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A Most Rational Hodgepodge

Wednesday seems to roll around quickly in this here parts!  With the beginning of a new school year just over the horizon, I’m especially cognizant of the passage of time.  Still, I’m putting work aside for the moment to answer the questions that Joyce has posted.  Play along and make new friends.

1.  In an effort to combat obesity, the mayor of NYC has plans to ban the sale of large sugary drinks (anything over 16 oz.), initially in restaurants, movie theaters, and street carts. Corner stores would also be affected if they are defined as food service establishments. You can read more here . Your thoughts?

This is tough for me.  I am, for the most part, a very healthy eater.  I make conscious decisions to avoid sweets (except for my Starbucks frappuccino), meat, and dairy.  However, I think I’d be livid if someone DICTATED to me what I was allowed to eat.

While I think the intentions are good, I don’t think the method is kosher.  People should be making healthy choices of their OWN accord, not because they are being forced to.

2.  Art festival, music festival, food festival…which would you most like to attend?

If it was a vegan food festival, I’d be all over it; however, I know that would NEVER be the case, so I’ll go with music.

3.  What are you irrational about?

I can be very irrational where it comes to my children…namely if I’m worried about them.  I’ll move heaven and earth to make sure that they are okay, and this concern can cause me to go to extremes.  Oh, not that I solve all of their problems for them, but I do worry…a lot (even texting a coach’s wife to make sure that “someone” was “encouraged” to take meds every four hours).

Issues of the heart make me go nuts!!

4.  Do you feel confident you’ll have a comfortable retirement?

As a state employee, I don’t think that “comfortable” would be the right word.  My goal is to get my debt paid off, build up some kind of nest egg, however, small, and then live a frugal life so I’ll have enough to get me through.

5.  What’s been your favorite Olympic moment so far?

As of this writing, I’d have to say that the close volleyball match between the US and China has been my favorite moment.  If I’d seen the women’s soccer game against Canada, I’d probably name that moment, but I didn’t, so I won’t.  I have long respected Kerrie Walsh and Misty May-Treanor, so watching them dig deeply for that semifinal win was both nerve wracking and exhilerating.

6.  What would you label as the messiest room in your house?

At the moment, Rooster’s room is the messiest because he’s in the process of packing so that we can move him into his dorm on Saturday. <sniff, sniff>

7.  Do you follow your heart or your head?

Well, I usually start out following my heart, but then I finish by using my head.  I tend to react based on emotion but then settle into thinking about a situation and making decisions based on logic afterward.

8.  My Random Thought

Y’all have read my posts about the angst I have to deal with when eating out sometimes.  Because I’m a vegan, my choices are very limited.

Well, the other day, the Mr. told me that Taco Bell is now offering salads that are very healthy…no meat…black beans, rice, and corn.

So, I decided to give it a try.

Here’s what it looks like…

I’ve gotta tell you that the salad is DELICIOUS!!

It wound up being a larger salad than I expected.

The combination of ingredients was p-e-r-f-e-c-t!

I was in happy land, let me tell you!

So, if you’re looking for something healthy to eat at what is not known to be the healthiest of eating establishments, try Taco Bell’s new salad.

You guys can trust me because you know I’m picky, and I don’t review food lightly.

11 Responses

  1. That salad looks delicious!! I’m definitely going to have to try that! 🙂 I’m with you on #3… Issues of the heart definitely drives me to the point of irrationality.

  2. I just googled “vegan food festivals” and there were quite a few that came up 🙂 You should see if any of them are near by you – food festivals are so fun! That salad looks AMAZING – I would have never guessed it came from taco bell. Happy Wednesday 🙂

  3. It sounds like you have a good plan going for retirement. Unless we’re lucky enough to be wealthy that seems to be the best most of us can hope for these days. That salad looks good, but I don’t think our Taco Bell is offering it yet.

  4. I get irrational about my children as well, and it must be so deeply ingrained that I didnt even think of it as irrational! Good to know about the salad. I normally hate Taco Smell but the fam sometimes drags me along.

  5. Mothers of young adult children share the same irrational fear gene! No Taco Bell here…I haven’t had Taco Bell in over 10 years. Obviously none in the UK either : )

  6. I just tried the new salad at Taco Bell and loved it too! It was yummy and filling!

  7. that salad looks really good. I may have to give it a shot and I’m not even vegan.

  8. Thanks for sharing about Taco Bell’s salad; we don’t really go there so wouldn’t have known about it. And, we do have vegan festivals in San Antonio! If you ever get down this way, check out the SAVS website to see about it.

  9. That does look good! I have not tried that yet but my aunt had the one in a burrito a few weeks ago & said it was pretty good. She said it was like Chipotle’s burrito. Next time i’m at Taco Bell, i’m trying that! Yeah the Volleyball has been great & so has USA soccer!

  10. Popped in from the Hodgepodge ~ Kudos to you on going vegan, I can’t quite bring myself to give up baby back ribs.


  11. Oh yes, what IS it that makes us moms so irrational when it comes to the safety of our kids? Nothing brings out the mama bear more! Must be something in the formation of the placenta… 😉

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