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Week in Review: Oops. I Bought the Farmers’ Market

Dear new students of Colorado State University,

Your survival at this institution is important to me. So is mine. For this reason, please be aware that paths with pictures of bicycles in them are for bicycles and paths with pictures of walking people in them are for walking people. They are not interchangeable. Note that red octagonal signs along streets and walkways require you to stop and look up to see whether anyone else is coming. Finally, while not required by law, some general sense of your immediate surroundings is recommended when traversing campus.

And on that sassy note, happy Monday, friends! It’s back to school for this week, and so far it’s been a good one, besides almost being killed about five to six times a day by oblivious bicyclists/pedestrians/skaters.

Besides surviving, here are a few other accomplishment this week. To hear what other bloggers have been up to, check out the Week in Review party over at Meg’s place.

Monday I taught my first class of the semester.

Pros: I’m really making an effort this semester to truly be prepared each time I go to teach class. No dilly-dallying about getting students’ papers to them or pulling up a PowerPoint without reminding myself of the content. Not that I would ever do such a thing.

Cons: My two sections, at 1:00 and 2:00, are a good 10 minutes across campus by bicycle from one another. 8 minutes if I sprint, which is not a good idea with oblivious students waltzing every which way. Guess how long the passing period is? 10 minutes.

Wednesday I posted some delicious Raspberry Maple Chipotle Barbecue sauce to the blog.DSCN1834I also went to CSU swing in the evening–first time I’ve had the chance to dance with lindyhoppers since summer May!

Thursday I had my first meeting with my internship supervisor. I’m going to an English department communications intern and contribute to the English department blog. I also went to yoga.

Friday I spent a good part of the evening getting to know my new Ft. Collins roommate. I’m excited to say that we get along really well so far. I have been so blessed with such wonderful roommates over the years.

Saturday I posted to the blog about my relative success with probiotics. I also went to the Fort Collins farmers’ market. After a summer eating at the YMCA cafeteria, I got maybe a little bit overexcited for local produce.DSCN1843 (2)Carrots, beets, zucchini, red pepper, tomatoes, strawberries, basil, roasted Anaheims, spaghetti squash, gluten-free bread rounds, and a loaf of sourdough. (Sourdough made with no added yeast is one of those rare gluten-containing foods which is low-FODMAP. Beer is another one.)

In the evening, I went to a housewarming and board game party for a couple of friends/former classmates. We placed Otrio and Settlers of Catan. I’d never played either one before, and I liked them a lot.

Finally, on Sunday, my sweetheart and I did a day trip up to Georgetown, Colorado, where we took the historic mining train on its loop back and forth across the valley, once home to a gold and silver mine. It was very cool…very cool. Downright cold, in fact. But also very beautiful.

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The train coming across the Devil’s Gate bridge as we waited from the station

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Panning for gold

That evening, we played another round of Settlers of Catan with my sweetie’s parents.

I guess I really like that game now. I’m definitely a board game person. Although Scattergories still might be my favorite.

What’s your favorite board game?

Do you ever have trouble with self-control at the farmers’ market?

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10 comments

  1. Kat says:

    Oh my gosh I loveeeee the farmers market. My issue is that they have so much UNIQUE produce [like pluots!] that grocery stores don’t carry, so I tend to go overboard on those ones πŸ™‚

    1. Joyce says:

      Pluots? I’ve never heard of such a thing. I’ll have to investigate.

  2. Now that is one impressive farmers market haul. Way to get back into the swing of things. I’m envious. I actually forgot to pick up my CSA last week. Fail.

    Good luck with the whole bike/walking trail. It sounds like you’re in for a long semester.

    I love Scattegories but I’ll have to check out Settlers of Catan.

    1. Joyce says:

      Oh no! Sorry about the CSA. Although I must say, those things can be both a joy and a burden. “Oh wonderful. Now I have to figure out what to do with a dozen more kohlrabi.” πŸ˜›

  3. Ellie says:

    I’ve never had a problem with control at the farmer’s market, but I do have a problem in the peanut butter isle at the grocery store =P
    My favorite board game is probably Life or Apples to Apples <3

    1. Joyce says:

      I haven’t played Life in a long time–like, since I was a really little kid–but I always have dreams about playing it. It’s kinda weird when I think about it.

  4. Evangeline says:

    I love day trips! Colorado looks so beautiful. I want to visit at some point in my life πŸ™‚

    Farmers’ markets make me so excited. I spend way too much money but justify myself because “I’m supporting local farmers, right?” It looks like you got so many yummy things…especially that loaf of sourdough <3

    1. Joyce says:

      Same here–I’m like, “Well, it’s good for the environment and local economy, right?” Colorado is a wonderful place to come visit! I highly recommend the YMCA of the Rockies. πŸ˜‰

  5. I cant control myself at farmers markets! I love scrabble and scattegories!

  6. I’m the most excited about my next visit to the farmer’s market! Literally day dreaming πŸ™‚

    Also, Scattergories for the win!

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