Homeless Livin’ + TOL

Hi, my name is Emma and I am currently WAY too stressed to write coherently, so let’s just thank our lucky stars that Thinking Out Loud is a thing and Amanda is our saviour.


1. I ate a donut for breakfast this morning.¬†Annnnnd it wasn’t as amazing as I thought it would be. I’ve been craving them for EVER so I’m a little bit shocked. Perhaps I should have gone for the apple fritter instead of chocolate dip? Maybe tomorrow today. ūüėČ

apple-frittersYeeeeah those are looking pretty darn sweet.

2. But my stomach has been growling since I woke up (despite LOTS of food) so perhaps I should consider eating some vegetables. Just a thought.

3. Another thought: I REALLY NEED A PLACE TO LIVE!¬†Like, it’s all well and good and wonderful and amazing that I got into Kinesiology, but I sorta don’t think going to school and living on the street is going to work out very well. I’ve gotten a couple of replies (to exactly seven billion emails), but since I can’t go visit the place I usually get passed over. Add to the fact that the Vancouver housing market is INSANITY and you have a recipe for one homeless college student.

4. I’m reading Harry Potter and the Order of the¬†Phoenix¬†for the fifteenth time.¬†Not an exaggeration. My friend James was making fun of me, saying that he was going to bring a new book for me to read, but honestly? I’ve got seven books in my life, I don’t need any more. ‚̧


5. READING is the key word there.¬†The picture is (obviously) of the movie, but I am so turned off of TV right now it’s not even funny. I will start watching something, thinking I’m going to unwind for a few minutes, and I am instantly bored out of my mind! That and extremely irritated by the flashing lights / noise.

6. Another aversion? COFFEE.¬†I don’t know who I am anymore. It’s been a week since I properly drank a cup of coffee, and much longer since I genuinely enjoyed it. Friday night I chugged half an iced coffee because I had a withdrawal headache, and on Tuesday I had to get my coworker to tell me what my espresso was like (so I could adjust the grinder) because it just all tasted awful to me.


I do love not feeling dependant on a substance, though, even if it does mean I’m a little bit more tired!

7. Tuesday’s 10 miler was a huge success!¬†I haven’t run longer than 7 miles since my half marathon on June 14, so I was a little bit worried to say the least. But it was probably one of my most solid long runs ever! I started slooow, kept it steady, and didn’t freak out on the hills. There was a little nausea and cramping towards the end which was gross, but I also didn’t suffer from that crippling fatigue I used to get so often!

8. And then I woke up the next morning to homemade¬†blueberry muffins.¬†Can I live at home forever, please? ‚̧

9. But really.¬†Is anyone in Vancouver looking for a¬†roommate?¬†I’ll go on runs with you and bake you muffins!


The Last Thinking Out Loud

1. Of my first year of university!¬†You may remember I pulled this trick back in August for “the last Thinking Out Loud” of living at home. The next time I publish one of these, I will be back in Edmonton in a brand new condo! Don’t worry, Amanda, I’m not going anywhere. ūüėČ


2. ¬†BUT I am never going back to the place that I left.¬†A bit weird, but I’ve moved so many times recently that it didn’t really feel like “home” anyway. I actually only lived there for 5 months! At this point, I am more used to my dorm room.

3. Which I have¬†absolutely no hope in packing up.¬†I just heard from a friend that the storage lockers most of us are using are less than 3 x 3 x 3 (feet). Isn’t that like, two boxes?


4. Calling all Vancouverites.¬†Please drive out to UBC and let me store my stuff with you. I’ll buy ice cream.

5. I haven’t worn makeup in almost two weeks¬†and I cannot believe how much better my skin is looking!¬†It seriously looks the same as it usually does with tinted moisturizer and concealer. Aside from the freckles…I guess I never really grew out of those. ūüėČ

6. 7pm exams are not enjoyable.¬†In my head, 7pm is the time I wind down my work, start to think about what I want for dinner, and just generally “turn off”. So having to keep my brain on those extra 2.5 hours was killer! Not to mention my stomach started growling approximately half an hour in…

ryan-reynoldsThe fact that I’ve been studying psychology nonstop makes this too accurate for words.

7. Neither was¬†serious Boston FOMO.¬†You guys. I don’t think I have ever wanted to¬†go to something as badly as I wanted to go to the Boston Marathon.¬†Extreme jealousy occurred with¬†every single¬†Instagram / Tweet / blog post.

8. Which leads me to…my first marathon!¬†I am¬†so¬†torn up about this. On the one hand, I really want to start training ASAP and do the Edmonton Marathon this August. Why miss another Boston, right? But on the other hand, the chances of me qualifying this summer are basically nil, which is the whole reason I want to run a marathon in the first place. So do I go for it now, or focus on getting stronger/faster before taking the plunge?!

9. So many adult decisions. I miss the days when my most important choices involved which spring sport I wanted to play and whether I should take foods or drama as an elective. (foods always won)

10.¬†… I think that is all I have to say!¬†I don’t remember the last time I actually ran out of thoughts for a Thinking Out Loud but that appears to be the case. My life is not all that exciting right now… study / run / friends / sleep. It’s all good, though. After two crazy semesters, I am very happy to be winding down. ūüôā

Have you ever had an exam at a strange time? 

My next one is less awful, but still 3:30pm on a Saturday!

How many places have you lived? 

This new place will be #6 for me. (in 4 years!)

Thinking Out Loud: Packing, Potatoes + A Pathetic Brain

1. Studying for finals is apparently making me less smart, not more. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this:

Brownie points  to whoever can spot my note-taking  ...  My brain has checked out, apparently.

I literally just can’t. What is your concept of “knows”? If I may quote Ange, “my brain can’t brain”.

AKA, the reason we all praise Amanda for hosting Thinking out Loud every week. Because what would we do without our regularly scheduled brain dump?!


2. I may be¬†turning into an alcoholic.¬†Usually before I come home, my mom asks me things I want in the house for when I arrive. The past three times I’ve said: sweet potatoes, peanut butter, carrots and panini ingredients. Nothing more, nothing less. This time, though?

Vodka. (Only mixed with stuff so I can’t taste it though)


Underage-dom in British Columbia has me unimpressed.

3. One day I will remember to take a “running selfie”¬†AKA those incredibly cool pictures of people where both their feet are off the ground and they look like total rockstars. For my past three runs I have planned to do it and then just…not.

4. How does one become less addicted to¬†caffeine?¬†So I obviously have no intention to stop drinking it all together. But on Monday, I didn’t drink any coffee until about¬†~3 hours after I woke up, and I was literally nauseous all day. I felt like my energy had been zapped, I was dragging myself around campus (to sit in libraries) and was just a disaster. But I only ever have one coffee per day! So I don’t know how to cut back without going cold turkey. –> not like there is a chance of that anyway.


5. I suppose I could mix my beans with decaf… But there is something that just sounds so “Starbucks” about half-caf and I’m not sure if I can go there.

6. I can, however, go home in 12 days. You guys know I just had to throw that in there. I have to move all my stuff into the storage locker in 10, and exactly 1 box has been packed. This will be interesting.

7. More interesting than my exam tomorrow, though. From 7-9:30pm. I mean, really? Who has final exams on Friday night? I also have one on Saturday afternoon.


8.¬†Don’t ask me where¬†this idea came from,¬†but I have a serious craving for roasted cheddar potatoes! I’m not much of a cheese / potato fan in the slightest (except in Schwartzies potatoes NOM NOM NOM), but yes that will be happening as soon as an oven is in my vicinity again.

9. And I will be able to post recipes!¬†Not that this is going to turn into a fancy food blog or anything…you guys know I am far too obsessed with running & these random thoughts for that to happen. But I’m still excited to be able to sprinkle in more variety to my blog posts! Plus I miss baking like no other.

muffinsRemember when I used to make muffins for you?

10. So I will leave you with this.¬†What? We were on the topic of baking, after all. ūüėČ Go make these for me ASAP please! Or wait until I get home, and then come over for a waffle party. Actually, yes, do that.

What is the funniest mistake you have made recently? 

Do you have more exciting Friday plans than I do? 

Coffee + Chocolate + Running = My Thoughts Are Happy.

On Thursdays we Think. Preferably out loud, but since that is impossible until a super genius invents a magic audio blogger, our thoughts are in words.¬†And said super genius¬†should definitely be¬†Amanda, seeing as she got us excited and all. ūüėČ

1. I GOT AN EASTER BASKET.¬†Well, Easter Package, but same deal. I wasn’t expecting it at all, and it was so thoughtful! Coffee and chocolate, my only priorities in life, definitely made an appearance.

HAPPYIntelligentsia coffee = my lifeblood.

2. I am really leaving things down to the wire.¬†I never¬†do this. For my past four essays, they’ve all been finished at least 2 days before they were due. I’ve already started studying for my exams three weeks away, not to mention packed two boxes for move out day on April 28. BUT I still haven’t accepted/declined my BMS offer. Which just so happens to be due tomorrow. I’m just¬†really¬†really bad at making decisions.

3. In all aspects of my life. Do I feel like running 7, 8, 9 or 10 miles tomorrow? Does this shirt really need a sweater over it? Is it socially acceptable to put off washing my hair until tomorrow night?

[Tweet “How little can I wash my hair and still be socially acceptable? “]

4. I am hopeless with moving.¬†Speaking of packing, I have no idea what I am going to do with my stuff! I mean, I’m getting a storage locker so I will have somewhere to put it, but everything that I want to bring home with me somehow has to fit in 2 small suitcases and 1 large one. I already filled a tiny one, and don’t feel like I made any progress at all.

5. All of you need this in  your life ASAP. 


That is a Peanut Butter & Jelly donut, my friends. And it comes with coffee, so, double perfection.

6. Oh, how the times have changed.¬†In grade twelve, I almost always woke up at 5am. I would run and do homework, then commute to school for 8:30am. Now?¬†I feel proud of myself for waking up at 7 to run. And now that I’m almost finished with class, that will be going out the window.

7. TO THE WINDOW, TO THE WALL. That song just popped into my head, and this is Thinking Out Loud, so why not go with it, right? And just by the btws, I loved that song way before The Proposal.


6. There are only eleven days until the Boston Marathon.¬†You had better believe I am counting down as if I were running it myself! I definitely considered travelling across the country (and border) to go watch…but something tells me that doing that smack in the middle of exams is incredibly stupid.

[Tweet “11 days and counting until the Boston Marathon! “]

7. So is setting an alarm to watch it, but that will definitely be¬†happening.¬†My struggle is that it starts at 9:30am east coast time, which is 6:30am here. And that is¬†sort of almost¬†acceptable, but I feel like there is no way I can watch elite runners blast a marathon without doing my own run beforehand. So I’m probably going to wake up at the ungodly hour of 5am…please pray for me.

10. I really need to get off the computer!¬†I’m trying to start reading in¬†bed so that I don’t lie awake for seventeen hours before falling asleep. It’s almost 11pm at this point, and I’m getting up at 7 to run, so I’ve gotta run! <– see what I did there? I’m hilarious.

Will you watch the Boston Marathon?

What time do you wake up?

Easter Thoughts + Decisions Out Loud.

Hooray for Thursday! Hopefully all of you have tomorrow off, and everyone gets to do the Friday dance a day early. ūüôā If not,¬†Amanda’s link party never fails to be a mood booster. Bring on the random thoughts!


1.¬†I’m loving this college¬†lifestyle.¬†The weather is supposed to be super nasty on Saturday, the day I usually do a long run, so I decided to go for it yesterday!¬†Because what is better than a hump day full of “I’m a freaking rockstar” endorphins? Nothing, my friends. Absolutely nothing.

2. Cheese is freaking delicious.¬†I’ve had two packages of cheddar cheese slices sitting in my fridge for who knows how long, and decided I had better start eating them so nothing goes to waste at the end of the year. I don’t love cheese in sandwiches, so I’ve just been chomping on it as a snack and I’ve got to say, I’m a fan! Delicious plain, but especially yummy with cold, crisp apples.

3. I’m starting to stress about moving.¬†I’m not sure how much I will have to ship back home on the Greyhound, how much it will cost, and if I will regret not getting a storage locker! I really need to decide what I’m doing next year.


4. WHAT AM I DOING NEXT YEAR?!¬†Ugh. I absolutely love UBC, but I¬†hate¬†the idea of only being home for four months. I just feel like the day I leave is going to be looming over my head and I won’t feel like I am truly¬†home.¬†Is that stupid? Probably.

5. Why are there no acai bowls in Canada? After being bombarded with beautiful photos on Instagram, and hearing Gina wax poetic about them on the daily, I am getting fed up with their nonexistence in my life. I can see them not being available in Edmonton (hello polar vortex), but I feel like Vancouver has a solid grasp on the healthy living atmosphere. SO. WHY?

AcaiBowlThe first, best and only acai bowl in my life a la summer NYC.

6. One should not, under any circumstances, keep Twitter open in a tab. Because every time a new tweet shows up (which seems to be exactly every 2.2 seconds in my case),  you will stop what you are doing and stare at said tweet while completely forgetting the task at hand. This does not lend itself to productivity.

7.¬†Haha…productivity.¬†Why can’t cats in horror films write about themselves?

8. I’m by myself for Easter and don’t know how I feel about it.¬†Tomorrow I’m going for brunch with a friend who is also away from family, but for the actual holiday I’m on my own. It’s never been a¬†huge¬†deal in our family, but has always been a nice and meaningful holiday to celebrate. I love that, unlike Christmas, the focus is 110% on Jesus during Easter, so it will definitely be strange not to have anyone to share that with. Suggestions on what I should do with myself?

9. Aside from eating ALL the mini eggs. Why are they so darn delicious?!

Do you celebrate Easter? If so, what are your plans?

If not, anything exciting going on this weekend? 

Pizza, French Fries + Ice Cream / Thinking Out Loud

1. The productivity struggle is real. Why is it so much more pleasant to stare blankly at a screen than actually read / do work?

2. I’m doing it now.¬†It’s been a long day, my mind is at a blank, and staring is just so darn peaceful. This is why we have link parties like Thinking Out Loud, because intense procrastination = word thought vomit.


3. THOUGHT! I continue to be amazed by what I see at the gym.¬†And not always in a good way. Earlier this week, I saw a personal trainer taking a (incredibly) overweight man through a workout. First of: hooray him for getting active! But he had the guy doing machine assisted preacher curls for a solid 20 minutes. I know I’m not a personal trainer, but just…ugh. I don’t see the point in such artificial, isolated movements! Especially if you are trying to lose weight. Rant over.


4. My smoothie¬†craving is taking over my life.¬†The only place¬†I know of to get healthy smoothies is at Whole Foods, at $8-$10 a pop. I’m already planning my morning for next Wednesday so I can get another one. 10am cancelled class = goodbye, savings fund.


5. Speaking of cravings…¬†Mint chocolate chip ice cream. Ham & pineapple pizza. Peanut butter & banana panini. Fries dipped in vanilla ice cream. Yup…that about covers it. I guess I could throw this juice in there too…ya know, since this is supposed to be a healthyish blog and all that.

6. I have a new obsession.¬†It is called a cat emoji. If you didn’t know this already, I¬†despise¬†cats. Like, cringe every time I see one / run in the opposite direction / spend way too long ranting about the nasty creatures. BUT yeah this has been in approximately 100% of my texts lately. It’s an issue.


7. Would it be bad to do two half marathons two weekends in a row?¬†SeaWheeze is August 15 (which I am¬†definitely¬†doing), and the Edmonton Marathon is the week after.I’m planning on running SeaWheeze super super easy, and I am kinda in love with the idea of a race that starts 3 feet away from my front door. Plus it gives me a backup if I crash and burn on my 1:45 this June!


8. Apparently Nisku is in Alberta.¬†Geographically Challenged Emma was convinced it was in the Bahamas,¬†which is not surprising considering my friend once made me believe she was in NY when she was really in Devon (also in Alberta). Also, my deepest apologies for that run-on sentence but it is Thinking Out Loud day which means I’m allowed to do exactly that.

9. UberFacts: 40% of twins invent their own languages which are called autonomous languages. 

10.¬†“And I rap myself right into this bubble / oh I guess it’s bubble wrap.”¬†Best. Lyric. Ever. It seriously makes me crack up no matter where I am (which is usually the very public university gym).

Favourite emoji as of late? 

Does anyone else have¬†ridiculous procrastination habits?¬†Like just staring…for hours…

Thinking Out Loud: Six to Go.

1. Six more Thinking Out Loud’s until I’m home.¬†That seems both incredibly long and incredibly short at the exact same time. Thanks for the randomness link party, Amanda!


2. I really need to make rest days a priority.¬†I haven’t been because frankly, I have the time to workout every day at this point in my life, and it gives me such a mental / emotional boost! But after feeling 10000x better on a run following two rest days, I know I need to resist exercising so much. So I’m trying to decide whether it should be the day before or after my long run – thoughts?

3. I’m running the Calgary Half Marathon in Edmonton.¬†Well, not quite, but almost. I’m so sad to be missing it this year, since it holds such a special place in my heart being my first and all. BUT the finances just do not add up this year so I will be sitting it out. But I’ve decided I’m going to do 13.1 on June 1, the one-year anniversary of my first half marathon, and go for a PR! Not my 1:45, but a mini confidence booster for getting it two weeks later.

4. I am finally getting sick of overnight oats.¬†I’ve had them¬†at least three times per week since September (seriously) and this morning they just did not do it for me. I could¬†try to find a new work breakfast, but I’ll probably just deal with them for the next month until I’m back in my kitchen. Come April 29: ALL. THE. SMOOTHIES!!


5. There is something wrong with my CamelBak. Every time I drink out of it it makes this super awkward farting noise and considering I drink approximately 9L of water per class, this is a serious issue. The mouthpiece has also turned black on the inside which is mildly VERY concerning.

6. I should probably just have this in my life instead.¬†I absolutely love mason jars, and it is impossible NOT to love Cassie, so it’s a win all around!


7. Bloglovin’ has a pretty excellent app.¬†I kept getting frustrated that every time I refreshed my browser, it would try to force me to download the app. I already get the “limited storage remaining” notification way too frequently – I DON’T WANT ANOTHER FREAKING APP! But it actually works really well and I’m happy I didn’t take my anger out on anything. ūüėČ If you don’t already, follow me to have new posts delivered straight to yer face! Or eyes, I suppose.

8. I finally bought an iPod shuffle. After three weeks of boob scabs from my phone jumping around in my sports bra, I decided enough was enough. (TMI? sorry.) So now, my screamo music and Jillian Michaels podcasts are all in one compact, safe place! Just watch me get lost the first time I use it and not have my phone on me.

ipod-shuffleNot my fingers… I promise!

9. Every time I see the #9 I think about soccer.¬†I was¬†always¬†#9, and then one year my “friend” took it because she knew it was my favourite.¬†Oh, the problems we have at ten years old…

10. My cravings lately have been shameful.¬†As if it wasn’t bad enough I haven’t been able to get chicken mcnuggets out of my head, now I’m thinking about mint chocolate chip ice cream and Kraft peanut butter! I had a taste at the place we were staying at last weekend and I’m hooked. Just don’t tell, okay?

What is one thing you are craving right now?

Anything you are looking forward to?