A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

Friday, August 26, 2016


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Today I am participating in Marcia's Runfession's link up! Be sure to visit her blog and check out some of the other bloggers who are Runfessing today!

I don't have a whole lot to Runfess, but let's see what I can pull out of my ass today...

Runfession #1: For years and years, 5 miles was the shortest distance I would run for a workout. When I was doing the Hansons plan, I never ran anything shorter than 6 miles. Now that I ditched the plan, I have switched back to having 5 miles as my base running distance. It sort of messed with my head the first couple times. 5 miles seemed so short. But now I have embraced it! I am honestly ready to be done after 40-45 minutes of running.

Runfession #2: Yesterday I worked out at home and did sit ups on my stability ball. As I was doing them, I suddenly became terrified that my stability ball would pop and I would go crashing to the floor! Do you ever worry about this when you're on a stability ball? I was convinced I'd hit my head and be knocked out.

Runfession #3: I wish I had quit marathon training sooner. I am so happy and I feel good physically. I can't believe I wasted my whole summer being unhappy about that situation. The cool part is that my brother is running a half marathon on the day I was supposed to run my full. And the day before that, my other brother is running a trail race and has stated he is going to WIN IT. (I am inclined to believe him!) So I am extremely happy that I get to spend the weekend cheering on my brothers!

Runfession #4: You know how they say that one way to curb late night snacking is by brushing your teeth so you don't eat anything else? Well, last night after I finished my Blizzard (second night in a row for Blizzards!) I not only brushed my teeth but I rinsed with mouthwash. No more snacking, right? Wrong. About two hours later I got out the party mix. I can just brush my teeth again, duh!
Do you have something you want to Runfess?

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Mold Day!

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On the second day of school, the students got dismissed due to air quality control issues... aka... MOLD.

On the third day of school, I got a 5:43am phone call informing us the entire district would be closed. Hours later we got another call telling us school would be closed Thursday too.

What a way to start the school year!

Yes, we will have to make up these days... which is why I don't feel bad about sharing with you what I did on this surprise day off. I may as well make the most of it, right!?

After a stinky run (trash day in my hood), I went to hang out with Katrina at her pool. Katrina teaches phys ed at our school and we have become pretty good friends over all these years working together.

Let's drink to mold!

Paul was there too but he didn't want to blind you with his pasty whiteness!

We don't go out to eat much, let alone on a weekday, but we decided to splurge that evening and have sushi.

The one bad thing about sushi is that it doesn't matter how many times I wash my hands, they still smell like sushi for the rest of the night.

When we got home, Paul and I watched some TV. Look at my little baby! He looks a little concerned in this photo.

You see I am drinking a diet soda. I am DEEP in a diet soda hole right now. For some reason, I decided to buy a bunch of 12 packs and now all I do is just drink diet soda all day long. I can't stop! I don't want to stop! But I want to want to stop... if that makes sense.

The good part about having off tomorrow is that I can take Paul to his doctor appointments in Baltimore. He has been doing monthly rounds of chemo pretty much all through spring and summer. Tomorrow he gets an MRI and meets with his doctor to see if things are going well. I feel like they are. He doesn't have as many symptoms as he did before.

I'm gonna wrap this up so I can go stir up my Blizzard before we watch Big Brother. That's right, we went to DQ. Don't hate.

This is the song we like to blast on the way home from DQ...

Do you like Mika?
What's your favorite Blizzard flavor?
What do you like to do on a surprise day off?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I'm not cut out for this whole "menstruating" thing

Yesterday was weird, and it really wasn't the greatest day.

First of all, I got my period that morning, and on the first day of my period I basically feel like I have the flu. Tired, back ache, other aches, light headed... It's not fun. I went to the gym to lift anyway. Not a good idea. I felt very apprehensive and "fluttery" as I was lifting. I think from now on, unless I'm dying to go for a run or something, I'm not going to workout at all on the first day of my period. It is just not enjoyable.

I was all proud of myself because last week I stocked up on lots of toiletries so that I could keep the things I need to shower in my gym bag. Sounds nice, right? Except I forgot to pack one of the most important things... UNDERWEAR. I was not going to work in a skirt without underwear, so I had to quick go home after the gym to grab a pair. I only ended up being two minutes late for work since I saved some time by not putting on makeup. Don't worry, I put it on at school. I didn't want to be scaring students on the very first day!

There was just enough time to drink a cup of coffee before my first class arrived. As I was assigning seats, we got an announcement from our principal that all teachers were to check their emails for an important message. It turns out that our students were going to be dismissed at 10am (one hour into the school day) due to an "air quality control" issue. School would be closed Wednesday as well.


Teachers were allowed to either stay in the building or go to another building in our district and do work. I wasn't really sure what work I'd be able to do in another building, so I just stayed in my room. Apparently we were "safe" as long as we don't have allergies or some sort of immunodeficiency.

So I spent the afternoon picking out chorus music and making copies. Definitely not what I thought I'd be doing on the second day of school! I was so tired though. Sleepy tired. All I wanted to do was lay my head down on my desk and take a nap.

After school I taught piano lessons, but as soon as I was done, I ate two bowls of Honey Nut Oaty O's (generic Honey Nut Cheerios) and went to bed when it was still light out.

My period really kicked me in the ass.

Does mold freak you out?
Did you ever forget underwear?
Does your period kick you in the ass?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016


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The other day, Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...Paul and I were bored watching commercials on CBS All Access while we binged on old seasons of Big Brother. In one of the competitions, a contestant was tempted by $10,000. She could take the money, but it meant the whole house (14 people) would have to eat only peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for a week. Spoiler Alert: She took the money!Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

During the commercial, I asked Paul if he would eat PB&J for a week if it meant a stranger would get $10,000. Then I started to come up with all kinds of questions with the "for $10,000" temptation.

Here's what I came up with... and my answers!

1. Would you eat only PB&J for a week if it meant a stranger would get $10,000? Yes, and obviously I would hope the money would go to someone who really needed it and not someone who was a millionaire!

2. Would you eat only PB&J for a month if it meant your BEST FRIEND got $10,000? Yes! Eating PB&J for a month would absolutely suck, but if doing it meant one of my best friends got the money, it would be worth it. I'd like to think they'd do it for me...

3. Women: Would you shave your head for $10,000? Again, YES!!!! I am sure I would not care if my head were shaved while I was VACATIONING IN HAWAII!!!! (Because that is totally what I would do with a lot of that $10,000!)

4. Women: Would you shave your head if it meant your BEST FRIEND got $10,000? Sure! As long as they knew I did it for them so I would get lots of pats on the back- hahaha!

5. What's the longest you would go without running for $10,000? I'm thinking 3 months.

6. What's the longest you would go without working out at ALL for $10,000? Ugh... 1 month????
Please answer some or all of these questions in the comments! Or steal for a blog post!

Note: To me, $10,000 is a substantial amount of money! If $10,000 isn't a lot to you, just imagine an amount that would be a good chunk of change and use that to gauge your answer to the questions!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up!

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Happy Monday! 
I hope you all had a great weekend.

Our was full of... puhp. 

Chrissy had some sort of stomach bug so there was a puhp issue in our house this weekend. 

See, he is a Maine Coon, which means he has long butt hair... which means when he has diarrhea, it can get caught in his butt hair... which means he needs a bath. Jelly had a non diarrhea related puhp clump in his butt hair this weekend too, which means in total, our cats got 5 baths over the course of 2 days. 

It was traumatic, but they still love us.

It was rough getting out of bed due to being up late the night before at a Bob Saget show. I managed to lift in the sun room before work. I ate a pork chop and Greek yogurt on the way to work because... protein.

At school I put the finishing touches on my classroom and lesson plans. The highlight of my day was going to my SIL's for lunch and hanging out with her and my nieces and nephew.

After work, Paul and I binge watched some Big Brother. For us, binge watching equals about three episodes. That's pretty much the longest our attention spans are good for!

I fell asleep in my bed with my lap top. It felt like summer. Ah!

I slept until almost 11am! It felt divine!

Since my ITB didn't hurt in the morning, I went for a very enjoyable 5 miler. It was scorching hot and I was a little pokey, but I still enjoyed the run. My ITB/knee felt fine the rest of the day. It's so confusing. The two days I took off running (Thursday and Friday) were the WORST days pain wise. The day I run, it feels fine. WTF?

That evening we went to our friend Freddy's house to celebrate his birthday! A fun time was had by all!

 Rachel is a BEAST!

I went for another run, because, why not? It seems like lately I am so achy when I don't run. I did 5 miles and right when I finished it started POURING!

Then Paul and I headed to Randy and Michael's house to play some games. Again, a good time was had by all!

I only had to suggest this once and they were game!

Then we all headed for the mall near our house because an H&M store just opened. I could hear the music from a mile away. WHY IS THAT STORE SO LOUD???? Nothing makes me feel more old than when I go into a store and the music is so loud that I can't even focus.

I almost bought a cute shirt but the line for the dressing room was so long. I eyed up the shirt and figured it would fit and I didn't need to try it on. Unfortunately, the line to check out was twice as long as the fitting room! It was crowded, the music was making me slightly crazy, and I knew there was no way I could wait in line. I threw the shirt on the nearest rack and got the hell out of there as fast as possible.

I may go back when it is less crowded. We'll see.

When we got home, we chilled on the couch and watched Big Brother and Samantha Bee.

Normally I don't like Sundays, but this Sunday didn't feel like a Sunday! I think that is thanks to Randy and Michael having us over. Thanks guys!

Before I went to bed, I quickly laid out Flat Mrs. Cooney so I would be ready for my first day of school with students!

Ready or not, here they come...

Are there any stores that make you feel old?
Have you ever given your cat a bath?
Do you like Sundays? What do you normally do?

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Welcome to my classroom!

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A friend/colleague made this for me last year! I love it!

Outside my door to welcome students.

Do I have enough cat pictures on my door or do I need more?


Music room!

Yes, my desk is always this clean! (No seriously, I am very organized.)

It is soooooo humid. Look.

This is where I will be sitting for the next 21 years. (Except for 10 weeks in the summer.)

This is a bulletin board behind my desk of just things I like, things that inspire me, or things that make me laugh.

I run a tight ship. For real.



TRIANGLES! NEW! (I had to throw out some rusty ones.)


I have been wanting to hang this for awhile and I finally made room.

Reward chart!

This arrived on Wednesday and it is going to be LIFE CHANGING for me and my classroom!

That's my Chrissy boy!

Behavior chart. Required.

 Recorder Karate bulletin board outside my room. Soon it will be filled with names of students achieving their belts!

I am always proud of how my bulletin boards look until I walk around the school and see everyone else's bulletin boards. That's when I realize I should definitely stick to MUSIC as I am not artistic in the least! Also, I know a lot of those teachers spend a lot of time designing their bulletin boards and probably spend a lot of their own money on supplies too! I just grab whatever paper and boarders I can find in my cupboards... which is usually old and leftover from the person who held my position before me!

Well anyway, thanks for taking this little tour of my classroom! I hope you're having a great weekend!

Are you artistic?
Is your work space usually messy or organized?