I have had the BEST day!

After breakfast I kept rolling and unleashed my inner power-cleaning fury on the house! Every room (except the basement – that’s Ben’s domain!) has been swept and/or mopped, disinfected and dusted, from TOP to bottom. I even scrubbed the tub, which I hate! :D

Sometimes you just need a day off to do stuff you don’t want to do on the weekends, know what I mean?

It wasn’t all comet and Lysol though – I had a date with my Dad’s fifth grade class this afternoon, so I got cleaned up and had an early, light lunch! First up, strawberries & cheese.

DSC_0002

Not at the same time. :)

Strawberries are EVERYWHERE right now, but I rarely buy them because I hate cutting them up. Isn’t that lazy of me? At any rate, I just cut the tops off of these babies which took ~1 minute. Why didn’t I think of that sooner?!

DSC_0004 DSC_0007

A cold colby jack cheese stick was a nice supplement to my berries. Do you eat your cheese sticks like a…stick?…or do you peel them? I eat mine like a stick.

DSC_0009

I also had the last of my Summertime Salsa Goat Cheese with Special K Herb & Tomato Crackers. 

DSC_0014

This goat cheese blend is SPICE-AY! In a really good way though, as I can’t tolerate super hot foods.

DSC_0017

Locals: find the Northern Prairie Goat Cheese Stand, at the downtown Farmer’s Market, on the west side of 4th street as you’re heading down to Java Joes. I recommend their products!

DSC_0018 

And I will not be buying these crackers again because they’re highly addicting. Cracker crack, if you will.

DSC_0016

After lunch I set out for my Dad’s school.

Every year, at the end of the year, his students do an “Apprentice” type thing, where each group picks their favorite candy and creates a marketing campaign around it, trying to convince the judges (me, my Mom and my Mom’s coworker) why their candy is the best. They’re supposed to make a poster, power point presentation, bring SAMPLES, create a skit, etc., to try and convince us.

Never underestimate a fifth grader, because these children were whipping out power point presentations that were better than what I could even do!

IMG_8732

The Hershey’s Chocolate group had some stellar samples. 

IMG_8733

The Laffy Taffy group had a nice presentation.

IMG_8735

Those kids were very animated (perhaps because they were hopped up on Laffy Taffy?!)

IMG_8736

The Snickers group was SO cute!

IMG_8737

A couple of them dressed up in blazers, and they even sang a little jingle while one of the boys played his sax. So professional!

IMG_8739

The snickers sample didn’t hurt either. ;)

IMG_8740

The Lemon Head group had a fabulous poster,

IMG_8744

and excellent presentation of their samples.

IMG_8745

Shot glasses!

IMG_8746

The Sour Patch Kids group won due to an exceptional poster and choreographed dance routine they busted out.

IMG_8741

Oh, and lots of sour patch candy. :) I was buzzing after all this sugar.

IMG_8742

The winning group was supposed to get ice cream, but of course, my Dad brought treats for EVERYONE because “nobody leaves my classroom a loser!” The kids all cheered when he said this – it was hysterical.

IMG_8747

My Dad is proof positive that it is never too late to change your life. He worked in the business world for 30+ years before deciding that life is too short to waste it doing something you don’t love. So, at 50 years old, he went back to school and became a fifth grade teacher. I’ve never seen anybody love their job more.

Plus – his kids ADORE him. We’re talking, invite him to all their baseball games, plays, piano recitals… and he goes! It’s so cute!

IMG_8748

After I left school, I picked up an awesome frame for a cool postcard I bought when we visited the Laura Plantation on our New Orleans trip. 

DSC_0031

I LOVE THIS FRAME! It’s so ornate and historical looking! Now I just have to decide where to put it…

DSC_0026

Then I made a pit-stop at my local library. I haven’t been here in probably 15 years (there’s that number again!) due to my preference for buying books over borrowing. (GERMS!)

IMG_8750

I got over it though. :)

IMG_8751

Apparently, since finishing American Wife, I have a newfound fascination for Laura Bush…weird. I wanted to check out her new memoir, but I’m 39th on the waiting list. Sheesh! I might just go buy it!

Anyways, the author who wrote American Wife said she used this biography as her main source of info on Laura, so I decided to give it a go. I’ll let you know how it is!

DSC_0035

Any good books I need to read?! Your suggestions would be so very helpful! (I’m on the waiting list for Prep and The Help, btw!)

Ben and I are still trying to decide what to do for dinner…

What will you be having tonight?