Predator in the Parking Lot

By about 8:50 am, all of my school’s parking lots look like this:


Which turns me into this:


Because of the limited parking at school, I sometimes have to wait for a space to open up. As soon as I see someone walking toward his car, I pull out of my secret crevice and slowly follow the hapless student to his car.

Yes, I’m one of those people.

I was running out of time this morning, so I saved my breakfast to eat at school (in case of traffic, flooding from yesterday’s rain, lightning from the sky to punish my predatory parking behavior, etcetera, etcetera). After yesterday’s downpour, the earth and sky were scrubbed clean. So, what better to do than to take a picture of my breakfast in front of that miracle?

Yes, those are raspberries and chocolate chips on that oatmeal.

Whew! Look at that dirty windshield!

We had another fun day in food service. Just like last week, we split up into groups and made several dishes — this time with a Mediterranean/Mexican/Middle Eastern influence (I know, what a combination!). Here they be:

Seven-Vegetable Couscous with Chunky Onion Harissa
Chicken Tagine with Fennel and Olives (has anyone else tried fennel? What an odd flavor!)
Skillet Polenta with Tomatoes and Gorgonzola (yum!)
Braised (Baby) Artichokes and Shallots
Green Chili with Pork
Italian Sausage and Wild Mushroom Risotto (my favorite of the savories)
Banana-Black Bean Empanadas (yes, that does say bananas!)
Double Chocolate Walnut Biscotti *drooool*

A group also made Chicken in Green Pumpkin Seed Sauce (unpictured). Kristen and I made the Green Chili with Pork. The dish contained white hominy, which is corn. Never had it before. It tasted a bit like corn tortillas.

After having lunch and then trying all these foods all afternoon, I was rolling out of the food lab! On the way home, the sunset was just calling to me to take a picture. I happily obliged:

Addendum: I woke up very early this morning with this song in my head:

Must have been those all those cookie “crumbs” I ate last night.


  1. I always said that “parking space stalking” should be a reality show, it is an art to master indeed! Nothing like circling for 20 minutes and then the victory of claiming that ever-so-precious front row space! Thanks for checking out my blog!!! Take care!

    1. Ah, I’m glad there’s someone else out there who does this 😛 Thanks for stopping by!

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