Monday, April 23, 2012

Running for Home

There are 7 more days in April. Then I have 25 teaching days at MMO in May. And then it's summer. And thank goodness. I'm dying here. MacTroll just started his fourth week home -- this year. Yes, he's home on the weekends, but he's been flying in a lot at 9 p.m. on Friday and out at 6 a.m. (or 2 p.m.) on Mondays. And really, I feel like when he walks in the door I'm like, "Here is your child." And then I vacate the house -- because let's face it, the boys don't ever leave and that drives me INSANE.

But this Friday is a vacation day, thanks to a Unit 4 Teacher's Institute. I'm going in to help X-man's teacher pack up to move to the new school for an hour and a half. I also have to stop by the ARC and get my registration packets for the 5k and the 10k this weekend. I haven't been training for them, admittedly. I wanted to, but it was hard to get an hour out of the house somewhere where I was allowed to leave the building with my child still IN the building. And let's face it, as strong and as fit as X-man thinks he is, he's not up for doing 3-6 miles with me.

So I'm making my plans for the countdown of our time in Illinois. If everything goes okay, we'll (fingers crossed) be putting our house up for sale next February. I have a lot to do, and some personal sanity to find. Therefore, I'm not going to be teaching at MMO next year because I fully think that I'll need something full-time once I get to California. Therefore, I'm going to take next year and just walk my kid to class -- and work the hell out of my body. Seriously. It's priority 1 starting after Memorial Day weekend.

I got my Fuel band to sync. I had to do a factory reset, so I lost some mileage, but It's nice to have something tracking what I do all day. And, as you might have guessed. I'm not a sedentary person. I walk, on average between 12,000 and 20,000 steps in a day and I'm in some kind of motion (usually low activity) for 10-14 hours a day. Whenever I got to fitness class at 4:30 it goes up a lot. Same with when I walk the dog for an hour. And I like having it on my arm.

In other news, I'm addicted to nutella. Get that shit away from me. Seriously. I bought it to make a Cooking Light (ironic, right?) recipe for Chocolate Banana French Toast. A surprise to no one, that I am an empty pit when it comes to bread and chocolate. So while Sunday's brunch of the French toast with a side of fruit salad might have seemed a bit of a splurge... it was a CRAZY splurge as I kept spreading the brown, yumminess on the bread and chowing down on it.

Other splurging this week includes going out with some girls on Wednesday and on Thursday. I know, sugar daddy's back in the house, so I'm going to jump out and enjoy some grown up time while I can. But it does remind me that I need to schedule a trip somewhere for myself. I just got my passport renewal back. I should be safe to make it through customs today without them wondering what happened to myself. Or maybe I'll just swing the other way. Where instead of asking me if I had gastric bypass, they'll ask me if I swallowed a donut store between the time the photo was taken and now.

Mmm, maybe I should change that analogy to "nutella factory."

School is having an art fair fundraiser on Wednesday from 12-2 p.m. at MMO. We're raising money to buy new playground equipment. If you'd like to stop by or make a donation, we'd love to show you around the school and have you check out what some of my Clownfish have been up to in class (as well as all the other classes). It's supposed to rain, which will probably only add to the misery on our current playground. We've had some vandals take some equipment apart over the last year, and it's not what it was, but with some of the DCFS requirements and agreements we've had with the church, it was the best we could do with the funds we had when we moved.

So, now we're trying to make it a bit better than the Little Tykes stuff.

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