Three things — 3.23.17

Things I’m loving this week

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Dawn Chorus. In Erie, in spring, it’s not uncommon to be woken by a symphony of birds that start singing just before dawn. Now, thanks to the Carnegie Museum of History and their new app, it can be spring year-round and you can wake every DAY to a Dawn Chorus of birds.  So cool.

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Garmin Vivoactive HR. Injuries have prevented me from running for the past month…so I’ve been indulging in a little retail therapy, including this awesome new Garmin Vivoactive HR which I can use in the pool (laps are replacing my runs right now). It counts my laps in the pool and also counts my steps during the day, my sleep at night, how many stairs I climb, and even gives me the weather forecast, reminds me to “Move!” if I’ve been idle too long, and alerts me when I get a new email (I shut that off because it got super annoying!). Now…if only I could run with the damned thing…



The busy season. Spring — particularly March/April — is the craziest time in secondary ed. Not only are you rushing to finish the academic  year, but you have to look four to five months ahead to cover the summer months when students are gone and faculty members are nearly impossible to get a hold on. It’s stressful, but in some sick way (perhaps a leftover from my newspaper on-deadline days), it’s exciting and fun. Truth is: I’d rather be super busy than bored. Also, it makes the ugliest months of the year go buy in a blur.

Things I’m not loving this week

Sean Spicer. This mouthpiece/chronic liar is no longer funny…he’s just a Minister of Propaganda. I don’t even know why real journalists even go to his stupid press briefings bullshit briefings anymore. 

Folding/matching socks. There’s currently a standoff going on my house….a basket of clean socks sitting in the living room. I put it there hoping one of the other three people who live in my house who wear the socks in the basket might be inspired to deal with it while they watch TV. It’s been five day now….




Worth Reading — 3.22.17

A random collection of articles, blog posts, books, and other things I think are worth sharing.

The Minimalist Plate: 6 Benefits of Minimalist Parenting

Rumpus: Funny Women #151 – Creative Writing Tips

Time: Why It’s Great to Have a Strong-Willed Child (well…at least I can take comfort in this.)

Abby Badach: Why I Wanted to Hate the Cheerios #BringBackTheBees Campaign

New York Times: Why ‘The Outsiders’ Lives On: Teenage Novel Turns 50 (I had no idea S.E. Hinton was a teenager when she wrote this classic novel!)

Three things — 3.16.17

Things I’m loving this week

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Liz Allen for Erie City Council. I worked with Liz for years and admired her long before. She’s smart, tough, compassionate and more than willing to fight for what is right and call B.S. on stuff that is not right. As a woman, she’s a trailblazer and a fighter and a lover of all people. I was thrilled when I learned she was running for office and wish I lived in the city so I could vote for her. Trust me: You want her there watchdogging for you.

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Easy Baked Tilapia. Aldi’s now offers fresh (never frozen) tilapia and I bought some last week and knew I had to do something with it quick, so I googled “easy tilapia recipe” and came up with this one. I made it that night and it was delish! And, to my husband (the fish-hater’s) glee, it did not even stink up the house when it was cooking. I did not add the vegetables to the baking dish because I don’t do frozen veggies. I roasted some asparagus on a separate pan. The fish cooked fine by itself.  I have one more piece left and fortunately not one other person in my house will eat fish so’s mine…alllll mine.

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PiYo. A friend raves about the PiYo class she takes at the county Y and, since I can’t run or do BodyPump now, I’m trying new things so I took it at the Eastside Y on Monday night (6:30)….and this class is no joke. I’ve done pilates and I’ve done yoga, so I thought…easy-peasy. Uh…no. She made me sweat…and there aren’t many instructors that do.  It’s like yoga/pilates for impatient, high-energy, cardio-lovers like me.

Things I’m not loving this week

45’s ridiculous budget. I don’t even have the words or energy to comment on this piece of shit except to say that THIS IS NOT AMERICAN. This is not America. This is not who we are. We don’t destroy our environment (and let corporations do so), we don’t take from the poor and give to the rich, we don’t let the hungry starve, we don’t ignore and slash funding to the SCIENCES and arts and humanities. FTW? Seriously…WTF?  I cannot believe this is the country we are living in now. We are living in a country dictated, ruled and controlled by ONE political party. I just can’t even….

Snow. I’m over this white stuff. Time for you to go winter….you’ve had months and NOW you show up?

Ribs. I really, really don’t get the appeal of these fat-filled bones.


Worth Reading — 3.15.17

A random collection of articles, blog posts, books, and other things I think are worth sharing.

Buzzfeed:The Way Cashews Grow Is Mildly Shocking  (Mind. Blown. Also…I will no longer complain about the high cost of these sweet little nuts.) 

Mother Nature Network: Want Happier Kids? Give them Less Stuff and More Experiences (Amen.)

To that end….

Outside Magazine: 5 Ways to Get Kids Into Nature

Mother Nature Network: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Daddy Longlegs

NY Times: A Glimpse Into the Life of a Slave Sold to Save Georgetown

Three things — 3.9.16

Things I’m loving this week

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Swimming laps. Since I’ve not been able to run….and then hurt my back in Body Pump, I’ve been limited to swimming, walking, and pilates. While in pilates the other day after a week off (instructor was on vacation), when we started abs prep exercises, I realized my core was sore and that it could only be from swimming. I never think of swimming as much of a workout, but my aching abs say otherwise.


Science Olympiad. I wrote about this awesome event earlier this week and am happy to report that Lauren placed in all three of her events — two 2nd places and one 3rd place. Her school (the middle school AND the high school) won 2nd place overall…so those poor Science teachers have to take all those kids on an overnight trip to the State competition at Juanita college in April. Woot!

Here’s a video of Lauren’s team when they learned they won 2nd place (that’s Lauren right in front there with the dark hair, and her partner for the events, is the blonde with the glasses sitting next to her.):

Pinterest. I hate to admit it, but there’s a void in my life without Facebook on my smartphone because in the evening, when I’m too brain dead to do anything like comprehend a book, or even hold one up, I used to scroll my newsfeed. That hole has been filled by Pinterest…where every night I’m happily pinning all kinds of things I will probably never look at again, let alone, make, do, build, or cook.

Things I’m not loving this week

Ticks. I’ve pulled THREE of these repulsive little bloodsuckers off my dog in as many days. He’s already got Lyme disease (and it’s acting up again). I think Dan may have stopped treating him with flea & tick medication over the winter, but we sure as hell treated him after we found those and I’m not going to stop unless we have a “real” winter again (i.e. cold & snow for loooong periods). I sure hope its a long and painful death for those bastards when bite him now.

No pool time in evenings. If you think it’s tough to get a treadmill at the YMCA in the winter, try getting a lap lane between 5 and 8 p.m. Sigh. Most evenings, it’s just closed altogether for lessons & classes.

45. Seriously…how much longer must we put up with this imbecile?