Monthly Archives: April 2014

oh snap

snap

Maybe it’s the laws of physics (what goes up must come down), but while I used to like Snapchat (remember this?), I really just can’t stand it now. Believe me, I like getting cute photos from my friends, but checking the darn application takes a little bit more effort than I want to expend (okay, I guess my senioritis is starting to show…). I just let Snapchat notifications pile up until I have an exorbitant amount and have to settle for sending 25+ friends a lack-luster picture of me wearing some expression that says, “errr I had nothing better to share.” I should probably just erase my account, but I’m holding out for those few times I have something wicked cool to share ūüėČ

pretty amazing

pretty amazing

Last Friday I woke up with a terribly sore throat. I had to cancel all of my appointments for the day and spent most of the weekend going from soup to sleep to movies to soup to sleep to movies. It was disappointing to spend an entire weekend laying low, but the weather was pretty crummy too so at least I¬†didn’t feel like I completely wasted a spring weekend. This week I have a lot on my plate (we’re just around midterms time here at school), but this¬†weekend begins our season of spring awesomeness on campus so I really want to focus on being 100% healthy come Thursday night. With parties and concerts and (hopefully) sunshine ahead, I want to be a tip-top shape kitty!

spring looks

spring looks

There are two looks that I am absolutely loving for the spring season right now. The first is a pair of high-waisted shorts with an easy tank and some cool aviators, and the second is a pair of white denim jeans with a flow-y top and go-to Jack Rogers sandals. I love the festival feel of the first look just as much as I adore the dinner-at-sunset feel of the second. Now it’s¬†time¬†to decide how to spend my very limited budget…

the addiction

2048_1

Have you heard of the iPhone game 2048? I was first introduced to the app during my spring break when I watched my twin sister stay up until the wee hours of the night playing it, but I didn’t understand the addiction. NOW I DO.

The game essentially has you slide numbers around a 4×4 matrix, combining like numbers until you reach the ultimate goal of 2048. Once you hit that, you can continue on to try to get even greater numbers! The cool thing about the app is that if you don’t reach 2048 (which oftentimes you don’t because every time you swipe across the board a new number (2 or 4) drops into the matrix, so eventually it fills up) the game still tracks your “score” (don’t ask me how they find that…) so that you know if you’re doing your best yet or better than your friends — hehehe!

The game is SOOOO addicting. I forgot to eat dinner the other night because I was so sucked into it… yeah, that happened. If you don’t have the app yet, proceed with caution. If you do, have you hit 2048 yet??

2048_2

7 weeks and counting

the road to graduation...

the road to graduation…

Yesterday I went home for Easter and it was just such a lovely day. I spent the morning at church followed by an awesome afternoon of¬†food, family, and fun. The day was filled with¬†too many great things to list them all (traditions, catching-up, chocolate… just to name a few!), but probably the thing that struck me the¬†most was¬†something my grandmother said to me as I was saying my farewells. She said, “Good luck, Catherine! I’ll see you at graduation!” And it hit me just like that:¬†the next time I will see most of my relatives will be at my college graduation. I just can’t believe it. I feel like I see my relatives pretty often, so to think that the next time we will all be together¬†will be at my graduation means that it is right around the corner. I can’t handle that! I have seven weeks left of school, but I know they are going to feel like seven minutes. How do you slow down the clock??

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Happy Easter!

easter

grandma muffins

muffins

The other day I made the most delicious banana bran muffins as a study snack. I know, I sound like an absolute grandma, but they were so tasty and I couldn’t resist trying to make comfort food a¬†little bit healthier (ok, truth is I had some wheat bran sitting around that I literally hadn’t touched since I made a variation on my quinoa granola and I had a few ancient bananas that were minutes away from rotting, so I thought I might as well whip something up while I was thinking about it). The recipe I followed was super easy and the muffins came out so moist and fluffy. Did I tell myself I’d only have one and share the rest then end up eating five in the same day? Yes, but seeing how fast my housemates finished the rest, I will definitely be doubling (or tripling) the recipe during the next go around!

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients: (makes 12)

– 1/2 cup butter, softened

– 1/2 cup sugar

– 3 ripe bananas, mashed

– 1/4 cup milk

– 1 tsp vanilla extract

– 2 eggs

– 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

– 1/2 cup wheat bran

– 1 tsp baking powder

– 1 tsp baking soda

– 1/4 tsp salt

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease muffin pan. In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar together until fluffy. Then add bananas, vanilla and eggs. Mix well. Finally, stir in flour, bran, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Pour batter into muffin pan. Bake for 20 minutes then test with a toothpick to see if centers are baked through yet. If toothpick does not come out clean, bake for another 5 minutes. Remove muffins from oven and let cool in pan. Then transfer from pan to wire cooling rack to cool completely. Lastly, dig in!!