August 20th, 2009


My First Audience

I had a sixth-grade English teacher, Mr. McLaughlin, who encouraged us to be creative. He is one of many teachers I should thank for making me who I am today. Once a week, he had us do a free-writing exercise based on a writing prompt. On the day the assignments were due, students could volunteer to read theirs out loud. The class would vote for their favorites, and the winners would receive free books from our school's book club program.

I was often eager to read my assignment, but it was the first time I ever wrote for a specific audience. It took me a while to figure out what might work.

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Camera-Phone Diet - Wednesday, August 19

Until I reach my goal of losing 15 pounds (which will put me where I was on my wedding day), I'm doing something called the "Camera-Phone Diet," where you photograph everything you eat. On Wednesday, I finished up the last of the leftovers, the whole wheat bowtie pasta with scallops that The Gryphon had cooked for us this weekend.

Here's what I ate:

Wednesday, August 19 - Breakfast  Wednesday, August 19 - Lunch  Wednesday, August 19 - Kashi Bar  Wednesday, August 19 - Dinner  Wednesday, August 19 - Coffee  Wednesday, August 19 - Cereal  Wednesday, August 19 - Sandwich  Wednesday, August 19 - Ice Cream

You can read details about any of these items by clicking on the photo.