High Five for Friday

TGIF y’all!  I’m thrilled that’s Friday.  Although I’m not crazy about how hot it’s (finally) gotten this week.  And don’t even get me started on the humidity.


1//On our last day date of the summer, Chris and I checked out a new donut place in the Third Ward, mostly because they had gluten free donuts.  They were the BEST donuts I’ve ever had – super moist, good flavor, and drenched in chocolate ganache.  A big pricy at $2.25/GF donut, but so, so good.

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2// I started my new job this week!  Whenever a teacher starts at a new district, they go through a week of New Teacher Initiation Induction.  Honestly, out of the two induction weeks that I’ve attended, this was by far the most informational and realistic in terms of content.  I feel extremely fortunate that we moved when we did in terms of my career.  I have four years of teaching experience and the fact that I get to use all of that knowledge AND still be in a position/age where I want to learn everything about my profession.

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So much Google, so little time.


3// Not only do I get a fresh start in terms of my professional behavior (not that I needed one before, but you know, it never hurts), I get to have a fresh wardrobe start as well!  I’ve made a major effort to shop my closet and think about what pieces I’m missing.


Hmm, I think I see a pattern?


4// Because I’ll be particularly busy this fall (teaching, new job, coaching), Chris has graciously demanded that he help more with domestic duties and such. Honestly, this is really hard for me, but when I looked at my schedule, I realized that there’s no way I wouldn’t be able to have his help.



5//Today is my first official day of cross country practice (although the season started on Monday) and I’m looking forward to getting to know the girls more and running with them.  Remember this is really the only season where I like to run with other people. 😉




Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth.


Friday Five

Happy Friday!  I’m devastated that it’s already the Friday of spring break.  This week went by so damn quick.  I’m definitely not mentally prepared to return to my Iowa classroom on Monday.  But, it’ll be fine.  It always is.

{If you’re here for the Runners Link Up – scroll down to #5! 🙂 }

1//My whirlwind three days in Milwaukee were, well, crazy busy.  It’s a whole ‘nother post in and of itself.  Seriously, applying for your second job is worse than applying for college + your first job combined.  I’m pretty smitten with three schools so *fingers crossed*!

2//I was able to reconnect with an old friend that I hadn’t seen since we moved to Iowa.  It was nice seeing her and I’m looking forward to rebuilding that friendship (hopefully) when we move back.


3//I went on quite the driving tour of Milwaukee this week and I totally forgot how much I love the architecture, the grit, and the history of that city.  Driving through Miller Valley (above – B&W) brought a lot of feelings back from this past September (Brewers Mini) and from when I was student teaching and drove through it every.single.day on the way to school.

4// It hit 50 degrees yesterday and will hit 60 degrees today!  Praise be!

5// And, finally…RUNNER’S TELL ALL!

It’s time for another running link-up!  Amanda and Beka wanted to know what our favorite running gear was, so without further ado…

Tees:  Generally, this is hit or miss.  I really like the tech tees from Target as they’re affordable and they work.  But, I’ll also wear a lot of race tees that are wicky.  Also, I totally forgot about the most IMPORTANT piece of running gear for women…the sports bra.  I swear by Nike U-Back adjustable sports bras.  They have a hook-back like a normal bra and are this bra is the ONLY one that keeps everything in its place without hitting me in the face.  I HATE the excuse, “Well, I have big boobs so I can’t run.”  No.  You can run, you just don’t want to or don’t want to find the right equipment.

Shorts: I’ve worn Nike Tempo shorts since 2009 when they were THE cutest thing to wear with a tee and flip-flops around Marquette.  Actually, my first pair of Tempo’s was a Marquette version.  I’ve since accumulated a lot of these in different colors.  I love them because they don’t ride up when I run, but they also breathe.

Socks: These socks are like running on clouds.  They have just the right amount of cushion where they’re cozy enough for running and regular wear.  Although you should probably wear them for regular wear first.  I love Smartwool’s too because they don’t reek after you run in them.  However, they are on the pricy side and Chris just experimented with some Asics socks and says they’re pretty similar, so I’ll have to give that a try.

Shoes:  I recently broke up with Mizuno.  Sad, I know.  I’ve worn Mizunos for almost 4 years and when the running store clerk brought out Brooks, I’m pretty sure I accidentally gave him the stink-eye (oops).  But sure enough, I slipped on my feet, hopped on their treadmill and became positively smitten with them.

Fuel:  I LOVE drinking coconut water instead of Gatorade, but that ish can get expensive.  So, I normally cut gatorade in half with water.  In terms of food, I love the ProBar Chews in Raspberry – they have caffeine in them!

What were some highlights from your week?  If you run (and you SHOULD!), what is some of your fave gear?  Anything I absolutely need to try?

Friday Five



1// Today is the last day before break!  Thank god.  The students have been checked out all week and I think we’re all in need of a break.

{Via} Pretty sure my kids feel this way all.the.time.

{Via} Pretty sure my kids feel this way all.the.time.

2// I found what I get to teach on Monday for my interview lesson.  I get to teach an ecology review session.  I’ve taught ecology approximately 0 times in my entire teaching career, so looks like I’ll be studying up a storm this weekend.  And then I’ll be an expert for Monday.  Time to bust out the dry erase board, markers, and Socrative (an AWESOME site for teachers to use for class).  I really wish I was teaching chemistry (the position I’m applying for) but teaching is all about making do, ya know?

{Via} Haha, get it?

{Via} Haha, get it?

3// I have a pretty busy weekend ahead of me (see: ecology, lesson plan).  I’m also going out for a friend’s birthday on Saturday night and a baby shower on Sunday afternoon before we head up to MKE on Monday morning.


4// Milwaukee is going to be SO much fun (and stressful)!  I’m getting dinner with a friend that I haven’t seen since I moved to Iowa, so I’m pretty stoked about that.


5// AND…the best of all…I got another job interview!  Hells yeah.  SO excited!  Husband doesn’t know yet because I want to tell him in person.  Hopefully, he doesn’t go through his Feedly before I get home!



Congratulations to Kimberly for winning a free tech shirt from Race Ragz!  Check your email!

Friday Five

Happy 250th post to me!  I can’t believe I started this little blog of mine in October of 2012 and have stuck with it for as long as I have.  Go me. 🙂

1// We had parent-teacher conferences this week (2-12 hour shifts…woo!) and I am always so blown away by the support that we teachers receive from parents.  Even when I have areas of improvement for students, it’s really great to see that parents and teachers can work as a team.


2// I had my first great run in a looong time and it was outside!  I’m officially breaking up with the treadmill especially since the weather is finally turning the corner!


3// My little brother was accepted into a collegiate music program!  I’m so proud of him!


4// Last semester, I tutored an old student of mine in chemistry and as a thank-you, her family gave me a (very generous) gift card to any business in the town I live in.  I was so surprised!  It was so thoughtful and sweet.

And finally…

5// I got an offer for an interview for a school in Wisconsin!  I’m pretty excited/anxious/nervous about it.  But, just because I have an interview doesn’t mean I’ll get the job.  I’m just so honored that they’re deciding to interview me.

Friday Five

1// We still haven’t had a full week of school.  And, while I’m slowly dying on the inside from lack of consistency, I’m learning how to accept things I don’t want and go with the flow.  At least we’re still getting out June 6th.  amirite?  I think the weird schedule is affecting the students’ behavior though and I’m trying oh so hard to be patient with them (and myself).

2//It was beautiful weather this week – almost 40 degrees for three days in a row!  I was able to run outside and it was amazing.  But, the sidewalks have turned into small creeks/ponds/riverbeds.  Needless to say, my running shoes are taking quite the beating.

3// I’m feeling really relieved that I confessed what I’ve been hiding for months.  C & I talk about the move daily and have strategized practically everything.  If we are officially moving, this blog will change {again} and will probably stay that way until I stop blogging forever.

4// I chopped off all my hair last week and donated it to Locks of Love.  This is the first time I’ve donated so I’m pretty excited about it.  I needed to get my hair “interview ready”.

Thanks to Rhiannon for the picture.

Thanks to Rhiannon for the picture.

5//  Amanda & Beca are doing a link-up of how we started running in 250 words or less.  Here goes::  I joined the track team freshman year of high school as a sprinter eventually working my way up to rocking the 100m & 300m hurdles. Senior year, I was convinced to join the cross country team and was taken to the ER.  Twice.  Needless to say, I thought I would never run anything longer than a 5K.  Ever.  During my freshman year at Marquette, I made the cut for the Novice Women’s Crew Team and was running 30 miles/week and rowing 12 hours a week.  I was skinny and loving it.  But, with two surgeries within 8 months, I stopped exercising all together.  Fast forward to student teaching and I realized how large I had become (size 10/12) and made an effort to start running again.  Kind of.  I was a very casual gym goer.  After we moved to Iowa, I was still holding on to some chub and running was free, so I started doing it a little more.  Bring on the engagement and the wedding and I stopped exercising…AGAIN.  After getting back up into the 150lb range, I decided that C & I were going to run a half-marathon for our first wedding anniversary.  25 pounds, 1 full marathon and 4 half-marathons later, running has become an essential part of my life.


{Linking up with Lauren, Amanda, Beca, and the Good Life Blog}