Remember that beautifully staged lunch that I displayed during the afternoon post?
Yeah, all the time I spent arranging the food actually ate up most of my time. So, after only eating a few carrots and the yogurt, I packed it all back up again to bring along to a new location.
Also note the plastic bag. It’s just one of the many bags I have stored in a random kitchen cupboard to use again as lunch bags. Sometimes I tell myself that I should bring reusable bags to the store… But, then I don’t. Using the old plastic bags for lunch counts as “reusable,” though, right?
Anyway, I took that lunch to go and hiked it up the big hill between my classes.
Funny thing, I can make it through a half-marathon, but I still get winded by chugging up this mini-mountain. Who said Kansas is flat?
Hope as I might to have had a chance to relax after my editing class, I couldn’t ignore the call of homework. Pulling hard on my self-discipline, I decided to go by the library for focused study environment…
… And books. Lots and lots of books.
There are two big libraries on campus, located not too far apart. But, I always choose to go to Watson, which is legendary for its “stacks.”
The only problem is that navigating Watson can be a tidbit confusing.
(And, where might Harry Potter be boarding the train?)
With the help of my stacks map, I was, indeed, able to locate my book and find my way out. Then, I settled down at a community table next to a cute boy.
Yeah, I’m strategic.
By that point, I was also hungry.
A little while later, I felt my eyes glazing over the words on the pages, so I knew it was time to call a break.
Dan agreed, so we went back to his hall to hang out. And, by “hang out,” I mean, “play fiercely competitive pool.”
Five minutes later, when he was done gloating on his unprecedented win, I decided to suggest a competitor-neutral sport: Watching some TV!
So, while two other boys were working on dinner, I whipped up three batches of almond-scented chocolate chip cookies. (Note: Seriously, if you haven’t checked out that recipe yet, do! It’s my all-time favorite.)
Although it was a little tough to tango around the kitchen while there was so much other cooking going on, the boys were helpful with some of the heavy lifting.
Then dessert was a natural.
Although I could have eaten all three by myself (and, let’s be real, I probably did with the bits of dough that I snuck) this plate was actually for Dan and me to split. It’s a good thing we grabbed them before dinner, too! By the time I walked back inside, they were all gone!
One boy walking out of the dining room with a plate of the cookies asked, “Did you make these?”
I told him yes and he said, “They are so freaking good!”
Dan and I hung out for a little bit more, but something told me that he needed to get some sleep…
So, I went home and took advantage of the time to do some much-needed yoga and Pilates.
Then, since it’s not a complete day without a little bit of sweetness, I broke out the good stuff…
I ended the night with a bite of crystallized ginger. Such a good palate cleanser!
Question: How do you end your day?
If it was all up to me, I’d unwind by reading a book for leisure. Unfortunately, that is moderately rare.