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Great Day, Great Food, Great Life

^^^^^^ Optimistic title much? Yes, please. Today was really an awesome day. I got a bunch of grades back in about 4 classes, and they were all really good. Is it sad that that can make my day? Maybe. But it definitely can.

Before I got to school, though, I had….

Typically lovely

… a large banana, a Diet Coke, and a cup of vanilla Greek yogurt. Yum. And then I had Fiber One. Of course.


While I was packing lunch, I stole a Rolo from the 5 lb. bag of candy that I bought a month ago for a party – and am still nibbling away at. <– Bad sentence. Oh, well.

Start the day off right! (With a chocolate-caramel delight)

Speaking of lunch (about five minutes ago), I had a peanut butter bagelwich and 2 clementines. Good stuff. (You can’t go wrong, I promise.)

Take a bite 🙂

I can’t make any sort of sandwich/toast without first tearing off a little bite of bread. I like carbs (how can you not?). The sandwich didn’t travel to school like that, but you couldn’t see the peanut butter with it being fully assembled, and I just couldn’t have that, now could I?

During school, I had 2 squares of Hershey Bliss chocolate and a small handful of my friend’s Skittles. I ♥ candy, if you couldn’t tell.

My mom and I made a quick detour to the mall right after school to pick up a few things from Macy’s and, since we knew we would be on our own for dinner (my daddy had plans), we headed straight to Max & Erma’s afterward.

It was pretty dark there, so it wasn’t a prime picture-taking place. And, let’s be honest, I was talking a mile a minute to my mother about 15 different things, so pictures weren’t the first thing on my mind. Again, still trying to make this a habit. 🙂

I had a cup of their delicious, cheesy, slightly spicy Tortilla Soup, most of an order of fries with a little ketchup, and one of their gooey, buttery, incredible chocolate chip cookies. And a few bites of my mom’s Horseradish Sliders (topped with onion rings!). Great. It had been far too long since I had been to Max & Erma’s and I enjoyed every bite of it.

We got home and talked to my dad for a little bit before he left for his dinner + card game, and then got to work. Or I tried to get to work. Pippa wanted to stop me.

My dog didn't eat my homework. She did sit on it.

I was trying to cut out my articles from the school newspaper for the scrapbook that is our midterm. Pippa had other plans for my papers. 🙂 Love her!

While I waited for her to get tired of that spot, I had another bowl of Fiber One.

Eventually, she did move, so I cut out the articles and layouts from the November and December issues. I took a break after that. So. Exhausting. Kidding! During said break, I had…

An old standby

… a Braeburn apple and a cup of honey Greek yogurt. It sure satisfied. Or not. Because I soon followed it with…


… A mini Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate bar and a few Peanut M&Ms. Those are addictive. More will be happening tonight, even if they don’t make an appearance here first. And. That. Is. A. Promise. <– That was from Matilda, the movie version. I watched it way too many times as a little kid.

Now, I’m off to cut out the October issue and maybe start on a few scrapbook pages. I have quite the busy weekend! More on that – tomorrow!

Good night!



Snacky Lunch

I wasn’t super hungry for lunch, but I did want something to munch on – story of my life. So, I assembled a dinner plate of different colors and textures to satisfy my desire for food. Sorry about the blurriness; the lighting in the rec room isn’t great, and that’s where I’m set up at the moment.

Crunchy + creamy + chewy = Perfection!

In the mix:

  • 1 Thomas’ 100% Whole Wheat English Muffin
  • 1 large Braeburn apple
  • 1 large stalk celery
  • 3 oz.-ish baby carrots
  • 1 slice mozzarella cheese
  • About 1.5 T. Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus

This really hit the spot!

On another (Pippa-related) note: We seem to have acquired quite the odd dog. She refuses to go up or down any stairs, so she just stays on the main floor whenever we leave. We aren’t sure how to change this, but it would be nice to have some puppy company and be able to give her some interaction in turn.

Time to start studying for AP US History. I’m making a giant timeline that could prove useful around midterms/finals/the AP test. Fun? No. Helpful? I really hope so!

First Night

Yesterday evening was full or fun and relaxation. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ended, you know, the same way it has for the past 10 or so years and we got to know our dog a little bit better. Because I couldn’t get enough chocolate yesterday, in addition to the snack I shared last night, I had a Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate mini bar.

There's no such thing as too much chocolate! 😀

Our first night with Pippa was a rough one, but pretty normal by first-night standards. She’s fine in her cage, but not so much after everyone else has gone upstairs to bed. I slept through the whining and woke up to find my mom on the couch with Pippa on the floor next to her.

While we’re all awake, she’s a pretty calm dog, so we figure it’ll just take a little time to get her used to not always having someone next to her.

Breakfast = standard, but…

Something's different......

… It’s a smiley face! (Because it makes me smile 😉 )

My morning snack was – I bet you have no idea – Fiber One cereal. Does anyone have any better small snacks with 14 grams of fiber per serving? Anyone? Bueller?

And again...

Off to continue our Harry Potter weekend marathon. And tonight, we’re going to decorate the Christmas tree. Fun stuff!

Pippa and Pizza Dinner

This, ladies and gentlemen, is…

She's a snuggler!


She isn’t exactly named after Miss Middleton, but she looked a little more boyish than girly to us, so when we said she was a salt-and-pepper color, we thought of naming her Pepper. Since that isn’t exactly gender-specific, we settled on Pippa. Gender problem = solved! And, pop culture references aren’t bad, either. 😉 She is quite lovey-dovey, but she is pretty stubborn – and loves to walk. She’ll be keeping us quite active, I imagine.

So, we spent today gathering supplies for our first dog. Mom and I went to PetSmart and Target and dropped Pippa off to be groomed. The above picture is post-grooming; she was very shaggy before. While we were out, I snacked on a Milky Way bar.

Chocolate, caramel, nougat, and more chocolate! Yum!

Since grooming takes about two hours, we came home to eat dinner before picking Pippa up again. Daddy ordered us a large Works pizza from Papa John’s and some cheese sticks.

Cheesy deliciousness

It’s been a while since I’ve had pizza and it tasted good. During dinner, the groomer called and said they were done. So, we got back into the car and loaded our nice, neat puppy back into the car. She is so calm and she didn’t make a peep the whole way home. She must be pretty worn out – it has been a long day for her. Now, she’s lounging around the house getting acclimated, and so are we. We’re introducing Pippa to Mr. Harry Potter tonight, watching Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Last night, we watched Sorcerer’s Stone.

My evening snack is a multiple-parter, so I’ll probably eat it in rounds, but I’ll just take the one picture. It includes:

Nice spread 🙂

  • 1 large Braeburn apple
  • 2 T. creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. Fiber One Original Bran cereal
  • 1 sugar-free Jell-O Chocolate Vanilla Pudding Snack with 1/2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder (to bring the sweetness factor down a little)

I might enjoy a few pieces of candy later, but I’ll post those in the morning. Off to find the Chamber of Secrets before I get some much-needed sleep!

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