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Bentos and Wogging



I just love strawberries. And I like that Ara shares my obsession with smelling them in the store! We’re such weirdos.

This bento had a fruit salad of pineapple, grapes, strawberries. Then baby carrots (the easiest and most popular vegetable around here). The sandwich is chicken, cheese, and the dreaded ranch! Then I threw in a broken fortune cookie.


Soft home made tortilla burrito, cat cookies (TJs), more fruit jumble (pineapple, grapes, watermelon), baby carrots.


Just to go carb-crazy, we sometimes make dessert tortillas on a burrito night. This was one of them! We spread a little butter on a warm tortilla then sprinkle a cinnamon/sugar mix. Ara LOVEs it. I also included watermelon, baby carrots, and a yummy almond granola mix.


Dinner leftovers! Brown rice and broccoli, baked herb potatoes, watermelon, and a big beautiful strawberry. I tried baking chicken in a foil pouch for the first time recently and I liked it. So we’ve been eating a lot of meals that include baked chicken and veggies. So easy and healthy~!


Chicken sandwich, fruit salad (pineapple, grapes, and strawberry), baby carrot, applesauce.

Fun introduced me to the delights of fresh pineapple vs canned and we’ve been going a little pineapple crazy. So we had a bowl of the little triangle treats when Ara decided to eat the entire bowl for her afterschool snack. She came running up to me screaming that her tongue hurt! I almost rushed her to the ER! We learned that some pineapple is ok, LOTS of pineapple makes your tongue really hurt. Still, Ara is not going to eat any for a while. She didn’t even want to let me buy one today at the store!

IMG_1133So I started my wogging (walking-jogging) (finally) on Friday. I was still really sore from the weight training I did on Tuesday and Thursday. I was really pleased with myself, I thought it seemed like just the right amount of hard. I completed my intervals, and right as I heard “cool down” in my headphones two hawks flew down in front of me, killed a smaller bird, then fought over the kill! I was stunned! It was so wildlife. The winner flew his kill up to the tree and proceeded to de-feather it’s lunch. I sat on a bench and took pictures (because of the hawk not the poor dead bird).

The good news is that the wogging felt great, the bad news is that the hipjury is back. Time to go back to the doctor and maybe physical therapy? I’m wondering if maybe a chiropractor would be the answer. Who knows! Either way, the time crunch is on to be on track for December. Work leg, work!

Bentos and Butts



Another week of Ara’s lunches! This one had homemade tortilla and bean burrito, pumpkin flatbread crackers, orange slices, broccoli, and chocolate pretzels.


Orange chicken, broccoli, strawberries, chocolate pretzels, and a fortune cookie.

IMG_4131Sweet rice, broccoli, strawberries, and coconut almond granola.IMG_4144Chicken sandwich on ww, fruit salad (grapes, pineapple, strawberry, and that green melon that I can never remember), cornbread muffin, and carrots.

IMG_4139Sweet rice, broccoli, sweet rice, fortune cookie, strawberry.

Last week I started dog walking at a local animal shelter. It’s a kill shelter so I’ve been putting off doing this, fearing the emotional toll. I walked 4 great dogs and learned a lot from my walking partner. I went back this last Monday and 2 of the dogs I walked were already dead. Straight from the adoption line to death because they got colds. They were 2 cute little pit bull girls, named Silver and Meadow and though they lived only a short time, they were loved at least by the volunteers. Two weeks in a row now I’ve walked a dog named Simon, which is against the odds of 140+ dogs. And against my better sense I’ve started to become emotionally attached to him. I’ve posted him on facebook but I KNOW people are starting to get tired of my dog posts. Last Monday he had a wound on his face from his kennel mate. They start to break down (emotionally) under the stress and if his wound gets infected he could be gone before I go back. I just had to get this worry off of my chest. I can’t change the fate of the dogs but I can help make their days at the shelter a little better.

On a lighter note my hipjury is getting better! This will be the end of the 3 weeks the doctor told me to take off and I’ve noticed an improvement. So, she was right, it must have been that tendon that was angry. The trainer/teacher at the YMCA noticed that I walk on the outsides of my feet and told me that my problems stem from the wrong shoe. She gave me some stretches to elongate my illiopsis and urged me to focus on building strength. I feel like there is probably wisdom in that, though I MISS zumba Sad smile.

For this week, my schedule is

M-dog walk 2 hours
T-strength class
W- turbo kick
Th-strength class
F-swim or bike
S- get out with Ara

I’m excited for the weather to cool off for bike rides, but here’s the thing; I can’t ride 2 days in a row because the seat is KILLING my butt! Hahaha. I guess it was made for someone with a tiny butt of steel, or maybe someone who has no nerves in the butt region. It makes me think of a friend who rides a recumbent bike and once said that he thought upright bike design went terrible wrong!

Weekly Bento



Are these even bento anymore? Since I no longer use adorable tiny boxes, and I don’t make food cute anymore?

Well, more rice come’in at-cha this week; Above is the brown rice and quinoa mixture with corn, apple sticks (newest craze at TJ’s), coconut almond granola with whole almonds mixed in, and a chicken finger cut up and covered with orange chicken sauce (sauces from Panda no colors or HFCS).


After school, Ara and I made a little project to go with the history book we are reading for bedtime. We had just learned about the Taj Mahal and India so I sent her some curry rice the next day. Rice/quinoa with black beans, corn, and red curry sauce, mandarin oranges, granola, cat cookies, and corn.


The Taj Mahal had windows that opened and told you things about it! It was a show-and tell hit!


We had a taco night planned but when I opened the corn tortillas I found that they were all broken. So I made ‘mini-tacos’ and that’s what Ara had in her lunch the next day! She also had apple sticks, chocolate pretzels, a TJ’s apple banana fruit leather, and mandarin oranges. I’ve been sending her apple juices all week because we lost the water bottle that fits in the bag and carrying the stainless bottle has been so cumbersome for her. I looked on the Laptop Lunches site and found that the replacement is only $3.50! Great! Too bad the shipping is $6! Shipping is such a bummer.


I went on a tortilla making kick lately. 4 ingredients’ and no oven involved, that’s my kind of baking. Plus, Ara is seriously crazy about fresh tortillas! This lunch had a bean burrito (I made the beans too, I felt very accomplished), chocolate pretzels, orange slices, strawberry, and peas.

Ranch and Legos


Ara is hooked on sandwiches with meat, cheese, and ranch. Oh the dreaded ranch! We’ve been trying to switch her tastes to organic ranch sans MSG but she insists that she doesn’t like ‘healthy ranch’. I even tried the flavor packets from Sunflower mixed with Greek yogurt. No go. So… in an effort to skip the ranch I made a meat (turkey), cheese, and crackers bento. She didn’t miss the ranch! I also included broccoli, strawberry, pineapple, and baby carrots. I added lime slices for looks, she didn’t eat them.


Ara’s kitty purse needed to try on some spify shades, so we headed over to Ross after the YMCA (ZUMBA!).


Actually, our little money saver wanted to buy her room a soft rug to play legos on. Legos are her new favorite past time. She found a cute little striped rug for $10!


She also wanted to check Toys R Us for the tree house lego set (and because her money was burning a hole in her kitty purse). We had to stop on the Angry Bird’s display, of course.


Bird or Lego? Lego.


Does she have a quarter?


She does!


At home, rug in place and lego building in progress. It took us about 2 hours to build the treehouse! Well, she builds and I just use all my patience and just give little hints when she’s stuck.


Fuzzy Lego ‘helper’ AKA large cat who lays on Lego pieces.



Good times in the summer!

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