Today’s menu: cheese pizza, fresh carrots, apple
I walked in the hallway towards the cafeteria and noticed that characteristic smell: it was pizza day! I was starving so I didn’t much care what I ate. Breakfast was a distant memory…in fact I wasn’t sure I even had more than a few bites of my son’s scrambled eggs.
At home mornings are rushed because I’m focused on feeding my son breakfast and packing his lunch. I try to mimic what is served at daycare so that my son wants to eat his lunch and not what everyone else is eating (peer pressure starts young). Today’s menu at daycare was scrambled eggs and hash browns, which sounds terrific in name alone, but it comes from a package. Better menu choice than the days when it’s fish nuggets and alfredo noodles (who dreams up these combos?)
So I made him scrambled eggs and potatoes this morning so I know what’s in them. At daycare almost all fruit and veggies come from a can. I know this because I have seen them. Once the daycare menu listed “baby peas” on a day I happened to drop him off before lunch. When I saw what the kids were getting, they had the unmistakable palor of peas from a can (and they weren’t baby peas either). Oddly, I liked peas from a can as a child, so why am I so anti-canned peas? BPA! It lines the interior of cans. I don’t mind if my son has the occasional canned fruit or veggie at home (I just made chili and used some varieties of canned beans), but not every day at daycare when I can easily send veggies (today he got peas actually). (Check out this recent story about BPA in baby bottles)
The veggies that I eat at school for school lunch are not from a can: at least they taste like they were never canned.
I was interrupted twice during my lunch today. I’m rarely interrupted, but today one person stopped by to chat with me while I was mid-bite of my pizza. My desk is towards the back of the room and I heard a knock on the door. I frantically threw the tray and what was left of my pizza to the side, trying to hide and yelled out curiously, “Yes?” No one answered so I went to the door thinking…this could be it. Thankfully the coworker was waiting outside the door and didn’t just barge right in.
We chatted about a particular student we are worried about and then I went back to my meal. Looking down at my pizza, I knew I didn’t have time to eat the rest of it, but I wanted to eat the carrots. I started digging in and knock, knock someone else arrived! I shoved the tray over, but this time everything was in plain sight.
I started walking towards the door and she was already in the room. She had a question about something computer-based. You have no idea how much tech support I provide to coworkers on a daily basis. Don’t get me wrong: I don’t mind at all. I’m pretty savvy with the computer and get asked a lot of questions. I have found out that many don’t check their work email accounts every day. We have been told to check email once a day and it’s the first thing I do when I get a spare moment in the day. Anyway, we made our way over to my desk where all of my lunch “evidence” was. She seemed oblivious to anything around the computer and so I showed her how to do something technical. That was the abrupt end to my lunch.
The other thing in my purse is my Droid Eris. I really love this phone, my very first smart phone that I bought towards the end of January. Yep, I started the project with just a regular cell phone and emailed the photos into the blog. You can go back through the archives and see when I bought the fancy pants phone. I don’t see myself being able to go back to a regular phone after having this one in my possession. I love it.
I can’t take a photo with my cell of my cell so tonight I cracked out a camera and took a shot of my trusty, hard-working Droid.
Do me a favor and call, email or fax your representative (it already passed the Senate) and urge him/her to take action on renewing the Child Nutrition Act during the “lame duck” session. The bill will be debated on 12/1 or 12/2 right after Thanksgiving, which is a great holiday to get family talking about nutrition!
Click here to send your representative an email (through the Healthy Schools Campaign).