Happy Tuesday! A four day work week is definitely something to be excited about!
I hope you all had a great weekend, and the good news is that January (my least favorite month) is almost over!!!
My day at school was one of those magical days where all the kids were engaged and I felt like I was a really good teacher, but mostly because they were being really good students.
When I got home, I showered and changed so I looked cute to go out to eat with Paul. We had a gift card to an Italian place. The food was DELISH and we cleaned our plates.
Spaghetti and meatballs!
After dinner, we stopped at Giant for some essentials.
It is important to look your best when shopping for cat toys.
We were home before 8 o'clock, and the rest of my night is best encapsulated in this picture:
We got home just in time to shower and head over to my brother and SIL's house for a birthday get together for my Daddio!
Dad, Ellie, and Clementine
She is so cute!
Make a wish, Daddio!
Ellie gives her Grandpa the card she made.
Dad got Paul a mini foosball table he refurbished.
Wait, I thought Dad was supposed to be getting the presents?
Every time I go to my brother's, I try to get better at basketball.
I am still really bad at it.
For his birthday, I offered to pay my dad's entry to the Capital 10 Miler. The race is at the beginning of April, so I thought it would be a fun one for us to run. I didn't sign him up though because I'm not going to sign someone up for a race without asking them first! I told him to think about it, and if he doesn't want to run it, we can find another one to do.
I actually had a good run on Sunday morning, which is surprising because most of my runs lately have been a big fat "MEH". More on that in a later post... But I had planned to do 3 miles and it turned into 8 miles! Then I did something strange- I lifted. I rarely run and lift on the same day but I was due.
The rest of the day was spent relaxing and finishing this big boy I started the night before. 1,000 pieces in less than 24 hours! It's a puzzle PR!
MONDAY BONUS DAY!
Taking home a huge paycheck is not one of the perks of teaching- but having federal holidays off is one of the perks. Having this extra day was wonderful. I wish I could work four 10 hour days and have three day weekends all the time. I would totally do it.
I did something very strange on Monday... I went to the gym. I hadn't been there since the beginning of July. Ever since I got a lot more weights, I've been lifting at home. And I rarely run on the treadmill because I dislike it so much.
However, it was freezing on Monday, and I was sick of just running around my neighborhood. I needed something different, even if that meant running on the dreadmill. Paul was going to grocery shop next door so I thought it would be perfect to do a little speed session on the treadmill while he did that.
My workout actually went great! I swear, it is so much easier running on the treadmill than outside. It is just more boring and HOT in the gym.
After my workout, I sneaked over to the Dollar Tree to stock up on puzzles. I made out like a bandit- 11 puzzles!!!!!
I swear I have pants on!
Chrissy was curious about my stack of puzzles. Then he "head dove" into them and they came crashing down! If you have cats, you know what a "head dive" is!
Then I made a puzzle pyramid and... well... watch the vid!
The rest of the afternoon was spent watching Sex and the City and working on my new puzzles. While I did that... PAUL CLEANED THE HOUSE!!!! You don't understand. Normally I clean the whole house myself because, well, he has been taking radiation and chemo forever and has been recovering from that. But he wanted to do it today, and I wasn't going to argue with him!
Then we had dinner and watched The Shawshank Redemption. It had been awhile since I saw that movie. It's so good!
I shall leave you with some kitty pictures...