I’m FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Guess what? I just got home from my last final exam (Biostats), so I’m officially done with my first semester of grad school! Woooooooooooooo!!!!!!!! Since I took classes straight through the summer, the last time I had a break was last Christmas and boy am I excited for a break :)


I head home to DC on Saturday, but, since I’m going home so early and am in serious need of some money, I’m going to work all next week at my old office editing job. It will actually be fun, though — nice to mix it up from school/homework and I’m excited to see all my old coworkers and have a reason to dress up cute again! :) After next week, though, it’s time for some real relaxation!

Anyway! Yesterday was spent surrounded by this:


Since we were tired of campus, four of my grad school friends and I met up at a cute cafe in Chapel Hill called Foster’s Market to study Biostats! It was actually kind of fun — studying with others is WAY better than studying by yourself. More productive, too! We spent from about 9 a.m. til 3 p.m. at Fosters working on practice problems (and occasionally chatting, heh). As a reward for all the studying, we treated ourselves to lunch there, too! (Usually we all pack our lunches — I mean, we are in the nutrition program and all, heh. Plus… grad school = we are poor.)


I’ve been to Fosters before but never had their lunch — it was delicious! I started with the Greek Grilled Cheese, which was a grilled pita stuffed with spinach, tomato, grilled onions, artichoke hearts, cucumbers, peppers, provolone cheese, and feta spread! Major yum (excuse the ghetto photos — I had my point and shoot and it hates being indoors)!



On the side, I had a small cup of their current special — Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili. Yum! Reminded me of my Sweet Potato Lentil Chili, except their sweet potato was pureed into the soup instead of chunky like in my recipe :)


(Sidenote — I also just saw that the Foster’s website has a whole recipe section — awesome!)

At 3 p.m., we called it quits on the studying. Two of the girls headed home, and me, Lauren, and Elle hit the trails for a celebratory run!


It was a great run — I felt sluggish at the beginning (it was COLD — can you tell from the photo? :) ) but felt good for the second half. We ran just over 4 miles. Success!

Speaking of my friend and classmate Elle (in the middle, above — and the owner of “The Clubhouse” aka the cutest townhouse EVER)she started a blog!!!! It’s called Nutritionella and it’s super cute. Please go give her some love and welcome her to the blogging community! :) And while you’re at it, check out the awesome Whole Wheat Cranberry Orange Muffin recipe she just posted today — I was lucky enough to sample some last night and they are delish!

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And now — time to RELAX! Plans for today include:

  • Lunch/chilling (home)
  • Blog-related call
  • Getting my hair done! Yay
  • Dinner with my whole grad school class
  • Going out on the town!!!

Can’t wait :) Have a great day, everyone!


  1. 1

    YAY – congratulations on finishing your first semester. I love that you went for a celebratory run ;)

  2. 2

    Congratulations!! Contemplating making another batch of your SP Lentil chili tonight since I ate my last portion this week…

  3. 3

    Congrats! I have a final tomorrow and 2 next week. It’s so hard to want to cook when you have to study 1/2 the day.

  4. 4

    Congrats Anne!! Enjoy every minute of your time off!

  5. 5

    Congrats on getting through the first semester!! You’ll long for those breaks more and more… I did all through my masters!

  6. 6

    Yay! I always loved that feeling at the end of the semester. Off to say hello to your friend. :)

  7. 7

    Congrats on being done with your semester. How exciting!! DC is freezing these days, so stay warm when you come up here to work and holiday :)

    Also, just saw your smoked salmon lunch and linked it to my lunchbox post today :)

  8. 8

    Yay you’re done!! And no way- I went to the North Woods yesterday at 2 pm and ran 2 loops alone… I must have just missed you girls! Sad face. See you tonight hot mama!

  9. 10

    Congratulations! :) It feels great to have a break huh? ;)

  10. 11

    Congratulations! I used to looooooove that end-of-exams feeling. One of the reasons I miss school!

  11. 12

    Ah I need to finish this last take home exam and then I’m free too! With only one quarter left!

  12. 13

    Congrats on finishing up your first semester of grad school! I’ve got one final left this afternoon and I get to enjoy sweet freedom also!

  13. 14

    Congrats!! Hope you have an amazing break, you deserve it!! :)

  14. 15

    YAY!!!! Congrats girl. This has to feel so good!

  15. 16

    Congrats on being done!

  16. 17

    Great job.

  17. 18

    woohoo!! congrats :)

  18. 19

    Congrats on earning “freedom,” well done on the studying/run, safe travels, and good luck with work next week! Sounds like a great first semester!

  19. 20

    Yay, congrats on being done with the semester! I have one more week of finals and then I’ll be writing this post too :)

  20. 21

    Yay!!! I felt the same way when I finished on Monday! Except I’m done for good!

    Have a great break! It will go by fast. ;)

  21. 22

    Yay for being done for the semester! That soup looks yum – it’s giving me some new ideas.

  22. 23

    Congrats on being done for the semester!
    Greek grilled cheese?! Love…..!!!!


  23. 24

    Congrats!! I am sure you passed all your exams with flying colors :-)

  24. 25

    i actually just made up a sweet potato black bean chili recipe, inspired by one of your recipes, this week. it was delicious!

    Congrats on finishing your first semester–it is an awesome feeling.

  25. 26

    Congrats! What does the shirt say in this post?- “Running is cheaper than…?” I looked on your tshirt shop page and didn’t see this one.

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