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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I love planning vacations! And it doesn't matter how big or small, it's just fun to have a getaway to look forward to.

A while back (few months? few weeks?) my mom told me that she was going to a library conference in New Orleans. I half-jokingly said that I wanted to go along, but the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to go. So I brought it up to her, and as it turned out, one of the librarians was unable to go so my mom had an extra spot in the hotel room. Yahoo! Brad can't get that weekend off of work (surprise surprise) so I asked him if I could go with my mom. He was happy to let me go. Yeehaw!

So last night mom and I booked our plane tickets. I am super excited - I've never been to New Orleans. We are staying in a great location, and I don't have to pay for the hotel. Just the flight. I can handle that!

So I am going at the end of June. I think I'll start a countdown.

emoticon This morning I ordered a new bathing suit from J. Crew. All swimwear is 20% off with free shipping - like a sign I should get a new suit. So I ordered a cute little red and white bikini (eep!) and it should be here in a few days. It's so cute - I hope I like it as much on as I do in the picture.

Going to a wine tasting tonight at my honey's restaurant. It's the last one for the season... I love going to these things. I get to dress up a little bit and be proud of my honey. I don't *have* to dress up, but I know that B likes when I "show off my hard work." Ha! And I got a really cute new dress that is super flattering. I always forget to take pictures at these things, but maybe tonight I'll try to remember.

Time to get my purse stuff together...

  
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CAMROLA 5/20/2011 11:38AM

    Wine and travel--two of my favorite things!

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PILLOWFOOL 5/19/2011 1:06PM

    yay! all around yay!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 5/19/2011 11:42AM

    Have tons of fun in NOLA - it is a great city.

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ROOT4HOME 5/18/2011 11:07PM

    How fun! Both tonight and next months trip to New Orleans!! emoticon

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COOPSM 5/18/2011 9:34PM

    You will have fun in NOLA!!!! Glad that you are able to go...hope you had a good time at the wine tasting and that pictures will be posted!!!

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JENNSWIMS 5/18/2011 9:30PM

    I LOVE New Orleans, you will have a blast! What a great city.

Funny how the chefs never get any weekends off, oh well, girl time for you!!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 5/18/2011 8:48PM

    CHEERS

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JOPAPGH 5/18/2011 8:06PM

    Go Carrie!

Rock the wine world tonight! emoticon

And enjoy the New Orleans trip planning. emoticon

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ETTEZEUS 5/18/2011 7:53PM

    Enjoy the dressing up....can't remember the last time I did.
Enjoy the wine tasting too!

I wish I could order a bathing suit off the internet. I always think I like the suits in the stores and then I try them on and put them back on the rack
Going to take a picture of you in the bathing suit as well as the dress?

ETA: Enjoy New Orleans too!

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NEWRUNNINGSHOES 5/18/2011 7:33PM

    I love doing countdowns to vacation! Have fun in New Orleans...you will have a blast!

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JONICACALDWELL 5/18/2011 6:57PM

    I want to see pics! And no I want to go on the JCrew sight and on a trip! Lucky you. Sounds like you are having fun and that's what it should be about! Thanks for the blog!

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AARONSGIRL420 5/18/2011 6:57PM

    That is so exciting! I am putting something tentative for Hawaii (still not sure of the dates as my huni's dates at work seem to be fluctuating a lot). And you are right, the sale is a sign. I have been swimwear shopping too, but nothing I look at here locally seems to fit me right. I might have to look at J Crew. Thank you for the suggestion.

Have a great vacation!

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It's always a full moon...

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Is it just me, or do some days seem a lot longer than others?

Today was just one of those exhausting days. I had to leave super early so I could take Brad to get his car at the shop. I get to school and about half way through the day, I find out that I have to teach three library classes in the afternoon. The original sub for our librarian had to go home - her eardrum ruptured (ouch!) so I got called to cover the afternoon classes. So, while there were sub plans there, I didn't really want to watch a video three times in a row. I decided to do something fun.

I took the classes in the art room, and we used finger paint to start making our own Very Hungry Caterpillars. The kindergarten kids used primary colors, mixed them on a piece of paper, and after they dry, we're going to cut out circles and glue them together to make a caterpillar. I thought it was a cute lesson - and I threw it together in about 15 minutes!

But I am exhausted. I know, I didn't *have* to do what I did, but there are quite a few (which I won't get into) reasons why I did what I did.

So anyway, I write all this because it kind of de-railed my plans. But not too much. I came home, had a few chips (I didn't get my snack time this afternoon!), made a small pizza, ate dinner, and slept on the couch for about 90 minutes. Sigh. I didn't want to sleep this evening, but I guess I needed it. I am either fighting off a sickness or really really exhausted.

I had tons of water this morning, but I'm not sure if I got in all the water I wanted to. I am drinking another glass right now.

For the rest of tonight:

- pack gym clothes for tomorrow morning
- pack tomorrow's lunch
- book a flight to New Orleans
- drink some water
- go to bed early!

  
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AARONSGIRL420 5/18/2011 10:25AM

    It sounds like you really did need the nap and good for you for doing something special for the kids.

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KALIGIRL 5/18/2011 10:03AM

    Sounds like a good recoup to me!

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BSTAKINGACTION 5/18/2011 6:02AM

    Way to listen to your body! And a TERRIFIC last minute art/book project! I might steal that for my upcoming family night. I am a children's program coordinator for our library. emoticon

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RUNNINGWILD 5/18/2011 12:13AM

    Don't ya just love how she types "book a flight to New Orleans" and then just leaves us hanging? hmph!

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TEDDYBABE 5/17/2011 10:03PM

    Sleep is a beautiful thing!

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GOEGIRL 5/17/2011 9:52PM

    *perk* New Orleans?

'know what? I spent some time couch-surfing this afternoon too, and I didn't do a Very Hungry Caterpillar craft with dozens of children! Don't blame you a bit. It's going to get better, Spring WILL come eventually. Won't it? sigh. Good luck with your plans tomorrow!

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COOPSM 5/17/2011 9:27PM

    Flight is booked I see...when are you going??

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EMKNAPP 5/17/2011 9:11PM

    I feel the days are getting longer as school nears a close for the year.

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CASSIOEPIA 5/17/2011 8:36PM

    Get some rest, it sounds like your body is craving it. Flight to New Orleans??? Do tell more.....

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doodley doodley doo

Monday, May 16, 2011

Honey and I FINALLY went grocery shopping yesterday! There was nothing in our house. So we have tons of fruit, yogurt, and yummy whole foods. I can't wait to load up on fruit this week!

Last week we didn't go grocery shopping, so I stopped for my lunch every day on the way to school. I thought I'd really like that - getting to eat just about whatever I felt like eating. But by the middle of the week, I was tired of stopping, tired of getting microwave meals, and tired of spending money on food that was only okay.

I have a new, fun thing - an infuser pitcher. There is a plastic rod (with holes) down the middle of the pitcher - fill the inside with fruit, and the water gets a delicious little fruit taste to it. Right now it's filled with kiwi and strawberry. The fruit is good in there for about a week. I found it at Bed Bath and Beyond (with a coupon, of course).

It's off to the gym this morning. I am (finally!) almost done with the first workout of my book The New Rules of Lifting for Women. It took so long mostly because I got sick a couple times the last few months. But I definitely notice a difference - I can only imagine what's going to happen when I really buckle down with no winter sickness and concentrating on my nutrition!

So today's focus will be on NOT SNACKING at school. ONE snack if I am truly hungry - THAT'S IT. I need to kick this ridiculous habit of eating crap at school.

Time to finish my tea and update the play list...

  
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KALIGIRL 5/16/2011 12:30PM

    Infusion pitcher sounds cool!
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MUFFIY831 5/16/2011 9:59AM

    Love the idea of the infusion pitcher. I often just add a few cucumber slices to my water bottle so that does the trick for me.

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PINKCOCONUT 5/16/2011 7:44AM

    Ohhh!!!! I love the idea of an infusion pitcher! I must look out for one!

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CFMOSS 5/16/2011 7:00AM

    Have a good day; good food; fun new stuff.

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JENNSWIMS 5/16/2011 6:29AM

    I love our infusion pitcher!

I put the normal stuff in it (lemon & limes) but the things I like best are a little more unusual--cucumbers, strawberries, etc.

Good job on the fresh fruit and veg!



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Sigh...

Friday, May 13, 2011

I feel like I need to comment briefly on the latest censorship issues at Spark... only because I feel so strongly about freedom of speech.

One of the most annoying things to me is "watchdogs" who actively seek out media that they fine offensive and report it. Seriously? What a waste of time. I mean, I think people would be a lot happier if they looked for things that made them happy and enriched their lives.

There is a funny episode of The Simpsons in which we see Ned Flanders' basement (or den...?) and there are piles of videos that he watches. Anything offensive gets posted on his website...

Rod: Daddy, what are you doing?
Ned Flanders: Imploring people I never met to pressure government with better things to do to punish a man who meant no harm for something nobody even saw, that's what I'm doing!

And while it's not exactly the same thing, it's along the same lines.

So that's the end of that.

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My downfall as of late is eating at school. I have snacks at school for when I get hungry, but I've been eating them at any time. Not just when I'm hungry. So I've eaten a bag of granola (in less than a week), a small box of peanut butter Smidgens (in two days), chips, chocolate, and that's all eating *before* lunch!

So I think for the end of the school year, one major focus will be school eating. More gum, less eating. When I have a piece of gum, I can stop and realize I'm not actually hungry, I just need something to do with my mouth. (I guess when I am not singing with the kids it leads to mouth-movement-withdrawal or something!)

But one week at a time.

So tomorrow I'm going to be aware of what I eat - I am going out to lunch with my brother, and out to dinner with my mom for the last symphony of the season. I allow myself to eat what I want, but I really have to think about what it is that I want. Brad and I didn't get to go grocery shopping on Sunday, so I've been eating microwave meals and takeout for almost every meal this week. Ugh. I thought it would be wonderful getting to eat whatever I wanted, but in fact, I'd rather have it planned out.

Sunday is grocery shopping - hooray! Fresh fruit and veggies! Marinara in the freezer!

Water water water.

Three days of morning gym - I did it this week. I'm so pleased. It's been a while since I've made it three times before school. And it felt great. It's been weights-heavy, so I'm going to consider adding more cardio.

I am just getting to dinner now... I came home from school and crashed on the couch for almost three hours. My sleep has been so horrible the last two weeks. I haven't slept eight hours in a row, and I'm exhausted when I come home from school.

Next week - focus on sleep.

Time to take out the fish cakes!

  
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KATZABELLAMAMA 5/14/2011 11:13AM

    I heard about the latestcensorship it is oweful

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 5/14/2011 10:55AM

    Looks like you confronted your problem and have come up with a good solution.

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JUSTBIRDY 5/14/2011 1:09AM

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RUNNINGPFUHL 5/13/2011 11:50PM

    You'll get there. You'll be refreshed soon. :).

How many more days of school?

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CASSIOEPIA 5/13/2011 11:25PM

    Good for you on getting to the gym before school.
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ETTEZEUS 5/13/2011 11:09PM

    I have no doubt you'll be back on track in no time!
Have a great weekend!
(we had fish and squash with fresh cucumbers from our garden tonight! YUM!)

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COOPSM 5/13/2011 10:08PM

    Carrie--you will get back on track...Sunday is coming, get that house restocked and only eat what you bring to school...you can do this!!!
Great job on the AM workouts!!!

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AARONSGIRL420 5/13/2011 9:11PM

    My downfall is boredom eating. While it may not be along the same lines as what you are experiencing, as I am sure your lectures are thrilling (sarcastic giggle), I can empathize.

Send me some fish cakes please?

:)

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Hump Day Randomness

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

So I've been in a bit of a running funk. A big bit. I keep looking at this beautiful weather thinking "wow, it's a really great day for a run!" but I don't do anything about it. Ugh.

It's one of those weeks where there is nothing in the house to eat. Honey and I do our grocery shopping on Sunday mornings, and I was down at my mom's house this past weekend. So there is nothing to eat. All this week I had to stop at the grocery store on the way to school so I'd have something to eat. And while I'm not eating crap, I would much rather be taking in food I make at home. Bleh.

I think if I can get by for the rest of the week I'll be okay. I've been buying lots of fruit and yogurt, so I'm not eating junk...

Water drinking has been super good. I've been thinking about buying some stuff to put *in* my water, though - berries, green tea, citrus...

Off to drink some water!

  
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KALIGIRL 5/12/2011 8:57AM

    emoticonon your water - the rest will come

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JENNSWIMS 5/11/2011 8:04PM

    Have you seen the new "infusion" pitchers? Its like a water pitcher, but it has a core where you can put lemons or cucumbers or anything else you want to infuse your water with.

We got ours at Crate and Barrel and while I wouldn't recommend that brand, I would highly recommend an infusion pitcher in general.

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JUSTBIRDY 5/11/2011 7:56PM

    A friend gave me a GIANT lemon so I have been cutting off slabs of it and adding it to my water.

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