NaBloPoMo 2015: Friendsgiving Blessings

I’ve been incredibly lucky in my life to meet my soul sister. And this week, she’s visiting me for Thanksgiving. We have very non traditional plans for the week. Beaches, brunch, steak, and booze. But no turkey and dressing. Just a lot of laughter and fun. 

At times like these I’m reminded of the Sound of Music quote:

Nothing comes from nothing/Nothing ever could/Somewhere in my youth or childhood I must have done something good.

Because I count myself so blessed to have her in my life. And for this Eric in my home. 

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NaBloPoMo 2015: Sick

I’m actually surprised it’s taken me this long to fall ill this year. I work with preschoolers and school aged kids four days a week. They aren’t known for having the best hygiene. And, even when they’re taught to cough into their elbow, germs still spread.

So here I am, on the day I planned to run thirteen miles, curled up on the couch under a blanket. I’ve got a sore throat, lots of drainage and congestion, and a decent cough. I’m hoping that taking the night off will bolster me up for the week to come.

I still want to run those thirteen miles. Plus we need to get the house cleaned up for our visitor. Plus I want to have fun while she’s here. Time to cuddle, take my zinc, and take it easy.

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NaBloPoMo 2015: Five for Friday, v. 25

Tonight’s Five for Friday is sponsored by a very pathetic puppy. He’s posed for some ridiculous pictures over the last couple of weeks. He’s not happy with our new schedule and thus is being extra pathetic.


one I ordered my second pair of Brooks Ravenna running shoes this week. They were on sale plus free shipping. I couldn’t pass up the sale. Not to mention, my old shoes have close to 150 recorded miles and nine months of unrecorded runs. The new pair came in today, so I went ahead and ran on them tonight. I want to alternate my runs on my shoes, since I’ve heard it helps with prolonging the life of the shoes. My new shoes are bright blue and coral and they make me smile on my runs.

IMG_2187two One of my dearest friends is coming to visit this next week. I’m excited to have our first guest over a holiday! We’re planning on making brunch featuring Dungeness Crab Eggs Benedict and then grilling steaks for dinner. Should be a fun and alternative holiday. I’m super excited about her visit and can’t wait to have a lazy friendsgiving week with her.

IMG_2183three I’ve been struggling with motivation for my runs. It’s hard to admit because I was so excited about this marathon originally. A couple of months ago we had a visitor who made snide comments about marathon runners. He basically said that if you don’t place that there’s no point in running. Obviously it’s a stupid statement. But it really messed with my head. I’m not a fast runner. I was thrilled to manage a sub 12 minute pace on my 7 mile run today. I will be far from the first person across that finish line. But, whatever my pace, I will run. The only way that visitor will win, is if I quit running. Tonight, somewhere between miles two and four I decided that he can only make me feel inferior with my consent. And tonight, during those miles, I took away that consent. No, I’m not fast, but that’s okay. I’m still out there running and that’s really the point.

IMG_2200four I’ve had pretty bad luck with preschools this year. First I had one run out on me right at the beginning of the semester. Then I found a new one that seemed very promising. Only to have them change everything after the initial interview. I’ve jumped through quite a few hoops for them. And, now they’re pushing me to give them my lesson plans and songs. I told them I wouldn’t because it’s my intellectual property and because people pay good money for curriculum. I offered instead to give them a sample lesson plan that explains my basic methodology. At first they said it would work. But, now they’re insisting that I provide all of the songs that I plan on using in my lesson plans. They keep saying it was all in the contract, only problem is that they still haven’t given me a contract and nor have I signed it. Here’s hoping we’ll come to amicable solution.

IMG_2194-0five I’m really looking forward to the next six weeks or so. I’ll have a reduced teaching load plus three weeks off thanks to my trip to Texas for the race and the holidays. I’m looking forward to the break. It’s been non-stop going for me for the last several months. Truthfully, we didn’t take a true vacation this year and I’m definitely feeling it. B’s vacation time next year isn’t until September, so I’m definitely excited about these next few weeks of decreased lessons and time off.

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NaBloPoMo 2015: Small Steps


I’ve made no secret that this new schedule is kicking my butt. B works from 1900 to 0700 not counting the high likelihood of overtime. I stay up late at night in order to be able to spend time with him when he is off. It’s thrown my life patterns for a loop. 
I’m sleeping in, but not getting quality sleep thanks to the hours and the interruptions. And things have suffered. Cooking at home has decreased, running has decreased, and the house isn’t as far along as I want it. Getting stuck in traffic every evening hasn’t helped any of it. 

Tonight I decided to take a small step to setting my world back to right. After spending an hour and fifteen minutes fighting my way home, I changed, grabbed Loki and headed out for a quick run. We only went two miles, but it was so good for me. Even when things are crazy. Even when I’m not sleeping. Maybe most especially then. It just takes a small step. 

Time to get back on trap. 

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NaBloPoMo 2015: Wordless Wednesday


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NaBloPoMo 2015: Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award

Thanks to the lovely San, who nominated me for this. I think this is the first time I’ve ever been nominated (directly or indirectly) for a blogger style award. I’ve seen them go around, and I’m excited to get a chance to answer the questions she provided. Also, I find it awesome that she was nominated by an American expat who lives in Germany when she’s a German expat living in the US and I used to be an expat living in Germany. The world is a small place, especially when you blog.

The Rules are as follows:

1. Provide a link and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
2. Answer the questions (s)he proposed.
3. Nominate other bloggers for the award.
4. Ask these bloggers 10 questions.

And here are my answers to San’s questions.

1.  What is your guilty pleasure?

Reading wedding boards to look at pictures of real weddings. I started doing it when we were planning our vow renewal and it’s still one of my favorite things to do. I’m a sucker for people in love and looking in on the pictures of dresses, venues, decor, etc makes me happy.
2. If I were to ask your family and friends, what would they say is one word that describes you?

When I was younger, I was told that my picture was in the dictionary to define the word exuberant. I went all in on everything and didn’t hide my enthusiasm for anything. Sadly, I became more guarded as I realized that it didn’t always serve me well. Most recently, a student of mine told their Mom that I was clearly meant to be a teacher because I was so good at it.
3. What is one of your blogging pet peeves?

Sponsored posts. I understand that blogging sometimes means pairing up and doing a sponsored post. And I don’t necessarily mind them when they’re thoughtfully done. But, let’s face it, they’re almost never thoughtfully done. I always feel like I’m reading an infomercial. Even worse is when the writing is clearly not the bloggers normal style and is far inferior in quality.
4. When was a time in your life when you took a chance? 

When I quit two highly lucrative jobs to run off to North Dakota to live with my boyfriend of seven and a half months. I left behind my friends and family much to the chagrin of many of them. I’ll never forget telling my Mom that B had asked me to move in with him and her telling me that it was a chance I couldn’t pass up on. She was right. The last five years of being married have been amazing.
5. What is one activity you like to do for self-care?

Go for a long run, take a hot shower and then settle in for a Netflix binge. They tend to come as a package deal, but it’s one of my favorite ways to take care of myself. The run pounds away all of the negatives, the shower washes away the stress, and the Netflix binge serves as a warm hug from a longtime friend.
6. Brunch or dinner?

Brunch. We don’t do it often, which makes it all the more special when we do. Some of my most memorable meals are brunches. Plus, bottomless mimosas make the world go round.
7. If you could live in any country for a while, where would you want to live?

I would most likely pick to go back to Germany. It’s probably my favorite place I’ve ever lived. Japan and New Zealand are also on my short list, but my love of travel makes me want to live in Europe again. I also know from our time living in Turkey that being restricted on how much I can travel makes me antsy. Besides, German food is some of my favorite in the world and the people are just the best.
8. What is the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?

That you can either be right or you can be happy. I have a tendency to dig in during arguments, especially with my husband. But, the truth is, that being right doesn’t make me happy. It’s mostly helpful because I can focus on one tiny thing that I am right about and browbeat my point until we both are miserable. It’s something I’m still working on, but I’m trying to choose being happy.
9. What’s your favorite pair of shoes?

Either my Ravenna 6 running shoes or my flip flops. I’ve dealt with a lot of of problems from running shoes in the past and the Brooks Ravenna 6 shoes are the best I’ve ever owned. They help with my mild pronation, but are lightweight and feel excellent on my stride. If I’m not running, then I prefer to be in flip flops. I’ve never liked the feel of shoes on my feet, so flip flops are the closest I get to being barefoot. Plus, I teach barefoot a lot, so flip flops are easy on and off as I enter student’s homes.
10. Recommend one of your favorite blogs.

I read a lot of good blogs, but perhaps one that I find the most underrated is Domestic Imperfection. Ashley is a DIY enthusiast (they’re building their own house right now) on a budget. Plus she has really cute kids. She keeps things real and I like that her house feels like a real home and not something styled for a magazine.

I’m nominating Germana from btchonheels, Katelin from Pretty Sandy Feet, Amanda from The Jazzy Olive, and Meg from Pretty Active. Plus anyone else who wants to play along.

My questions:

  1. What is your favorite meal to cook?
  2. Would you rather vacation at the beach, in the mountains, or in a big city?
  3. Who is your favorite author?
  4. Do you speak a foreign language? If so, what language? If not, do you wish you did?
  5. Would you rather work three 12 hour shifts, four 10 hour shifts, or 5 eight hour shifts a week?
  6. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  7. What is your favorite drink?
  8. Which sounds more appealing to you: living super frugally so you can retire young or indulging now and retiring at a normal age?
  9. What is your favorite social media platform?
  10. How do you feel about Christmas decorations and music before Thanksgiving?
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NaBloPoMo 2015: One Good Thing

I know I’m getting this up pretty late, that’s what happens when you’re splitting the difference between a day and mid shift. But, the only way I see my husband is if I can stay up until 0200 with him on off nights and that requires staying up late and sleeping in on a regular basis. It’s a bit odd, but worth it to spend time with him.

We’ve been homeowners for two months now. And, we still have things in disarray. Honestly, it’s been a bit overwhelming thinking about getting the final things done. We’re down to finishing painting, cleaning and organizing the guest bedroom, cleaning and organizing the garage, hanging pictures, deciding where to put bookshelves and put the books on them, and picking out final things like rugs, side tables, etc. There’s a lot to do and with our wonky schedules, sometimes it feels like we are barely holding on.

Thus, I decided to do one good thing around the house every day. Today it was drawing out the to scale drawing of our proposed patio project and getting that in the mail. Yesterday it was organizing my piano materials and cleaning the four bathrooms (ok, yeah that was two, but they were quick). Each day I just want to do a little bit, so that we chisel away at the to-do list. My hope is that I’ll get into the habit of these quick fixes and they’ll help me keep my house organized and clean. I’ll keep you updated on how it goes.

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