Good Monday morning to you, friends!
I hope you had a fabulous weekend!
I ended up having zero weekend plans, but as you can see, I still had fun...
Friday was one of those days at work where I didn't have a minute to just sit down and BREATHE. I know that sounds very dramatic, but that is how I felt. One of the reasons was because I took the second graders on a field trip to see a performance of The Nutcracker. Field trips are fun, and I love the ballet, but it is just so freaking stressful!
It didn't help that somehow I did not reserve enough seats for my group. My numbers were off by about 25 students! I don't know how it happened, but there were not enough seats reserved. I was so embarrassed. This was the tenth time I organized this trip, and I screwed it up. There was plenty of extra seating, as the performance wasn't sold out, but I am still mad at myself for making an error. At least my biggest "field trip fear" has finally happened! I have organized about 25 field trips during my teaching career and for every single one, I was worried I would screw it up. Well, I finally did and the world didn't end. Yippee.
After work, I was thankful that my understanding husband gave me almost an hour and a half of alone time to calm down and unwind. I was having trouble letting go of the tension that was building up all day. Time to just zone out was what I needed.
That night, we went out for sushi! After a couple months of being careful with money and saving as much as possible (we had a few unforeseen big bills/expenses come up), we finally felt like we could be frivolous with our money for a night and enjoy a good meal. We got sushi, which is something we both love!
As our delicious meal was brought out to us, I couldn't help but laugh that we had a refrigerator FULL of yummy food right now (Paul made one of those turkeys we bought last weekend!), yet we still felt the need to go out for dinner. Oh well!
On the way home, we stopped at Weis (blech) for groceries and we got some donuts for dessert. I didn't even wait until we were home to eat mine. I devoured it in the car. Does a craving ever just overcome you so badly that you need to eat that particular food right away? Right when we got into the car, I took out the chocolate covered cream filled donut, looked at Paul and said, "AMERICA!" and took a big bite.
I don't have a Garmin shot for you since it died on my run, but I do have a shot of what I refueled with afterwards...
Open faced turkey-cran sandwich!
That afternoon, I did the last little bit of Christmas decorating I had to do. I hadn't put up any of my Hallmark ornaments yet, so I put on some Christmas music and got to work!
This is my favorite ornament! I've had it since I was a baby!
That evening, Paul had plans with some friends, so I took advantage of the situation and watched The Family Stone while I wrapped a couple Christmas presents. I like to spread out my Christmas present wrapping because I enjoy it so much! As for The Family Stone... I don't know why I enjoy watching that movie, but I do. Most of the characters in it are horrible, horrible people. But for some reason, the movie is "homey" to me. It's kind of like how I love Nancy Grace, even though I know she is ridiculous...
Jelly likes to watch, too!
For dinner, I had Paul's newest concoction- TURKEY CHILI! It had shredded white meat turkey in it, along with tomatoes, beans, some brown sugar, and BBQ sauce. It is divine. It kind of tastes like pulled pork. But it's chili. BAM.
After dinner, I got a little excited... I got on Amazon and bought more Christmas presents for loved ones we said we were "done" buying for. Oops. I will tell Paul tomorrow. I only spent about an extra $25. He can't get mad about that...!
Sunday morning, Jelly and I had a little photo session...
It looked so cold and windy outside, so I bundled up in my warmest stuff with the goal of running 8 miles. I didn't know if I would be able to stand the wind for that long, so I just just hoped for the best!
Well, as it turned out, it wasn't as cold as I thought it would be, and I was extremely warm on my run. I also felt very sluggish... I normally do when I'm all dressed up like a marshmallow!
This pace felt like an effort today.
I had not been shopping in quite a long time, and I was in desperate need of some stylish tunics and sweaters to wear with leggings and boots this winter. I have plenty of winter work clothes, but whenever it is time to get dressed semi nice and go somewhere, I feel like I have zero options because all my cute stuff is either short sleeved or sleeveless. A trip to Kohl's and Ross would remedy the situation! You will notice a color theme going on....
Pic #1- creamish/tannish cardigan ($10.99)
Pic #2- black and white chunky sweater ($14.99 + 20% off)
Pic #3- black and white long sleeve splashy tunic ($9.99 + 20% off)
Pic #4- grey long sleeve tunic ($12.99 + 20% off)
Pic #5- charcoal grey and light grey reindeer leggings (5.99)
Six cute pieces for just about $45! As you can tell, I am not one to spend a lot of money on clothes because there is simply no need to. Is that $15 sweater going to last me 10 years? Probably not. But is it going to be in style/am I going to want to wear it in 10 years? Oh, and I have been wanting to try the reindeer legging fad for awhile now and finally found a pair I think I can get away with without looking like I'm trying to dress like a teenager!
I did a ton of planning on Sunday afternoon... Planning in the way of thinking about some 2015 races and maybe one last 2014 race! I am in desperate need of some running and lifting goals. Lately, I have been doing "whatever". I love doing "whatever".... a little too much! It is time to start thinking about what is next! Don't worry, once I have some tentative plans, I will share them with you! Hopefully in the next week!
And I finished off the night by wrapping a few more gifts. Jelly helped, of course!
Do you own any patterned leggings?
Do you have a love/hate relationship with a movie like I have with The Family Stone?
Did you ever royally screw something up at work the way I screwed up that field trip?
Any last minute 2014 races!?
Any last minute 2014 races!?