Coconut Jo’s Blog


Back to the Real World

Last weekend the boyfriend and I went skiing.

As promised here is my outfit.

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First Layer- Nike workout shirt (thermal inside), ski pants (with workout pants below and thermals), kid size ski socks, gloves, and my hat!

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My kid size fleece and New Ski jacket 🙂

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Here’s me in action. Yep after my first time on the bunny slope. This is after I crashed and rolled around the snow awhile. My first time skiing 😛

Since then it’s been crazy. Not to mention it actually snowed here in South Carolina last weekend. It’s weird that last week it was snowing and then this weekend it’s sunny. Everyone was wearing flip-flops! That’s South Carolina weather for you.

We ended up at this random BBQ place after skiing and found this sign above us.

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It made me laugh!

This week has been a blur of action. Lots of me moving through the motions and trying to find my way to the weekend.

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I assembled this lasagna on Tuesday and left instructions for the boyfriend to finish cooking it. I come home after 8 on Tuesdays so I wanted him to be able to eat a home cooked meal. We nibbled it throughout the rest of the week.

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These are the notes and yes I did spell lasagna wrong!

I’m Catholic and as you may know or not, it’s Lent. I’ve decided to eliminate all meat and seafood on Fridays. I did not have a chance to go grocery shopping all week and so we were completely out of food. So last Friday I went to Moe’s to get a homewrecker burrito with tofu! So good!! I haven’t really concentrated on eating vegetarian in awhile so it will be interesting. I tried to go veggie awhile ago but found my body needed meat when I ran a lot and of course LIFE was hard to keep track of.

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So that’s a little of my week. So in reflection I have been eating out a lot. I could order healthier meals. So I need to work on that. I’ve missed two days of my training schedule because of skiing and the soreness of skiing the next day. I’ve keep up with my running schedule the rest of the time- GO ME! I’m worried that I won’t be in the right shape and I’ll mess up my knees like I did for the 5-miler I did in October. I won’t let it bring me down and I’ll continue!

On to the week. School, work, and life…. Good News is that the house is clean. I’ve also started the laundry that needs cleaning, and there was a sale at Old Navy this weekend on jeans so I got two new pairs!! Yipeeeeee!

Have a good week my friends 🙂


My week ends!

Tomorrow is Sunday which is technically the beginning of a new week.  I’m so happy about it too!  Well I’ll be posting tomorrow so I’ll see you then.  Bye!


Almost the weekend :)

Hello again my friends,

Yesterday was a great day. Well almost… besides some drama on a friend’s behalf I was able to go grocery shopping for the first time in a long time. I just stopped by an Earthfare that was close to the school I volunteer at. I use to live in this area so I was able to go here more often. I really stopped in for fruit… organic fuji apples to be exact and ended up with this…..

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Funny thing is I wasn’t hungry I was just excited since I haven’t gone here in a while. I may also have been thirsty. I bought 5 drinks. Anyhow… I’m very excited about everything. The organic grapefruit was on sale (4 for $5) so I jumped on that! So sweet and juicy and I found my bag of little organic fuji apples. My absolute favorite apple!

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I had this salad for dinner. Less then half of this. It was huge- family style. Expect this to be eaten for dinner tonight again. There may have been leftover cake consumed as well. Yum!

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I’m excited to have this in my oatmeal and finding other ways to have this in my diet. Any suggestions? Do you have to refrigerate this?

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I bought this to try as a moisturizer. I read this is the most natural thing to have on your skin. Works REALLY well actually. I tried it last night.

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My hand already seems so dry in this picture. Honestly, I have the driest, most sensitive skin you’ve ever seen but this did not irritate me at all! It’s not liquid-like, but a hard form until you warm it with your hand. Interesting.

The boyfriend left to go to work and buy new shoes. He really needs it since he’s been running for work now. He hasn’t bought any in a very longggg time. But since he’s gone I’m able to do some homework and really get going on things I need to do. He is such a distraction!! I’m all geared up in my running entire as I type this and plan on going for 30 min. like my training schedule says.

I’m lucky I have time to pack, do homework, and run today because my classes were cancelled today :).

I’m excited cause this weekend is Valentine’s weekend! Yipeeeeee! So all work needs to be done today. The boyfriend and I are going to a “ski day” with friends in NC on Sat- tubing may be involved as well. I’ll post pictures of my outfit in my next post.

Enjoy your Valentine’s and yes before I met my boyfriend I celebrated – Anti-Valentine’s Day. So if you are celebrating that go out and enjoy that too!

Talk to you laters my friends!


Tuesday

Hey there blog world!

So today I slept in a little and watched the boyfriend leave this morning. He’s teaching classes on swing-shift this week so we get a little day time together. After he left I ran on my tready. Part of my new year’s resolution is to create a schedule where I planned all the races I wanted to do. I have two races in March that I really want to participate in! St. Pat’s 5K and the Cooper River Bridge Run 10k in Charleston. So I looked up a training schedule online and I put it on my calendar next to the tready.

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I’ve already done Day 2. By all means I am not a fast or good racer. I just like doing them because I get a free shirt and the energy in a race is amazing!

Let’s back up a little and talk about last night’s dinner. I came home before the boyfriend so I decided to cook dinner. While running on the treadmill last night I stopped every so often to check the food. We ate family style.

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Rice, corn, tocino (Filipino meat), and duck. The boyfriend’s mother made duck while we visited at home so I thought I’d make him some tonight. It’s a frozen kind where I just cooked it in the oven. This meal is so Asian. I was missing something green, but after all that cooking and running I was just lazy. During our meals together the boyfriend and I gab about his work, my school, and things we plan to do for the rest of the week. I enjoy moments like this.

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This is my portion with little bits more of duck and corn. It’s so much fun to eat family style. You can start off small and eat more of what you really want. We always tend to have leftovers for the next day too! Bonus!!

Well…. I have 2 classes back to back today and probably won’t be back till 8 tonight. We are probably going to order something to be quick. Hope you have a great one!


Superbowl Sunday

Hey all!

This is going to be quick. Yesterday the boyfriend and I went here….

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Yep! The circus. That’s cotton candy and yes it was pure sugar. I actually stopped eating it after a little bit because it was giving me a headache. I remember when I would eat the whole bag myself. The boyfriend also got sugar water I mean lemonade. Luckily I had a bottle water in my purse. Yuck!

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So fun!! So much going on at once.

Then we went out with friends to a local Vietnamese restaurant. Yum! But soon after a huge craving for chocolate ice cream hit me!! The boyfriend and I went to Wal-mart to try to find thermals for our ski trip. The line was so long I totally forgot about wanting ice cream and by then it was too late. My sweet boyfriend drove us to Publix because he saw how badly I wanted ice cream. I got this.

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I actually bought two just in case I have this craving again. It’s just a 6 oz size which was only 170 calories. Not bad. I thought it tasted a little airy tho. It did it’s purpose and I was happy.

I just finished spot cleaning the kitchen, living room, and bathrooms. Friends are coming over tonight and we’re going to watch the superbowl. I finished one assignment due tomorrow yesterday night and I have one more 4-page paper left today. Yikes! It’s already 1 and I have till 5. So I’ll have to talk to you guys later 🙂

Enjoy your Sunday.


Rain Rain go away!

Today was one of those days where I was present but my mind was wishing I was asleep. I went to class un-showered with my hair pulled back. It was raining so hard and it was so cold this morning it really kept me from waking up. After class I proceeded to my car and picked up our jackets from the dry-cleaners. It’s been there since Tuesday! I also tried out my new ski jacket and it works perfectly! I didn’t feel any wind. I bet when I layer it with clothing it will be great to ski in.

I came home, ate leftovers, watched some shows on my DVR, and I took a very long nap. It was fabulous. I’ve had such a crazy schedule that I just needed rest. Not to mention I’ve been suffering a little insomnia. I guess I have to much on my mind that I haven’t been able to sleep before midnight. That’s usually not the case with me. I usually hit the pillow and sleep like a baby. A huge factor could also be that I’m not running or really working out anymore. I have a 5k and a 10k coming up in March and I don’t have time to train. I may have to wake up earlier then I’ve been doing (very hard task for me) and make it a priority to run at least 3 or 2 times during the week. I was able to put in some walking time this week on the tready. I think this may even help me sleep earlier at night. I’ll test it out and see how my body responds.

I hate when salons are so busy you have to book an appointment way ahead of time. Tomorrow I set one up for 10am. So early!! They said it was the only time they had available. Here’s what I was thinking.

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I love J-Lo. Long side bangs with slight layers at the bottom. I think my hair is longer then hers so of course I don’t want more chopped off. I’m trying to grow my “Bella” hair back! But I don’t know how much of this haircut is how it’s styled. She’s also probably wearing a wig.

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I saw this breakfast on the Today show and realized I haven’t had it in awhile so that’s what I planned for this morning’s breakfast. Al Roker was in the White House kitchen and the assistant chef had these kids making this as a healthy to go meal. I’ve been doing this for years! It’s so funny to see someone else say it’s healthy. If you didn’t know Ms. Obama has a mission to fight obesity in children. She’s so great!!

These are two flax blueberry waffles with blueberry preserves and chunky peanut butter. Honestly, this was really good but I missed my oats because it did not hold me over! I was SOOOOO hungry on the way home. I ate leftover spaghetti, melon and chips for lunch.  Not good when I get hungry. Blah… not too photogenic either. Trust me you didn’t miss the picture.

Dinner was pizza hut. Veggie pizza. Not to creative.

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On the plus side. Look at this wonderful vase I got at a gallery yesterday. A classmate and I went to this exhibition of children’s art and there was a gallery in the same building. We stopped in and the owner of the gallery actually took the time to share stories about the building and some of her art. We both thought since she was so nice we’d make an effort to buy something. I actually fell in love with this vase and it wasn’t expensive at all. It kinda of mimics the patterns in the pillows I bought recently. The boyfriend even really liked it. She said she bought this at an art market in Atlanta. So fun and unique to me. I don’t think I will ever really put flowers in it. I like it the way it is.

Anyhow! The Circus is tomorrow and then Superbowl SUNDAY!!! Colts vs. the Saints- Kendra Wilkinson vs. Kim Kardashians. haha…. Have a great weekend everyone!


Greek and Skiing

Hello everyone!

Today was great in its way. I am going to be positive about things and not so negative. I woke up and had my breakfast.

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This is a filipino roll (this is about 2) with melon. I put some organic butter on top and yummmmm. My mom made some for me this weekend to take home and I’ve been eating them as a quick breakfast.

I quickly headed into class. I thought I was running late but I was the second person in there? I don’t know my internal clock is just so off! Then I headed to the graduate office to do some work. This is just a room that they give us a key to that has computers so we can sit in and if anyone needs us they’ll come in. No one ever needs us. While in this office I ate my lunch.

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These are the snacks and lunch that I packed for today. I ended up eating only the wrap and grapes. I’ll repack the rest for lunch tomorrow.

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Inside my wrap I had avocados, lettuce, salsa, hummus, and cheese. Very filling!

Then after my office hours I headed to volunteer for one of my professor’s after school thing. It was great. The kids really love art and it’s a joy to be around them. I’m getting real practice as an actual teacher with good children. The only thing that I’m concerned with is that I’m the only “volunteer.” The other 3 grad-students use the class as an independent study. So yah….

After that, I headed to the store to buy this beauty!

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Do you see that lining on the inside? That’s what won me over! We are going skiing with friends soon and I didn’t have any waterproof jackets. The boyfriend magically had one in the closet so he was covered. I’m excited. I have gloves, a hat, and planned inside layers. I still plan on buying some thermals for us.

It happens that the store was near one of our favorite take-out places. So of course I had to stop in for Greek! It’s so bad that the person there knows us and knows that we have moved away from that area! But she does hook us up with a bigger slice of dessert.

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Yes doesn’t it look devine???
This is a local hole-in-the-wall place. They make everything homemade and all their ingredients are fresh. This is their Oreo Cheesecake!! SO GOOD!!! We only ate a little more than half. I stopped when he did. It was REALLY HARD!

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Here is my dinner- Mahi Mahi on rice with salad. I ate all the salad and less then half of the rice and fish. It’s just one of my favorite dinners!! If we move this would be one of the things I miss about this city.

Once my tummy settles from that dinner I still plan on running on the treadmill. I don’t think I’ll have time to work out tomorrow. Tomorrow I will observe another class, answer the phone in the front office, class, and maybe go to an extra credit thing for one of my classes. I’m so glad this week is almost over. The boyfriend and I will be headed to the circus!!!

So catch ya later gators 🙂


Happy Ground Hog’s Day

Hello! So the Ground Hog decided that there’s going to be another 6 weeks of winter. I am so tired of this weather!! I am wearing my puffy jacket because my thinner one is at the dry cleaners. Seriously stinky after that oyster feast. PHEW! I look crazy walking around in it but I don’t like wearing my nice coats to school because I’m afraid paint or other materials will get on them. At least I’m warm :). Today was very dreary and wet. I needed the extra warmth.

Anyhow… Today was a great pace. Different from the usually craziness. I started by reading a little Friday Night Knit Club. It’s starting to get really good. Then I got up and made some breakfast.

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Yummy eggs in a basket and grapes. It was quick and easy. I’m boring I know. I read that art book along with breakfast for one of my classes today. During the morning I also did 3 loads of laundry, walk/run on the treadmill for 25 min (warming myself up to running at full speed again), ate lunch and headed to class. I had leftovers from last night which did not make for a friendly picture. I also met up with the teacher I assist for my assistantship and I’m going to be doing some semi-grading for her. I also talked to the graduate secretary and she asked if I can help on Thursday to get more hours. So I am going to answer phones at the front office for the art department. Not to bad. It could be worst. Class was class… moving slow yet fast? If you know what I mean.

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I packed these snacks but I only ended up eating the bar. I came home around 8 and the Boyfriend was making dinner. I was so hungry I could have eaten my arm off!!! I ate chips and dip to calm down. I didn’t want to snap and be mean to the great boyfriend who was cooking me dinner. Hungry Joane = Mean Joane.

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He made yummy spaghetti made with ground turkey and a jarred sauce from Publix. The boyfriend’s other signature dish 🙂

I’ve got everything ready for tomorrow and I’m already in pj’s. It’s class, maybe office hours and volunteering tomorrow. I’m going to lay in bed and read some more of my book. Can’t wait. Till next time my friends.


Refreshment

Hello all! I am such a bad blogger. It’s been almost a week since my last post. Since this semester has just begun it’s easy for me to get overwhelmed. It’s hard to get back into school mode. After this week I think I can step back and realize that I need to set aside 20 to 30 min each day to exercise. Then I’ll feel a lot better after my week is done. After last week I just felt awful. Improvements needed.

Friday I was stressed from staying after school to work on a project and when I realized that I wasn’t going to be done that night I was very upset. I had a yoga date with my buddy Amy and we stretched out my stress. After coming home my back was tense and I just vegg’ed on the couch watching trash on TV. The next morning I got up early hit the studio and finished my project :). The lab monitor was a lot more understanding then the one the previous night. I was excited and ready to head to Charleston. I tried to go home Friday night to visit my parents and friends but I adjusted to leaving on Saturday. Luckily we were still able to go to the Annual Boone Hall Oyster Roast on Sunday! Yum!! Here are my eats….

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Side note: I had my first art casualty. I cut my thumb pretty bad and it’s been in band-aids for the week. I only have 9 working fingers.

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I make my breakfasts the night before my morning classes in a to-go container just in case I’m super late. This day I made banana oats with brown sugar on top. I micro-waved it the next day it was delish!! I don’t know why it turned out soupy?

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I also pack a lunch bag with snacks on Wednesdays because I volunteer for an after school program. Here is my packed lunch. I ate the wrap and the mini moon pie. This was the day I cut my finger so I wasn’t in the mood for much after all that blood (see above explanation). Sorry to be graphic.

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The boyfriend helped me so much last week with dinners. Here is his signature dish- fried rice with egg, chinese sausage, but no veggie. So I decided to top it with spinach, hot sauce, and a little soy sauce. I put this all in the microwave to wilt the spinach. So good!

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I packed these snacks for the week. The first bag are nuts with chocolate covered espresso beans. SO GOOD! The second bag is an organic cereal. Still in the bag. I need to eat that a.s.a.p. I hate being wasteful.

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While watching Wall-E and before we headed to Chuck Town I had this veggie bread from Fresh Market. I decided against this apple and had a chocolate chip cookie instead. The apple was mushy.

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Finally after a dreadful rainy Saturday. Sunday was sunny yet muddy. I had on my handy rain boots from Target!! We finally made it to the Oyster Roast at the Boone Hall Plantation. Yummy delicious oysters!! All mine!!!  THANK YOU BOYFRIEND FOR SHUCKING SOME OYSTERS BECAUSE I ONLY HAVE 9 WORKING FINGERS!

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Just look at the size of this one!

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Action shot! That’s how they cooked the oysters 🙂

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Don’t you love the scenery?

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Last night I waited in line for a veggie burrito bowl from Chipotle on our way back home and I was disappointed. I had to use the restroom so why not in a delicious place where I can eat? I don’t know something was off? Maybe their burritos are just better?

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Today’s Lunch- Ham, harvarti cheese, avocado, with mayo on wheat lightly grilled with melon. I had multi-grain chips on the side with two different dippers- one cheese and one salsa.

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My boyfriend has been great and getting food to go some nights when he doesn’t feel like making fried rice. Tonight on his way home he picked up tonight’s dinner. A local place called Mr. Teriyaki- sweet rice, egg, and beef. Along with a nice refreshment in our NE Huskers mug! Boyfriend’s home town!!

Ok hopefully I’ve entertained you. Until next time my friends..


Post coming tonight

Sorry I’ve been MIA.  I’ll be back tonight 🙂

For now I’m going to my night class!! Cya in a few.