Hey, you’re that one teacher…

Yes I am.

Or The Librarian.

Or Mrs. Spinach and Skittles.

But that one teacher works too…

That’s what I heard as I exited the public library tonight. Always fun to run into students outside of work…but funny when they can’t remember my name.

I swung by the library to drop off this,

which I couldn’t renew because it had a request in the queue. Boo 😦

I picked up this,

and I am really excited to read it. I first heard of on Cinderella Ate My Daughter on HTP, and then I read an excerpt/listened to an interview with the author on NPR. The excerpt immediately sent me to my hold queue at the public library and I only had to wait a week. I went back and forth about buying it on my kindle, but I guess I just can’t keep myself out of a library, no matter the form. There is just something about free* books I can’t resist.

*free anything, really.

My Tuesday was pretty normal, although I still am hitting snooze more times than necessary. I cannot seem to break this habit. I think the culprit is that I go to bed too late, which is often a result of blog reading eating dinner too late. So I’m re-thinking my mini-goals, and first on the list really should have been:

go to bed on time

On time meaning lights out, (no book light/reading), and in bed by 10 p.m. This mini-goal starts tonight! Once I can master this for 3 weeks, (as it takes 21 days to form a habit), I will attempt the no snooze challenge again.

Until this bed-on-time thing becomes a reality my workouts are going to suffer. This morning I only managed 35 minutes of cardio. And it wasn’t jogging, as I had planned. When arriving on the cardio floor of the Y I was greeted by a wall of sweaty gym goers. Apparently they skipped the New Year’s Resolution bandwagon on January 1, and chose to start two months late instead. Not a single treadmill was open. Grrr.

Upon arriving to work I was greeted with a soy chai from my co-worker, making my bi-weekly* meeting much more fun.

*Not to be confused with bi-polar, oh sorry, I mean bi-winning.


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My soy chai did not induce food poisoning this time, woot! And I paired my spicy treat with a pumpkin quinoa muffin.

Match made in heaven.

For lunch I finished off the last of my turkey Italian sausage orzo soup…

recipe to follow. Yes I use plastic wear at work, but I wash and reuse them. I’m fairly positive I’ve had this red plastic spoon since I was student teaching…a year ago.

I was full, but not the least bit satisfied. This soup is fantastic the night of, and even better the day after. But 5 days later…eh? Not so much. I remembered I had a kiwi in my mini-fridge. Score!

Just what I needed.

Later on I hosted kids in the library until 5, and snacked on some mint tea and cobani.

Upon arriving home I was blasted by the fabulous smell of white bean chicken chili. I loooove this easy-peasy recipe. And love it even more when I plug it into my meal plan word doc and Libb makes it for me.

This is seriously the easiest recipe I’ve ever made, and it is delicious. Pull out your crockpot, scratch tomorrow’s dinner plans, and make this. Now.

I’m off to catch up on 90210 with Libb. Then a few minutes with my new book and off to bed early.

What book are you currently reading?

 

 

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Food blog FAIL Friday.

So remember those mini-goals I wanted to attempt each week? I haven’t really talked about them much lately because I am still trying to accomplish the first one (get out of bed without hitting snooze).

I think the root cause of my ongoing snooze button affair has to do with my sleep schedule. I am the lightest sleeper I know. I sleep with a sleeping mask AND earplugs every night. No joke. And I still wake up to tiny noises. It is pathetic.

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You would think that living in the dorms my freshman year of college would have cured my sleep issues. But no, they are still here, tormenting me every night.

I would love to have eight uninterrupted hours of sleep. Aside from giving up my morning cup ‘o joe, I can’t think of a way to make that happen. And no, I am not willing to get rid of that sweetness in my life, so you will have to offer up other suggestions.

Sigh, such is life. So here I was, again, hitting snooze…three times. I made it to the gym, but I was late, again, and I was dragging the whole time.

Oh and p.s. I forgot my friggin camera again in my desk. Again. Food blog FAIL! Lucky for you (or unlucky?) eat pretty much the same thing every few days so I have some unused pictures to at least kind of give you an idea of what my eating day looked like.

Coffee post workout was a must, and was paired with nothing less than a chocolate peanut butter Luna protein bar and a nanner.

Lunch was a less-pretty version of this spinach & feta sausage/quick’n’easy sauce/penne from last night…

and an apple.

I planned to have an afternoon snack but the classes went so quickly, before I knew it it was four o’clock and it was time for a snack-attack date with some of my former co-workers.

And by co-workers I mean they were in a paid position and I was a lowly student teacher. Who, ya know, paid to be there.

I met up with my fabulous mentor Marla and one of my favorite lunch buddies, and sixth grade teacher (now fifth), Jenny.

We wound up at my new favorite place, Left Bank Wine Bar, for some half-price pizzas.

We split a margarita and their combo (pepperoni, onion, olive, and mushroom).

Wow, my iPhone takes some craptastic pictures. I think I may need an iPhone 4. *hint, hint hubs*

I had the best time catching up with these lovely ladies and spent three (happy) hours laughing myself to tears. When I was student teaching this near-pee inducing laughter would happen daily in the lunchroom. I truly miss the noontime dose of laughter, and not just for the amazing abdominal benefits.

These gals are the only way I survived student teaching and the stressors that came with trying to understand how to run a classroom. I am so blessed to have had such a support system. Do you have amazing co-workers? Or have you had a great work-support system in the past?