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Thoughts from a Thursday

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 | 2 comments

-It’s almost August guys and the triple digits are here! It’s so cold inside Equinox that I actually love it when I step outside. Can you believe I only have two more weeks there!?

-I’ve started putting some ideas together and meeting with folks at my new school, and I’m getting so anxious to get started!

-I’m back into the swing of healthy eating, and loving summer fruits, but I still feel like I’m carrying around 5 lbs of Turkey weight. And I don’t mean the bird.


-When does Mad Men return? I miss Don.

-I need a real alarm clock that’s pretty. Any recs.?

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-Remember when I mentioned finding a new shampoo in this post? I got a sample at my last hair cut appointment and I think this may be the one. It smells soo good!
Happy weekend eve.
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Posted on May 4, 2014 | 8 comments

Thanks for your sweet comments!

I was sick all week long and spent a lot of time on the couch watching Dawson’s Creek, eating pancakes, and sleeping. But the whole time I was smiling! After 61 cover letters and interviews for 13 different positions, I am finally done. I have accepted the role of Learning Specialist at an independent school! The position is brand new, so I will be spearheading the development of policies and procedures surrounding the academic support program, coordinating support services for students with learning differences, and acting as a resource for parents and teachers. My role will be similar to what I was doing last year as a school psychologist, except that I won’t be testing students to determine special education eligibility (because I.D.E.A. doesn’t apply in private settings), and I’ll be working in ONE SCHOOL! I am pumped for this challenge, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to be working with an amazing group of professionals. I substituted on Friday and only got more excited to be back in a school setting with the kiddos. I don’t start until the new school year, so I will continue working at Equinox in the meantime.

Needless to say, Matt and I celebrated this weekend.


We popped open a bottle of Prosecco that’s been in my fridge since December.


We drank it in the park by our apartment while the sun was setting and then ordered Thai takeout. It was a wonderful evening.


Saturday morning, I was finally feeling up for some exercise afer 4 days off – I took Matt with me to a spinning class and then tried out the steam room for some relaxation afterwards. Felt so good to sweat!


Matt let me pick our Saturday evening dinner destination, and I went with Komali because of the incredible Mexican-inspired menu – seriously my dream menu. We walked to dinner in the glorious 80 degree temps.


Cheers! I ordered a tamarind margarita with a spiced rim and it was amazing.


For appetizers, we ordered the goat cheese with morita chile and piloncillo,


as well as the PEI mussels with pasilla chile flakes, cilantro, and tequila – whatever crema was on the toasted baguette was out of this world.


For entrees, we ordered the pan seared scallops with cauliflower poblano rajas, apple compote, and ancho chile glaze,


and the poblano pepper stuffed with beef tenderloin and dried fruits & nuts with toasted walnut sauce and cilantro.


And lastly, the pumpkin tres leches with candied pepitas and cinnamon whipped cream.

Everything we ordered was amazing – I’m kind of in love with Komali now. We definitely went all out, and the dinner made for one hell of a celebration!

Hope y’all had a lovely weekend.

PS: thank you for the continuous support this year and for bearing with me during these past couple of crazy months!

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Reebok Skyscape at Kohl’s

Posted on May 1, 2014 | 1 comment

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Reebok. I received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

I’ve seen quite a few bloggers review the Reebok Skyscape, so I was really excited to get the opportunity to try out a pair!  I received a Kohl’s giftcard so that I could order them online. Kohl’s only had pink and black left in my size, so I went with the black – they come in a bunch of different colors though!


Since starting my part-time job at Equinox in March, I’ve had a little bit of trouble getting used to be being on my feet for extended periods – my shift is usually 6 hours. I’ve worn my Reeboks for a couple of shifts now, and can say that they are super comfy and my feet felt happy at the end of the day! The reason the shoes are so unique is because they are made of a seamless, two-way stretch foam material. The foam is really flexible and lightweight, so it moves with your foot and kinda feels like you aren’t wearing shoes (although they were a little tight when I first put them on). These are probably the lightest shoes I’ve even worn (5 ounces!), so I bet they’d be great for travel.


Because the foam is breathable and seamless, you can also wear them without socks! I tried them without socks at work and found that my feet still felt a little sweaty – they are machine washable though, so even if you do sweat and they start to smell, you can just wash them!


I’m lucky that I have the option to wear active wear to work at Equinox. I usually wear black or patterned leggings and thus my Reebok’s matched perfectly and I think any of the others would have added a nice pop of color. However, I just can’t see myself wearing these with anything other than work out attire – they are still just a bit too sporty to wear with skinny jeans, and since they don’t have a ton of extra arch support, I’d probably just choose flats over these.


I’m glad to have a new option for work though, so I don’t have to wear my giant clunkers or have aching feet! You can read my review at Kohl’s – looks like everyone else likes the Skycapes too!

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Scenes from the Weekend

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 | 24 comments

I’ll leave you with snaps from my wonderful, low-key weekend because I’m too tired from work and being sick to write a full recap. I have a cold/cough and found out I also have an infection – the antibiotics are already destroying my stomach:( Plus, I’m too excited to focus on writing a post right now because….


I GOT A JOB. I GOT A JOB. I GOT A JOB! Wooohoooooooo. I just found out a few hours ago and am beyond excited!








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Life This Week

Posted on Mar 20, 2014 | 4 comments

Oh hey. Happy spring. And happy 60th birthday to my mom! I’m very jealous that she’s celebrating with the rest of the fam!

It’s been a busy week here, and I loved it! I had a bunch of interviews Wednesday and started working at Equinox this week. Although I’ve been substitute teaching since the fall, it’s been less consistent lately and I just needed more steady income. It’s also nice to have more structure to my week, as it looks like I’ll be working mornings. I’ve been busy in the kitchen too! Matt has made it home for a majority of meals this week (which has been very rare as of late)!! It’s so wonderful having him as a dinner date, and I definitely put a bit more effort into dinner (and don’t eat at like 5pm) when I know he’s coming home. I made a pineapple crockpot chicken this evening:


Speaking of food, I re-introduced a little dairy (anyone have any experience with this?) since it’s been a loong time now, and can’t conclude much. I’ve been taking a new probiotic (VSL3), which I used to take when I first saw my gastroenterologist back in Boston (he said it’s the best), and it’s been really helping! I also took another round of Prevacid, which seemed to change something in my stomach, at least temporarily. I seem ok with a little bit of hard cheese, but I’m not so sure about yogurt:(

Lastly, I watched Clueless tonight #imighthaveseenpaulruddinvegas. I definitely picked up on some things that I didn’t catch back in ’95. And the soundtrack brought back so many memories!

After last weekend’s crazy adventures, I’m pretty excited to take it easy on Friday, grab brunch with friends, and hopefully have a date night on Saturday.

See ya.

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Christmas in Dallas

Posted on Dec 28, 2013 | 10 comments

Hosting Christmas in Dallas was a blast, but boy am I exhausted. Matt’s parents and sister and my parents and sister, husband, and family were all here!! Everyone arrived on Christmas Eve, so I prepped a big spread of food in the townhouse where they were staying. We were up late eating appetizers and drinking beer, hot apple cider, and egg nog (I thought the almond kind was pretty good with bourbon!). I made bbq pork shoulder in the crockpot for the main course along with cornbread and quinoa salad. For dessert, we had an ice cream sundae bar and some of the goodies I baked.







Christmas morning, we had mimosas and french toast and then opened presents. We did a gift exchange this year instead of buying gifts for everyone, and I think it worked out really well!


We hosted Christmas dinner in our apartment, and made all the usuals: maple glazed ham (my first, and it turned out fabulously), corn pudding, pineapple sweet potato casserole, bacon green beans, cinnamon apples, and rolls. I made the casseroles ahead of time and then everyone came over for cocktail hour and helped with the rest of the cooking so I didn’t have to do all the work:)


Mazen stayed busy with snacks.




I made a chocolate bourbon pecan pie and a peppermint ice cream pie for dessert!


The two days after Christmas were filled with more beer drinking and hanging out in Dallas.


We went bowling at a cool vintage alley in the design district.



And we took our siblings out for craft cocktails at a neighborhood bar called The Standard Pour.


We also had awesome weather and fit in some nice walks. Our last night ended with pomegranate margaritas and a trip to The Common Table for a wonderful dinner.


I was so sad to see everyone go today, but just thrilled that they made the trip to Dallas to spend Christmas with us! Matt has the whole next week off from work, so we decided to drive down to New Orleans for a New Year’s road trip. I’ve got to push through this sleepiness and pack my bags so we can hit the road in the morning! Hope yall had as merry a Christmas as I did!!

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