For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to post on a schedule. I’d write a post before bed, set it to publish in the morning, and then I’d upload the post to Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest whenever I woke up. I really liked that plan because it allowed me to get that early-morning audience that I was just not getting when I was posting in the afternoon. But I think I started getting really frustrated with having that routine, because it made me feel like I “had” to write a post – which is never good.
Yesterday, Brent and I went to the zoo! We wanted to get in one last trip this summer before classes start up again. We’ll definitely be back in the fall, though. The zoo is open all year ’round, but is swamped during the summer and absolutely empty during the winter. Last year, we went for my birthday in December and we were practically the only ones there! And the zoo is way more fun when there’s not eight million screaming toddlers running around.
Brent was such a sweetheart… He pushed me around the whole zoo (the path is 1 mile long)! And the zoo is not very wheelchair-friendly – it was super curvy, bumpy, and hilly.
And, of course, we had to say hello to our favorite goat friend! We thought that she might be pregnant… What do you think? She definitely looks pregnant to me, but I know that usually goats are bred to give birth in the late spring, so I’m not sure. Maybe she’s just fat
This morning I set out to URI for a meeting with Disability Services. Disabled students meet with a special adviser each semester to make sure that all the necessary accommodations are made for them. My adviser is so sweet and adorable – she remembered exactly what problems I had last semester, and made sure that all my classes were in the perfect buildings for me and showed me exactly where I should park for the best access.
I even got to ask her some questions I had about finding a job after graduation. I’ve been a little nervous that getting a job will be difficult, since I need a sitting-down job and preferably something flexible or part-time that won’t overwhelm me if I have a lot of pain. She said that she’d put me on the list to get emailed about an information session in September where URI’s Career Services will get you ready for jobs (help with writing resumes and mock interviews, etc.) and then set you up with an interviewer from the government. If you “pass” the interview, you get put into a special database for federal jobs for the disabled. I think that this is such a cool idea! I don’t know if I would actually be interested in any of the jobs available (I’m sure I’ll get more information about that soon), but I think it’s really awesome that they have this service. As much as I hate URI, they have an awesome Disability Services center that has worked with me every step of the way, and I seriously appreciate that.
For dinner, I made these yummy Turkey Buns. They were delicious and definitely [Man Healthy]. They’d make for great party food, too!
(recipe by Miranda Mowbray)
Ingredients (makes 16 buns):
1/2 pound lean ground turkey
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeño, de-seeded and finely minced
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/4 cup Mexican blend shredded cheese
2 packages reduced-fat crescent rolls (8 rolls per package)
Preheat oven to 375˚F.
Cook garlic until fragrant in canola oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat.
Add jalapeño to the pan and stir, cooking for 2 minutes.
Add ground turkey to the pan and cook (about 7 minutes), breaking up into small pieces with a spatula.
Season meat with salt, pepper, and chili powder.
Get rid of any juices that have collected in the pan, then add the sour cream and cheese; stir until combined.
Line a baking sheet with tinfoil and prepare with cooking spray.
Open crescent roll packages and spread them out individually on the pan.
For each roll, place about 1 tbsp of the ground turkey mixture on the big side and spread it around a little bit.
Roll up the rolls into a crescent shape, according to the package directions.
Bake for about 11-13 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
Today is my first day debuting my two new additions to my healthy goals! I’m excited, people.
Healthy Goals Checklist
- At least 100g of protein. Check! I got 119g today.
- At least 4 servings of fruits and veggies. Check! I got 5.25 servings.
- (Tentative) At least 25g of fiber. No check. I was so close! I only got 24 today. I’m going to keep working on this one. The recommendation of 35g seems kind of unrealistic, though, but I’ll probably at least try for it.
- At least 100 oz. of water. Check! I got 113 oz. today.
- No more than one treat. Check! I didn’t even have a treat today. Too busy concentrating on all my other goals, haha! My plan is working
- Exercise and/or stretch. Check! I went walked around Target for 20 minutes and I stretched before bed.