literally.. and figuratively.  i got my butt kicked by a nasty midterm last night.  the worst part?

it was first year econ.


i was sitting there in a room full of kids (some of them looked so young i felt like i was old enough to be their mother. which..wait…no.. nvm. not possible. i could be their aunty though. their really hip, cool, young-looking aunty.) sweating bullets and cursing the day supply and demand curves were created.

i swear- somewhere between finishing undergrad and starting this master’s (and the gaping years in between)-  i lost my brain.

i don’t know how, i don’t know where i put it, i don’t know how to get it back.

haaalllllpppp meeeee.

i don’t know if i can handle this.  i’d like to just go back to a point in time where i could handle things.

*wracking brain. wracking brain*

mmm.. yeah that would be around second grade.

homework meant colouring; boys didn’t warrant much thought beyond “smelly. yuck.”; responsibility meant making my bed; and lunch meant a ham sandwich and a quaker granola bar.

the good old days.

granted, those were also the days i couldn’t reach the cookie jar without a chair (HA! outgrew THAT ONE.), my entire wardrobe consisted of hot pink, pastel purple, and glitter, and i was convinced that if a stranger even so much as looked at me it meant they wanted to kidnap me and sell my kidneys (thanks for that mama).

in memory of simpler times, i give you homemade oatmeal bars.


a throwback to the highly-processed/insanely sugar-ed/extremely delicious chocolate chip granola bars i used to get in my lunch box, these bars are way healthier and super simple to make (it took me five minutes to whip everything together and toss it into the oven).  they’re also portable (wrap em in some plastic wrap or throw them in a ziploc for breakfast on the run).  perfect for when you don’t want to -or can’t- think.

Peanut Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
From here
Makes about 16 small squares or 8 bars


  • 2.5 cups old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk (soy milk works too)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a 8 x 8 pan w/ foil, spray with cooking spray & set aside.
  2. Mash bananas and peanut butter together.
  3. Add in the rest of the ingredients (except chocolate chips) and mix until evenly combined.
  4. Fold in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour the mixture into the pan and bake for 20 minutes.  Cool completely before cutting into bars.