Why Today Was Wonderful

1. My breakfast: a tofu and black bean scramble (with fresh slices of avocado) on whole wheat toast.
2. I also drank a super juice called Popeye that was made of spinach, apple, lemon, fennel and kale.
3. After breakfast I stumbled upon a super cluttered, super cool junk store and bought a floor lamp for $10 and a one way sign (a legit road sign) for $15.
4. Going to work late (to make up for working late yesterday).
5. Being busy all day working on planning kids activities for the rest of the year.
6. Free samples from Sucre.
7. Telling my coworkers how much I appreciate them. More than anyone else I’ve spent time with this summer, they’ve made the past two months amazing.
8. Seven miles of running. Probably because of the power breakfast.
9. Getting to talk to all my best friends from home.
10. I started packing— so excited for Ecuador!

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The difference between a loaf and a po’boy

I would like to announce that I successfully cooked myself dinner tonight! I sauteed onion, tomato, squash and eggplant in olive oil, then mixed in Ragu for an extremely delicious spaghetti. I also spread pesto on a tortilla and baked that, AND I made sweet potato fries! I am so proud of myself for these extensive culinary accomplishments.

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monkey bites, nbd

My last weekend in New Orleans! This summer has gone by so quickly. But I’ve seen and learned and done so much that it feels satisfyingly long too. This being the last weekend is definitely a bittersweet thing. On one hand, there are still things I didn’t get around to doing, plenty of restaurants I didn’t have time to visit, projects at work I don’t have time for. But on the other hand, I have been here for a solid eight weeks and I feel like I’ve made the most of it.

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I leave NOLA a week from today!

Thursday morning before work, Elisa and I ate breakfast at a really cute French bakery in the Quarter. Then we went to a Catholic Charities commodity drop where people were picking up boxes of free food. We walked from car to car, handing out flyers and explaining one of our outreach programs targeted at Louisiana Purchase cardholders. MarketMatch is a program where we match the dollar amount someone charges to their Louisiana Purchase card. So if they swipe their card for $20, we give them $40 in market tokens. It’s yet another wonderful program to bring low-income people to the market.

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I love hanging out with old people these days

I thought about driving to the beach for a few hours on Monday. But from what I’ve heard, the closest beach with nice water and sand is Orange Beach in Alabama, three hours away. When my alarm went off at 7am, the thought of driving all that way by myself wasn’t enough motivation to make me get up. So I slept in and spent the day catching up on emails, writing letters, doing laundry, etc. Being about my business, as my high school history teacher would say.

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