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As a school administrator, my days of late have been full of talk about bulletproof glass and lock downs and security systems.

It’s a scary world.

So last night, J Man needed a Christmas present for the love of his life, sweet Teacher Sarah. We bundled up and headed to Clackamas Town Center.

I had a little bit of trepidation. I mean, it’s not like I thought I was going to see blood spattered on the walls, but I was a little anxious. You can talk to me all you want about the statistics of a shooter returning to Clackamas, I was still a little nervous.

Maybe it was because it’s Christmas. Maybe people were being super nice to compensate for fear. Maybe I looked very pitiful pushing my giant double stroller with two babies, both trying to stand up while riding.

Regardless, for whatever reason, Oregonians were full of Christmas spirit last night. People were falling over themselves, rushing to open doors for us, scrunching into elevators so we could fit too, letting us cut in line. I left feeling safe and happy and maybe, just maybe, there’s some hope in all the mess that is this world?

That has absolutely nothing to do with what I ate Wednesday, but I had to share. That, and unless I tell you a different story, you’re not going to be able to tell the difference between this week and last week. What can I say? I’m a creature of habit…


1/2 cup of rolled oats, 1/2 banana, 1 TBS blackberry jam, 1 TBS peanut butter, sprinkle of mixed nuts. Delish, eaten in the car whilst listening to J Man sing “The 12 Days of Christmas”, his current fave.

Decaf. Soy creamer. We’ve sung this song before.


Lunch was 1/2 cup Israeli couscous, 1/2 cup lentils and a mess of zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms and onions. Sometimes my coworkers get irritated because my lunches are smelly. They pretend they don’t care, but deep down I know they do. Today was no exception.

1 tangible benefit of being a teacher? Christmas gifts in the form of treats, i. e. these mixed nuts.


I think they were flavored with sage. They tasted like Thanksgiving. I had four too many handfuls. Apparently it was a nutty kind of day.


Panera date with my kiddos. Veg soup and whole grain baguette. I got one kids Mac n cheese and one kids grilled cheese for the two to share. Everyone liked the pasta. No one liked the sandwich. Naturally. The obvious answer would be to get TWO orders of Mac n cheese next time. This is incorrect. At that point, no one will like Mac n cheese and everyone will want grilled cheese. Those two are sneaky, but I’m onto them…


And for no reason, other than I just wanted it, So Delicious coconut milk ice cream was consumed- banana split style, topped with strawberries, pineapple and banana slices.

The world might be nuts, but I can always soothe my worries with ice cream…


4 responses »

  1. You might have labelled your lunch a mess but it looks super tasty to me!

  2. Love the insert of the teacher gift of nuts. My mom’s last day was Wednesday, and she literally came home with bags of things from her students. It covered out entire kitchen table. She had to go through the food today and toss out what we wouldn’t eat. So many cookies, chocolate candies and homemade goodies! I can just imagine your Thanksgiving-tasting nuts now 🙂

    • I’m missing out on the goodies a little bit because my students have figured out that I’m vegan and their mom’s don’t know what to make me:(

      One sweet family made homemade treats for the other teachers in our pod, but bought me vegan cookies from the store. Sad that I missed out on the “good stuff”, but so kind of them to go to the extra effort for me:)


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