Saturday, September 3, 2011

A Few Things...

I am noticeably more busy these days. I say noticeably because my posts are becoming more few and far between than they had been a month ago. After a delayed start of school this week due to power outages caused by Hurricane Irene, we're finally back in full swing as school started Wednesday. Since I've missed my punch list the last two Wednesday due to back to school events, I thought I'd stop by to share a few thing on this Saturday afternoon that I've been super excited about recently.

We've been making an effort to put to use the few vases we have. On a weekend trip to the grocery or farmer's market, we've made the point to pick up a small bouquet of flowers. Having the bright flowers certainly add some color and fun to the house.

The few days after the hurricane brought very temperate weather and lots of sun. With highs in the 70s last week, we were able to enjoy having all of the windows in the house wide open with lots of fresh breeze through the house. We weren't the only ones that enjoyed it-- Lilah loves sitting by the front window especially when it's open and smelling all of those smells she picks up with her nose.

Three days into the school year I can already say I am so excited to be teaching Social Studies again. Day three of teaching and I showed my students some photos of the Anasazi cliff dwellings in New Mexico at Bandelier National Monument. Some of them were legitimately excited about it just because I was excited to tell them about my own experience there. And teaching a skill like main idea didn't seem so dull to me considering I had the Social Studies aspect there. Thank goodness!

I've been working on becoming a morning person. How? By getting up at 6am and arriving at school by 7:45 instead of 8:45, the latest time I am allowed to arrive as the school day starts at 9. Three days in a row I've made it by 7:45. I'm quite proud of myself. The new schedule-- wake up at 6am and do yoga for half an hour (which also entails lots of love and morning greetings from Finn while doing yoga and can be a bit tricky). Coffee and breakfast for about 20 minutes and then off too the shower to get ready and out the door by 7:35. I have to admit, the yoga helps me wake up and by the time I get to school I feel ready to start the day instead of feeling overly groggy.

Weekend plans? Head to my aunt and uncle's place tonight for dinner. Tomorrow, walk down to the Inner Harbor to see if we can spot some car racing action. The Grand Prix has made its way to Baltimore this weekend and while I have some major qualms with the whole thing (and we're talking MAJOR as in who has the right to cut down 130 full grown trees from our downtown without resident permission?!) I still get back to my Indiana roots and wouldn't mind seeing, and hearing for that matter, a few Indy cars.

Hope you're all enjoying a long holiday weekend and that you all have plenty of opportunity for relaxation!


  1. Beautiful colors in those flowers and such a cute doggy!

    I'm trying to get up earlier's so hard when you know you can sleep longer if you want to.

  2. Sometimes life has a way of getting in the way of blogging and various computer activities. But that's ok!

    Lilah looks so relaxed and in deep thought. Such a pretty dog.

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. Sounds like you are off to a good start.

  3. That's cool that you're so excited about teaching :)

  4. Glad you are having fun at school this year! I am very impressed by the morning-person routine. I aspire to that, but my body just does not want it to happen! :)

  5. I'm happy to hear your school got going again, some of our schools stiiilll haven't started yet and still don't have a date set for when they can start, Irene certainly was a crazy ride! Have fun at the races. Can't believe it caused the death of 130 trees, though?!

    (ps make sure you enter my birthday give away!)

    -rachel w k

  6. Wow, getting up early to do yoga? I've been wanting to do that for a while but it hasn't happened. How long from the time you wake up to the time you do yoga? I feel like my body's going to be so stiff.

    Your dog's adorable!

  7. @Rachel-- they cut the majority of our 50 year old downtown trees to make room for the Grand Prix grandstands. They are replacing them with small trees planted in pots after the race which is totally not the same thing. So sad. I'm headed over to your blog right now btw!

    @Imelda-- I do my yoga right after I wake up. It helps me wake up slowly. I start with simple and work my way up to more difficult. Helps me get all of the kinks out of my back!

  8. Gorgeous photos! And good luck on the whole morning person thing - I am trying to do similar but my idea of an early morning is getting up at 8 am!!! I'm not sure I could do 6 am!

    And I can completely relate to the 'help' dogs can give when you do yoga at home - it most definitely increases the level of difficulty...

  9. Heidi, I actually got up earlier this morning and did yoga for 25 minutes! I couldn't get myself out of bed all of last week, but I did today. Let's see if I can do it again at lease once. Thanks for motivating me!


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