Like Time Never Passed: A 2010-Style WeekendPosted: June 6, 2011
Oh, Monday, how you flew here! I spent a glorious weekend in Lakeland reliving 2010 – one of my favorite years of my life (so far!) Where has the time gone – and how did it go so fast?
I’d driven back to Lakeland to see old friends, and on the way, I passed the school where I used to work. (For new readers, when the blog began I was a teacher at an after-school and summer program for our inner city kids.)
Even though it was exactly the way I remembered it, it felt so strange seeing the playgrounds deserted. I seriously missed my munchkins!
I grew SO much with those children, and I had some of the most amazing experiences with them. I never thought I would miss teaching, but for a moment, I actually did! I can’t believe it’s been a year since the most amazing summer of my life.
After a seriously nostalgic moment at the school, I headed to my old foodie stomping ground to grab some fuel for a run.
Random Trivia Tidbit: that Publix was in the Southgate Shopping Center, where Edward Scissorhands was filmed. That’s Lakeland’s Claim to Fame!
I snagged the very first “nutritionally-conscious” food I’d ever bought: a chocolate brownie Clif Bar.
In all seriousness, when I’d started the blog in 2010, these chocolate Clif Bars were one of my daily foods. My university cafeteria sold them as their version of “healthy food”, and I started purchasing them for snacks instead of Butterfingers. Little did I know it would be the first of many little healthy swaps!
In keeping with my 2010 throwback mindset, I cranked a Rise Against Pandora station as I headed out to Lake Hollingsworth for a run (and walk – hello, humidity!)
Aside from the people, jogging the lake is seriously one of the things I missed the most!
After the run, I headed over for some much-needed friend time. We snuck in a stop at BD’s Mongolian Grill (insanely awesome), a screening of X-Men (insanely odd) and a Sunday boating and tubing on the Chain of Lakes (insanely serious unexpected workout!) I tucked away the camera and decided to just live those experiences rather than photograph them…
But I busted the camera back out first thing this morning to catch breakfast!
Since Whole Foods was right on the way as I drove home, it was only logical to stop in and purchase a few supplies for the week 😉
One of the picks was 365 Organic Honey Crunch & Oats cereal. It seemed like it would be similar to my favorite Kashi Honey Almond Crunch (another favorite meal choice in my dorm circa 2010!)
I was on board with the 5g of sugar per serving, but because the protein was a little lower than I’d have liked (only 2 grams in 3/4 cup), I bumped it up with the addition of a few slivered almonds and chia seeds – plus a few flax seeds for those Omega 3’s.
Boom. And that’s how it’s done.
Since it’s not 2010 anymore and I don’t get to mosey into work at 2 p.m. after my classes get out, I better get my behind off to my “grown-up” job. Catch ya later!
Do you ever go back to places you used to live, work, go to school, etc…just for “old time’s sake?”