“Just Keep Swimming”…

…is my mantra for the next 8.5 weeks. And there is no beach or sun involved. Just Advanced Macronutrients, Disease Processes, Intuitive Eating, Nutrition Through the Life Cycle, and Fundamentals of Counseling. It really hit me this week what being a MASTER OF SCIENCE entails. And that is a lot. A lot a lot a lot.

My friend classmate Rebecca and I split this awesomeness on Wednesday when we thought the school world was coming crashing down upon us.

It was seriously phenomenal. Came from the Bastyr cafeteria and had great ingredients–whole wheat flour, flax seed, olive oil and more. Probably the best cinnamon roll I’ve ever had. Bold statement, I know. Life was definitely better after it.

So, for the next 8.5 weeks I will be repeatedly telling myself to just keep swimming. And doing things in the meantime that contribute to sanity maintenance.

Like weeknight baking of Spiced Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins (adapted from Daily Garnish!). For no reason.

Awful photo, I know. So good, though.

And getting up at 6am on no-class Friday to start writing a paper in order to feel good enough about my productivity to go out for a short while that night.

At The Yard. Super great place in Greenwood.

And making this (kinda time consuming- lotta chopping!).

Collard greens, red cabbage, wild rice, red bell pepper, parsley, pumpkin seeds. Dressed in olive oil, lemon juice, garlic. Adapted from Feeding the Whole Family (third edition) by Cynthia Lair (Sasquatch Books, 2008).

And…doing things other than eating. Like, taking leisurely walks, going to yoga, meeting friends for coffee, painting my nails. And blogging, obviously.

So, two weeks down, 8.5 to go. And I’m definitely counting. It’s still sunny here, so that’s great. It’s getting darker, though. And I think the rain is coming soon. Yay! Joke.

Happy October to you all!

Go Cards.