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7 Quick Takes: The new and the old


Teaching a college anatomy and physiology lab from 7pm to 10pm on Wednesday night followed by two Thursday morning labs from 7:30am to 1:30pm sounded like a good idea at the time I was arranging my schedule. When the alarm went off at 5:45am on Thursday morning I had second thoughts. However, enough coffee conquers all and all three labs went smoothly.
Walking around somewhat lost on a college campus brings back memories of my college freshman year. That was over 35 years ago. It must be easier for introverts these days because no one is making eye contact. They are all walking around looking at their phones.
In addition to starting a new teaching job and still continuing my old teaching job, I have started a new fitness program. I am tracking my food intake and exercise with MyFitnessPal.com. I had done this before and really did lose weight but eventually my tracking trailed off. Now my husband has joined me in the effort and it is a lot easier to keep up when we hold each other accountable. The database for foods is amazing on this site. There is certainly a lot more motivation to exercise when you get the instant gratification of more calories added to your daily allotment.
My husband and I walked the dogs to the nearby lake. It is just shy of three miles round trip. Was surprised to see there are already the first hints of fall colors. It is mostly in the low brush shrubs in the woods and not in the trees but there is no denying that our summer is waning.
The good news is that the farmers market is still going strong and will be open at least two more months. Picked up butternut squash, a tomato, some onions, bell peppers, and sweet corn. The sweet corn seems to be lasting a long time this year. My mother-in-law taught us a neat way to cook the corn quickly. Leave most of the husks on and throw in the microwave for 3 minutes per ear. The husks and silks just slide right off leaving nothing but the delicious corn. I also picked up a cantaloupe. Since our trip to Italy, cantaloupe and prosciutto has become a staple lunch.
Fresh farmers market produce makes meatless Fridays delicious. Last week I made polenta and topped it with sauteed squash, tomatoes, and onions. Today we grilled shrimp with the onions and bell peppers I bought yesterday, seasoned it with Cajun seasoning, and served it over brown rice. Topped it with diced tomatoes and had corn on the cob on the side.We've been sticking to meatless Fridays for a few years now. It is amazing how such a minimal sacrifice can help focus your faith.
Hoping to have three of our four children home for Sunday supper this weekend. Once the nest empties it feels like Christmas when more than one child is home. I am looking forward to hearing the lively voices and laughter that always accompanies their voices. Sometimes the dogs try to fill the noise void with their barks and howls. Definitely doesn't compare to having kids at home, even when the kids are all grown up.
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