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Mid-Day Hello!

January 7, 2013


This morning, my alarm woke me up bright and early at 6:30.  Honestly, I don’t mind waking up early when I’ve gone to bed early the night before.  Last night, I was in bed reading my book by 9:15, with the lights out by 9:45.  Nerd alert for sure…but it also makes for MUCH happier mornings and days.  Smile 

Lila was up around 6:30 as well, but alas, I had to get ready to teach.  On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, Ryan is on dad duty from the time she gets up until I get home from teaching at 10:30.

I showered, dressed, ate breakfast, and was  out the door—all by about 7:20.  Pretty impressive, right?

My two morning classes seem like they’re going to be good ones.  Early morning classes always get a bad rap for being miserable, but honestly, I feel like the students who choose to sign up for them are usually go-getters and get ‘er done-ers.  My classes seem good so far—lots of repeat students from my 101 sections this fall, which means I must be doing something right.

Plus, early in means early out, and I have to admit, it was REALLY nice to be home, feeding this sweet baby by 10:30 am:


For all 102 composition classes, the instructor picks a theme from five choices, and all of the readings for the semester center around that theme.  So, imagine my excitement when one of the offered themes turned out to be…food!  Something that I can read about and talk about all day long… Winking smile

For our “getting to know you” exercise today (don’t you just *love* first days? ha…),  I asked my students to tell the class either the weirdest food they’ve ever eaten, or a weird food that they really like.   About five or six students listed possum as the weirdest food they’ve ever eaten…which I guess maybe isn’t that weird in the South? 

I told my students a few of my own quirks—like the fact that I used to eat shrimp tails. (Cue the Ewwwwww!!!!!)  I still think they’re tasty, but I started to think about all of the gross stuff that could be lurking in the tail of the average shrimp, and that was the end of it.

One of the other things I mentioned?  My love of tofurkey.

And wouldn’t you know…


…it was on the menu for lunch today! We’re running low on groceries, so lunch was a brown rice wrap with tofurkey and melted string cheese.  Kinda ghetto.  Pretty tasty.

Plus clementines:


…a protein bar:


…and a side of baby!


She’s a fan of string cheese, just like me.  We appreciate life’s finest luxuries.

Going back to to campus later this afternoon to teach my evening poetry class.  Gotta spend some more time with my sweet girl until then. 


Have a great afternoon!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Patti permalink
    January 7, 2013 11:39 pm

    Your schedule sounds ideal. I love these pictures of Lila.

  2. January 8, 2013 1:38 am

    Possum? Ewwwwwwww. I haven’t really consumed anything weird? I’m a fraidy cat. She gets cuter by the day.

  3. January 8, 2013 1:44 am

    I”m trying to think of the strangest thing that I’ve eaten is. I’m not very adventurous!

    • January 8, 2013 2:49 am

      Ha, I didn’t have a very strange answer either. I think the strangest thing I’ve ever eaten is alligator– which isn’t that strange when you’re from Louisiana! One of my students had eaten MONKEY BRAINS!!

  4. January 8, 2013 12:25 pm

    Lila is quite the attention stealer. She just lights up a photo!!! These pictures are classic.
    So….shrimp tails? Really?! Yes, I said EWWW right along with you, but I don’t judge, I’ve had some weird food obsessions in my past (I used to dip raw broccoli in ketchup, ewwwww)

  5. January 8, 2013 2:28 pm

    Awesome schedule, I would rather be get and early start and be done early too!

  6. January 8, 2013 8:11 pm

    On my first date with Roger, he started eating the shrimp tails with his popcorn shrimp. I just about died! Glad I didn’t call it quits right then and there, but it still sends shivers up my spine whenever he does it.

    • January 8, 2013 9:08 pm

      Hahaha…glad I’m not the only one!! 🙂

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