You guys, I’m doing real summer school for the first time ever. By real I mean, like, meets-in-a-classroom-on-campus summer school thing, so that’s excitingish? New experiences ‘n all that stuff?
I took a class last summer, but it doesn’t count. It was anatomy, and it was mostly online except for Tuesdays, when I would drive 1.5 hours to Terre Haute at like 7AM for “lab,” during which we would do something like 20 jumping jacks and then plunge our hands into ice water while someone else measures our heart rates. You know, crucial research like that.
Oh #TerreHauteTuesdays… I do not miss you.
This summer I’m taking public speaking and human resource management wooooooo!
HR gets pretty lively (no sarcasm! Honest!) Our teacher worked in HR for a while before starting to teach, and also happens to be a G R E A T storyteller. Some part of class is always devoted to her real-life examples, riddled with appropriately dramatic transitions such as, “and I said, “oh, no you don’t!’” or “Uh uh. Not happening here,” and always neatly tied up with a satisfying, the-bad-guy-gets-it-in-the-end finish. Super entertaining.
I think she’s kind of a badass. HR! *fistpump*
Public speaking though…. Ehhhhhh….
One issue might be the classroom. We’re set up in this dinky, little, window-less classroom in the basement of an old classroom building. The lights *sorta* do their job, but if you told me I was back in middle school the panic would be real.
Anyway, I’m almost positive my teacher for that class is at 203% energy alllll the time. So that in combination with the micro-classroom = Molly must have coffee before class or she will. not. survive.
I’m halfway done already though!!
Bloomington in the summer is pretty nice, too. It’s very different than it is during the school year. I’ve picked out a few specifics:
– fewer people are here, so coffee lines are shorter and bathrooms are cleaner. I am about this arrangement. It can feel free to continue
– conferences always??! I figured my job as a server would be super low-key this summer, but multiple times now I have had groups of conference people stroll into the restaurant forty minutes before close & amiably inform me they will be a party of 15. I’ve become pro at hiding distress and throwing together salads at turbo speed. Does this happen to all servers at some point?
– the library may close earlier bUT THE ICE CREAM SHOP IS OPEN LATER
– my favorite study spot in the union is never taken mwahaha
– my go-to parking lot downtown that’s free after 5PM is never full mwahaha
– the slightly balding man I used to see taking pictures of campus in the same spot every day is still here!!! I wonder if he’s doing a time-lapse?? One day I’ll ask him.
– cicadas…. so many… I know that’s just special for this summer, but seriously they’re everywhere! I’ve taken to wearing my hair up when I walk outside for fear of them trying to hitch a ride.
– something on this one part of campus just makes me sneeze and sneeze, but I don’t know what it is!! Pollen: 1 Molly: 0
– there is a kind of unspoken camaraderie between students during the summer. It’s like, “oh, you’re also doing the academia instead of the vacation. We understand each other.”
Well, that’s my summer so far. Wanna talk about oatmeal for a sec??
I’m a breakfast gal. Always have been, always will be. If vegetables weren’t a thing you needed in life, I’d be content to eat breakfast for everrrry meal of the day. (#brinner) And I loooove oatmeal, but I was getting tired of my usual blueberry/banana/walnut combo.
I lovelovelove this version! The berry mousse is actually a super simple blend of blackberries, dates, avocado, and a little lemon juice. Naturally sweet and full of healthy fats, this power breakfast is sure to keep you full of energy! Possibly even 203% energy?? Maybe I’ll do a speech about it.
Power Oatmeal & 2 Minute Berry Mousse
For the oatmeal:
1 cup rolled oats
2 cups milk (any kind) or water
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
honey, to taste
For the berry mousse:
1/2 lb. berries (about a cup)
2 dates, pitted
1 tsp. lemon juice
Coconut whip* or yogurt, fresh berries, pumpkin seeds or nuts, to top
1. In a medium saucepan, combine the oats, milk, cinnamon, honey, and salt. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until desired thickness is reached. I cooked mine for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
2. In a blender or food processor, combine the mousse ingredients. Blend until smooth and creamy. Add a little water if mousse is too thick. Add more berries if mousse is not thick enough.
3. Spoon oatmeal into bowls. Top with mousse, coconut whip or yogurt, fresh berries, and seeds or nuts. Enjoy!
*coconut whip adds a delicious creaminess to oatmeal, as well as more healthy fats! Put a can of full-fat coconut milk in the fridge the night before. In the morning, scoop the creamy portion of the milk into a bowl. Reserve the water for another use (maybe to cook your oatmeal?). Whip the creamy part briefly until it is thick and light. Store in the fridge until ready to use.