Currently, I am halfway through a 4-week internship.
I work 4 10-hour days each week at a hospital that is over an hour away from my apartment. [Oh, and it is unpaid. And for the opportunity, I have to pay tuition to my college.] This schedule means that I pretty much disappear off the face of the planet Monday through Thursday. The upside?
THREE DAY WEEKENDS. No homework. No studying. Just time to relax and/or have fun.
True, I do spend the first half of Friday just recovering and catching up from the last 4 days, but hey.
This weekend, my boyfriend and I celebrated Chick-fil-A‘s Cow Appreciation Day. If you have not heard of it, once a year, if you dress up in a partial costume as a cow and come into the restaurant, you receive a free entree. If you dress up in a full head-to-toe costume, you receive a free meal (entree + fries + drink).
As my Facebook newsfeed filled up with people in cow costumes, I was a bit confused at first. After a little research, I knew I wanted to participate. My boyfriend and I already had plans to meet that evening to walk around historic downtown, so a quick text settled that we would meet earlier to throw together costumes and go to Chick-fil-A.
I just went for a partial costume, with cow ears, and a name tag. I helped my boyfriend with a trashbag-turned-cowhide. It came out a little more fitted than anticipated…and when I tried to fix it, I accidentally cut his actual shirt that he was wearing under the trashbag. Oops.
I tried the new Cool Chicken Wrap with the Avocado Lime Ranch dressing. Amazing! Just…be careful. The dressing has as many calories as the whole wrap. Fortunately, the dressing is given on the side, and no one could possibly use all of it. Hey, I try to cook and bake healthy foods all the time…do you think I throw all of that out the window every time I eat out? Sometimes, but not most of the time. 🙂
Next, we went and walked around historic downtown. It was nice to see all the big, old houses. Some were in disrepair, which was sad, but it was still interesting to look at and dream about how we could fix it up.
The weather has been surprisingly cool this whole spring and summer. Now that it is mid-July, I am glad. Perfect weather for a walk.
Next? A stop at Red Mango. The best frozen yogurt place ever.
I wanted to try the new flavour, taro.
Taro is faintly purple when added to yogurt or tea. It is sweet and creamy, with a faint saltiness. Think salted caramel, or chocolate with pretzels. It is a pleasant saltiness. Wonderful!
I have to say, I had a hard time deciding between the two new flavours (taro and dark chocolate pomegranate), but I was happy with my final decision.
Today, I had some more cooking adventures with the boyfriend (which may be posted later). We made several things, but I will only tell you for now that we made soft pretzel bites. They are dangerous. Very dangerous.
Finally, I was invited by a friend to go to a free yoga class. I have NEVER gone to the gym before. I have never gone to a fitness class. I am probably the least coordinated and flexible person ever. So, of course I agreed happily! Honestly, I have been secretly wishing for something like this for awhile. I am not brave enough to go to yoga class on my own. It’s silly, I know. I have done some yoga at home in the safety of my own room, but after using the same video over and over, I was ready for a change.
Walking into the class, I was very stiff from my “long” run yesterday. (I put “long” in quotations, because it was a long distance for me, but not for most people.) The class was perfect. I managed to keep up and not fall over and knock everyone else in the room over like dominoes. At the end, I felt wonderful. Loose, a bit shaky, and happy.
They have another free class in 2 weeks, and I will definitely be going back.
Tomorrow, I will be scrambling around, trying to prepare for the next grueling 4-day week. This involves a lot of food prep and cleaning.