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Thoughts from a Thursday

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 | 14 comments

-I loved Caitlin’s post on challenging your own personal narrative – surrounding yourself with positivity is one of the most important pieces of advice out there, and it’s been essential for me this year. Plus, looking on the bright side of things and associating yourself with positive people might be a sign of emotional intelligence!

-I’ve started marking overnight oatmeal to take with me to work and it’s such a nice morning treat. I’d forgotten how much I love it.

-I haven’t finished it yet, but I’d definitely recommend this book! It’s the story of girl [around my age] who hikes the Pacific Coast Trail alone in an attempt to find herself.


-Speaking of mental and physical challenges, I’m finally doing yoga. I haven’t loved any class I’ve taken in the past, but now that I have access to awesome classes, I’m trying to go consistently. I think my bootcamps and strength training classes have helped prepare me physically, but I need to work on the mental side! I’m usually so concerned about my [lack of] flexibility, getting poses right, and keeping up with the class, that my mind is overwhelmed with thoughts.


-I don’t distinctly remember leaves falling off trees here in the fall, but they must have because there is fresh green everywhere! Dare I say Dallas looks lush?

Happy weekend eve!

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Thoughts from a Thursday

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 | 18 comments

-I have new books! As soon as I read Jenna’s post, I knew I wanted something good to read over Christmas and New Year’s. I’m currently reading The Blue Bistro, which is set on Nantucket, and I’m loving all the food descriptions.


-I also have new icing tips – so excited to make something with giant blobs of icing!


-My stomach feels better than it has since last year and my digestive system is…well…working again. I think my Christmas present to myself is going to be re-introdicing goat and sheep cheese. Also, anyone tried the almond milk nog? Which brand is the best?

-Matt and I are going to see a performance of White Christmas this weekend!!! My mom is in love with the movie and bought us tickets for Christmas!

-Any of you athletes out there have recommendations for sore/aching legs? My muscles don’t seem to be recovering from workouts like they used to, and I’m having to limit running to once a week. I’ve tried introducing yoga and walking days (in lieu of working out) and they constantly ache unless I spend a day on the couch.

-A show set in Dallas about fashion? Of course I’m obsessed with Courtney Loves Dallas.


-Umm, sweetened sweet potato chips? Addicted. I reserve these for dessert though because they are coated in sugar.

Happy almost weekend before Christmas.

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Soup’s On

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 | 4 comments

Gloomy, rainy days sure go well with Mondays. But at least something exciting happens this week!

I had a training that started a little later this morning, so I knocked out a workout at the Y. It was great because after work I definitely didn’t want to go out in the rain. The afternoon kind of dragged on, and so I was quite excited to get to go home to complete free time. I made by first batch of pumpkin oats for tomorrow’s breakfast. I tried to delay opening a can as long as possible, because last year, I was hooked on pumpkin oats until MAY!

And I made soup. I bought some chicken drumsticks and went ahead and boiled the chicken for shredding, so it would be all ready to go into this mix by dinner time. I can’t remember exactly where I got this – maybe a Great Harvest Bakery gift from my mom?


Anyway, it was super quick and made a ton of soup for the week. And I loved how chunky it was with all that chicken.


I think our little party at the lake made me extra tired today – who gets sleepy at 7 pm?

I’ve noticed that since living in Atlanta this summer (where I had no cable or basic/local channels), I’m much less interested in TV at night. Part of this is just because I find the internet more stimulating and staring at the TV has actually become boring. Sometimes I do wish I could just settle down and enjoy a show without any distractions – I do find it more relaxing than being on the internet because it’s less interactive. But the most relaxing night time activity for me is reading. I rarely make it through more than a chapter, but I know it helps me unwind and get sleepy. To the point that I never finish any books! But, I am planning to get in bed and finish my book right this minute. I’m looking forward to starting a new one – maybe State of Wonder? Not sure what it’s about, but it’s been on my side table for a while.


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Wanted: Two More Space Heaters

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 | 1 comment

After a dessert bar on Monday and appetizers for dinner on Tuesday, a healthy dinner was necessary. Matt was home for dinner tonight (yay!), and I could tell he was disappointed when I told him salads were on the menu.


But tonight’s salads were better than your average greens – I topped these with hot lentils and sweet potatoes, blue cheese, carrots, and avocado with homemade dressing. With hummus toast on the last of the GH herb bread on the side.


It’s funny that I would have nearly gagged at the idea of hummus and lentils for dinner back in the day:)

Today was a relatively short day, but it felt soo long. I spent the morning in a 2 hour meeting, and then was called to do a suicide assessment right after. But what really bothered me was the freezing cold! I’ve been having a lot of trouble with the temperatures at my schools, and since I only have one space heater, I’m cold at 2 of the 3 schools. I’ve been wearing pants, bringing sweaters, and today I even wore thick socks under my shoes. A friend actually told me yesterday about an article on the negative effect that cold work places have on employee performance. I just cringe thinking about the energy we are wasting to cool big buildings. I really think that if every school in America were set at 74-ish instead of the high 60’s that we could make a dent in the energy problem.

Despite the Arctic air, the outside weather was so fabulous that my brain (not my body) actually wanted to exercise after work. I know it’s just a matter of time before I’m huddled in my apartment protesting winter, so I was glad to get out there. And, this could be my last fall in the south depending on where Matt’s job may take us! There were so many people running the east campus loop, I felt like I was in central park. There’s something about being out in the world with other strangers that’s almost comforting. And there’s just something about a hot shower and getting into your pajamas before 7 that feels peaceful. I’m planning on winding down early tonight and doing some reading. My sister passed along Jenna’s book and I’m having so much fun reading a little each night. Sweet dreams.

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Hot Bar

Posted on Apr 10, 2012 | 5 comments

Seven hours of report writing later and Tuesday is over. Whew! That was not a fun day at work. But, the good news is that I’m all caught up with report writing for the first time since I started my job in January! Good thing I’ve got three new referrals coming next week:)

Dinner was a special treat at Whole Foods. I met new friend and fellow blogger Katie at the hot bar! I got my usual bowl, with a base of greens and all the best salads, veggies, and casseroles on top. The cold front hasn’t quite made it’s way to Durham, so we were able to sit outside and talk, eat, and relax for a good hour. It was nice to just sit and chat about life.


Thanks for your advice on the allergy meds. I tried it one more time today and confirmed that I just can’t tolerate it. I feel so frustrated because I went through all this seasonal allergy stuff two springs ago and concluded (along with the testing) that I don’t have seasonal allergies! Maybe I just have a cold? I’m feeling off and can’t distinguish between side effects of the meds, an allergy/cold, and my usual health problems. Oh well.

I’m really loving the beginning of my new book and can’t wait to get in bed and read more. After some jelly beans of course! Have a happy night.

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