Today is Hannah’s first day at her new University.  She could not be more excited.  Her books were ordered weeks ago, her school supplies at the ready.  I am so happy that she’ll be at a school where kids actually like to learn.

Community college is kind of like what we called it when I was younger – high school with cigarettes.  Most of the students Hannah went to school with went there because they didn’t have a choice.  We opted for her to go to community college as a cost effective way to get her general education credits out of the way.

I am sad because I usually take a first day of school picture, and this is the first year I won’t be able to do that, so I re-post her first school picture in kindergarten.  She was growing out her bangs and I had her hair pulled back – it looked really cute.  The photographer however, gave each kid a comb, and even though she thought she didn’t need to use it, felt obligated since he gave it to her.  So we got a nice picture of how long her bangs were!


I was a horrible student.  I didn’t particularly like long projects, like my junior theme.  I don’t even remember the topic, but my Dad loved the topic so much he actually wrote a theme.  He asked me to read it and I loved it so much I turned it in as my own – he got a B+!

The only time I did good in school was when I was on a sports team – you had to maintain a B average and not miss any classes or get any detentions, otherwise you didn’t get to play.

Spring of my junior year I was a bit “lax” about going to certain classes.  Turns out my boyfriend had lunch 4th period when I had Spanish, so it was hit or miss if I would go to that class.  He had study halls the last two periods, so computers and English were hit or miss too if I went.

A letter got sent home saying I was failing some classes.  My Dad scheduled a  meeting with all my teachers and Dean.  At 7:30 in the morning, my Dad told all my teachers and Dean that he thought I wasn’t being challenged enough – basically he thought I was too smart and just bored.

I’ll never forget it when the Spanish teacher stood up and said “If your daughter showed up to class once in a while, maybe we could teach her something she doesn’t already know.”

My Dad’s face fell.  For the rest of the semester (this was February!) I had to sign in and out of each class, each teacher had to sign off that I did my homework/projects, etc.  I ended up on the honor roll by the end of that semester.

I found that I had a Jimmy Dean breakfast bowl in the deep freeze – who even knows how long its been in there, but it was delicious – especially topped with my grilled cherry salsa and a sliced apple.  Breakfast comes in at 312 calories, 8 fat, 38 carbs, 5.3 fiber and 22 protein.

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I ran to the grocery store at lunch – its grilling Friday at my office.  I am making chili hot dogs, apple coleslaw, and I made small peanut butter cookies to make mini ice cream sandwiches.  I had planned on having a taco salad for lunch, but when I went to my veggie drawer in our basement fridge, almost all of it was frozen.  So when I was at the store, I got about $3 of greens and veggies for my taco meat.

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I didn’t realize until after I downloaded my picture, that you really can’t see the goodness in this salad – mixed baby greens, carrots, tri colored peppers, some cheddar cheese, cucumbers.  My salad dressing was 1/4 cup of my salsa mixed with 1 tablespoon of ranch dressing – so delicious and filling – 411 calories, 26 fat, 4 carbs, 2.2 fiber and 37 protein.

For some reason, I failed to look at the weather forecast this week.  These cool mornings lately have already switched my brain to fall weather and comfort food.  When I left the office, it was 93 degrees!  I made beef stew in the crock pot.  The only thing I did differently was that I tossed the beef chunks in 1/4 cup of flour, 1 tablespoon powdered mustard and 1 teaspoon of paprika.  I brown the beef and then tossed everything in the crock.

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Tony wrapped up some garlic in foil and put that in the beef juice to cook.  He made some amazeballs garlic bread – perfect for soaking up all the gravy.  Dinner comes in at 468 calories, 19 fat, 48 carbs, 6 fiber and 23 protein.

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Tony joked and asked if we were going to have split pea soup for dinner tonight since it will be in the 90’s again today.  I am secretly hoping for some sort of Party Pizza Friday! Open-mouthed smile

And ever since I saw that Rhonda found this popcorn, I’ve been dying to have some.  Although we call it the Chicago Mix – half cheddar popcorn and half caramel corn.  A restaurant near my office actually sells it so I swung by on my way home.  I may have had a couple handfuls while watching t.v. last night – so good!


Alright – have to get my shit together for all the food I am bringing for my work lunch.  Question of the Day:  Were you a good student?  Make it a great day!