In fact, I'm writing this post from a charming cafe only a few blocks from our house (mainly due to lack of Internet, but the scenery, complete with deer walking right across the road, is still nice!) What exactly kept me as busy as a hamster stuck to his wheel this past July? And what did we see on our four-day drive from California to Colorado?
|My dad driving the yellow truck with the matching Bronco!|
What I'm Eating
Huge burgers at Stacked: Food Well Built. After surviving part one of an insane month, my parents and I decided that the best way to celebrate would be really good burgers. So, of course, we went to Stacked...and I ended up with this masterpiece: blackened chicken breast with tomato, avocado, sautéed mushrooms, lettuce, and mustard all on a gluten free bun. My mom and I also split the GF fries because...hello, celebration?
Pesto pork spaghetti squash (try saying that five times fast). Ever since I tried enchilada stuffed spaghetti squash almost a year ago, I've been addicted to this easy, veggie-packed dinner. Recently, though, I gave it a "P" twist by using homemade green pesto and pulled pork instead of my usual enchilada sauce and ground turkey. MIND (and taste buds) BLOWN! I cannot recommend the spaghetti squash/pesto combo enough...and juicy pulled pork makes a tasty trio.
|Top with avocado to make others green with envy!|
What I'm Doing
Having a blast teaching my very first writing class. As I hinted in last month's favorites post, to finish off my summer internship with Entity Magazine, I was given the opportunity to teach a writing class (on Analogies, Metaphors and Turns of Phrase in case other literary nerds want to know) to other interns. For the first class, I traveled to LA, which was an adventure in itself. I ended up teaching the second class at the San Diego office (where I usually worked) on my last day...and two days before we drove out to San Diego. The classes actually taught me a lot and I'm definitely grateful for all that I learned in my nine weeks with Entity!
|They wrote down their favorite metaphors/turns of phrase at the end!|
Smiling and (almost) crying at my dad's retirement ceremony. As I've mentioned in the past, my dad has proudly served as a Marine for 26 years. The day after I took the GRE, I attended his retirement ceremony - along with my mom, sister and several extended family members - and it definitely meant more to me than I anticipated. He's been a Marine since before we were born, so retirement is a new way of life for my sister and I as well as him. I'm so proud of his work as a Marine and I can't wait to see where this next step in life takes us!
|Family photo afterward!|
What I'm Planning
Earning my Colorado Explorer's badge...if such a cool badge ever existed in Girl Scouts (any other past Girl Scouts in the blogosphere?) I already made a list of some culinary hotspots that I want to be sure to check out, including Mountain Mama Natural Foods, The Kitchen and Ola Juice Bar. Of course, I also want to break in my hiking boots and visit some of the typical tourist go-to's. If you have any other suggestions, comment below or send me an email - I'd love to hear!
|And we'll definitely be going back here (very often)!|
Relaxing and readying for school. I officially have less than one month before flying back to PLNU to finish my last semester of college (insert screaming emoji face here). Now that I've finished the GRE and the moving madness, I want to give my brain a little downtime before it gets hit by the usual wave of essays and reading assignments. I'm definitely not 100% ready to go back to college yet (for a variety of reasons), but the more weeks that pass, the more excited I feel.
|Shots from our first day!|
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What was your favorite eat in July? Favorite activity? Your plans for August? Comment below!