Current mood: bland
Standing on a bridge
Watch the water passing underneath
It must have been much harder when there was no bridge, just water
Now the world is small
Remember how it used to be
With mountains and oceans and winters and rivers and stars?
~ “Funny the Way it Is” by Dave Matthews Band
This morning is day 6 of Oatmeal for breakfast. It is quite healthy – made with ½ cup of oats, 2 tablespoons of Flaxseed, ¼ cup of low-fat milk, and ¾ cup of water. Then, once cooked, I stir in blueberries until the concoction turns bluish-purple. That is the easy part. The difficult part is spooning it into my mouth and swallowing it. I am by no means a fan of oatmeal unless it is filled with sugar and artificial flavors. Still, I am eating it. I suppose it is growing on me, as today I did not gag on it, like I did yesterday morning.
For lunch, I have steamed rice and vegetables. I was actually looking forward to it until I realized that I probably cannot coat the rice in butter and salt. Hopefully, the carrots, beans, and peas will add enough flavors to the rice that I can enjoy it. The highlight of my lunch will definitely be getting to see my new lunchbox again. Non-boyfriend bought me an old-fashioned metal lunchbox. It is green and has the ‘Junior Mints’ insignia on it. I absolutely love it.
I do not know what I will have for dinner – but most likely it will cancel out all the healthy food I have eaten all day. Okay, that may be a slight exaggeration, but I am constantly craving junk food. Still, it is all about making one healthy choice at a time. And right now, I am choosing to not go buy a snack from the vending machine. Instead, I just glance over at my remaining 3 bites of oatmeal and lose my appetite completely for anything! It’s a great trick.
I have applesauce for my mid-morning snack – which I actually am really looking forward to. I LOVE applesauce. I love apples in general (though I don’t have any because the custodial staff threw them away because I accidentally left my lunchbox at work over the weekend.). I am looking forward to this autumn when I can go to Kiser Apple Orchard in Plattsmouth/Murray, NE and pick my own apples. If you are not familiar with Kiser Apple Orchard, then you obviously have not met “Charlie”. He is a volunteer EMT/Firefighter in Murray. He is also the gentleman who put up a road block and directed traffic for us after our hot air balloon landing the other evening.
We landed directly next to the highway, which was convenient, as our spotter had no idea where we were, and landing anywhere else would have meant that I would have had to help DRAG the balloon and basket to the highway for packing up. That was NOT happening, I assure you. Non-boyfriend was a practical hero though, as he did the job of the ground crew until our spotter arrived. A quick learner, he was able to rotate the basket, help unhook the balloon, and push all the air out of it. Overall, I was highly impressed with how he just jumped in and helped our pilot out.
Anyway, back to Charlie. He appeared at the most opportune time. Luckily for us, he was heading back home from his grandparents and just happened by, right after we landed. He turned the siren lights on for his truck and broke out his reflective vest so he could be in official volunteer firefighter mode. He even posed for a picture with Mr. Rawr, which I thought was very sweet. He also invited us to the Murray Volunteer Firefighter Pancake Feed at 7am on July 4th. It is a huge fundraiser which allows the firehouse to buy safety and emergency equipment. So, if you want breakfast on Saturday morning, head on out to Murray. It isn’t far – and who doesn’t love a small town pancake feed? Seriously!
PERSONAL NOTE: Cannot wait to play Wii on Friday! It will be hysterical from your point of view.
CONFIDENTIAL NOTE: I am sorry that you will have to endure her at every family function from now to eternity! Look on the bright side . . . um . . . well. . . there isn’t really one; but, I still like you!