Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Tomorrow we start the in-class essay and I'm pumped. Call me an English teacher, but nothing gets my blood flowin' like writing essays and discussing themes! (Sidenote here: the students are not showing as much enthusiasm as me? I cannot understand this.) Maybe we should rename Herndonland to Nerdville. Sorry.
Saturday, March 27, 2010
I took a personal day last Monday to catch up on everything I've let fall by the wayside in the meantime. You know...laundry, cleaning, grocery shopping, SLEEP. For the first time on a personal day, I did not even think about school. I left my precious students in the capable hands of a substitute with a long and good reading assignment and did not even think twice. I was THAT behind.
Now that all these little loose ends are being tied up, I finally feel like things are getting back to normal. I can finally get back to a normal routine of coming home from school on time, exercising, fixing dinner, and spending some good time with Patrick. I'm heading into the final stretch of school with one last book to teach, a research paper, and preparing for the final exam. Whew! I can't believe it's getting here so quickly! I love this time of year. After feeling like I've run around like a chicken with my head cut off and barely holding everything together for the last couple months, I'm reengergized, motivated, and looking forward to finishing the school year strong.
That being said, today was a great Spring Saturday. I thought it would be a lazy one, but I surprised myself with an incredible amount of productivity! I love when that happens. Here is an impressive list of all the things I did (And I did not rush through any of them! I moved with a great sense of peace from one activity to the next and fully enjoyed the day):
- slept in until 9:00
- made a batch of oatmeal, cinnamon-topped muffins and a pot of good strong coffee
- leisurely caught up on some missed tv
- ran 2.25 miles at the gym
- prepped all the veggies in our fridge for easy salads and cooking this week (I was inspired by watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution last night on ABC. Fascinating and wonderful.)
- got up the leaves in the front yard (which should have been done this past fall)
- made progress on the leaves in the backyard
- planted some thyme and cilantro and vowed not to kill my potted herbs this time
- had family dinner at my granny's and caught up with cousins not seen in a very long time
- caught up on most of my grading
- updated our blog!!
What a great day! I'm looking forward to a good week ahead (and to Spring Break the next!)
Holy Week is upon us. I'm glad I've gotten my distractions out of the way and gotten back into a routine so that my focus this week can be on Christ as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. May you have a blessed week as well!
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
You enter in the ingredients that you have, and it searches the web to come up with recipes that have only those ingredients! I just did a quick glance over our pantry and fridge, entered in a bunch of stuff and it came up with over 2000 recipes!! You can store the ingredients list so that you only have to enter staples like flour, sugar, soy sauce, etc. one time. You can also enter exceptions (things you don't want the recipes to contain). How cool!! This would work great for weeks like this one where I have promised not to go to the grocery store and to use up some stuff that we already have. Check it out!