Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Top 5 Tuesday: Stuck Like Glue

Haven't done a Top Five Tuesday in a while! With lots to do and a major need to crank it all in order to fit everything in during my last week at TCU I'm resorting to some major playlists, and songs on repeat, to get me through.

Top Five Songs I can't get out of my head...

Lady Gaga "Edge of Glory"

Coldplay "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall"

Lil Wayne "How to Love"

Jason Aldean "Dirt Road Anthem"--I can't get enough of the rapping part!

...and finally Sugarland "Stuck Like Glue" because we just played it in the office and now it really is stuck like glue...to my brain!

Monday, July 18, 2011

One [Sweet] Day

While thinking of a title for this post I couldn't help but insert the "sweet" in the middle of the book that I just read. Anyone else with me? Mariah...Boys II Men...great memories?

Ok, enough flashbacks. After seeing the preview for One Day when I went to see Bridesmaids with KC back in June I knew I was going to have to read the book. I was so glad it was summer time when I knew I'd actually have a chance to get it read in time for the August 19th premiere.

I then bought the book a few weeks back. The story is based on two friends, Emma and Dexter, who meet on the night of their college graduation. Which is oddly July 15th. It's set in England so I let it slide. The book then captures what's happening in their lives on that same day for the next twenty years. It was a little slow to start because it bounces around quite a bit but once I got hooked I couldn't put it down. It's definitely left me super excited to see the movie, and KC read the book as well so we can go see it together in a few weeks. 

Anne Hathaway is one of my favorites, and I fell in love with Jim Sturgess in Across the Universe (which if you haven't seen, go do it--right now!) so I really look forward to seeing the both of them together on screen. Too bad Sturgess won't be doing any singing this time, but glad they'll still have him with his yummy British accent. I encourage you to grab a copy of David Nicholls' One Day and zoom through in time for the movie next month, it's going to be a good one!

Here's a little sneak peak of the book I pulled from Nicholls' website... 

'I can imagine you at forty,' she said, a hint of malice in her voice. 'I can picture it right now.'
He smiled without opening his eyes. 'Go on then.'
15th July 1988. Emma Morley and Dexter Mayhew meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways.
So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year which follows?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Have Your [pan]Cake and Eat It Too!

This morning I had a lovely Skype chat with this guy...
Mr. Charming just thinks he's so funny doesn't he?

...and I can't wait for him to come back to Ft. Worth in just over a week and then begin our half cross country road trip back to GA! Anyways, the point of this is that by the time we were finished and then I went to the gym, the dining hall was just about closed for lunch. 

Knowing I have barely any food in my kitchen, I don't want to spend money, or really go buy food since I'm leaving in a week and a half, I set out to see if I could concoct a semi-decent meal from what I could find in the apartment. Luckily I succeeded! 

A serving size of Hungry Jack's Wheat Blends pancakes, 1/3 cup dry, equaled three perfectly sized little pancakes. That serving is 150 calories, and the rest of the nutrition facts aren't too bad either. Well I couldn't eat dry pancakes could I? My favorite pancake topping is definitely syrup. My favorite is Smucker's Blueberry Syrup, and I just found out a serving size has 44g of surgar--YIKES! Luckily I had Aunt Jemima's Butter Lite from the last time we made pancakes. The Aunty only costs 100 calories per serving, although there's still 25g of sugar. Oh well, I can't win every food battle. 

Carbs...check. Sugar...check. Next I searched for some protein and found some already cooked turkey sausage links in the fridge. While I've provided a Jimmy Dean picture because it's much more aesthetically pleasing, they were actually Kroger brand, and added up to 80 calories for two links. 

Looks like scrummaging through the apartment was the way to go, only 330 calories for that breakfast for lunch. I would have loved to add some fruit in the future, but hey I'll take what I can get. 

What are you favorite healthy options for breakfast, or breakfast for lunch...or dinner?

Friday, July 15, 2011

Pizza Pizza!

I've been striving to eat healthy lately especially after a binge of junky, fried, restaurant food I ate for two weeks while I had visitors in town. It definitely took a toll on my body and it was crazy to see the difference in how I felt when I started eating that kind of food again. Now I'm getting back on my good food train!

One thing that isn't helpful when trying to eat healthy is having a meal plan at TCU, I'm grateful for the free food, and Market Square has pretty good options...but it just makes it so tempting to eat bad things! Yesterday for dinner there was buffalo chicken, tomato alfredo and Hawaiian pizza. And it just looked too good. I've learned that for me I have to give into my cravings if I can or it'll take over my life. And true to to what I know about myself I sure thought about pizza all day long after going for a salad last night.

Never fear, I headed to Kroger after work and found something to settle my craving. If you're going to get a frozen pizza (or any food that comes from a box in that matter), you really need to look at the nutrition facts. First, always look for a thin crust pizza. Then, try to find a wheat or whole grain crust if you can. Next tip is to look at toppings. Meat is always going to add extra fat and grease. Bacon, pepperoni and sausage are the worst perpetrators. If you must, go for ham or chicken (grilled). The best toppings? Veggies of course!

After carefully looking through I chose Kashi's Roasted Vegetable Thin Crust Pizza.                                                   

The nutrition facts added up and a 1/3 of the pizza is only 250 calories! I was so hungry I ended up eating half and saved the rest for the weekend, but that still only cost me 375 calories. The crust was great, there was just enough cheese and the veggies were awesome. I could actually see the grill marks on the veggies and they genuinely tasted roasted, yum! I would give this pizza five stars and encourage you to try it, I bet the other varieties are just as great.

Had to take a pic, didn't think about it 'til I started eating (whoops) but look at the grill marks on that red pepper!

On this journey to eat healthier and feel better I just have to remember that I can have everything I want to eat. I just have to eat it in moderation and find good alternatives to give into my cravings. I could never go through life without pizza, cheeseburgers (living in the same town as Pawley's again is going to kill!), ice cream, brownies...pretty much anything with greasy, fatty, empty calories. I'm on a mission to find great alternatives to the foods I love and I'm going to share these all with you.

Have you found a healthier variety of pizza that you like? Please share because I'm definitely going to need more suggestions on this journey!

It All Ended, And I Missed It

First, my sincere apologies on being a slacker. I can't believe it's 15 days into the month and it's my first post for July. I guess you could say I've actually been living life...or just being lazy. I had many adventures on my visits from my parents and Mr. Charming, that will have to be saved for a later date.

The series we all (all should!) know and love, Harry Potter, took it's final bow last night and the curtain closed on a little piece of my adolescence. In the seventh grade I was introduced to HP and never looked back. I immediately read all of the books that were already published and then counted down the days every year until a new book would be released.

I savored every last word every time a new book came out, typically locking myself in my bedroom and not sleeping or eating until the book was finished. Sometimes this scared my mom, but she loves the books too so I think she understands.

As I began college I was worried that I wouldn't find friends at UNCW that enjoyed HP. Luckily I was completely wrong. I continued to read, see movies at midnight and begin new HP friendships. In addition to midnight movie showings, I've also gone to midnight book releases for the second half of the series.

Trying to finish "re-reading" Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince before getting the 7th book at midnight, 2007
The group awaiting Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows--in our glow & the dark glasses!
The bff, KMK and me, pumped with caffeine and our love for HP

You've now learned that yes, I am a little obsessed with the series, and also that I used to have very short hair. It was a bad decision and time in my life I don't typically like to discuss. 

Thrilled to work for my sorority, I realized that our training in the summer of 2009 would interfere with the premiere of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Getting worried that once again there would be no one else who liked HP, and that there wouldn't even be a theater in the town of Woodstock, VA (population 4000ish), I was relieved to find that the other consultants shared my love. And we saw HP in that little theater, in the little downtown of the quaint town of Woodstock, VA.

My dreams came true last summer when twelve days after it's opening my mom made plans for us to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios during our vacation in FL. Nearly. Peed. My. Pants. We got up extra early to be at the park an hour before it opened, and there was still a tremendous line. 

Hogsmeade with "snow" on the roof...in Orlando...in July
Hogwarts, with the best ride inside!
Enjoying a delicious swig of pumpkin juice with my sister
and a frothy butterbeer with Mom!

Of course the journey does not stop there. Yet again another chapter in my life had began and even though I had been proved wrong every time, I thought to myself "I hope people in my grad program like Harry Potter!" And sure enough...they did. 

With work the next day we all loaded up on caffeine and went to the midnight showing for Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. It was worth every bit of being a zombie for the next few days. 

Cool horcrux cake we saw at dinner before the movie--neat!
Waiting in line with KC & MG, we're pumped!

And as we all know...it didn't end there. While I wished for the longest time to re-read the 7th book before seeing the last movie, the spring semester stole my soul. Have I had time this summer? Yes. Unfortunately I still didn't do it. Alas though the last movie must still be seen. 

So how did I miss it all? Well in the wonderful world of residence life one must sometimes carry the duty phone and not leave campus, especially at night. While I could have looked for someone to cover the night, two of my intern friends are out of town so we're all going to go and see the movie on Monday. I'm of course sad to have missed the midnight "Harry Hype," the chanting, screaming and bantering that occurs in the theaters as midnight approaches. However, I'm glad to have gotten a full nights sleep, minus waking up to a 12:30am call that a sprinkler busted and was spewing water 20 feet in the air. I love my life.

Now I say goodbye. To a group of characters I sometimes felt I personally knew while reading. To characters I cried for when they were killed during the series. To a group of characters I "grew up with" and watched grow up, learn & fall in love with each other. 

Did you go see HP last night? How was it? Don't worry--you won't spoil anything for me!