Monday, December 27, 2010

Working out while being snowed in

happy blizzard 2010!
I would have had no school today even if it weren't Xmas vacation... We're getting over a foot of snow outside right now! I had planned a gym trip today, but got too impatient to wait til tonight- I hate just sitting around waitiing to work out, so I suited up in bike gear and jumped on the trainer. I'm still biking- yes multitasker! I'm at the 1:40 mark, going to get to 2 hrs, then maybe a little more?
It's definitely mental. I use the tv to keep me entertained, but also played a game of scrabble on my phone withy sister! I may not really be focused right now, but when I speed up I zoom in Aand focus on the ride. It's not the best workout, but Mondays are easier days, although I usually lift, so I'll have to make up for that tomorrow.
I'm hoping the roads clear up so I can do errands later. I have lots to get for my apartment so it can be up and running at the end of the week.
Enjoy the rest if the snow day if you're snowed in too! :)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

school and christmas parties and moving!

so i know that i am terrible about blogging... here's the excuse (s) this time:
1. the end of school before a break- so many things going on that had to be finished up means priorities aren't writing on here
2. the end of a semester- i had to finish my course work/ do a final project/ paper and presentation... once again very time consuming!
3. squeezing in "holiday" stuff- from shopping, to wrapping, to holiday parties, the time just gets filled up!
4. (most time consuming here)- moving! it takes a lot of time and energy to pack up everything, move, and then try to clean and unpack at the new location!

ok so while those are my excuses, i still enjoyed every one of them... that's why i don't feel guilty. i think that blogging should be fun, not a chore, so i don't mind not writing here because i am off living a good life to the fullest!

anyways, the holidays have been great... while i have found that i have been busy, i think i've been able to take a step back, enjoy it, and realize how lucky and blessed i really am.
our first family party was last weekend, and sad to say, i think this is pretty much the last time that our pepere will share a christmas with us. he is fading fast and will be passing soon. while it's sad to see, i also think that it's great that he's lived such a long life- 86 years! while there's been some tough times, he surely has had a great life and has a large, loving family to show for it. it's at the point now though where his quality of life is so poor that i really wish he would just pass on. he will be deeply missed; however, he hasn't known me know for over 2 years, so i think it's time.

more family time was shared on christmas eve with my dad's side of the family. this is one of my most favorite nights of the year!! now i don't mean to brag, but my family is pretty awesome. my dad is one of 11 kids- which led to 29 grandchildren--- get us all together and we're a good time! what other family has a sing along on xmas eve that lasts an hour and a half! (yes, it actually was a little too long this year..
christmas day was spent at home, just with the fam. i am happy to say that my surprise for my parents was a success! my bro, sis, and i collaborated to buy them airline tickets to bermuda next year! it will be their 30th wedding anniversary next summer, so now they can revisit their honeymoon site! my mother got all chocked up, in a good way! :)

also over the past week i've done a lot of packing and moving and cleaning. you don't realize how much stuff you have until it all has to be put into boxes and bags and bins! here's some photos (taken with iphone since my camera is in a box somewhere...)

here is the kitchen before much moving... just during the cleaning phase


today my cousins, parents, and sister helped me move larger things... couch, futon, bureau, desk, table, chairs... starting to look more like a home!



happy i can use my couch again!! :)




and i can use my futon too!... the kitchen table and kitchen are in the background... bad lighting though


my bedroom is still a mess...



but it will have to wait until after the blizzard! i didn't move my bed yet, so i could have a place to sleep at the rents' house while i get through the storm. the bed will get moved later this week and hopefully over the next couple of days i can unpack and really make it like a home to start 2011 off right! :)

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

10 days until santa comes

Yes, the countdown has been on in my classroom and tomorrow it gets to single digits. As of today there are 10 days until Santa comes; apparently my kiddos look forward especially to Christmas eve because that is their opportunity to see Santa after he comes down the chimney, seriously how cute. I love that this year I think I have 100% believers in my room! (or if not, I have no one who is coming forward to spoil it for the bunch!)... I've had that happen before and had to have a little 1 on 1 conference with kids asking them please don't ruin it for others! I say that I still believe, so the kids tend to follow my suit.

Even though it's fun being with the kiddos during the holiday season, I don't mind a break from them, which I will get for two days! Tomorrow and Thursday I will be going to Ashburnham MA for the second half of my category 4 training for ELL. It's not fun to have nearly an hour commute to get there, but it's definitely nice to be there and get to be the student and not the teacher for a change. Tomorrow I actually get to be a double student- learning about how to teach ell's for the day and then learning how to be a reading specialist by night! Tomorrow is the final evening of my 5th course on route to my CAGS degree! I also gave my presentation and turned in my final paper last week, so I am ahead of the game and don't have any work due tomorrow night- I just get to soak it all in and listen to other people's presentations, so nice!! I guess that's one of the reasons I haven't blogged lately, but let's not get into excuses now...

So I have no races coming up, but my goal is going to be to build up my base over the winter and get myself set up to partake in some Spring races. While last week I only managed to run 3 days, I still got in over 20 miles. (I did work out every day, for some reason my head just hasn't been in it- so much going on that I've "slacked off" on the elliptical instead.) So I'm going to really try to make a conscious effort to get in my 4 runs a week- preferably Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday... then elliptical Monday and Friday and bike Wednesday. When I am in that routine it works well for me, it's just a matter of getting back into it! The knee seems to be handling some miles ok- I still ice nightly just to be safe. I think that now it's just mental... I need to focus, which is hard when I'm not training for something in particular, but I am going to try. I don't like racing over the winter (my body hates working out in the cold, I know I'm a wuss).

This week is off to a good start on the workout front. Yesterday I got my 80 minutes elliptical in. I followed it up with some upper body lifting- I only do this on Mondays. Also did abs. Today I fulfilled my day 1 of running for the week. 5.54 miles on the treadmill. I started off at an easy 7:40 pace, then slowly got a little faster. I had set the treadmill for 40 minutes and figured I'd just run whatever distance that time took me.... which ended up averaging at a 7:13 pace when all was said and done, not too bad. I feel like I was just getting warmed up, but don't want to burn out on the treadmill, so I hopped over to the elliptical and did another 40 minutes of cardio.

Tomorrow is the early wake up call- but I don't mind it, since it's almost like a day off. An hour on the trainer is pretty easy, plus it's nice to pay a visit to my lonely bike in the cellar! Tomorrow's added incentive is to get my workout in early so I can relax as I sit through hours and hours and hours of class!!... literally 10.5 hours of class tomorrow, yikes!

It's nice knowing I don't have to go into school tomorrow; I can totally relax tonight! Time to catch up on some r and r and perhaps a little tv!