Things are in kind of a weird state right now. Squash season is kind of over, because all of our team play is done, however about half of us are still training for this upcoming weekend’s individuals tournament. Nevertheless, having a weekend “off” from competitions this weekend left me feeling like I all of a sudden had all the time in the world! So what do you do when you suddenly have a life again? You do work! Well, kind of…
I had some school and thesis business to do in Philadelphia on Friday, so I drove down there Thursday night in order to get a full day’s of activities in. My friend, Nabilla was kind enough to let me crash with her (I stayed at her place for a couple weeks at the end of the summer, too!), and after chatting for about an hour or so, we decided to call it a night in order to get some rest for the busy day ahead!
Unite Fitness 7:30 am
Friday morning started bright and early with a 7:30 am Unite cross training class. As much as I hate it when people say things like, “the obsession is real”, or “the struggle is real”, that is the first sentence that comes to mind when I think of Unite. The obsession is so, so real.
I went through a huge withdrawal at the beginning of the fall semester when I came back to campus, and the feeling was only reinforced when I got another small taste last Friday.
The workout focused on upper body, and I was still sore yesterday- a sign that I definitely need to get some upper body lifting (and lifting) back in my regimen. That’s a post-season project :).
Upon returning to Nabilla’s place, we made a quick breakfast before I had to rush off to my next appointment. On the menu?
Dark chocolate and cherry chunk toast, topped with almond butter.
And strawberry Greek yogurt, banana, and cashew butter.
Well fuelled for my busy day!
Penn Museum 10:30 am-1pm
Although Unite was probably one of the highlights of my day (actually, it was a great day altogether, I cannot lie), the main reason I was in Philly was to work on my thesis.
I am writing my thesis on the Hasanlu people, a group of Iranians who lived during the late Bronze and Iron ages and whose skeletons are stored at the Penn museum.
After about 2 hours of looking through skeletons, I called it a day and broke for lunch with some colleagues. The museum’s cafe was surprisingly good and reasonably priced, and I opted for a mediterranean salad with shrimp, which was only $6! Granted, there were only about 3 shrimp on the salad, but still- it tasted good!
I also bought a small packet of Nourish’s Mocha-mazing. These snacks have been popping up everywhere and I love ’em! They’re perfectly portioned, and tell you how much fiber and protein is in each little bag. Oh, and they taste pretty good too!
I had no trouble finishing this little packet off!
After I had finished checking out the Hasanlu skeletons at Penn, I headed back to Nabilla’s to drop the car off, and then bus into Center City to the Franklin Institute. Parking is difficult to find as well as expensive in the city, so I opted for a $2.50, 10 minute bus ride instead.
Franklin Institute: Body World’s Exhibit
The Franklin Institute is currently showing the Body Worlds exhibit, which showcases the inner workings of animals and humans. My Comparative Physiology class offered this trip (on your own time with your own money) as a way to get extra credit, and since I was already in Philly, I figured why not!
The exhibit itself was pretty short, but was still very interesting. In fact, it was probably a good thing that it was so short, because I was starting to tire around 3:30 pm, desperately in need of sustenance- or sleep!
I wandered around the rest of the museum for a little while, noticing towards the end that I was the only person my age there. The rest of the museum-goers were either ages 6-10, or 40+. In other words, kids with their parents. I was just that strange young adult female who seemed to have nothing better to do on a Friday afternoon.
On my way out, I couldn’t help but take some time to marvel over the amazing architecture of the building, inside and out. I especially liked how the Franklin Institute displayed some famous quotes on the walls, by none other than of course, Ben Franklin himself.
I found the following quote pretty motivating and worth remembering.
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise.
Well said, Ben Franklin!
After the Franklin Institute, my museum-ing was finished for the day! Following a quick trip to Trader Joe’s, Nabilla and I headed to Penn to play some squash! We hit for a couple hours before calling it quits, and grabbing some dinner at Whole Foods.
Dinner: Whole Foods
Have you ever seen the hot bar specials at Whole Foods? They’re actually pretty great, and really well priced! I got a chicken breast with two fantastic sides for only $6! Pretty hard to beat that!
After dropping Nabilla off back at her apartment, I said goodbye and drove back to Princeton, arriving around 10:30 pm. I had considered staying another night and coming back the next day, but I’m sure glad I didn’t, because it snowed like the North Pole Saturday morning! It was hard enough walking around campus, let alone driving places. In fact, one of my teammates was driving back from Philly on Saturday, and she said that it took her 2.5 hours to get back, rather than the usual 50 minutes. Yikes.
The rest of the weekend
The rest of the weekend was good. We had an Oscar’s themed party Saturday night, where I was assigned the costume of Katniss Everdeen. I didn’t take many pictures, but I did manage to find one or two on my camera!
Now it’s Monday morning, and I’ve got some work to get done before class. Have a great Monday!
Did you watch the Oscars?
What did you get up to this weekend?