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I’ve got two issues that I need to talk about: my car and my lunch.  Both are in terrible, terrible shape.  Hit the jump to see why you’d be ashamed to drive my car, and why my lunch diet would make Tony Horton have a heart attack. But also why Campbell’s Slow Kettle Style Soups may be changing both….

Issue Number 1: Car Window

My power window no longer works.

I’m that woman – you know, the one you see in the drive-thru lane who you shake your head at because she’s a freakin’ mess trying to get her iced coffee. If you’re not laughing, you’re saying to yourself – “Aw, poor thing. Look at her. That stinks.”

Yup,  I’m the awkward hungry pregnant woman who is too darn lazy to get out of her car and walk into a fast food restaurant.  Instead, I elect to drive up to the order box, payment window, and then food window – with her car door open.

It’s so embarrassing. And yet, when I’m not in my car, I completely forget that I have this constant annoying issue.

But then, as I’m leaving work around lunch time, my stomach gurgles, and I drive to the nearest brightly colored unhealthy store I can find. I hang my head in shame and apologize to the person collecting my money.

I also always lie.

“Sorry, my window just stopped working today.”

I’m sitting on a throne of lies…because it stopped working in September.

So not only am I embarrassed about my car window, but I’m also doing it for unhealthy food. I’m a naughty pregnant Tall Mom.

These behaviors needs to stop. Pronto.

Tall Dad believes that the issue might have something to do with a blown fuse in my car. He’s assured me he will take a look at it before New Year’s Day. If that doesn’t work, then I’ll just have to bring it to the shop – and pay through the nose.  

Issue Number 2: Poor Lunchtime

I don’t know about you, but I’ve eaten enough cookies and cakes to satiate my sugar need for the rest of this century. As a teacher, there are the obligatory work/ friend parties and familial gatherings for the holidays themselves, but I was gifted a TON of baked goods before school got out.

Delicious? Yes!

So what’s the hold up?

Well, I kept said baked goods in my car, and have eaten them as a lunch on more than one occasion.

My doctor would probably tell me that that isn’t the best lunch for a pregnant woman. Or a human in general.

And you know what? She’d be right.

Cookies, as delicious as they are, aren’t really full of the hearty and healthy things that I need right now. But they are sooooo convenient.

I’ve tried to go food shopping, I even once prepared a salad for school. Then I forgot my salad in the fridge.

For two weeks.

Whatevs – three or 17 cookies could solve that problem.

Needless to say, I haven’t had the salad.

Every meal seems to be filled with junk food, and tons of bagel sandwiches. True, it is convenient.  And, god, I LOVE convenience.  Bagel sandwiches are probably a BIT more nutritious than cookies (at least there’s a protein somewhere in there) but it’s still not ideal.  But, then Tall Dad recommended a new product to which I have become addicted.

What has begun working for me are the Campbell’s Slow Kettle Style Soups. They taste like someone slaved over the stove making them, except all I spend are a couple of minutes reheating it in the microwave or over my stove. Simple and delicious! You can easily pick some up at your local Walmart.

Sometimes I get super fancy, and make myself some fresh cheesy bread to go along with the soup.

It’s perfect for dunking, especially the Tuscan-Style Chicken & White Bean Soup. ( Don’t judge me and my cheesy bread,  I have to get the carbs in there somehow.)

Other days I will just reheat the soup and enjoy the stillness of Itty Bitty’s nap time, while I sit in my recliner noshing on lunch and finishing up with a sliced orange for dessert. (Oranges have to do because I finally ran out of my Christmas cookies!)

Soups and stews just make me feel warm and cozy – the way winter is supposed to make you feel.

So even though it’s not yet New Year’s Day, I feel like I’m starting to make some new choices for the new year. Hopefully by January 1st I’ll have a working car window, and I’ll be well onto my way of having a healthier lunchtime ritual.

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What do you make for a lunch in your busy household?

 I hope you are all having a lovely holiday season! Talk soon friends!