Post Thesis Life {Friday Favourites}

Happy Friday everybody! This post maybe be one of the happiest posts I’ve ever written. Its alternative title probably could have been, “Why I’m So Happy Right Now”. Can’t complain about that, right?!

Friday Favourites

  • Turning in the Thesis!

Although it’s been mostly done for a couple of weeks, I officially handed in my thesis on Monday!

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“Subsistence Strategies and Bone Rigidity: Comparing the Relative Femoral Rigidity of the Hasanlu and pre-Holocene Homo”

I can’t tell you how nice it is having that stress off my shoulders. I can only imagine how people whose due date was early April have been feeling for the past month! It’s pure bliss!

  • Post-op rehab

I kind of thought I would hate rehab, but so far I’m enjoying it! I noticed a huge difference in my mobility and strength just from one rehab session yesterday, and I’m actually excited to go back today. This is pretty strange for me, since I’m not usually one to love stretching or boring exercises. However, I am determined to get my strength back, and I know that doing these exercises religiously is the best way to get me there!

  • This squirrel

About 3 minutes ago I had to kick this guy out of my room.

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IMG_6603Thank goodness my screen was closed, or I would have had a squirrel fiasco in my room!

  • Spring Formals

Every spring, the eating clubs put on “Houseparties”. Friday night is formals, Saturday is semis, and then Sunday is Lawnparties (a day party where you have a free pass to dress up as pastel-y/preppy/flowery as you want).

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Spring Formals 2013

 

It’s probably my favourite weekend of the year, and since I haven’t really celebrated my thesis turn-in yet, I’m looking forward to it even more!

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Rose (my roommate) and me, Fall Lawnparties 2013

 

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Alex and me, Spring formals 2014

 

It’s one of the few events a year where I am adamant about taking pictures, so I’ll be sure to share some next week :).

  •  This veggie-filled dinner (from Wednesday)

I don’t think Tuesday was a very veggie-riffic day, so I was sure to make up for it when visiting the dining hall with a few friends on Wednesday! I filled my plate with kale/quinoa/cucumber/tomato/chickpea salad, a couple baby carrot, pesto broccoli (which I picked out of the pesto pasta), farro/edamame salad, and beets!

IMG_6598I think I filled my veggie quota that day!

Alrighty, now I’m off to run some errands before rehab, and then it’s time to get ready for formals!!!!!!

Questions:

What’s one thing you’re loving this week?

Has a squirrel ever climbed into your room?

If you are/were in college, do/did you have spring formals? (For sororities etc). 

Howe Cup Nationals Weekend {Friday Favourites}

Hello from Boston!

After ~5 hour drive up from Princeton, we made it safely to Boston late Thursday night. Thanks to some movies (The Town) and some work (Thesis, blog, etc), the drive went by smoothly. That being said, when we arrived, I was more than ready to climb off the bus and into my hotel bed!

And wait, I almost forgot- it’s Friday! (Just kidding, I didn’t forget). But still, this lovely last day of the week calls for a nice little recap to celebrate the beginning of the weekend: Friday Favourites! I’ve been loving a lot of things this week, which has helped balance out the little negative things that tend to arise from time to time.

Friday Favourites

  • Quest Bars

I stumbled upon Quest bars for the first time this past summer in Philadelphia at Unite Fitness. I bought one out of curiosity after one of my workouts, and was pleasantly surprised by this high-protein bar. It didn’t have a grainy texture, nor did it taste chalky like some protein bars, and I thoroughly enjoyed every last bite.

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A few of the bars I bought off Amazon

 

Sadly, Quest bars aren’t sold anywhere in Princeton (the nearest store is driving distance away), so my fascination with Quest was cut short. However, it was reignited a couple weekends ago when we were in New Haven playing Yale, as I stumbled upon a plethora of the yummy bars at Gourmet Heaven. After stocking up with several bars, I left, sad but determined to find them elsewhere. And sure enough, whatever you don’t find in the stores, you can find online- Amazon Prime to be exact!

IMG_6180So, that’s exactly what I did. I searched for a good price on a variety box, and purchased it! I’ve since been enjoying about a bar a day, sometimes as part of breakfast, other times as a snack. So far I haven’t met a flavour I didn’t like, and although I still have many more flavours to try (they have SO many flavours), I am fairly certain I will like them just as much!

  • Howe Cup: Nationals at Harvard

As I mentioned earlier on, this weekend is the women’s intercollegiate squash championships, held in Cambridge. We are seeded fourth, and will be playing Yale first round. I can’t believe that this is my fourth and final Howe Cup- it’s really gone by so fast.

IMG_6128I’m especially excited for the weekend because my parents are flying out to watch (and bringing my grandma’s cookies with them for the team!), and I will get to see all of my squash friends from other teams. It’s kind of like junior squash all over again, except in college squash you have a team to back you up, which I’ve got to say, is pretty awesome :).

Image 5I’ll make sure to write a recap post on Monday to fill you all in!

  • Boomchickapop

What would a Friday Favourites post be without at least two Foodie Favourites? Boring, and non existent- that’s what! I think I fall in love (or back in love) with a new food every week, which is great because I always have something fun to write about on Fridays!

A few days ago I received a package from the kind people at Boomchickapop, which included 4 packages of snacks! I’ve only had a chance to try one so far (the white cheddar popcorn), but am planning on getting to the others next week. I know that taste testing four bags of delicious snacks is such hard work, but I’m sure I’ll manage :).

IMG_6173Once I’ve tried all of the flavours, I’ll be posting a review, so stay tuned for that! If you haven’t tried Boomchickapop, I highly recommend that you do- it’s low in ingredients and calories, and high in taste!

  • Classes this semester

It’s my final semester at Princeton, and I may have finally mastered the art of finding the perfect classes for me. Okay, to be honest I had to take one of them (Comparative Physiology) to satisfy a requirement, but it’s turning out to be really cool! On Tuesday we learned about different skeletal systems, which relates quite a bit to my thesis, and today we went over nutrition/digestion/feeding/absorption. I’m really interested in how nutrition affects performance and our day-to-day lives, so it’s pretty neat the science behind it.

Anyway, I feel as though I could go on for ages about it, but I doubt you want to read about a class second hand that you’re never going to attend, so I’d better stop. However, at some point you will definitely be hearing about my class called “Foodways: Biocultural aspects of the human diet”, because it’s sick. (What a terrible use for the term “sick”, but you know what I mean!).

Alrighty, that’s all from me today. Time to go off and kick some Bulldog butt!

Questions;

What are you loving this week? Anything foodie?

 

Exams + Food Poisoning = Restful Week

Some people would probably read that title and think, “Exams…restful?! What?!?!?”. Nooo I don’t mean mentally restful, I mean physically restful. After a long weekend of matches last weekend, I was very happy to have Monday off not only to rest my body, but also to work on my French paper (which is now finished- yay!!).

Anywho, the not-so-great news, is that I ate some salmon for dinner Monday night, and really didn’t feel well afterwards. Sadly, Tuesday was the worst day when the food poisoning really hit me. I felt much better Wednesday and Thursday, but could really tell I was in recovery mode when trying to practice. Oh well! As  learned the last time I had food poisoning, even if you think you feel fine the day after (or the day after that, even) your body needs to replenish its energy and water stores!

Fortunately, today my appetite is back and finally feel 100%, so I’m hoping things will all be smooth sailing from here on out!

really must go study, because my exam is in less than 11 hours (a 7:30-10:30 pm final- yuck!!!), but I thought I’d pop in and touch base quickly first. I also have a couple of Friday Favouritesreally want to share! Thanks as always to Heather for the link-up 🙂 It’s so much fun to participate in every week!

Friday Favourites

This game is great, because almost everyone has a weak spot, but you can usually get a decent amount of the answers, so it doesn’t make the game entirely impossible. We are definitely not talking New-York-Times-crossword puzzle-level difficulty here, but even if you do enjoy those word jumbles, I have a feeling you’d get a kick out of this game, too! The categories include Art, Entertainment, Science, History, Geography, and Sports. The way it works is that you answer questions against a friend until you get one wrong, then it’s their turn! So unless you’re a near-genius, your streak has to end, meaning you won’t get stuck playing this game for hours on end.

Anyway, it’s a pretty sweet app, and a lot like Quiz Up, from what I’ve heard from others. Cool!

  • Royal Pains

I swear, I start watching the most random shows sometimes! I’ll hear a ton about a certain show, try it, and then not like it, and then all of a sudden check out something random on Netflix and get obsessed! (Ie. Prison Break and The Mindy Project). Okay, I know those aren’t completely random shows, but most people are discussing 1) current shows (not ones that finished in another style era, or 2) Game of Thrones. Yes, I am surrounded by college students, and Sunday nights during GOT are more or less sacred.

Royal Pains is about a doctor who gets fired from his old job at an ER ward in Manhattan, and winds up in the Hamptons as a “concierge doctor”. Basically, imaging Grey’s Anatomy or House, but without the hospital setting, and without the crazy background love stories…at least, not by episode 3!

Ahh, as much as I would love to keep writing other things I’m loving this week, I’ve really got to study!

IMG_5254My friend took this picture yesterday while we were “studying”. The first joke about this picture is that it was taken around 3pm, right when my concentration was really starting to dwindle, and secondly, does anyone get the caption reference? (Hint: I didn’t…). (Also if the embedded video below isn’t working, click here).

Hope you have a great Friday, and a great weekend!

Questions:

What’s one thing you’re loving this week?

 

 

Hello, 2015 + {Friday Favourites}

Happy New Year!!!

Hope you had a fun New Years Eve! Mine could not have been more low-key, but after roughly 17 hours of traveling, and waking up at 3:50 am, I was more than ready to climb into bed Wednesday night.

IMG_6028Where was I traveling to, you may ask? Back to Princeton! We have matches on the 10th, and so our coach wanted us back a few days early in order to train up. As someone who’s not a huge fan of New Years Eve partying (I find the clubs pretty overrated), I was fine missing the festivities, but it would have been nice to have had a few more days at home. I’m already missing the good ol’ squash club and breakfast in my PJ’s!

Okay enough dwelling on the past! It’s a new year, so why not kick things off right with some Friday Favourites?! As always, thanks to Heather for hosting! Be sure to check out her blog, Housewife Glamour to see what others are lovin’ this Friday!

Friday Favourites

  • 2015

2014 was a good year, but I’m super excited for all that 2015 has to offer. A few things I’m looking forward to include: graduating from Princeton, starting the next chapter of my “adult” life, finishing up my last college squash season, getting my personal training certification, and finishing my thesis. Yikes, that’s quite a to-do list!

  • Wawa’s Mocha Coffee

When I arrived at Wawa this morning, I was surprised by two things: 1) the Pumpkin Spice was gone, and 2) it was replaced by Mocha!

IMG_6029I poured myself a little bit, smelled it, and immediately knew it would be a winner. A little note to Wawa: although I’m sad you removed Pumpkin Spice, thank you for replacing it with a good flavour! You have redeemed yourself 😉 .

  • TRX Kit

I’ve wanted a TRX kit for a couple of years now, and after having completed my TRX group training last June, I knew this would be a good investment for my future. So, when I found a special holiday sale on the TRX training website, I quickly forwarded it to Santa my dad as a light suggestion.

IMG_5877After my food baby settled down and I was able to pull myself off the couch Christmas day, I set up this bad boy and tried out a few exercises. I was soon reminded why I took Christmas day off as an intentional rest day, and proceeded to park my butt back on the couch to watch the Mindy Project 🙂 .

  • West Coast Scenery + Hiking

Although I did spent quite a bit of time relaxing and at the squash club, I did get a chance to see some friends and explore the great outdoors.

IMG_5865Danielle, Chantal and I went on a hike the morning of Christmas Eve, and were pleasantly surprised how mild the weather was for late December! Although Victoria isn’t usually freezing, it’s fairly common for it to be rainy, dreary and damp. I secretly love that kind of weather, because it helps me justify staying indoors to sit by the fire and read a book (or lately, watch Netflix) and just chill.

IMG_5864As much as I (not so) secretly love the dreary weather, I was very happy not to be hiking in such conditions. The late morning sun shone beautifully over the trees, making me feel very fortunate to be able to enjoy such a beautiful day outside!

  • This Old Picture of Me From 2001

A couple weeks ago I was waiting for my mom at her office as she finished up a few loose ends, and stumbled upon this picture of me from 2001.

IMG_5808I was about 8 years old, and clearly had a serious thing for chokers. I distinctly remember trying to find as many as I could (I think my maximum was 4 at once), and in every colour possible. What do you think? Should I bring them back?! 😉

Hope you have had a great start to 2015, and happy Friday!

Questions:

What did you do for New Years? Was it more exciting than me sleeping? 

What’s something you’re loving this week?

What are you looking forward to in 2015?

 

Coffee Overload + {Friday Favourites}

Hello, hello everyone!

Popping in quickly today to write about a few Friday favourites before grabbing some lunch, and heading off to practice. I have some exciting plans for the weekend as well, but you’ll get to read alllll about those in just a few moments, so I won’t spoil the fun 🙂

  • Massage Therapy

Remember my unidentified knee injury from a few weeks ago? Well, I went to the doctor early this week to discuss the MRI results, and turns out that it seems to be some sort of Baker’s cyst. The good news is that there doesn’t seem to be anything structurally wrong with my knee, which makes me think that the slight discomfort that occasionally arises is due to increased pressure from all the fluid. (For your sake, I hope you’re not eating as you read this right now).

In any case, on Wednesday I saw Robert, our awesome massage therapist to get my knee worked on, with the hope of releasing tension in the muscles around the cyst. With some luck, and a lot of stretching, we are expecting the swelling to decrease a bit in about a month or so.

  • So. Much. Coffee.

For example, on Tuesday I had two double Americanos in one hour. That’s 4 espresso shots, friends.

IMG_4949The weird part is, I’m not even drinking the coffee for the effect of the caffeine. I’m genuinely just starting to like the taste. Ahhhh! This is a bit of a scary thought for me, since the first time I bought my very first coffee was a little over a year ago, and I was convinced that it tasted like burnt toast. Clearly I wasn’t doing it right.

  • Ivy Scrimmages

Want to know what my big plans are for the weekend? Playing squash!!

Image 1This weekend kicks off the beginning of our season, starting with the Ivy Scrimmages. We’ll be heading out today for a weekend filled with squash, friends, and family, and I can’t wait!

ImageThe best part about the squash world is that it’s such a tight-knit community, such that you basically know all the other players. I’m stoked to see friends on other teams, as well as my old high school coaches, and last but not least, my parents, who will also be visiting!

69502_10152539987755084_1971363991_nI’ll have more updates on Monday, so expect lots of pictures and a recap!

  • Like a Drum

This song is so, so good! It’s probably my favourite pump-up song right now, and I bet I’ll be listening to it on repeat before all of my matches this weekend. Take a listen!

Time to grab some food and get back to work. I’ve been up since 8 or so, and somehow 4 hours has already flown by! Yikes!

Questions:

What’s one thing you’re loving this week?

Any fun plans for the weekend? Tell meeee!

What are your thoughts on coffee? How much coffee is too much (for you)?