Why hello there friends! Is it just me or is this week draaaggggging slow like molasses? It might have something to do with the fact that I am like one of my fifth graders and look forward to fun events.
Today we are off on our field trip to one of the museums in Chicago — field trip day is one of the best days of the year! Okay, and the most stressful. When I was a summer camp leader in college, there were only two teachers (me and another teacher) to handle forty kids between the ages of 5 and 12 to handle on our weekly trips to places like arcades, water parks, etc. — I have never been more stressed in my life. So handling 20 fifth graders along with the help of 6 parents seems like a walk in the park compared to that!
After work, I’m also having a fun date with my friend Kelly (hiiii Kelly — I know you’re reading) — we’re going for a nice walk and then out to Cooper’s Hawk for dinner.
But enough about what I’m doing today (am I a chatter box or what today?), let’s talk about what I ate yesterday.
Breakfast — 6:00 AM
Last week I talked about how I was sick of oatmeal — uhhh, please excuse my breakfast. That phase has passed. I think I just needed a little bit of a change. It’s time to break out the overnight oats! These made me happy. Paired with a side of a grapefruit (a la Lauren), it was quite a breakfast.
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 and 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 banana
And whisk until smooth. Pour into an airtight container, give it a stir in the morning and enjoy with your favorite toppings!
Snack — 10:30 AM
I am totally not ashamed of my snack today — a chocolate chip cookie. I was having lunch with a few students today, and whenever I do this, I always ask what their favorite treats are. It just so happened that one of the little girls I had lunch with today is gluten, corn, and dairy free (my clone!??!), so I made some Purely Elizabeth cookies from the dough that was hanging out in my freezer.
These were sitting behind my desk while my kids were performing a little song in pairs to help them remember how to subtract integers, and I couldn’t resist. I was getting hungry! And in case you’re wondering what the song is, you sing this to the tune of “row row row your boat”:
“Change the minus to a plus, change the sign of the next. Then all you do is add them up as if they were a plus.”
No, I did not make that up. Did it bring you back to elementary school?
Lunch — 11:30 AM
Lunch was amusing getting to talk with a few of my girls that I ate lunch with. They brought up that it was weird to think about their “teacher has a life out of school” when I was telling them how my lunch was leftovers from last night.
I told them it was a cover, and that I really sleep under my desk every night. 😉
I had a fugi apple on the side… aaaand another cookie.
Snack — 4:00 pm
I lied! I do have words! I always forget to tell you my secret about my raisins and almonds. The entire day I’m at school, I store them in the fridge. They’re much better chilled — promise! The raisins aren’t sticky and the almonds get even more crunchy. Best. Thing. Ever.
Dinner — 6:15 PM
Spaghetti and homemade marinara — I changed the marinara up a little bit by using the hand mixer my mother in law gave me for Christmas to get a few of the chunks out. The Husband and I both loved the sauce even more this way.
We both had side salads as well (avocado for her, bacon for him).
Let’s just pretend I didn’t overcook the pasta and have it get mushy. It was quite a sensitive topic during dinner last night.
Snack — 8:30 PM
Let’s pretend like this isn’t a recycled photo (it is… circa last summer!), but my snack looked a little something like this — except with Love Grown instead of homemade. Perfection.