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Saturday, May 5th – Senior Ball

11:30AM Campus – en route to Kendall Square
1 strawberry flavored Special K bar with a big gulp of water.

I went to bed at 7am this morning because I was up late writing a paper for a humanities class. I only got about 4 hours of sleep, and woke up at 11am. No time for breakfast/lunch! This is the last minute of the last minute prep work I needed to do for senior ball. I had to go to the Cambridgeside Galleria to buy jewelry and some miscellaneous senior ball supplies:

1:20PM Highlights Salon on Newbury St.
Appointment to get my hair done in an updo with my friend Karen. The stylists were really nice, and even brought me a cup of tea with honey while I was in the middle of getting my hair done. I brought in pictures of the hairstyles that I was interested in, but the stylist kind of went off and started doing her own thing. Oh well haha. It took an hour and a half to do the whole updo, but I liked how it turned out. It was a non-symmetrical updo, with a mixture of curls, pinned up sections, and even a mini-braid added for variety, and the stylist left my shorter hair in front as a soft side-swept piece to frame my face.

4:00PM Dorm Room
Painting my fingernails and toenails (two different shades of pink), then eating part of a salad topped with grilled sha cha (Chinese satay) seasoned chicken while waiting for the polish to dry. I didn't want to go to senior ball starving, but I also wanted to save room for the dinner which was in about 3 hours, so I ate about 3 oz. of the chicken and 1/3 of the salad greens dipped in a vinaigrette dressing made with sha cha seasoning, sesame oil, vinegar, and scallions. According to Wikipedia, sha cha sauce/paste is made with soybean oil, garlic, shallots, chilis, brill fish, and dried shrimp. Interesting, I couldn't tell from the flavor.

7:30PM The Sheraton in Copley Square
I met my boyfriend at about 6pm and he gave me my corsage. It was so pretty! We went to the florist to order the corsage and the boutonniere together so that they'd match. I got light pink roses of different sizes for my corsage, decorated with purple accent flowers and a white satin ribbon. I didn't know which dress I was wearing when I chose the corsage, so I tried to get one that would match most colors lol.

Dinner started off at the Sheraton with a basket of rolls and a plate of little balls of butter. The bread was okay, but I was slightly weirded out by the butter balls. I prefer other butter designs much more. The little balls just seemed odd.

Next came a salad of  baby greens, baby yellow beets, sunflower seeds, dried cherries, and a slice of goat cheese, all drizzled with champagne vinaigrette dressing. The salad was actually pretty good, I really liked the combination of sunflower seeds with the sweetness of dried cherries. The goat cheese was soft and mild, which gave the salad some creaminess to balance the vinaigrette. Even the baby beets were good, they were subtle, and reminded me of squash.

For our entree we had a choice of pork chops, baked chicken, or vegetarian napoleon. I went with the pork chops, and while it was okay, I had expected much better. The pork chop itself came as a thick chop maybe an inch or more thick. In effect, the middle was dry and difficult to cut and chew. The pork chop was topped with a little bit of bbq sauce, and some tiny fried sweet potato strings that looked more like shaved sweet potato bits than anything else. The pork had mixed vegetables on the side, including asparagus, peppers, squash, and a small carrot. You can't see it in the picture but there's a dallop of mashed sweet potatoes under the pork chop, which was creamy but infused with ginger (I dislike ginger). The dinner was served with peach and ginger chutney and beurre blanc sauce. I poured a little bit of each on my plate to see if it would go with the pork, but all I really wanted was more of the bbq sauce on the pork.

After dinner we got a dessert that was unfortunately very disappointing. It was supposed to be tiramisu with strawberries and raspberries drizzled with chocolate. We got a tiramisu that I wouldn't even consider a real tiramisu. It had no espresso soaked layer on the bottom! It was just a layer of marscapone sandwiched between two layers of sponge cake, then dusted with cocoa on top. Therefore, it was terribly dry for a tiramisu (though perhaps okay if I consider it just a regular sponge cake with cream), and we didn't even get the strawberries with it. For a dessert-lover like me, this was such a tragedy.

Dinner was served with ice water only, and if you wanted other drinks you had to buy it from a cash bar. The menu clearly stated that we were supposed to get complimentary iced tea with dinner, but that never appeared at any point during the ball. Bummer.

1:00AM Baker Dorm 4th Floor Lounge – Senior ball afterparty, a.k.a. watching a movie, munching, playing foozball
2 drinks of peach Schnapps mixed with Mountain Dew, 1.5 powdered sugar covered crunchy round things that looked like donut holes, and a small handful of pretzels.

All in all I had a fun night, and a lot of fun prepping for the ball this past week. It was like re-living the excitement of prom all over again, except this time I didn't have parents to fuss over what I wore, who I went with, what I did, etc. I also loved seeing all my friends and classmates dressed up really nice, you don't get a chance to see that during the rest of the time at college because our formals are never quite that formal. All the ladies had such beautiful dresses in all these pretty colors! And men in tuxes make me weak in the knees :) Here are a few pictures from the ball:


Friday, May 4th

1:00PM Goosebeary's Food Truck
Cambodian seafood lunchbox: scallops, shrimp, mussels, squid, fried scrod, crabmeat, and seasoned ground chicken simmered in a savory, slightly spicy sauce with coconut milk. I actually had no idea what this dish would turn out to be like, but I wanted to get something that was seafood based. The menu doesn't list the fried scrod, but I found a big filet of it in my box haha. I nibbled on a little bit of it just to see what it tasted like,  but set it aside. The rest of the dish was actually really fantastic. It was basically like seafood stewed in this Asian sauce that reminds me of a mix between pad thai sauce and thai chili sauce. The ground chicken was in the stew also, and complemented the seafood quite nicely. I also had a small side of fresh mixed veggies on the side that helped cool off the slight heat from the dish. The lunchbox comes with a good deal of white rice that I didn't eat, but the seafood alone filled me up. So yummy! Had 3 cups of water with lunch (24 oz).

7:30PM Baker Dining
Mediterranean chicken entree: 4 oz. of chicken breast braised Mediterranean style with olives, capers, tomatoes, and basil. Came with a side of steamed corn, broccoli, and seasoned brown rice. I was pretty tempted to get other dishes for dinner, but it was the night before my senior ball, I had to hang in there and keep eating healthy. I was pleasantly surprised by the chicken entree though. I picked off all the olives and capers on top because I dislike the taste of them, but they did in fact impart an aroma on the chicken that was braised with them. And since the chicken was braised, it was quite moist and really delicious when paired with the brown rice and vegetables. The seasoned brown rice was much more tasty that usual, reminding me of rice pilaf almost. Even my boyfriend thought it was good, and he hates brown rice with a passion. I wonder what they seasoned it with to make it so palatable. Shared a Nalgene bottle of water (16 oz).

Thursday, May 3rd

11:00AM Molecular Biology Lecture
1 Bosc pear, 1 medium banana, 1 Promax mini-bar. 1/2 bottle of water (8.5 oz).

3:00PM MIT Northwest Shuttle
1 Promax mini-bar. 1/2 bottle of water (8.5 oz). What's with the non-lunch today? Well I have a mixer to go to tonight at Harvard Medical School, and there's going to be dinner provided, so that means I gotta eat carefully throughout the day.

6:15PM Harvard Medical School – Toteson Building
Assorted Thai food from Brown Sugar: pad thai with shrimp and chicken, thai fried rice with chicken, assorted vegetables in coconut curry, cashew chicken with vegetables, and thai basil chicken with vegetables. I got a plate with a bit of each dish, and they were all really good. None of the dishes were very spicy, and the pad thai and the fried rice were both not greasy, which was nice. Flavors were savory-sweetish all around, which I liked, and the vegetables were not overcooked or boring. The only complaint is that the chicken was a bit monotonous. The same strips of dry white meat chicken were found in every single dish. But since it's a free meal, I still can't really complain haha. I had 2 cups of Pepsi One with dinner (14 oz). No pictures, sorry! Wasn't an appropriate place to take any, and plus it was just random food piled onto a plate, not too pretty.

12:00AM-3:45AM Dorm Room
22 oz. of water.

Wednesday, May 2nd

10:00AM Lab Meeting
1 medium red delicious apple, 1 medium banana, 1 Promax mini-bar. Aha! I got smart today and brought my own food to the lab meeting to eat instead of relying on their usual fare of bagels, cream cheese, and juice. Admittedly I was green with envy watching everyone else munching happily away at their bagels and cream cheese (I could practically taste it in my mouth), but the fact that I was sitting on the opposite side of the room as the food prevented me from having any second thoughts. Oh, well that plus my willpower, of course :P Had 2 cups of water (16 oz.) while at lab.

12:00PM Goosebeary's Food Truck
Baked swordfish with lemon and pepper (10 oz.), with a small side of mixed vegetables. No rice eaten. I usually try to stay away from food truck fish, since they usually overcook it, but today I was desperate for something healthy and not laden with salt and sauce, so I saw this swordfish special and got it. Turns out their baked swordfish is actually quite good. A little bit too peppery at times, but mostly okay, and even moist in some places. Baker dining was serving baby back ribs tonight, so I decided to eat a nice lunch to prevent myself from being too hungry at dinnertime. Have to forgo the ribs tonight :(

5:00PM Fletcher-Maynard Academy – Girls Club for Science
Today was the last day this semester that I volunteered at the Girls Club for Science in Cambridge. We had a little science fair and lots of kids came by to look at our booth, at which we had wave bottles, tornado bottles, and a preserved starfish specimen. They were all pretty fascinated by it. Afterwards the volunteers had a little celebration party with Carvel ice cream cake, and we all had a piece (I know, I know). At least the piece was pretty small… (and boy was it good! I haven't had ice cream cake in ages!)

6:30PM Baker Dining
Contents of 1 regular wrap, eaten in a lettuce wrap. The wrap had roasted turkey, roasted chicken (total about 6 oz of poultry), lettuce, tomatoes, roasted zucchini, squash, eggplant, onions, mushrooms, and red & green bell peppers. I had mustard mixed with a little bit of ketchup as a condiment for my wraps. Here are the guts of my wrap all spilled out and not looking too pretty:

Now, to rearrange them into lettuce wraps…

Yummy! :) Drank 1 Nalgene bottle of water (32 oz.) during and after dinner.

7:30AM Dorm Room
12 oz. of water from the water fountain (bubbler lol). Staying up late to write a paper sure is tiring.

Monday, April 30th

10:00AM MIT Shuttle en route to lab
1 Promax mini-bar. I was hoping to get something different at a wellness week healthy breakfast event this morning, but apparently they ran out of everything except cereal when I had gotten there. I was in a rush to get to lab, so I just poured some frosted cheerios into a ziplock bag for snacking on later. The Promax bar did a good job of tiding me over until lunch though, especially considering that it is only 1/4 the size of a normal protein bar.

1:15PM Lab Lounge
Leftovers from a Whitehead seminar. 6 oz of roasted seasoned chicken (white meat), 3/4 cup of Italian pasta salad (bowtie pasta with chopped up peppers, onions, carrots, and grape tomatoes, topped with Italian dressing and romano cheese). I wanted to avoid the carbs in the pasta salad, but I didn't have a whole lot of options, since the chicken and pasta salad were the only leftover food available. (If I had gone elsewhere to buy food on campus, the choices would have been worse, trust me). The roasted chicken was not bad though, albeit bland. I guess that's a good thing. The pasta salad was actually quite delicious, especially with the crunchy vegetables mixed in. It reminded me of mango salsa for some reason. Meal eaten with 2 cups of water (16 oz.)

4:30PM Dorm Room
Small handful of frosted Cheerios, just to hold me over until dinnertime. Thank god they're made with whole grain oats lol. 1/2 bottle of water (8.5 oz.)

6:30PM Baker Dining
1 entree of chicken fajitas, eaten as lettuce wraps. I love chicken fajitas, but seeing the flour tortillas that came with the entree made me a bit sad, so I decided to have some fun by making them into lettuce wrap chicken fajitas! And boy were they tasty as ever! The fajita fillings were given to us separately, so that we could fill our own fajitas to our liking. It came with 4 oz. of grilled chicken, grilled bell peppers and onions, salsa, sour cream, shredded cheese, and a side of Spanish rice. I substituted the rice with a side of garlic sauteed green beans (much tastier than Baker's regular steamed green beans!). Then I proceeded to fill my entree box with the largest leaves of lettuce that I could find at the hamburger condiment station.

Here are the fajita fillings. Mmm!

It was so much fun making my lettuce wraps! I'd put a big leaf of lettuce on my palm, and line up chicken pieces along the length of it. Then I'd throw on the grilled peppers and onions, and I even put the green beans in my wrap (it went really well actually!). Finally I'd put in a few teaspoonfuls of salsa and a sprinkle of the shredded cheddar cheese. I added just a smidgen of sour cream to a couple of the wraps to give it some extra flavor, but overall I left it alone. I think wrapping the chicken fajita fillings in lettuce actually made them taste better than if they were in flour tortillas, since the lettuce is so crisp and refreshing. So good!!! Here are some shots of my creation:


Dinner complimented with 1.5 bottles of water (25.5 oz).

12:00AM Dorm Room
1/2 bottle of water (8.5 oz).

1:00AM Baker Gym
30 minutes on the elliptical, 10 minutes of stretching.

2:00AM Dorm Room
Post-workout snack: 1 oz. of roasted unsalted almonds, with 1.5 teaspoons of honey, and 1 bottle of water (17 oz). I was thinking how weird it is that I was eating almonds smeared with a little bit honey and really really enjoying them, then I remembered that honey roasted almonds are a popular item, so duh it makes perfect sense. Dunno why I never see people eating them this way though.

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