Al Fresco Lunching

Good afternoon!

I’m back in Chapel Hill and working to get caught up on all the class-related stuff I missed this week while I was in DC with my family. Lots of recorded lectures to listen to and an assignment due tomorrow! After class this morning, I came home to make an early lunch.


Earlier this week, I whipped up a Middle Eastern-inspired barley salad with white beans, raisins, pine nuts, green pepper, and various spices, so I had the last serving of that today. It’s delicious — recipe coming next week!


It’s especially yummy topped with plain Greek yogurt :)

On the side, I had a massaged kale salad. I LOVE massaged kale salads — you literally just drizzle on some olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, and massage it into the leaves by hand. Takes out the bitterness!



I threw some mushrooms and avocado on top, too.

To drink, I had my favorite enormous plastic sorority cup, which I now fill with water instead of beer. Oh, how the mighty have fallen ;)


I pretty much take this cup all around the house with me, at all times. I <3 water.

Dessert was some refreshing sliced grapefruit.


Time to get down to work with all this catching up I have to do! And tonight I’m going to a fun blog and yoga-related event in Raleigh — stay tuned to see what it is :)

Do you carry water around with you, too? When I’m out and about, I always have a reusable water bottle in my purse or backpack, and when I’m at home, various glasses of water follow me around the house :) It’s become habit! Matt always makes fun of me because I’m constantly sipping water. He’ll take one enormous glass every few hours and pound it; I’m the opposite — sip, sip, sip… just a little at a time :) Writing this post, I’ve probably taken like 20 sips of water, lol.

Have a good one, friends!


  1. 1

    I’m the same way. I drink water all day long, just a sip here and there. It really adds up! My only complaint is that I have to go to the bathroom every 10 seconds. :) LOL!

    Looking forward to the recipe next week!

  2. 3

    I do the exact same thing with the water. And my BF makes fun of me for it too. Haha!

  3. 4

    I am an all day water sipper too. LOVE LOVE LOVE your cup by the way–I was a Theta also, a founding sister at University of Central Florida :)

  4. 6

    I always have water on or beside me haha! Great looking lunch, can’t wait for the recipe :)

  5. 7

    I ALWAYS have a bottle of water with me. Always! It really weighs down my purse but hey…

  6. 9

    Can’t wait for that recipe! And I ALWAYS have my camelbak water bottle with me. I’m a fish:)

  7. 10

    I love that cup! I have the same one for my sorority and I still use it all the time because it is HUGE! I too now fill mine with water ;)

  8. 11

    I am trying to become a water sipper. There are cups and water bottles all over the house to prove it. But when I get caught up in something it slips my mind. Then I go for the chug approach.

  9. 12

    If I don’t have water with me its because I was robbed. Really, I am the water queen!

  10. 14

    Oh my gosh, I can’t believe you still have that cup! That’s pretty amazing. I’m not gonna lie, last summer I finally threw out all remaining KAO paraphernalia!

    • 15

      I’ve thrown out pretty much everything EXCEPT this cup, lol. I have another one with a different picture, too. They’re just the perfect huge size so I don’t have to fill them up every 5 seconds!

  11. 16

    I have bottles of water in almost every room of my house and I ALWAYS pack my Bobble for travel, especially airports because I am NOT spending $4 on a small bottle of water! There’s almost always a bottle in my bag, especially in summer (though then I also have small cooler in my car with water and ice packs since summer in NC is crazy hot here); when on vacation I’ve been known to cart 2 because I drink it constantly! That alone is the reason I will always carry a medium-large purse!

  12. 17

    I am really good at always having a water bottle with me when I’m at work, but not so great on my days off! I really need to work on it!

  13. 18

    I love water but I also love unsweetened tea with lime just as much.

  14. 19

    I’m toting my reusable water bottle all of the hospital campus each day.

  15. 20

    that’s so funny! love the old cup, I recognize it!! I also sip water at home and sandwich pounds it. maybe it’s a guy thing?!

  16. 21

    Yesterday I was grocery shopping and was dying of thirst. I went to Wendy’s and got their berry tea (unsweetened) and it was superb. The have it sweetened, but I don’t like sweetened tea. Try it, you’ll love it.

  17. 22

    I’m the worst (best?) about carrying water around. I won’t leave on a trip without hauling my giant 2L water bottle with me, and I’ve become rather notorious for leaving water glasses around. If the aliens from “Signs” ever show up here, I will be very well prepared!

    As a slightly off-topic shout out, I was a little amused to see your cup. You belong to the same sorority as my twin sister.

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