Frost Is The Enemy

…when you are trying to get to class on time.

My transit ride into school today was ridiculous. I should have sauntered into my lecture right when it was beginning, but no…I was 30 min late. And when your class is only 50 min, it hardly seems like it was worth the effort to even go out there!

But before we get to that, let’s check out breakfast on the run.

It started with a glass of Happy Planet Tropical Tango.

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I downed that while I gathered items for my “to-go” breakfast.

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I packed up some yogurt, topped with peanut butter and homemade pumpkin butter into my handy dandy thermos, and brought along the granola and muffin because I couldn’t decide which I actually wanted in the yogurt!

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I also grabbed a Cashew Cookie Larabar, as I wasn’t sure how long I’d be out of the house today (never consumed).

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So back to the transit debacle. The train was normal, but when I got off to get the express bus to campus, the line up was insane. This bus comes every few minutes in the morning, and I waited at the station for 25 min, during which two busses came (the first was too full before I could get on). Then we get onto the school endowment lands, and it is a parking lot. Turns out all of the trolley bus wires were covered in frost, and the trolley buses lost power and couldn’t go any further onto campus (the bus I take isn’t a trolley bus). So it was a complete mess. Someone failed and de-icing those lines – here’s hoping they get it figured out tomorrow, since it’s going to be another cold one tonight.

Instead of taking notes in class (our prof puts them all online afterwards anyways), I just enjoyed my breakfast. I went with the granola – I’m sure my crunching was annoying to those sitting around me, but meh, not my problem 😉

After class I went on another bus adventure (this time it went smoothly), to BC Children’s Hospital. I have finally scored a volunteer opportunity with a dietitian! I have a friend who just completed her RD, and she got me in contact with some senior dietitians at her hospital who had projects I could potentially work on. I’m doing some work with one of the Renal Dialysis Unit RD’s, putting together 72-hour emergency disaster kits for their dialysis patients. They are like the emergency kit we should all have, but designed to have foods the kids can eat in case they can’t get to dialysis due to an emergency/disaster (like an earthquake). It was really interesting, learning about the aspects of an acute renal failure diet, plus I was able to meet up with my friend at the Starbucks for coffee. And by coffee, you know I mean a green tea latte 😉

I left the hospital around 1 pm, and because it was such a beautiful, crisp, sunny day, I decided to walk the 20+ blocks back to the street where I needed to catch my bus. Strangely, lunch hunger crept up on me just as I was walking towards Whole Foods. I know, crazy how those things happen 😉 I took it as a sign I should grab a bite to eat.

Although the hot/salad bar was soooo tempting, I’m saving that monetary splurge for after my last winter exam. Instead, I grabbed a sandwich and a spritzer.

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This is the Sea To Sky Sandwich (named after the highway between Vancouver and Whistler) – chicken, brie, greenery (can’t remember what it was), and basil pesto on foccacia bread. I had it grilled up, because sandwiches are always better grilled.

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Once my belly was happy and full, I hopped back on the bus and made my way home.

I watched the hockey game (win!), and waited around until I was actually hungry for dinner.

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Mom made a roast beef pot pie. Homemade pastry crust is one million times better than store bought, hands down.

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With some corn.

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And a scoop of apple/craisin/pecan salad.

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Enjoyed while watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation with my sister 😀

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And someone brought home this box of Timbits.

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I may have consumed a few this evening.

And now it’s that time where I say goodbye and head off to sleep. Or at least read a bit. Big group presentation tomorrow – once that’s done, I’m so close to being free! Night.

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7 Comments on “Frost Is The Enemy”

  1. December 2, 2009 at 11:33 pm #

    I was at the Starbucks at that time, I am surprised I didn’t see you! Can’t believe you walked to Whole Foods!! The bus was stalled late this afternoon and contemplated walking but opted for a ride instead.

  2. December 3, 2009 at 4:52 am #

    Tim Horton’s is the best 😀

    Good luck with the presentation!

  3. December 3, 2009 at 5:25 am #

    Mmmm, lots of wonderful food on this post! I love the Cashew LArabars, and so does Nick, which is surprising.

    I remember being in class and crunching really loud, and thinking about how others were looking at me….haha, memories! I used to eat in class all the time.

    Good for you for getting some RD experience. The renal RDs have a great job, but it’s hard work. IT’s good practice for you though, as renal is big on the RD exam, so good luck, and soak up as much information as you can!

  4. December 3, 2009 at 5:54 am #

    That bread on your sandwich for lunch?! I’m drooling!! Sorry to hear about the rough commute – I would have skipped class as well.

    TIMBITS!!! Love those!

  5. December 3, 2009 at 6:26 am #

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  6. December 3, 2009 at 8:13 am #

    Ah, how winter can wreak havoc! Funny that BC has had cold enough weather for that kind of frost and Ontario has not. Or maybe we’re just more use to that kind of weather down here…AKA…prepared for frost on trolley wires?

    Pot pie sounds like the perfect meal for a cold day, though!!

  7. December 3, 2009 at 6:48 pm #

    Sorry for your hectic morning! At least you’re smart and packed snacks 🙂

    Have a good evening!

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