school is now out, and i am completely relishing my F R E E D O M. it feels so good to come home from work and not have homework and tests looming over my head. ah summer! i’m actually starting some online classes soon… but giving myself at least a week to recuperate before diving into gen ed classes i should have taken years ago. (groan)
so april, yeah? it was great. in fact, i think april is quickly becoming one of my favorite months due to the new LIFE that just springs up out of the depths of winter. shedding a jacket for the first time has got to be among one of the best feelings ever, even if it is only 40 degrees outside. i swear- that first time you feel the sun on your back it doesn’t matter how hard the wind is blowing it is pure EUPHORIA!
so this month i ate a lot of green stuff. these are collard wraps i concocted filled with quinoa, tomato, avocado, garlic, chickpeas, and loaded with salsa. not bad…. but ice cream still tastes better. // speaking of things that taste better, brick oven veggie pizza beats out collard wraps, too. // evie playing a train that i used to play with when i was probably her age… the sound that sucker makes will never die! // cold, rainy days on campus with low fog that makes you super thankful for sunny days ahead.
april was school CRUNCH TIME. many nights my roommates and i would all sit around the kitchen table with out own laptops “studying” and i would often resort to just painting my nails because lets be honest here- you can only study so much stuff about infectious diseases in one night! // i’ve been eating spring rolls. they don’t taste like ice cream either, unfortunately. // my roommate is getting married tomorrow! we bought her this gigantic bowl she wanted so badly from crate and barrel. // i made it an april goal to learn how to do the splits, meaning stretching every day. this was as far as i got before i probably pulled something and put that dream on hold…
yellow mole tacos from taqueria 27. they were….. alright. cool concept, though. //when i go to hailey’s house my favorite part (besides seeing her, of course!) is drinking out of this HUGE big gulp cup KISS cup. it is just the perfect cup i tell you! // i’ve been experimenting with natural beauty products… read: i use baking soda for everything, and it is great for cleaning your face. try it! you just put about 2 teaspoons in your hand, mix enough water to form a paste, then put it all over your face, then rinse it off. // this is some lemon walnut kale pesto i whipped up when i probably should have been studying for something. it made me miss emily scoggin’s pesto skills.
this, my friends, is what a 7 AM final looks like. the tests are in that envelope. i forgot to write my name on my test and my teacher had to email me like i was in 1st grade again. oy! // i wore these running tights to take a final at the testing center, and the workers told me that i was breaking the rules because “leggings are against the honor code”. can my immodest legs and i graduate yet? // SPRING! i like sunday walks and i like seeing spring colors. i don’t, however, enjoy the putrid stench of the fish trees. // my married pals. i tell ya what
i got rico all tuned up and ready to ride! he is happy. so am i. // kelsey thompson became kelsey nielsen! they’re partying in hawaii right now. i am jealous // the inside of the joseph smith building at temple square. i totally fell asleep waiting in one of the big comfy chairs// say hello to the new mrs. nielsen flanked by her totally awesome single friends.i got to go to TRADER JOE’S while i was waiting between wedding and festivities, and so i bought some of my favorite things, namely kettle corn, apples, white bean basil hummus, sun dried tomatoes, and some roasted seaweed snacks! seriously, these things… and i don’t want to hear about how gross they look because they’re absolutely delish. // there’s tulips out my front window! this fact basically sealed the deal that this apartment is my favorite place i’ve ever lived. // not every day you see a guy driving a scooter in a toga… // i went to the library and began my summer reading list today. i probably bit off more than i can chew… but whatever. i really can’t wait to dive in.
one of my friends and i went to check out a new thrift store on center street to find this gem: brigham young drinking bourbon. classy. // i have this awful habit of filling up jars with water, then only drinking a little and letting them sit there forever. as you can tell, this was day three of studying// after finals ended i let myself break out the candied almonds my family bought me from spain. oh, they’re delicious. i miss spain! // my car broke down multiple times. cars! i tell ya!
as far as other things, i’m currently…..
reading: well… nothing yet. the closest i came to reading anything this month thanks to finals was text books and twitter feeds. next month will be my shining reading moment
watching: food network. seriously, chopped is my relaxation tool. also i went to see this really awesome documentary called girl rising. when i think about complaining about school, the realization of just how lucky i am to even have the opportunity to learn smacks me right in the face.
listening to: this song was my favorite and the video is just great. also, a lot of NPR and coverage about the boston bombing. seriously, i was hanging onto every single word.
eating: that dang white bean and basil hummus from trader joes. if it isn’t served in heaven then i am not going (good news! i found a copycat recipe HERE!) . also, mighty maple peanut butter from the peanut butter co. and a lot of green smoothies. i like this recipe. also, tempeh. this sandwich with the sun dried tomato pesto is phenomenal.
have a happy may! since school is out i hope i can get around to posting more? (don’t get your hopes up, invisible readers