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This morning started off kind of rocky due to sleeping through our alarm and missing church.  Sad:(  We made a last minute run to the city last night because I needed to get some shoes to wear on our trip.  I had a little too much luck with shopping and ended up with more shoes than I really need.

I’ve had worse problems.  Either way, I guess our bodies weren’t quite ready to be up and at ‘em this morning.

We turned things around pretty quickly though, putting it in high gear to get ready to leave for Europe.  By mid afternoon we had laid out most of our clothes to be packed, cleaned out the fridge, mowed two lawns (I mowed ours, Jon mowed a friends), and done three loads of laundry.  I also was fortunate enough to get two of my drawers and my closet cleaned out.  You see, I have had this stellar pair of Nike spandex workout capris that I absolutely adore, and they have mysteriously gone missing as of about three weeks ago.  I really want to take them, but alas, even after looking every last place I can imagine they’d be – they have remained undiscovered.

Regardless of the busyness of the morning, I managed to throw together a healthy breakfast and lunch.

Breakfast – Yogurt bowl w/ one soy yogurt, sliced almonds, granola and dried cherries

Lunch – two slices Ezekiel bread, spinach and artichoke hummus, sliced cucumber, tomato and onion.  With a side of corn on the cob.  Kind of random, but we’re trying to eat the last of the perishables in the fridge.

I am so happy that I planned out my vacation outfits a couple of weeks ago.  It has made packing so much easier.  Now, if I could just get the laundry done, I’d be set!  Folding laundry is my least favorite household task.  I’m not sure why, but I’d rather do just about anything else.

We are flying out of Dallas on Tuesday, so we’ll be driving down early to stay with my sister for a day.  We are actually comtemplating going tonight, but still have not decided whether it is possible, so we’ll see!  Regardless, we will be making a pit stop at Whole Foods once we get there so I can stock up on some healthy snacks.  I wouldn’t want to get caught with plane food as my only option!

As far as our time in Europe, I plan to enjoy the food and indulge, but in moderation.  I’ll be packing a few of my own healthy things (think rice cakes, nut butter and bars) to supplement, and doing the best I can!  I’ll be updating later about ideas for taking food on trips in case any of you are planning your own trips and are interested.

Gotta go finish packing – talk to ya’ll later!

What are some ideas that you have as far as packing food to take on an international vacation?  How do you balance eating healthy and indulging while on vacation?

What is your least favorite household chore?

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no more plastic

Good evening!  Guess what?!

Tomorrow is my last day of school!  I honestly cannot believe that my first year of teaching is finally over.  It has truly been the most stressful, tiring, time consuming, emotional, roller coaster of an experience that I have ever been on.  Through all the mountains and valleys, I have honesty learned so much – about myself, but mainly about teaching.  When I started this year, I walked into such the unknown.  Even though I student taught for three months in 2007, the two years separating then and now might as well have been ten years.  Our year spent in Thailand was a hazy dream that divided all prior experiences from my current reality.  Last August, I walked blindly into two preps, 150 16-17 year olds, two hours of commuting each day and quite literally scrambled each and every minute to figure out what I needed to do and how to do it.  There were many tears shed and many sleepless nights.  But I did it.  I accomplished it.  And I have to say…I’m so proud of myself.

I also have to pay tribute to my sweet husband who so graciously and patiently put up with my rants, my stress, my total neglect of wifely duties and, at times, my withdraw from normal life.  I cannot even begin to explain how loving Jon has been throughout this year.  He did laundry, cooked dinners, washed dishes, cleaned the house, helped me with school projects, went on Starbucks runs for me and encouraged me during the times I needed it most.  And get this – he got up at 5:30 am every morning this entire school year and made my green monster, made my lunch and helped me get my stuff out to the car.  Unbelievable.  I most definitely could not have made it without his love and support.  And to think he wrote me a sweet card and bought me a massage, manicure and pedicure as a reward for getting through my first year.   He is truly the one who deserves the reward.  My absolute world, that boy:)

And my mom.  So many long drives home of her listening until my little heart was content.  She’d give me advice, we’d hang up, and I’d call her right back for more.  She never shows that she is weary of listening to me or helping me gain perspective.  She has supported me so much through everything this year, and she’s always on my side.  When I think of my mom, I find myself searching for a word deeper and more thorough than – thankful.  There is no one quite like her and no one who could take her place.

All that to say…tomorrow will be a sweet day.  Not only because the year is over, but also because there will be no more of this:

lunch for tomorrow – Amy’s Split Pea soup


some spinach and artichoke humms with Rye Crisp crackers…
and Greek yogurt with sliced almonds, cinnamon Puffins and a sprinkle of unsweetened dried cranberries for a snack

Plastic!

From now on, my daily eats will no longer be housed in plastic containers or plastic baggies.  I will also no longer be eating half my meals in my car.  It’s time for some real honest-to-goodness ceramic and silver!

My plan for the coming weeks is that I will be posting regularly to CSM and also that I’ll have time for more blog worthy meals…among other things of course. I’m in such anticipation of what is to come!

And let’s be honest, for starters that is Europe.  Only 5 days and counting!

And with that, I’m off to bed.  Apologies for this post being a bit heavy and non-food focused.  Just had to go with what was on my heart:)  G’night.

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pushing through

Hi!

After another mini hiatus, I’m back again.  I have been a terrible blogger, and I take full responsibility.  Even tonight I’m under a time crunch, and I’m going to have to make this short.  I just HAD to say a quick hello, though.  I miss blogging tremendously, and I cannot wait to blog like a madman this summer.  Only 2 more days of school and the chaos will settle.  Then it’s off to Europe in 6 days!

Here’s a quick little update of what I’ve been up to the last week.

Dodging tornadoes

We had a serious tornado scare last week.  This is the line of cars trying to get into the parking lot of our campus (Oklahoma State) basement.  Finally, people just had to ditch their cars and run!

And taking pictures of the aftermath.

I’ve been making lots of these for lunch.

Posing for Jon in the morning before work.

Going to visit family and getting PeiWei to go on the way there.

Cooking healthy fare with my sweet MIL.

Sharing meals with Jon at Qdoba.

And drinking way too much Starbucks (as if there’s a such thing!).

I miss everyone, and I’ll be back full swing asap!

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gettin’ back in the groove

After a week long hiatus that seemed like an eternity…I’m back.   I just needed a bit of a break.  I’m in the final weeks of my 1st year of teaching, and I’m honestly just feeling a bit run down and overwhelmed.  Give me 14 more days and all will be sunshine and roses.  Forgive me for being a bit naive in thinking my life will be blissful in 14 days, but summer break has never looked better:)

Some of the things I’m dreaming of doing once I have some free time are: cleaning out our office. early morning runs, spending more time in the kitchen (which = a better CSM:), reading for pleasure, getting 8 hours of sleep, blogging more, gardening, going to classes at the gym, helping Jon with his business…I think that’s enough to get me started.  Something you may not know about me is that I love being at home, and I love being domestic.  So, 10 hours of commuting a week + working around 50 hours a week gets really old after awhile.

This weekend Jon and I have stayed busy trying to get ready for vacation.  We’re counting down the days – only 17 days left until we’re on our way!  Yesterday we spent the day shopping in the city, working on building a bit of a wardrobe up!  That’s my kind of vacation prep:)  We both got some really good deals.  Today after going to church and getting some work done, we picked out the clothes we want to pack for our trip.  The amount of luggage we can take is limited, so we went ahead and put together an outfit for each day.  We laid them all out on the bed and took a picture of each one, so when we get ready to pack, we’ll already know exactly what to take!

When we lived in Thailand, we traveled so often that I became a self proclaimed pro at packing; however, as of late my skills have waned a bit, and I’ve become notorious for just throwing in almost everything I own because “how am I to know what I’m gonna want to wear??”  I’m hoping this pre-planning will cut down on luggage weight as well as the “last minute running around like a crazy person throwing in random t-shirts I haven’t worn in the last decade just because I might need it” phenomenon!  This will also make my husband very happy:)  We also used our iPhone app to check what the weather is going to be like both in Barcelona and Paris.  Praise the Lord, it’s going to be in the upper sixties and lower seventies the entire week!

Changing the subject – I got caught up for awhile earlier, looking at pictures of our time in Thailand.  I get so nostalgic sometimes, thinking bout our time there.  I found this video and thought I’d show it to your for fun – and for an example of how the Thais get their exercise in!  They honestly don’t exercise like we Americans do.  In fact, you would almost never see a Thai person out running.  When Jon and I would go running near our neighborhood, the Thais would just stare at us like we were from another planet.  haha.

This video is when we were visiting a village over Christmas, and as we were wandering through the streets, we came upon a group of Thais “working it out.”  If you look closely, you can see Jon in the back in the green shirt – he decided to join in:)

I’m sorry that I’m not posting food pictures tonight.  I have been slacking a bit with the busyness this past week, and I honestly haven’t taken many food pics.  I’m sorry I haven’t been more committed to making that happen.  I’ll be getting back in the groove this week, and it’s only going to get better once school is out and I’m at home more!  Thank you so much for sticking with me.  I’m so thankful to you who come to my little blog.  You’re amazing:)

Until tomorrow…

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mother’s day

We just arrived back home from our Mother’s Day vacay about an hour ago.  It was a fun overnight trip, but I am exhausted!  Too much driving methinks.

Anyway, last night my mom made enchiladas for dinner.  She custom made each of our enchiladas just the way we like it.  Sweet mom:)  Mine was stuffed full of sauteed spinach, onions, mashed black beans and diced green chilis all rolled up in a whole wheat tortilla and drowned in green enchilada sauce.  Delish!

This morning we spent time hanging out at the house, then headed out to take my mom out to lunch.  Mexican food was the meal of choice (again!) – no complaints about that!  I went with my favorite way to healthify Mexican food by ordering the taco dinner.  I subbed in steamed pinto beans for the meat and added lots of lettuce, tomato and salsa.  I also ate a bit of rice on the side and of course tortilla chips and guacamole.  Might have went a bit overboard on the chips.  Oops!  Unfortunately I failed to get a pic, so you’ll just have to take my word  – it was tasty!

After lunch we headed over to visit my Grandma and Grandpa.  Luckily, my aunt, uncle and cousins had the same idea, so we all ended up there at the same time.  Fun!

I am so very thankful for the moms in my life.  I am so blessed.

My mom is there for me anytime I need her. I always think of the zillions of times I’ve called her to ask for advice or even just to vent about something.  She never fails to listen for as long as I need her to, and she always gives the best advice.  She knows me better than almost anyone.  I don’t know what I’d do without her in my life.  She’s the best mom I could ask for and a heck of a grandma too:)  Right, Olive?

I’m also so very thankful for my mother-in-law.  She is the sweetest, most wonderful MIL I could ask for.  She loves me like I’m her own daughter and is always so supportive of Jon and I.  She’s selfless, sweet and darn funny:)  Don’t know what we’d do without her.  She’s off galavanting (love that word:) around Greece right now, so we didn’t get to spend time together today.  We were together in spirit, though;)

I hope that I’m able to be even half the mother that these two are.

Well, I’m off to get some grading done.  I’m still buried in essays, but I can see a faint glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.  Just gotta keep chipping away!

Hope you all have a great end to the weekend and a great start to your week!

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