Slice of Life Day 16

Today was a lazy day. So lazy that I won’t hit my 10000 step goal according to my Fitbit, and that never happens!

The reason for my laziness today is that when I woke up Dublin was limping. When Chris came home from the gym we figured it Dublin must have tweaked a muscle chasing a rabbit in the yard first thing this morning.

We still went to canine fitness class because I figured stretching and balancing is always good. Wouldn’t you know, Dublin didn’t limp at class! He’s a bit of a drama queen, so he has still been limping off and on all day, but he seems to be on the mend. He limps when I’m around but barely limps in front of Chris.

Needless to say, we didn’t do any long walks today. I iced Dublin’s foot, and we just hung out. Sometimes that’s just what the doctor ordered!

Dublin with his ice pack


Slice of Life Day 15

Today it was 77° when I left school. 77°! In the middle of March!

The dogs went to doggy daycare bright and early this morning, so I didn’t have to rush home. That meant I had time to go to my favorite store: Trader Joe’s! My house is located directly between three Trader Joe’s. They are all 20 miles from me, so it’s a pain to get to them on a normal weekend. But sometimes I have time to run there on Friday and today was that Friday!

I love so many of Trader Joe’s products, so I’m now $70 poorer. However, it’s well worth it. I now have spatchcock chicken, corned beef, Irish bangers, peanut butter and jelly chocolates, and some other delicious food. I also picked up a bouquet of spring daffodils to brighten up the kitchen.

I’m set for a few weeks. That’s a good thing, because my Trader Joe’s bill is always higher than I planned. It’s like Target!

Slice of Life Day 14

When I got out of school today it was 60°! The sun was shining, there was a light breeze, and a few clouds raced across the sky. It was the perfect day for a long hike with the dogs.

After changing quickly, I grabbed the dogs and headed to Monmouth Battlefield Park. Over the course of almost four miles the dogs and I traversed meadows, forests, and ponds. Vernal pools were popping up throughout the woods, so I kept my ears open for the chorus of wood frogs and spring peepers. I haven’t heard them yet, but I’m sure I will in the next few days!

The dogs enjoyed the long walk and the sunshine. The photo above was taken before we walked through a lot of mud! It’s clear Navan is enjoying the sunshine!

The hike took a little over an hour, and it felt glorious. I love snow, but today’s spring-like weather has me excited for the change in seasons!

Slice of Life Day 13

I’m not sure how it’s possible, but spring break is still 5 weeks away. The months between winter and spring break are so long this year thanks to a late Easter and Passover. I’m pretty sure the students and teachers are slowly losing their minds.

This time of year I start thinking about the benefits of a year-round schedule. I like the idea of getting regular breaks every few weeks; it breaks up the year and makes it more manageable for students. Right now I can see that my students are restless and tired, and I don’t blame them. We haven’t had any snow days this year so the kids are full of pent-up energy and also exhausted. I can’t blame them! If we had a year-round schedule we would have had a break already!

Slice of Life Day 12

One of my goals during Lent is to cut back on the number of single use plastics I use. I am making a conscious effort to use reusable straws, which means trying out different types of straws. I use these silicone ones at home and keep a metal straw at school to use with iced coffee. The silicone straw absorbs the coffee taste, so metal all the way!

My current problem is making sure I have straws with me when I go out. I haven’t found the perfect solution yet, but I have the Final Straw in my online shopping cart right now. I love that it’s foldable and has its own carrying case. I can’t just throw a reusable straw in my bag because it gets gross, so I love this idea.

I also have a few other items in my cart. I want to get reusable silicone ziplock bags (especially freezer size), reusable produce bags, and bamboo flatware for school. I already use bento-like boxes for my lunch most days, and I love my beeswax food wraps, but I feel like there’s more I can do. That’s why I’m focusing on doing something, rather than giving something up, for Lent this year.

Slice of Life Day 11

Today was the Mondayest of Mondays.

It was a long day.

A day full of nonsense.

Full of frustration.

Full of ridiculousness.

On days like this I’m grateful to have a reason to get outside and exercise right after school. I rushed home from a faculty meeting, grabbed the dogs, and headed to the park. We walked two miles in the sun and I felt a little better.

Luckily, Monday is training night?m, so Chris and Navan headed to class while Dubs and I added 3 more miles to our day. We enjoyed the warm(ish) weather, the longer daylight hours, and the cool breeze. I finished my audiobook during the walk and felt a little more human when we got home.

If I didn’t have the dogs I’m not sure I’d be motivated to get out so much. Because of then, I definitely walked off some of the frustration that built up during the day. Thank goodness!

Slice of Life Day 10

We are ten days into March and ten days into the Slice of Life Challenge.  My students have been blogging along with me and I’m so impressed with their writing.  Some of them are learning a lot because they have committed to blogging all 31 days in March; some are learning just as much when they miss one of those days and realize it’s ok (and sometimes smarter!) to miss your goal.

One of the things I always forget when I start the challenge each year is how hard it can be to write an entry on a day when “nothing happens”, as my students say.  I have no problem reminding them that posts don’t need to be about life-changing events, but I don’t always practice what I preach.  For that reason, I often wait until the last minute, or close to it, to write my posts.  Oops!

Today was one of those days where not much happened.  We lost an hour of sleep thanks to Daylight Saving Time, but the dogs are thrilled because dinnertime comes earlier now.  Seeing as Dublin’s circadian rhythm has been slowly adjusting to the longer days for the past two weeks or so, he’s been asking for dinner about a half hour early.  Today he was pleasantly surprised by dinner, and he didn’t ask for his after dinner Kong until I gave it to him.  Silver linings, right?

I woke up to a lot of rain and wind this morning, so our morning dog walk was very damp and cold.  I then had a 2 hour SAT prep class.  After class I did our food shopping for the week while Chris ran some errands.  Grocery shopping was followed by making the dogs’ Kongs for the week, putting corned beef and cabbage in the crockpot for dinner, and making Irish soda bread.  While the Irish soda bread was cooking, I ran out to fill the car with gas and pick up an order from Old Navy.  Can I just say how much I love the order online, pickup in store option that Old Navy has recently started?

After cooking, Chris and I took the dogs for a 3.5 mile walk through the surrounding neighborhoods.  They are still tired from canine fitness class, but a good walk helped them stretch out.  I’m sure they spent most of today feeling like I do after a run: sore and tired. The walk woke them up a bit and got the blood flowing.  It also ensured they are still tired tonight!

I rounded out my day with an NJCTE committee meeting on Google Hangouts, dinner, and a good hour spent trying to order back-up glasses online.  I haven’t hit the purchase button yet, but hopefully I’ll get my glasses ordered before bed tonight!