Yesterday was……interesting. You know those days when multiple things go wrong, and you can’t wait to go to bed and be able to start fresh? It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either?
That’s exactly what I experienced, and I was so happy to sleep it off, Burlesquers. (See, I told you the mornings are the best! You are able to start days feeling fresh and lovely!) I had alot of critique throughout that day, and sometimes it’s hard to take it all in. First, someone unwittingly said some remarks that undermined the authority of graduate student instructors. (Annoying, because I am one, but not bad.) Then, I had a dissertation meeting that didn’t go as well as hoped. (By this time, I was becoming upset.) Last, I received great evals about my teaching (hurray), but I noticed that one student anonymously fabricated or bent some “truths” in the comments section of the evaluations to make it seem as though I said and did things I definitely didn’t do (insane!), which of course hurts my feelings. (Now, I am definitely upset and making Funfetti cupcakes and watching the movie Thor to soothe my delicate feelings, LOL.) Chris Hemsworth is kind of dream boat-ish, right?!
Anyway, I unwound this morning with a gym session and a Gchat with my good friend in Chile. She really pepped me up!! (I love my friends!!!) Her response (along with some kind words) was, “BB, even the most popular teachers don’t have all great reviews. You can’t please everyone! Your ability is already established! Listen to some Kanye (West). You’ll stand taller, guaranteed. “And take that…hateeeeers!”" Love her. She makes me laugh. She is right, though. We can’t take seriously all the criticism of ourselves in the world–living your life based on every opinion of others sounds particularly exhausting, right? Not interested. And update: **Since this day, I’ve listened to Kanye, received a lovely email from my professor, and ate Funfetti. All is right in the world!!***
Anyway, I think this calls for some good old fashioned Bacon, Egg, and Toast Cups by Martha Stewart, or “Breakfast Cups” (what I like to call them….because it’s a complete breakfast!). These little cups are a must for the person wanting to make multiple breakfasts ahead of time (stick them in the fridge!) or for the baker making a large batch for the lovely weekend breakfast. I actually made these cups for Ron–he started a new job at the school library, and he has to be up and out early! He needed a quick, filling breakfast that’s easy to eat and portable.
I also like these cups because I am the person who doesn’t want to fuss with making eggs on the weekdays, but loves them nonetheless. How about eggs you can make ahead of time, or eggs you simply crack into a muffin tin and bake? So easy! Basically, you form pieces of bread into a buttered muffin tin, then lay down bacon strips (or whatever meat you like), crack an egg in, and salt and pepper. Voila! Done! I put parmesan on the top of my cups to give it a little extra flavor, and the eggs come out soft boiled, which I really like. You could also use low-carb bread, turkey bacon or Candian bacon, and egg whites, if you’re looking for a healthier “grab ‘n’ go” breakfast or snack. (I used wheat bread, turkey bacon, and whole eggs.)