Driving Girl

I sent this picture to my mom and I realized later that my dress…

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…matches my comforter! This shows how coordinated I am with myself. My future may lie in a cross between interior decorating and fashion, except a person has an outfit for every item in his/her house. I lost interest in my own project/joke, sorry. Other than the horrifying smile upon my face, I think it comes together nicely.

In other news, I had every intention of waking up super early Thursday morning to fit in a workout, but I had first-day nerves and couldn’t fall asleep in time. I brought my workout clothes to go after, but then I decided it was time for a rest day as I haven’t had one in awhile. My GPS went bonkers when I tried to switch, but thankfully, I was close enough to my apartment that I navigated my way home successfully. I’ll call that a win!

Breakfast was cheesy eggs, toast, and lots of fruit.

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Chicken and veggie stir fry with brown rice for lunch.

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For dinner, cod, spinach, and the rest of my quinoa dish.

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Have a great Friday! I’ll catch ya after this weekend!

Cheesy Business

We’ve made it to Thursday! The weekend is upon us, but hopefully, you’re still rocking this week. I had myself a pretty good Wednesday, what with nailing down a job, but the other parts of the day were pretty sweet too.

Especially this syrupy waffle from the morning. Paired with some fruit, it was perfection.

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For lunch, I dug into more of my quinoa dish, chock full of black beans, corn, broccoli, orange pepper, feta, and soyaki.

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I made myself a fancy dinner to celebrate last night. Not nearly as good as my mom’s, but I don’t make a terrible chicken parmesan. Vegetable medley and pasta on the side. One might say with too much cheese. But one would be wrong.

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Exercise was a run, walk combination totaling 4.5 miles! I ran for a mile at a medium-fast pace, walked the difference between my mileage and 15 minutes, ran another mile at a faster pace, walked, then did it a third time. I ended up continuing on to complete more than 4 miles with running, and finishing off with a walk. A quick yoga session ended my workout and left me dripping in sweat, the way I love it!

Lots of writing occurred in the hours after and we finally installed wi-fi! Things are continuing to fall into place and though I still suspect challenges ahead, I’m keeping a positive mindset.

Crush your Thursday!

My Washer/Dryer Is Trying to Kill Me, Among Other Things

It took exactly two weeks, but I’m happy to be back in the world of employment! A start to chasing those dreams.

On a side note, my washer/dryer is trying to kill me.

I know I’m lucky  to have a washer/dryer (it’s an all-in-one machine, which is strange in itself to this suburbia kid!), but the machine promises “quiet” and “effective” and all I hear are confusing, loud banging noises and it takes hours. I  have to leave my clothes in for a slow dry if I want them to dry at all. Ah, the markings of being an apartment renter! This isn’t Kansas anymore, kid! (But also, I’m thankful for not having grown up in Kansas, not that there’s anything wrong with it per say, but- I’m losing focus).

In summary, the washer/dryer is freaking loud and I think it is trying to kill me.

So how about Tuesday?

Things got moving early (and by early, I mean a lot of people would side-eye me for that comment if they knew what time I awoke) around here. After hopping in the shower, I enjoyed breakfast.

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After spending the morning running around town, and by town, I mean Hollywood, I came home ready for lunch! Thank goodness for meal prep! Quinoa, black beans, corn, broccoli, orange pepper, and soyaki! A side of hummus and chips complemented flavors nicely.

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Dinner was out with a classmate of mine from college who just happened to move to LA about a month before me. I can’t tell you how great it was to see a friendly, familiar face, especially one who is facing the same challenges and positives as me! For food, I had a cup of yummy chicken tortilla soup and a side of brussels sprout and bacon mash. I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into with that dish, but it was just mashed potatoes with some chunks of sprouts and bacon. With cheese!

For a workout, I got things moving with a bicep, back, and core workout and finished with twenty minutes on the spin bike.

I’m feeling good! How ’bout you?

 

Humble Bragging

Yesterday reminded me that I don’t have it all figured out- as though I needed reminding right now!?

Life is messy, beautiful, but chaotic. I am a creature who thrives on habit, can do wonderful things when pushed out of my comfort zone. I can also fall flat on my ass and feel like I’m drowning. Moving and adapts bing to new place and things is a difficult concept on its own, but life also loves to pop up with random obstacles. Not to complain, so much as reflect, because these problems I’m about to share are minuscule compared to all the issues in the world.

For instance, you can go grocery shopping and even though you make a detailed list, you can still end up in the store two more times that same day because you can never anticipate all of your needs. And at that same grocery store, you might even make a baby cry for smiling at him or her when trying to find the cucumbers.

If you are new to an area and don’t know your way around at all, you will have to rely on technology and sometimes, that technology will fail for no particular reason other than to complicate life.

Milk will boil over the pot. The Internet will not always run fast. Printers will not always print. People will steal your seat. Your computer will freeze on Do and Trump’s wide-open trap. You can get mad, scream, curse, and cry. Or you can call it as it is, and go home. Home will not be the home that you’re used to. It’s okay or it’s not. And that’s life.

Thankfully, I am okay and so ends my rant!

Good things happened yesterday too! For instance, I made some killer meals that I’ll feature in a moment. I got a lot of work and writing done, progress is being made. I had some great phone conversations with family and friends. I ran five miles…on a treadmill…and my legs didn’t collapse beneath me.

The day started with oatmeal. I sweetened this bowl with honey instead of maple syrup and it did the trick. The oats really fueled that run, along with chopped walnuts, raisins, a banana, and a cup of yogurt.

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For lunch, I made a big batch of quinoa with black beans and corn. I’ll have this throughout the week, but this particular plate featured broccoli, orange pepper, feta, and a sauce I picked up at Trader Joe’s called Soyaki. I walked into the store intending to buy both sauces separately, so this made life easy and yummy.

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I also enjoyed the sauce on my dinner. After trying to get to my cousin’s place to watch the debate (thanks again GPS, not), I whipped up these fish tacos instead. Cod over spinach and carrots on two corn tortillas. Delicious!

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After a strong writhing session, I fell into bed, looking forward to the new day, but still appreciating the current one. Even if it did make me feel like a clumsy, blubbering mess.

Humility is a beautiful thing.

Weekend Things

Today has been a challenging one technologically speaking. My GPS wouldn’t work on my phone, the presidential debate won’t stream, and I’ve been trying to send these pictures from my phone to my computer all afternoon. Finally here we are.

Sometimes life tests patience! I also learned that I am screwed directionally wise without assistance.

A lot of this weekend was spent finishing settling down and doing work, but I had fun too!

Friday night started off with a workout. A run and a quick yoga cycle helped me along with my fancy dinner.

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I went out with my friends, Brad and Reid. Pretending to be chic.

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There’s always two ends on a spectrum.

On Saturday, I slept in later than is to be respected, but enjoyed an omelet, with an English muffin, peanut buttery banana, and berries.

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I took the day off from exercise, but walked to the local Starbucks to use the internet. Not a bad walk and I was able to spend a good chunk of the day sitting outside in the warmth.

I made a quick bowl of pasta with a salad, but must not have snapped a picture before devouring. My dinner was small considering the two previous large meals. Grilled chicken in BBQ and spinach.

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Saturday night, I watched a movie with my friend Brad. It was okay, beautiful imagery and decent storyline before calling it a night.

Sunday called for a pancake breakfast! I used the protein Kodiak cake mix, but spruced it up with a mashed banana, vanilla, and oats. Topped with some syrup and enjoyed with berries!

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My workout consisted of triceps, chest, and core action with a spin on the bike. My recovery meal:

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Scrambled eggs on an English muffin and a large salad.

For dinner, I tried something a little different. Parmesan cod (not sure that’s even a thing) with zoodles and red pepper. It was delicious! Cod is easily my favorite fish. I want to like salmon more than I do, but cod is versatile and doesn’t have an overwhelming taste.

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Most of the weekend was spent writing, so I can only call that productive. I’m hoping to do some touristy things this week.

Happy Monday!

 

 

Resourceful Girl!

Here at Casa Caitlin, I’ve been learning to do all sorts of new things, such as putting furniture together! My desk proved to be a lot more challenging than my desk, but thankfully, I thoroughly followed directions and was able to get the job done. In case of collapse, you will never know (except of course I’ll tell you because that’s just my way!)

It’s pretty cool to take a pile of objects:

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And turned it into this:

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Or these very confusing multiple parts (nowhere near as many were in the package):

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Into one cohesive thing:

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One might not find this impressive, but for me, it is!

There were two slight issues with the desk. One, I ended up putting two pieces together backwards so I had to fix that! Two, It’s nice to have a seat and a ledge other than my bed and/or couch!

Speaking of my bed, I’m finally ready to reveal my bedroom!

First, from the entrance way, you spot a few posters hanging on the wall.

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Next, we’ll pan over to two more posters and spot my bed by the window.

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Let’s glance once more at that beautiful chair and desk combination nicely arranged.

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And finally, take a glimpse into my closet.

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I’m really fortunate to have a ton of storage space because I don’t like clutter!

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Now onto food!

Check out this fabulous breakfast I prepared of scrambled eggs with a dose of cheese, toast, and a beautiful arrangement of fruit.

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Lunch included a massive salad of mixed greens, veggies, and feta, as well as grilled chicken and brown rice.

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Mid-day, I worked out the lower body, back, biceps, and core, which are all feeling a tad bit sore today. No cardio because I ran out of time.

At the library while I worked, I munched on some almonds and raisins to hold me over until dinner so that I could make the most of my time.

For dinner, I dined on grilled cod, brown rice, and spinach. I’m quite pleased with how the fish turned out because I wasn’t following any sort of instruction. I just sautéed the filet with some butter and salt and it didn’t need any saucy accompaniment.

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This morning, I woke to a breakfast of waffles and this tasty medley of fruit. I did take the extra time to arrange it, but only because it offered better picture quality, and actually, the banana framed itself that way so I just went for it.

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Another gigantic salad was my lunch. I tried to include all of the colors of the rainbow: green, yellow, orange, and red topped with feta, walnuts, and eventually grilled chicken.

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Not much more to report on at the moment, but hopefully the weekend will provide plenty to recap on Monday. Happy Weekend, friends!

Things

A week and a day in and still no celebrity sightings. I’m trying not to be discouraged, but really, you move to LA and you expect to see some random celebrities acting just like you and me, walking down the street. Do I glance over at the cubicle next to me and see my future husband, Chris Evans, at the library? No, instead I get a teen napping on his backpack. At Starbucks do I spot my future BFF Sarah Michelle Gellar ordering the same beverage? No, I get two dudes joking about putting mayonnaise in their coffee. Am I heavy lifting weights next to the man himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger, at the gym? Nope, just some old lady who needs help adjusting the seat but then proceeds to do freaking reverse crunches on an incline.

People keep joking that all the celebrities are in Boston, which hardy har- not funny!

For the record, only two of those celebrities are ones I’d like to meet. Spoiler: The Terminator is not one of them.

Again, this lack of celebritydom could be a symptom of my being unobservant, but I just don’t think so. Bring on the celebs!

Back to focus, I’ll tell you a little bit about my Wednesday. A day starting out with this beautiful bowl of oats is always a good one in my book!

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I mixed things up with almond milk, mashed banana, cinnamon, walnuts, raisins, and a dash of maple syrup. Muy delicioso!

At the gym, with my actual new BFF reverse crunching like a pro, I worked through triceps, shoulders, and chest, and I’m already feeling the repercussions. Again, in the best way. Core was pretty crushing with rollouts that did not want to be rolled out, especially at 3 sets of 20 reps. Worth it in the end, I hope. To top off my exercise for the day, I did things old-school and hopped on the arc trainer for a sweaty fifteen minutes- five steady-state, five intervals, five steady-state before calling it a day.

To refuel, I loaded up with strawberries and half a banana with some chocolate peanut butter. Refreshing!

I’m on The Order of the Phoenix for my Harry Potter re-read and it’s stressing me out. I’ve been avoiding it for a week and now I’ve just started and it’s stressful. You can’t imagine the pain if you haven’t read it before. There’s just so much angst. I love the book, don’t get me wrong, but boy does it bring out the emotions. I’m anticipating every scene as though I haven’t read it before. (Put in italics because such a notion is preposterous!)

For lunch, I headed back into Hollywood, The Grove area, to meet my cousin and two of her co-workers for an informational lunch. Again, it’s good to have human contact!

Look what I spotted!

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Back to the library to get some work done for this chick, as you probably predicted from my reference of the teen and his backpack. He was sleeping, in the spot that I had deemed mine over the past two days might I add, and I both support and resent him for it. Sleeping is important, but also, one, move and two, Chris Evans could have sat there, you waste of space.

For dinner, I went out with my friend Brad and his twin brother Reid, my new roommate!, at a vegan restaurant in town. Again, I ate vegan and did not have a celebrity sighting. The sacrifices I’m making. Not, I suppose, that celebrity sightings is the reason I moved out here because totally not, but still, it ups my cool factor.

I dined on sesame “chicken,” which was actually yummy cauliflower, brown rice, and broccoli. I have nothing against veganism and will eat a meal as such, but I’m still very much tied to meat and other various animal products. So sue me, but actually, please don’t.

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I’ve been writing and editing like crazy, which is important, and the actual reason for me being out here. Let’s hope that creativity keeps flowing! Secret to success: the more you do, the more that comes.