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This post was originally titled “lately”, but then my picture uploader stopped working and I wasn’t able to post it until just now. So here’s a little recap of things that happened a while ago in pictures.. because pictures are more fun.

I played my last lacrosse game as a Seminole. We beat UCF for the first time in the 4 years I have been here.

That felt good.

A lot of this happened…

…eating that is.

And they smile sometimes between bites.

Using my food baby as a table top for maximum food intake happened.

Balanced with a glass of red wine of course.

Work has happened a lot.

Thats Paulette. She’s the black grandma we never had.

Stephen’s birthday party at the barn happened.

Doesn’t he look thrilled?

An insect (and reptile?) attack happened during the party. Madness ensued.

We survived… barely.

While all my teachers were at an Archaeology conference (what?!) I had a week off and went home!

Lunch in Melbourne with the hottest Gramie and some other hunk happened.

She’s where I get all my good looks from πŸ˜‰

These guys aren’t so bad either.

In our family… matching usually happens coincidentally.

Domination of this happened too. All by myself.

Yes, that was gluten free, amazingly.

While home, a little walk around Lake PeePee happened. That is actually the name of the retention pond in our neighborhood, according to our neighborhood directory. No lie.

And I saw one fatty of a catfish.

I love Oviedo.

Then a stroll down to Pappy’s Patch for some strawberry pickin’ happened!

All my strawberries received 10’s from the judges (Doc and I).

Also, just because they’re funny…


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It’s true. I’m still here.

Sorry for my little blogging hiatus, I know you’ve all just been itching with anticipation for me to post again! I hate when life gets in the way of my blogging!

So first things first. I left you with such a cliffhanger last week!! Jen did a pretty swell job of guessing the 10 body parts that can be spelled with just three letters. I guessed all the same ones as her: eye, lip, hip, toe, leg, arm, ear, and rib. I also though of gum, and Carolyn finished the puzzle with JAW! I don’t know how long it would have taken me to get that one. Good job CM!

So obviously a lot has been going on the past few days to keep me from devoting time to my precious bloggy. Unfortunately nothing Peace Corps related has been stealing my attention… Still waiting…

I have been doing a lot of other exciting things though!

1. I got my hairs cut! Yes, all of them! And now I have bangs. Like, cira 4th grade style bangs. That wasn’t the original plan, but it happened and I’m dealing with it. I have gone back and forth a lot about whether or not I like them. Sometimes I do and keep them hanging around (haaaa I’m so punny) other times they annoy me to no end and I pin them up and outta my way. I’ll probably continue this indecisive behavior until they grow out enough to push em all to one side again. I will try to post a picture tomorrow.

2. I played my last first game of the season. In an unfortunate turn of events, we weren’t able to play our scheduled games against UF and FGCU on Saturday because it rained monsooned and our fields were flooded. So, instead we drove down to Gainesville yesterday to get out butts kicked. It wasn’t pleasant and thats all I really have to say about that.

3. I got to (quickly) see my loving mother, father and brother, who drove up to G-ville to watch us get our butts kicked. I’m so thankful to have such a supportive family that will always make the trip to watch me play. And they never complain about driving all the way to see a game, even when we lose.

4. Here’s the biggie. I decided last week that I am going to run a marathon. Yes, I know that is 26.2 miles. I don’t know when yet. And I haven’t quite exactly figured out how. But I’m going to do it. I am researching some dates for races this summer, I would like to do one before I leave for my PC service. Since I still don’t know when exactly that will be I am hoping to do it before September (when my “estimated date of departure” is). I bought a watch today (which apparently has an alarm set for 10:53pm that I can’t turn off– still haven’t figured out how to work it) so I can start timing myself on my runs and start setting pace goals as I begin training.

As I’m sure you have all been anxiously awaiting… here is your 1st health tip from your favorite health nut:

Don’t make buffalo chicken dip. Just don’t do it. Because you won’t be able to resist! The spicy buffalo flavor. The gooey creamy cheesiness. The big chunks of chicken. Its so deliciously scrumptious that you can’t just have a little bit. You get sucked into a buffalo chicken vortex of doom. Trust me.

I realize that’s not much of a health tip, but I’m preaching to the choir tonight. Its been a rough weekend. I’ve been craving chocolate and junk food like no other and the hungry beast inside of me won’t be quelled! I’ve got to find the willpower to resist! Gluten free cupcake for breakfast do not = Spring Break body!!!

Any supportive comments on this matter would be greatly appreciated and thoughtfully considered πŸ™‚

In other news:

My friend Chris was in a bad car accident over the weekend. He flipped his truck and he and his cousin, Mike, are both in ICU at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Please keep both of them and their families in your prayers this week.

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Junk food “junkies” that is…

That’s right Kelly, pay attention. This is for your own good.

I haven’t blogged a lot about this, but I think most of you know about my recent battle against Mr. Helicobacter Pylori, and the subsequent fight against the meeker and less hostile (yet, still remarkably uncomfortable) Mrs. Escherichia Coli that decided to invade my gastrointestinal tract in the past few months. Long story short: after a month of eating no meat, no dairy, no sugar and no coffee (along with my already gluten free diet) and a couple rounds of high dosage antibiotics, I was able to defeat the aforementioned H. Pylori. However, the extreme strength of the antibiotics, while appreciated for killing the invading bacteria, also killed off all my body’s “good bacteria” and left my poor intestines utterly defenseless. Soon thereafter I was bombarded by an E. Coli infection, which is no walk in the park fellas. After everything I went through trying to get rid of the H. Pylori and being quite sick of taking antibiotics that were just upsetting my body’s natural balance, I swore off my doctor (not literally, she’s actually quite pleasant and helpful). I did, however, literally vow to find a better way to conquer my new infection without destroying my health again.

My interest in health and nutrition began a few years ago, and after everything I have learned lately, I knew I could find a better, and more natural way to get my GI system back on track (ha, no pun intended). I did some surfing and snooping around on the WWW and also did some investigating in my favorite store, New Leaf Market.

My game plan included:

1. Eating a lot of organic yogurt full of probiotics and good bacteria like Lactobacillus Bacterium and Acidophilus.

2. Drinking Kombucha tea, which is also full of probiotics and digestive enzymes. Although its pungent smell is reminiscent of vinegar (April will attest to this) and the taste, at first, is similar to the smell, this stuff actually becomes quite addicting.

3. Consuming Manuka honey, which is honey that is made by bees that pollinate the Camellia sinensis (green tea) plant in New Zealand. This magical serum has bunches of antibacterial properties, and many other health benefits.

4. Drinking organic 100% cranberry juice, which has been studied for its destructive effects on bacteria like E. Coli.

Voila!!! I have been healed!!!

It was a slow process, but feeling my body get healthier and stronger everyday was such relief. And knowing that I was doing it by merely eating foods that would help heal me made me feel even better.

No more chemicals and prescription drugs for me, thank you very much.

Since conquering the bacterial war raging in my gut, I have been feeling better than I have in months! Last summer I was feeling great, running 4-5 miles a day, and quite healthy when my GI issues started. Since then I haven’t felt like myself, haven’t had any energy, haven’t been clear minded and happy… until now. I ran 4 miles this morning, which is the farthest I’ve run since last summer. I finally feel like myself again, and finally feel like I am in control of my body and my health.

The reason I decided to share all of this with you, my three devoted blog readers, is because I care so much about all of you and think that more people than just myself should benefit from everything I have learned in the past few months. Therefore, as a self-proclaimed “health nut” I have decided to add to my blog some health tips that I learned either from personal experience, from reading somewhere else, maybe a billboard, or perhaps from a friend. It may be once a week, it may be every day, and I don’t care if you don’t even read it (Rebecca) but it will be here for your benefit whether you like it or not πŸ™‚

Changing the way I eat has changed my life, and is now vital for my continued health. Instead of being upset or angry that this has all happened to me, I am grateful for everything I learned and hope that in sharing it with you all, you can learn and be healthier too.

So, without further ado… this isn’t really a “health tip” per say, but something to think about until the first real health tip is published:

“Just because you aren’t sick… doesn’t mean you’re healthy.”

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Today has been one of those days…

where I just can’t get a grip on what day it is. I’ve been thinking it was Thursday all day. Still feels like Thursday. Maybe because I don’t have class on Fridays so tomorrow is like my Friday, which by postulation makes my Wednesdays into Thursdays?

Decided that I’m going to visit my brother this weekend! Brother Bear turns 20 on Friday (which is NOT tomorrow). I can’t believe how old he is!! When did my little Reevies get so big? He is no longer a teenager. Which, by postulation, means that I am a few years past being a teenager. Jeesh. Time flies.

Whitney.. you are SUPER old.

Its an 8(ish) hour drive to Greenwood, SC. Anyone up for quick road trip? Anyone want to lend me a car-charger for my ipod? Or a book on CD perhaps?

Can’t decide if I should apply to graduate with a BA or BS. Do I want my degree in being a Bada$$ or in Bull$h!t? Either seems fitting, considering my majors. International Affairs? BS. Anthropology? BA. Toughie.

Missed the WEEZER concert to go to 45 mintues of practice in the rain. Sometimes… I just hate you, Jimminy Cricket.

Leaving practice soaking wet because of rain, not sweat, counts as a shower, right?

The bulk section of New Leaf is going to be my downfall. Accidentally took home a small baggie of organic dark chocolate chips today. There are a few left…. I justify my actions by repeating that they were organic, dark chocolate chips.

I am looking forward to working tomorrow evening, only because I finally get the chance to wear my new black work pants. I am, however, annoyed that I will have to miss kick-boxing, and probably practice as well.

I am so looking forward to our first lacrosse games of the season, and the Well’s “One Night Stand“. Just wish they weren’t on the same weekend.

It’s frustrating that I am going all the way to South Carolina, but won’t be seeing Jen or Kelly 😦 Greenwood is in such an inconvenient location.

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My Kitchenaid KFC3100 food processor showed up on my doorstep yesterday afternoon, just in time for me to rip theΒ  box open and give it a whirl (hah punny) before I had to babysit. I knew exactly what I wanted to make for my first dish… PESTO! It seemed like an easy enough endeavor.. throw in some basil leaves, a couple cloves of garlic, a squirt of lemon juice, toss a few pine nuts, pinch of salt, with a drizzle of olive oil. Can’t be that hard.. and it wasn’t! It didn’t turn out so great, but that was only because I didn’t have all the ingredients. I didn’t have any basil, so i substituted spinach for that, but I didn’t have enough spinach either. Whoops, guess I should have calculated that better. The garlic-to-spinach ratio was much too high. So I wrapped that puppy up tight in the fridge so I could do some readjusting today. I got more spinach, added some more pine nuts, and processed my little heart out. And it was worth the little effort I put in. The new end result was very good! A nice, creamy texture. It tasted a little different because of the spinach swap, and most pesto recipes have Parmesan cheese which I reluctantly had to leave out. Nonetheless, it was quite tasty.

I also used my new best friend to help me whip up some potatoes tonight for dinner! I chopped and boiled some small fingerling potatoes, then threw them into the KFC with some green onions, smart balance, pepper and salt and pulsed them until they were mashed and chunky, but not pulverized to death. It was so easy! And they tasted so good! Yes, were going to get along just fine, my food processor and I.

In other news, did you know that you are burning more calories right now than you were a few months ago? You are. Not because your metabolism is higher, although it might be, and not because you have gained more muscle, although you might have.. but because its COLD OUTSIDE! That’s right folks, just because its winter and temperatures are lower, our bodies have to burn more calories just to keep our bodies’ temperature at equilibrium! Your basal metabolic rate is higher when you are exposed to cold temperatures. So don’t fret those small slices of pie you had with Christmas dinner, or the few glasses of champagne you had on New Years Eve… heck, go out on a limb and have frozen thin mints for breakfast. Hey, if they’re cold, and you’re cold, you’ll just burn them right off anyway, right?

…and I thought there wasn’t a single good thing about winter!

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