As per usual, new year's resolutions are in full force. Mine is simply to do 30 minutes of yoga/mediation daily, work on general toning, and to run my first official road race. I think that's pretty doable, and will help with my stress levels so I hopefully don't go grey by the end of grad school. As far as the road race, I'd love to run a 1/2 marathon, but I think I'm going to have to settle for a 10k. I've done some unofficial 3k's for charity, but merely as a participant/fundraiser and not as a competitor. I really want to compete this time, and follow through with the training. Then maybe this fall, I can run a 1/2 marathon... maybe even the Chicago!! One step at a time, just gotta work up to that 10k. On a side note- I did a 30 minute core class, and experienced total muscle failure for the first time... yikes I'm sore!! Won't be doing that more than once a week haha.
Now onto some GREAT news- I finally heard from the LT the other day! It had been almost 3.5 weeks, needless to say, I was about pulling my hair out from worry and stress. He's doing well, and appears to have better communication at the new area where he is at. They apparently have been really busy with missions, fighting sand storms, and trying to stay warm. My parents got him a set of under armor shirts in "OD Green"(his terms, not mine) and apparently he never takes it off. I feel bad for his guys, I'm sure he is one smelly dude by now ;)
I started on his Valentine's day package, and have it all ready to ship off tomorrow. His parents and I have been trying to stagger our packages by about a week, so that he doesn't get a ton of packages all at once. I found a GREAT recipe for "cake in a jar" via google, so I gave it a whirl. I elected to make smaller jars so that they are more portable and he doesn't need a ton of cake. I know asking him to share is pointless, he hoards his chocolate (maybe that's why we work so well, two chocoholics).
The cakes overall turned out well, they didn't cook super even, but I think I needed to clean the edges of the jars... oopsie daisy! Supposedly when you make them they seal and will last up to 6 months!! I'll ask the LT when he gets them, and we'll see how true that statement is. I enclosed a can of frosting and some sprinkles so he can decorate away. To continue with the death by chocolate, I also sent a HUGE bag of puppy chow to be shared. Also, some cheesy valentine-ish crap from the dollar section. Should keep him entertained.
To continue with the previous care package, I made a DVD on iMovie (seriously love my MacBook, kinda obsessed actually) that had photos of campus in the snow and also some commentary to go along with photos of me and my usual college shenanigans. Included on the DVD was the "making of the care package" complete with outtakes, such as me spilling cake batter all down my shirt and tripping over my feet. Hopefully the LT enjoys seeing me at my finest, and with my usual idiosyncrasies on full display. I spent a lot of time working on it, so I think that's the upside of not having patients yet.
Anyways, some photos to share:
Domestic Goddess in the making :)
Baking away, the cupcakes were for me and my classmates. I had to do something with the extra batter so I didn't eat it all. Gotta get those last pesky pounds off somehow!
My new apron, seriously obsessed!!
Finished product- *tada*