Froggies First

by Sarah on August 16, 2010 · 4 comments

Today the froggies came to school with me!

They were clearly very excited.

As I stare at the title I have given this post, the following thoughts run through my head:

  • When you make froggy plural, is it like kitty, in that you change it to -ies, or is it like monkey, in and I should just add -s at the end?
  • Am I talking about putting frogs first, in terms of importance, or am I talking about their first [fill in the blank here]? If it is the latter, then I should add an apostrophe.
  • Latter is an awesome word.
  • Wait. Is this one of those weird times when I have to add apostrophe-s to a word that already ends in s, like Thomas’s, or do I just add the apostrophe? I’m pretty sure it’s the latter.
  • Am I overusing the word latter?
  • I don’t use latter nearly as much as clearly.
  • Speaking of Thomas’s, when was the last time I had an English muffin?
  • English muffins make me think of my dad, or the time when I went to a really famous breakfast place in Charlottesville and only ordered an English muffin with nothing on it.
  • No, wait. I put some jelly on it. Mmmm….jelly….
  • Jam is better. Jam implies a more “fresh from the Earth” type of fruity concoction. Much like preserves. Except preserves makes me think of preservatives, and aren’t we supposed to avoid those?
  • Hmmm, according to my Googling, what I called Thomas’s English Muffins actually brands themselves as Thomas’ English Muffins, which I’m pretty sure is grammatically incorrect.
  • Do I look it up? Do I care that much? And should I write that Thomas’ English Muffins brands itself rather than themselves since it’s one company I’m talking about, and not all of the individual employees?
  • I wonder if anyone else has to stop every time they write it’s and think, “Am I trying to say it is, or just give it ownership?”
  • Oh wait. What about the frogs? Why were the frogs even important?
  • Duh! Frogs are awesome. They are green. I collect them. So I put them first. Right? But it was also their first day of school. So…it doesn’t really matter about the apostrophe then I guess. The random apostrophe looks weird though. I’m leaving it off.
  • Does anyone say “duh!” anymore?

And there, my little Smarties, is an example of why my students often had to stop me in the middle of class and say, “Umm…Ms. Pember, I think this is what you call a tangent.” That was usually followed by us playing the “Guess What Kind of Apple I’m Eating” game, and eventually we’d get around to singing songs about line segments and the scientific method.

I swear I’m a good teacher. I swear.

In other exciting news, the mirror I hung in my classroom did NOT fall down over the weekend!
(Yes, I had a nightmare about coming into my cube [slash] room [slash] office this morning and seeing thousands of shards of glass all over my desk [slash] table and then having seven years of bad luck which just really wouldn’t work for me right now.)

You know you’re teaching in Texas when the “Welcome Back” breakfast is catered by a taco chain. After all, breakfast tacos = breakfast of (Austin) champions.
I rounded out my meal with the “healthy” option. (I love that there always has to be a “healthy option” as though it is PC to do so. Love it.)
I chose the chorizo and egg taco, and ate the innards out…it was delicious and definitely protein-packed when paired with the yogurt. I ate the orange and saved the apple….and then stocked up on more fruit later!

I love free food…and I especially love free fruit.

Lunch was GIAJ (Gazpacho in a Jar)!

Which I ate with this very looooooong spoon I found conveniently in our utensil drawer:
I had also packed three tubs ‘o food fun.
You can see one below filled with my standard cottage-cheese-and-hummus, which I used as a nice dip for my carrots and hummus chips.
Yes I have a placemat on my desk. I slide the keyboard over and BAM! I’m in a restaurant. (One with horrible lighting, but you know…we take what we can get.)

The other two tubs were filled with grapes, which I ate during an afternoon planning session, and, in honor of National Bratwurst Day today, [Obsessed with obscure food holidays? Who me?] some sausage!
No, not real sausage unfortunately. Well, I mean, it was still delicious. This was my last Yves Veggie Cuisine Italian Sausage…and it was labeled as “veggie brats” at the store, so I figured that counted as a celebration of the day, right?

Yes, I ate it on the way to the gym after school. I have been trying to avoid developing a protein bar “crutch”/habit by having one every day for my afternoon/pre-gym snack, so I went for something slightly unconventional (weird?). However, with 20g of protein, those slices of yumminess filled and fueled me just fine. :)

Dinner was a beautiful salad.
Spinach left over from my 10-Layer Greek Dip, topped with raw zucchini and yellow squash, mushrooms, some super cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers, and a few green onion slices since they were in the fridge. A nice sprinkling of Penzey’s Bavarian Seasoning (don’t remember what is in it, but it’s good)….
…and despite having had it for lunch, a scoop of cottage cheese and some roasted red pepper hummus. I also had a bit of baba ganoush left from that 10-Layer Greek Dip, so I added that too. (I might not have developed a protein bar addiction…yet…but apparently I have a bad cottage-cheese-and-hummus habit.)

The Cedar’s Roasted Red Pepper Hummus (Hommus) is A-MA-ZING. Seriously. I was going to make my own, but this was still on sale, so I went for it. So happy I made that choice. I’m pretty sure it said it was award-winning, and I totally know why.
I also finished off the Mediterranean hummus chips from Target. It was a fabulous chiplet experience.

And now, in honor of National Bratwurst Day, a song in something (partially) German:

So long, farewell
Auf weidershen, adieu
Adieu, adieu
To you and you and you!
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Jacqui August 17, 2010 at 8:12 am

I do the same thing with it's and its!

Medifast Diet Review August 17, 2010 at 9:51 am

Yeh! to frogs! I thought it was a fetish I only had and I do mean fetish, they are taking over our house, but I can't help it. I see them and they have to come home with me, can't leave them there with no one to call their own.
Thanks for the lunch and snack ideas, loved the pictures, see you next time. Ribbit!

Cara August 17, 2010 at 10:18 am

you are so funny. that mirror is beautiful!

Jen August 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Those frogs are so cute! Did you bring them in the shopping cart?

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