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It’s so good to be home.

…where I can work out in a gym that has towels for free.

I did 30 minutes on the elliptical, promptly coughed up half my lung (why do I have such a bad cough?!?!), and finished the workout at that.  People were staring.  Things got awkward.


…where I can photograph my food without anyone questioning my sanity.


Breakfast was a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter and raspberries that were unusually good for being out of season.


Grocery shopping!  It is weird to go to the store and have so many choices: I’m used to getting to choose from 5 cereals or 2 soups at the dining hall, and hardly any fruits or vegetables!  I got Crispix, Total, whole-wheat flour, whole-wheat pasta, dark chocolate chips, egg whites, clementines, Amy’s lentil soup, carrots, and red bell peppers.  I miraculously had exactly 10 items, so I was able to use the 10 Items or Less cash register at SuperTarget.

It’s the little victories that matter most.


I peeled and cut the carrots into sticks for hummus dipp-ability.


And heated up the soup on the stove.  Along with the carrots and hummus, this was an easy and tasty, albeit unattractive lunch.


I hated lentil soup until I went to college.  Now I crave it.  No idea why.


…where I can make puppy chow in a kitchen that doesn’t have pots of day-old, cold ramen noodles on the stove. 


What is puppy chow, you ask?



Puppy Chow (aka “crack”)

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 7 oz. chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 12 cups Crispix cereal
  • 2 cups powdered sugar

1. Melt butter, chocolate chips, and peanut butter in the microwave.  It will take approximately 1 minute, but check after 45 seconds.

2. Stir, then pour the chocolate over the Crispix in a large bowl.  Toss gently to coat all the cereal.

3. Add powdered sugar, and toss to coat.  I usually do this step in a big plastic bag because it isn’t as messy.

4. Refrigerate for 1 hour, then eat.  YUM!



…where I have access to a variety of fun nail polish colors.


Festive nails!  A little messy, but I don’t care enough to fix them. Smile with tongue outIMG_1185


I’m now off to eat pizza and bake cookies.  I am an old lady, and proud of it. Smile