Back In Time

As of 3 minutes ago, it’s officially Thanksgiving! I’m cozy at home in my bed, surrounded by my stuffed animals, Polaroids from high school, and hundreds of books, among other things. What was your childhood bedroom like?

Speaking of childhood, I got a fun e-mail from my friend Jenny at 8 this morning while I was sipping on my coffee. Jenny is hands-down my oldest friend; our mothers grew up together, and although Jenny and I have been separate by half a country for our entire lives and only get to see each other once a year, we’ve always been close. When my grandfather was still living, my parents and I visited him in Indianapolis every winter between Christmas and New Year’s; this photo is from the winter of 1988. (That’s me on the right, with the bowl cut.)

Here we are this past summer, in Lake Michigan.

I miss her so much during the year. We look forward to our week on the lake so much!

After my trip down memory lane, I made a quick breakfast: Ezekiel English muffin with almond butter and a banana, raspberry jam on one side and pumpkin butter on the other.

I went to the post office to mail something; it didn’t open until 10 (which seems a little later) but there was a machine that got the job done. Then to physical therapy I went! It as a particularly good appointment. I learned some new exercises to stretch my hips; I can easily do them from the hotel room in Russia. After PT I raced back home to eat lunch before I had to turn right back around and go to an interview. I made a quick salad:

In the mix:

It was one of the rare occasions where I could not finish my meal. Usually, once I’ve dished a certain amount of food out, I will eat every last scrap even if I’ve long since reached capacity. (Last night’s pasta plate was an example of this.) However, today I started getting a stomachache about partway through, and just picked out what I wanted (roast vegetables, tofu, hummus), leaving a fair amount of spinach.

I felt guilty about throwing the rest out (I won’t be back at the house for two weeks), but it was better than making myself sick. As it was, my tum hurt for the next two hours. My eyes are bigger than my head sometimes, and I think the most important thing I need to remember to do is slow down while I’m eating. I’ve been so rushed these past few weeks that although I’ve been eating foods I love, I’ve barely tasted them as I’ve had to practically inhale them to get from appointment to appointment on time. It’ll be nice to have a little break 🙂

There’s always room for sweets, though! I had a couple of these strawberry gummy candies from the Japanese grocery store in our neighborhood. Not bad!

I was starving after my interview. Luckily I had about four different snacks in my bag, so I ate one of the apple-flavored Heart Thrive bars that I was sent to review. I’ll do a formal review once I’ve sampled all of the products, but I liked this a lot!

When I got home I folded laundry and did some preparatory packing for my trip to Russia. I am one of the worst packers ever. I always take too much and forget crucial items, like spare contact lenses or pajama pants. Do you have any fool-proof (or LVP proof!) packing tips?

I snacked on some Concord grapes that were about to go bad while I waited for my dad to help me pack some things up. These grapes are really addicting. There are seeds, which I thought I wouldn’t like, but are actually kind of fun to work through and take longer to eat. Plus, these are the kind of grapes used to make grape juice, so they’re the perfect combination of sweet + tart.

While my dad was at a holiday party, my mom and I had dinner at watched Hannah And Her Sisters. Not only is this a really good Woody Allen film, but it’s told between two years’ worth of Thanksgivings! I ordered a bento box for dinner, which came with a spicy tuna roll, tempura, sashimi & shrimp shumai. (It came with rice, salad & miso soup as well, but I’m saving those for tomorrow.)

I also had a glass of Black Box Wine’s Sauvignon Blanc.

My mom brought home dessert from Billy’s Bakery, the same shop she ordered my birthday cupcakes from.

She bought one pumpkin cupcake and one pumpkin bar; we split them three ways. De-lish.

I’m off to bed. There’s a lot on the agenda tomorrow! Have a great night, a happy holiday, and safe travels wherever your day takes you.

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18 responses to “Back In Time

  1. Need to go to bed too but wanted to wish you a great and happy TG, Katie. I love our friendship and cherish connections like ours that I’ve made in the b’sphere. I am grateful for you.

    The pumpk bars look awesome. The frosting is my deal, for sure!
    Packing tips…yes, start early/in advance. Walk yourself thru your morning/nite routine, grabing each item you need and throwing it in a bag. Then, either replace what you’ve just grabbed so you always will now have a travel stash. Or, make trial sized bottles up yourself. This way you dont forget the random things or the important stuff. Helpful at all? Hope so 🙂

    xoox

  2. aww that sushi looks gooood 🙂

    lovin the bowl cut too, unfortunately my hair was way too curly to be blessed with that lovely style 😦

    when im packing i tend to just run thru what i use in a day/night and pack accordingly.. mind you i always forget at least one thing!

  3. I love Hannah and her Sisters, such a classic movie! Your bowl hair cut is too cute, by the way;)

    I hope you have an AMAZING Thanksgiving girlie!!! Enjoy some Silver Moon bakery desserts for me.

    P.S-I have read Elements of Style and really enjoyed it, thanks for the suggestion!

  4. Yaaay nostalgia!

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! 🙂

  5. only you could make that bowl haircut look good! 😉

    i loooove concord grapes too

  6. My childhood bedroom is a place I love to think about all the time. A place of pure joy and happiness. No stress, joblessness, or cardio, eat , sleep.

    I need to slow down my eating too. I inhale LOL!

  7. I’m not the best packer myself. I always pack every single piece of underwear I own, no matter how short/long the trip, but omit something crucial. Like socks.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

  8. yumm..dying to try the Heart Thrives!! My childhood bedroom was “jungle like” .. even had a fake palm tree! bahah.

    you are beautiful girl! you and your friend are so cute!

  9. Too cute in the 1988 pic! Have a great Thanksgiving, and I’m also Thankful for knowing you!!

  10. I miss you too! Love 🙂

  11. I love all the memory pictures! So precious ❤

    your lunch looks awesome! And oh, how I love sushi ❤ and YOU.

    xo

  12. Aww you were such a cutie!! (Not that you aren’t one now, but in a different way! ;))

    I HATE packing for myself… when I do it for others, I’m a champion, but I get all stressed out when it’s my own baggage. What I found works best was to make a packing list BEFORE you start getting all stressed out… leaving yourself enough time before your trip to remember what you forgot the first time around. I save the list and just use it for every trip I take. (Making some modifications, obviously… I won’t need a swimsuit if I’m going skiing!)

    Have a great day!

    ❤ ❤

  13. Happy Thanksgiving Katie! Hi to Jenny as well. See you both in July!

  14. Happy Thanksgiving, Katie. You are just such a sweet presence in my life, and I’m so thankful for you!

  15. very cute pictures! I hope you have a great holiday!

  16. LOVE the childhood pics! soooo stinkin cute! I hope your having a AMAZING Thanksgiving with your family! xoxo!!

  17. Such cute cute pictures. Hope you’re having fun at home. The pumpkin bar looks so good. Happy Thanksgiving!

  18. I totally had a bowl cut too. Looks like you had a great Thanksgiving!

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