I like today's date...it's the simple things in life, you know.

Just like my feelings for:

1. Diet coke
It must be in a can or a plastic bottle, never poured in a glass or over ice. ick.

2. singing in the choir at church
This is new for me. I am singing alto, and when I actually hit one of the harmonized notes correctly I feel a powerful sense of accomplishment.

3. falling asleep on the couch while a dvd plays
There is something so wonderful about this to me...strange.

4. morning sleep
Why does sleep always feel the best when I have to get up?

5. blueberry PopTarts
New to my breakfast rotation, and climbing the charts!

6. Vera Bradley's new patterns
Hello, cupcake pink and green! Hurry Christmas!

7. a good pen
I will waste a good ten to fifteen minutes looking for a certain pen...ridiculous

8. creative outlets
For example, today I spent time decorating the front of my old, crappy podium with scraps of paper leftover from a student project. Tomorrow I plan on sprucing up my plain clipboard with a Bible verse and some pictures.

9. pictures of myself and others
I know vanity is a sin. You shut up. So is judging others.

10. SHJHS cheerleaders
Did you know I'm the cheerleading sponsor? I was very apprehensive at first, but I am loving every minute! They are a great group of girl!

11. "Never Think"
Rob.ert.Pa.tin.son. It's unhealthy. Really, it is. His voice paralyzes me. That's probably a sin too.

12. a good book
I never have time to read anymore, but I love book suggestions. A teacher-friend just gave me My Sister's Keeper. I haven't seen the movie, but I know it's going to require some tissues.

13. Damien Rice
I have been using his photo as a bookmark for the past four years. It's Steven's fault; he introduced us.

14. the feeling I get after a good run
Not necessarily the feeling I get during the run, but the accomplishment and exhaustion feels good, like I've done something.

15. cute animal things
You know, puppies, kittens. like this. or this. and this. especially this.


The end of my Labor Day.

I'm sitting on the couch basking in the aroma of Ben-Gay, drinking chocolate milk.

Ah, the smell of defeat...and the taste of comfort.

Christmas Wish #1

I must have this.

It's already on my thingsiwant.com list.


7.5...starting over

I ran 7.5 miles this morning...well, I ran most of it anyway. I am training to run a half-marathon, the St. Jude in December. Yet I rarely find the time to run. My days are long, starting before 5:45. I'm on my feet all day; I'm the teacher who never sits down. My after-school activities with cheerleading, meetings, and church keep me away from the house until 6:00 or later. I'm mentally and physically exhausted by the time I get home. Forget laundry or washing dishes, I have papers to grade, and a pageant to plan. Time runs away from me.

But those are just excuses. That's all.

Today I started over. 7.5 was a huge feat to begin this new dedication (especially after a two week hiatus), but I set a goal. And in order for me to achieve that goal, I must make time to train.

I owe it to myself.


Check it out.

I've made some changes.
And I am super proud of myself.