Monday, September 14, 2009

Mystery Meat

Usually Margot brings her lunch to school. I prefer this because I know exactly what she is eating (I don't think she has the concept of 'lunch-trading' just yet), and this way I know she isn't having too much processed junk. Four days out of five she eats peanut butter on wheat bread, apple sauce (or some other fruit), and milk, but, occasionally, she'll ask for soup or pasta or mac and cheese to bring.

In my effort to stay organized, I usually prepare her lunch the night before because it's just too hectic to make lunch in the morning. Sometimes, though, I am too _____ [fill in the blank with lazy, tired, or absentminded].

Last Friday was one of those days. I woke up late and realized that I hadn't made M's lunch the night before. Margot had been asking to buy hot lunch at school, so I decided Friday was the day. I tried to look up the school lunch menu online, but the link wasn't working. So I packed her off with $1.20 in her backpack (love those subsidized school lunch prices!) that would cover hot lunch and milk and assumed they wouldn't let her go hungry.

I forgot to ask her about how hot lunch was until Sunday evening. After dinner, Brodie and I asked her how she liked 'hot lunch' on Friday.

"I didn't like it!" she declared. "There was white rice and peas, and so I ate all of that, but there was also some kind of meat that I didn't eat. I don't know what it was."

Brodie and I laughed and laughed.

M continued. "It [the meat] looked like one of Portia's treats. You know, with the lines on it?"

Portia's dog treats have those fake grill marks on them. Apparently, so does the meat in DCPS.

I laughed so hard I got a stomach ache. That description was priceless.

I think we'll only buy hot lunch on pizza day from here on out.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

First Soccer Season

Soccer season started today. Margot was ready: pink socks, sparkle shoes, skinned knees, and all. She wore shin guards to practice but won't in the future - they are just too big for her, and are really not necessary with a bunch of 4 and 5 year olds. Poor Margot looked as if she was running with casts on her legs.

She even scored a goal - although, truth be told, her goal came at the expense of another girl. The other team had the ball and was running it toward M's team's goal, when the lead girl tripped over herself and fell flat on her face. The other girls stopped and crowded around her while the girl screamed. Margot caught up, got the ball, turned it around, ran it back up the field, and kicked it into the unguarded net. (The fallen girl was fine, by the way. She only hurt her pride.)

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Bike Repairs

Margot's bike had a flat tire for a few weeks. This past weekend, Brodie showed her how to repair it and do a tune-up.

The weather has been fantastic this week in DC - cool morning (high 50s) and warm afternoons (high 70s). On Monday, when I picked her up from school, I pushed her bike the 1.2 miles to school and jogged next to her as she rode home. She's still kind of nervous on her bike, but I think these forced rides will help build her confidence.

The bonus is that it's uphill all the way to school, and downhill all the way home.