Happy Friday! I am definitely happy to say that I’m almost 100% over a nasty cold that hit me late Tuesday night. Wednesday was awful, Thursday morning was worse, but by last night I was starting to feel human again. I get sick so rarely these days, so when I do, it somehow feels extra-terrible.
It’s a good thing those sickies peaced out because as of today I’m officially on spring break! While a handful of my circa 2003 myspace friends might call this “sPrInG bReAk!!!”, nowadays, it’s more appropriately titled “spring” “break.” Both “spring” and “break” in danger-quotes, because both of them are sort of false. We’ve got snow in the forecast for the weekend, and a “break” for grad students usually just means “more time to write!” All that being said, I’m still going to approach next week with a little more commitment to fun.
And what better way to kick-off a fun spring break week than with St. Patrick’s Day? I’m not a big drinker, so that’s not the fun part for me, but I am a big themer, and so I’m stoked to have an excuse to make and wear green things. And play my favorite Irish music.
So to kick it off: a spring break/St. Paddy’s Day-themed Friday Five!
1. Raw Cauliflower Tabouli
This mostly green dish sounds healthy and delicious. I love parsley-heavy taboulis, and love them even more when they are wheat-free. Check out this version from The Healthy Blender.
2. Emotional Spring Cleaning
I’m pretty into this article by Dr. Tim Brieske which I discovered through the Deepak Chopra Meditation Challenge in which I’m currently participating. It talks about how we’re socialized to believe we have to push certain emotions away, but he encourages the opposite. In order to rid ourselves of emotional toxicity, we first have to sit with our feelings—good and bad. Read more here. (I’m working on both emotional and physical spring cleaning. Namely, my closet. So if anyone wants any clothes, I’m the girl to see.)
3. Mint Brownies
Holy healthy(ish) decadence, you guys! These brownies from Natural Sweet Recipes obviously look amazing, but you’ll be even more stoked after you read the ingredients list. It’s mostly fruit and bean based, and calls for very little added (coconut) sugar. Perfect for St. Paddy’s Day!
4. 8 Ways to Spend Spring Break When You’re Stuck in Your Hometown
I sort of love this list from Thought Catalog for those of us who can’t afford (time-wise or money-wise) to take a trip for our spring breaks. A lot of these things on the list are already part of my life, so, like, I’m in.
5. Pints of Guinness Make You Strong
Okay, so I don’t condone the song title. Pints of Guinness will actually just make you sick. But this is one of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day appropriate songs by one of my favorite bands. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea (er, pint of beer?), so feel free to skip pressing play if you can’t relate to being 19, fist in the air, dancing with your friends in a dirty punk house, singing this song on the top of your lungs. <3
Do you have a spring break? What will you do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Any other Against Me! fans out there?