Lessons Learned

Oh, what a long, tiring day I’ve had. While I only have 1 hour of class on M/W/F, I’m on campus from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm on T/Th. I left my house at 7:30 am, and got home just after 7:30 pm. Good thing I only have these 12 hour days for this semester. I was one tired person when I got home!

But let’s go back to early this morning. I made a hearty bowl of oats for breakfast – need some good fuel for those long days.

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  • 1/2 cup oats, water, milk
  • 1 gala apple, chopped
  • splash of vanilla
  • lots of cinnamon
  • raisins
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • sprinkles of brown sugar (added after pictures, mostly because I forgot)

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With the usual glass of juice – still working on the Happy Planet Mango Peach Party.

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That whole apple sure made for a huge bowl of oats!

I made my way to the school for my 9:30 am class – Introductory Psychology. I think it will be pretty enjoyable. Our prof is pretty funny – he’s apparently “retired”, but has been teaching for the past couple years still, and he reminds me of some other profs I’ve had close to retirement. They are always candid, and don’t give a crap. Colourful characters I tell ya!

After that class ended, I had an interview for a volunteer position on campus. It is with Sprouts – a student run organic & local food cafe/grocery store/bulk buying co-op. It wasn’t so much of an interview as a “get to know you” kind of thing, and I will be doing some training on Saturday. I’m looking forward to getting involved in something on campus.

I then made my way to the Student Union Building, and planted myself in a semi-comfy seat to do some reading, play on the internet (hurray for laptop), and eat my packed lunch. I didn’t get any pictures, but it was nothing exciting – a peanut butter & rhubarb jam sandwich on Silver Hills Squirrelly Bread, carrot sticks, cucumber slices, and a Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar that I munched on throughout the day. Sadly, this proved to not be enough food for my stay at school, as I was ready to eat my arm off before the end of my last class. I’m going to have to figure out more voluminous lunches that don’t require much refrigeration, since I have no desire to carry a big, insulated lunch bag with me. Any lunch suggestions would be greatly appreciated 🙂

My 2nd (and last class) of the day was Land, Food, and Community. It’s a 4 hour long class, twice a week. It looks like it’s going to be quite interesting, but we have to do most of our work in groups of 6 or 7. And we didn’t get to pick our groups, they were assigned to us. Today we had a breakout section where we had to put together a food flow chart/web diagram for the home, looking at everything from production, distribution, waste, environment & health issues, etc, etc. It was more to get us going on something in our groups, but I don’t know about my group – seems like we have a few timid people in there, so hopefully that changes.

And of course, I ended up with some random free things today – a wallet sized transit map, and a lollipop. HA!

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When I got in the door, I changed into my pj’s stat, and made a beeline for the fridge. Mom had my dinner all plated up and waiting for me. Gotta love moms

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Looks like there was some sort of roasted, maybe BBQ’d, pork tenderloin.

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A vegetable stirfry – broccoli, carrot, yellow pepper, zucchini, and onions. Not sure what, if any, sauce was on it.

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And some brown jasmine rice.

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Good thing they left me a large plate of food, cuz I was starving!

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So starving that I also wolfed down these cookies – they have dried blueberries in them, and flax seed. Nothing to write home about, but they aren’t bad.

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And after some biochemistry reading (blech), I was still munchy. And wanting something chocolate. I satisfied that with a piece of whole wheat toast spread with a little Artisana Cacao Bliss.

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Now it’s time for me to make my way to sleepland – another early morning for that 8 am class. At least it’s Friday, right? Night!

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9 Comments on “Lessons Learned”

  1. September 11, 2009 at 5:03 am #

    Ahhh…the college commuting days and the food dilemma. I was in the same boat, but I did keep a small insulated cooler in my car. Once I got into a routine each semester, I could figure out how to run back and get it without having to carry it around everywhere (looking so fashionable).

    If you go that route, you have a lot more options–more protein based meals that will keep you satisfied a bit longer than PB. You can also bring all the fixings with you (bread, fruit, veggies, etc.) and buy the “extras” on campus. A chicken breast or a bunch of cheese (for example) is much cheaper to buy and add than buying a full meal.
    Also any type of pasta or rice and bean combo can prove quite filling!

    And how awesome are moms? 🙂

  2. September 11, 2009 at 6:39 am #

    How neat, a student run and owned food co-op?? I think that’s very cool. I hope you get to work there! I’d love to see pictures.

    The pork tenderloin looks excellent, with the jasmine rice, perfect dinner!

  3. September 11, 2009 at 6:49 am #

    I love professors close to retirement – they’re always so much more fun and not uptight! What kind of sucker is that? It looks really familiar!

    Sounds like one long day! Changing into PJs first thing when you get home is glorious!!

  4. Lizzy
    September 11, 2009 at 7:33 am #

    OMG i have 12+ hour days too on Tuesday and Thursdays and i’m still trying to figure out my eats for those days. i got home yesterday and literally almost ate my arm off i was starving. I try and pack enough food to tide me over but there is only so much you can bring without having to refrige everything! I’ve been packing sandwiches, vitas, yogurt for breakfast, tons of veggies, fruits, snack bars…i mean there are lots of options, but we just have to make sure everything we pack has alot of staying power! lets work together and figure this out! 🙂

    http://saladdiva.wordpress.com

  5. September 11, 2009 at 8:10 am #

    How about a thermos for cold/hot food such as pasta, stew, chili? There’s some pretty fashionable ones out there.

    You sure did have a long day. I can see why you’re glad it’s only 2 days a week!

  6. September 11, 2009 at 10:46 am #

    I did 12 hour days last summer and it was rough… I feel for you! I find that protein keeps me going longer pretty well- maybe things like cheesestrings, switching the Lara for something like a Clif bar? I used to take cold veggie burgers as sandwich fillings, or something with tofu. Or tubs of couscous/rice salad and a pouch of tuna to add when I was going to eat it.

    Have a nice weekend!

  7. September 11, 2009 at 11:39 am #

    Wow, those are long days indeed! But fueling yourself properly is definitely a great start–you’ll make it through!

    Aw, that makes me feel so cozy and happy that your mom had a plate of food all ready for you when you got home. How sweet!

  8. September 11, 2009 at 8:37 pm #

    ooooo Chupa Chups are my fav lollipops ever!!!! I used to eat one at least every other day when I was in Spain. Love the oats girl!

  9. September 11, 2009 at 10:10 pm #

    Whoa those oats look absolutely perfect. Seriously. Come on over to my house and make me a batch anytime.
    Is that a Chupa Chup I spy? What flavor is it?

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