October 27, 2016

Stuff and Things... 10/27

Last one in October...whew...

I don't understand these people who say the year is "just flying by!!!".

My sympathy meter is at like .000004% when it comes to people who lament about "losing" their husbands to hunting season. PA friends, I'm looking at you.

Also, even when my husband is here, he hunts. I've got deployments AND hunting season. And duck-hunting season is much longer than deer season, I'll have you know.

(Jensen Ackles, your facial expressions make this too easy.)

Onto other topics...I'm pretty sure that, at this point during the deployment four years ago, I was sitting in my car each day at lunchtime. It was a dark time. I'm getting to that point again.

I've stopped checking my work email at home. It doesn't matter if I'm doing nothing but looking up gifs of Jensen Ackles and Zooey Deschanel. I'm not checking my work email at home anymore because this is what happens when I do:

Okay, that wasn't really another topic...

So I've not been watching The Walking Dead at all in the last two years. It just started to lose me. I've read up on what happened on the premiere (no spoilers here), and I'm still just meh. I am a die-hard fan of seasons 1-3 and I would like to, once again, thank Rick for naming this link-up for me.

Tell me something good! What's your favorite gif?

October 26, 2016

Wednesday Reads and a PSA

Public Service Announcement:

Wishing fall into existence does not make it so. It was 74 degrees yesterday. Please put away the blanket scarves. You dressing for the North Pole when it is in the 70s does not a fall season make and you will just get hot and sweaty. Please check the weather. 
I think even worse than those who don't check the weather are those who DO check the weather and just throw on the winter gear anyway. That's not how getting dressed should work.
I went with bare legs yesterday. It was almost 60 degrees at 7am. 

Now that we have that out of the way, a few things for you to check out...

Keeping it classy, as usual, Broncos fans. I swear, I never cared one way or the other about the Broncos until I met their fans. They booed their old quarterback when he returned to play against them on Monday night. The newscasters in Colorado Springs were bragging about this on Tuesday morning. 
I maintain that no one looks good in bright orange. 

What are the main reasons teachers call it quits? Interesting. 

Jana tweeted this the other day and I'm a loyal listener of the BSCC podcast. You have to listen from the beginning for it to make sense, so I recommend going back to episode one. 

I found this pin that lead to an article about podcasts for book lovers. That article led me to What Should I Read Next? and I listened to four episodes yesterday. So it goes without saying that I recommend it.

I firmly believe that comparison is the thief of joy and, while I like to look to others as models as what I perhaps should or shouldn't be doing, this post is quite true. We can't measure ourselves against others because none of us are facing the exact same circumstances. 

What have you read on the internet lately?

October 25, 2016

Haven't published...yet

Periodically, I clean out the drafts on Blogger. I hate the clutter of posts I haven't finished or no longer have an interest in finishing...cluttered drafts equals cluttered mind.

Here's what I can see at this point:

1. Fall Food...I never talked about favorite fall recipes. Oh well. Not like you can't find food elsewhere on the internet.

2. Range. I titled this post because I was inspired to write about how millenials need to develop some range. We need to be able to draw the line between our professional life and our personal life; you need to do both, but not at the same time. You need to be able to adapt to your surroundings, not assume your surroundings will adapt to you.

3. Classroom Pictures. I took some this year. Never posted them. Now..eh.

4. Chicken Zucchini "Parm". A recipe I've made a lot in the last few months but haven't shared. There were also many more recipe posts I started and never finished. Whoops.

5. I have several deployment-related posts, but I don't really want to talk about them until this deployment is over.

Linking up with Alyssa Goes Bang.


October 24, 2016

More Motivating Motivation

Well, it's Monday. Here's some motivation.

When I reflect back on the different places we've lived, the different places I've worked, and the different things I've done, this graphic up there ^^ really hit the nail on the head. 

Evolution is necessary to success. 

So I've spent a lot of time trying to figure out the best way to evolve into who I'm *supposed* to be next.

But.... I have a 4-day week ahead of me. I'll drink (my coffee) to that.

October 21, 2016

Funny Stuff for Friday

I want to say it has been a week. But truthfully, it's just felt like a week and I make situations worse than they are by pummeling things that have yet to happen with lots of worries and anxiety.

So it was really just a regular old week.

However, parent-teacher conferences are happening this week and that, by itself, is enough to push me over the edge. Also, I may or may not feel like I'm getting an ulcer from the stress. (I kind of want to say I'm kidding, but I don't think I am...this gets worse every year.)

Ugh. This is so cliche. It's the absolute truth though. All day long, I look like Ross.

And my favorite:

Don't forget to mail your Pumpkin Swap package! Mine will be in the mail today or tomorrow...
Then, visit Becky and me on Wednesday, November 9th to link up!

October 20, 2016

Things I, like, really believe in

1. Pilates.
This is first on the list for a reason. If I could recommend one thing to anyone, it would be Pilates. I spent so many years killing myself at the gym for absolutely nothing. I get more out of 10-30 minutes a day on my mat than I did out of all those classes and cardio sessions. I mean, I miss the camaraderie of the gym. I miss the friends I used to spend time with there. But I never made gym friends in Colorado and the absolute inconvenience of simply getting to the gym here pushed me further and further into the arms of Pilates. I'm glad for this. Leaving my gym in Alaska was kind of traumatic for me, so I know that, wherever we go, I can take Pilates with me.

If you feel like there's something missing from your fitness routine, try Pilates. This is the website I use.

2. Coffee.
I legitimately don't trust people who don't drink coffee.

3. Rodan and Fields.
If you're going to invest in beauty products, why not make your skin the best it can be instead? I wear just enough make-up to look "finished". I don't want to have to cake it on to cover imperfections. Therefore, I need to improve my skin, not enhance my makeup collection. It's a personal philosophy, I suppose.

4. Having a dog. Or two.
I remember our lives pretty well before we had dogs. So, you won't hear me say I don't know what we did without them!, but I do recommend a pet. They add a fullness to your life that you didn't know was missing. They're a crazy amount of responsibility though.

5. Plaid.
Everything and anything, all year long.

Boots // Shirt was Target last year (similar) // Pants
(No affiliate links :)

6. Audiobooks.
Sometimes I think it doesn't matter how much you like to read. You don't always have time. I know we can say we all have the same amount of time in a day...but some peoples' schedules are just more conducive to reading. For instance, I can't text or do Pilates or walk the dogs or unload the dishwasher or commute or grade papers while I sit and read a book.

What's something you believe in and would recommend to anyone?
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October 18, 2016

I think I know my love language

I read The Five Love Languages about 4 years ago and Scott read it around the same time. We have it in the basement somewhere. He told me he didn't know what my love language was and I also couldn't pinpoint his.

I would come back to this thought every few months, every time Jojo would mention it on The Bachelorette, and reflect on Hmmmm, I wonder where I fit?

However, I think I know now. I don't know that this is something you can pin down when you're 25 years old. I feel like you need to be able to have some life experience under your belt; to know how you react to certain circumstances, to know what makes you tick. These things aren't always evident right away.

After listening to Gretchen Rubin's podcast episode on this topic a few weeks ago, I really started wondering about it again. I put myself in different situations, thinking about what made me happy and what just rolled off my back.

I think I'm Acts of Service. I appreciate the little things. The easiest way to get me on your side is to do something nice for me. I think we're all a little bit Words of Affirmation, but I'd rather have someone do something for me than tell me I did a good job. Words can be empty, you know?

Where this really comes in is that whatever our particular language is, that's what we tend to display to others because we understand it. Therefore, I'm all about Acts of Service. I pack Scott's lunch, I make dinner, I put clothes away and prep the things he needs for each next day as naturally as I do for myself. It's just part of my routine. When he can't find something, I know where it is (usually). Does he always appreciate this as much as I would? I know he's grateful, but he doesn't react the way I would because he's not Acts of Service. That MY language.

What's his?

Well. He's definitely into Words of Affirmation and I'm, for a teacher, remarkably bad at telling people what they need to hear. It just doesn't come naturally to me. I'm one of those people who never knows the right thing to say. I'm getting better at it, I think. Or maybe worse. I can't really tell. It depends on the situation.


What's your love language?

October 17, 2016

Motivating Motivation

I find it super telling that no one had any actual advice on last Monday's post. We really have nothing when it comes to a bag of tricks for getting through Mondays, do we?

Here's your weekly dose of motivation...

This is why it's worthwhile to place your worth in more than one place. 
Don't sink it all into one thing.

Not being the best at something doesn't mean you can't still try.

When all else fails, just repeat this ^ to yourself.

October 13, 2016

S&T 10/13

My favorite pin/quote of late. 

Sometimes I feel like I'm living a double life. Between playing 4th grade teacher and playing army wife, I operate on two very opposite ends of the spectrum.
I say "play" because they are roles; two different hats that I wear. Neither are games. Worthwhile? Yeah. Fun? No.

Sometimes I think God throws plantar fasciitis back at me to tell me to slow down. I rarely relax on the weekends. On Sunday, I was physically forced to sit down with my feet up.

Sometimes I think no one should be President. I almost said POTUS there, but I hate that abbreviation.

Sometimes I really get my money's worth: I bought this jacket and this skirt 5 years ago. Holding strong.

Sometimes I wear my coat all day because it's 50 degrees outside and I appreciated that greatly for the two days it lasted.

All the time, plaid goes with everything.

If you've not heard from your Pumpkin Swap partner yet, please let Becky or me know!
Swap shopping has begun and packages should be mailed out by Tuesday, October 25th and the link-up is Wednesday, November 9th!

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October 12, 2016

(More) Confessions

I've been buying a lot of things lately. Mostly online. (Boots that will go with a anything. New bedding because we only have one set of bedding for our king-sized bed. Everything else we own is queen.) But I tell myself you deserve this. Which is never a good mentality. But a big chunk of that is that Scott is deployed and I spend all day being treated with indifference and, often, being chastised. So yes, I deserve this.

I ask for extra Chick-fil-a sauce when I get nuggets (or anything really) and I hoard it at home and eat it with sweet potato fries.

Something in this window's mechanism broke and it won't stay up on its own. I prop it up with this leftover fascia stone that we used in the basement. It's been like this since May.

I still haven't cleaned this window sill. #prairielife

If I made a list of everything in this house that was slightly broken, but still useable, your mouth would drop open.

I knew my dogs were spoiled when...every time I pull something out of the oven, they assume it's for them and crowd around the counter.

I will forever hover before I click if I suspect an affiliate link. The nondisclosure has to stop. I will not support your Anthro/Target/Nordstrom/etc habit if you don't make it clear that I'm doing that.

One of my biggest pet peeves is when people use dry erase markers or wet erase markers on paper. THEY ARE NOT FOR THAT. I can't even watch when people (other teachers) use an Expo marker on chart paper. I literally have to look away. It makes my teeth tingle.

-------------That's your takeaway from this post: please, oh please, do not use dry erase markers on paper.