Movin’ Up!

Whew!  Today was a big day.  I turned in my two weeks notice at the swim club.  I was terrified.  But, I suppose it went well.  I told the board first.  I went in saying that it was because of a new opportunity – which is true.  They just don’t need to know why I searched for the new opportunity.  🙂  They were all very supportive and understood why I would be leaving.  So was the head coach – he kept apologizing.  I think he understands why I’m doing it.  I’m leaving on pretty good terms – he said he would give a good recommendation and he wants to remain “friends”.  The board was very supportive too.  They said I could always come back if the other team turns out to be a dud.  I’ll be there until Christmas.  We’ll see what happens in the next two weeks.  (I hope everyone’s nice about it)

Other than that – I had another simple breakfast – toast and eggs.  Lunch was another Lean Cuisine.  Boring, boring, boring.

I was able to get to the gym.  45 minutes on the elliptical and 15 minutes upper body strength training.  I was able to watch Ellen during the cardio.  I made it go super fast.

After club, it was time for dinner.  Dan cooked up some Trader Joe’s frozen penne arrabbiata.  It’s a frozen meal that cooks up in about 10 minutes.  Perfect for a weeknight.

He added some frozen cooked shrimp for a little protein.  I added a little low-fat ricotta to make it a little creamier.

Dessert was another skinny cow.  Overall, it was a good day.  Off to watch the Packer game and Monday night TV.  Tomorrow should be interesting – they keep upping the potential snow totals.  I think it’s up to 7″ – 12″ now.  Yikes!  And it’s going to be coooooold.  It doesn’t look like I’m going to go to class tomorrow night.  Hopefully they’ll just cancel school so I don’t feel *that* bad about it.  Good thing I gave my presentation last week!  🙂

Stay warm!  Go Pack!


A Day for Gleeks!

I’ll admit it – I’m a Gleek.  I’m a Gleek through and through.  I love the show.  I love everything about it.  I love the songs.  I love that the leads are Broadway veterans.  I love the messages that the show sends.  It’s one of the reasons why I love Wednesdays – in addition to “Top Chef”.

Okay.  I’m done now.  🙂

Breakfast was the same as yesterday – ‘Nanner oats.  I think I’m going to try pumpkin tomorrow.  I did hear there might be a pumpkin shortage *gasp!*  I might have to stock up.

I taught this morning.  I thought it went well – not as controversial as the last one.  The highlight of the day was a girl asking me if I was going to teach regularly, and when I said it was my last day, she responded “Aw, that makes me sad.”  Yay!  I made an impression!  Well, it was one student, but I’ll just pretend she has the attitude of the entire class.  🙂

Lunch was going to be tricky today – I was meeting my father and my Aunt Jane at a local custard/burger restaurant.  I walked away only having a plain grilled chicken sandwich (with BBQ sauce – of course), a few fries (we all shared) and a Diet Coke.  No frozen custard – which is a big step for me.

I was able to relax a bit while taking care of some emails and other business.  And then it was off to swim club.  It was weird – I felt a little better.  I think it was because I knew that I was going to go into a better direction.  I was more relaxed, not as tense.  After club, I went to the other one where I talked to the coach.  We decided that if I did switch clubs –  it should be after the natural break between seasons (around March).  I agree – I don’t want to do it out of spite, I don’t want to leave anyone in a bind – I just need a better situation.  A situation that matches my goals as a coach – and I think the new club does that.  We’ll see what happens… I haven’t decided how I’m going to go about telling people…

When I got home, it was after 9 o’clock and it was time for a quick dinner.  Enter Trader Joe’s (again!) Chicken Marsala.


Gotta love TJ's!


It only takes 3 minutes in the microwave – and it’s pretty good.  Not as good as my Mom’s – but nothing is.  🙂

(Yes, I resurrected my digital camera.  No more iPhone photos for you guys – only the best!)

We paired it with some mashed potatoes from a pouch (I cheated – so what?!) and some peas (from Trader Joe’s!).  It was a nice, healthy and quick meal.  Yum, yum, yum!


Nom, nom, nom

Tomorrow will be a fun – yet long – day.  Research at Marquette, class, preparing for the banquet (it’s a pot-luck – I don’t know if I’m going to make anything….), swim banquet and “NEW MOON”!!!  I’m excited about the movie because it was my favorite book of the series.  Yes – I’m totally Team Jacob and this is *his* movie.

Wow… I’m really showing my inner 14 year old girl.  I need to stop…

Alright – back to “Top Chef” and “Glee”!!!!!

There’s that 14 year old girl again…  🙂


Where’s My Tim Gunn Makeover??

Dinner is digesting and the “Biggest Loser” is on.  I love the makeover show – mostly because I love Tim Gunn.  And, they have Tabitha on??  I love her too – her show is a guilty pleasure of mine.  No. Shame.

Breakfast was the same as yesterday – oat bran with a ‘nanner, cinnamon a little vanilla sugar.  It was delicious. 🙂

I headed to class which was a bore.  It truly is amazing when the professor can make the Bolshevik Revolution boring.  That takes talent!  My goodness!

I had my education class tonight – I have A LOT of work to do before the end of the semester.  Our teacher told us that it would be easy because we have been working towards it all semester – but there’s A LOT more work to do before December 1st (which is when I am presenting).  I’ll get there…

Dinner tonight was fantastic.  The hubby and I made the decision that we aren’t going to watch TV and eat dinner anymore.  I was watching Dr. Oz yesterday and he talked about losing weight as a couple.  One of the changes that he suggested was not eating while watching TV – he said “It’s the death of couples”.  So, we decided to change.  Last Tuesday, we ate while watching “The Biggest Loser”.  That’s not right at all…  This week, we ate, cleaned the kitchen and sat down and enjoyed the show.  Sounds good to me.  🙂

But, the best thing about dinner was the dinner!  Pesto Chicken Pizza!  It was absolutely delicious.

It tastes better than it looks...

It was a refrigerated pizza dough (we like Trader Joe’s), pesto (prepared by you or Trader Joe’s), chicken breast (cooked in a skillet before putting it on the pizza), an Italian cheese blend and a balsamic vinegar (we used Rachael Ray’s).  We normally made our own, but the prepared Trader Joe’s stuff was so much cheaper.  Around here, it’s hard to find big bunches of basil (my personal garden died already).  It’s about $3 for a cup of basil – I need about 3-4 of those to make one batch – not to mention the cost of the olive oil, pine nuts, garlic and parmesan.   We found a prepared pesto at Trader Joe’s for $3.50.  It just made sense – and it was delicious.

For dessert, it was three squares of dark chocolate with sea salt.  Yummmmmmm!

Now, it’s off to look over my notes for my lesson.  It’s the last one I have to teach until student teaching next semester!  I’m getting antsy for the end of this program.  I want to be in the classroom – on my own – already!  🙂


How is it only 7 O’Clock?

I hate it when it gets dark early – I really do.  I don’t feel as if I can do as much.  It’s even difficult to go for a walk when it’s so dark.  I know it happens every year – but I can still complain about it!  🙂

Yesterday went well – I made it in time to catch the semi-finals of the diving competition.  The diver I was going to see took fifth!  The competition seemed to be a lot tougher this year.  Overall, the meet went well.  I was able to talk to my friend while we were waiting for the swim meet to actually start.  It’s nice because she’s in a similar program that I’m in.  I felt bad because she’s not loving it – she’s considering not doing the student teaching portion.  I hope she doesn’t, but I know how hard it actually is.

After the meet, we met my friend’s husband at a little Italian place outside of Madison.  It was fun – my friends were locals there.  They knew what was good – which was just about everything.  I had a beer (which tasted GREAT after being in a hot pool for hours) and a small portion of spaghetti with meatballs.  It was good and I didn’t finish it completely.  It was a good compromise – I wanted the carb-loaded pasta, but I didn’t have to eat all of it.  🙂

This morning I stayed in due to a really bad headache.  Thankfully, it was only a caffeine headache (I think).  After I took some Excedrine, I was just fine.  I was worried that I was getting sick.  I didn’t feel right – but I think part of that was because I got a lot of sleep last night.  I made some whole wheat pancakes for breakfast.  We decided that it was going to be a two-meal day.  (Is that terrible?)  We were going to have two larger meals.  For breakfast, it was whole wheat pancakes with bacon and orange juice.  We modified an Alton Brown recipe for instant pancakes.   They were pretty good.  🙂

After breakfast, the hubby and I watched “August Rush” (Mmmm… Jonathon Rhys Meyer) and then decided that we need to do something!  The hubby got a haircut and then we went to World Market.  I LOVE that store!  We picked up some sweet goodies (Dark Chocolate w/ Sea Salt), beer and a container for the pup’s treats.  And then, we decided that we were going to go to Trader Joe’s!  *girlish squeal*

We explored the area around the mall and got some dinner, which was Five Guys.  I have loved that place ever since DC.  It’s cheap and delicious!  I got a little cheeseburger with mushrooms, onions and A-1 sauce.



Five Guys!

It was really yummy and the perfect amount of food.  And then, it was off to Trader Joe’s!  We got all the staples: ground turkey (they have the best!), almond butter, chicken breast, frozen veggies, chicken broth (I got four this time – they have the best and it’s soooo cheap!), oat bran, some pomegranate seeds, etc… etc… I absolutely LOVE Trader Joe’s.  I just wish it was closer to us.  It’s a trek every time we go.  (Okay, it’s not *that* bad, but it’s about 25 minutes away)

We got back and it was dark, but we decided to get a walk in.  I was only at 2,000 steps for the day!  We took the dog out, but some beer in the freezer so it would be cold by the time we got back.  We walked for about 30 minutes.  I was still under my 10,000 steps by about 4,000.  10,000 steps are A LOT!  I never realized it before.  I came close yesterday – I logged about 9,000.  It helped that I took a three mile walk – but that was only about 7,000 steps.  Craziness!

My reward for our walk?





A piece of dark chocolate with sea salt (I should have got 4 bars!  It is sooo good) and a beer.  🙂

Time to watch some DVRed TV and enjoy the night.  I still can’t believe it’s only 7:30.  In a way, it’s kind of nice.  We got a lot done.

Have a nice Saturday!  🙂