Archives for February 2014

I’ll Be Back

Sometimes, you just have to throw the towel in. Blogging is on the back burner for a while folks.   It’s not that I don’t love this space and place but today I realized that I just can’t do it all. I am muddy and knee deep at work.  Good things, powerful things and important things but I feel like I am scarily treading water and it just keeps rising.

Being a teacher comes with not working a traditional day and each night when I turn my computer on, I find myself responding to email and trying to grade without even a thought to opening WordPress.

I have a feeling my 14 in 2014 is going to suffer a serious hit in February but at this point I am going to remind myself it is a marathon not a sprint.  This time of the year tends to always make me crazy.  My mind is going so many ways and yet I feel like I am on the treadmill and just keep running .  Or lack thereof because my tendon is killing me.  Really hurting me and I haven’t worked out since I got caught a cold almost a week ago.

On that note, I sold my FitBit Force on Craigslist for $120.  I paid $129 and tax so I think that’s a win.  It was making me crazy. Well, crazier than I am already am.  I was losing sleep over the fact that it was telling me I was a terrible sleeper.  I was upset if I didn’t get my steps in and annoyed if I thought it registered too many active minutes on days when I had none.  So, a Garmin maybe for summer when I get my running groove back or maybe nothing?

So, bear with me as I get my life in order, decompress and get some things off my plate.  I will be back.  I want to show you my frustrations with taking pictures and see if you have any advice. I want to tell you about my kids.  And I want to tell you about my kitchen remodel.  Some many things folks… I’ll be back.

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High Five for Friday February 6th

Happy Friday Friends! Can I get a TGIF! Holy cow was this a long, challenging week. Let’s get to it.

1. Brady got croup again this week. The good things- we know what to do when he gets it, our pediatrician gives us the steroids without question and we move on.  Stupid winter colds have plagued our household this week. Lucky for us we have NOTHING going on this weekend, so I am thinking we will lay low and get healthy.

2. The Super Bowl proved to be a money making venture for me. I was in a playoff fantasy football league with Glenn and his friends for the most part and guess what…. I WON! Money in my pocket. Some will get spent on some things for me and the rest is going in the bank.  See how much my marriage has made me more responsible?

3. Next weekend, hopefully, we are headed to Lake Geneva with friends for a quick weekend getaway.  I am so looking forward to lounging around, catching up with friends, eating and drinking to my heart’s content. I miss my kids desperately when I am gone, but I could really use a break.

4. Tech geek stuff. I made a book of our Instagram Life through Artifact Uprising.  It was delivered this week and I am in love.  It is lovely and I can’t wait to show you more of it.  And, the #WaterlogueApp is my new favorite. I just can’t figure out where to print my images.  This one below needs to go somewhere in my house.


5. We got so much snow again this week. It is thigh high on my husband in our backyard and we are all totally over it. But, then I saw this on Facebook and got a good chuckle.  It’s amazing how 2 doesn’t feel cold anymore and 6 inches of slow doesn’t slow us down.


Have a great weekend. Here’s to us getting healthy and having some down time.



14 in 2014 Update January

The first month of 2014 is up so it’s time for an update on those 14 things I said I would do in 14.  This should keep me accountable especially for the short term things I am working on right?

1. Participate in either a sprint triathlon or a race that is 10K or longer.

Hmm…with a torn tendon running is on the back burner for now. So, I am working on strength and some light cardio.  I am really hoping if I do some strength exercises and physical therapy on my own, I will be back running soon!

2. Research, try and make a new recipe once a month.  So frequently we end up in a food rut in our house and I think with a little bit of effort we could try some new things.  And maybe, I could even share them here on this little blog.

Yes, we tried a new one early on in the month and it was terrible.  And I know some of you will disagree with me because it is one of the most pinned recipes on pinterest.  It wasn’t good.  I thought the chicken, bacon, broccoli and rice combo sounded good but it was heavy and took a lot of time to prep and we just didn’t think it was great.  To be honest, we hated it.    But, hey at least we made a new one!   So, then at the end of the month (Polar Vortex Round 2) we tried another Pinterest recipe for philly chesse sandwiches and it was a fail.  It tasted nothing like a philly cheese streak.  So, I am starting to lose faith in the reliability of the recipes on there. 

3. Teach Brady (with Glenn’s help) to ride a bike. Our strider bike attempt was a bust so with some new Big Wheels for Christmas we are hoping that a bike is in his future.

4. Begin a scrapbook project for our family that forces me to pick up my camera weekly.

Update (1/15) I have joined this 12 month photography group and I can tell you that I am already picking up my camera more.  Working on little things that I can learn and accepting I won’t be good anytime soon.  I am going to start organizing all my pictures from January and I have been writing little notes about the month so I can remember what we have done.

Update (1/27) I ordered a scrapbook from Artifact Uprising of our Life via Instagram 2013 and can’t wait for it to be delivered. I will be sure to share once I get it.  But at least we are printing pictures. 

5. Read at least one classic. I am a voracious reader but I have never read a classic.

6. Find a spiritual place that works for our family. My faith has been on the back burner since we had kids and it is time to explore and nurture that part of me.

7. Learn Adobe Photoshop once and for all.

8. Set a goal when it comes to weight loss and hit it.  No, I will not be sharing this one.  This has been a recent struggle for me privately and now you know so maybe it will hold me accountable.

I wrote about this here and I am pleased to tell you I am committed but my foot injury is not helping.  I have some time but I need to get moving. I hit my first goal so I am the proud new owner of a FitBit Force.  It’s amazing how much seeing the scale moves motivates me.  I am so close to my second goal and can test a trip to Athleta and Lululemon. 

9. For the rest of the school year, pack my lunch at least three times a week. No excuses.

So far, so good. I am on a tear with this one.  Not because I want to but because I am busy at work right now, so taking time for lunch is just not an option. This has been an easy one with a little pre-planning and I am learning that since I love to pick or graze small snacks/meals are the best option for me.   This first week of February will be a HUGE test for me with some work commitments. 

10. Watch the entire Breaking Bad series. Glenn and I keep talking about it and we need to start watching now. (This will require me not to go to bed at 8:30 every night).

11. Get Cate involved or signed up for something. Poor second child has been neglected and it’s her turn to do something… anything.

12. Call or send snail mail to my grandma once a month.

I did send her a birthday card in January for her February 1st birthday. That might be cheating but I got something in the mail. 

13. Finish decorating our main floor with the little things and big things. Shelves need to be filled and there are some walls that need love and at least one TV that needs to be mounted.

14. Have a quarterly meeting with my two best friends. I miss them.  Too often I find excuses about why I can’t so this year, I will organize and I say I can.  We text and talk but every single time I see them I miss them more and find myself wanting to do more, see them more and connect more often.

Well, we tried.  And the stomach flu hit two of our houses the week before we were supposed to meet a newborn. So, no it has not happened yet.  But we are trying. And have another date set just before Q1 of 2014 ends.