Alphabetical (Dis) Order

by Sarah on April 5, 2012 · 20 comments

You know the reason we all had to write our spelling words in alphabetical order was so we could use a dictionary, encyclopedia, and the index of whatever research material we needed to use. (That, and for the game where you silently had to line up in alphabetical order as part of team building.) So, even though alphabetical order might seem inconsequential in the googling and e-dictionary age, playing with the alphabet is still fun.

Thanks to Janetha for creating this, and for providing all of us with the template so we could nostalgically revisit all of those chain e-mail surveys we used to do in middle school when the internet was a big deal and everyone still used AOL.


A is for age: Twenty-seven

[I tell my fifth graders to write out words less than 100 in formal writing, so I thought I better follow my own advice. And it looked awkward just to have the number hanging there like that. I kind of want to put (27) in parentheses next to it, but then aren’t I assuming the worst about the literacy rates of America?]

B is for breakfast today: Oatmeal topped with pear, nectarine, and date pieces (that I made Brother Smart buy for me last weekend on our excursion to the new Whole Foods at home in PA).I should note that I ate most of the toppings before the oatmeal was even ready. (Funny how that happens.) And that it was more of an oatmeal soup.But I say that’s just a good excuse to eat with a soup spoon! [The only thing better than a soup spoon is a tiny spoon. Or a tiny soup spoon!]C is for currently craving: This afternoon I was apparently craving this:Lettuce and spinach topped with bell pepper, celery, mushrooms, a scoop of spinach artichoke hummus, a scoop of sundried tomato basil hummus, and a drizzle of balsamic dressing.

Oh, and Alexia Spicy Sweet Potato Fries.

I think I was really in it for the iceberg. [Yes, I get cravings for lettuce.]D is for dinner tonight: I used a Living Social voucher for Balkan Bistro, but I’ll tell you more about it later…I don’t feel like dealing with any more pictures. AND it might make a nice little vignette of a post later.

E is for favorite type of exercise: Just me and the elliptical…and either the Kardashians or Bravo on TV. [I do something good for my body while I do something bad for my brain. I also subscribe to US Weekly for just this purpose.]

F is for an irrational fear: Thunderstorms. But only at night. I don’t mind them during the day (as long as I am safe inside of course :)) and I like the idea of a thunderstorm…watching lightning on a summer night and all that. But really big, middle-of-the-night, rattle the windows, threats of a tornado thunderstorms are terrifying. This all goes back to

G is for gross food: Considering I recently concocted Dill Pickle Cashew Butter, made something I called Pistachio “Poo,” and a majority of the time happily consume meals that look pretty darn disgusting to the untrained eye……well, there’s not much that grosses me out.

[Oh, did I mention I’ve eaten pigs brain and feet, beef tongue, and gnawed on entire turkey legs? (Before I went ‘vegan with benefits’ of course. ;))]

H is for hometown: Kennett Square, Pennsylvania…The Mushroom Capital of the World!

I is for something important: My family. (That was great word association, by the way.)

J is for current favorite jam: “Springsteen” by Eric Church…perhaps not really a “jam,” but something about it so struck me that after hearing it for the first time I immediately purchased it for my Cloud Player upon arriving home. I like to think I harmonize perfectly during the final minute of “Oh, oh, oh oh oh”s. :)

[I’m also quite partial to the line “Funny how a melody, sounds like a memory…”]

K is for kids: I don’t live with any, but I’ve had over 100 in the past five years. They do cool things, like make me giant green cakes with Rice Krispies Treat frogs covered in fondant on top.

Be jealous.

 L is for current location: My bed. My room. Third floor. Townhouse. Charlottesville. Virginia. United States of America.

M is for the most recent way you spent money: On groceries. Of course. :) [Also a ticket to see Joe Pug perform in June.]

N is for something you need: To something about my nails……and a kombucha. [Most expensive habit I ever developed. Thank goodness it wasn’t smoking. Or drinking. Or drugs.*]

*”How We Rationalize: A Play in Three Acts” coming soon to a theater near you!

(For those of you concerned about my ability to differentiate between a want and a need, don’t worry. I know those are wants. Yo quiero, pero no necesito.)

O is for occupation: In case you couldn’t find out from my ‘kids’ comment above, I’m an elementary school teacher by day, and a blogger by night. (Although blogging definitely doesn’t pay the bills. :)) I spent some time working at Central Market in Austin before life led me back to Virginia to teach again. I just finished up a long-term substitute position in (fabulous) fifth grade and begin one in first grade on Monday. I’m about to have twenty-two new (even) small(er) children in my life.

P is for pet peeve: SLOW WALKERS.

Q is for a quote: “(You) light up your own soul, and shine for everyone else.”–Simone Schwartz-Bart, The Bridge of Beyond

R is for random fact about you: I hate feet. [Only grown-up (human) feet.]

S is for favorite healthy snack: Hummus and veggies! I eat it almost every day, and pack it in almonst every lunch. I even travel with it in my (Chobani Champions) lunchbox.

T is for favorite treat: This about sums it up (except I prefer my DC sans lime ;)):

Well, that, or ice cream.

U is for something that makes you unique: Ha. Hahahahahahahahaha. Not even going to start. Let’s just say that when my parents told me I was special, they meant special.

V is for favorite vegetable: Considering what happened this afternoon at the grocery store…I have to go with ALL of them. :) [Fine there’s fruit in there, too.] I have been known to write sonnets to sweet potatoes, though.

W is for today’s workout: “Arms” day on the weight machines while listening to a playlist from 2009 (featuring “Move Along” by The All-American Rejects), followed by ellipticalizing while reading Southern Living.

X is for X-rays you’ve had: My mouth. I still have a baby tooth!

Y is for yesterday’s highlight: Lunch at Arch’s with Lizzy……where I try to make the most colorful, yet inexpensive salad possible so that I can take FULL advantage of the free fro-yo and topping. [I eat it willingly…with a side of Lactaid.]Bonus highlight? That the gooey brownie was EXTRA gooey. [Bonus BONUS highlight? Remembering at 10:00 PM while watching Smash online that I still had it in the freezer. :)]

Z is for your time zone: Eastern Standard…but I prefer Central. TV shows are on at much more appropriate times for my grandma-style sleep schedule.

Speaking of which…it’s about time to schedule this post and get to bed.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Kristen @ notsodomesticated April 5, 2012 at 6:32 am

Love the green cake and the Rice Krispie frog! You must be a very special lady to get such a treat. 😉


Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free April 5, 2012 at 7:11 am

You should grow your own kombucha!!! Seriously! I’m doing it right now, and I can’t wait until it is ready to brew. Plus it saves like a bigillion dollars.

Good luck with your little 1st graders!!


Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count April 5, 2012 at 7:17 am

This is great, Sarah! I’m so jealous…I don’t like Diet Coke, but I Love Diet Coke Lime. We can’t get it around here anymore. So sad. I also can’t find a store that sells Kombucha around here. Makes me crazy. I keep hearing about it but haven’t gotten to try it!


Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean April 5, 2012 at 7:58 am

now i’m craving a nectarine. and i think you’re the queen of gross food :)


Parita @ myinnershakti April 5, 2012 at 8:36 am

I hate adult feet too!!! They seriously gross me out. Haha!


Anna @ On Anna's Plate April 5, 2012 at 8:46 am

Hahaha…that cake that your kids made is awesome. :-)


Katie @ Nutrition in a Peanut Shell April 5, 2012 at 10:42 am

I was going to say you’re not that far from me, but then my Dad informed me that Kennet is a lot of miles away and over a lot of major highways.

Your cake is way cute! And very greens. Fitting since Earth Day is coming up!


Tricia @ Saving room for dessert April 5, 2012 at 11:19 am

Very nice information! I think I could have guessed some of it. Have a great Thursday!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 5, 2012 at 11:29 am

I love your “gross” foods. You inspire me to create my own gross foods (it’s a badge of honor when people comment that they “aren’t sure” about a recipe creation). :)

Also, slow walker slay me. I want to run them over. Yes, I tailgate people in the mall.


Brooksie April 5, 2012 at 11:39 am

Was just about to write a nasty comment about you not including Arch’s on this list. Then, I smiled because I got the end. Made me jeal!! Have more gooey brownies for me. Miss ya!


princesslila April 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm

So much amazingness. I heart you and your writing style! I also love that Eric Church song esp. that particular line. I feel unreasonably proud when I sing along without messing that part up lol.


Maria April 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Ahh, Springsteen gives me goosebumps. Love the song. Love his voice. Love him.

Cannot wait to go back to VA next week because the Bay Area has ONE (1) country music station and I’m too cheap to get XM.


Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers April 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I wish I craved lettuce! haha I do often get cravings for sweet potatoes though – totally sonnet-worthy.


Ashley @ Freckles & Spice April 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm

I agree with Laura. I think your gross foods look fab! I squealed with excitement when I saw the dill pickle cashew butter.
It is also impossible for me to pick a favorite veggie.


elizabeth April 5, 2012 at 8:46 pm

I crave lettuce all the time. Bummer when I run out since its 45mn to the nearest store for a head of lettuce, but summer is great because its growing in my garden.


Lydia April 5, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Was that the new whole foods in Glen Mills? If so, I was there last weekend too. So happy to have a WF in our neck of the woods.
Lydia :)


Lydia April 5, 2012 at 9:36 pm

OK, now I read further and see that you are from Kennett! We live in West Grove. So I’m guessing that it was our new WF. Maybe we’ll run into you one time….
Lydia :)


Sarah April 5, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Yes! I grew up in Kennett, and my Dad still lives there. I hope to get home again soon…and do some more Whole Foods shopping. 😉


Candy @ Healthy In Candy Land April 5, 2012 at 11:28 pm

It is blogs like yours, and blog posts like this that make me miss the blog world when I step away from it for a few days.


Leila @ Spinach and Skittles April 5, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Ooo a first grade classroom?? Good luck! They are so darn cute and still want to impress at that age.


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