. She’s  awesome! Now I’m off to bed, I have an entire day of orientation tomorrow. Lets see how that goes, shall we?

Test Day

I was up before 8 today which was a nice change of pace. Usually I wake up around 8:15 so having a little extra time in the morning felt nice! Even though it was already hot outside, the blueberries in the freezer and the banana on the counter were just begging to be incorporated into a bowl of oatmeal.

IMG_2430_2Two cups of coffee and this oatmeal later…I was already sweating. Then we took the dog out for a walk and I got even hotter! Yay for ice water! It really cools you right back down. Summer here is sort of like winter in Montana in that you really can’t go outside a lot of the day. The nice thing about summer, though, is that it’s still cool in the morning and at night. In winter it’s just 100 percent cold 100 percent of the time. Boo.

I have to take a psychology test today. It opened up yesterday at 10 am and is due tomorrow at midnight. I don’t think it’s going to be hard and it’s all open book but I’m just completely unmotivated to start. I’ll get it done this afternoon! Starting is the hardest part.

tumblr_inline_mn6exubNFz1rnvwt1Have a great afternoon!! 😀

Of possible interest: 

This is your brain on coffee.

I found this article really interesting! Drinking three cups of coffee a day (small cups) is actually proven to be very beneficial for your health. Keep in mind that Starbucks fancy drinks do not count, it needs to be plain coffee with a splash of skim milk or almond milk. I knew there was a reason I loved coffee so much! 😀

L is for the way you look at me

big_red_heartHappy Valentine’s Day y’all! Thank you for being awesome and reading my little blog when you get the chance. It’s been a fun project for me and hopefully for you too!

In order to be a stereotypical blogger this morning, I finally tried overnight oats! I used Kath‘s recipe and modified it. In the bowl last night I threw 1/3 cup organic vanilla yogurt, 1/3 cup rolled oats, 1/3 cup almond milk, and one banana. This morning I awoke with breakfast done!

photo-35When I first woke up, I thought “blah what have I done? I hate yogurt for breakfast. And I want something warm.” Plus, it looks pretty nasty so I tried the teeniest bite. It is so good. The bananas make it taste like banana pudding and when you throw some peanut butter in there its like heaven in your mouth. Plus it’s crazy healthy. Try it out!!

I’m feeling alllllmost all better and I’m debating whether or not to workout or to give it one more day. Eek! Regardless, my day shall be full of tons of calc studying and a club meeting tonight.

What is your favorite breakfast? Do you like sweet or savory things in the morning? 

For me, sweet all the way. I tried to make scrambled eggs with peppers the other day and was gagging while eating them. TMI, I know, sorry. Guess I’ll stick with egg tacos for dinner!

Quick, healthy oatmeal

Happy December! I figured to ring in the holiday month I would share with you one of my most favorite breakfasts. It’s hot, it’s delicious, it’s versatile, and it is low calorie and healthy! My sister, Halley, shared this recipe with me and now I’ll pass it along to you. Here’s what you’ll need:

1/3 cup oats, 2/3 cup vanilla almond milk, 1/3 cup water, a banana, and cinnamon.

IMG_1041Chop up the banana into tiny pieces in the bottom of your saucepan.

IMG_1042On top of the banana, add your 1/3 cup oats and sprinkle generously with cinnamon.

IMG_1043Pour in your 2/3 cup almond milk and 1/3 cup water until everything is covered. Place on a stove at medium high heat (my stove is pretty wimpy so if yours isn’t I’d stick with medium!)

IMG_1044Let the oatmeal cook uncovered until it begins to simmer, about 5-7 minutes.

IMG_1046Once your oatmeal begins to simmer (it starts smelling delicious at this point) turn down the heat to medium and stir constantly until it reaches a thick, creamy texture. Yum! Now it’s done and you can add whatever toppings you want! I went for a spoonful of peanut butter this morning to get some healthy fats and protein.

IMG_1049This breakfast rings in at 360 calories (with the peanut butter topping) and keeps you warm and full on cold winter mornings. Doesn’t get much better than that! Here’s a printable version if you want to try it out 🙂

PicMonkey SampleWhat’s your favorite healthy breakfast?

This is one of mine and I also love egg sandwiches!