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Friday, September 23, 2011

So there's lots of exciting stuff going on!

- Brad and I are looking forward to getting time together while he writes his book.
- I will be working the store at the Ironman Triathlon at the end of the month! While selling merchandise doesn't *seem* that exciting, it's just the boost I need to get back into running regularly.
- I'm going to volunteer for Girls on the Run - I'm really looking forward to this. *I* have to be running if I'm going to mentor other people on how to run! Ha!
- I am sending my resume for a REALLY EXCITING opportunity. I'm not going to tell you what it is yet, I think I'll wait until I actually send out my resume, but I am SOOOOO excited and I am going to work my butt off to write a dynamite cover letter.
- Tonight I am going to my mom's house with a girlfriend... we are going to the National Book Festival tomorrow. The bus leaves super early, so we're staying with my mom so we don't have to get up at 4:00am!

So I'm feeling good... I need to plan my up-coming workouts, and I think the focus is going to be running while keeping up my strength training. I have lots of time this morning before I have to leave for school, so I think I'll start planning now!

Happy Friday!

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COOPSM 9/23/2011 10:25AM

    Carrie--wow!!! This was so exciting to read!!!! So glad to see you getting back into running and looking for changes in your and Brads life!!! I will keep my ifngers crossed that the job pans out!!!
Have fun with your GF and your mom!!!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 9/23/2011 9:46AM

    Happy Friday. Sounds like you have tons of exciting things going on!

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HIKINGLEAH 9/23/2011 8:55AM

    Happy Friday! Sounds like you have wonderful things on the horizon!

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    emoticonHappy Friday to you too!

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Ooooooooover the Hump!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I can't even stand how funny that song is. I swear, it's going to get me through seemingly endless days. It's going my iPod - turns out I actually own the song and didn't know until today when I went through my music!

So I guess I'll put this in my blog because I'm super excited - Brad is thinking about writing a book about cooking at home, and he *may* be leaving his job in January (or about then) to start working on his book! I am SO excited to be getting more time with him, and he's really excited about it too. It's still in the early stages of planning, so we obviously have a lot to figure out yet, most importantly our financial situation. We are, luckily, in a place right now where we can even think about this as an option, but there are lots of little things to iron out. Apparently he didn't think I'd be as thrilled as I was - he was surprised when I let out a big shriek of joy when he told me he was thinking about it!

So how's it going?

Workouts - very good! I am done with phase 5 of The New Rules of Lifting for Women. I can DEFINITELY feel that I'm getting stronger. I think I'm going to take the next month or two, though, to change it up a little bit and focus on my running. There is a substitute teacher at my school who is a mentor for Girls On the Run - it's a great after-school group that meets to promote self-confidence in girls. It's on Tuesdays and Thursdays. And while I can't do *every* meeting, she told me that it would be great if I could be at any of them. So I'm really excited about that! I also have a neat possible opportunity. The Ironman is coming to the Poconos and I got an e-mail through the local running club about working in the store that weekend. I have to send my resume and my availability, and hopefully I can made a few extra bucks that weekend and get totally back into the running spirit!

Eating - I have been writing myself little notes about my eating. "Are you really hungry" "Weddings (I have two weddings to go to in the next two months!), triathlon, pants." I've also been brushing my teeth right after lunch so I get the food taste out of my mouth. And as much as I can't stand the smacking of gum, I've been chewing more and it gives my mouth something to do instead of shoving food into it.

I've also been making an effort to spread some cheer at school. It's a stressful year already, and lots of teachers are feeling a little blah (I include myself!). So three colleagues and I have formed a committee to spread the joy. We've been doing little things like leaving notes, giving out flowers, setting out stuffed animals... and I think it's working! People who are usually not especially social and friendly are becoming more so, and lots of people seem to really enjoy the little things we're doing! I love it. And when I have something to focus on like that, I don't worry so much about the not-so-good stuff.

My lunch is packed for tomorrow, all I have to do id get my gym clothes ready for tomorrow night. It's Stretch Class! I seriously need it. Before my class, though, I'm going to get in a little run. It's the perfect way to workout - get all sweaty and burned out and then get a nice stretch. Ahhhh.

Time to pack my bag! Oh, and BTW - if you didn't click on the link at the top, I suggest you do.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/22/2011 10:11AM

    emoticon Al Yankovic is hilarious!

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    LOVE this blog! I NEED your zip and energy! And high 5 to Brad's journey! WOW! that's a biggun!

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Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Monday, September 19, 2011

It's funny how many crazy days I know about since I teach elementary school.

I love to read self-help books. Not because I think I necessarily *need* help (although some may beg to differ), but because I like to get fresh perspectives on life when I'm feeling blah. So I guess I do need help. But anyway... I'm reading The Happiness Project right now. It is very good - I thoroughly enjoyed it (I'm reading it for a third time - ha!) and I keep finding new tidbits that I really like. The tidbit that I'm thinking about a lot is "You can choose what you do, but you can't choose what you *like* to do." I've been thinking a lot about what I actually like to do. Like this morning? I got up super early and went running. It was wonderful.

I planned on going back to the gym tonight to do some kickboxing, but I just don't want to. First, I feel kind of poopy, and second, I am just not really into group workouts. I didn't like going to my dance classes, and I'm not into group aerobics classes. Give me a quiet yoga class or stretch class where I can focus on myself and I'm great. I am paraphrasing from the book now - Do I wish I liked group classes? Yes. I see other people having fun and I wish I felt the same way. But I don't. So what I *can* do it focus on what I like to do. This will definitely get me working out more than if I try to make it to things I just don't like to do.

I'm glad I went to the gym this morning - I had every intention of going tonight, but I just can't. The evening gym time just doesn't work for me. I love going first thing in the morning! I am such a morning person.

Enchiladas are in the oven! I have two for tonight and two for tomorrow's lunch. Yum.

My eye is twitching! This is a good thing *because* I am going to use it in my documentation when I go back to my principal to ask her about the light thing. A colleague of mine had a great phrase today - "ask her if you can 'revisit' the light issue." What a tactful way of putting it.

Tonight - get clothes ready for school tomorrow. Tomorrow is a rest day (yahoo!) so it's an easy day to get ready for.
- get to bed by 9:00. I can still feel this cold, and I have a feeling the only thing that's going to really kick it is some super good sleep. Which sounds perfect to me.

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KALIGIRL 9/20/2011 8:50AM

    I'm an early morning exerciser too - you never know what the day will bring...

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CAMROLA 9/19/2011 10:50PM

    Love it, matey! Argh... colds no good. Feel better, and let me know your report on the Happiness Project. I've had it on my list but haven't gotten to it yet!


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PAMNANGEL 9/19/2011 7:24PM

    Arrrrr matey! Yo ho, yo ho.

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MOMMY445 9/19/2011 6:03PM

    it sounds like you had an amazing day! you can do this! you are worth it! happy talk like a pirate day!

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Mid-month reflections

Sunday, September 18, 2011

If you have never had the experience of getting an Elementary School Sickness, I'm going to tell you that you should thank your lucky stars. Thursday morning I went to the gym for a little swim, and by Thursday afternoon, I was on the couch passed out. I slept all of Thursday afternoon and night, and then again all of Friday night when I got home. Nyquil + Motrin = a happily snoozing Carrie. All that's left of my sickness is a little stuffy nose, but I can deal with that!

Saturday was my Crappy Errand Day. I had to go get my oil changed and then go get my picture taken for my new drivers license. Oil change took almost four hours. I have no idea why nobody told me it would take so long, but I did manage to re-read The Happiness Project, which I wanted to do anyway.
After that, it was off to the DMV. Saturday is the WORST day to go, but I didn't really have a choice. It was the only day I could go. So three hours later, my new drivers license shows my official married name! I am so super excited.

So it's the middle of September - how I am doing?

Workouts - really well! I've managed to make it to just about every scheduled workout.

Sleeping - I've been doing pretty well with this. A few days of less than eight hours when school started - I was really underestimating how much time it took my to do things at night. So I've started getting everything done right when I get home - packing the next day's lunch, putting things away, doing things around the house... that way I can eat dinner and then relax until it's time for bed.

Eating - (this is where you should play the "wah-wah" trombone sound.) My eating has been all over the place. I do really really well and then BOOM I have a crappy day and it's Chinese food and chocolate cake for dinner. Back to doing well doing well doing well and then BOOM I sit in waiting rooms all day without eating ALL DAY and then it's a hoagie and ice cream for dinner (although I made the hoagie at home and Brad and I shared the ice cream; I didn't eat the whole pint in one sitting). I am really struggling with my food journal. I feel so much better when I keep track of what I eat, I'm just having trouble getting into the habit of keeping track. I'd love to hear suggestions of what you all do to make sure you track all your food!

I'm feeling pretty good all around. My tons of water have been really good for my skin - I can't remember when my skin looked so good (thanks to the water and the five skin prescriptions I use!). I changed my makeup, and I think my skin is thanking me for this.

My lunch is packed for tomorrow; all I have to do yet is figure out what I'm going to wear tomorrow (although it *is* a dress-down day - I think jeans sound pretty good right about now) and get my gym clothes ready. Tomorrow night is kickboxing, but I think I'd like to do a little running in the morning.

Off to get ready!

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HIKINGLEAH 9/19/2011 9:07AM

    Great job moving toward your goals. I have trouble with eating too - for some reason it seems to be the hardest part. Workouts are a piece of cake, but I have a mental block when it comes to eating sometimes.

Also, great idea in tracking sleep as a goal. I might have to steal that one. :-)

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KALIGIRL 9/19/2011 8:34AM

    You should be feeling good - you're doing emoticon

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TABBALOOSA 9/19/2011 7:54AM

    I love how up you are even when there's some bumps in the road or mundane stuff like long oil changes. Keep it up! Have a fab week!

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GOTTALIVEFREE 9/19/2011 5:43AM

    I seem to have hit a wall too. I think it might have something to do with the season changing. But. I'm not giving up! I had some very encouraging weeks and guess what? Those Calvins? They are back into the rotation! :) :) :)

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    I am having trouble with the eating part as well. I am just like you a bad day and I have a bag of chips in my hands. I am starting a new 12 week challenge Where I must follow my food plan and fitness plan.

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Le sigh...

Thursday, September 15, 2011

So a few blogs back I complained about not being allowed to have lights in my classroom. Ok. Fine. So I went out and bought "Classroom Light Filters" to cover up my fluorescent lights in my classroom. Fine. They are made FOR those lights. Anyway, very long and annoying story short, I am not allowed to have those on my lights, either. Apparently head of maintenance doesn't want them covering my lights. But when I asked why, there was no reason. Just "no."

So here's the REALLY annoying part. If someone gives me a reason for something, I will let it go and deal with it. But there was no reason for this. Just "no." And what really gets my goat is that I purchased these things based on research that says filtered light is SO much better than straight cool fluorescent lights. But nobody seems to get that. They think I'm doing this to "make my room look pretty." I say if I wanted something to look pretty, I'd spend the money on my own house, not the darn school.

And like I said, I usually let things go. But I can't let this go. I really believe this is the right thing to do... so I'm documenting EVERYTHING at this point. My headaches (and yes, I did have one yesterday), the kids' behavior (and I DID notice a change yesterday - document that sucker!) and my squinty eyes. And it just so happened that last night I had an eye doctor appointment - I asked her about the lights, and right away she said "oh those things can cause really nasty headaches." So she was nice enough to write me a letter (it's in the mail) about the lights and how they aren't good for you.

I don't know if I'm going to do anything yet, I have to talk to some people and decide if it's worth it. I like my job, and would like to keep it.


Ok enough complaining.

- morning swim
- afternoon chiro appointment with a massage!!!
- lunch packed by my hubs
- it's Friday Eve!
- the weather will be cooler!

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COOPSM 9/17/2011 4:08PM

    Carrie---hope you get your will benefit all.....are you union??

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PILLOWFOOL 9/17/2011 2:53AM

    it sucks that they won't let you make a change that only has benifits for both you and your kiddos! I'm so sorry. I hope that the letter helps you out!!!

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    I hadn't realized all that but it makes sense. now I see on the sept. thtread you're sick. hope you're feeling better soon. We're getting the same stuff thru our house.

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TABBALOOSA 9/15/2011 9:04PM

    Sounds like you're going about it with a positive approach. Hang in there! It's neat how much you care.

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KALIGIRL 9/15/2011 8:18AM

    Great daily goals

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BILLALEX70 9/15/2011 6:10AM

    Good luck with a peaceful resolve!

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