I am so touched by all the comments, advice and congratulations I received yesterday. The blogging world is such an amazing place! I feel so blessed to “know,” know or however-you-want-to-describe-it ALL of you! One of the best parts is that the moment is now captured in time and I can look back on yesterday whenever I need a spirit boost. You are all so kind, thoughtful and sweet.
Thank you so much!
To answer some of the follow-up questions that were asked
- There’s no official date yet for the wedding. We will probably wait at least a year or so before starting the planning process. We’re in no rush – as Andrea put it so eloquently in an email to me yesterday, we are “conscious of living in the moment and soaking it all in” and also recognize that our upcoming graduation and the end of school is a huge transition point in our lives. It’s important to get settled in our new jobs, new home and new way of living before we add the wedding planning and all of its stress joys.
- Mama and Papa Bender were not in on all of the specifics. They knew that it was probably going to happen sooner rather than later, but like me, weren’t sure when or how! I called my mom shortly after on the golf course and she started crying – don’t worry, they were happy tears! Bobby’s parents did know about it, and his mom called to congratulate me later that day
I also can’t tell you how much I appreciate those of you who reached out and let me know that you’d be happy to answer any questions I have about planning, etc. It’s nice to know I have you all as a perfect resource when the time comes, and I feel confident that I will still have this blog to talk about all of it!
Whew! It feels weird not having talked about food almost all week long! But it has been a busy one, to be sure. I took my last midterm exam ever on Tuesday morning I still have finals in June, but it’s nice to know that I’m that much closer to being done with school!
To fuel me through a week of midterms, I’ve been eating the food that best sticks to my stomach like glue (in order to avoid grumbling during an already stressful testing session). You all know what it is.
Oatmeal! I’ve really fallen in love with the flax-on-top method (is that technically a food’s version of “that’s what she said” – what does The Master think?). I think it helps keep the oats slightly cooler so that it doesn’t burn the roof of my mouth in my hurry to gobble them up. I also like the almond-butter-on-top spread because I get a little in every bite!
Absolutely glorious and perfect for a morning of class when paired with Coffee Cocoa.
The clutter in the background is really just the tip of the iceberg for my room right now.
In addition to fueling up for morning class, I’ve also needed to bring snacks with me to night classes. It’s really tricky to figure out when I’m going to eat dinner when I have class from 4 to 6 and 6 to 9 on the same night (yes, they literally end and start at the same time – makes for an interesting run across campus). This week, I tried a new bar thanks to Karen from To Be the Whole Package and our blogger exchange last week.
Karen told me that these bars are owned by a high school classmate’s family, and they aren’t available in the U.S. I was pumped to try something so unique! This “California Almond Valley” flavor did not disappoint! It was full of nuts, seeds and raisins with a nice crunch (but not hard to chew at all) and a slight sweetness. It reminded me a lot of a Trio Bar, which I love. Thanks, Karen!
In other news, Tuesday night was a sad night in my kitchen. Why? Because I pulled out the last one:
I lamented the loss (how nerdy am I?) of the last cookie - it was awesome, by the way – but was incredibly surprised and delighted to receive three packages of blog love on my doorstep to ease my pain.
I also received some amazing chocolate-frosted mint brownies from the one and only VeggieGirl!
I couldn’t possibly eat just one or the other, so I made a plate of both
Um, yes please. The White Chocolate “Boomchunka” was out of this world!! It’s made up of rolled oats, huge cherries and chunks of white chocolate. I can best describe it as an oatmeal-raisin cookie on steroids, with cherries insead of raisins. In other words, paradise in my mouth!
The mint brownie was equally delightful. The top of the brownie tasted like mint fudge! Thick and more “crunchy” than what was underneath. The bottom layer was melt-in-your-mouth chocolate cake, more or less. I may or may not have gone back for a second small piece of each of these treats Thank you so much ladies! You know how to make a birthday (ahh it’s tomorrow)!
Yesterday, I received another birthday surprise from Miss Heather Eats Almond Butter.
Everything you could want in a cookie. Seriously. You’ve got your oats, you’ve got your chocolate, you’ve got your nut butter…every ingredient is drool worthy. What the HECK am I going to do with all of these treats in my house? Combine that with the cake I received from my roomie and I pretty much could open up my own potluck bakery. It’s dangerous But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Thank you so much, Heather. All of you are incredibly kind and my birthday tomorrow is so much “sweeter” with all of you in my life! Pun intended and unintended.
- I was lucky enough to be a guest on Mara’s blog this week. I’ll post the recipe here soon, too!
- There are a lot of great challenges going on in the blogosphere right now! Check out Summer Shape Up or Project Glow – I’m actually doing an aspect of the “glow” program and will let you know how it turns out in a couple of weeks (when my skin is, hopefully, clearer!)
And I’m off! I’ve got a big day ahead. My dad has actually been in the Chicago/Milwaukee area this week for some family matters, and he is coming back to campus tonight to take me out to dinner for my birthday! I can’t wait to see Papa Bender! I also can’t believe I’m turning 22 tomorrow. In the words of Allison, I’m becoming a “grown up” Time flies!
Have a great weekend, everyone!