What’s Up Wednesday

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Long time, no write! I feel like, even though I have more time with school being out, I am finding less time to write (or desire to write). Good thing this post just about covers it all! And I totally forgot to press “post” yesterday, so this is a day late…

What I’m eating this week:

I am currently obsessed with avocado toast! Like, I can’t get enough. I’ve been using avocado packs from Trader Joe’s (each pack has only 100 calories!). It’s the perfect amount for two pieces of whole wheat toast. I’ve also been putting Trader Joe’s Everything But the Bagel seasoning on top. YUMMM. I’m not lying when I say I can’t get enough.

What I’m reminiscing about:

The roomies just booked tickets to Spokane. I haven’t been since I finished my Masters (7 years ago?!) so I know campus will have changed a ton. We are going in September so here’s hoping the leaves have started to change colors a little bit. I’ve said it before that I didn’t really appreciate Spokane while I was there and while I still wouldn’t want to live there, it’ll be nice to visit!

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What I’m loving:

I am loving my summer schedule! I do summer school until 12:30 and have the rest of my day to relax and veg and do all things that someone on summer break should do. I’ve been waking up at 5:15 a couple mornings a week to run before work so it definitely feels good to get exercise out of the way before my day even starts. Hopefully getting into this routine now can help me keep it up once the school year starts again. It’s nice not having to wait for it to cool down or skipping altogether because other plans come up.

What I’ve been up to:

I am back at work this week for my last week of summer school but over the weekend enjoyed The Book of Mormon (it was funny!) and a baby shower for my bestie! Elliott is due on August 29th. My birthday is August 30th and while I am very particular about my birthday (because it is my favorite holiday obviously), I would be honored to share it with Ellie! How perfect would that be? Besties since Kindergarten with her first child born on my birthday. I’m counting on it, Whitney!

What I’m dreading:

Moving. Well, maybe packing and unpacking I should say to clarify. I am so excited to move but I absolutely hate packing. I feel like I just did it (which is kind of true). I am glad though that it will be done before the school year starts so I can feel settled.

What I’m working on:

I will be working on packing once we’re back from D.C. I’ll have about two and a half weeks which should be plenty of time. Storage isn’t too too great at the new place (neither are the closets) so I’ll make myself do some spring cleaning and get rid of some things that I haven’t worn or have been holding on for too long.

What I’m excited about:

July is jam-packed (see below) and I’m super excited for all of it!

What I’m watching/reading:

This season of The Bachelorette is boring me. I’m still watching of course but I’m just not as invested in this season than I have been in past season. I am really glad all the drama with Bachelor in Paradise got sorted out because I always look forward to that one. As for what else I’m watching… I’m still trying to catch up on Scandal and have been enjoying the new season of Master Chef90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? also just started up and it’s the best. Anfisa is enough reason alone to watch it. My favorite quotes from her during the first episode: “I hate our apartment. It looks poor” and “I hate being married to Jorge”. SO GOOD!! The series finale of Pretty Little Liars was last night and I was underwhelmed to say the least.

I am currently on book number six for June with an easy breezy read from one of my favorite authors, Elin Hilderbrand.

What I’m listening to:

Same old stuff. I really need some new music. I am really happy though that Taylor Swift is back on Spotify! Which reminds me that I need to download a bunch of music before our flight!

What I’m wearing:

I think I’ve gotten to the point in my life where I will choose comfort over fashion. It’s been so hot that I’m usually just in a t-shirt and shorts/jeans. Nothing too special. One thing I do love always though is… shoes! I bought some Nike’s for D.C. I usually wear my Converse (the Shoreline ones are great) when walking all day but even those make my feet tired so I am hoping the Nike’s help. I wore them yesterday to test them out and they were like walking on a cloud. There will probably be more in my future. And there I go choosing comfort again!

What I’m doing this weekend:

Michael and I leave for Washington D.C. on Friday. His sister is getting married on Sunday and we are making a trip out of it. We’ll be there for a week and have our to-do list set. I love Washington; I’ve been twice but unfortunately haven’t been since freshman year of high school. I am gearing up for the humidity though…

What I’m looking forward to next month:

July is a super busy month: the Washington trip, visiting Whitney in Boise, doing a program at school for the incoming students, moving to our new apartment, etc, etc. I know the month will fly by because of how busy it is.

What else is new:

That’s about it!

Weekend Wrap-Up

This weekend was whoa. A whirlwind! Thank goodness for spring break in a few days because I need some rest and relaxation time! Sit back and get comfy, this post is a long one.

Friday: Work, of course! I also had my follow-up doctor’s appointment. I shared about getting some results back last week. I had to have a thyroid biopsy after they found a pretty large cyst a few weeks ago. It’s benign (still so relieved) and the endocrinologist wants me to get another ultrasound in six months to monitor. Easy! I can do that. Nice to finally be able to put that in the way back on my mind. After my appointment, I needed to get out to Corona to leave for Phoenix the next morning but I also needed my car in LA because that’s where I was flying back into… my bestie was the best ever and picked me up and we drove to Corona. Traffic wasn’t too horrendous but it was made a ton easier to have someone to chat with. Whit, I still owe you dinner!

Saturday: Dad and I headed to the airport in the morning for our flight to Phoenix. We got in about 11:30 and despite the craziness at the airport and getting into the stadium, we arrived with plenty of time to watch our Zags! Steph and I were able to visit for a few minutes before Dad and I hiked up to our seats. Considering how huge the stadium is, and how high up our seats were, they actually weren’t too bad! There were two students from Arizona sitting behind us who bought tickets at the start of the tournament hoping their team would be there. I told them they were now Zag fans! I texted Michael, Whitney, and my mom the same thing several times during the game: I CANNOT HANDLE THIS! I get stressed out watching at home, but let me tell you, it is about 100x more stressful in person. That last minute of the game dragged on but when that final buzzer went off? SO HAPPY!!! ON TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP!

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Sunday: Dad’s flight was super early so I hung out at the hotel until Jolene picked me up. We headed over to Tricia’s house and caught up for a few hours— it’s always fun hearing how things are at my old school (and being thankful I’m not there) and then just laughing with those two. I’m glad it worked out to get to see both of them! Tricia and I relaxed some more once Jolene headed home and we met one of our other teacher friends for dinner. Tricia is the best for letting me crash at the Igwe house and I know I’ll be seeing her again in California soon! 😉

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Monday: GAME DAY! I woke up so incredibly nervous. Throughout the day, I would remember the game and think to myself, we are playing in the CHAMPIONSHIP! How on earth did we ever get here?! I met up with Steph and her parents at the Biltmore where we walked around (lots of GO ZAGS! when people saw us in our shirts) and then we headed to the arena around noon. McFadden’s was the Gonzaga “bar” so we ate there and mingled with tons of Zags before the game. Adam Morrison even led us in a cheer. I had a single ticket to the game because my dad had to head back home and most people already had tickets or were trying to find them but I had a budget (I still paid a lot…) and it was just too hard to coordinate. I ended up sitting with tons of alumni and a few people that got tickets just because a championship was on their “bucket list.” The poor guy next to me, who also had a single ticket, had to deal with my anxiety during the whole game. He was rooting for the Zags and it was much less stressful to have someone to talk to (kind of like when there is turbulence on an airplane… I need to distract myself). The last 100 seconds of the game was heartbreaking. I’ve never liked UNC and losing to them, in the last 100 seconds, was tough. But I can’t even begin to describe how proud I am of my team. No one expected them to be there… basketball people said they were a championship contender but the skeptics wrote them off and said nope, they play in an easy conference, they don’t have any good wins, they beat an 11 seed and a 7 seed to get to the championship… all of that. We were right there the ENTIRE game. Bad calls (go away, refs) and off nights (it’s okay, Karnowski) got us in the end. I think we proved to the basketball world that we are a true contender. And if they still don’t believe it, they weren’t watching this season.

I am now back home, exhausted from my 7am flight, with a full day of teaching ahead of me. It was a weekend I’ll remember forever though– watching the Zags win in the Final Four with my dad, seeing them take the court for the final game of the season, and hanging out with Zags fan who came from all over to cheer on their team.

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My Favorite Roomie!

Going away to college can be pretty scary. I was homesick a good portion of freshman (and even in to sophomore) year because Spokane, Washington is very different than Southern California. I hated the gloom, hated the rain, and definitely hated the snow. During the days when I was homesick, what made it all bearable were my friends and roommates. I can now look back on my time at Gonzaga fondly because I loved the professors, my classes, Spokane (I can say that now), the experiences I had, but mostly because of the people I met. I’m very fortunate to still call some of them friends today, too. And I am even luckier to have been paired up randomly with a girl from Idaho as freshman roomies who is still my best friend today, 11 years later.

Below, you will meet my freshman roomie/college bestie, Whitney! In order to properly introduce you to her, I thought it would be fun to answer some questions about each other.

Here are my answers about her!:

When, where, and how did you meet?

I met Whitney during move-in day freshman year. I think we had found each other on Facebook before school started, too (this was when Facebook was super new!). Move-in day was the weekend of August 28, 2005. We were assigned to Goller which had 3 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, and a shared common room in an apartment-like set-up. I still think I was incredibly lucky because you can literally be paired with anyone. And I got her!

What are your favorite memories with her?

Oh boy, I know if I share one particular memory, I’ll end up remember something else right when I’m done typing because there are so many!

  1. Travel buddy: We’ve gone to a lot of places together! Boise (times a ton!), Seattle, Portland, LA (times a ton!), Phoenix (times a ton!), San Fran, Zambia, London, Canada (Nelson, it’s a tiny little city). She is a great travel buddy… perfect amount of exploring and relaxation!
  2. TV buddy: Looking back, I have no idea when we studied. We seemed to spend a lot of college watching TV and introducing others to our fave shows (ahem, Steph). There was even one day when (stop reading mom and dad) we were so into a show that we skipped class to keep watching. No DVR yet, what else we were supposed to do?! And our fave TV snack? Pop Tarts and milk.
  3. Just college in general: Open closet policy, AIM convos while being in the same room, Battle of the Blocks (she was my perch!), decorating Campion for Mardis Gras, listening to Whitney’s usual answer “I don’t knowwwww” when discussing boys, The Grind, Wendy’s after basketball games when we got free cheeseburgers, Didiers for fro yo on Tuesdays, Dawgs After Dark where we lied on the survey, basketball games, baseball games, etc, etc, etc!

What quality do you admire most about her?

I’ve always admired Whitney’s confidence. She may not agree with me on this one, but she’s always exuded a self-confidence that I wish I had! She can talk to anyone and is always just comfortable in her own skin.

What three things does she always carry with her?

I am going to go with: phone, chapstick, and sunglasses. I know these are pretty standard but I’m sure if I dumped out her purse everyday, these items would fall out. We text pretty consistently every single day so duh, she has her phone. I always see her putting on chapstick, so that’s a must. And she is always prepared with her sunnies!

What item would you love to steal from her closet?

We were perfect roomies because our clothes sizes are similar enough to raid each other’s closets. I would steal any of her jackets. She has a bunch of cute ones and I refuse to buy new outerwear because I can’t justify the cost of most when I only need it for about a month or two. She also has this adorable animal print scarf that I would love to have! Whit, never give it away when purging your closet. Send it my way!

If you were ordering a pizza for her, what toppings would you get?

We are pizza soul mates because I’d order Whitney my favorite kind of pizza because it’s her favorite, too– Canadian bacon and pineapple!

Pose a question, turn your music to random, and answer the question with the song that comes up after 7 skips: (We did this “game” all the time in college!)

Will Whitney ever move to California? “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield. Ha! So I’m going to take this as it’s a possibility! Plus, this is “The Hills” theme song so that basically means she will since that was in LA! YAY!


And here are the same questions that she answered about me!:

When, where, and how did you meet?

End of August 2005 during move in week at Gonzaga, we lived in the same suite.

What are your favorite memories with her?

So many!!!  Our last two years at Gonzaga we lived in the same apartment.  Looking back now, I think one of my favorite things is that we would text, or talk through AIM (because we are old enough AIM was popular then!!), and convince the other person to take a study break for One Tree Hill, Guitar Hero, Sonic, or anything else we could think of to get out of studying.

One we still talk about…. the trip to the San Diego Zoo!  It. was. AWFUL!!  It had to be over 100 and I think every exhibit we wanted to see was on the other side of the park from our current location.  We had such poor planning, it was miserable.

What three things does she always carry with her?

Phone, sunglasses, and some kind of sweater/light jacket.

What quality do you admire most about her?

Her modesty in selfless acts.  Sarah is so giving to charities and does a lot of extra things to help improve others’ lives.  She doesn’t do it in a showy way, or looking for recognition or praise, it’s just done because she has a good heart and wants to help support those who have less.

 What item would you steal from her closet?

Pretty much any one of her Rebecca Minkoff or Kate Spade purses…. I miss being roommates so I had two closets to choose from!

If you were ordering a pizza for her, what toppings would you get?

Canadian Bacon with pineapple, but she’ll probably pick off some, if not all, of the pineapple so there is “just the flavor.”

Pose a question….

What best summarizes the theme to Sarah’s upcoming summer break?

“U Can’t Touch This” M.C. Hammer…I’m sorry, but the song game is the boss!…