Um, hello?


Hi y’all! I seriously lost my mojo at the end of last semester. Although we have summer classes, I’ve just allowed myself to take it easy the past two months. We’ve been busy, but I feel so refreshed! I don’t think I really let myself acknowledge how exhausting the spring semester was (18 papers and 6 presentations!!!) until I was done because otherwise I would have been really overwhelmed. But I guess I just needed a hard stop when it did end!

So what’s happened the last couple of months? My grandmother turned 90 and I was able to travel home to celebrate that event with family. She is still going strong and I really love every opportunity I have to visit with her. Interviews and placements for my internship happened — I got a spot with my top site, so I’m very excited about that. My sister and her family came to visit (three kids!) for about a week and that was fun and exhausting. Michael and I got some work around the house and yard taken care of, though as ever there is more to do. I’ve also been taking time for self-care specifically as regards my diet and general health. I got way off track in eating this past year and want to get that under control. I’ve started logging in daily on MFP and am incorporating new baby steps every couple of weeks or so. I’m going slowly because I really want these habits to stick.

When I say I took a hard stop, I meant it — I’ve just started picking back up my blog reading and catching up on what is going on! I guess I’ll get back into the swing of things in not too long. Right now I’m typing this in a power outage — we’ve had crazy storms today (even crazier than a normal Florida June) and while the storm seems to have abated over us at least, our power was a victim. I had soup on the stove. Kind of exasperating.

Anyway, in the spirit of improved health and better habits, here is my general meal plan for this week. I think we are going to have to modify tonight, though, because of the power outage.

  • Japanese Pork & Ramen Soup — the recipe is for the slow cooker, but I make it on the stove. Where it currently sits half-finished while we wait for the power to return. I think I should be ok with storing it at the current stage and finishing it up tomorrow with the noodles and veggies. But still. Irritating.
  • Beef & Bean Taco Bowls, Cole Slaw
  • Rosemary Lemon Chicken Skewers, Lemon & Feta Quinoa, Cucumber & Tomato Salad
  • Horseradish Tilapia, Crispy No-Oil Roasted Potatoes, Garlicky Green Beans

8 thoughts on “Um, hello?

  1. Welcome back, I have missed you! I’m glad you’re both OK and that you just needed a break. Congrats on surviving your semester and on landing your internship where you really wanted to intern!

    1. Hi Nathalie! There were a few moments where survival seemed touch and go, but I made it to the other side. 🙂 I’ve been catching up with your blog — you’ve been busy!

    1. Hi Bless, thank you for thinking of me! All is well, just needed a good break. We were out of power for about 3.5 hours. Funny how long that seemed.

  2. Happy to hear from you. and know that everything is well in your corner of the world. I understand the need for a hard break. Wonderful news on your internship.

    1. Hi Susan! Thanks — I’m looking forward to starting the internship — although I am also planning to fully enjoy the next two months, too!

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