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Good morning and happy Friday eve!
With the semester coming to an end and the grades being submitted to the registrar, things have calmed down a lot at work. I don’t actually get a “summer vacation” because veterinary staff members are expected to work throughout the year. So I’m having to adjust to that non-teacher life. But, still, I’m sure the summer will be a lot more laid back than the school year.
Warmer days, dresses, sunshine. Oh, summer. I love you.
In addition to summer approaching, here are a few other things I’ve been loving this week. As always, share a few things you’re loving in the comments below! Or, if you’re a blogger, leave your post in the link-up at the bottom of this post.
My Polar Heart Rate Monitor
I talked about my heart rate monitor in depth yesterday so, if you read the post, you know how much I love this thing. There are a ton of different companies that sell them and the newer Fitbits also keep track of your heart rate. But, if you’re looking for something affordable – yet still functional – I highly recommend the Polar FT4. I’ve had mine for over four years now and it’s still kickin’. (And I’ve only had to change the battery once!)
My New Dress
Last Sunday, I drove an hour to Morristown to get my eyebrows done because #RuralTownProblems. I didn’t realize that the threading place didn’t open until 1PM so I had an hour or so to kill in the teeny-tiny mall. I stumbled across a store called Maurices that was having a “Buy One, Get 50% off” sale. Dangerous. I found this dress with HORIZONTAL stripes and decided to give it a try and ended up loving it. The only thing that would make it better would be if it came with pockets.
I’m trying really hard not to be a crazy, anal, food documenter. But, I also think that having a record of my food has been so helpful. Not only does it discourage me from snacking mindlessly, but my food diary also serves as a reference that I can return to when I want to look at a particular day or week that I was most successful (e.g. what foods gave me more energy, what foods sustained me so I stayed within my caloric limit, etc.)
My Grandma Shoes
A few weeks ago when we spent the weekend in Lexington, we took a tour of Mary Todd Lincoln’s childhood home. While we waited for the tour to start, the docent pointed at my shoes and at the shoes of a lady standing next to me and said, “Hey! You guys are shoe twins!” I looked over and, yes, the 75-year old lady and I were, in fact, shoe twins. I have no shame. These are the most comfortable pair of shoes I’ve ever owned. So call me a grandma all you want. I’ll be over here wearing my Skechers. And ordering more. (I have two pairs and I’m THIS close to ordering a third).
Oh. My. Gosh. Guys. I’ve been doing this wrong for SO LONG. I typically slice my sweet potatoes and then roast them for 40 minutes at 375 degrees. But, the other day, while at Cracker Barrel for lunch (<—do I sound country or what?!), I ordered a baked sweet potato that just MELTED in my mouth. I asked my co-workers why my sweet potatoes never turn out this delicious. And they told me that I have to leave it in the oven for an hour and a half. So, naturally, after I got home from work, I tried it out for myself. AND THEY WERE RIGHT. 450 degrees in the oven for an hour and a half. Then, I turned the oven off but left the sweet potatoes in there until the oven cooled. I felt like a professional. I’m pretty sure I should quit my teaching career altogether and become a sweet potato chef.
I made a Quinoa Enchilada Bake for dinner last night. It’s very similar to the Enchilada Casserole that I make. But, instead of using layers of tortillas, I used layers of quinoa. I just really like to dump things in a pan and call it dinner.
Questions of the Day:
*What are your favorite pair of shoes?
*How do you eat sweet potatoes – if at all?
*What did you have for dinner last night?
*What’s one thing you’re loving this week?