Today is my MPH graduation day.
I know a lot of students don’t even go to their Master’s graduation. They figure they’ve been to their undergraduate ceremony, so why do they need to go to another? And I get that, especially as many of my classmates are in their 30′s. But for me, commemorating my MPH is so much more than just reflecting on two years of HARD work, it’s celebrating my complete transition to an adult.
I went into a Master’s program straight from undergrad. I moved from Michigan to Chicago (away from family) and had to start my life in a new city (granted I knew Ian and a handful of other people in the city). I really came into my own as I had to figure out what was important to me and what was not. I also ended up working a lot this past year and have had to learn to balance school, work, and free time.
It’s been a hectic two years but I have to think that I’ve grown and matured a lot .
Last night Ian and I decided to start the celebration off with a mini date night. We have dinner plans with my family tonight so we kept dinner simple (and cheap!) and headed over to Flaco’s Tacos, a quick serve Mexican restaurant in our neighborhood.
I started with a glass of sangria (hey- we were celebrating!)
And we split some chips and salsa
I kept my meal on the lighter side and ordered two tilapia tacos.
They were okay, a little on the bland side with too much slaw filler, but overall not too shabby. I loved that the fish wasn’t fried and was seasoned nicely without being oily!
It was so nice out last night (after it cooled off) and we weren’t quite ready to head back to our super hot apartment so we ventured downtown to Sprinkles so Ian could pick up a cupcake. The ominous clouds must have spooked away the usual Sprinkles customers because we didn’t have to stand in a line for 15 minutes to get a cupcake. Woohoo! I debated grabbing one as well, but when I saw they didn’t carry vegan gluten-free cupcakes I decided not to. My stomach has been way too bizarre lately to risk it.
Luckily, as we were walking home we passed a Whole Foods and stopped inside so Ian could pick up some grapefruit. I just happened to walk past the bakery section when I saw this baby:
Chocolate peanut butter vegan and gluten free cupcake??? I was sold!
Even Sonic was interested in the cupcake once we brought it home…
I guess the furbaby takes after his mama
After starting our laundry back at the apartment (the only not fun part of the night), Ian and I dug into our cupcakes.
A banana cupcake for him:
And a chocolate peanut butter cupcake for her:
We spent the rest of the night watching t.v. and sweating on the couch. Property management, please turn on the AC!
It was so hot that we had to sleep with the fan on which is never a good thing for Sonic. He appreciates the cool air but is terrified of the fan! As a result, he sleeps at the top of my pillow (between my head and the wall) so he is as far away from the fan as possible. Also, whenever we turn the fan on, he attacks my head during the night. I’m not sure if its because he’s scared and wants to wake me up or if he’s just not used to being so close to my hair but he will actually grab pieces of my hair in his mouth and pull them out of my pony tail. Then he starts to clean the piece of hair. What a weird furbaby…
Case in point, I went to bed with a normal ponytail and woke up like this:
Anyway, I woke up early to get a run in before it got too warm and knocked out four miles. When I got home I did the advanced core workout from Advanced Marathoning and then dug into a cottage cheese parfait for breakfast
Fig jam, cottage cheese, banana slices, walnuts, blueberries, gf granola, and crunchy sunflower seed butter. Yum!
I’m relaxing around the apartment this morning and then grabbing lunch with my mom once she gets into town. The festivities begin this afternoon!