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Happy Friday Eve!
One of my high school teachers referred to Thursday as Friday Eve. Cute, no?

This morning, I had a random thought as I was eating my standard breakfast:

  • Egg white omelet with cheese, ham, tomato, spinach, and mushrooms 

  • an assortment of fruit
Most people have a definite answer when asked for what their favorite ____ is. 
This is true for me in the majority of categories:
Band: Jimmy Eat World
TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy
Movie: Pride & Prejudice
Season: Fall
Animal: DOG!
Jewelry Item: necklaces
Blog: Peas and Thank You
Fruit: ???
When asked, I always say that my favorite fruit is pineapple, but I don’t think this is the truth.
 I love all fruits.

Prior to my healthy lifestyle, I would snack on chips, cookies, chocolate, candy, etc.
But now I snack on fruit! And you know what? It’s even better than all that junk food.
The fruit I eat the most of currently are:
They are great on the go, which describes my lifestyle perfectly. 
I have at least one a day. Is there any phrase for banana’s? A banana a day…?
Turns you into a monkey?
Do you see a resemblance?
Enjoy the rest of your Friday Eve!

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

I woke up this morning to our first snowfall! And on the 1st of December, how perfect!
We don’t have too much snow…yet.
It has only been snowing for a few hours and there is only a light dusting of snow on the ground.
I love snow and winter for about the first 2 weeks, and then it just starts to get old. The cold, the bad driving conditions, and slippery walking conditions to and from class is just too much to handle for an extensive period of time. But snow during the holidays is a MUST! 
Although I am not a huge fan of winter, I do love living in Michigan and experiencing all of the seasons. And even though I always swear to myself during these awful winter months that I will eventually move to a warmer area, I don’t think I ever will. 
I like my seasons!
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Breakfast: 

I was very “out of it” this morning, as I’m sure you will soon come to realize.

  •  Pineapple and melon (or the remains of them…I forgot to take a picture until I had already ate them!)

  • Scrambled egg omelet with ham, cheese, spinach, tomato, and mushrooms

When I order an omelet I make two choices:

  • regular egg OR egg whites
  • regular omelet OR scrambled eggs

 As you can see I chose scrambled regular eggs. I didn’t want either of these things! Oh, silly me.
Now that it’s December and snowing, I no longer have to feel silly for listening to Christmas music. One thing I won’t do is admit to how long I’ve been listening to them 🙂 
Question: What is the thing you like the most about winter? What is the thing you like the least?

To Do List Woes

Do you have those days when you tell yourself you will finish everything on your To Do List, but at the end of the day you haven’t done even one item on the list? These days are much too common for me. Today was one of these days.
I am fairly new to the blogging world and I love it do not get me wrong, I really do, BUT there is a downside.  All I want to do now is blog, read blogs, find new blogs, find recipes on blogs, find bloggers that are near me, get running tips from bloggers, etc. I am surprised I get any work done at all! And I thought Facebook was a big distraction?! Oh no. Being a blogger is a full time commitment.  I can spend hours reading blogs and then look at the clock shocked that I skipped both lunch and dinner. Whoops? But to be fair, I really do enjoy being part of the blog community!
On that note… I love you bloggers but tomorrow this girl has some work to get done. And only then is she allowing herself the privilege of reading your wonderful blogs.
So tomorrow I will must finish these things:
  • Complete my 4 page bio paper due Wednesday morning
  • Start and make progress on my 10 page sociology paper
  • Finish my statistics homework

Oh and how about throwing something fun into the mix?
  • Go for a run

If you expert bloggers out there have any tips for me so I don’t get sucked into the blog world continuously and can actually get some work done, let me know! Please, I am begging you!

Question: Do you also get lost in the blog community, only to realize half the day has passed?

Manic Monday

Have I been living in a bubble?
I have never heard of Cyber Monday before today and now it’s everywhere I look.

I hope you are easing back into the work week after your nice long Thanksgiving break. Transitions back to school mode after being lazy for several days are very difficult for me.

Another thing I have been lazy about over break is exercise.
I went for a walk with my dog on Sunday morning, and Black Friday I must have walked at least 4 miles around stores, but nothing beyond that.

This morning I ventured out into the cold Michigan weather for a 5 mile run.
But so many things seemed to go wrong:

  • I ate too soon before the run
  • my knee started to ache mid-way through the run (ughhh, I really thought I had gotten rid of this pesky problem)
  • I was tired
  • it was much too cold
Once my knee started to ache, I started alternating between running and walking and decided to cut the run short. I ended up only doing 3.34 miles. 

It seems like I always have bad runs when I go more than a few days without running. For this upcoming year, I think I will make a New Year’s Resolution to run at least 3 times a week. Although, that might not be the smartest thing for me to do, considering my knee problems. I still have a little over a month to decide so we’ll see if I’m feeling up to it.

I’m now icing my knee

 While munching on all sorts of goodies I brought from home. The puppy chow is just about half gone…

I have a lab meeting in half an hour and I still have to read 2 articles for it (I think I’ll get away with skimming them), blow dry my hair, and eat dinner. Oh my, what a procrastinator I am.

Breakfast: 

  • Peanut butter banana sandwich!
  • Coffee yogurt

Together these three things make my favorite breakfast! Speaking of peanut butter, Matt is hosting a peanut butter giveaway. Coconut peanut butter? Sounds yummy! Be sure to check it out before Friday!
Enjoy the rest of your Monday!

Thanksgiving Break Recap

I haven’t posted in quite some time.
But here is my excuse- I have been spending time with my wonderful family.
Good excuse, no?

Where should I begin?

My mom was scheduled to work Thanksgiving evening, ohh the life of a nurse, but double pay on holidays makes up for it. Since she had to be at work at 2pm, we had our Thanksgiving “lunch” at noon, so when I rolled out of bed at 10 am, most of the meal had already been prepared!

Some were anxious for the meal and tired of waiting. But I assure you, it was worth the wait.

  •  green bean casserole (my favorite)
  • turkey (of course!)
  • mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy
  • stuffing (also one of my favorites)
  • veggies
  • wheat dinner roll
  • homemade cranberry sauce (hidden behind the stuffing)
I hope the long list of food I ate made it clear, but just to clarify…I left the table STUFFED! 

I had to wait a few hours before I got hungry enough for dessert.

  • pumpkin pie (mmm)

    One tradition my sister and I have is making a gingerbread house.

    You may consider it childish. We consider it fun.

     The Biggest Loser Thanksgiving edition was on, when all of the past winners came back and shared Thanksgiving, so I was too distracted to be much help.

    But the additions I made to the house are very clear.

    I was feeling very school spirited (I go to the University of Michigan if you weren’t aware). Go Blue!

    The final product:
    Another tradition we have…BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING!
    Right after the meal was over, we were busy looking for deals in the store ads! 
    My mom didn’t get home until 11pm on Thanksgiving night so we didn’t get out of the house until 6 am the next morning. A little late in my opinion but we still got some good deals. 
    Here are a few:

    •  My sister got these boots at Kohl’s for only $20!

    •  Movies are a big part of Black Friday deals for my family. Here are the movies that I bought. My sister also got a few. 

    •  Bath & Body had some great deals! These Mint Chocolate candles smelled heavenly! 

    •  I love Old Navy PJ’s! Do you like these new Christmas ones I snagged for only $5?

    •  Scooter got some new toys (that he is now annoyingly squeaking all the time L)

    • Have you seen these in stores? You put them in water and they are supposed to grow 6 times their size in a few days? Well, lets see how big Rudolph gets.
    And finally, Thanksgiving is the time we do Christmas Card Pictures. It’s. A. Big. Deal.

    The majority of our family lives in Poland, so they don’t see us and they really look forward to these pictures.

    Out of the dozens taken here are my favorites, and by favorites I do not mean that these are all keepers, some are just insanely humorous…you’ll see.

     (I’m on the upper left side)

     This one needs some explanation: we’re holding up our school ornaments.
    It was really difficult to get a good picture with Scooter.

    I love that he is sitting looking at us instead of at the camera.

    But alas…

    He’s not looking in the right direction and he is holding on to his toy which he refuses to let get out of his sight, but compared to the others, this one is perfect!

    *Sigh*
    Thanksgiving break was wonderful, but now it’s time to face reality. 
    School school school.
    Exams exams exams.
    Busy busy busy.
    Question: What Thanksgiving traditions does your family have?

    Almost There…

    I am counting down the hours until I go home sweet home.
    Yes, you read that right I am STILL stuck at school. 
    I think someone needs to reevaluate this whole Thanksgiving break thing at the University of Michigan. Classes are held until Wednesday (today) the day before Thanksgiving until 5pm! In my opinion this is a bunch of BS! It doesn’t allow for any travel time so most people end up leaving a day or so early if they have classes they are able to skip.

    To beat boredom, I headed to the gym for one last workout before I eat my weight in turkey tomorrow! I cycled 20 miles in just under an hour.

    Workout Stats:  

    Total Distance:
    Time Taken:
    Pace:
    20.00
    58:00
    02:53 (avg)   
    Speed: 20.69 (mi/hr) (avg)  

    I am currently finishing up a rough draft of a bio paper that needs to be submitted by 5pm. I’m not too worried, I’m going to submit one in the roughest form possible. J
    I can’t wait to go home and be greet by:

     This was last years Christmas card picture!

    I’m sure my mom has put up all of her Christmas decorations by now! I can’t wait to see them. Sure, it’s a little early for that but we are a Christmas family after all, and love to enjoy it as long as possible.

    Giving Back

    I am a HUGE fan of Borders and any bookstore really. I could spend all day in one. I got an email today telling me that since I am one of their best customers I got $10 in Borders Bucks, basically I have $10 store credit.

    My first thought was automatically what should I buy for myself? And then I remembered my Holiday Goals, more importantly goal #9.

    9. In any way possible, try to ensure that those that are less fortunate than me have a wonderful Christmas, even a smile to a stranger goes a long way or donating money to the Salvation Army.  

    Recently, when I’ve gone to Borders I’ve been walking past a display of adorable reindeer teddy bears that you can buy for $9.99 and donate to a child at St. Jude’s. $9.99? And I have $10 store credit? Sounds pretty perfect to me.