Time Flies When You’re Having Fun, Working Hard, and Ridiculously Busy!

FOOD

This past month has been all over the map!  Thankfully there hasn’t been much travel for me, other than the first week, so it’s been a pretty typical blend of elaborate eats, simple meals, and going out.

I met up with a classmate of mine, KS, up in DC for lunch.  I had this awesome wrap at a place in Georgetown she picked out.
I met up with a classmate of mine, KS, up in DC for lunch. I had this awesome wrap at a place in Georgetown she picked out.
Build a bowl meal of risotto, chickpeas, and roasted squash
Build a bowl meal of risotto, chickpeas, and roasted squash.  Another Zsu Dever genius dish from Vegan Bowls
Leftover lentil, rice, and peas over shredded lettuce
Leftover lentil, rice, and peas over shredded lettuce
Can't have Fall without lotsa pumpkin bread
Can’t have Fall without lotsa pumpkin bread
That moment when you know you have to go grocery shopping because you toss everything you have in a sauce pan to make stewp!  It was quite good though.
That moment when you know you have to go grocery shopping because you toss everything you have in a sauce pan to make stewp! It was quite good though.
Mango/pineapple/tofu stir fry leftovers for lunch
Mango/pineapple/tofu stir fry leftovers for lunch
Preparations for a big Italian dinner night when my friend SC came up to visit!
Preparations for a big Italian dinner night when my friend SC came up to visit!
My big Italian plate!
My big Italian plate!

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Oatmeal with banana and topped with homemade tangy soy yogurt
Oatmeal with banana and topped with homemade tangy soy yogurt
My birthday sushi!
My birthday sushi!

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FITNESS

Once again, sporadic at best.  I’ve gone to a boot camp class a few times that I actually really enjoy.  I’m having a hard time allowing myself the free time to go workout though – which is something I hope to work on.

Truth is, with full time (and very demanding) school, work, and family – the first thing I always sacrifice are the things I do solo – like working out.  It’s lame and I know I’d be a better mom/employee/student if I just invest that time, but I can’t get over the feeling that it’s selfish for me to do so.

LIFE

Well, October has come and gone since we last visited with each other!  It’s been a busy one, that’s for sure.  Not that my life is ever anything else though, right??

So let’s see – I went to DC for a few days for work and managed to get in a nice lunch (despite the pouring rain) in Georgetown with KS.  We go to school together and immediately clicked when we met.  She’s a great person, and it was nice to be able to see her between residencies.

Speaking of classmates, I went up to Richmond to have a study session with JG and SH also.  Exams are starting (actually, started yesterday), so it was nice to get together to review the hardest class of them all.

School in general is going very well.  It’s intense and I spent a lot of time studying, but I really do love it.  It’s challenging and exciting as much as it is exhausting!  About one day a week I will take “off” from class work to do something fun or nothing at all!

One of those "off" nights involved taking R out to learn how to play pool!  She loves it - and is pretty darn good already!
One of those “off” nights involved taking R out to learn how to play pool! She loves it – and is pretty darn good already!

My birthday was this month!  The Saturday before hand, we went to Busch Gardens for Howl-O-Scream fun.  Had a great time!  On my birthday itself (a Monday), M and I went to the movies in the middle of the day, and then we all went out to my favorite b’day place – Geisha – for hibachi, veggie sushi and my “un-cake” which is 1/4 of a pineapple with other fruits on it.

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So a merry go round becomes a horror-go-round with the addition of red lights and spooky music!
So a merry go round becomes a horror-go-round with the addition of red lights and spooky music!

A friend of R’s spent the weekend with us, and we took the girls to Busch Gardens and let them do whatever they wanted.  N (R’s friend) isn’t a big fan of spooky, so we got through one haunted house only.  Didn’t matter though – the girls had plenty of fun on rides and goofing off like 12 yr olds do.

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SC came up from North Carolina for an evening of cooking wine, and relaxing.  We’d been trying to get together since May, but one thing or another kept coming up.  He brought wine and the two of us cooked half the night away.  After dinner, he and I and R took a long walk around the neighborhood and had an overall great night.

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D and I played in the United Way Nerd Golf tournament again this year with ABD and her husband JD.  It was a great time!  Oh, and it’s called Nerd Golf because it’s all our IT department that does it.

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The next two weeks are my exam period for the end of my first term!  I’m budgeting my non-work time to prep and organize for them, with the intent to knock them all out Fri-Sun next weekend.  That will give me a full week to take it easy before Term 2 starts and I head off to Brazil!  My passport was returned this week with my visa, so I’m good to go!

Until then, I leave you with the normal random pictures and morning pictures!

D, R, and I were texting each other goofy pictures where we tried to look bored.  R was in her robotics club meeting, D was in his car waiting for her to come out of school, and I was at the dining room table studying
D, R, and I were texting each other goofy pictures where we tried to look bored. R was in her robotics club meeting, D was in his car waiting for her to come out of school, and I was at the dining room table studying
R and I hit up the pumpkin patch one day after school
R and I hit up the pumpkin patch one day after school
Found this to be a bizarre sign at the restaurant/bar where we were playing pool
Found this to be a bizarre sign at the restaurant/bar where we were playing pool
I love Virginia Beach :)
I love Virginia Beach 🙂
Starting to get too cold for my favorite room - but I enjoy it when I can
Starting to get too cold for my favorite room – but I enjoy it when I can
Ginny interrupting my studies for a belly rub
Ginny interrupting my studies for a belly rub

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Ginny interrupting R's studies too!
Ginny interrupting R’s studies too!

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Another study session interrupted by the fluffball
Another study session interrupted by the fluffball
Don't bother us.... we're sleeping
Don’t bother us…. we’re sleeping

And the morningpictures and selfie!

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RunCrissieRun

I am a 43 yo busy career single mom, attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free & nut-free vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

2 thoughts on “Time Flies When You’re Having Fun, Working Hard, and Ridiculously Busy!

    1. Halloween is my favorite holiday and Busch Gardens does it up very well! They haunt the entire place, it’s so much fun. This whole year has flown by! Sometimes I wish the next 2 yrs would just hurry up and get here (graduate in May 17), but at the same time, I can barely catch my breath!

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