Thursday, December 11, 2014

the one about birthdays

so let's talk about something for a minute. 

I am not about to go all "I feel so old..." and "I can't even deal with turning 30.." because let's face it--nothing really changes at all except being put in a new age bracket for health insurance. That's real neat. But as of lately, my feet have been killing me when I get home from work. I don't know if it's something that "comes with age" or something that just sucks.

Either way, I need to address this issue. What I will not do is sacrifice style for comfort. I will not wear the Merrells that are typically found on the female volleyball coach. There must be something out there that provides support that is comfortable.

So other than my feet hurting, I am not mad at 30. It's not like I am destined for loneliness...as John Mayer puts it, I am "perfectly lonely." Now if you ask my grandmother--who prompted my exit after Thanksgiving lunch by letting me know I need to get married--she would tell you she had a 14 year old (my mother) when she was my age and if I don't hurry up and have kids that basically I would not be able to...it's not like my penis falls off at 30. Geez, Nanny.

Speaking of Birthdays, one of my best friends has a birthday today! Ashley celebrates the one year anniversary of turning 40 today. For her 40th, you will remember we went to Anguilla..the best place on Earth. Here is something to help jog your memory...








Happy Birthday, my friend!!


Monday, December 8, 2014

the one about GB in STL

I had the best weekend I have had in quite a while...let me tell you about it.

Matthew (my brother) and I were so kindly treated by our awesome parents to a weekend getaway to St. Louis to see the amazing, totally awesome Garth Brooks. We hopped on a 10 seat jet for the quick, hour-long flight in a rain storm. Flying never ever makes me anxious, not even a little bit. But this flight was a bit different considering just about four minutes in we took a dip due to some bitchin turbulence that may or may not have made a little pee come out. The first was the worst, but it continued. I felt like I was on the zippin pippin for an hour.. So needless to say, when I finally made to the hotel--and even after a ginger ale--I yacked. But I felt better afterwards and was ready to start the night.

We met up with some old buds at the hotel bar, and then went to dinner at Eleven Eleven Mississippi. Shea and I ate here back in 2012 on our miserable drive to Chicago--that was the trip I vowed to never drive in a car for more than four hours. This place was as delicious as I remember.  I had Veal Scallopini that was a special for the night, served with Parmesan Risotto. Just yum. So good. Matthew had the ribeye with that herbed butter on top that I could have just eaten with a spoon.
Matthew's Ribeye

It is totally worth checking out if you are in St. Louis!

As the night went on, we found ourselves at a bar. duh.

Jonathan, Matthew and Me


A late night called for a greasy lunch. We nailed it. As recommended by the bartender who has the best stories because she lives in FERGUSON. I know. But everyone who is local says the news made a way bigger deal out of the whole situation that it actually was in real life. Anyway--we went to Bailey's Range--it serves all kinds of burgers that are delicious. What won me over though, was the the fries and the strawberry milkshake. 

Then it was time for the main event. Let me start by saying I have been to lots of concerts and lots of different genres. Up until now some of my favorites have been Bruno Mars, Lionel Richie, and Aerosmith. When I saw Garth last time, I think I was too young to appreciate how awesome he really is. I bet I got goosebumps 10 times at least. So did Matthew. It was just that good.


Our seats were pretty amazing--we were super close to him.  I tried to take a selfie, and it was a bit grainy, but I think it looks pretty cool.

 He started off with a new song--here is the set list--and yes, I took notes..
1. Man Against Machine--short but exciting
2. Rodeo--the crowd went wild *GB
3. Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House--just getting started
4. Beaches of Cheyenne--slowed it down a little
5. The River--one of my favorites *GB
video


6. Two Pina Coladas--I could have done without this one, not my favorite
7. Papa Loved Mama
8. Ain't Going Down (Til the Sun Comes Up)
9. Unanswered Prayers--the crowd pretty much sang this whole song and it was so cool *GB
10. To Make You Feel My Love--from Hope Floats--*GB
11. That Summer--one of my favorites as well *GB
12. Thunder Rolls--he said this did not do well in the beginning, how?
13. People Loving People--another new one that he said should be the anthem for our world
14. In Another's Eyes--Trisha came on stage to duet with him--her voice is how I imagine Angels sing. *GB
15. XXX's and OOO's--I went to get a beer, and so did everyone else.
16. How Do I Live-snore.
17. She's In Love With the Boy--they did a kiss cam

then they pretended to be done.

18. Shameless--epic *GB
video
19. Callin Baton Rouge
20. Friends in Low Places--third verse and all *GB
22. The Dance *GB

tried to tick us again...

He said these next three songs are songs he would choose to listen to for the rest of his life
23. Amarillo By Morning--George Strait cover that was so freaking good. *GB


video

24. Turn The Page--Bob Seger--another epic one.*GB
25. Much Too Young to Feel This Damn Old--my all time favorite Garth song, and one of top tens of all. *GBx4

then he saw a girl in the audience holding a sign that said "PLEASE SING 'MOM' for this soon to be first time Mom" and he talked to her for a bit and sang it.

26. Mom--*GB


*GB denotes goosebumps.

Then we went out to meet some buddies at Ballpark Village..this place is something like I have never seen. There is a huge open "bar" in the middle and nine other bars within. And the tv screen is as big as a movie theater...



all the guys on the trip..




Overall, this was an amazing time. If you get the chance to see Garth, do it. Hope you all have a good week!
















Thursday, December 4, 2014

the one on my friday

Today is my Friday, and I am pretty pumped about starting my weekend..this weekend is one I have been looking forward to since...well....5th grade when I saw Garth Brooks last. I have been watching YouTube videos of Garth nonstop and reviewing set lists from his last few shows. The show will be nothing less than epic. However, some on Facebook have decided they don't like Garth anymore because he "sided with Obama" on the Ferguson verdict. Actually, if you read his statement he released, you will find that he simply cancelled his Tonight Show appearance because he thought it would be "distasteful to promote" his tour with all the "unrest going on in the nation." I don't see anything wrong with that, and hardly think he hates white people like some are proclaiming..whatever. It's not keeping my excitement at bay.

Speaking of music, I saw this and shared on Facebook last night because I thought it was too good not to share with everyone. First of all, Leonard Chohen's Halleljuah is one of my top 10 favorite songs. Well this old boy from the a capella group Pentatonix (who are on point, BTW) rewrote the words as a Christmas song and it is so good. Take a look and get a coat because it will give you chills.


And let me eat some of my words about that DAMN ELF I posted about last year.. notice I just said "some" because I still think it's stupid. But I was left in charge of Elf at a friend's house for her kids and I had......fun with it. You see, being new to this world, I am sure my placement of the elf/idea is so last season, but I thought it was brilliant. The kiddos eat cinnamon toast every morning, so........


I [the elf] even took the crusts off the bread..and made a huge mess with sugar...


Monday, December 1, 2014

the one about thanksgiving


I had a really good, much needed, break for Thanksgiving..My Mom always does Thanksgiving [and every other Holiday] at her house and I always love going home to that! As per usual, when I arrived for lunch 30 minutes early to offer any help, she said "no...you don't know where anything goes..." as though I didn't live there for 18+ years...but to be fair, they renovated the kitchen while I was at college, so I am not completely positive where EVERYthing goes...And I forgot to mention, if I open a cabinet or drawer to look for something, that really annoys my mother for some reason..She told me to grab the gravy dish from the buffet, and when I looked in the wrong door first, she told me to forget it, she would find it... So that's how it started. I did find a dish for the deviled eggs and celery..

This celery is filled with cream cheese and garlic--I know it sounds unusual, but my great grandmother always made it, so we do too. It's delicious.. and btw, I could have eaten all of those eggs--they are by far my most favorite thing in the whole world.

I knew I was walking into a trap with my grandmother being in attendance--along with her twin sister--and her knowing I will be 30 soon, and I still have not provided a great-granddaughter. I am the second oldest grandson of 9. None of us are married, but the oldest is in a place where there is no chance to provide offspring because he isn't allowed conjugal visits.

So I knew when I saw this on Wednesday night, it hit a little too close to home.


So after a brief visit with everyone, I went to look through old photos and found some gems...This was on my senior trip in the Bahamas. May 2003. Speaking of babies....


And after stacks upon stacks of pictures of my brother playing football I decided it was time to go home. I had a Christmas tree to tend to.. I organized all the ornaments the night before...


And after I put THREE THOUSAND lights on that damn tree, and neosporin on my knuckles afterwards, it was time to decorate...so I called Kelly. 



She can make a tree sing, so I let her after it.

My duty was to make sure her wine glass was full and fetching magnolia and spray painting it gold. And I worked on the buffet while she trimmed the tree...


Thanksgiving was great, now on to my favorite holiday--Christmas Eve.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

the one that is brought to you by "the #2"

At my buddy's house, I read US Weekly while dropping the kids off at the pool. There was a little write up about a celeb and "25 Things You Probably Don't Know About..." and I thought that would make for a good blog post..except I will do 24 because odd numbers are "ew" --like Sara with no "H" would say..

1. My middle name is Chandler--not after Chandler Bing, but because that's my Mom's maiden name.

2. If it wouldn't be considered "ew" [and my hair didn't look like I dipped it in Wesson oil] I would only shower once a week..I really hate water unless I am fully submerged...but I have only taken about 8 baths in my adult life because I think they are more "ew" than not showering.

3. I have read every John Grisham book and The Last Juror is my favorite, but The Firm is one of my favorite movies of all time.

4. I always have chapstick.

5. I don't teach art. You wouldn't believe how many people assume that. I teach Business Technology, which includes Keyboarding, Business Appications, and Marketing. I would love to teach art, but I follow no rules when I paint, so I wouldn't be the best teacher.

6. Fish freak me out. I would much rather encounter a snake in the water than have a fish come close.

7. I am a huge Mac fan. I was forever changed when I got a MacBook. Don't even get me started on iPhone. Samsung is for losers. Kidding. kind of.

8. I used to be allergic to poison ivy until I swallowed a leaf in the 4th grade. I didn't know it was poison ivy, duh. But I am now immune, and haven't had it since 1994.

9. I can recite Home Alone from start to finish, ya filthy animal--this was also the very first movie I saw at a movie theater.

10. I worked at Abercrombie and Fitch for 2 weeks when I was in college. I quit the day I went to work 4 days before Christmas and it took an hour to find a spot to park and they made me fold sweaters in the back with the unfortunate employees while the pretty boys stood out front and greeted patrons, shirtless.

11. If I could choose what I wanted for my last meal I would be sad to know I was dying soon--but it would be a cheeseburger and fries, preferably from JG Melon in NY.

12. I hate when I have to wake up early. If I could, I would sleep until noon every day. I love sleep. And since my alarm goes off at 6:15, it's not out of the ordinary for me to be in bed by 8:00pm.

13. I didn't know anyone named Jaclyn/Jacqueline until I went to college and lived with a Jaclyn and a Jacqueline my senior year of college.

14. I have an unhealthy obsession with all cheese. Old, new, stinky, or bleu.

15. I would love to have 15 minutes of fame just so I could be on Dancing With The Stars. I think I would win. No shit. I would want to be paired with Whitney.

16. My first job [other than working on the farm for my Dad] was at the local movie rental store--Mr. Video. I loved that job more than anything, and wish my job description was still suggesting movies to customers.

17. I have never lived in another state..Arkansas all my life. I planned to visit Ole Miss when I was in high school, but I got sick and didn't even apply--I am big believer in "signs" so I only applied to University of Arkansas.

18. I am a horrible speller, but I will go against anyone in a grammar competition.

19. I am a good cook I think. My best dish is meatballs, and I pretend I have a cooking show and talk to the camera when I cook.

20. I didn't get hair under my arms until 10th grade and I was so excited when I finally sprouted a few. Now, I wish hair only existed on my head. I hate hair.

21. If I had all the money in the world I would shave with a brand new razor every time. I would also have a Range Rover, duh.

22. If calories didn't count, I would eat a bag of Wavy Lays every day.

23. I made shirts for the Manicurist who works next door to my shop downtown last summer, and I told her it was my gift and she didn't have to pay. She insisted on giving me a pedicure for payment, and now I make her shirts all the time so I get a pedicure. It's pretty amazing--she calls it working on my "crunch" because my feet look like I never wear shoes and walk to work.

24. Yesterday was one month until I turn 30.


Friday, November 21, 2014

the one with friday's four [11.21.14]

||one|| I wish so badly I got out of school all week next week. I know, I know...cry me a river...most of y'all get Thursday and maybe Friday off, and that's all. But my friends, y'all chose your careers..Don't let me trick you into thinking I became a teacher to change the world. I became a teacher to change my world by traveling/doing whatever I want to do in the Summer. I need the days off because I am printing some Christmas-themed shirts to sell in one of my favorite person's boutique. They are from my favorite Christmas movies...



and of course my favorite....
||two|| last weekend the Hogs kind of restored my love, and for some reason I am thinking we just might beat Ole Miss...logically, it's doable because LSU beat Ole Miss and we beat LSU--actually we shut them out...so I guess we will see...you see, for Arkansas to play well all four quarters, I assume the opposing team can not have scored at all...like LSU. I know the party will be fun, regardless. And I am making my favorite game day food to take to the soiree that I could make in my sleep..thanks to Brad's mom, Mrs. Betty.
Easy Sweet Ham and SwissSliders--- 16 White Dinner Style Rolls, cut in half 24 slices Honey Ham 16 slices Swiss Cheese 1 1/2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard 8 Tbsp butter, melted 1 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce 1 Tbsp poppy seeds 1/4 C brown sugar Preheat oven to 400 10 mins with foil on top and 5-10mins w/o foil. Tried it and LOVED it. #Home
||three|| if you haven't watched the winter finale of scandal, read no further. SPOILER ALERT.

so here's what I think about last night's episode.
1. I knew Rowan's gun was not loaded. I knew Olivia would pull the trigger and there would be no death. Could you just imagine knowing you have now tried to kill your Dad twice but he is unharmed? He is too good at being bad to be killed off. He will be around for a minute...

2. Fitz loves Olivia to the Moon and back. Jake loves her too, just not as much.

3. Where is she? Where did they take her? January 29 is too long to wait.

4. The music in this show is unparalleled. Shonda is a genius.

||four|| let me address some inquiries about the gift guide...

---the vineyard vine pants are not like skinny jeans just because they are slim fit--they are very generously "slim" some other pants I really like are:

I like slimmer fitting pants, but I have no ass complete with chicken legs. Bonobos is a really good fit that I happen to favor. If you live around me, they sell Bononbos at Oak Hall in Memphis..But they also do free (two day) shipping both ways.

---yes, yes, YES. The Tom Ford cologne is totally worth the money. I promise.

y'all have a good weekend!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

the one with another gift guide



This says "guys" but a few items can be enjoyed by the ladies...hope this helps y'all pick out a gift for your Bae. 

1. garmet dyed breaker pants || by vineyard vines--I know this says slim fit, but it's a very generous slim..most pieces by VV run fairly large to being with, but these have such a good fit. I have them in a few colors..They are something that's nice to wear to work and still be able to express a bit of style and not have to wear such snooze fest plain khaki pants.. and they last forever..

2. vintage marquee light || I have one of these and it is always a conversation starter..most of my guests are very intrigued and want to know where I got mine. I got mine a few years ago from Urban Outfitters, but I think they have stopped carrying them. This site has lots of varieties from which to choose. They are a bit pricy, but perfect for a patio/porch or inside [that's where mine is...]  

3. cobb hiking boot by FRYE|| I immediately had to have these when I saw them for the first time way back in 2010 when Shea and I went to NY. Only problem, they were sold out of my size everywhere I looked. I have [of course] already sent my Mom a Christmas list, but I quickly told her she could take everything except for Tom Ford cologne off and get these boots..

4. instagram magnets || or really anything from printstagram.. but these would be perfect for you to give to friends if you don't want to spend a fortune...I know I printed insta pics for my Nanny of the grands and she loved them..there are tons of options available. Go check it out!

5.  chambray || by J.Crew--I wear this shirt more than any other shirt I own. I wear it under sweaters, under vests, in the summer with shorts, or just on its own. Every guy should own a shirt like this, on one similar...and right now, J.Crew is having a sale--use the code SHOPNOW to get 25% off.

6. lacie USB key || DORK ALERT but this is genius. I keep a flash drive on my key ring and about once a month it come off due to wear or just doesn't look cool..these start just under 15 bucks and it's totally worth it...

7. marpac || the original sound machine. My friend, Ashley got me totally hooked on this..I used to sleep in complete silence until I dreamed I was mute the rest of my life, then I started having a fan every night...then I met this little dude. It's the best, calming noise ever, and I sleep like a little baby when this is going...

8. fossil wallet || I know a wallet seems like such a snooze fest, stereotypical gift for a dude. It is. This is certainly not going to be a showstopper, but when I tell you this is a good wallet--trust me. Since I have been carrying a wallet everyday [approximately 15 years now], I have had a fossil. The first one I got had the money clip on the outside, and it wore a hole in my jeans. So I found this one, bought it, and have had it for about 10 years. Now, if your boo is as particular as I am about certain things, you may ask him first, but tell him I recommend this.

9. sweater || by J. Crew--I have almost every sweater J. Crew makes.. I really like them all, but this one is my favorite I would say. It can be worn with jeans or chinos, with a button down shirt, with a t-shirt...I wear it more often than not with that chambray shirt..

10.Gray Mountain|| by John Grisham--this is one of his better novels he has written as of lately--this is kind of like the story of Erin Brockovitch meets Jake Brigance from A Time To Kill..It's totally worth reading.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

the one with trash talk


let's talk trash...it's been a minute.


Clearly, there is someone out there for everyone since Charles Manson can find a girl to convince to marry his crazy ass. Now I know standards must be lowered to say there is someone out there for me...I have come to realize I am certainly no Ken, so to expect to find a Barbie is pretty far fetched..and this ole gal who is marring Manson is certainly not Barbie. I bet her family is so proud of her.
Elaine 'Star' Burton and Charles Manson
what a lovely engagement photo..

Solange --better known as Beyonce's sister who got in a fight with Jay Z in an elevator--got married as well. She married a 51 year old. She is 28. And the best part is that they rode bicycles to the ceremony. I guess I am confused.


While she looks super constipated, she is still hot stuff. Jessica Simpson did her best Angie impression on the carpet for the Mockingjay premier. No one has ever taught her to put her tounge in the roof of her mouth while taking a picture to keep from sticking it out/double chin..

and perhaps my favorite thing all month is this video...first of all, I may or may not sing this song every time I have some adult beverages with Mare.


and finally, my top three performances on The Voice last night were as follows:

3. Matt McAndrew, Take Me To Church--I really enjoyed this. He is #5 on the iTunes charts, which means his votes will be multiplied by 10--pretty much guaranteeing his safety.
2. Chris Jamison, Jealous--I like this when Nick Jonas sings it too..I know. I am almost 30, but it's not like I am listening to the Jonas Brothers.
1. Craig Wayne Boyd, You Look So Good In Love--I think he has a voice that will do really well on Country music radio. He is #1 on the iTunes Country Singles charts and #11 overall. 






Monday, November 17, 2014

the one about deer and hogs


I did really good all week, sticking to every rule in the Paleo lifestyle [if your version allows spark--mine does]. I went with my buddies Jay and Ashley to deer camp. I need not to remind you the term "camp" is used very loosely as I would not go in the woods with a tent and no electricity and live for a weekend...especially not since the temperature hung out around freezing all weekend. NO. Thanks.

I had wine on Friday night--food wise I did ok--some summer sausage, but I had cheese and a few crackers too. Y'all, I have this stupid easy recipe for summer sausage that is stupid good--just take the casing off the sausage, slather it in Karo syrup, and smear it with more black pepper than you think is too much--wrap it in foil, bake for 30 minutes at 400, the un uncover it and cook 10 more minutes. SO GOOD.

We had this in celebration after Jack killed a deer. Typically, I don't like to see pictures of dead animals, but Jack assured me when he shot this big guy, he died--no running away, no suffering...and they eat what they kill, so nothing is just shot to be shot..so I guess I am ok with that...It's crazy that I think that when I couldn't care less about dogs or cats or any pets...who knows?


On Saturday I woke up around 7:30 and walked in the front to find Milly watching a movie by herself and the volume was so low--she told me she didn't turn it up because she thought it would wake us up. Pretty sweet little one...She asked me had I ever seen the movie she was watching because it was so good to her--it was Remember the Titans. I told her yes, and we watched it together. 

  

Saturday I blew the diet big time..I had TWO diet pepsis before noon. Then cheese dip. But for dinner I did fine by eating a steak and spinach salad, but I had a baked potato.  

After dinner we turned on the Razorback game. At this point, I prepare myself to be defeated..especially when we are ahead up until the 4th quarter. So for the Razorbacks to win--against LSU--was huge for us. And for us to shut them out 17-0 was even bigger. I wish so badly I would have been at the game to rush the field...


It was a pretty good weekend, and a even better to be a hog fan!


Friday, November 14, 2014

the one with friday's four || 11|14|14





||one|| I guess I am confused why there is still a debate about global warming. We have been so lucky to see thermometer pictures of 22 degrees since we clearly don't know it's cold..and my other favorite is the snapchat [I know, I am crunchy because I have snapchat] of a random photo with the temperature included..I really do like cold weather though...It means it is close to Christmas, and I like Christmas the most. Suck it summer.

||two|| I've ordered and received my Christmas cards already. I know. But I wanted to send them out early so everyone will know my new address to be able to send me a card. Now that I got my cards in, I think they are douche canoe...but I am still using them. I ordered from Picaboo and there was a flaw with the coupon codes the day I ordered mine..the code was supposed to for 10 free cards..BUT when I entered it, it gave me all them for free. All I had to pay was $9.99 for shipping on an order that was supposed to be over $200. I know, right?? They are good cards, so if you haven't ordered yet, check them out @ www.picaboo.com

||three|| the paleo way of life has been good so far for me..I still haven't had a diet coke or cheese since Monday..so that's huge. I made chili last night for myself and to be completely honest, I missed the beans. I typically put lots of beans in my chili. I ordered this cookbook, and it has lots of good recipes for a paleo lifestyle...

||four|| happy weekend.



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

the one about paleo

This is my daily food journal because I am doing something new...so just skip over if not interested. But I thought if I hold myself accountable by writing down what I eat, it I will see better results..

I am trying something new. I read an article on Yahoo yesterday about the best bodies in country music. Of course there were the normal list makers and her legs-Carrie Underwood...but I was intrigued by Tim McGraw's newly svelte/lean muscular physique. After reading about how he follows the Paleo diet, I read all about this "caveman" way of life... It's pretty simple to follow--only eat what the cavemen ate--meats, veggies, fruits...no carbs, no artificial sugar [so diet coke is out], no excessive alcohol--so that's out too, no dairy (yikes),and perhaps the hardest for me is no legumes/beans...I eat a surprisingly large amount of beans..

I have asked my parents to join me and I am so proud of them. Mom is very active, she runs and bikes quite frequently, lifts lots of heavy things like hay bales, saddles...etc..but she loves sweets more than anyone I know...Dad is another story--while watching The Voice last night, we had a come to Jesus--Mom told dad he ate too much junk, and in the very next sentence that came out of her mouth she mentioned that she bought SPAM because my Grananne (dad's mother) used to cook it for him and make sandwiches. SPAM. I nearly lost it. I felt really bad because I kind of yelled at her and pretty much blamed her for dad's eating habits because I can't remember the last time Dad went shopping for groceries, if ever. So if she wouldn't buy mega stuffed oreos, Dad wouldn't be exposed to them, leading to his eating a whole row of them. That's why I don't buy that stuff at my house...BUT--let me be clear, I am not a health machine either--my body fat percentage is way too high...I am what lots of guys call skinny fat..I don't weigh a lot, and I am a helluva lot lighter than I was in college, but I don't have nearly enough muscle tone, and all my fat hangs out around my waist..

So long story short, I asked them (for my 30th birthday--everything lately has been a request for my birthday that is still six weeks away) to get healthy. It will be an adjustment because Mom is a hell of a cook--but most of the time what tastes good, isn't necessarily the picture of health. And they kind of him hauled around and never gave me a definitive answer to if they would do this with me. I really hoped they would jump on the wagon with me, after I told them they had to drink their coffee black this morning [there is lots of discussion as to whether or not coffee is allowed, but I say yes--I can't give up Diet Coke, cheese, and coffee] I got this text from Mom and I smiled:




I told them it wouldn't be that hard to follow, so hopefully we will all stick to it for at least 21 days..that is the time it takes to break a habit and also lots of blogs I have read says you will see results...I am not necessarily interested in losing weight, but more cleansing and trying to lower blood pressure and I even read one success story about eliminating rosacea.

Today for breakfast I had a black coffee [I have never taken cream or sugar in mine], boiled egg and a super delicious Honeycrisp apple [sans my normal slathering of peanut butter]...for lunch I plan on a big salad with roasted chicken.

One question though--I think Mama Laughlin will know the answer--is Spark considered "clean??" I need something to replace my afternoon DC.