Good morning, friends!

I have some bad news… I’m officially sick. :( I felt less than stellar all day yesterday (mostly my stomach), but I figured I was still just a little off from the unusually raucous weekend. Well, last night I discovered I also had a fever, and still do this morning. Not exactly great timing since we have our first biochem test on Thursday. Fail.

Luckily I’ve already been studying some already, though — every Monday I’ve been staying after class to study with classmates before an afternoon biochem review session held by our TA. It’s been working well so far!


We sat outside and enjoyed this view of the school and the Carolina blue sky while we studied. It was SO nice out yesterday — and warm!


I also had a presentation yesterday morning in one of my classes — it was a continuation of the D.C. policy class field trip from right after new years and consisted of a round table discussion about a fictional scenario. In the fictional scenario, Durham County Public Schools was considering participating in a Farm-to-School initiative. We were each assigned a “role” in the discussion and had to argue our point. For example, some people were budget office representatives, food service reps from the school, county board commissioners, etc. So we had to all research our roles and come up with a stance. I was assigned the role of a school Principal who was against the initiative, which was hard, since I’m clearly very for it (although our arguments did bring up a lot of points as to why it would be hard to implement in some areas — mostly because of lack of storage space, funding, and food service staff training). I decided it would be fun to get dressed up for the role and wore my best Principal attire!


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I actually had black pumps on, too, but forgot to put them back on for the photo. :) The roundtable discussion was pretty fun — I always like more creative classes like that. The other half of our class participated in one last week that was arguing either for or against implementing a soda tax. Those who weren’t actively in the roundtable watched and then were given an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the discussions, from the viewpoint of someone who lived in that county/city. Good times.

Anyway, I’m sorry I don’t have anything more exciting to share with you guys today! I had big plans to whip up a new healthy recipe last night, but given how I felt, that clearly didn’t happen. I’ve already decided to skip my first class (nutrition epidemiology) today… we’ll see about my other class (biochem). Maybe I’ll miraculously feel better? :( I have a TON of work to get done this week, yikes.

Hope your Tuesday is going better than mine!


  1. 1

    Boo for being sick! Feel better :)

  2. 2

    Hope you’re feeling up to par soon!

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    I hope you feel better! I too loved creative classes in college where different view points were argued. I was an education minor and once we had a debate as to whether certain books should be banned from middle schools or high school due to content. Although I usually left with the same stance I began with, it was always nice to hear the other side and ponder their thoughts too.

  4. 5

    Boo :( Feel better!

  5. 6

    Cute dress and hope your Mohegan bug leaves you soon, too!

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    I hope you feel better, and good luck with that test!

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    I used to love public speaking and mock trial because we were forced to argue both sides. As for the soda tax, my friend and I debate that issue often. I definitely see the merits of both sides and don’t think there’s a clear-cut answer. I actually wrote a blog post about my thoughts :)

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    Great outfit! Love your blog!

  9. 12

    Get well Anne.

  10. 13

    Hope you feel better soon! Being sick is no fun.
    Sounds like the assignment would be very interesting.. but I would be nervous.. i hate presenting unless I have zero question in my mind about the facts of what I’m saying lol

    P.S. Love your principal outfit

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      Haha yeah – it was hard to argue the other side, but also fun. I think it’s important to keep an open mind and listen to both sides of an argument, even if you’ve already made up your own mind!

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    That sounds like a great discussion! We had a school coordinator as a guest speaker last week come to talk about the farm to school program around here – they use 23 local farms for produce and meat in schools. It’s pretty impressive!

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      Wow – that is impressive! Our discussion made me realize how complicated it is to do one – but also that there’s always a way to make something happen if the community wants it enough. It’s all about support (and funding, alas).

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    I’m sorry you are sick – fevers are no fun at all. I always get the chills when I have one.

    Your discussion in class sounds really interesting – especially since you had to take the opposite stance from where you typically stand. I always loved those types of classes because they really made me think.

  13. 18

    Really nice pic Anne. Feel better soon! Good luck on your exams.

  14. 19

    Feel better soon girl!!!

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    you’d make a great principle! Feel better soon, sweetheart. xo

  16. 21

    Hope you feel better soon! :-)

    Love the principal outfit. :-)

  17. 22

    Feel better Anne! You’ll be back to your fANNEtastic self in no time ;)

  18. 23

    I hate feeling sick! Especially right before a big exam (YUCK!)

    Feel better soon!

    (p.s. LOVE your outfit! :D )

  19. 24

    Those pics of the SPH make me super “home” sick. I hope you feel better!

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