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Random Thoughts Thursday

• I am going to Denver this weekend.  Excited about it since I’ve never been there.  I am only going for one day to run the RnR Denver Half Marathon.  I’ve been stalking the weather and so far it looks to be good running weather.  I am debating whether to run in shorts or tights.

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• Haha, sounds about right.  Seriously, by Friday I am so exhausted that sometimes I just want to get home and rest.Friday Night Dinner

• I keep telling myself to stop buying stuff for my classroom.  No more.  I don’t listen.  🙂 

My Wallet

• I have an old Magnavox TV that I purchased in 1995.  It still works (with an antenna and converter box) and I have it in my room.  The other day the converter box stopped working and I went to the store to buy another one.  I’d forgotten how expensive they are ($40).  Somehow the box started working again and I returned the other one.  I also have an old TV in my living room (maybe from 2001?) and it still works fine too.  Not that great but well enough that I don’t need to buy a new TV.  🙂

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• Tacos forever!  


• Makes sense but hard to to.  Which one is the most difficult for you?

7 things to let go of


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Random Thoughts Thursday

• My new pair of the Brooks Ricochet arrived.  Not sure if I am going to keep them.  They’re supposed to be in between the Launch and the Levitate.  I love both of those shoes but the Ricochet as not as soft.  I like the color but not so much how they feel.

• No reason.  Just because.  Every time I take a picture of Lola, I wonder what is going through her mind.  She makes me laugh.


• I love seeing colors of the leaves.  So pretty. 

• I go to bed early but also wake up early the next day.  There’s been times in which I notice my text messages the next day and am tempted to respond at that moment.  Then I realize that people don’t wake up as early as I do and are probably still sleeping. 

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• My “Day of the Dead” bulletin board is done.  Love it!

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Random Thoughts Thursday

• How funny is this tshirt?  

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• You know I like cats, right?  🙂  Bought these for me.  You’re never too old for stuff like this.  

• Finally read the book “Living with a Seal”.  I first heard about this in Wendy’s blog.  Check out her review HERE.  Jesse invites a Navy Seal to come live with him and to train him to get in shape.  His only condition is that Jessie does everything he tells him to do.  The book is good and funny.  I don’t think I would last a day with him.  🙂

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• The Chicago Marathon medal.  I like it!  But not enough to sign up for another marathon!  Plus, they already began promoting the race for next year and this year’s hasn’t even taken place yet.

• Saw this old washer at a house I went to see last week.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen one so this one was pretty cool to see.

Goodbye September and Hello October!

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• September flew by!  Cannot believe I’ve been in school for a little over a month.  I had a rough couple of weeks but now it is so much better.  Every single day I go to school thinking of how I can make it a good day for my students.  I am constantly dealing with students that talk too much :-), those that don’t talk at all, low reading comprehension levels, and those that struggle with simple addition problems.   I am being observed this year so I also need to get some information (data binders, assessment binders, etc) ready.

• Brooks Launch and Levitate.  Still have in my rotation two pairs of the Launch and one pair of the Levitate.  I do my easy runs in the Levitate and my speed workouts in the Launch.  I remember how before I used to do all of my runs in the same pair of shoes.  That changed once I realized how much I loved the Launch and purchased a few pairs.  I wanted to wear all of them and that’s what I did.  🙂

• Ran 96.08 miles.  Dang, didn’t make it to 100 miles this month!  Despite doing all of my workouts this month, I was still short 3.92 miles.  I am now 70% done of my yearly goal.  There are 90 days left in 2018 and I still need to run 355.24 miles to achieve my goal.  Looking at the numbers now, I don’t think I will make that goal but I know I will be very close to it.

Total September 2018

2018 Goal

• Total time running was 19:14:51.

• I enjoyed each workout this month.  There were easy runs but also faster workouts.  I did intervals ranging from 1 minute, 2 minutes, 3 minutes, and 5 minutes.  Definitely hard but also fun!

• 22 days of running.  I am loving running 5 days a week.  I don’t know how I used to run 6 days with the Hansons Method.  I love the easy runs (although a few I did too fast) but am also enjoying my speed workouts.

September 2018 Calendar

• No races but excited about my half marathon in October.  I am looking forward to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Denver Half Marathon.  It will be my 39th state in my goal to run a half marathon in each state.  You can use code RNRBRP2018 to save $15 off the half marathon.

• Final Thoughts:  I did every single run and on almost all of them did better than expected.  It is such a GREAT feeling .  About 99% of my runs were done early in the morning and it wasn’t easy to wake up to run at 5am.  However, I am glad I did because it was the last thing I wanted to do after work.  Plus, there were a few HOT days in September and I was happy to run early when it wasn’t as hot.

September 2018 Report Card

So how did September go for you?

Linking up with MarciaPatti, and Erika for Tuesdays on the Run.


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Random Thoughts Thursday

• I think my students like me.  They know I have a cat and love all cat stuff.  They were excited to draw cat pictures for me.

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• Have you tried these protein shakes from Orgain?  They’re actually pretty good and tasty!  I’ve tried vanilla, chocolate, and strawberries and cream.  So far my favorites are chocolate and strawberries and cream.

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• I’ve said it before and will say it again but Amazon truly has the best customer service.  A month ago I ordered some steel cut oats.  The school clerk delivered the box to my classroom and I left it there until I decided to take it home (which was a couple of weeks).  Recently I ran out of the oatmeal I had at home and decided to open the box from Amazon.  Imagine my surprise when I saw that there wasn’t any oatmeal in the box but instead there were 4 bags of gluten free muffin mix.  I immediately got in touch with someone from Amazon and I explained the situation.  They apologized, issued me a refund, and told me to keep/donate/dispose the muffin mix.  

• Feel Good Friday.  Another great idea to do with the kids!

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• Anyone watched “The Manifest”?  The first episode got me hooked!  So good.  Kind of reminds me of “Lost”.  Excited for the new episode on Monday!