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Keep calm and carry on.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

What a great line. And it's been popping up everywhere... like it's a sign for me.

I'm glad I have all of you. Really, truly, I am. I am just about over my muffins sticking to the liners, and I'm ready for the day.

Tonight is meditation class. I think doing this meditation thing has really helped me find some inner calm... and it's not like I wasn't calm before, but I'm even more calm now. Like yesterday, I had a kindergarten girl tell me "you look better in your glasses." In the past, (and yes, I realize that kindergarten kids just *say* things) I would have told her "oh, that's not very nice to say" (I think this is the old insecure me coming up whenever someone says something about my looks - even 6 year olds). Instead, I said "well, which ones do you like better? The black or the red?"

This was a big step for me. Staying calm is helping with my teaching and it's helping with other aspects of my life, too. At the gym on Monday, all the squat machines were taken up. My first instinct was to go over to the cardio room and do some elliptical until a machine was free. But I didn't have the time for that, and I was on a mission. So I grabbed two 25-pound dumbbells, threw them up on my shoulders, and did some squats that way.

Gym stuff is packed for after school - I am doing "Workout B" from The New Rules of Lifting for Women. I love doing the "man" workouts in the book. I have never felt so sore (in a good way) from a workout. And it's funny - it's me and about 6 muscley-men in the free weight area and I love it.

Random things:
- The no coffee thing for "Lent" is going well. I have been enjoying my PG Tips in the morning!
- I got some new eye cream - Origins Night-a-Mins for Eyes. I have been using it for about a week, and I notice that my under-eye area is so much more firm than it was. Score one for consistency!
- Spring is coming!!!!!


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BOBBYD31 3/16/2011 8:56PM

    i would have to inject caffeine.........

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GROOVYCHICK9 3/16/2011 4:46PM

    I will never, I repeat, never give up my morning tea. I just cannot. Life isn't worth living without it. Good for you...I admire you. My first graders say the rudest things too. They just don't know how to filter. Gotta love them.


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ETTEZEUS 3/16/2011 1:42PM

    Night-a-mins for eyes...LOL I guess I should get me some....

As for no coffee, not going to happen to this girl....good for you for giving it up!

See ya soon!

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MKKAYA 3/16/2011 1:39PM

    hey you! Carry on that should be our theme for the next couple of months! looking forward to seeing you again. I understand you are rooming with the crazy girls. Suezette. jenny and dani - what fun! will see ya soon!!


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MIAMIA7 3/16/2011 1:09PM origins. Will have to give it a try. :)

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 3/16/2011 12:14PM

    Good for you on calmness and consistency....

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TORTUETOO 3/16/2011 9:59AM

    Holy cow, I can't believe you gave up coffee for Lent. STRONG woman! I gave up chocolate and the withdrawal twitches are slowly fading... emoticon

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SEPPIESUSAN 3/16/2011 8:33AM

    When I was a teenager with acne volunteering at a preschool, I had a three or four-year-old ask me if I had chicken pox. Mortifying!!!

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PINKCOCONUT 3/16/2011 8:04AM

    You ROCK!

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CAM2438 3/16/2011 7:49AM

    I am so glad things are going so well for you!

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CFMOSS 3/16/2011 7:46AM

    Good job as always especially on the glasses!!! I may need to find and try that eye cream especially since i seem to have an unseemly droop. Have a wonderful day - more joy than other and a good dose of sweat.

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CHELLES_BELLS 3/16/2011 7:45AM

    Gran and I had the same experience! But my favorite was when a preschooler said "I like hugging you because you're bigger than my mommy!"

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GRANLUND 3/16/2011 7:18AM

    You are so right about kids saying anything! I had a student tell me a few months ago in her very excited and proud 2nd grade voice, "Mrs. Granlund, guess what?!?!" I'm going to be a teacher when I grow up! I can't decide if I want to be a music teacher or a real teacher, though!" I gave her a hug and told her that was wonderful and then had a great laugh when she left. I guess I'm pretty happy being a fake teacher, so I'm ok with her take on the teaching profession!

Have a great workout and a very calm, peaceful day!

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A little bummed...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I baked muffins tonight for a baby shower tomorrow. I thought it would be really cute to put them in baby muffin liners... they have little footprints on them and are super cute. The problem is, the muffins don't really come off of the liners. :(
I tried a lemon muffin for quality control (they taste really good!) but I was disappointed that the muffin didn't come out of the liner very easily. There was a bit of muffin left on the liner. I don't have time (or the ingredients) to make another batch, so I guess I just need to suck it up.

What I'm really asking for is a little pity. Please tell me that I'm making a bigger deal out of this than I need to and nobody will really care that the muffins stuck. They taste really good and they look really delicious, it's just that they stick. Bleh.

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BOBBYD31 3/16/2011 8:51PM

    gotta deal with that one. if it was blueberry i would be licking the liner, hint, JASR, hint, hint....... LOL

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JUSTBIRDY 3/16/2011 4:35AM

    I am sure they will be appreciated

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JUDYFRANCE 3/16/2011 4:24AM

    Well, at least they're not burned. That's my M.O. Just tell everyone to use their teeth and scrape off the wrappers. Much better than a fork and ever so much more fun to watch!

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LILYBETHSMOM 3/15/2011 11:26PM

    It's NOT a big deal!!!!! Muffins stick to wrappers...that's just life. Go to your shower with your yummy muffins and your head held high. You did a nice thing and should be proud of that!

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GRANLUND 3/15/2011 9:49PM

    Everything tastes so much better when I don't have to make one will care.

I can tell you are a musician, those perfectionist tendencies, beating yourself up over the bad part but forgetting the good part!

My only regret is that I can' taste one to tell you first hand how great they are!

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AARONSGIRL420 3/15/2011 9:25PM

    I would eat muffin crumbs out of the wrapper...I'm not above any of that :)

I am sure they are delicious and will be well received.

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BAM0827 3/15/2011 9:24PM

    There's always a fork to help get out the parts that didn't come out!

People will be delighted. I know I would be.

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SONG-OF-DEBORAH 3/15/2011 9:22PM

    If they "taste really good and they look really delicious", then nobody will really care that the muffins stick. Don't beat yourself up. I'm sure they'll be enjoyed as-is... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Monday, March 14, 2011

I'm feeling good. Like that happy face smiling positive good. This weekend was SOOOO nice. Share my good mood with me!

- Had an unexpected day off. The roads in my school district were seriously flooded so we got a phone call that we were closed. Hooray!

- Went shopping. Not piddly little shopping, but major Spring shopping. The weather was beautiful (a little nippy) so I wore sandals (bustin' out the Birks!) and a t-shirt and cardigan over some jeans. Perfect clothes-trying-on outfit. I think that's what it was... I didn't have to remove 79 layers to try something on. So I bought a truckload of clothes. Ha!

- Brad had a day off. Hooray! Did our grocery shopping, and it was less expensive than it's been in a while. Phew!
- Tried on my clothes for Brad - I like to get his opinion on stuff so I don't have a whole closet full of stuff with nothing to wear. We decided there was one "meh" shirt, a dress that didn't fit quite right, and I discovered that I bought a pair of pants very similar to a pair I already had. So back they go!

- I have leftovers from last night. Yum!
- I am wearing a cute purple shirt dress (new!) and I'm loving the color.
- It will be light in the evening!
- Going to the gym later.

Happy Pi Day!

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CFMOSS 3/14/2011 2:41PM

    Wonderful - I smile just reading about your weekend!!!! Thanks.

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HEALTHYASHLEY 3/14/2011 10:36AM

    I went shopping too. Gets dangerous doesn't it lol

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CHELLES_BELLS 3/14/2011 9:24AM

    Sounds like a fabulous weekend!

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Friday, March 11, 2011

This morning I had a pleasant surprise - a call that school was closed! Turns out that there was so much flooding that they had to close two local school districts. And even though it's another day we have to make up at the end of the year, I *did* get to spend the morning with Brad. We had lunch together, took a walk, and just spent some time together. It was a nice morning.

I've been doing well with eating the last week. My portion sizes are smaller, and I'm not feeling the need to eat big, full meals all the time. My breakfasts have even changed - 1/2 a grapefruit and either a muffin or oats.
Gym time is another thing, though. I just can't seem to get back into a routine... I've been sleeping in later and really liking it, but it's hard for me to get to the gym after school; I just don't feel like going! So I may have to take a hard look at my schedule and just do three mornings at the gym. If I do three of five days waking up early, I think it will be better than getting up at 5:00am *every* day.

I'm getting ready to put some bread in the oven and make some tuna. Last night I went out for Chinese, so today it was some light eating.

Tomorrow - shopping!!!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 3/13/2011 10:28PM

    Tomorrow I will be back to eating 'light'. These past 3 days have been big KABOOMS! YUCK~

Glad you had a nice morning and I'm sure you'll get back into the gym mode. You HAVE to-I love hearing about all your classes that you do. So, get up in the morning, hit the gym and then tell me all about it!

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PILLOWFOOL 3/11/2011 10:58PM

    sounds pretty great to me. :)

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DUMBELLE 3/11/2011 6:17PM

    You sound like you're doing well in the eating department.

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Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Yesterday's lunch was spent talking about what we were going to give up for Lent. I am not religious, but I like to view Lent as a time to give up one of my vices. In the past, I've given up soda for Lent and didn't go back. I tell this story about a million times every Spring!

One vice I've been thinking about giving up is coffee. The past week while I was sick, I didn't have any coffee. That's a long time for me! The last time I went that long without coffee I got horrible migraines from the caffeine withdrawal. I didn't like that I was so "addicted" to caffeine that I got a headache that bad from not having it!

So anyway, when I was sick, I barely got a headache. I think my body was so out of whack that it just didn't care that I didn't have coffee that morning. I had some coffee on Sunday when I was out with my mom, but it didn't thrill me. Sure it was good, but it didn't make me go "mmmmm" like it usually does. When Brad and I went grocery shopping on Sunday, instead of buying coffee, I bought some PG Tips tea. It still has caffeine, but according to their website, it's about 1/2 that of coffee. So yesterday and today I had tea in the morning, and I feel fine.

Giving up coffee would also save me a bit of money... I belong to a coffee club, and I spend about $25 a month on coffee. It's not a lot, but it adds up.

An interesting thing I learned about Lent (I read on Wiki this morning...) is that certain religions only sacrifice on Monday-Saturday. Each Sunday is like a "mini-Easter" when they don't have to "give up" anything. This practice would allow me coffee on a Sunday if I so desire.

I think it would make me feel really good to not HAVE to have coffee in the morning. Getting sick last week was almost like a mini-blessing... (here's where I stretch for the silver lining!)

- I lost some weight. And although it is because of the sickness, it gave me a little boost. I don't need to eat that much! My dinners don't need to be huge. Sometimes it's ok to be a little hungry!
- My body got a chance to rest. I think I was dealing with TMJ. My jaw was aching for a couple weeks, and I think it was due to stress and poor eating and just a bunch of stuff. The break gave all of me a chance to rest. And my jaw hasn't hurt in a week!
- My body de-toxed from caffeine. All the sleeping helped me wear it off without the headache. I'll take it!

So it's off to another day. This evening is my first meditation workshop. A good friend and I are going every Wednesday in March. I can't even tell you how much I'm looking forward to this! One and a half hours every Wednesday for ME. ME ME ME ME ME.


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SOUTHGOINGZAX 3/11/2011 3:49PM

    Hi Carrie,

lots of people give up stuff for Lent...I'm trying to decide if I want to give something up or if I want to add something good - like a fitness challenge. I'd really like to be able to get back into a routine and work some of this weight off! Glad you're feeling better, and I hope you don't get washed away!

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    You can do it - you are already done with coffee - now it is just time to convince your brain and habit.

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    Iím not religious, either, but every year I decide to give something up for Lent. Itís really been helpful for me as well. We were talking about Lent at work and several of us decided that maybe instead of giving something up this year, we should start doing something. Like some sort of fitness challengeÖsomething that we normally donít doÖor donít do enough of (push-ups!). We were thinking that if we use this time to add something healthy to our lives it would become a habit by the end. I am still undecided what I want to do, but itís something to think about!

Enjoy your meditation!!

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    1 1/2 hrs of YOU sounds wonderful!!!
I'm giving up the coffee,too for Lent-I'm way too hooked on. Almost every night, I'm thinking about the next morning when I'll have my coffee!! LOL! I will drink it, though, on running days with speed/tempo runs and LSDs...I find that it really makes a difference in my 'get up n go'.

Have a great Wednesday,Carrie!

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PINKCOCONUT 3/9/2011 9:43AM

    It's funny but a few years back I lost my craving for coffee, then it came back, then it went away and then it came back. When I thought about it more I realized that I lost my craving during the summer and gained it in the winter so now I just go with it. I only really have one cup a day so in the winter I have my coffee and in the summer I switch to cold drinks. But I'm definitely not as into coffee as I used to be and now am actually much pickier about it. If I'm going to have my coffee, I'm going to make sure it's GOOD coffee!

I have TMJ issues, it doesn't hurt but it is a discomfort and I can't sleep on the left side of my face or else my jaw freezes up. I hate it! Glad yours is feeling better though!

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ANOTHERMOMOF2 3/9/2011 7:34AM

    I bet you will be successful with such a great attitude!

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CFMOSS 3/9/2011 7:24AM

    Enjoy your meditation time - sounds wonderful. Good job on taking care of YOU.

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