A Band of Fake Wrestlers

Good morning!

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Penelope and I have been up at the crack of dawn watching Food Network and listening to the birds chirp. Penelope has figured out how to use the camera on my phone so she felt the need to record the occasion.

This week flew by so fast, I have absolutely no idea where the time went. As usual I spent my time trying to juggle all of the things on my “to do” list. This required a lot of multitasking.

Reading while eating…

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Gardening and bonding…

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“Is it growing yet?”

Teaching while doing grad work…

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You know… the usual. In fact, you may not be aware of this but I’m actually feeding my kids breakfast and planning a lesson in my head while simultaneously writing this blog post.

All throughout the week I’ve been catching up on my Shakespeare for a unit I’m about to teach.  Bridget decided to join me so we’ve both had our noses in the Spark Notes: No Fear Shakespeare books. Penelope did not want to be left out so she decided to “read” them as well.

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In fact, she won’t leave the books alone! Last night Bridget and I were watching 10 Things I Hate About You to compare it to The Taming of the Shrew but couldn’t find our copy. When I went to get Penelope out of her crib this morning I found this in her room.

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I also found her standing in her crib butt naked shouting, “Lucky poops! Lucky poops!” Yeah… there was nothing “lucky” about it.

With spring in the air I have been dying to go running in the evenings but I’m still not cleared to as of yet. I had three chiropractor appointments and one massage and I feel worse for wear. All of my muscles are sore. I feel like I ran into a band of fake wrestlers in a dark ally. I just want to sort my body out so that I can get back to working out! It’s getting rather frustrating actually.

I ate healthy for the majority of the week. So much so that one of my students asked me, “Do you always eat healthy?” I was tempted to lie and say yes.  But then I didn’t want her to look at me and decide eating healthy food wasn’t worth it. So I told her the truth, “I try…”

When Friday rolled around Brent and Bridget went out to eat before going to the father daughter dance…

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During the process of curling Bridget’s hair for the event Penelope pulled all of the books out of my book shelf and took off her diaper so that she could poop on the floor. While this was happening Brent was yelling up the stairs about not being able to find his dress shoes. He eventually found them on his own… but Penelope had taken out the laces.

(I think she was trying to thwart their daddy/daughter night out because she wasn’t invited.)

By the time they walked out the door I was in need of a bottle glass of wine. So, I treated myself to some junk after a week of good old fashioned clean eating. Saturday rolled around and I just kept on treating myself… so now I’m trying to get back on the wagon. I weighed myself this morning after a night of eating salt and vinegar chips to find that I weighed in at 187. This was after doing a happy dance on Thursday when I weighed 181.2… so let’s do my self-esteem a favor and call that water weight. Shall we?

K, Thanks.

As for now, I must cut this post short go take my kids out for a walk. As you can see they are getting quite antsy…

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Scout is whining, Bridget is shouting over the sound of one of Penelope’s obnoxious toys in an attempt to tell me about a dream she had and Penelope is trying to edit my post.

It was nice talking to you… until next time. (If I haven’t lost my mind.)

Four More Weeks!

Spring break is over. I think we all need to have a moment of silence…

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I didn’t realize until this week just how much of my freedom had been taken away from me during this student teaching process. I’ve basically just filed my life away so I can just get done with school. After this fabulous week of hanging out with my family and playing outside I don’t want to go back.

But I must. Booooh!

I’ve just got to suck it up a little bit longer because my last day is on the calendar.  Just four weeks away, and then I will officially have my master’s degree! YAY!

Then I can get back to doing what I do best. Living life to the fullest and then blogging about it ;) Speaking of which shall we see what I’ve been up to during my free time?

Let me tell you… I did everything I wanted to do during my break. I played out side with my girls every chance I got. On one particularly beautiful day we went to the Littleton Museum to see the farm animals.

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(They told us to come back next week because they will have baby piglets and lambs!)

We also went the The Market in Downtown Denver and had a coffee/chai tea date…

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We hung out in book stores where Penelope ran around like a maniac and Bridget and I judged books by their covers…

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I didn’t actually read any books this week because every time Penelope went to sleep I snuck outside and prepped my garden. I couldn’t help it, I’m just so excited about all of the fresh veggies I plan on growing!

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So far I’ve planted rainbow carrots, gold/red beets, mesclun, assorted lettuce, rainbow swiss chard and red/purple potatoes.

When I was done with that I tried to relax in the sun for a bit… but I couldn’t. I had a hard time just sitting back to relax. I found it hard to find a change in pace. I’ve been so busy lately that it just felt wrong to sit there and do nothing. Besides, I may have been off from student teaching but I still had grad work to do and lesson plans to make.

Therefore, I chose to multitask… a little bit of planning and a little bit of sunshine.

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I had also planned on working out a ton during this time and I managed to go for one glorious run. My hips have been bothering me lately and I thought when I bought new running shoes I would correct the problem. I was sorely disappointed to find out this wasn’t the case. My run was great, my lungs felt great my muscles felt great but there was just something a little off. Afterward I was in pain, but it wasn’t “out of shape” pain it was “you’ve got something wrong with you pain”. I was hesitant to go see a chiropractor after what happened this time last year but I gave it a shot anyway because something needed to change. I went in thinking they would pop me a couple of times and send me on my way. Fast forward half an hour and I’m laying on a table with half of my butt crack showing as some stranger is taping a hot pink “H” onto my lower back.

Turns out I was way more jacked up than I thought. I’ve got SI joint issues and it’s causing my pelvis to rotate, which is causing my hips to hurt, which is causing my back to be super tight, which is causing me to have head aches and leg pain and foot pain. Therefore, I have six chiropractic appointments and two massage appointments scheduled for the next two weeks. Oh, and some dry needling too… in the butt. (It’s as awkward as it sounds.)

During this time I’m not allowed to go running (which is a bummer) but I’ve got to get straightened back out first. However, I do have to do a lot of ab exercises because this whole mess stems from my super weak core muscles. (It always goes back to that damn diastasis.) I’m seriously contemplating getting a tummy tuck to fix the issue but that will be way down the line. My chiropractor says that I need to do all that I can to strengthen those muscles anyway, otherwise the recovery from such a surgery would really suck.

Even though I couldn’t go running I did ride my bike and go for lots of walks. So it didn’t cramp my style too much. I also ate a lot of healthy yummy food.

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Including a Downton Abbey themed meal Bridget and I made to eat while we caught up with our favorite show…

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All of that fresh air and healthy eating must have done it’s job because when I weighed myself this morning I weighed 182.8!

I can’t even tell you how excited I am for summer to arrive! I can’t wait to go for early morning runs, visit the farmer’s market and ride my bike to the pool. Like I’ve said, I’ve only got four more weeks of waking up at 4:30 in the morning and working until 11 at night. In the mean time, I’m going to try not to lose focus on my health and continue to try to balance out the whole life-family-health thing I’ve got going on. Wish me luck!

The Spring Break “To Do” List

Guess what…

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IT’S SPRING BREAK… YAY!!!

I can not tell you how excited I am! I only have a few more weeks of student teaching left and then I will be free to roam my garden barefoot picking weeds strawberries, going on long bike rides and lounging in the grass.

I just LOVE this time of year!  As I watch green things resurrect themselves from the brown desolate ground I just can’t help but get the feeling that something great is just around the corner. I wake up every morning with that bubbly giddy feeling, fueled by the sound of chirping birds inviting the sun to come out and play.

I feel like I’ve got to live it up while I’ve got the chance! Therefore there has been a “To Do” list designated for this week alone…

The Spring Break “To Do” List

1.) Plan my garden and get it prepped for this season.

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Say hello to my little friend(s)… thyme, chives, strawberries and tulips

2.) Have a drink… or five with my hubby.

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Banana Bread Beer. Yep, that just happened… twice.  Chased down with an Apricot something or other, a white gorilla drink (?) and a sour apple beer thingy. Needless to say, Brent and I had found a specialty tap house within walking distance from our house. This seemed awesome at first until I realized that the alcohol content of these beers tend to double that of regular beer. We came home in fine spirits until Brent popped a wad of chew into his lip.  (A new habit he formed while on wild land fire deployment the previous summer.) In an attempt to show him how gross it is to have a significant other with a disgusting habit I also popped a wad of chew in my lip. Every time he spit I spit determined to keep it in as long as he did. I was on a mission to gross him out. Let’s just say my little plan back fired.

I puked… Sandlot style.

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Never again… never.

I guess you can say we can scratch that one off of the list.

3.) Watch Divergent with Bridget.

Remember a long time ago when I told you that you should read this little book called Divergent? Well, the movie finally came out and I was charged with organizing a 6th grade ditch day to take a bunch of kids to watch it on the last day of school before spring break.

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It was SO. GOOD. Bridget and I kind of want to watch it again so that we can look at the actor who plays Four. We were both slightly disturbed to find that we both have a crush on the same actor. I was secretly please when Bridget looked up his age, “He’s so old… he’s like  29!” Ha! Ha! I win… never mind the fact that I’m happily married to your father.

3.) Cook Yummy Healthy Stuff.

Before spring break started Brent posted a link to this recipe on my facebook page with the caption, “Please, please… pretty please.” So that’s what we’re having for dinner tonight.

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I’m also looking forward to Pinteresting my heart out and sipping on coffee while I browse through food blogs and plan all of the other yummy things I now have the time to make.

4.) Catch up on my trash TV.

I’m behind on Teen Wolf…

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Reign…

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and Downton Abbey…

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5.) Reacquaint myself with my inner athlete.

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My body needs a good ass kicking. I miss my muscles!

I weighed myself after the whole banana bread beer debacle and I weighed in at 185.8. I was feeling abnormally hung over puffy during this weigh in so there’s no telling how much weight I actually lost this week. However, I’m feeling more motivated than ever to shape up for this upcoming summer. I just can’t wait!!!

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Viking Girl Problems

Okay folks, I’ve gotta keep it snappy!

I’ve got sleepy time tea to drink and some trash TV to watch. My weekend officially ends in 2.5 hours when I pass out on my couch with my mouth gaping wide open at 8:30 sharp… I’ve got to live it up while I can.

In other words, I’ve been kind of lame lately.

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I guess you could say I’ve been living in the third row… I’m not a third row kind of girl so I’m counting down the days until I graduate so I can have a life again. I’ve only got six more weeks to go so I just have to hang on for a little bit longer.

Brent and I have decided to have a nice romantic getaway during the last week of April in order to celebrate. This has given me even more motivation to shape up during the seven week challenge. When I weighed in this morning I weighed 186.8. Not quite the 2 pounds I had aimed for but pretty good considering how exhausted I was this week due to the cold I had caught.  The really good news is that I found out today that I now officially weigh less than my husband does viking girl problems.

Brent has put on a little weight during his stint as Mr. Mom on his days off. He says it’s muscle… I say it’s the stay-at-home “mom” curse.

Since I was sick, the beginning of my weekend didn’t really pan out the way I had hoped it would. I had to pass on a girl’s night out on Saturday because my throat and head were hurting so bad. It had been something I was looking forward to for a long time so I was pretty bummed. When I woke up this morning I was still tired and in the worst mood. Despite my protests, Brent forced me to get out of the house because he had signed up for the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser to help raise money for childhood cancer. It took place next to my favorite book store so we went early, grabbed a cup of coffee and hung out for a bit.

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I wanted to wear my glasses because my eyes were watery and itchy and that’s what people wear to book stores but somebody had beaten me to them…

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This certain somebody also cracked my phone earlier in the week when she decided to try to make a photo documentary about our getting ready routine at five in the morning…

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When I had informed her that the shoot was a wrap she heaved it across the room. Apparently, she’s not much of a morning person.

Anyway, the last day of my weekend turned out perfect. The weather was perfect, the event was perfect and in all of the excitement I forgot that I felt like crap.

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Brent managed to raise nearly $1000 for the cause!

Shortly afterward we headed home so that Penelope could take a nap. While she did that Bridget and I decided to go shopping for running shoes. I’ve been wearing the same running shoes for the past year and a half but recently it’s been hurting my hips. I run quite a bit so I was way over due.

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This was an impromptu shopping trip so I didn’t come equipped for the occasion. I always go to Boulder Running Company because they help you pick your shoes according to your gait. This means that they video you running on a treadmill to see how the shoes work out for you. If I had planned better I would have worn a sports bra. I tried holding my boobs nonchalantly while I ran hoping the other patrons didn’t notice what I was doing, but I don’t think it was very effective.

I did however, find a new pair of shoes! As soon as Bridget and I got home from our shopping trip we went for a run to test them out.

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Sure, this picture looks great and all but the reality is… by the end of the run I wanted to drop kick all three of my kids (Scout came along too). Bridget was running on the sidewalk behind me and ran into me every time Scout decided to stop and pee or when Penelope threw her stuffed animal out of her stroller. What I really needed was a moment to myself but I had worked 58 hours the previous week so I felt bad leaving them behind.

Besides, we’re going to have to get used to this arrangement because it’s the only way I’m going to fit in workouts until student teaching is over. For the sake of my children’s safety and my sanity let’s hope we get used to running together.

How was your weekend, any big plans for St. Patty’s day?

The Seven Week Challenge

Happy Daylight Saving Time!

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I woke up today to find that I got to sleep in until 7:15! I was happy to be given the delicious opportunity to finally sleep in… A little bit later I realized that it was all a lie.

Daylight Saving Time, you either love it or hate it.

The good news is that I will have more time at the end of the day to squeeze in a run before the sun goes down! The bad news is that this also means that when I wake up at 4:30 it will feel like I’m waking up at 3:30… eew.

These past few weeks have been some of the most challenging/rewarding weeks I’ve had in my entire life. My “To Do” list has gotten out of control, sometimes I think of it as a beast that is threatening to swallow me whole. This sounds kind of miserable but the truth is as far as school and student teaching is concerned I’m totally kicking ass. I have so much fun with my students and I look forward to going to school every day.

That being said, I’m really looking forward to the end of April when I will be done and have more time to play outside with my girls!

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I can’t wait for summer! I miss my garden so much. Every time I buy vegetables at the grocery store I think about it…

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I can’t wait to get started on it again! Penelope is really into playing outside with me. I plan on giving her a little spot just so she can play in the dirt… Let just hope she doesn’t try to eat it this year.

I’m just dying to have the time to play outside again!

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I’m pretty sure Scout feels the same way… he’s definitely looking forward to our early morning run routine coming back into play.

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I only have seven more weeks until my student teaching is over. I just have to hang in there until then.

But one thing is for sure… I can’t wait until the end of April to try to get in shape for summer. I’ve got to start now! It doesn’t matter how busy I am. If I wait until the end of April I’m going to be so bummed about how mushy my body is if I keep going at this rate. By problem lately isn’t eating too much, but more along the lines of not eating enough. My body is so under nourished right now. I need more sleep, I need more water and I need more nutrients.

I’ve said this every weekend but then when the week takes off I get swallowed whole by all I have to do. That’s why I’ve decided to create a new challenge for myself. We’ll call it…

The Seven Week Challenge

(original… I know.)

I have seven weeks so I’m going to see if I can lose 2 pounds a week during that span of time. Today I weighed myself and I weighed 188. Therefore my goal is to weigh 174 by April 26th. In order to hold myself accountable I’m going to take pictures of everything I eat and the exercise I manage to fit in. (This might keep me away from the donuts sitting in the teacher’s lounge.) I have a lot of birthdays to celebrate during this span of time but I’m not going to let that get in the way.

You’re welcome to join me! Pick a goal to have completed in the next 7 weeks and post it in the comments section :)

It’s Daylight Saving Time you know… the time when you are completely thrown off from your routine and the perfect time to start new habits!