Blast From The Past

Okay, I fail. Driving home from babysitting this evening, it was 102 degrees and I could not even consider the idea of cooking when I got home. Actually, the only thing that sounded good at that point was a swim. So that’s what I did. And THEN we went out for pizza. So much for eating at home every night… but whatever, it was worth it.

But I’m getting ahead of myself here.

Breakfast this morning was a Green Monster in my oh-so-fabulous new smoothie cup:


I’m not going to type out the entire list of ingredients here because it’s basically the same recipe I ALWAYS use. If you’re curious, just check Monday’s post.

Today I took one of the kids school clothes shopping. Man, I used to hate that when I was a kid. We wore uniforms and had to buy them from this one store. It was always packed and the try-on samples were SO itchy (we’ll not even go into the stupid shoes we had to wear- hello, penny loafers). But now everyone from Target to Gap sells uniforms so it’s a much more painless process. Actually, I wish someone would take ME back to school shopping…

We ate lunch in the Northpark food court. I ended up at Snappy Salads, which is a favorite. Can you believe this is a half salad??


All of the topping options can get a little overwhelming. Mine had red leaf lettuce, tomatoes, water chestnuts, cornichons, roasted red peppers, chickpeas, carrots, artichoke hearts and cucumbers- topped with grilled chicken and roasted red pepper vinaigrette. I couldn’t even finish the thing, it was so huge. On the side was a wheat roll.

So I guess that brings us up to dinner. It was 8:30 by the time we finished swimming. Our first stop was Tony’s- I’d been craving their pizza for a while- but the line was out the door and Brian was not in the mood to wait. I love that they’re doing such a booming business… but I miss my Tony’s!

We ended up at Alfonso’s, which is also in the neighborhood. We haven’t eaten at this place in forever, not because the food isn’t good, but because I worked there all through high school and when I was home from college in the summers. Brian actually used to sit at the bar and watch TV while I waited tables. Anyway, I just got burned out on the food (and REEKING of garlic) at some point. They’ve really classed up the joint since I worked there; it’s all mood lighting and chic furniture now. But the service is still stellar *wink*.

Started off with a salad… and one of their ridiculously amazing garlic rolls.


Seriously, these are the best garlic rolls you’ll ever put in your mouth. For a long time they were the bane of my existence. People used to get so worked up about them. You were in major doo doo if the kitchen ran out and (god forbid) someone had to wait 5 minutes for a bread refill.

We split a chicken and mushroom pizza. The pizza is actually better than I remember it. The crust seemed thicker:


I could only manage one piece. Probably due to the multiple garlic rolls expanding in my tummy.

Off to scrub the chlorine out of my hair and then putting myself to bed. Another early morning tomorrow… but it’s my Friday, so woohoo!


What do you remember about back-to-school shopping when you were a kid?

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0 Responses to Blast From The Past

  1. Julie says:

    oh parker uniforms. Don’t miss that.

    I seriously have some cup envy. Where did you get that from? that is perfect because I can lug it around with the crew and not risk spillage.

    And I agree. BEST.GARLIC ROLLS. EVER. mmm. We will need to head that way soon—although I don’t know that I can quite give up on Tony’s yet! Thanks for introducing us!

  2. gammypie says:

    I love the rolls at Alfonso’s. Mmm…

  3. Brooke says:

    HA! I’ll see your penny loafers and raise you a pair of saddle oxfords! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I believe the words, NO MOM PLEEEEASE! Came out of my mouth everyday for probably 3 yrs straight!

  4. klemons says:

    I too wore uniforms – the worst experience ever was my first time. I tried on the blue pleated skirt except it came down mid shin and I freaked out thinking I had to wear it that long! Luckily my mom assured me that they were to be hemmed to the knee….and later I would learn that I could roll it at the waist for an even hipper look. Loafers were required at first but since I couldn’t find any skinny enough I was allowed to wear whatever shoes I wanted, wahoo for narrow feet!

  5. Matt says:

    I hated going uniform shopping. It was just such a miserable experience not at all helped by the fact that at that time I got the pleasure of wearing “husky” sized pants. Awesome.

    Unlike you though, I don’t remember the shoes thing really being an issue. I always had the sweetest Adidas Sambas money could buy until I went through my wannabe skateboarder phase when I wore Airwalks until those stopped being sold at the “cool” stores in the mall (which were all in Town East Mall, so they obviously weren’t all that cool). Then, I got my basic brown shoes that I wore from 8th grade all the way through high school.

    Now you have a timeline of my uniform shoes. Since we went to school together from age 5-18, I have a feeling that you already knew my grade school pants were size husky.

    • heatherwlu says:

      Matt- Zach wore husky sizes, too. Maybe shoes were more of an issue at BL? I remember penny loafers there. At St. John’s I, too, had the Sambas… then Doc Marten mary janes…

  6. Brian says:

    Julie – the cup was bought at Newflower. $6.

    Being a product of public school in Tennessee, there was no uniform shopping. We were free to wear whatever we wanted, which was typically Umbros for me until like 6th grade.

  7. Allison says:

    I’m with Julie. Guess where I went today? Newflower! I’m the proud new owner of a Blender Bottle.

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