Today was my LAST day of Advanced Dining Room class – yaaaaaay! I feel like I have been in that class for eternity. I am happy to report that my late night group study session and three hour night of sleep was worth it – I got a 96 on my final exam, second highest grade in the class. :)
After class, I had to stay for my afternoon class – Sanitation – and watch a dreadful video on sanitation hazards of the slaughter and meatpacking industry. Lovely. But once that was over I was freeeeeee too enjoy my day and the beautiful sunshine! I stopped at Trader Joe’s to pick up a few groceries, and then ran across the street to Target to pick up this little guy…
Yes, another camera! Here is the thing, my other camera, the one that is having some technical difficulties, is a really really nice camera. Ever since I got it for Christmas I have felt nervous about schlepping it off to school in my pocket and handling it with gooey kitchen hands. I knew it would make more sense to have a smaller, more compact point and shoot that I could use easily in the culinary labs, as well as runs, bike rides, etc. So the G11 is being shipping off to Canon for repairs, and in the meantime I have this cute little pocket camera that I don’t have to be quite so nervous about transporting.
When I left for school this morning, I headed out the door an hour early to meet my study group at Starbucks for one last go at the exam info. I ended up taking my oatmeal in a peanut butter jar and eating it while I studied around 6am (totally wishing I had had my camera!). I didn’t get home from class/errands until after FOUR today, and I was seriously ready to eat my arm when I walked in the door.
I made my lunch straight out of my Trader Joe’s shopping bags – spinach and arugula salad with mushrooms, peppers, heirloom tomatoes, a big glob of hummus, and sriracha sauce!
Even though I was starving, I took the time to bust out the new camera so that I could test it out. Pretty good for a point and shoot, don’t you think?
Hummus and hot sauce is one of my favorite salad dressing replacements. Creamy and spicy in every bite!
After my salad was NAP time! I feel much better having recaptured a few of those lost hours of sleep. Now I’m back up and working on getting all my things ready for tomorrow – my first day of a new class! Being a commuter student, I often joke that I live out of my car. On any given day I need to remember my school bag, complete uniform (which is very detailed!), my knife kit, packed lunch, afternoon class materials, and whatever I need for after work activities – errands, workouts, etc. Enter an incredibly useful on-the-go organizing tool…
The Envitote! You’ve probably seen this bag over on Kath’s blog too, since she is also a big Envitote fan (and introduced me to them!). It is essentially a tote bin with a strap – much more sturdy than a normal flimsy-bottomed tote bag!
I’ve been using mine to haul all my school stuff around – it’s so convenient to have the flat bottom and not have to dig through a giant bag lady tote!
I’m also going to start taking this with me to the grocery store and filling it with produce when I shop – cutting down on the amount of plastic bags and unnecessary packaging that adds up so quickly. The bags are eco-friendly, as well as washable, which makes it much more user friendly for transporting FOOD!
Want an Envitote of your own? In celebration of Earth Day month (a little early!), I have one Envitote bag to give away to a lucky reader! Unlike most giveaways where companies ship to winners directly, I have this winning bag sitting right here next to me, so I may include a fun extra surprise for the w
To enter, leave a comment on this post – what is the one thing you always have to have in your bag/purse/car? What can you never leave home without?
Winner announced Friday morning! Good luck. :)