Earthquake: DC Edition

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Neal and I stayed up way too late on Monday night!  Our fantasy football draft from Sunday night had some complications so we had to restart the draft last night.  As most of the league lives in the Midwest, we didn’t start the draft until 9:30PM EST.  2 hours into the draft, I knew it was going to be a long night.  In the end though, I ended up with a pretty good fantasy football team.

QB Kevin Kolb
RB Chris Johnson
RB Knowshon Moreno
RB/WR C.J. Spiller
WR Greg Jennings
WR Roddy White
WR/TE Dustin Keller
TE Jimmy Graham
DP Patrick Willis
DP Stephen Tulloch
D/ST Steelers D/ST
K Josh Brown
BE Brian Urlacher
BE Ahmad Bradshaw
BE Jay Cutler
BE Reggie Bush
BE Ronnie Brown
BE Donald Driver
BE Mike Sims-Walker
BE Nate Burleson

For those of y’all who don’t follow football or play fantasy football, I apologize!  I just hope I can beat out the 9 other men in the league this year, including my boyfriend!

My plan for Tuesday morning was to go to Spin, but when my alarm went off at 5AM, I could barely open my eyes.  3.5 hours of sleep was WAY too little for me to be able to function.  I decided to go back to sleep and to go strait into work instead of going to the gym. After getting ready, I had a wonderful bowl of oatmeal with 1 tbsp of peanut butter and 1 scoop of protein powder.  It was a fantastic breakfast!

With an Iowa glass full of iced coffee and a bright blue sky above me, I hit the road.  I’ve really been enjoy these cups of homemade iced coffee each morning this summer…  they are a great way to start the day!

My roots are out of control! Next Tuesday's hair appt can't come soon enough

So I’d like to say that today was just like any other Tuesday, but it was far from that.  Around 1:50PM as I was heading out of an office building the ground started to shake and loads of people started to run out of the building.  We were clearly experiencing an earthquake!  I automatically went to twitter, which was surprisingly quiet.  A few minutes later Neal called me and asked if everything was alright.  As we both had experience the rumble, it was clear that we had been in an earthquake!  The 5.8 magnitude earthquake had an epicenter just 87 miles southwest of Washington, DC.  The earthquake here lasted about 45 seconds to 1 minute.  Within minutes texts and tweets were streaming in from NYC, Boston, Ohio, and as far south as North Carolina.  For many of us, it was our first earthquake experience.

It didn’t even hit me that things could have been damaged at my apartment so I was eager to get home to see if everything was ok.

It was quite funny to come home and see Russian stacking doll body parts all over the ground.  Aside from her mishap and a few fallen books, my apartment was in one piece.  Here are some other amazing photos of the damage caused by the quake today.

Today was an odd day to say the least, but I guess it’s prep for the hurricane that is projected to hit DC this weekend.

My plan for tonight is to do a little graduate work and then to snuggle up with SELF magazine and Real Simple magazine, both of which arrived today!  I am really looking forward to getting to bed early tonight and getting into the gym first thing tomorrow morning.  I regret not going to the gym this morning, but I know I can make it up. with a great workout tomorrow.

Have you ever been in an earthquake?  Have you ever been in a hurricane?

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Weekly Plan: August 22-28

Oh graduate school, how I’ve missed you so… Ok, not so much, but it’s good to start another semester!  As each month passes, I am one step closer to finishing my masters degree!  Today was the first day of the fall semester.  I am now just 4 classes away from finishing my masters degree but my classes this fall look to be pretty tough.   I’ve spent most of the evening analyzing my syllabi and organizing my school work but the highlight of my day was getting my first issue of Bon Appetite magazine in the mail today.

I am OBSESSED with buying magazine subscriptions.  The day it hit me that I could get 2 years (24 magazines) worth of magazines for $20 verses spending $20 on 5 magazines at the store, I was forever changed.

My magazine subscriptions include:

  • Self
  • Shape
  • Readers Digest (I know, I know)
  • Whole Living (From a Groupon)
  • Everyday Living (From a Groupon)
  • Bon Appetit (From a Groupon)
  • Washingtonian  (not renewing after this year)
  • Prevention
  • Real Simple (not renewing after this year)
  • Women’s Health

I know… that’s a LOT but in the end, I still spend less than if I bought magazines at the store each month.  I really enjoy reading magazines.  It’s relaxing to me and takes me away from graduate work when I need it.  I’d love to get Rachel Ray’s magazine and Cooking Light.  Maybe after Real Simple and Washingtonian expire.

Tonight I made a big salad (Seinfeld reference anyone?) with black beans, corn, salsa, and sour cream.  I also cooked up from chicken for lunches and dinners later in the week.  I’ve really fallen in love with the Trader Joes marinated chicken breasts.  Tonight I made the Pesto Genovese, which I plan to use in salads, over pasta, and with couscous this week.

The key to staying on top of my eating and workouts throughout the week is planning my week ahead on Sundays.  Even if things need to be adjusted throughout the week, planning helps me keep my stress levels down when things get busy during the week.  I also feel a great sense of accomplishment when I’ve stuck to my plan, something I’ve really been working on.

Weekly Plan: August 22-28

Workout Breakfast Lunch Dinner Plans
Monday 40 min. elliptical/weight training Quaker Oats squares, frozen fresh blueberries, ½ cup Greek yogurt Leftover Greek pasta salad (pasta, artichoke hearts, chickpeas, roasted tomatoes, balsamic dressing) Salad (mixed greens, black beans, corn, salsa, sour cream) and 1 piece of Naan bread Organizing graduate work for the fall and redoing last night’s Fantasy Football draft
Tuesday Spin Oatmeal with protein powder  and 1 TBSP peanut butter, banana, iced coffee Lunch at work meeting Salad (mixed greens, black beans, grilled chicken, salad dressing) Create fall training program (running and weight lifting) and graduate work
Wednesday 40 min. elliptical/weight training Bagel thin with 2 egg whites, laughing cow cheese, plum Salad (mixed greens, black beans, grilled chicken, salad dressing) Couscous, grilled chicken, asparagus Graduate work
Thursday Spin Oatmeal with protein powder  and 1 TBSP peanut butter, banana, iced coffee Couscous, grilled chicken, asparagus Dinner with Neal Graduate work and Redskins Football!
Friday Off Bagel thin with cream cheese, banana Vegetable stir fry Dinner with family Enjoying my Friday night
Saturday Spin Breakfast with my Aunt ?? ?? Graduate work
Sunday Running with Neal Oatmeal with protein powder  and 1 TBSP peanut butter, banana, iced coffee Work luncheon Dinner with Neal (need to use a Groupon) Graduate work and Fantasy Football draft number 2

The first week of each semester is always rather stressful for me… just takes me a good week to get my brain around my assignments and to create a new routine.  My goal this week is not to overeat due to stress and to make sure I workout as planned.

What’s your favorite magazine?