Tea and chocolate

Every year, I eagerly anticipate Thanksgiving, when a brief break from teaching gives me a chance to tackle my paper-piles. All this week, I’ve repeated my usual mid-November mantra of “It’s almost Thanksgiving,” and on Tuesday, I went to Trader Joe’s to stock up on chocolate bars. Today, a shipment of assorted black and herbal teas J ordered for his office arrived, and I set aside a dozen of my favorite varieties–both caffeinated and herbal–to fuel next week’s marathon grading sessions.

Book rep surprise

Today when I arrived at my office, there were two plastic Easter eggs hanging from my doorknob: one presumably for me, and the other for an office mate I never see. The eggs were from a textbook rep who apparently stopped at our office when no one was around: a creative calling-card to let us know she’d dropped by.

March mud

I teach two sections of a single class at Framingham State, and I’m happy with the textbook we’re currently using, so I’m not a lucrative client for a textbook rep to woo. Still, it was heartening to find something brightly colored and sweet waiting for me at my office, the one egg I claimed for myself containing a Hershey’s Kiss and a small chocolate egg: just a taste of sweetness. More precious, though, was the spot of color these two eggs brought to an otherwise gray and drizzly day. Now that we’re in the season of March mud, any spot of color is sweet in its own right. After I’d savored my small chocolate windfall, I hung the empty egg I’d claimed from the cord to our office window blind: a reminder that in March, surprise spots of sweetness should always be savored.

Office decor - March 12 / Day 71

Three square meals

On the eve of America’s national holiday devoted to (over)eating, here’s a word in favor of moderation. Although we might, on Thanksgiving, skip breakfast and lunch in order to enjoy one really big meal, on all the other days of the year, it’s best to enjoy three square meals, even if all three of those squares are chocolate.

This divided chocolate bar, which I spotted at Borders while choosing a 2009 day-planner yesterday, reminds me of the one I spotted in Portsmouth, NH over a year ago. Whereas that chocolate bar was all about promoting marital happiness, this one is all about getting one’s own hungers fed: mine, mine, mine!