Friday, November 16, 2018

It's Break Time

Happy Friday!  As of 4:10 today I will officially be on Thanksgiving Break!  I hope that everyone has a fantastic Friday & a wonderful weekend!  Because I didn't really blog this week, or do anything too exciting, I'm going to mix up my post again this week!  Linking up with Amanda!

Five From The Phone





Five Things I've Been Up To
**Working out**

**Trying to build a side hustle**

**Teaching**

**Wearing jeans or leggings to work as often as I possibly can**

**Watching a lot of documentaries on Netflix**

Five Things I'm Grateful For
**Friends**

**Family**

**Nash**

**Having a side hustle**

**Therapy**

Five Things I'm Looking Forward To
**Road trip between Texas & Minnesota**

**Drinks & dinner with college friends**

**Coffee with a high school friend**

**Not having to go to work for a week**

**Thanksgiving**

Five Funnies





Monday, November 12, 2018

Challenge Complete!

Happy Monday!  This is the last week before Thanksgiving break & I am SO SO excited!  Like I am on cloud 9 over here.  Friday I'll be starting my journey back to MN as soon as the school day is over.  I cannot wait!  I haven't been home since this summer... which really wasn't *that* long ago, but I'm ready.  This weekend was super low key which is good considering all the driving I'll be doing this coming weekend.  Linking up with Biana!

Friday

Friday was a pep rally schedule day which means I don't teach until 11:40.  I need every day to be a pep rally day.  I didn't leave for work until 10... and could have left later since it apparently only takes me 35 minutes to get to work when it's not rush hour.  I got my workout in, played with Nash, went grocery shopping.  Another golden thing!  Walmart at 8:30 on a Friday morning so much better than Walmart at any point in time on a weekend or after work.  Work was whatever.  My 10th graders did work, my seniors watched Undercover Boss.  Once I got home I did nothing.  I put on comfy clothes, watched some documentaries on Netflix, drank some tea, played with Nash, & went to bed.

Saturday
For the most part Saturday was another chill day.  I got my workout in in the morning, drove the 45 min to Weatherford to pick up more heart worm & flea medicine for Nash, & then just laid around watching Ken Burns Vietnam War most of the day.  I did make some Cheddar Cauliflower Soup for the week but that was it.  Eventually I left the house to go hang out with Helen & Caleb who I hadn't seen since the Halloween party a couple of weeks before.  I got to try out 2 new to me places.  Street's Fine Chicken for supper where we shared the Chickarones and I got the Hell's Chicken & my very first Frose.  Afterwards we hit up Emporium Pies for pie & coffee.  I got the Drunken Nut (Bourbon Pecan.)  Everything was so so good & the waiter at Street's was phenomenal!

Sunday
Sunday was all about me & Nash.  I did my last day of the 21 Day Fix, didn't get dressed until like 3:30 when I decided I wanted Starbucks & Nash deserved a Puppy Whip, & laid around on the couch all day watching movies & documentaries on Netflix.  It was awesome!  I did do a little work but while I was doing that Nash decided to crawl over & lay on me so I took that as a sign to just stop for the rest of the night.  The Vikings didn't play which was kind of nice because that just meant I *really* didn't have to go anywhere.  All days should be Nash & Bri days!

Friday, November 9, 2018

The Week That Flew

Happy Friday!  This week flew by surprisingly fast, except for Wednesday, Wednesday I thought it was Thursday.  Overall though I am pleasantly surprised that it's Friday already.  Even better is the fact that it is a pep rally day meaning that I don't teach until 11:40.  Therefore I slept in an extra 40 minutes today, haven't worked out yet, & putting this post together at 6:11 am.  I hope that everyone has a fantastic Friday & a wonderful weekend!  Linking up with Biana.

This week was sort of a weird one as far as the work week goes.  We had work on Monday but my sophomores were just coming off of a test so we didn't really do anything new & my seniors had a test this week so they just reviewed.  AKA I showed up to pretty much babysit.  I suppose that makes for an easy day coming off the weekend!  Another Monday win was that while my inches stayed the same from the previous week, I lost another 1.8 pounds from doing the 21 Day Fix.


I know I've previously mentioned it, but I am running a challenge group from Nov 26-Dec 16 for the program that I've been doing.  If anyone is interested or just has questions about it, feel free to email me about it!

The reason Monday was such a whatever day at work was because we didn't have classes on Tuesday.  Teachers still had work but students did not have class so starting something new coming off a test/weekend seemed pointless with an immediate day off after.  Staff development days are the best/worst.  They're easy that's for sure.  But they also serve no real purpose.  I showed up at 8:30 for a department meeting that the department head didn't even realize we had so was not prepared for.  Then at 10:15 we had a meeting over the same stuff we've had a half dozen meetings over in this district & that I've had dozens of meetings over over the course of my career, followed by lunch, followed by the superintendent talking about them-self, their social media, & statistics from a survey we had already seen for an hour because that's how they do...  So yay for getting paid, yay for easy, but was it really necessary for me to drive 2 hours round trip & sit there for 4-5 hours for?  Debatable.


I suppose another win to just having staff development was that I was able to bail after the superintendent was done meaning I was home by about 3, just in time for a work call at 3:30 & a dentist appointment at 4:30 rather than having to take a partial day off.  I hadn't been to the dentist since about 2014.  While my teeth weren't perfect, I had less going on than I thought I would.  I will have to go back to get work done though.

I managed to check in with my fall goals before disappearing from blogland for a couple of days...

Going back to work after a "day off" is always hard.  While the actual day itself wasn't hard, my kids were surprisingly good & quiet, like don't question it & rock the boat quiet, it still felt like it was supposed to be Thursday.  I did wake up Wednesday to find out that a tax ratification had passed where I work so we get the raise we all thought we'd get when we signed our contracts last year!  Perfect timing too as we're supposed to see it reflected, and back paid, just in time for Christmas!


I had planned on doing a Day In The Life post last week or the week before on the blog & by 11 am had forgotten.  So on Thursday I decided that I was going to do it on my Instagram story.  Depending on what time you're reading this you can still catch some of my fascinating day lol.  Turns out it was the perfect day because later that morning I noticed on Laura's Instagram story that apparently it was "Document Your Day" aka #OneDayHH on Instagram.  Perfect timing!  

Also, if you don't already follow Laura on Instagram or her blog I highly suggest you do.  She's hilarious!

I have no major plans this weekend & for that I am grateful!  Plus, my 21 Day Fix ends on Sunday so I'm super excited to see my final results!  Okay, time to workout & get stuff done before eventually heading to work!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Fall Goals Check In #2

1. Have 4300 followers on Instagram (4064/4300)
a. Sep 30: 3765
b. Oct 31: 4064

2. Blog 50 times (42/50)
a. Sep: 20
b. Oct: 22

3. Write a letter to 20 & 40 year old me

4. Go to 10 new bars/restaurants (10/10)
a. Oak Cliff Brewing Co
b. Chelles
c. Miller Tavern & Beer Garden
d. Clockwork Coffee
e. Unos
f. Ampersand
g. World of Beer
h. Buen Giornio
i. All About Cha
j. Brind

5. Do 5 Dallas Bucket List items (1/5)
a. Dallas Farmer's Market

6. Make 10 Pinterest food recipes (9/10)
a. Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole
b. Creamy Avocado Pasta
c. Breakfast Pizza
d. Low-Sodium Cheesy Potato Soup
e. Healthy Burrito Pie Casserole
f. Bacon & Cheese Deviled Eggs
g. Super Simple Amazing Queso
h. 21 Day Fix Garlic Chicken
i. Make-Ahead Sausage & Egg Bake

7. Celebrate 30th birthday

8. Have a treat yoself day

9. Finish 10 101 in 1001 items (4/10)
a. #28 Track food for a month
b. #34 Write a letter to 20 year old me
c. #35 Write a letter to 40 year old me
d. #78 Celebrate 30th birthday

10. Have September lesson plans done by 9/9, October by 10/7, & November by 11/11

Monday, November 5, 2018

Giving Thanks

Happy first Monday in November!  I ain't even mad that it's Monday today.  This is going to be a relatively short week as far as time with students goes & we're in the single digits of school days left until Thanksgiving break!  Linking up with Biana for some weekending & Andrea for TBB Asks!


1. Have you ever kept a Gratitude Journal? Yes or No?
**I actually started a new gratitude journal on the 1st.  I had intended to do it on my birthday so I could have a year of being thankful while 30, but then I forgot & Nov 1 seemed like the next best option**

2. Hosting Thanksgiving at your house? Yes or No?
**Would I?  Absolutely, if I had a house & didn't live far away from everyone.  I'm actually not sure which side of the family I'll be seeing this year, or where it will be held.  Heck, it may be both.  All I know is I will be back in MN for it & I couldn't be happier.**

3. Favorite Food from The Thanksgiving Meal?
**Green Bean Casserole.  It's not even a competition.**

4. What one thing in Nature are you most grateful for?
**Sunrises**

5. Pumpkin Pie: Yes or No?
**I may give it another go this year, but up until this point, no.  I'm not really a fan of pumpkin anything... I do love me some pecan pie though!**

6. Traditional Cookbook: Yes or No?
**I love the idea of traditional cookbooks, & I love how they all look on a shelf, however right now I have like no storage space & find Pinterest easier when it comes to locating recipes I've already made/loved.**

7. Oven Baked or Deep-Fried Turkey?
**I like both & have had both.  Generally we have oven baked just because easier, but both are delicious**

8. Thanksgiving Leftovers: Yes or No?
**I pretty much live on leftovers as it is, & grew up on leftovers, but there is something extra special about Thanksgiving leftovers.  Mixing everything together!  Yum!**

9. What is one household product your most grateful for?
**Does a vacuum count as a product??  I bought mine last year on Black Friday & I'm still obsessed with it!**

10. Are you most grateful for home cooked meals or restaurant meals? 
**Specifically when I go back to Minnesota & they are mama or daddy made meals...**

And now onto the weekend recap...

Friday
Friday was a pretty easy day.  My 10th graders took a test, & I had class on the football field with my seniors.  We did an income inequality exercise & then I just let them sit outside & get their work done and/or talk if they were all done with everything.  That night I didn't really do anything either.  I came up with a meal plan for the weekend & my last week of the 21 Day Fix and watched Netflix.

Saturday
Saturday was my most productive day.  I woke up, got my workout in, & then headed to my 9 am dentist appointment... that I didn't actually go to.  It was supposed to be by the mall but I drove around the mall for 15 minutes before just making a new appointment at a different location that's actually closer to where I live anyway.  Turns out it was *in* the mall.  No thanks.

Because I suddenly found myself with more time than I thought I'd have I took Nash to the dog park.  He had fun for all of maybe 15-20 minutes & then was over it so I took Mr. Anti-Social home.  We watched The Nineties on Netflix.  If you haven't started this yet I highly suggest it!!

I had a therapy appointment at 12 so I left a little early to get myself some Starbucks which actually caused me to almost be late because the Starbucks by me is chaotic.  #WorthIt  After therapy I *finally* went to Trader Joe's.  I got myself some flowers & cookie butter.  On the way home I hit up the grocery store to do the rest of my shopping.  Nash & I hung out watching more the The Nineties until it was time for me to meet Raeann for a concert.  There was an all day festival with free concerts but we only went to see Vertical Horizon & Tonic.  We probably would have stayed for Stone Temple Pilots if there wasn't impending hail, crazy drunk people, & the fact that standing on uneven ground for 3.5 hours had both of our backs hurting.  #Old

I managed to only hit one patch of horrible rain on my drive home & still be in bed by 9:30-10.  That's my kind of night out!

Sunday
I got 8 hours of sleep!  Holy glorious!  Honestly, I got 8 hours of sleep because I forgot about the time change & when I saw 5 am on my clock I didn't want to get up yet so I fell back asleep until 6.  I hate this time of year as far as the sun goes.  I HATE that it gets dark out so early.  I do appreciate that extra hour of sleep I got because I forgot about the time change though...

I took the morning slow, did my yoga, ate, watched more the The Nineties, & chilled with home skillet.  I also got my meal prep done for the week.  Potato Soup & Hasselback Chicken.  I headed to Fort Worth to watch the Vikings beat the Lions.  I also ate another cheat meal (see chili cheese dog & Starbucks above for the first cheats).  I got wings because that's what I do when I go to Fort Worth to watch football.  Totally worth it.  Luckily they forgot about my fries because I did NOT need those.  The game went by super fast!  It was done by 2:30! (It had started at noon FYI because CST).

When I got home I started watching the Ken Burns docuseries on the Vietnam War while grading.  Another thing I hated about the time change on day 1... the fact that it was dark at 7 & I felt like I had everything accomplished & therefore kinda wanted to go to bed... but going to bed at 7 is an awful idea unless I want a horrible sleep cycle to begin.  So I just played on my phone & watched Netflix until 8:30 Nash got all antsy to go to bed.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Hello November


Happy November & Happy Friday everyone!  I am so happy it's the weekend.  This week needed to end.  It wasn't particularly bad I just wasn't feeling it.  Because not a whole lot went on, I'm going to change up the format this week & just give you the bullet points.  Linking up with Amanda!

**On Monday I did my first check in to see how my 21 Day Fix has been going.  I knew I had more energy & could physically feel certain changes, but I didn't think they would be as drastic as they were for just one week.**


**Two of my 101 in 1001 goals had been to write a letter to 20 year old me & 40 year old me from 30 year old me.  I had meant to get that taken care of on my birthday, but a week later isn't so bad.**


**Nash & I spent Wednesday, aka the last day of October, aka Halloween, by watching Hocus Pocus on the couch.  I live in an apartment so kids came by to trick or treat.**


**Thursday was an especially crappy day, for no real reason either, I just wasn't feeling it.  Coming home to Nash & watching stand up comedy on Netflix is exactly what I needed*


**I recently signed up to be a Beachbody coach. I plan on sharing my whole why on here at some point in the near future.  However, for right now I wanted to no pressure share a special as well as a challenge group I'll be running soon with you:

From November 26 - December 16 I will be running a challenge group.  The purpose is to motivate others, ask questions, get ideas for meals, tips, etc.  I'm currently running a free one on Facebook that has been really helpful not to my friends that are in it, but to me as well.

For the entire month of November there is a "No Excuse November" special running where challenge packs are $20 off.  So the one that I bought was originally $160 (and that's what I paid...) this month it's $140.  For the one I got you get a year of Beachbody On Demand (all beachbody workouts available to be streamed from wherever), the 21 Day Fix containers, & a 30 day supply of Shakeology.  Individually that would be about $315, so you save $175.

If you would be interested in joining the challenge group, or just have questions, let me know!**


And now to the funnies, because what's a Friday without some funnies...






Thursday, November 1, 2018

Dear 40 Year Old Bri

Bri,

Welcome to 40!  Does this mean we're over the hill now?  Or is that 50?  I don't recall.  Either way, I hope you're still rockin it!  I know we've already acted old for quite some time but please don't be acting OLD old.  While overall I really just hope that you're happy & #LivingYourBestLife, are hashtags still a thing??  Here are a few things I wouldn't mind having accomplished by now:

-Quit teaching & have a new career you actually love
-Be married
-Have kids
-Own a home
-Have the ability to travel often, aka more than just home for the holidays & maybe once a year
-Have visited states/countries I haven't yet #CrossOffThatBucketList

I guess that's it really.  Mostly I really do just hope that at 40 we're doing what makes us happy & not worrying about the small things.  Oh, I hope that debt is taken care of...  #Yikes!

Love,

30 Year Old Bri

PS #SorryNotSorry for the hashtags, feel free to want to punch younger you in the face...  I feel ya, I want to smack some sense into younger us as well...

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

What's Up Wednesday


Linking up with ShayLindsayJenn and Jessi.

What I'm Eating This Week:
Breakfasts this week are a Sausage & Egg Casserole.  #Obsessed

What I'm Reminiscing About:

What I'm Loving:
The results I'm seeing already from the 21 Day Fix

What I've Been Up To:
Trying to build a side hustle

What I'm Dreading:
Work, pretty much daily...

What I'm Working On:
"I be up in the gym just working on my fitness"
(really I'm working out at home...)

What I'm Excited About:
I won $19 yesterday on a $1 lottery ticket

What I'm Watching/Reading:
I've been watching Godless on Netflix.  I don't really know how I feel about it.  It's definitely in the genre I like, & I don't hate it, but it also doesn't hold my full attention...

What I'm Listening To:
Spotify in the morning & Girl Logic on the way home (for the second time)

What I'm Wearing:
Whatever I can to not have to wear work pants...

What I'm Doing This Weekend:
Saturday: I have a couple of appointments & am going to a concert/festival with a friend
Sunday: Watching the Vikings & possibly getting a pedicure

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month:Heading home to Minnesota.  I'm so ready to be back in MN, see family/friends, & enjoy THANKSGIVING!!!

What Else Is New:
I think I am officially over dating, & the attempt to date.  I don't even currently care to be swiping through people let alone having half ass conversations & mediocre dates.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Dear 20 Year Old Bri

Dear Bri,

Welcome to your 20's!  You are officially no longer a teenager!  This next decade is going to be quite the adventure.  Enjoy every single moment of it.  You're going to make mistakes, lots of mistakes.  But some of those mistakes are going to lead to really exciting & good things too!  You're going to get your heart broken more than what seems like your fair share, but you're going to break a couple of hearts too.  It's okay.  Try not to dwell on the mistakes & the heartbreak.  Instead, remember all of the important things you learn from each of these events.  Enjoy the random trips, love the time you get to spend by yourself, make the big scary life changes, & don't worry so much about what other people think of you & your decisions.  Not knowing what you want to do with your life or where you want to be is okay.  Try not to focus so much on that though & just take life as it comes.  I'm sorry to report that you still won't have that all figured out at 30 either but that's just fine!  That's what makes life a spontaneous adventure!  You are going to rock your 20s!  You're going to meet some great people that become intensely important to your life.  You are going to see places that change your life.  You are going to do things that you never imagined you would or thought possible.  This is your time to grow!

Love,

30 year old Bri

Monday, October 29, 2018

The Last One In October

I feel like my birthday month flew by unfairly fast considering September lasted a lifetime...  Oh well!  Here we are again, another Monday.  I will say that one upside to October ending is that Thanksgiving break is that much closer...  Linking up with Biana!

With the exception of Saturday night, my weekend was mostly uneventful so this is going to be pretty short & sweet.

Friday night consisted of a bath & some Iliza - Elder Millennial on Netflix followed by a antihistamine & bedtime.


Saturday morning I woke up, baked the sausage & egg casserole I had put together Friday night before going to bed, did my 21 Day Fix workout, did my nails, & then just hung around with Nash all day.  I restarted watching Godless on Netflix since I was only 3 or 4 episodes in & hadn't really been paying attention the first time around.

Side notes:

**Saturday's 21 Day Fix workout was my favorite.  It was the Dirty Thirty.**

**The color on my nails is French Riviera**

About 6 I finally started getting ready for a Halloween party.  Because I was feeling super lazy & cheap when it came to Halloween, which is actually how I've been about it for a few years now, I bought a pair of cat ears from Target & called it good.


So what I was actually going for was Karen from Mean Girls ala "I'm a mouse, duh!"  However, apparently neither Walmart or Target believe in mouse ears...just cat ears.  So I guess I just wound up being a cat...  But hey, a $3 costume is a win!


The party was a lot of fun & was decorated perfectly.  I wish I had gotten more pictures of the other food & decor but I pretty much had my phone put away the entire time.  Of course I made friends with the dog, who I wanted to steal.  Him & Nash would have been best friends!  They are both super sweet & are Corgi mixes.  Alas, I was not allowed.

I also won ex-girlfriend of the year when I met a girl at the party who I thought would be perfect for the clingy ex I recently broke up with & after getting the green light from both, gave her his number & then text him letting him know she'd be contacting him soon.

I didn't get to bed until like 2 am & then only slept until just before 8, after first waking up at about 5...  I lounged around for quite awhile before finally eating some breakfast & doing my workout.  Thankfully the workout of the day was yoga because I was not at an energy level where anything intense would have gone well.  The rest of the day was pretty much spent on the couch.  I watched a little more of Godless & a couple of movies on Netflix.  I took a nap & holy goodness it was glorious!!  I watched most of the Vikings game but decided to go to bed before it was over since they were getting their asses handed to them.  At least the Packers lost too...

I am hoping this week flies by.  Mostly because I really just want it to be time for me to go back to Minnesota for Thanksgiving & because I'm just over my job.  I'm bored & frustrated with it so I don't ever really care to go.  I don't always hate it, I just never really want to be there...

Friday, October 26, 2018

My First Week As A 30 Year Old

It's finally Friday!  Actually this week really wasn't that bad overall.  I'll never turn down a weekend though!  Linking up with Amanda for my first week as a 30 year old!

While I had originally planned on starting my 21 Day Fix on Tuesday since I didn't return from Arkansas until later in the afternoon on Sunday, I had everything I needed so I decided to just go for it on Monday.


Nothing makes you aware of just how out of shape you actually are than by feeling like you're going to die during just 30 minutes of cardio...  but I survived & I felt great afterwards!

On Tuesday I turned 30!  Had I not taken last Friday off to head to a cabin in Arkansas with some friends I definitely would have taken my birthday off.  A friend & I were going to go get Mexican for supper to celebrate but since they were short staffed she had no one to cover for her long enough to go out to eat.  It was then that I had a moral dilemma.  Did I go home & eat the healthy food I had in the fridge, or still go out because BIRTHDAY!  I went out.  To make up for it though I got in some extra active minutes by taking Nash for a walk.  He also came to dinner with me.  I went to Lucy's Lot to get some amazing jalapeno popper type things & a drink.  I really didn't stray too far from what I could/couldn't have.


Now that I am 30, I had previously considered continuing on with the goals like my 30 by 30 but ultimately decided to just stick with my 101 in 1001 & seasonal goals rather than spreading myself too thin.

And a quick shift in gears!


Have I mentioned how frustrated I'm becoming with the education system?  Between a parent still basically trying to put the blame on me for everything despite having a meeting & them actually seeing evidence that their child isn't doing what they are telling them they are, & then hearing back from my college advisor that the lack of accountability on students & grades meaning less & less (aka kids just getting passed along) has been becoming a nationwide trend more & more over the last 10 years, it's just so hard to find joy or purpose in what I have wanted to do since the 1st grade...


On the bright side though there are only 15 days left of school before it's Thanksgiving break!  I mentioned it yesterday, but I'm starting a free accountability group on Facebook if anyone would like to join!  It's going to run from Oct 29 until right before Thanksgiving & the whole purpose is to motivate each other, share workout tips, & healthy recipes to be proactive for the upcoming holiday season.  Even though I recently started doing Beachbody & will be continuing the 21 Day Fix, not everyone that is in the group is doing that.  Some are doing keto, some are doing Whole30, & others are just trying to eat healthier & get in more exercise.  If this sounds like something you'd be interested in let me know & I can send you the group link.  There are currently 7 of us that will be participating!


I participated in a Mug Love Exchange hosted by Stephanie @ Wife Mommy Me.  Not only did Stephanie host it, but she wound up being my person as well!  I am so obsessed with the towels!  And how cute is that mug & the notepad??  I am definitely bringing the pumpkin bread/muffin mix back to MN with me so that I have others around to help me eat it!

Before I get to the funnies, here is a picture of Nash, because Nash.


I had actually planned to do a day in the life post on Thursday & this was the first picture I took on Wednesday.  But then by 11 am I had forgotten all about it & didn't think of it again until I was listening to something on my way home from work & they mentioned something about a day in the life.  Oh well!

And now onto the funnies to send you into the weekend with a smile!