A post about tacos

On my Instagram last night I mentioned that life feels bright this week. Minus a few things nagging at me (hello post-internship worries), I feel SO excited about life right now. The weather is insanely nice, I am thinking about all things I want to do/read/bake/see in the next month, and I just listened to this podcast episode that left me feeling really buzzed. I’m imaging my post-student/intern life and man does it feel surreal. 

I think I’m also still feeling the good feels from seeing my girl, Rachel, on Monday night. She’s the friend that is basically a sister thanks to 13 years of friendship. 

She was visiting home here in Columbia, so told her we needed to try a new restaurant. The restaurant scene in Columbia has exploded over the past few years, which I think makes a great case for her to move back. ūüėČ

Terry met us at Publico, a newish fusion restaurant. It was two dollar taco night!

Chips and salsa to share. The salsa was a little bland, but there was a pineapple mango hot sauce and garlic hot sauce on the table that we mixed with it to add some flavor. That was good. 

For my tacos, I ordered the grilled shrimp and carnitas tacos. The carinitas taco was so so yummy but the shrimp taco was meh. Mexican street corn tasted very sweet and the cream sauce was tasty. Rachel and I both agreed that next time we’ll get the carnitas taco and sweet pork belly taco (she got that one and we both loved it).

After dinner we wandered a little outdoors before I had to say goodbye. 

Till next time <3. 

How does life feel for you these days? 

Easter Weekend

Feeling lots of feelings today as it is my last week of rotations!!! It’s honestly a little hard to process it all because it’s flown by so quickly. I hate saying that because it’s like “duh, time flies”, but¬†really¬†this has been like a flash of light. Maybe my brain is a bit fried so I am having a hard time thinking back on it all, but I am looking forward to having some time for processing and reflecting.¬†

For now, let’s recap the weekend.

Terry and I went to a lovely Good Friday service a church on Friday night. We also neared the end of 13 Reasons Why. 

I went running on Saturday morning and then to work and then the real treat of the weekend -> seeing my Nashville friends- Paige and Andrew. 

Paige was in town to see her family, so the four of us took a quick trip to Charleston to spend some time together. The water was lovely, the weather was delightfully warm.

We stopped for dinner at Groucho’s and all grabbed sandwiches. I went with the Chicken Critter that had grilled chicken topped with herbed slaw. Whole grain mustard for dipping!

We got home at a reasonable hour, but did an unreasonable thing and stayed up until 2:30 am (yikes!) to finish the series mentioned above. I have mixed feelings about the premise of show, but thought the acting/dialogue was powerful and gripping. Obviously the storyline drags you in since we had to finish it and stay up way beyond my bedtime. 

Needless to say, Sunday morning when my alarm clock when off at 7 am, I was thinking “really?”.

I woke up early to get started on the carrot cake that I planned to make for dessert following our Easter lunch. After making the cake, I whipped up  blundered a banana pancake. No worries, taste remained thankfully. 

Terry, my niece Abbi, and I all really enjoyed the church service. Easter Sundays always feel special (even without a basket from the Easter bunny). 

We had a yummy lunch and then spent the afternoon hanging out with my parents. The carrot cake got everyone’s approval! I used Sally’s recipe.¬†¬†

Now it’s time to gear up for the week… the last week I’ll ever spend in a hospital as an intern!

Now you tell me-

Do you have any Easter traditions? 

What I Ate

Look at me go! I remembered to photograph all my eats on Monday. Now it’s What I Ate Wednesday again on the blog.¬†

Breakfast was pumpkin baked oatmeal with peanut butter and blackberries. I made the baked oats a little different this time, exchanging a 1/2 cup of the oats for 1/2 cup protein powder. I have a container of protein powder still lingering around here and I’m ready to say goodbye. Tasted fine in the oats though.

With plenty of coffee, of course. And a sliver of 85% dark chocolate as always.

Around 10:30 I became very hungry, so I unpeeled an orange to quickly eat. They are SO much easier to peel at room temperature, FYI.

Lunch was an egg salad sandwich with leftover carrot fries. That egg salad was protein PACKED since I made it with greek yogurt. 

Speaking of greek yogurt, I had some key lime greek yogurt in the afternoon for a snack. it’s amazing to me how much tastier yogurt with some fat in it is compared to non-fat.

I snacked on some chocolate covered almonds when I got home and then proceeded to lay on the bed for a good 20 minutes talking to Terry. 

Eventually I got up to make dinner. Taco stuffed sweet potatoes!

The mixture had ground turkey, corn, tomatoes, spinach, onions, garlic, cumin, red pepper flakes, and sea salt. I topped mine with sharp cheddar cheese, cilantro jalape√Īo hummus, and salsa. The hummus is from Aldi and it’s my favorite ever. Me and Terry were both cleaning our plates for this dinner. So good!

We went for a walk after dinner because the weather is just so amazing and it’s finally not getting dark super early.¬†

After getting a little work done, I was in the mood for a snack. I planned to have the banana “ice cream” I made over the weekend, but I was really in the mood for some leftover frozen opera torte cake. So I went with the cake + a glass of almond milk!¬†

Honor those cravings! 

We started watching Thirteen Reasons Why and I have mixed feelings about it, but I am definitely intrigued. Anyone else watching it or have watched it?

Now you tell me- 

Favorite snack as of late?