running with Brandon is one of my favorite things to do.
I worked out 4 days last week
Time to break the foam roller back out
Vanilla shakology with frozen strawberries and a smidge of coffee
Weekend walk with my old roommate
Quesadilla and salad for lunch. I have been adding bell pepper, tomato and onion tops to my quesadillas lately.
Homemade lunchables!!! Less expensive and healthier!
Post workout crazy hair
Artemis loves riding in the car. Normally she is relegated to the back seat or laying down in the front but we were parked so she stood up.
The bathroom no longer looks this bad which is amazing
The kitchen is slowly coming along, I got all the top cupboards cleaned
We have a tub!!!! We carried that tub back and forth several times to make sure everything would be right when he mortared it in. I got very lucky with this guy, he is amazing! Doing this whole thing himself.
she is finally starting to feel a little more comfortable in the house, coming out to explore a little more instead of staying tucked in the corner.
the floor we chose for the bathroom, its tile!
I got one of the bottom kitchen cupboards cleaned and painted. There were at least 3 different layers of wall paper/contact paper glued in there.
Free fridge from Brandon’s parents. We got really lucky with this one. Its in good condition too.
Building a little half wall behind the tub.
and step 1 for my coffee bar, a new (to us) Keurig!!!! I got it slightly used on amazon but it came in the original box and had the filters and stuff still so it was barley used and I got it for $50 bucks less than the same one new.
I have given notice to my roommates, I now need to be fully moved out by the 15th of March. Sh*t just got real!!!!!
(image from google)
Happy President’s day! I hope that you unlike me have a paid day off today and are enjoying it.
I made it to the gym twice last week!!! Woohoo!!! Sunday and Monday I went after work and got in 2 miles each day for a total of 4 miles!
This coming week might be a little tricker, I got a cold from my roommate so I am fighting that off as well as having 2 tests and a quiz this week. I am not sure how this is going to go. I also want to get a load or 2 of stuff taken to the new house.
My eating has definitely been better this week, I only ate out twice. Once I had an egg McMuffin at McDonalds and immediately regretted it, my stomach did not like it and on Saturday I had subway at the new house which was good.
That was my week. I am so excited to get moved into our new place, then even if I cant make it to the gym or don’t feel 100% I can still do a quick 20 min workout because I will have space and a clean place to do it. I also can’t wait to have a fully functioning kitchen!!!
but since I missed the 1st week while I was in Reno helping take care of all my brother’s stuff it is my first week. How, I don’t know if ironic is the right word, that I didn’t take a fall quarter class because I would miss the first week due to my Europe cruise and here I have missed it anyways. I of course talked to my lecture and lab professor (a different teacher for each) and let them know I would miss the first week, they were both understanding. My professor emailed me on Thursday and let me know there would be a quiz on Tuesday; since I got home Thursday evening and picked my book up Friday I decided to go ahead with the quiz instead of waiting, no sense in falling even farther behind.
On Tuesday after work I went straight to school to use the hour and a half-ish that I had to study for the quiz, I had done about an hour and a half of studying previous to this but since I hadn’t been to lecture I only had a vague notion about what I needed to study. The professor has office hours before class so I stopped in to introduce myself and make sure I had studied at least some of the correct things. I got a 4/5 on the quiz which is great when you think I hadn’t even been to class but slightly depressing when you realize that is only an 80%. But it is ok. Since I am still adjusting to being back and hadn’t adjusted to school yet I ended up getting panda express after talking to my professor and before class. I tried to stay away from the carbs that would make me sleepy. I got a small mushroom chicken, small beef and broccoli and small kung pao chicken.
Wednesday was a planning day, now that I have the syllabus it is time to plan out the quarter. I put reminders in my phone about tests, quizzes, and any other due dates. I also updated the calendar in my room. and did an in-depth weekly break-down. Now it is time to do any prep-work for my lab on Thursday. On Thursday again I go to school right after work to get any more prep-work I need to do and if I am ready for lab then I start on next weeks reading and work. Since I only have about 2-2.5 hours between work and school I decided the best use of that time is to just go to school and get uninterrupted studying done. At home there are too many distractions and on the weekends I am with Brandon and would like to study as little as possible when I am with him (obviously during midterms/finals that doesn’t count hahahaha)
Thursday is my first lab (well I already missed one) you can drop one lab so my first was my dropped lab, this means I have to buckle down with my labs and focus. I tend to get a little impatient in labs and rush so I need to really not do that this quarter since I already have the 1 dropped lab. And of course there aren’t many grades available in lab, there is usually a score for the whole lab which means you only get about 10 things going toward your over-all grade, that makes each grade very important.
And with that my week is over!!! I got to sleep in this morning and it’s my Saturday; and technically my 2nd week of class is already over, only 9 weeks left. Oh boy this is going to fly by, I better start studying!! and did I mention that I have been to 1 class and have a midterm on Tuesday!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Something I am going to do this weekend is get food for school/study time. As I discovered this week (and throughout the last year) I like to munch and graze while I study and in class, as I realized this I remembered that I used to make fruit and cheese plates to eat while I studied so I am going to start doing that again. That is the best thing for me to eat and do during the about 10 hours a week I will spend on campus. I think fruit, nuts and cheese will be the main staple. I might through crackers in from time to time and a protein bar here and there but that should work really well for me……and my waistline and budget as I found out this week hahaha.
Hopefully next week I will have a house update for you.
This weekend Brandon and I used a Groupon that I had bought a few months ago to do an escape room.
Basically they lock you in a room for an hour and you have to try to solve all these puzzles to unlock the door (you are on camera the whole time in case you freak out or something). I wasn’t sure how it was going to go but I LOVED it!!!! It was so much fun! But I love doing puzzles so that is probably why I enjoyed it so much. It was a pricier date at 30 bucks a pop but we both had fun and I think another one will be in our future at some point. Since I had bought this a few months ago we didn’t spend any money today which was nice.
I was starving after words and hadn’t had sushi in months so we went to a sushi place with those tracks where you can just pull things off the conveyer belt. These work great for me when I am starving because you can eat as soon as you sit down, they don’t work great when your boyfriend doesn’t really like sushi and is asking what everything is and you only know some of it.
The 2nd day of our weekend my boyfriend woke up before me (which almost never happens but I got up at 3am to take friend to the airport then came back home and passed out) he went to the store and got everything to make us French Toast! Awesome morning. Then he proceeded to do all the dishes in the kitchen while I laid on the couch and watched Criminal Minds.
Then he was a great sport and took me to see Pitch Perfect 3!!!! Yay!!!!! I love these movies, they are so fun! This one didn’t disappoint and I loved the way that it ended. After the movie we headed home for a quite night of dinner and we watched ‘The Santa Clause.’ It was a great weekend but definitely a more expensive one that we normally have.
Best Boyfriend ever or what?
Monday- 4 miles and an attack dog when I got home. She attacks with kisses.
Delicious chicken tacos for dinner.
Tuesday- Some mild strength training in the house. Dinner was the last of my chicken tacos. 3 sets of 10 of the following (using 3lbs weights cause that’s all I had at home):
Single leg deadlifts, bicep curls, shoulder presses, chest flys, and walking lunges.
Wednesday- I am actually sore from that tiny little workout yesterday! 5 miles at the gym. 3 regular miles and 2 miles of sprints. .25 miles sprinting, .15 miles recovery. I wanted to die a little bit.
Thursday- walk with the dog and relax. I needed rest.
Friday- 3 miles with core work. I had sushi for lunch, which I love and is delicious but I tend to overeat so I was still bloated 4 hours later when we went to the gym. It took a little while to get these 3 miles done.
Saturday- Rest day
Sunday- Rest day
Total miles this week: 12! Nice improvement over last week, slowly inching those miles up!
We have a little bit of morning in Barcelona, like just enough to sleep in and have some coffee and a pastry while people watching before we head to the airport. We depart just after 1 and land in LAX around 10pm hahaha, and yet we will be traveling for almost 17 hours.
This was the only photo I took hahahaha. At this point I was tired. We ate lunch at the airport then boarded the flight to Amsterdam, it was about 2.5 hours then we hurried through Amsterdam because we had about 1.5 hours to make our connection and had to go through passport control. But we made it. Then started the long 11ish hour flight. I didn’t want to sleep since we would be getting into LA at night and I wanted to be able to get back on normal time. I watched like 5 movies. We landed in Salt Lake City with 1 hour and 5 minutes to deplane, get through customs, get our bags, recheck our bags and get the third person in our party a boarding pass because for some reason we couldn’t print their last boarding pass in Barcelona and go back through security…….we made it by some miracle however Carra’s and I’s bags did not because we got them checked only about 40 minutes before the flight took off. Thankfully we were already staying overnight in LA so we just picked them up the next day.
We got off the plane spent about 40 minutes waiting for our bags then learning that they didn’t make the plane, then we boarded a shuttle to our hotel, got checked in and walked next door to McDonald’s then ate in our room and passed out for about 5 hours. \
We woke up early, got back to the airport, got our bags and got on the plane to finally get home…….are we there yet????
Today is our full day in Barcelona and we are going on a tour!
First let’s touch on the Catalonian referendum that was going on. This was Sunday, the day of the vote. We drove by this on the way out of town on the cruise, it was a demonstration. If you haven’t heard of the referendum, Google it. It was very interesting to be here for this……a little nerve wracking as well, we were on high alert the whole time, no way was I going to be caught in the middle of a riot.
We headed out of town about an hour into the mountains to visit a monastery.
It was like a mini little city, there was a hotel and a hostel and a little restaurant
That is the funicular to the top of the mountain.
Inside part of the monastery.
This was supposed to be the most powerful spot, geothermal waters run under it and the original church stood in this spot.
Lots of candles
The mist was pretty, it started to burn off as we climbed down.
Back in town, people gathered in a plaza to keep apprised of the situation.
Gelato and a church!
there is a fair type place near the water, we went and rode the ferris wheel
Today we disembark the ship! The ship docked at 5am in Barcelona. I slept in until 7:30am. Everyone but me is taking a dis-embarkment so i need to figure out what I want to do. Once we get settled into our apartment its time to start cramming in those sights to see again!
I got off the ship and took the bus from the ship/port to the actual town then started walking around to find where everyone else would get let off their tour.
On the way I happened to find the Starbucks!!! And got my 3rd you are here mug!
Then I stopped and had espresso and a croissant then met up with the others and dropped our bags at our residence then headed back out.
By then it was snack time and I may have gotten an espresso with vanilla gelato in it!!!! It was delicious
Time for sightseeing!
Nice view of the city and ocean beyond
Amazing bakery we stumbled upon.
This empanada was so good and only 1 Euro!
Sagrada de famillia