Have You Hugged a Tree Today?

by Sarah on April 30, 2010 · 1 comment

I can’t believe I didn’t know it was Arbor Day today, until I arrived to school and saw it on the school lunch menu of all places. Happy Arbor Day! Go hug a tree. :)

[Literally, you should. It’s actually kind of fun. Especially when you hug trees outside of the gym and you are pretty certain there are lots of people staring at you.]

I guess I should have held off on my Save-a-Tree Broccoli Soup until today…oh well, conservation is nice any day of the year, isn’t it?

Today I was brought freshly laid brown eggs (from chickens I’ve actually met!—I’m friends with one of my students’ moms…they are the family I traveled with to Mexico)….

…which I clearly had to label so no one stole them out of the Teacher’s Lounge fridge:

I was also gifted fresh cow’s milk! Teaching at a school where lots of your kids live in rural areas and/or on working farms has its benefits. :)

Highlight of my day, however, was receiving a card at school from some of my students at my old school, who I had been tutoring. I really miss them, so this was such a nice, unexpected surprise.

This was all before we listened to Taylor Swift via the morning announcements for the fifth time this week. That’s right; at our school we start the day listening to “You Belong With Me.” It is supposed to be a ‘get up and dance’ time, since the P.E. teachers at school are super-into the “crossing the midline” theory [left-brain/right-brain connection] and choreograph dances for the kids to do in the morning. Fifth graders just sort of bob along, but I imagine in kindergarten they are rocking out.

I don’t know what it was, but the combination of last night’s dinner still filling me up, the excess coffee I needed this morning (I was so tired!), and running around like a mad woman from the second I walked into school….I didn’t finish breakfast until 10, when the kids got back from P.E. Luckily it was a very “snackable” breakfast.

(This is generally how I eat breakfast in the morning…in case you were wondering.)

Finally got to open my Trader Joe’s Greek yogurt (the best taste for the price, for sure)…sad about no more Brown Cow, but LOOOOVE Greek yogurt. :) Also, I do find that the intense amount of protein in it REALLY fills me up, which is great when you want something light-feeling in the morning (or any time of day…I love it at lunch and for dinner sometimes) but fortifying.

Also had a cereal blend (Kashi GoLean, Nature’s Path Flax Plus Multigrain Flakes, and Kellogg‘s Vanilla Mini-Wheats)….

….as well as some very sweet cantaloupe and strawberries!

For lunch, a salad that might look familiar, because I have had it in similar forms twice this week already (if it’s not broken, don’t fix it?): mixed greens (including some added fresh basil, and arugula, which really make such a great addition), sun-dried tomatoes, yellow bell pepper, carrots,mushrooms, and a scoop of baba ghanoush, pomegranate hummus-from-a-can, and cottage cheese (man, I love cottage cheese).

I also made some Flat-Out crackers, which, in case you don’t remember, are simply made by taking a Flat-Out, baking it for about 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees, then breaking it up into yummy bite-size pieces!

For snack….minted pineapple (have you tried this yet, people?) and some pistachios!

My snack actually sparked some fun “end of the day” conversation, while the kids are lined up waiting for the bus. I was nibbling a bit, and the kids starting asking about “the green stuff” on the pineapple. I told them that mint on fruit would change their lives, especially on watermelon. This led to discussions of other delicious treats featuring mint and tropical fruit, including one child’s favorite coconut mint smoothie that sounds like heaven waiting to happen. I love when their eyes get wide and excited about foods they have or have not tried….like the pistachios. Some of them had never seen or tried them, and they were fascinated that they were green. :)


After school, I went to the store and bought a watermelon.

I struggled to carry that watermelon (nobody puts Ms. Pember in the corner either) out to my car and nearly took out a few shoppers and store employees along the way. Carrying watermelons really is awkward.

I know it’s early for watermelons, but this one was very hollow sounding and had the nice yellow patch signifying it had had enough time to ripen on the ground (I read that somewhere once), so I’m optimistic. And after all of that talk with my students about minted fruit…I was craving it.

The watermelon decided to chill out on the porch….

….while I took some pictures of this beautiful tomato that I just had to buy. It was so pretty.

In the mail today I received two fun surprised: free samples of All-Bran, and a paycheck! (Is it weird that I was more excited about the All-Bran?) Speaking of free samples….I still haven’t used the ones I received last week from Kashi….

Inside the package were samples of the Bran Buds as well as Wheat Flakes…

…and, inexplicably, a sleeping mask.

I didn’t get it either.

Mr. Watermelon wanted to try it on…but it was a little too small.

It fit Princess Pineapple perfectly, however. :)


OK, time to think about dinner….perhaps a Greek-influenced salad with my leftover tuna from last night?

Or maybe just a whole lot of watermelon.
[Hey, I have been saying I need to drink more water, and the water content of watermelon is insane…I mean, why do you think they call it WATERmelon?]

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Lauren @ What Lauren Likes February 9, 2012 at 10:47 am

No ideas why they call it watermelon…but i want some 😀

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