field trip day

April 18, 2012

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.

Peas and Crayons

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.

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At night bring the following to a boil:

  • 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.


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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. 😉

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Lunch was leftover tofu, quinoa (with kale), and the last lonely pizza from Friday night. All of its other counterparts had been eaten cold from the box.

I had a fugi apple on the side… aaaand another cookie.

Snack — 4:00 pm

no words.

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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).

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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.

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If I’m not back by tomorrow, I’ve gotten lost on my field trip. Please send back up.

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