First Day of School

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Today marks my first day of school, and I’m actually at school as we speak. It feels odd to be among the new, not to mention young, student chaos. This is a feeling that I didn’t think I’d experience again after graduating from Michigan State University over four years ago, but here I am. I’m excited though and once I get through this first crazy week, things will calm down and I’ll get the hang of things. The thing I’m least looking forward to about this week is the first day of class icebreakers. Gosh, I dread those and it almost seems like they get worse as I get older.

My day was busy from the start this morning. I got up just before 6 a.m., rode down to Recreate and worked out, rode home, showered, cooked breakfast and packed my lunch simultaneously, scarfed down my food, packed my bag, kissed Jesse goodbye (while he was still in bed sleeping) and rode up a couple miles to the PCC campus near my house to catch the shuttle to another campus, where all my classes are held (about a 20-25 minute drive). I had to catch the 9:25 a.m. shuttle and get to campus about 90 minutes before my first class because the next shuttle would get me there about five minutes before class starts, and I didn’t’ want to risk it. Thankfully, my Tues./Thurs. schedule will be a bit better and a month from now, I’ll have my late grandma’s Buick to get me around (I’m pretty excited about that!). Anyway, my classes this term are fitness technology seminar, structure & function of the human body, injury prevention & management, and weight training (also took a beginner’s class this summer, which was required for my program).

Lunch koozie
I think I might need a new and improved lunch box … for a few different reasons. I bought this during my early days of vegetarianism and it may have even been when I was vegan. PETA is to thank for this.

One thing on my back to school need list is a new lunch box and pictured below, from PlanetBox, is what I plan to get. Sarah Fragoso of Everyday Paleo recommended it in a post a while back and said all her boys use and love it (even the 17-year old). I appreciate many things about it: the fact that it’s stainless steel, lightweight, has many compartments and is dishwasher safe. It’s a little spendier than most lunch boxes/containers, but it seems well worth it. This will be much better than packing a few glass Pyrex containers and stuffing them into a lunch sack that is too small. Plus, not that I really care and actually it’s kind of funny, but the phrase on my lunch koozie no longer applies to me … there were definitely animals in there today … in roasted chicken breast form.

Rover Basic lunch box from PlanetBox
Rover Basic lunch box from PlanetBox (Photo credit:

I also want to get a Kleen Kanteen insulated thermos at some point. Sarah also recommended this and said it’s great for hot foods (or cold) such as leftovers, meatballs, soup, stew, bone broth, etc. I am wishing I had one today, so I could’ve bought some bone broth to school with me. I just made a fresh batch over the weekend.

Adjusting to a new (school) schedule is hard and I had the luxury of eating lunch at home all summer, so all of a sudden, packing food Monday – Thursday feels like a lot of work! In reality though, it’s not … just a matter of planning, timing things out and getting into a new groove. Life is good.

Klean Kanteen insulated thermos
Klean Kanteen insulated thermos (Photo credit:

10 thoughts on “First Day of School

  1. Cinnamoneats September 24, 2012 / 6:03 pm

    Love that lunchbox! Makes me want to go back to school too hehe.

    Best of luck with it all!

  2. Alissa September 25, 2012 / 12:33 pm

    I need to invest in a new lunch box system too. That planet box is awesome. I schlep 50 glass containers to work each day. You’d think I was restocking a grocery store.

    • paleoinpdx September 25, 2012 / 12:55 pm

      I hear ya there! I can’t wait to get the PlanetBox … it’s only day two and I’m already tired of all the Pyrex glass weight in my backpack (along with laptop, heavy bike lock, etc.).

  3. Katy October 2, 2012 / 4:55 pm

    What are you going back to school for? I was one of those people that actually loved being in school…I would be a student forever if I could 🙂 Good luck with your classes!

    • paleoinpdx October 2, 2012 / 5:20 pm

      Thanks, I’m back in school for fitness technology (exercise science). So far, so good!

  4. Aly October 3, 2012 / 10:22 am

    I’ve been thinking about going back to school for something similar, so good for you! Good luck with everything!

    Also, I love that lunchbox… may need to invest in one also. Thanks for sharing!

    • paleoinpdx October 3, 2012 / 8:39 pm

      Thanks, Aly! I still need to order my lunchbox. I’ve been making due with my old koozie for now, but really need to upgrade soon!

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