Weekend Coffee Share, Spring Crunch

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Natalie the Explorer . It has been a warm weekend, and my Saturday morning blog ritual is a Sunday brunch post for this week. I have a nice, cold mocha to match this warm weather. How about you?

This past week was a busy one, even though Monday was a planning day. I had to catch up on some online training in the morning on planning day, and had signed up for some training for that afternoon, so most of that day consisted of me sitting at the computer, and responding to things brought up in training. I’m glad to say I completed all of it!

Tuesday and Wednesday morning we had testing of students in their home room. This involves actively monitoring the students and maintaining a calm, quiet environment as well as filling out certain required paperwork. My habit of wearing sneakers almost daily is paying off, I must say, because to truly actively monitor, I must be moving around a lot.

Thursday afternoon, I went to the chiropractor. I like his holistic approach, which is different than the last chiropractor. This one manually adjusts my back, neck, and leg/ hip area (which he helps me stretch first). It’s such a relief after I feel that little crack in my back, and I get sooo relaxed. My back was sore the next day, though.

Testing season is stressful on a teacher as well as the students, so my extra stress may have added to that back pain, and my shoulder pain was acting up again. I haven’t been back for more acupuncture yet, but I’m glancing at my calendar now and planning to do so. Speaking of stress, one of the things that helps me de-stress is my dog, Bixby. This week, we celebrated National Puppy Day. I don’t remember what day it was, but I posted this cute throwback photo of Bixby:

Graduation from PetSmart Dog obedience training at age 7! (Still a puppy) 🙂

Friday night was time to relax and sleep after a healthy Thai dinner. I had appointments for my taxes and to get my hair done Saturday morning. I am happy with the results of both. Last night, Chris and I went out to eat with my son, who will be 27 soon. It blows my mind! We enjoyed ourselves at a seafood restaurant. My son let me try his aviator frames.

Trying to be a cool kid!

We went back home and Chris watched an old movie with us called The Game. Chris left early, having worked Saturday. I slept pretty well knowing I did not have to wake up at a certain time this morning, so I did sleep in and then watch the church service online. Easter is coming soon. Time is flying back. I’m getting along, though. I have a little bit of grading to do today, but perhaps I’ll paint a little as well. Another de-stresser!

Have a great weekend and a great week to follow. Take some time to do something just for you!

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A Day in My Life, day 29. #RRBC

Jan. 30, Day 29 of #ADayinMyLife

Yikes! The 30 day challenge is almost over! I plan to blog more, though. This has helped me get in the habit. Plus, I have to keep getting the word out about what’s happening in my state.

I had a fairly productive day at work. My first class is Language Arts, and while they sometimes need help with focusing, they are pretty good kids! Second block was Journalism/Yearbook, and we were loading photos again to the yearbook site

After work, I walked out into 80 degree weather, and headed to physical therapy. It went fairly well. Then I went to grab a bite to eat at Chicken Salad Chick, a Southern style sandwich shop. Do you think I ate healthy enough? Keep in mind, I didn’t eat the cookie. 😁

Wheat bread, a Fruity Fran, and broccoli salad!

I’m going to the gym for some cardio. Nothing intense, just 30 minutes on the bike. Have a great evening!

A Day in My Life, Day 9. Two Peas in a….

It’s Day 9 of the blogging challenge, Jan. 10th.

I had some golden turmeric granola on my cereal with fruit this morning. It was scrumptious! I’d ordered it through Amazon. I seem to be one of their rabid fans.

My mother had a bad cold yesterday, and it really worried me. She sounds like she’s getting better, and she took a COVID test. She took several. One was positive, another negative. I’ve been worried about her, but she sounds much better today.

Work brought another day of review, since our test was delayed by a day. I suppose it’s better than the reverse!

After school, we had the club again, and it went quickly. Once all the kids were gone, I went to meet my boyfriend Chris for dinner. I had an awesome burger with garlic green beans. Scrumptious! Chris makes me laugh.

December, 2022.

We get into debates over the pronunciation of “Chipotle,” whether irregardless is an acceptable word to use (obviously it’s not), and whether Salvador Dali and postmodern art should be considered art….at some point, I just start laughing. We both debate these things with half smiles. Honestly, these things are worth debating, are they not?

Not to mention his Southern accent that is sometimes more apparent than others, and my impression of said accent. It’s especially fun when he laughs at it himself. This is more pertinent, since I lived in 3 Northern states and Iceland before we moved to Florida when I was eight. My parents, who influenced my early speaking, are both from the Midwest.Most people say I talk like I’m from the Northeast.

It has to be fair, so I allow him to laugh at my propensity to frequently change my mind and my moods. If I don’t get dinner by a certain time at night, I can get a little cranky. My eating habits bring inquiry too, as we both have very different eating habits. He does say he can’t argue with the results of my habit. Two peas in a pod can have their differences!

At any rate, we laugh at each other good-naturedly and we can both laugh at ourselves, and that goes a long way. I think we bring that out in each other. That’s got to be a good thing. We also listen intently to each other’s woes or concerns, but you may have noticed I mentioned the laughter first, maybe because it lightens the load of all those other things. Laughter is so important!

Have a good night, all. I have to give a test tomorrow.

Weekend Coffee Share. Enjoy it!

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Natalie the Explorer. I just got back from walking the dog, so cold matcha green tea is in order! What are you having?

If we were having coffee on this sunny morning, you’d probably request NOT to sit outside. The temperature is somewhere between 80 and 90°, I am just too lazy to check. Haha. Figuring out what it is is an interesting idea since so much around here depends on the humidity, and there is a nice breeze which I noticed while walking Bixby, but I will say it’s a warm breeze. You will certainly sweat outside today.

I’ve spent a lot of summer time relaxing, napping, and walking outdoors. Bixby sure appreciates that. I dare say, I’m a shade more tan than before. Honestly, that isn’t saying much though. 🙂

My mother’s been out of town, and I took my son out for Mexican food Thursday night. I worked a little on my book, Ellie the Time Traveler yesterday. It isn’t really organized, but rather it is a jumble of thoughts and spur of the moment ideas that came to me, 60 pages now. So, I believe it will come together, and I did organize some of the chapters yesterday. Now, to fill them in!

The chapter outline, a task in itself!

Yesterday, my boyfriend Chris and I went out to eat and then went to see David Spade, the comedian. Chris made reservations for us at Cowfford Chophouse, a five star restaurant! It was an awesome experience. He wore dress pants and a collared shirt. I threw together a nice outfit with a wrap-around blouse.

The atmosphere and the food at Cowford Chophouse were both comfortable and fancy. Some diners at the bar wore jeans and flip flops. We were treated like royalty and were asked if we needed to get to a show. We had a little over an hour for dinner, but they coordinated each course wonderfully. The food was amazing and the staff were courteous! Fun fact: Jacksonville used to be called Cowford about a hundred or so years ago.

Check out my Chilean sea bass! It was a wondrous combination of flavors.
Fancy dining at it’s greatest. I’d certainly go back.

Next, we moved on to the David Spade show at the Florida Theater. There was a short wait in the heat, but we managed. I was glad I wore sandals and no hose, something widely accepted in Florida! There were two opening acts, one of them pretty humorous. David Spade came on and was funny as can be. He roasted all the men in front seating who wore shorts, asking if they came right after mowing the lawn. I enjoy this venue and have been here before.

Needless to say, I am taking a lazy restful day today. Hydrating, relaxing after a healthy breakfast, and I’m getting a massage in about an hour. When I tell my friends about my summer, they say, “You deserve it!” They couldn’t be more correct!

Thanks for visiting my Coffee Share! I hope all is well in your world. I’m looking forward to posting a little bit about my upcoming travels soon!

Weekend Coffee Share, Appreciation

Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Natalie the Explorer. Pull up a chair and your morning beverage of choice!

This morning, I’m having a light breakfast with my green Tazo tea. It has a reasonable amount of caffeine and tastes great without anything added. I have lunch with a friend later, but I woke up late. Therefore, breakfast is a lighter portion of cereal with my usual fruit and turmeric powder on top. I have to undo a week of unhealthy eating.

After dinner at a trivia night, I stress-ate lots of salty fries, then got all full on teacher appreciation treats this week. This includes ice cream floats for the teachers on Thursday. I had dessert before my carb-less pot pie lunch! 😉 Sometimes the most meaningful gifts is a handwritten note. This one was inside of a card that said, “Thank you for being you,” and was so well-written!

The green tea is tasty and energizing me! It’s one of my favorite things, and living with two other adults, I had to eat dinner without my caffeine-free green tea a few nights, as my son drank it all. Things like this happen a lot. It takes a good measure of unconditional love for this to work. 🙂 It helps that he pays rent.

Mother’s day is tomorrow, and I hope to have a beach walk with my son, then lunch with my mom. There’s a Mother’s day market she seems interested in attending, so we’ll do that. My school year’s almost over, and I’m doing some cruise dreaming! Almost there!

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