Oh my goodness, does it ever seem like life is like zooming by like a train and your just trying to chase it down and jump on?
That’s kind of how I feel right now. I feel old. I’m in high school and feel old. Can you imagine how I’ll feel when I’m like actually old?! I can’t believe I’m going to be a senior in the Fall. I feel like I was just playing with my barbies and American Girl Dolls with my sister last week.
I was teaching a class of swim lessons last week and I actually really liked the kids I had. (Shoutout to Julie!) I actually sorta had a tiny taste of how she feels when she switches what grade level she teaches. I’m totally used to teaching the 3 and 4 year old how to walk in the water and blow bubbles and be cute and all….and then all of a sudden I was shoved in front of a bunch of big bad 8 and 9 year olds!!
I was seriously intimidated.
And then for some reason they thought I was some form of a rock star/celebrity because I was a high school girl. They were immediately obsessed with me. To be honest, it was slightly awesome. They all wanted the same swimsuit as me (a plain blue one piece…?), same earrings, same hairstyle, it was crazy. On the last day they all had their moms take pictures with me and I felt like I was on the red carpet or something! They were adorable and hugged me nonstop. It actually made me even consider going into a teaching career when I get older….but I don’t want to totally base my choice off of a two week swim class. So we’ll just see
Anyways, I made some pasta salad. Pretty darn tasty and great for the summer! This would be a perfect thing to make and bring to any 4th of July BBQs you all may be attending next week!!!
BL(S)T Pasta Salad
(adapted from Skinny Taste)
about 2 1/2 cups pasta (I used Penne)
5 slices of bacon
1 cup chopped tomatoes (I used canned, diced tomatoes because it was easy and in the house. I believe this would be equal to about 2 or 3 large fresh tomatoes)
3 Tablespoons mayonnaise
salt and pepper to taste
2 1/4 cups fresh, washed baby spinach
- Prepare bacon as desired. I baked mine in the oven at 400 degrees F in a baking pan for about 8-10 minutes or until crispy. When bacon is done cooking, drain and pat with paper towel. Crumble into small pieces.
- While bacon is cooking, cook pasta according to directions on box. Meanwhile, prepare tomatoes and place them in a bowl with the mayo and combine them with salt and pepper to taste.
- When pasta is done cooking, drain well and rinse with cool water to cool it down. Combine pasta with tomatoes and spinach and mix well. Toss in bacon right before serving. I made mine the day ahead, covered with plastic wrap, then mixed in the bacon right before we ate. Enjoy! Store leftovers in air tight container in the fridge.
Random Fact of the Day: Wrestler Andre the Giant set the world record for the most alcohol consumed, he drank 156 beers in a single sitting.