The Graduate!

On her way, in the car!  Michelle was feeling a tad nervous, but also quite confident!

We arrived and found our seats. As the ceremonies began, there was lots of hoopla, with bagpipes and a procession of deans, the Provost, the President of RIT, and the graduates. It was quite spectacular, all in all.  What I forgot to say is that for Michelle’s college…The E. Philip Saunders College of Business…the whole thing was actually two days! The ceremonies began on Friday afternoon, with the convocation. This was with all the graduates of RIT…to the tune of thousands! I think there were about 3,500.  The convocation included a speaker who graduated several years ago and works for Microsoft. He invented Kinect for the X-Box 360.  The convocation concluded with President Destler  giving the deans of the various colleges the diplomas of the graduates.

At this particular ceremony, I sat next to a young lady who was graduating from the College of Science. She was so cute…she had a paper due just before the hoopla, so she worked on it and then decided she would attend the ceremonies as an observer. But, she also kept hopping down from her seat to her grandfather’s wheelchair, making comments to him. He was 90 years old, and she had asked him to travel from Florida for her graduation.  She told me she is one the youngest of his fifteen grandchildren, and the first to invite him to a graduation! We talked and it was fun having her next to me!

On Saturday, we went back in the early evening for Michelle’s graduation ceremony. More bagpipes and processions!  There were almost four hundred graduates from Michelle’s school.  Michelle got a little surprise.  She, along with four other students, maintaining a 4.0 average, will have their names engraved on a plaque which hangs in the college! Wow! Once again, our “homegrown” girl has impressed us with her diligence!  I spoke to her yesterday, and she said, yes, she often felt like she was spending all her time on schoolwork and why?  It really did feel good to hear that there was recognition for all her labors!

Well, all the gala is done now. Michelle walked down the graduation aisle although she is now completing her last two courses, online.

So, here is our graduate…..

Yup, that’s our girl!

Congratulations, Michelle! A job well done!

Thanks Aldi!

I remember when Aldi moved into Canandaigua with their new store.  The store supposedly is a success in Germany and the concept of selling groceries (many not familiar name brand) and having customers box or bag them themselves isn’t a new idea.  Those of us with memberships to the big warehouse clubs have found we can capably pack our groceries!

The thought of no-name or unfamiliar name brands made me somewhat unsure…remember the generic food stores tried to pawn off on consumers in the ’70’s?  Fruit that was tasteless.  Pears that were hard like rocks.  Yuck!  Who wanted to go to a store and buy inferior goods just so one could say they saved a few dollars, after all?

Enter Aldi.  I went into the store, reluctant and feeling like a grocery snob.  I would try a few items just to allay my grocery prejudice.  When I walked through the doors, I was surprised to find many items I did know.  Mixed in were many items carrying the Aldi label on the back. 

I have tried many, many Aldi goods since the store opened and I can pretty much say that the quality is good.  The latest discovery is that I have now replaced my Francesco Rinaldi Super Mushroom Spaghetti Sauce with Reggano Mushroom Sauce with a avings of about $.79 a jar.  When I am purchasing six jars at a time, this savings definitely adds up.  And although I am not the thriftiest shopper,  I really appreciate saving some money.

So, now I must confess. Have you read here long enough, Dear Reader, to discover some of my favorite things?  The color blue. Blue skies and sunshine.  Snow. Winter.  How about almonds? 

Yes, I am an almond addict and have been for years!  I remember when I began making soap about 12 years ago, I joined a soapmaker’s Christmas swap….my Secret Santa provided me with anything and everything she could find that was almond!  Ah, those were the days…

So, to tie Aldi and my almond addiction together,  let me present the most awesome, wonderful, scrumptious goodie….

Yes! I shamelessly eat half of one of these delightful logs every day. That is, after all, one serving.  AND, not only am I satisfying my addiction, but getting the added benefit of eating dark chocolate.  Now, I am not a fan of chocolate, but haven’t we all heard that eating dark chocolate is heart healthy?  And look!  Enlarge the photo and see where this delightful confection is made!  (NOT the US…or China…)

There, I have confessed.  I feel better now. And no, Aldi is not paying for this plug….it is entirely voluntary!