Category: Friday Randomness

Friday Randomness – June 26, 2015

1.  Friday again?  The days definitely go by much faster when you are on vacation.  I know that during the school year I am always aware of each day and get so excited on Fridays.  On vacation I sometimes lose track and have no idea when a day is Monday, Tuesday, etc.


2.  On Monday, my sister and nephews went to volunteer at Feed My Starving Children.  It is a great place to volunteer and you end up leaving really good about yourself.  The last time I was there was almost two years ago.  Yikes!  I need to make it a priority to go there more often.


We were there from 2:30-4:30 pm.  My nephews LOVE Home Run Inn and we stopped there for dinner.  We got home in time to watch “The Bachelorette” and before the bad weather began rolling into the Chicago area.  Luckily, it was just wind and lots of rain but I know other places had it even worse.


3.  I bought a new running gear, the Garmin Forerunner 220.  So far I’ve run with it twice and like it.  The only problem I have is that I cannot get it to sync with my heart monitor.  I have to run 8 miles on Saturday with the CES group so hopefully one of the coaches there can help me.

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4.  I know we all have good and bad runs.  I love it when I have a good run but I love it even more when it is on a day that I had no desire to run.  I did not run yesterday morning because I was planning to run in the evening with the ladies from Fleet Feet.  Well, I did a few errands with my mom and got home after 6pm.  I was tired and decided to rest and then go running.  Everything hurt so I took an ibuprofen.  Then I decided not to go.  I guess I must have been feeling guilty and I reminded myself that I would not skip any of my marathon training runs planned by my coach (I’ve missed one) so I got dressed and went out for my run.  You know what?  It was AWESOME and I felt great.  I ran better than I expected and that made me happy.


5.  I received my grade for my Spring class.  I am disappointed that I got a “B”.  I know it is still a great grade but the class was so easy and pretty much an easy “A”.  For nine weeks I listened to the lectures and took notes.  I also did all of my homework and pretty much got all of the problems correct.  The deal breaker was the final presentation on the last day of class.  It was worth 50 percent of my grade.  I know I did not rock it but I didn’t think I did that bad.  I get really nervous speaking in front of a group (definitely not a problem with little kids) so I am just mad at myself because I messed up on the presentation.  My next (and final class) starts in August.

What has been your best volunteer experience?  Do you get nervous speaking in front of a group?  

Friday Randomness – June 19, 2015

1.  On Monday I went to a live taping of Windy City Live.  There were no prizes/gifts for audience members but it was still fun to be there.  We heard from Brian Grazer, watched a performance by Muntu Dance Theatre, and listened to a discussion lead by Dr. E. Patrick Johnson on the NAACP leader, Rachel Dolezal.



2. This past weekend I got a kitten.  Her name is Lola and she is very playful and FUNNY!  I will post pictures of her (not too many) on the blog and on Instagram.  I hope you don’t unfollow me.  For now here are a few.

3. I love coffee.  But I also love flavored coffee creamer.  I’ve been loving this Mexican chocolate style.  Delicious.  Try it.  You will not be disappointed.


4. Just the other day I found my Birkenstocks in the back of my car.  I think they’ve been there since last summer.  Ha, definitely ugly shoes but very comfortable.  I remember one time I was in NY and walked for a couple of hours in them and my feet did not hurt one bit.  Will definitely be wearing them this summer.


5.  This afternoon my nephew and I did a Slice of Chicago Pizza Tour.  We are both HUGE fans of Home Run Inn but wanted to try something different.  We had pizza from Pizzeria Uno, Quartino, and Giordano’s.  I must have read incorrectly the description because I could have sworn it said that we were supposed to go to 5-6 different pizza places.  Overall, it was fun to make a trip downtown (even though it was very windy and kind of cold) and have a few slices from two places we’ve never been to, Quartino and Pizzeria Uno.  The verdict?  Pizzeria Uno is the best one.

Are you a fan of pizza?  Favorite pizza place?  What is your favorite topping(s)?

Friday Randomness – June 12, 2015

1.  I am officially on summer break!  Yesterday was my last day.  My kids were excited but also sad.  A few even cried.  Before we left there was a little parade for the 6th graders.  Basically they went through the school and “said goodbye” to everyone before exiting the school.  Next year they will be going to another school for 7th and 8th grade.  I was sad but also happy because some were in my first group of students (1st graders) when I began teaching.  It is neat to see them all grown up.



2.  I’ve run two races that I’ve yet to write a recap.  One was the Solder Field 10 Mile (PR for me) and the Covered Bridges  Half Marathon in Vermont (State #33).  It was not a PR but I still felt great and finished with my second best time for a half marathon.  I will write the recaps soon. Promise.

3.  Marathon training has been going well.  Most of my runs have been easy runs which I like.  My coach has emphasized to run them SLOW.  For the most part I’ve done that but there have been some runs in which I’ve accidentally run a little bit faster.


4. The academic year is over so it is time for a new calendar.  I bought mine at Staples which I love.  Some friends make fun of me because I use a paper calendar instead of the one in my phone.  Actually I use both but I prefer the paper version.FridayRandomness18

5.  Wednesday was my last math class.  I cannot believe 10 weeks flew by!  I had to do a five minute presentation on a famous mathematician, Ada Lovelace.  Believe it or not but I was very nervous.  It is weird how I can talk in a room full of 2nd graders but get nervous when it is adults. I know I messed up and forgot to mention some important facts about Ada.  Cross your fingers I end up with an “A” in this class.

I registered for my final class (Geometry) which starts in August and then I’ll be done with my math endorsement.  My plan is to either teach math in middle school or be a math coach/interventionist.

Any exciting plans this summer?  Do share.  I have the usual with relax, eat, watch movies, and meet up with friends.  I just got an email asking if I was still interested in a summer job I applied for in March.  It is for July 1-30th from 8am-11:45am.  Perfect right?

Friday Randomness – May 1, 2015

1. I know this is late but did you watch the Boston Marathon?  Wow, what  a race huh?  I was able to watch it with my kids on the SmartBoard at school.  We saw the beginning of both the men’s and women’s and then watched halfway through the race and then the end of it.  I told them to be on the lookout for Desi and Meb. Some of them remember seeing Meb win the race last year.


2. I’ve been having calluses on my right foot.  It is so bad that I finally bought  a bottle of callus remover.  I failed to follow the instructions.  Let’s just say I put on way too much because I was not seeing any results.  Well, imagine my surprise after the relay marathon on Saturday (where my feet got soaking wet) when I took off my socks.  The liquid and water had soften the skin and most of it was peeling off. And because I am stubborn, I took a nail clipper and began clipping away any loose skin.  In the end it was so bad that I had to put on bandages.  Definitely will not make that mistake again.


3. My class “History of Mathematics” is sort of interesting.  I am sort of kidding when I mention that the best part of my evening class is my big cup of iced coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts.  Well, the class is not interesting anymore.  Last week the teacher lectured nonstop on geometry.  Let’s just say I dislike geometry and simply do not get it nor do I care to understand it.  I know this does not sit well with me wanting to be a math teacher.  See below the homework assignment.  I mean, really?  Who gives out homework like that?


4. I am thinking of signing up for the Quarryman Challenge 10 mile race taking place on Saturday, May 9.  I’ve never done it but have heard good things about it. What freaks me out is that another runner (a guy that can run 6:30 minute miles) said that it is a challenging race/course.  Seriously?  He is a fast runner and thinks it is challenging.  I wonder how it will go with me then.  Well, regardless, it is on my radar and am about 90% sure that I will sign up.  It is $45 and about 30 minutes from my house.  Also, this is one of the races on the list for the CARA Chicago Marathon Incentive Program.

5.  Are you be running the Chicago Marathon this year?  Confirmation emails went out Tuesday afternoon and I know of two runners that were not selected.


According to this article From Runner’s World,

A total of 71,040 runners applied to the lottery or registered via a guaranteed entry, according to race representative Cindy Hamilton.  With an expected field size of about 45,000 runners, here’s a quick breakdown of the numbers surrounding the 2015 event:

From those runners who entered with a guaranteed application:

  • 41.7 percent will run through a charity.
  • 23.6 percent are time qualifiers.
  • 17.4 percent are Chicago Marathon Legacy Finishers who ran the race five or more times in the past 10 years.
  • 11.3 percent deferred their entry from previous years.
  • 1.2 percent will particpate through a tour group.
  • 4.8 percent entered through other means.

6.  Another photo of gifts from my kids.  🙂


Friday Randomness – April 24, 2015

1. The hunt for the “perfect” running shoes is back on.  The Asics Cumulus are not working out for me.  I went to Fleet Feet to try the Brooks Ghost 7.  Oh, they’re so comfortable.  I knew I had to get them but could not decide on a color.  Yes, I am one that has to pick a cool color.  I decided on a pair (see below) but then when I got home I changed my mind so I ordered a different pair.  The second pair looks nicer right?



2. I am keeping up (I’ve missed a day or two) with the Kettlebell Swing Challenge but it is getting tough.


3. Tomorrow is the IL Marathon .  I am runner number 1 and my leg is 6.7 miles.  I met with the rest of my team on Sunday to go over logistics, nail down on what to wear, and just to hang out and talk.  I also gave two of them (one of the girls was in CA) a bag with a pepper spray, two Hammer gels, and a packet of Justin’s Hazelnut Butter.  We’re all very excited and cannot wait.



4.  I love getting pictures/drawings from my students.  Translation: Teacher, you are the best teacher I’ve ever had.  Sometimes they also give me candy and chocolates.


5.  Tuesday afternoon was the deadline for me to register for the Chicago Marathon.  Now begins the training before the training for the marathon.  🙂

6. These ads were an eye opener for me.  I’ve drank Nuun (I am obsessed with the Kona Kola flavor) but now after seeing the comparison with Hammer Nutrition’s Electrolytes Fizz Tablets, I don’t think I will drink it again.

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How are you doing in the Kettlebell Swing Challenge?  What do you drink when you run, bike, exercise?