A Week of Celebrations

Monday’s celebration,

dinner out

for my parents’

47th wedding anniversary.

celebrate!

Tuesday’s celebration,

a field trip for me

to visit

our middle school

1:World initiative.

celebrate!

Wednesday’s celebration,

the warm weather

finally arrived!

celebrate!

Thursday’s celebration,

three workouts complete

running, strength training, and yoga.

celebrate!

Friday’s celebration,

date night,

sushi night!

celebrate!

Saturday’s celebration,

a day at the SPCA

advocating for

animal adoption.

celebrate!

Sunday’s celebration,

ran 18 miles,

completed week #11

of marathon training!

celebrate! celebrate! celebrate!

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Friday Fun Facts

Did you know

I attended college as a non-traditional student.  My teaching career began in 2001 and when I began teaching I taught 3rd grade.  I thought it was the best grade in the world!  Today I am a reading specialist for students in grades 4-6 and I love grades 4-6 too.

Now you know!

classroom 1

Did you know…

My favorite authors for professional development are Kylene Beers, Maureen McLaughlin, and Aimee Buckner.  Currently, Jennifer Sarravallo is on the top of the list.  For my students, some of my favorite books are Storm Runners, Love that Dog, and Firegirl.  My kiddos are in love with the I Survived series. I Survived the Shark Attacks is an all-time winner!

Now you know!

Classroom 2

Did you know…

Our district is embarking on a 1:World initiative and next year all students in our building will have their own iPad mini device.  This transition has made for major changes in the way I deliver my instruction.  Since I have already made the 1:World transition, I began using the Learning Management System (LMS) Schoology and I truly think it is fantastic!

Now you know!

Classroom 4

Did you know…

I love my students and my colleagues.  It really is true that I teach in the greatest school in all the land!

Now you know!

My Classroom

My Classroom

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Just a Bit Anxious

The warmer days of spring and summer are right around the corner!  For me, one of the perks of the warmer days ahead is being able to break out my Vitamix and make a delicious smoothie.  They are perfect for breakfast or as a post-recovery treat after a long run. Actually, they are perfect just about anytime!

Now, the kitchen certainly is not where I enjoy spending my time (due to the fact that Matt is the chef of the house), but I can successfully whip up a smoothie.  So, today I would like to share this delicious and nutritious treat with you!

Without further adieu, here is what you need to do to create this warm weather treat.

  • a blender-I have a Vitamix 🙂
  • measuring spoons
  • measuring cups
Materials

Materials

  • vanilla almond milk – 1 to 2 cups
  • chocolate cocoa powder – 1 tbsp.
  • Wyman’s frozen blueberries – 1 cup
  • Bob’s Red Mill flaxseed meal (or chia seeds) – 2 tbsp.
  • honey – 1 tbsp.
  • ripe avocado – 1/4 of the avocado
  • vanilla – 1 tsp. (optional)
Ingredients

Ingredients

Pour ingredients right into the blender

Pour ingredients right into the blender

Blend until a nice consistency.  Add more liquid if necessary.

Blend until a nice consistency. Add more liquid if necessary.

Enjoy!

Enjoy!

Voila!

There you have it, my favorite blueberry smoothie.

Now you can see why I’m just a bit anxious.

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Tick Tock Tuesday

tick tock

it’s five thirty o’clock

time to rise

time to shine

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tick tock

it’s nine o’clock

students are here

time to teach

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tick tock

it’s twelve o’clock

lunch-time

a sandwich, fruit, & veggies

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tick tock

it’s twelve thirty o’clock

time to read

time to write

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tick tock

it’s three forty-five o’clock

buses are here

the school day is done

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tick tock

it’s six o’clock

five miles on the treadmill

the marathon is near

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tick tock

it’s seven o’clock

dinner-time

a glass of wine

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tick tock

it’s eight o’clock

reflect on the day

plan, plan, plan for another

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tick tock

it’s nine o’clock

blogging time

comment here

comment there

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tick tock

it’s ten o’clock

out of time

tuesday is done

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I Almost…but I Didn’t.

I almost wrote about the signs of spring,

but I didn’t.

I almost shared about my classroom,

but I didn’t.

I almost posted about my daughter,

but I didn’t.

I almost scribbled about standardized testing,

but I didn’t.

I almost dropped a line about our family pets,

but I didn’t.

I almost didn’t publish a slice of life,

but I didn’t.

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Sunday Runday

I am at the pinnacle of marathon training (week #10) and today’s run gives a whole new meaning to the word exhaustion

{why, why would I want to run a marathon?}

You see, the long run on the training plan for week #10 was 17 miles.  I spent yesterday trying to wrap my mind around those 17 miles and, well, I told myself that I would run 15 and be happy with that.  Basically, because I bonked on my last long run that was outside!  (You can read about it here.) I am happy to report that I did not have a repeat of that outside run from several weeks ago.

{do a happy dance!}

First off, the weather was ab·so·lute·ly beautiful!  It was like a runner’s gift compared to the weather just two days ago.

Snowday!

Snowday!

Runday

Runday!

And then, I was fortunate enough to break my run up into three smaller runs.  I ran the first 7 miles on my own.  Then, for the second segment I ran 6 miles with my soul(run)mate and my BRF-best running friend. And finally I wrapped up the last 4 miles with my soul(run)mate. Running buddies are the best!

{BAM! Just like that 17 miles were history!}

Those stats!

Those stats!

That weather!

That weather!

Finally, time to relax and recover.  A post-run snack and a spa treatment for those feet.

protein, sugar, and salt

protein, sugar, and salt

LAX ball massage and some essential oil

LAX ball massage and some essential oil

{Gotta keep those feet happy!}

So now that week #10 is history I have an entire week to wrap my mind around the long run for week #11.  And, in order to do that I’ll leave you with a little saying that is going to help me prepare.

What the mind can conceive, the body will achieve.

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ex-haus-tion

it’s been a week of rushing:

rushing to school,

rushing off to the gym,

rushing to complete my blog post,

rushing to accomplish errands,

rushing home to do what I do…

~~so, exhaustion go away~~

just for today,

i’m going to enjoy the snowy weather

just for today,

i’m going to rest my body

just for today,

i’m going to be entertained by the blogs of others

just for today,

i’m going to push my to-do list aside

just for today,

i’m going to take pleasure in the peace & comfort of my home

just for today,

i’m going to push exhaustion away and enjoy the gift of life 

exhaustion

What do you do to push exhaustion away?

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