Hey. Nice Package.
THANK YOU!!! Thank you all so much for the congratulations. You’ve all made me even happier about the news with your lovely comments. And it’s been great to see new commenters, too! I’ve never had comments in the thirties before!
Monday night I had do dive into the Barney Butter. I’ve only been reading about it for months, and how it’s the best thing since greek yogurt made it big. I squeezed half a packet into half a naner, like so:
First off, I was excited to eat a nut butter that resembled my childhood favorite, Jif, chosen by my choosy mom. It was beautiful. The first bite…Good, but I was expecting p.b., so of course I was a little puzzled. I’ve never had any kind of almond butter, so I wasn’t sure in what ways the taste would differ. I’d say it has a roastier, toastier taste. That’s pretty articulate, isn’t it? It kind of tasted like sunflower seeds to me, for some reason. But bite after bite, I wanted the BB more and more. It must have crack in it. If I weren’t a student living off minimal funds, you can bet your cute booty I’d immediately purchase this online. I must suffer.
Tuesday morning I awoke, had another half naner with the other half of the BB packet, and headed to the gym. I had (and have still) a terrible swollen, sore, throbbing throat. At the start of my 5.3 mile elliptical stint, I was struggling to swallow water. I made myself believe that as soon as I was finished working out, I’d feel fine! It didn’t work that way, but I did get a chunk of Daisy Miller read while I was cardio-ing away.
I trudged through the wind, snow flurries and frigid cold back to my house. What is that I see on my front porch? A package??!! The Newman’s Own Organics giveaway I won from miss Erin had arrived! I tore into it immediately:
Erin, thank you so much! See that card? It’s celebrating our 27th anniversary. We started our relationship when I was -6. Anyway, I will be stocked on cookies for a while…
I will be eating cookies for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks:
-Newman-O’s in: Original, Chocolate, Chocolate Mint and Ginger-O’s
-Champion Chip Cookies in: Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Orange Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Mint Chip
-Milk Chocolate bar, Mocha Milk Chocolate bar
-Mint rolls in: Peppermint, Wintergreen, Cinnamon Mints, Ginger Mints (I’ve been eating the ginger ones all day- delicious and spicy)
-PopChips in: Original, Salt and Pepper
-Bubbles! My dogs love bubbles; I can’t wait to mess with them.
It took a lot not to open every single bag and try every single cookie. Instead, I showered, got dressed and made a delightful breakfast:
In the bowl: 1/2 C cottage cheese, squirt of maple syrup, cinnamon (all that stirred together first), half naner, strawberries (4, I think), Kashi Go Lean, Kashi Honey Sunshine. Every single bite was an adventure.
It was after breakfast that I started to feel very ick (yes, ick, not sick- can’t let my mind think that). I had to keep moving, though, because I had interviews set up in the afternoon for stories I’m working on. I took vitamins, DayQuil and ran out of the house before I felt any worse.
The wonderful winter weather made me feel significantly better. Oh wait, no it didn’t! Actually, I didn’t much mind it. There’s nothing I can do.
I interviewed a lieutenant colonel who also is a professor of military sciences. I’m working on a feature about people and students who do triathlons, and everything about the training, experience, balance, cost…everything. He was a gem to talk to; he’s done TWO Iron Man competitions! This is what I love about journalism. I get to talk to people I wouldn’t normally approach. We talk about their lives and their passions, and then I get to create a story about it. When people talk about things they truly love, I cannot help but feel their excitement.
After that, I interviewed a nutritionist about a different story I’m working on. (Look at me ending with prepositions all over the place-whoot!) The other piece is about sugar versus HFCS and the fact that they are now replacing HFCS with sugar, thus making sugar the new health food. It was great to talk to her because she is all about avoiding the HFCS, and has been for a long time. She also pointed me toward a Washington Post article about mercury in HFCS, about which I had no clue.
As I reviewed my hand-written notes after the interviews and filled in the gaps, I snacked on an apple and Salt n Pepper PopChips (review is to come). Then I dealt with some financial issues at the school’s finance office and headed home. I was freezing when I got home and felt a little bit like poo, so I lay under the covers on my bed and did research for a homework assignment. I snacked on many of these:
Laying in bed, snacking on delicious, addicting cookies and working on magazine homework was a deadly combination. I felt like such a princess, too. I have no idea how many cookies I ate (many more than the serving size of 4–serving sizes are silly anyway), but I soon decided to have real food for linner (?).
I worked on getting some vitamin C into the salad with sweet strawberries atop romaine, sugar snap peas, cherry toms, tempeh, BBQ sauce and balsamic. I had been missing wraps badly; bread sandwiches are yummy, but not really my thing. This was welcomed with open arms:
I hoovered that in no time. MisterMan picked my up right after dinner, and we went to see my favorite author speak!
David Sedaris is a writer idol of mine. He’s funny, fresh and sharp. His readings tonight were hysterical, and I ended up falling more in love with him. Had I known he was going to be signing books, I would have brought some of mine! Missed that memo.
I came home very hungry and found this in the fridge:
My roomie made a low-fat cobbler. She made sure that I knew it was made without butter and eggs. What a sweetie! Of course I had a large piece! I wanted something else, though. Enter cereal!
I went back for Honey Sunshine refills once, twice, thrice…who’s counting! I still have Daisy Miller to read and some more research to do; I’m well-fueled now. Despite feeling under the weather—wait, the weather was already pretty low today. Despite feeling par with the weather, today turned out to be charming.
Wednesday is a crazy long day: class 9-11, 1-3, 3-5, 5-7; practice 9-10. But then it’s my weekend, technically! Again, thank you ALL so much for the sweet, congratulatory comments, and for sharing your fears (those were fascinating!). Here’s another Q:
Do you try to avoid HFCS? Why? Why not? What are your thoughts about it?
I admit that sometimes I care, sometimes I don’t. The more I learn, however, the more I want to beware. I’m still trying to use up a huge Heinz ketchup bottle, which is chock-full of the stuff. It doesn’t stop me from enjoying it with my sweet taters!
Ciao for now,
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