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.


High Five for Friday

1//  The Illinois Half-Marathon was, um, HOT.  It was the worst half I’ve ever ran.  But I seriously can’t complain because my “worst” is still sub-2:00 hours.  My splits were pretty humorous – the first 10K was at an 8:08 pace and the second 10K was at a 9:27 pace.  I’m pretty impressed with myself that I have 5 half-marathons under my belt!



2// I got the job at Marquette for this summer!  I will be teaching science in one of their summer programs.  I’m looking forward to teaching physics and reconnecting with the ol’ Alma Mater and the people that inspired me to become a science teacher!



3//  Like I mentioned yesterday, I’m going to have to start training for the Summerfest Rock ‘n’ Sole Half-Marathon that’s on June 14th.  I think I’m going to go more the route of “Run Less, Run Faster” versus trying to get in 5-6 runs per week.  That’s just not good for my body nor soul.

Rock'n'Sole Screenshot


4// Speaking of running, Chris and I registered ourselves for events in the fall.  He’s running his fourth (!!) full marathon in Madison in November while I’ll do the half-marathon.  And then in September, I’ll run the 10K and he’ll run the half-marathon at the Brewers Mini-Marathon.  We’re looking forward to finding local (and cheaper) races as time goes on!

fall race schedule


5// Only 24 more “get-up” days for school.  I’m not sure I’ll survive.  It actually helps that the weather hasn’t been nice!  If it were sunny out, I’d be struggling MUCH more than I am now.


What are some of your highlights from this week?




Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth

High Five for Friday

1// I was able to see my brother perform for his senior recital last week.  We did the 4 hour drive to Chicago (and back) that night and it well worth the 8 hours in the car.



2// I had phone interview for a summer gig at the old Alma Mater.  I would be part of a teaching team for the Upward Bound program.  It would be so cool to work at Marquette during the summer!  I should hear back sometime in the next week… *fingers crossed again!*



3// We started the last unit of the semester this week.  It seems so bittersweet that my time at my first job is coming to a close.  I’m not sure how to deal with the knowledge that I’m leaving, but the kids do not.  I’m not sure if I’ll tell them at all or if I’ll tell them on the last day of school.


4//  Today, the 9th grade will be performing service projects around our community.  My homeroom in particular will be picking up garbage along the Cedar Rapids riverfront.  It’s actually really fascinating to me how snarly the students become about volunteering.  So, yesterday, we had a long talk about what a property tax is and how it affects them.  They shut up fairly quickly.


5//  Half-Marathon #5 is scheduled for tomorrow!  I really enjoyed the Illinois Marathon’s organization last year (although maybe not so much the race).  I’m looking forward to writing a recap of tomorrow’s race.  I should probably look at the course elevation and the route map so I don’t have another issue like I did at the Brewer’s Mini-Marathon.


Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth.

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}

All of the things.

It’s the last day in January already?  Why is 2014 flying by?  I’m not feeling super hot today so I stayed home so I can recover faster.  This week’s Friday faves…

(1) Shopping :: I have a monthly budget or $150 for personal shopping.  And, I completely blew it (and more) in 30 minutes with two online purchases.  The two skirts, from ModCloth naturally, are perfect for work.  I haven’t really been feeling pants lately (which is really unfortunate considering the polar vortex we’re experiencing) and high-waisted skirts are where it’s at.  The jacket was a decision created by winning a $20 Lululemon gift card from Bri.  I’m so excited for it to come in the mail!

{Linking up with Fran for Budgetting Bloggers.}


(2) Teaching ::   With a cancellation at the start of the week due to frigid temperature and having a 2-hour delay the next day, the students this week have been crrraaaazy.  I think they’ve been cooped up too long because of the cold.  However, yesterday I was at an all day Science Council meeting to discuss Next Generation Science Standards alignment and how to vertically align our courses so that all students in grades 9-12 are exposed to every.single.standard.  I am SUPER passionate about science standards so this was a heated argument.  It didn’t really help that I was the youngest person by a long shot in this group of teachers.  {In case you missed it, I posted pictures of where I spend most of my waking hours.}


Creating seating charts on a snow day // Collaborating during a meeting


(3) Running :: I’m only in week 2 of half-marathon training, and I’m already tired of running inside.  Again, this polar vortex isn’t helping anything.  Excuse me while I pout during my entire treadmill run.

Last week's workouts.

Last week’s workouts.


(4)  New Years Goals ::  (1) I just want to point out that *this girl* posted more than once this week. I am sucking it up at posting 3 times per week, but it’s only the first month and I think I’ve averaged a couple of posts per week, so I’m pretty happy.  (2) Another one of my goals was to take a picture everyday on Instagram with the hashtag – #ashleydoes2014.  It’s going really well, I’ve only missed one day, but I’ve taken more pictures than days this month.  This is seriously incredible as I’m terrible at using Instagram (and Twitter, oh gosh, don’t even get me started on that).  (3) I’m rocking it out on half-marathon training and I’m 99% sure that I’m registering for the Chicago Half-Marathon in September as my third official race of the year. (4) I’m slowly but surely adding to the Goodwill pile to minimize my belongings and (5) I’ve been enjoying more frequent happy hours with husband and we’re both pretty happy about that.

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(5) Husband :: Has an interview today!  It’s an informal interview to “get to know him” but I am still SO proud of him.  I’m really excited to see where this leads him.  In addition, he also was granted a month-long fellowship to study at a midwestern college to finish his dissertation.  He is so happy that things seem to be falling into place.  Ideally, he would complete his dissertation AND receive a job offer next spring while on his normal fellowship.  ❤


What happy things happened to you this week?