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).
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.
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.