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.
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...
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!
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...
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.
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!
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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