Top 3 Friday #4 + Napping 101

Did you hear??? Pluto has been re-instituted as a planet.

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April Fools. But still, poor Pluto.
Top 3 eats
1. Popcorn in a pickle– this stuff should have a label: “warning: potentially addictive”.

2. Thursday’s throw together dinner: Buffalo chicken burgers, Spanish rice, and steamed veggies. Plus a sauce made from Greek yogurt, whole grain mustard, and Nektar Crystals.

3. Easter dinner: Cream cheese, black bean hummus, and chicken quesadillas (with homemade tortillas). Cabbage and salsa in the background.

Top 3 highs
1. So much time outside! During the week I got 4 runs in (!!!) and I actually enjoyed all the walking around on campus I did.

And on Easter, Terry and I went to the riverwalk. Our time there was brief, due to a rain storm, but I loved getting to see a beautiful part of God’s creation on such a special day.  
2. Dinner and a movie with friends: Saturday night Terry and I met our friends for a quick dinner then went to see My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. There were so many good laughs in the movie- I highly recommend it for when you’re craving a light-hearted/feel good film.
3. Completing a major project: With all the projects I have coming up, I am just checking them off one by one at this point. I did my presentation on pantothenic acid on Tuesday for my Vitamins class and I think I did pretty well. Something cool about pantothenic acid is that it plays SUCH a vital role in key processes in our body (as coenzyme A). However, deficiencies very rarely exist because it is found in almost all foods. I say we have a pretty smart Creator.
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Top 3 Lows
1. Nighttime anxiety. It comes and goes and this week it was a little stronger than normal. Not fun at all. I try to remember that even though it is night, morning will soon come.
2. Terry’s sickness. A bug took him out for a few days and I hated to see him like that. Thankfully he is much better now!
3. Not being with family for Easter. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed my day with Terry, I hate seeing major holidays go by without seeing my family.
Top 3 Instagram screen shots 


^Ricotta rolls?!!!
Top 3 articles
1. Food shaming and comparison: the thief of joy via The Real Life RD

2. Eating something sweet can lead to a romantic date via The Washington Post

3. Rather than a third article, I have a graphic!
The folks at Casper Sleep Inc. contacted me about helping them to spread awareness about Stress Awareness Month. As mattress makers, they’re advocating for using naps as a way to decrease stress. I absolutely love the graphic they sent me, because I am NOT a good napper. I am the kind of napper that will turn 10 minutes into 2 hours. I had to laugh when the representative I was emailing with told me that my recent Day in the Life post looked like I could use a nap. Here here! Who would’ve thought that drinking coffee would help?! 
So you tell me…
Are you a napper? What’s your favorite way to de-stress?
A high from your week? A low?

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30 thoughts on “Top 3 Friday #4 + Napping 101

  1. I hope you don’t mind but I joined the Top 3 Friday posts today because I think they’re so wonderful and so much fun! I remember we never talked much about pantothenic acid because it’s pretty universal in foods (in greek, panto means everything, or something – err that’s how I always remembered it at least). I am not a good napper – my body doesn’t let me take naps during the day, but I wish I was! Have a great weekend and glad Terry is feeling better! 🙂

    1. Don’t mind at all!
      And yes, pantos means everywhere!
      My naps usually occur when I am too exhausted to deny them- over the weekend.
      Enjoy your time in Charleston!

  2. I may or may not nap just about every day on the weekend. I ❤ naps. I actually figured out the coffee thing years ago and it really works! Only thing is my belly doesn't like laying down after such an acidic beverage so I usually have a bad belly ache for the rest of the day. Story of my life ha!

  3. I am not a good napper either, so thanks for the graphic!
    Yay for enjoying some quality outdoor time! I love this time of year- everything feels so fresh and new.
    I love the sound of your throw together dinner!
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  4. I don’t really let myself take naps – that “go go go mentality” I need to try to break – but I do know from experience that the 20 minute cap nap works like magic. If I sleep anything more I am groggy and done for the rest of the day, but 20 minutes seems to be the magic number. And yes – drinking coffee before hand ABSOLUTELY works. I usually feel tired right when the coffee is done so fall asleep easy, but then when I wake up I’m soooo good to go.
    Sorry to hear about your rise in night anxiety – that must feel really tough/scary.
    Nectar Crystals!?!? Sounds like you took a trip to mystic land.
    And oh my god how badly do you want that pancake outdoor picnic!?!

  5. I used to be a napper and still do if I have a day off (lol) but now that I work 12-8, an early morning nap isn’t that conducive for me. I want to work on meditating when I can…I’ve been trying to do this for months and it just doesn’t happen. Have a great weekend!

  6. Okay, you fooled me. But I think it’s because I still consider Pluto to be a planet… I never understood why they felt the need to rip its label away. Poor pluto is right.

    Keeping you in my prayers as all of the lows made me sad. Sending love and strength your way, Kate!

  7. That pickle popcorn from Trader Joe’s is dangerous! I had no idea what to expect when I bought it but I’m OBSESSED!

  8. Oh, I wish I was a napper. Honestly, I’m jealous of my dad being able to take a 15 minute nap in his lunch break and feel refreshed afterwards. I only feel groggy when I try it.
    That riverside looks like a fantastic place for a walk. I’m sure you’d enjoy the surroundings of where I live, too.
    Congrats on finishing your project! It sounds interesting.
    Happy Friday!

  9. That pickle popcorn stuff looks soooo good. I am a napper but I don’t have a lot of time to do it! Hopefully when I’m out of school I can get back into the napping routine hehe. Hope you have a great weekend Kate!

  10. I just got so excited about pluto being a planet again! hahahhaa oops!
    Iam so not a napper. I feel like it takes me forever to actually fall asleep and then I feel even more tired when I finally do sleep!
    My favorite way to destress is listening to something relaxing and sipping some hot tea!
    High of the week was walking out of work this afternoon because this week was suuuuper busy and stressful!! Now I’m celebrating by sitting on my couch drinking sangria haha!

  11. I was thinking, would it be possible to turn these top 3 posts into a linkup?! How cool would that be, I totally thought of joining in as well and saw that Sarah did so today!!
    I have been seeing this popcorn in a pickle all over and it is times like these I really wish we had Trader Joe’s around here.
    I actually believed the pluto thing for a second, how sad hahah. Good one though!

  12. The cat one is so hilarious… 🙂 I love this top 3 posts idea too! I’m sorry you didn’t get to be with family for Easter, but I hope it was still a wonderful day. ❤ Jesus is risen! And our Creator is infinitely amazing! It's so awesome that you get to study our bodies that He's made with such incredible detail in such depth. 🙂 Please keep sharing more about what you're learning.

  13. And definitely praying for you Kate. Isaiah 41:10-13, ‘Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.’

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