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Posted Aug 09 2010 6:03pm
Does anyone else find it amusing that when clothes are cheap, we generally think of them as being less well made, and of poor quality (not that I stop buying them of course), but with fruits and veggies, the cheaper they are, generally the better they taste, since they are fresh and in season?

No? No one?

Well, that is what I was thinking about at 4:30 in the morning when I woke up, after a bit of a restless night of sleep and ate quite a few cups of $1.99 watermelon. So delicious. (So cheap!) I also wrote a culturemob blog pos t. Hey, if you are going to be awake, you might as well be productive! [I thought I wish I could have been more productive in sleeping...]

So, today I carried my pre-packed lunch in the "Oops!" bag from Kath (former home of delicious Great Harvest Dakota Bread).
Turns out "Oops!" pretty much defines my food (foibles) for the day. [Thankfully, this did not apply to beverages, and I was able to consume my coffee as usual.]

If you read my pre-scheduled post from this morning , you'll know that I had packed a delicious BUG -gy breakfast of overnight oats. But then I found out this morning when I rechecked the location of the orientation session that breakfast was being served. Oops!

I debated about whether to go ahead and eat, which normally I'd probably do, as you always take your chances on catered breakfasts (although there is usually at least some fruit and perhaps half a bagel to be had). At the same time, I wasn't sure if this would be a situation where it would be glaringly obvious that I wasn't eating and I would look rude. It's hard to tell when you don't know the environment of your school (or in this case, the entire district).

Also, I have a hard time passing up free food.

So, I took a quick peak at my overnight oats, and they still looked pretty much like this I figured I could just turn them into the "staying for the weekend" house-guest oats and eat them tomorrow.

I ended up being really saddened by the choices for breakfast. (I really don't know what I was thinking. This IS public school, people.) Since no one else from my school was eating, I took the initiative and went and grabbed some fruit.
Luckily, I had a back-up plan and ate this little Kashi Caramel Peanut roll(y-poly) during one of the more boring speeches at the "Welcome to Our District!" session.
[There was NO FOOD OR DRINK ALLOWED IN THE AUDITORIUM and I figured that taking a picture of me eating it in the auditorium would probably draw attention to fact that I was breaking that rule, so I snapped a photo of the remains while waiting in the line of cars in the parking lot.]

I had been lugging around my bag 'o lunch goodies (leaving anything in the car in the Texas heat is a bad plan), but then my new principal said, "Today I'm treating you to lunch!" Oops! Looks like I didn't need that lunch after all. She told us she was ordering from Jason Deli , which I was excited about, as they are normally a pretty healthy option, and when she asked if anyone was a vegetarian, I said, "I'm a sometimes vegetarian."

Inside my catered boxed lunch for the veggie-friendly...
...was a feast of delicious!
A vegetable sandwich on focaccia with avocado mashed on the bottom and cheese sprinkled on top. (My favorite part was the pickle-in-a-bag though.)
That little white side sauce was actually fruit dip, because I also had Baked! Lays and a fruit cup (there was some cantaloupe hidden under the grapes and berries).
Baked (!) Lays is clearly taking a note from the Kashi exclamation-point-marketing book. Do people buy more "healthy" themed food if there is the added excitement of an exclamation? We should do market research on this.

Another thing that should be researched? Whether or not ordering the "vegetarian" option in catered lunch settings gives you the healthier choice. I looked at the other boxed lunches with standard sandwiches, and, although their simple wheat bread was healthier than the focaccia, they had what looked like 1/2 lb. of meat, plus mayo on their sandwiches, "normal" chips, and a chocolate chip cookie instead of fruit. I found this very interesting. It's almost like defining yourself as vegetarian means defining yourself as "healthy." [I kind of take offense to this though, because I think---no I KNOW---you can incorporate meat into a healthy diet, and that sometimes vegetarians can be incredibly unhealthy if they define their vegetarianism without actually eating veggies (you think I jest, but I know people who have done this).]

Anyways, enough of that soapbox.

I don't know what happened, but that sandwich made my stomach feel not-so-hot later on in the day...and pretty much for most of the afternoon. Maybe it was the chips? But I eat chips. I don't know. It was weird and uncomfortable and a reminder that I do MUCH better eating very light meals and snacks all day rather than a whole lot at lunch!

Came home to these lovely surprises in the mail Thanks for the card, Er! You are officially the first person to wish me a Happy Birthday. [Albeit a little early, but that's on account of the postal service, not you ;)]

And, well, it's pretty obvious what you do when you have a beautiful packed lunch that you don't get to eat but have carried around all day to keep it safe in an air-conditioned environment...
Eat it for dinner! [With a side of Don Draper via Tivo-ed Mad Men of course.]
Romaine, red bell pepper, carrot, mushrooms, raw zucchini and yellow squash, all sprinkled with Penzey's Northwoods Seasoning.
There was some cottage cheese and hummus packed separately as well. And melon was consumed. Lots and lots of melon.

All in all, it was a good day, but a LOOOOONG one. I am looking forward to the year, but it is going to take awhile for my body to adjust to waking up early and working all day, and for me to figure out good time management, etc. I'm optimistic about the school year though (despite the fact that I just growled on the phone to my mom because I was too tired to speak...Oops!)
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