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Week in Review: Here We Go Again

Aaaaaaaannnd it’s getting to the part of the semester where life gets just a little bit crazy again.

So it goes.

When life gets busy, my Week in Reviews become particularly list-y. I mean, they’re always list-y, but especially list-y lists. Make sense? No. Oh, well. Maybe Meghan will get it–she likes lists.Monday I tried a new kind of group fitness class focusing on strength and core. My usual spin classes have a component of strength to them, in that we of course do hills and also do upper body weights a few times during the class, but I’ve been wanting something that focuses a little more on core. Ooch! I had a sore core.

I also did two spin classes on Tuesday and Friday. I’ve been getting stronger–I can tell by the additional resistance I’ve been able to put on the bike and still do the whole workout.

Tuesday was a bit of a rough day, as I wrote about here on the blog.

But since it was Valentine’s day, my roommate got a cute care package from her mom, including a balloon that’s been gracing our lovely apartment ever since.A final note on my not-so-awesome day: I finally made an appointment with the university health clinic to start on my anxiety medicine again, which I’ve now been taking all this week. I figure it can’t hurt and hopefully will help some.

Wednesday was bananas. Wednesdays are always my busiest day–I teach, have my workshop class for three hours, and go to swing dance–and this week, I added attending my university Career Fair to that lovely list.Someone took my picture because I’m just that cute I was writing a feature story for my internship with the English department and I needed a picture.

It ended up being one of those days where I got to campus at 9 in the morning and didn’t get home until 10 at night. And I was wearing a suit and pumps the whole day. Whew!

Thursday I went nowhere but the grocery store. I read a lot for class, cooked food, and didn’t do much else. After the craziness of Wednesday, just what I needed.

In the foodie department, my week featured a few new recipes, including these delicious breakfast cookies from Karlijn’s Kitchen.I also did a bit of vegetable roasting, including making some turmeric roasted carrots inspired by Kate and these Fit Foodie Finds Balsamic Sea Salt Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Both were delicious. Seriously, if Brussels sprouts were not a high-FODMAP food (albeit a high-FODMAP food I tolerate pretty well), I would seriously have eaten the whole pan. So good!

I also posted a new vegetarian taco recipe with a vegan option that’s kind of super awesome, if I do say so myself.This weekend has been a return to grading, my “favorite” responsibility. The papers are short, so each one is kind of like ripping of a Bandaid. Three, two, one, pull!And on that note, I think I’ll go do some more of that grading thing. Wee.

How do you feel about Brussels sprouts? (I think they’re the best thing ever, but I won’t judge you if you disagree. At least, I’ll only judge you a very tiny bit.)

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  1. I LOVE brussels sprouts with my whole heart too! Very hard not to eat a whole pan! Im sorry you had a rough day–hope the medicine works for you. <3 Those tacos look so amazing I cant wait to make them!

    1. Joyce says:

      Yay! I’m glad to find another Brussels sprouts fan. Let me know if you make the tacos–I really like them. 🙂

  2. I totally understand have a high listy week. It makes perfect sense to me, as does your love of roasted Brussels sprouts. I like to call them baby cabbages of delight.

    Monday’s are my busy days mainly because the WIR but also because I try to work in my planner too, plus my Hubby is usually back to work so less help. The idea of Wednesday being the busy day has a certain appeal, probably because it’s not mine. Ha!

    Happy Monday and thanks for linking up.

    1. Joyce says:

      I guess I can see how that would be. I don’t know–busy Monday almost sounds worse than busy Wednesday. At least Wednesday is half-way through the week!

  3. I’m proud of you for going back on the anxiety meds. There is NO SHAME in getting the help you need. After the twins were born I fought so hard not to take anything for the stress until I couldn’t do it any more. I saw my general practitioner and started a round of anti-anxiety meds that helped tremendously. Oh, and brussel sprouts are dreamy.

    1. Joyce says:

      Thank you for the kind words, Jamie. Glad to hear the anti-anxiety meds have been helpful for you too, especially with the stress of parenting.

  4. Cora says:

    I loooveeee the little green brains. They are my favorite vegetable, I’d say (tied with broccoli)… simply steamed with butter and salt. Mmmmm nom nom.
    You are miss busy. I mean you always are, but it definitely makes sense that this time of year is going to be extra coo-coo for you. Good thing you look damn good in a suit and pomps.
    It’s really wonderful to hear that, especially during this busy time, you are prioritizing taking care of yourself. Good for you to get back on those meds, and good for you for writing out those struggles from last week. Enjoy that marking!

    1. Joyce says:

      Oh my gosh me too on the broccoli. I’ve never tried them with butter–that sounds divine!

  5. Diane Wahto says:

    We ate brussels sprouts a lot. Then one night I roasted them. They didn’t come out right and we haven’t wanted to eat them ever since.

    1. Joyce says:

      Oh no! I’m sorry to hear about your bad Brussels sprout experience. 🙁

  6. Me and Brussels sprouts? Well, I’m known to hoard the big pot we usually have as part of Christmas dinner and even like adding them – thinly sliced – into savoury oats so …
    It sounds like you had a bit of a rough week, luckily interspersed by some silver linings. Keep that Valentine’s balloon until it’s not a nice sight anymore – there can never be enough visible love in the world.
    I hope the anxiety meds will help you feel better. Take care of yourself – especially during those crazy busy periods.

    1. Joyce says:

      Brussels sprouts in oats? Mind blown. Thanks for the kind words about the visible love in the world–you’re so right. <3

  7. Sprouts and asparagus are my favourite veggies. I will eat them anyway they are cooked but especially love both roasted – just brings out the extra sweetness and then there is the joy of the crunch! Yum!

  8. Kaylee says:

    Looks like a very adulting week. How’d the career fair go?? You definitely are that cute despite the busy day. ?
    Also glad to hear that you are feeling better and reached out to the health clinic. Taking step for your health are important.
    I will totally judge people who don’t like brussel sprouts. They’re the freaking bomb. But hey, more for us, yeah? ?

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