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 31, 2018

What I Wore To Work This Week (Friday 5)

Hello, Friends! I'm back at work which means I actually have to put on "real" clothes!

Today, I am going to share my outfits from the first 5 days of school. (School started on Thursday, that's why these are Thurs-Wed outfits!)

A note: I like to dress up for work but I always want to be comfortable. I rarely wear heels. I rarely wear dress pants. I like nice clothes but I'm always looking for a DEAL!

~ Thursday ~

I think this is the third year in a row I wore this black and white striped dress on the first day of school. It's cotton and stretchy, which means it's very comfortable. My classroom has been stuffy these past couple days, so it keeps me cool as well.

Comfy sandals- please ignore my ugly feet.

Statement necklace! I always get a lot of compliments on this.

~ Friday  ~

I love this blue dress. I got it at Maurice's way back in college, so I have had it for over 15 years! The jean jacket is from Community Aid, a secondhand shop.

This necklace was a recent purchase. $8. I love it!

The bangles and are just some fashion jewelry.
The ring is from my Grandma.

Same  sandals as Thursday... do you need to see my feet again!?

~ Monday ~

I am so tickled with this dress I got from Ross for only $15! Not only is it comfortable, it is made well and it's super stylish! I believe I can wear it in the winter too if I pair it with boots and a sweater!

This picture shows you the cool detailing on the side.

Same necklace as Friday.

A mix of costume jewelry and some family jewelry.

Some plain earrings.

Gotta sport the aviators!
This was taken on the way home. I look a bit more chipper in the morning!

~ Tuesday ~

Just a cheapo cotton v-neck and  a $20 cotton skirt I got at H&M several years ago (the ONLY thing I ever bought at that store).

Here's a close up on the pattern on the skirt.

One of my new necklaces- $8 and just some gold studs.

I splurged on these shoes last fall. I did NOT need them. But I wanted them. $30 at TJ Maxx. I'm glad I bought them!

~ Wednesday ~

You're going to hate me when I tell you how much this dress was. I got it at NY & Co for $15! It's super stretchy and SO comfy!

 Halfway through the day, I realized my shoe was broken!

Statement ring.

I am linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for Friday 5 2.0!
What is your favorite look on me?
Which outfit are you most likely to wear?

Thursday, August 30, 2018


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It's been awhile! And these are fun!

Current book favorite reddit thread: /BigBrother

Current music: Since it's the first couple days of school, I am singing a ton of "Welcome" and "Hello" songs. I am thinking about singing some of them in a future vlog hahaha!

Current guilty pleasure: Not watering my garden. I gave up. It's been fucked for a long time.

I got ONE eggplant.

Rotted squash. All I got was one yellow and one zuke.

Weeds and rotted tomatoes...

Current Podcast: Still rocking out my regular podcasts- RHAP, Pod Save America, Happier, and Stuff You Should Know are my current favorites.

Current drink: Well, I'm drinking a lot of seltzer at work. I definitely drink more water during the school year when I am singing and talking all day.

Current favorite TV show: July-Sept, my answer will always be BIG BROTHER!!!

 Current need: I need for The View to come back from hiatus! I miss my Joy!

Current triumph: Okay, I play this live HQ trivia game on my phone. It happens every night at 9pm. (I don't play every night.) For awhile, I couldn't get past question 3, but the other night, I got to question 5!

Current wish list: I wish people would stop posting memes that stigmatize addicts.

Current bane of my existence: Jelly waking me up in the middle of the night.

Current most annoying celebrity CNN commentator: Mary Katharine Ham. She just always looks so smug and has a smirk on her face when talking about really serious subjects.

Current indulgence: I got a sports massage on Saturday!

Current food: I am OBSESSED with the stuffed pepper casserole I made a couple weeks ago. Don't worry, I will do a blog post on how to make it soon!

Current things I am thankful for: Having a job that I love and colleagues I love.

Current puzzle: This bad boy from Community Aid!

Current excitement: A long Labor Day Weekend!

Tell me something "current" about you!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

I have ugly feet, but they take me to beautiful places.

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I have ugly feet.

Callouses, blisters, scars, dead skin, ragged toenails... 
I have them all.

But you know what? These feet took me to so many beautiful places!

My feet took me...

... to the top of Camel's Hump in Vermont.

... to Emerald Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park.

... through 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon... twice.

... to the top of The Incline in Manitou Springs, Colorado.

... to the Appalachian Trail in three different states.

... through 50 miles of the Bull Run 50 Miler.

... to a trail race on Mount Tamalpais in CA.

... to Tennessee Valley Beach in Marin County, CA.

... to The Grand Canyon.

... to Tent Rocks in New Mexico.

... to the giant redwoods in Northern California.

I'm thankful for everywhere my feet have taken me over the past 36 years!

Any blemish they may incur is earned!
Tell me where your feet have taken you!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Resting Bitch Face is a sexist term. I will no longer be using it.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger... This summer, Paul and I went to a social event. We had a great time! I saw old friends and made some new friends. The entire evening was enjoyable.

At one point in the evening, I was sitting at a table with a couple other people, just kind of chilling out, and in a sarcastic tone, a guy said to me, "You look like you're having a blast."

Now, three years ago, I would have smiled and put on an animated face and reassured this dude that I was having a great time. Because I'm a woman. And as a woman, I'm always supposed to look happy, approachable, and beautiful, right?

But not 2018 Megan. 2018 Megan said to him, "No, this is just my Resting Bitch Face."

It caught the dude off guard (which was my goal) and he assured me, "Oh yeah, I have resting bitch face too."

I was super proud of my retort, but a week later, when I was thinking about the incident, I regretted it. Resting Bitch Face is such a sexist term! Why did I even use that term? Of course I wanted to make a point to him that it wasn't my job to look happy, but how could I have conveyed that without resorting to the sexist term of Resting Bitch Face?

If I could redo that moment, I would reply, in total deadpan, "No... this is just my face... but are YOU having a good time!?"

Remember ladies, just because you aren't smiling, doesn't mean you look like a "bitch". Also, it's not your job to perform for other people and convey the emotions you think they want to see from you.

And if a dude tells you to smile... please just tell him to fuck off.
How would you have handled the situation?
What do you do when a man tells you to smile?

Monday, August 27, 2018

Weekend Wrap Up!

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Happy Monday!
I just enjoyed my first official weekend of the school year! Here's what we were up to...

TGIF!!! My first full week back to work was a success. I was super productive, prepared for Day #1 with the kids, and kept my cool... even during kindergarten! Friday was Day #2 with the kids.

I took a sleeping pill the night before to ensure that I could fall back asleep when the cats woke me up. Thanks to the pill, I slept all night and I had a good run in the morning.

 An alley I run down has a ton of sunflowers!

When I got to work, I saw that one of our wonderful secretaries did my laminating for me! What a time saver! And look at all the lamination I get to cut! I LOVE CUTTING LAMINATION!!!!!

I did not have time to cut all of this on Friday. That means, I will have a treat waiting for me on Monday!

After work, I asked Paul out on a date to Hellenic Kouzina, a local Greek cafe. This is the place I went with Randy and Michael last weekend. The weather was beautiful, so Paul and I got to eat outside on the patio.

It's BYOB!!!

I spilled some wine....

 We both got their signature gyro...

... and Greek seasoned fries...

 .... and our app was this yumminess!

Obviously, we ordered too much food and took a lot home. But we got all of that for just $30! You can't beat the prices!

When we got home, we watched the Big Bother eviction! Julie Chen was looking FLY!!!!!

Chrissy kept us company.

Then we dug into the dessert we took home from the restaurant. This was DIVINE!

I went to bed at 8pm. I love going to bed. I had a lot of reddit to catch up on...

Jelly spent a lazy morning with me.

Then Paul and I headed to Kohl's. I had a 30% off coupon that was burning a hole in my pocket! Paul got two really nice pans. He is excited for them!

I got a couple things. First, a new wallet. My old one has seen better days.

I also got this swear marked down to $13.60... and remember, I got 30% off that!

I finally found a pack of silver "stud" type earrings. I have a lot of gold studs, but no silver. These were originally $22 but marked down 50%. Then I got 30% off that! It comes out to about 37 cents per earring!

I'll wear all of these except the arrows.

I'm most excited for these black heels. I didn't have any classic black heels and now I do. They are Apartment 9 brand and they're the "comfort" design. 

They are pretty comfortable, but I will only wear them for sitting down activities or special work occasions, like my concerts and our field trips to the ballet and orchestra.

After that, we went to the gym. Well, Paul went to the gym. I parked at the gym and then ran over to a park to get my six miles in. It was scorching hot! This park has no shade.

After my run, I splurged and got a coconut Bai. That's my favorite drink, but I never get it because it costs over two dollars!

That afternoon, I had a sports massage at Elements Massage in Camp Hill. The only massage I ever had was a free one (about 10 minutes) after the race I did on my birthday. It really helped my hips and lower back, so I thought I'd try a full sports massage.

My therapist was VERY good. I wish I could tell you what all she did but I don't know the proper terminology. Let's just say it wasn't the type of massage that feels good. I was sweating by the time I was done! I am excited to see if it helps my running! If so, I plan to go monthly. I'm worth it, right!?

That evening, we went to our friend Freddy's house to celebrate his birthday. I only got one picture- Paul with Belle!

Unfortunately, while I was at the party, I learned of the passing of John McCain. We lost a true American hero.

More early morning Jelly time! Don't let his cuteness fool you... he had me up at 5:30!

I spent some time blogging and then did a puzzle. Don't worry, I was also productive by tidying up the house, doing wash, and doing yard work.

Then I took my computer onto my back porch and started downloading some freebies from Teachers Pay Teachers. I have so many fun ideas for my music classroom!

Of course I also did the Sunday task of laying out my clothes for the week! Summer dresses don't take up much room!

Paul and I played cards, ate dinner, and watched Samantha Bee!

Sorry my wrap ups sometimes peter out on Sundays... I just get tired and blah and just... well... you know how Sundays are!
Locals: Have you tried Hellenic Kouzina yet?

Anyone else like cutting lamination? Is there another mindless task you enjoy?

Have you ever had a sports massage?

Did you ever try Bai?