Friday- This and That

by tessa8m on August 24, 2012

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Obligatory opening for a Friday post, Happy Friday :)

Not entirely sure what is in store for this weekend! My mom and I may be going to my brother’s house in NH for the day tomorrow, and I might be meeting up with some friends tonight in Boston and then Sunday it’s possible I am venturing onto a friend’s boat for a day on the ocean. All of these maybes are a bit annoying, but for various reasons no plans can be confirmed, so we shall see! Either way, I am going to enjoy a nice, relaxing summer weekend… only TWO left :( so have to make the most of it!

I have been doing a whole bunch of wordy, thoughtful (for me) posts this week and while I have certainly enjoyed them, I’m looking forward to today’s post… a time where I have some major brain unloading! Updates, news, randomness and such, and I have a busy but delightful day ahead of me, so let’s get to it!

1) I have been long overdue for a new pair of running shoes and I finally bought some new ones the other day!

These are Asics GT 2170 and while I usually purchase (and swear by) the Kayanos, I am trying out this much-less-expensive pair. While I am still not running too much (15-20 minutes SLOW here and there), I still desperately needed shoes, as my other Asics were literally ripping/falling apart. I am loving these so far, the cushion is just enough for me plus the colors are pretty fantastic if I do say so myself :)

2) One of the items we received in the swag back from HLS was these anti-wrinkle pad things that you put on your face for 20 or so minutes in “trouble areas”. Super random if you ask me, but I felt compelled to try them out anyway.

I consider those the areas I will have concerns about in the future, so I ought to start preventing them now eh?! ;)

3) Summer is coming to an end and therefore tis the season for another school year to begin for students out there, including myself who begins nursing September 5th. However, this year is different as I am attending a community college and therefore will be commuting. Can I just say how GLAD I am to not have to return to my undergrad school this year?!

I have seen tons of statuses on Facebook from friends in my grade saying how upset they are that college is officially over and the woes of not moving back this fall. I am certainly in the minority on this one, and I am simply relieved to not have to go back.

College was never really my thing, and having an eating disorder during it certainly didn’t help, but yes, I am glad to not be returning and instead starting nursing, moving on with my life and finally on the path to a career I have wanted for quite some time now. I am less than thrilled that I didn’t have the “typical” awesome-sauce college experience, but that doesn’t mean the next stage in my life will not make up for it :)

4) The wonderful Katie talked about this on her blog yesterday and let me tell you, joining this site has been the best decision I have made in the past 24 hours… I joined Pottermore!

The site is a bit odd where they choose a username for you but I am just fine with what I was given, WillowShadow10477, pretty BadAss if you ask me ;) I haven’t sorted yet but I am crossing my fingers for Ravenclaw… although I will probably end up in Hufflepuff, the one I always referred to as a bit doofy haha. I see much of my time this weekend being committed to this site, sad but true!

5) I am still utilizing those delicious blueberries I picked with my mom a few weekends ago and I have another winning recipe to share with you all!

Blueberry Coffee Cake (with a cake mix shortcut!)

Streusel:

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (I used walnuts, it’s what I had on hand)
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light butter, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cake:

  • 1 (18.25-ounce) package plain yellow or white cake mix
  • 1 (8-ounce) package reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used vanilla soy, but whatever you have on hand works!)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  1. Lightly mist a 13-by-9-inch baking pan with vegetable oil spray. Set pan aside.
  2. For the streusel, place pecans, brown sugar, melted butter and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl and stir until it is well combined. Set the bowl aside.
  3. Place cake mix, cream cheese, oil, sugar, milk and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more, scraping the sides down again if needed. The batter should look thick and well blended.
  4. Pour batter into the prepared pan, smoothing it out with the rubber spatula. Scatter the blueberries over top of batter. Drop streusel mixture by the teaspoonful over blueberries. Place pan on center rack of preheated 350-degree oven.
  5. Bake cake until it is golden brown and springs back when lightly pressed with your finger, about 45 to 47 minutes.
  6. Remove pan from oven and place it on a wire rack to cool.
  7. Serve warm or at room temp!

I tried a piece and thought it was just perfect- a subtle cheesecake flavor, with sweet and warm blueberries mixed in there and teh crunchy topping completed the dessert! I used applesauce in place of all the oil the original recipe called for (can’t remember where I found it! eek) and it tasted just fine that way. My mom brought the rest of these to work and her fellow nurses all went batsh*t crazy for them! Make them, trust me they are tasty.

6) I can’t help but point out a few pins that made me giggle this week,

True story. I go to the grocery A LOT, and I would say 4 out of 5 times I grab a cart that has a mind of its own. Perhaps my grocery just needs some new ones? It also probably doesn’t help them when I ride at the front of it while my mom pushes the cart…. yes I still do this at the ripe age of 22.

This is just great :)

I also stumbled upon one of those “memories” blogs/tumblr page which showed a bunch of old toys, shows and other worthy memories from the 90s, aka the best time for toys if you ask me. Allow to show some favorite gems of mine,

Tehehee…. I wrote boobless! Other popular ones, BOOBS, HELL, HELLO, LESS, BOO… so fun, it’s the little things.

I had so many of these! With my friends, it was an ever-lasting contest to see who could have the most on their shoes, backpacks, clothes and such. Good times to say the least!

7) I babysat last night and after dinner, the kids asked for something “chocolatey” heck yes to that. I wanted to serve them something different and decided to go with indoor S’MORES! Well I suppose they are not too “different” but I haven’t had a legitimate s’more in ages (for obvious illogical reasons) and gahhh it was glorious!

Please excuse my chipping manicure. I “cooked” the marshmallows in the microwave and seeing them expand in there was thrilling for the kids and for me as well… my inner child comes out in such situations :)

Oh and when I think of s’mores, I automatically think of this (one of my top 5 most favorite movies)

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8) I am sure most of you have heard about this already.. but Lance Armstrong is big news right now.

I’m not entirely sure what my thoughts are on this. Well honestly, it seems a bit harsh, although he must have felt he was going to lose the lawsuit and decided to go with this option. I don’t know though, this is over the top if you ask me.

9) To follow up with my depression post from a bit ago- I am officially on two different anti-depressants that work with each other to attack all three areas of the brain that control and regulate emotion. I have been on them for about 2.5 weeks now and honestly, I am starting to feel better. I mentioned in that post how there were recent times where I would be overwhelmed with sadness… at a loss of what to do, crying and sobbing for no reason at all, and just feeling terrible.

I haven’t experienced anything like that since and I am thinking that things can only get better from here. I would love to never feel horrible like that again. They are also supposed to help with my obsessiveness and perfectionist personality that comes out with a vengeance when it comes to anything food and weight related. I’m not sure if any changes or improvements have been made with that, it’s simply hard to tell as those feelings have been part of me for so long now. I will continuously keep you updated on all of this of course!

Alright that’s all for now! I am sure I will think of something else I wanted to tell you all later today, that always happens to me! Now onto some fun questions :)

-What running/workout shoe do you swear by? I always get Asics, and while I have been a dedicated Kayano user, I am psyched to be trying the GT series and yay for being a whole lot less expensive.

-If you’re a Harry Potter fan, what house do you honestly think you would be sorted into? I always like to think I would be in Gryffindor but like I said earlier, Hufflepuff would likely be my fate. Ravenclaw I have a chance with though as I am decently intelligent haha. Plus Eagles rock, their mascot.

-What are your thoughts/opinion on the Lance Armstrong case and how it turned out?

-S’mores- yay or nay?! Yay for me, but I used to hate them when I was younger! Marshmallows were way gross adn while I liked the idea of a smore and roasting mallows and all of that, I would just make one and give it away, blech. I’m glad my taste buds have changed.

-What are your plans for the weekend? Share any and all!

Enjoy the rest of your Friday and the weekend as well :D

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1 Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles August 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Yum, your coffee cake looks great! I’m pretty disappointed in the result of the Lance Armstrong case. I really think he’s innocent and can’t believe he’s being stripped of everything. I had thought of him as so inspirational with his cancer story, etc.

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2 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:41 am

He will always have those titles in my mind.. but yes, the case is pretty upsetting…

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3 Kate August 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Hello there!

Love your blog as always :)

Just a note, I work in a running shoes shop where we offer gait analysis – do you over pronate? As the Asics you have both described a moderate stability shoes. If you don’t, and are a neutral runner, then this would definitely affect your running and could cause your problems with knees/hips etc? It might even explain why your legs are feeling so fatigued when you run?!

Hope you have a lovely weekend! :) Katie x

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4 tessa8m August 24, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Hello Kate, thank you for saying hi :)
I’m not sure… and I know I should know the answer to this eek! I did go to a running store that watched me run, just up and down the sidewalk, and they said the Kayanos were good for me. I had several pairs of those but got sick of the expense and asked if the 2170s would be okay and they said yes. Sooo I guess it’s alright?! Thank you for your input!

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5 Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie August 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Your running shoes are awesome, I love them! I haven’t had a s’more in so long either, but now I’m craving one :)
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6 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:43 am

Have one again Laurie, so simple yet delicious!

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7 CJ @ http://healthy-happy-whole.com August 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm

The colors of your new kicks are pretty awesome! I love anything bright like that!! and I know this is not a super high tech running shoe but I really like my Nike Tr Luxe sneaks I have. Obviously I am not running, but they seriously feel like you are walking on air in any occassion! and they also come in pretty sweet color combos!
I am having a girls night tonight and then going to visit my momma! After the week I have had nothing sounds better than a little dancing and a hug from my mom. I am sure you feel the same way because I always love reading about you and your ma!
Have a great weekend lady!!!

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8 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:44 am

Ooo I will have to look into those shoes, they sound great! I hope you are having a nice weekend CJ :D

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9 Kelly @ Leafy Not Beefy August 24, 2012 at 1:21 pm

HAHAH! In my mind, I was picturing you in the FRONT of the grocery cart..like the little part where you sit and put your feet out the two holes… please tell me you didn’t mean that, LOL! :) Because that would be quite a sight- to see a 20-something year old (or actually anyone over the age of…what like 7? sitting in that part) :)
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10 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:44 am

Ahahahahahaaa yes that would be totally ODD. Nope, I was talking about standing at the front of it :)

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11 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Ahahahahaha love the picture of you with those pads on your face! So stylish. And I totally just friended you on Pottermore, watch out. And I thought I’d be hufflepuff too!
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12 caloricandcrazy August 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Those shoes look fabulous! I love the colors!
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13 Annette@FitnessPerks August 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm

That coffee cake sounds/looks AMAZING!! I totally love Asics. I always run in ‘em<–and tomorrow for my Half Ironman I will be using them.

So that's pretty much my weekend (no idea how many hours the race will take me) hah.

I love S'Mores!!! YUMMY. they're best with Swiss chocolate. Just sayin' ;)

Have a GOOD one!!
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14 Ksenija @ Health Ninja August 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Hahaha, pottermore *geek* – I somehow missed that the site is online finally and now I have to instantly check it out. (sorry, I had some more thoughts on your post to share – but just totally lost it over the question if I will end up as a Huffpuff or Slyth and what would be worse)

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15 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:45 am

Quite understandable ;)

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16 Jess August 24, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Oh, Slytherin all the way for me. I was one of those EMO 11 year olds who dyed her hair black and thought she was all badass for liking Slytherin. I’d still prefer to be in that house though – I’m somewhat cynical, jaded and Snapeish. Although they were usually really talented when it came to magic – I’d probably be more like the female Crabbe or Goyle :P And yes I do still wish that entire universe was real.

I wear Asics Gel Nimbus, which are stupidly expensive but they fit my orthotics best. They’re so heavy and cumbersome for races though – I wish I could wear the lightweight SkySpeeds or similar but I’m scared that I’ll crash and burn without structure and support shoes, even in a half marathon.

Lance Armstrong has to abide by the same rules as all other sportspeople and even though his punishment is terrible if he’s innocent, the fact that he’s effectively admitted guilt by not contesting the case any more means that no matter how great an athlete he is, he’s not above the morals and ethics which govern all athletic pursuits.

And I’ve never tried a s’more. I think I’m missing out!

xxx

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17 Bec August 24, 2012 at 3:57 pm

The Lance Armstrong thing is really weird over here in Australia – people are upset but not like I imagine it is like in the US. I am so making that blueberry coffee cake – love of my life, blueberries are. I loooveeee potter more – I’m on there too! Haha I was one of those super dorky people who got early admittance. I’m in Ravenclaw – the only one in my family. I just wanted to see my wand and my house – pretty happy with it haha :) let me know what house you get! I think, as the quiz was designed by Rowling it’s the closest you get to knowing what house you would be in in real life – and Ravenclaw is probably what I would bein – I’m not brave enough for Gryfffindor or friendly enough for Hufflepuff haha
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18 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:53 am

I still haven’t had the chance to be sorted, but I am psyched to see where I end up!

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19 StoriesAndSweetPotatoes August 24, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I love the randomness of your Friday posts. I’m not sure what people actually do in Pottermore so you’ll have to share the secrets. :) I never liked Smores. I was always that weird kid that didn’t want candy. I just wanted chicken strips, lol.
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20 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:50 am

Mmm chicken strips… I just loved everything apparently

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21 Nikki August 24, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Oh my goodness! you must let us know what you are sorted in to! So super excited!!! And I love the new shoes! I hope they turn out well for you!
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22 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:52 am

Thank you Nikki, and I will let you know for sure!

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23 Brittany August 24, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Oh my gosh, the fact that you are on Pottermore brightens me up. I am in GRYFFINDOR, heck yes! You just made my day :)
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24 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:49 am

I will need to friend you as I am on the site more and more!

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25 Brittany August 26, 2012 at 10:05 am

My username is ScarletSpell16712 :)
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26 Vien @ We Dare Food August 24, 2012 at 6:07 pm

hehehe I recently joined Pottermore too!!! I’m hoping not to get addicted to it!! :P ohhh!! I swear by Asics! They always make my feet feel so comfy!!
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27 Amanda @ .running with spoons. August 24, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Rofl! Omigosh I totally remember that boobless thing on the calculator. Haha! I remember feeling like such a bada** writing that out. Oh I miss the 90′s and being a goofy kid :D And speaking of being a kid… heck yes to s’mores! I was actually at a BBQ the other weekend watching kids toast marshmallows, and I’m sitting there thinking to myself “Noooo, that’s not how you do it! You have to hold it further away and toast it -just so- to brown it but prevent it from turning black!” Lol yeah, I’m particular when it comes to how my marshmallows come out.

I’m glad to hear that you’re feeling better, girl :) There’s noooo reason at all to suffer through those kind of feelings of sadness, and I hope that things just keep getting better for you… although I have a feeling that they will because you just keep coming further along and getting stronger and stronger. Happy Friday! :D
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28 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:46 am

Yes, I thought I was the sh*t too with such words! And I totally understand wanting to help those kids out! I have been there before, even with the indoor method here! Thank you Amanda, I hope these new drugs continue to work and make me feel even better :)

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29 Sophie @ Love Live & Learn August 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Love the running shoes, they look fab! I can just see you sprinting around in them looking fantastic :-) And those anti-wrinkle things made me giggle, imagine having to answer the door with those on!

Your Blueberry Coffee Cake looks amazing, I love blueberries in baked goods :-) You always make delicious looking treats, including the s’mores – would you believe I’ve never had one!

I am so so pleased to hear that the anti-depressants you are on appear to be helping and that you’re starting to feel better! It made me really sad to read about your struggles with depression when you so deserve to be happy! I hope they continue to make things improve and that nursing school starts amazingly for you :-)

My plans for the weekend include buying the books from my reading list (ahh!), going into town to run some errands, maybe baking and spending time with Tom!
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30 Alex @ therunwithin August 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I am glad you are feeling the difference with the meds. I am the same way, those darn carts at the grocery store kill me. I nearly hit mine today. It was an intense battle. I hope you are excited for school, do you know where you are living? Are you in a dorm or an apartment? I am so excited for you with all the changes, I hope this school experience is not like what you and I had to deal with in college.
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31 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:48 am

It’s actually a community college I am attending so I will be commuting and therefore living at home! Totally fine with me though, as I am quite over college and love my mom :)

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32 Sarah @ Feeeding the Brain and Body August 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I heard of pottermore last summer, but never signed up. It seems interesting! Those blueberries sure are getting some great use, that recipe looks delicious :) I am a huge fan of Lance Armstrong, since reading his Biography. I’m not sure exactly how I feel about the current situation, but I do know that I feel bad for him!
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33 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:47 am

I certainly feel bad for him too… and although I am torn, he will always have those titles in my mind

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34 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 24, 2012 at 9:10 pm

That coffee cake looks absolutely fabulous!!! Your baking always make me drool.

So glad to hear you’re feeling better. Hope you have a fabulous weekend… filled with more of that coffee cake. Nom.
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35 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:47 am

Haha sounds like a plan to me Laura ;)

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36 Shannon August 24, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I LOVE pottermore! Unfortunately I lost my password so I will of course be making a new account ;) I was in Ravenclaw the first account. I am assuming it will be the same this next time! Remember what Dumbledore said girl, you can choose your house (Harry did!)

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37 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:40 am

Make a new account pronto! Then I can friend you on it and such :) And quite true, I know which one I will be choosing

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38 Kay August 24, 2012 at 11:05 pm

A surprising amount of people that I talk to don’t speak as highly of the college experience as I would have thought pre-college. I just graduated and June and I can say it was the most hellacious [5] years of my life. So definitely don’t feel alone on that one.
I’m glad your meds are agreeing with you! Do you mind saying what they are? If you want to keep that private that’s cool too…I have been on a handful, zoloft, lexapro, welbutrin (self-prescribed :x), vyvanse….and inevitably stopped them all…except I always end up back in the same awful place. With a ton of resistance and a lot of prompting I finally started a new SSRI called Viibryd. I am obsessive about the foodstuffs, but even More so when it comes to meds but I’m trying not to freak out about side effects…it’s only been about a week so far…but I’m tired of just existing so I surrendered…and I (fingers crossed) will be starting grad school in October and constant emotional tumult is not conducive to academics. hehe. Well I feel optimistic for you after reading this post!

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39 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:20 am

Hi Kay! I am sorry you have had a rather sh*tty time at college as well… in a way I wish it were different but it’s in the past now, time for me to move on :) And I don’t mind saying it, I am on welbutrin and celexa. I tried prozac a year or so ago and it really didn’t seem to do anything, so hopefully these ones help! What sort of side effects are you worried about?

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40 Kay August 26, 2012 at 10:21 am

truthfully, weight gain as a primary concern, even though SSRI’s and SNRI’s have minimal impact on weight…is what I’m told. But obviously (I) (we) can get neurotic about that type of thing. Zoloft didn’t affect my weight but didn’t help my depression either. Lexapro seemed to really help but I was too anxious about it and discontinued. I’ve had a rough adjustment period with this drug Viibryd, it makes my heart rate so high that I’ve thrown up a couple of times after my normal amount of exercise ::wide eyes:: and super jittery, but it seems to be waning now. I just need to get back to the surface so I’m trying to stick with it.
Hope I didn’t trip you out about your meds! The meds you’re on don’t have those kind of side effects at all, or it is really rare (especially welbutrin), and don’t be like me and google things obsessively hehe, there are lots of crazy people on the internet!

41 Jess August 24, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I find New Balance shoes to have the best support for me… I think it’s the thick soles! :P

And I’m not a huge fan of s’mores! I actually never made one when I was younger — parents from a different country, so I actually grew up not knowing a lot of normal things like pb&j haha. THAT changed when I got older ;) But s’mores are just kind of…. bleh. I think it’s that the graham crackers make them taste funny maybe?

And although I haven’t seen the evidence against Armstrong yet because they haven’t released it, I’m sure they had enough to come to this decision… I mean, it’s not one they would make lightly, especially considering how known/respected he is. So ASSUMING he’s guilty, I think he’s plain ridiculous. I have zero respect for “athletes” who use performance enhancing drugs to get as “good” as they get. What’s the point? I can probably do that too! Try earning those titles without the ‘roids, dude.

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42 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:39 am

Haha maybe, they are certainly not for everyone! Like I said, I hated them when I was younger, the marshmallows were just too gross for words. Thank you for saying your opinion about him Jess, I am still going back and forth with it!

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43 Stephanie August 25, 2012 at 2:25 am

Cute new running shoes! Always a must have to stay injury free! I had several generations of Saucony Pro Rides, and now I am *loving* Mizuno Wave Rider 15! I just might buy a second pair.

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44 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:11 am

I love the look of those… I did try Mizuno’s once, but sadly not for me! Gotta find what works for you of course :)

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45 Jess August 25, 2012 at 4:53 am

That coffee cake looks amazing! I love blueberries! I also love your new runners. I’ve got Asics at the moment too and they have been great!

I’m really disappointed about the Lance Armstrong thing, because it just seems like all those years of training etc are now reduced to nothing. From what I gather from friends who have trained competitively (as in Olympic trials competitively). Virtually everyone is taking something. They are all just careful about what and when. So sad!

Hope you have a great weekend!!! :)
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46 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:20 am

Oh goodness that is sad! I don’t really know anything about that side, so I’m glad you did bring some attention to it!

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47 HollieisFueledByLOLZ August 25, 2012 at 6:28 am

I am really not sure how about I feel about Lance. On one hand, there are article that say that he must have thought he would lose, clearly was taking all this stuff, he was the only one…ect. On the other hand there are articles saying (and obviously thought provoking), well how would you like it being in court for years. It must have gotten so worriesome and hard.

Anyways-meaning, I have no idea how I feel about it.
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48 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:22 am

Haha yep we are on the same page with that one. In a way I don’t blame him because like you said, having to be in court for the next whatever years seems daunting to say the least

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49 Khushboo Thadani August 25, 2012 at 6:53 am

Hahah oh em gee…love that pic of the calculatior with 8008135…talk about a blast from the past! I’m with you on Asics running shoes…all I buy and don’t have plans of changing that anytime soon! Not to sound like a “walking” advertisement for the shoes, but they really do provide fantastic support & cushioning. And hell yes to smores…that should never even be a question! Every bite is glorious…mmmm!
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50 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:22 am

Haha I think I could advertise for asics too!

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51 Alexandra August 25, 2012 at 8:33 am

INDOOR SMORES!!! YES! I do that all the time too, it’s just so blazing hot outside and there’s practically always a burn ban in texas, so little ol nifty microwave comes to the rescue! :D
I totally need to jump on the pottermore train, I miss the books so much. And I’m still in utter shock about Lance Armstrong, how horrible would it feel to be him right now?!
Glad to hear you’re feeling better my friend :) Enjoy your time off before school ramps up again!!

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52 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:23 am

Yes you do need to jump on the pottermore website, a totally awesome time waster lol

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53 Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots August 25, 2012 at 10:58 am

Wohoo back to school!! Love your new kicks! and I love that you put all the wrinkle strips on ur face! I want that coffee cake now!

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54 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:24 am

Hehe yeah, I was pretty bored that afternoon ;)

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55 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables August 25, 2012 at 11:21 am

I’m so glad you are doing and feeling better!! Your coffee cake looks to die for!! Make me one?? ;)
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56 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:24 am

Sure thing! Sending it your way now ;)

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57 Kat August 25, 2012 at 11:27 am

Soooo lance is my HERO, so this whole thing really crushed me. I mean, I watched him win all those titles. He WON them. No one else. He was so amazing to watch…I mean the things he did on that bike. He’s NEVER tested positive. NEVER been caught cheating. Yet this dumb organization won’t let him be. Just because NO ONE ELSE has even come close to achieving what he has doesnt mean he cheated!!
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58 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:25 am

Yes the situation really is pretty ridiculous… I know for me he will always have won those titles, official or not!

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59 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 25, 2012 at 12:35 pm

Love the colours in your new shoes! You’ll have to let me know how you like these compared to the more expensive Kayanos. I’m running in Asics Gel 1160s right now and I’m not sure how much I like them… I’m wondering if one of Asics’ more expensive models might be better?

Hahaha I need to join that Pottermore site. I seriously used to be the biggest HP freak when I was younger… Okay, I’ll admit it, I still kind of am. ;) I’m pretty sure I would be in Ravenclaw seeing as I’m a huge dork and really love learning!

I’m glad your meds seem to be working! I’m so glad. You deserve all the happiness in the world Tessa. :) I hope you keep up posted on how you’re feeling!
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60 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:27 am

I will definitely let you know my thoughts on them! It is hard to tell because I am only running for short time periods, but I shall do my best :) I still am a potter geek for sure, get on the site girl, you will love it!

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61 Antonia @ Health Inspirations August 25, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I just love how girly and pretty running and training shoes are becoming. I remember times when all you could get was white, black or navy shoes…now wearing running shoes is an actual fashion statement. Love the neon yellow and pink combo of yours!
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62 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:27 am

So true! I’m glad there are so many options out there now, the more funky the better :)

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63 Brittany August 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm

My running shoes are Asics as well, and I like em a lot. I wouldn’t be opposed to testing out another brand though seeing as these are my first “real” running shoes aside from my Vibrams. I love that blueberry creation..YUM!!

That Potterworld game/site thing looks like so much fun!!
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64 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:28 am

Join in Brittany, it is pretty dang life changing ;)

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65 Lisa August 25, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Happy Friday beautiful girl!
Oh my goodness, my friends totally can never confirm plans until a couple hours before and it drives me crazy, since I’m such an elaborate planner!! Like it must be happening days before ha ha.
I love Asics, I find them to be the best brand of runners for me, and of course I love the fact that yours are pink:)
Ba ha, I love that you tried out the wrinkle product, I haven’t tried mine out yet, but like what you did with them.
I believe your next stage in life will be a great one! I only experienced one good year of college, before my ED got out of control, and it was certainly a horrible time once my Ed totally took control of my school life.
And I kind of love you got onto Pottermore, because I’m obsessed with Harry Potter. When I was away in Boston they had a marathon on TV, so I of course recorded them all and am now planning to watch them this weekend! I’m so cool!
Haha loving the pins! I used to do that stupid boobless thing on the calculator too, such mature children:)
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66 Rach August 25, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Cute shoes! I hope they work out for you! I’m not really a serious runner so my shoes are typically super cheap tennies just for the gym. :)

Also, I’m not sure which HP house I would go into. Obviously I’d want Ravenclaw or Gryffindor, but who knows.

Also, that blueberry deliciousness looks… well… delicious! haha! :)
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67 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:31 am

Those are the better houses for sure, I still have to find out mine!

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68 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile August 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm

HAhaha omg I love you for taking that picture with the strips. I just found mine today when I was looking through the coupons, and I was confused as to what the heck those things were! Do you think they did anything?
Yay for new running shoes! That’s the best. & I know what you mean about college. I cannot WAIT to be done and graduated and move on with my life. College isn’t really my thang either. Mostly because I want to move out of Florida :)
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69 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:36 am

I don’t think they did anything.. those things usually don’t lol, but I felt compelled to try them! Makes sense about school too, that is how I feel now, ready to move on!

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70 Jessie August 26, 2012 at 1:14 am

Your weekend sounds great! I hope you and your mom have a wonderful time together visiting NH, and you get to do all the other things you listed :). That coffee cake looks delicious btw.

I live by Asics. I have the Asics Gel-Neo33, and love them!
Smores are delicous… and sadly, I haven’t had one in the longest time :(

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71 Jessie August 26, 2012 at 1:15 am

Your weekend sounds great! I hope you and your mom have a wonderful time together visiting NH, and you get to do all the other things you listed . That coffee cake looks delicious btw.

I live by Asics. I have the Asics Gel-Neo33, and love them!
Smores are delicous… and sadly, I haven’t had one in the longest time

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72 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:37 am

Have one again if you get the chance, just so tasty and perfect :)

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73 Floey August 26, 2012 at 7:06 am

Do you bake a lot? All of your baking ventures look sooo good! I’m such a lazy baker though, I tend to stick with simple things like banana bread and oatmeal / chocolate chip cookies, haha. I need to make a pie or something.
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74 tessa8m August 26, 2012 at 8:37 am

I certainly do bake a lot, love it and it’s very relaxing for me! For the record, those things you bake are legit woman! :)

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75 Lauren (@poweredbypb) August 26, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I totally swear by Asics. I really don’t know how to feel about the Lance story, I have been a huge fan throughout his career, and I have always felt that there was a witchhunt against him. I don’t really understand how he can be stripped of his titles when he has never failed a drugs test, I still want to believe in him and his achievements!

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76 Allie August 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I used to love “writing” with my calculator!! My friends and I used to go so hard. Anyways.. Love your new shoes!!
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77 tessa8m August 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Thanks Allie!

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78 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles August 26, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Dude, if you’re worried about wrinkles, then apparently I need to haul my ass to the drug store pronto! :-p

P.S. – running/crosstraining shoes pretty much need to be in awesome colours. My purple and black Nikes make me extremely happy. :-)
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79 Ashley @ AlmostVegGirlie August 26, 2012 at 10:53 pm

S’mores=the best! I was really considering buying some ricemellow (like marshmallow fluff, but vegan) when I was out shopping this weekend and making some graham crackers but the $5 price tag kinda killed that idea, at least for this week. If you love s’mores, you’ve gotta take them to the next level! Last year I was obsessed with different s’mores combos, like adding in fresh raspberries or pumpkin pie filling and they were amazing.
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