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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

What's in your lunchbox?

Today I embark on yet another semester of school. Last Thursday I invited a friend and classmate over for lunch to make sure that we were actually ready to inflict such torture upon ourselves once again.

Little Laura Ingalls (brunette with pink yarn bows) enjoying kindergarten lunch at Lincoln School.

I met Karen last semester in my CAD (computer aided drafting) class. We bonded due to the fact that we were:

A. Two middle aged women floating in a sea of fresh young faces. (Karen was still more stunning than most.)

B. The majority of each Tuesday/Thursday class we spent with a glazed over "doh!" look upon our faces.

C. We rarely, if ever, missed the Wednesday afternoon CAD tutoring and were generally the only people to take advantage of it. (I'll take "idiot" for $100 Alex.)

Like most women who have kids, careers and are students to boot, we have NO TIME. But it is so important to make the time for friends.

I made a great salad. (Karen later called for the recipe.) We also had tortilla soup with all the fixins. (I found the tureen for $1.50 last week at a thrift shop~love!)

Cheese, sour cream, olives, tabasco and the contents of the bottom of the chip bag for garnish. (Yeah, nothin' but the best for my good buddy. :)

The table setting was the same as shown in this post.

I totally slaved over a hot stove...

This was dessert~strawberry mousse with chocolate shavings.

Yeah, I really sweated over that confection too. (To the right are cereal straws.)

It was a grand day. A year from now neither one of us will remember what we ate, only that we ate together. So set the table and call up a friend. If they are truly your friend, they won't mind that lunch comes in a box.

I'm off to school!

Little Laura with her Little People Elementary School.

Please take a moment to read one of my all time favorite quotes found in the upper right hand side of my blog.

I have to read that quote quite often in order to remind myself to never give up.

This was one part of my final project for CAD.

If you're wondering, Karen and I both got an "A" in the class. Perseverance.


Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Best of luck with school today. I admire you for tackling that class. Your project looks awesome!
Love the soup tureen! Don't you just love those thrift shop finds?
I agree with you, the time spent together is more important than the food. You will always remember that special friend and your time together. We are having a snow day today. Yea!!!
Love & blessings from NC!

jewelstreet said...

Love the quote! It's so true as well as your post about friends and making them. Good luck at school!

Jess said...

I love your quote! I should read that often myself!
Congrats on your 'A'!
And lunch looked scrumptious!!
Good Luck with school!!

Terri and Bob said...

Congrats on the A!

I love your elementary pictures. I am an elementary principal and those pictures are adorable.

Today in my lunch box is rice cakes and Laughing Cow cheese wedges and a banana.

~♥~ Monica S said...

wohooo an 'A' wow! Congratulations!!

What a cute little girl you were! And now a very beautiful woman!:-)

It's nice to BE... with friends.. no need to impress or anything.. just BE.. together!


Kristen said...

Your lunch looks really yummy!

Good for you for going back to school. I think it's more fun when you go because you want to not because you have to.
Congrates on the A and I hope you get many more!!!!

Tanya said...

The lunch looks delicious! What a great find on the tureen. I could use one of those. Have "fun" at school. I went through nursing school (many years ago) when 2 of my 3 kids were elementary age.

Mildred said...

This is a delightful post Laura. I love the pics of you and I see now how much your son favors you. I love a good thrift find and the tureen is fabulous for sharing soup with a treasured friend. That's a great quote. Wishing you much success this semester.

The Berry's Patch said...

Okay, I really didn't think about making friends in school. But I guess it's possible. Lots of people are going back to school at our age...right? I wish you lived on this side of town. I could give you a high five when we pass in the halls. :-)

Love the quote!!!

Linda said...

Such a fun post and a grand idea!

I LOVE the old photos. I have no photos of myself in school during those early years - come to think of it, there are no photos of my sisters and I in school at all, as our parents didn't take many photos.

We had that same Fisher Price school - such great memories.

An Accomplished Woman said...

Good luck with school. Love your lunch box post. My lunch box is a sandwich and some fruit.

Kristi said...

My classes started last week...but it's my last semester. Woo hoo! May you and your friend have a blessed day at school today!

Lorrie said...

Very cute pigtails! As a fellow mature student I can only say - what a way to keep your brain young!

I hope your new class goes well - and how wonderful to have a friend there as well.


Liz said...

Yay! You got an A. Silly, of course you did! : ) Great post, Just a reminder that when we are with friends it doesn't always have to be a big deal.


Sweet pictures!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

I just found your blog! So happy that I did. I love this post. It's always great to a friend to do something with. It always makes things go more smoothly. I love your yummy looking food pics. You made me very hungry.

I'm sure you got an A on your project it looks great. I'm also studying Interior Design and have yet to get to Auto CAD. Totally scared!

Lady Dorothy said...

Good job getting your "A"! May this semester be the best yet!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

You hit two things right on the nose with me today! First things first...the quote you have up in the corner graced a chalkboard in my dining room for over a year. I am in the process of reinventing myself at the age of 36, and I am constantly reminding the Hubby that life isn't over at the young age of almost-40. Grandma Moses was in her 80's when she started painting remember. :-) The other is "Perseverence" my word for 2009. All I can say to that is AMEN. Thanks for this post!

ScrappinAway said...

Wow the food looked yummy! CAD looks like it has change a lot since I took it back in 1996, I think it was something like release 12. Would not know where to start now, probably, lol! I had one of those little school houses when I was a kid and tried to find on on ebay that was new for my daugher, the person wanted $175, I don't think so!!!

Karen said...

Laura, What a fabulous way to commemorate our special lunch. I enjoyed your beautiful hospitality and the inner beauty you so readily shared. It was my pleasure to spend an afternoon sharing so much friendship and girl time. You are an impressive woman and anyone who knows you will surely agree. I look forward to more classes with you and lunches too! Keep up the great posts,they are such a treat. Karen

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

I like the challenge of taking a boxed food and adding ingredients to enhance the flavor. I've fooled many a tastebub into thinking a boxed recipe was created from scratch. Last evening I made a boxed banana nut muffin. I tweaked the mix and frosted them with homemade creamcheese frosting. My hubby was sooo surprised to find the muffins came from a box. Granted a heavy dollop of creamcheese frosting will make just about anything taste yummy.

I agree, good friends and good food brings about a fun afternoon.
Good luck in the new term.

Sweet Wishes,

Mimi Sue said...

There's something to be said for "mature" intellects! Congrats on the A. Mimi

The Blonde Duck said...

I take my lunch to work in a pink Disney princess tin lunchbox. :)

BrineS said...

What a wonderful find! Soup Tureen for $1.50! Fabulous! And, now I'm hungry for Tortilla Soup! Haven't seen any boxes of it here in Australia, yet!

Deborah @ Comfort Joy Designs

Blondie's Journal said...

You had me laughing again Laura! Lunch box indeed. At least you are honest. I want the tureen. Good luck with your classes!!


Maison Douce said...

Umm!! Getting hungry! Time to go make dinner (not as appetizing as yours...)!! Good luck on back to school!