Wow. We moved the older son off to college yesterday, and I'm kind of exhausted. Woke up at 3:00 a.m. because we were nervous and anxious and afraid of oversleeping. Finished packing the cars and headed out for Auburn at 5:45. I rode down with Will, thinking all the time that this was my last chance to give profound motherly advice!
It rained. We negotiated the major college dorm move-in procedures without mishap. Handled the incomprehensible parking procedures like educated people. You know, a university that maintains its own fleet of tow trucks is not messing around, I'm just saying. But we got it done, and managed to change a tiny, prison-like cell into a rather cute and livable dorm room. Although I did have a few tears when we said good-bye, we left him smiling and excited and happily making plans for his first evening at college.
In other news, I've lost ten pounds. But more importantly, I ate really well this week. I only had one day when I felt the urge to "graze" and I ate no artificial sweeteners or HFCS, and only a couple of slices of white bread. I ate a LOT of fresh fruits and vegetables. The organic blueberries I found at Target of all places were huge and sweet and delicious. I've rediscovered kiwi.
Also, I'm starting to find solutions to my problem of not liking whole grain foods. It's a slow process of reading ingredients and trying things out. I had one success and one fail this week. I found a cereal that is a nice, crunchy, clustery mix of a bunch of grains and honey and cinnamon. It's good, even dry without milk. And it takes a long time to chew, so I'll bet it takes a long time to digest.
The fail was a package of "whole grain" crackers that looked wonderful, all seedy and grainy and brown. I thought I read the ingredients carefully and didn't see anything bad in there. When I ate some, I was surprised at how good they were. With a little cheddar cheese, they were yummy. Then I read the ingredients again, and saw that they have "corn syrup" in them. Why, people? I'm sad about this, because they went to so much trouble to make something really healthy, and then they blew it.
This week is a busy one, which is probably a good thing. Monday and Tuesday night I teach seminars for volunteer parents who will be helping out on band trips. ("How to Travel with 250 Teenagers Without Losing Your Mind"). Later in the week I'm making plans to reconnect with good friends I've sorely neglected the last year. I plan to work out at least three times, and I'll be working more on my "good foods and good meals" notebook. And I might actually dust a little or possibly clean a bathroom.