Monthly Archives: July 2013

Trips to Cucumberland…and Other Summer Adventures

Sadly, Cucumberland does not exist.  But one cousin decided it sounded way better than “Cumberland Farms” when we had to do a turn-around on the way to dinner tonight. This past week has been filled with cousin adventures, sharing crazy family stories, car dancing like fools (okay it may have just been me) and eating ice cream. Every. Single. Day. Like summer should be. Oh, and tonight cousin adventures meant “gluten-free girl meets the mac-n-cheese burger and can’t say no.” I was a little jealous I didn’t order it myself.

ImageSummer has been good to me so far. Which is making it that much harder to think about the fall, though I am so excited for my own classroom. Tutoring has kept me thinking like a teacher at least one hour a week, and the four-year-old sibling yelling “me next!” when I’m working with his brothers has given me a nice ego boost (though it might have something to do with the Starburst I bring 😉 ).

Last but not least….drum roll please….I have started running again! I’m nowhere near where I was pre-injury, but two times a week of this

Imageand strengthening exercises at physical therapy is definitely helping. “This” is muscle stimulation and ultrasound, and while neither are comfortable, they are doing something right. I nearly passed out on Sunday, part from excitement, and part from near heat-exhaustion, when I made it 4 miles. For the first time in nearly two months. I’m definitely ready to get back to it, and leave the jog-walking and 19 minutes of running behind, but trying to be cautious. I keep reminding myself that a run is a run is a run.

Summer is more than halfway over, and has presented me with the challenge of balancing work and free time (a luxury for now, it will be gone in the fall!), which I think I’ve handled okay so far.  I’m ready for some more summer shenanigans, and who knows, maybe I’ll fit another visit to Cucumberland in during the next few weeks.


If you’re gonna teach fourth grade, you need to know that!

This blog has always been a place for me to share stories from teaching, running adventures and cooking experiments…and okay, it has also hosted the occasional pity party. I thought that once the school year ended I’d find more time and inspiration for blogging, and slowly but surely I am. The last month has been hectic, but isn’t every month hectic, in at least one way, for everyone? The high point of June was finally landing a teaching job. A fantastic one at that-fourth grade! I was immediately excited and overwhelmed by the 2013-2014 school year, and it still doesn’t seem real to me. I think Judy Blume wrote Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, and apparently I’ll be writing Tales of a First Year Fourth Grade Teacher 😉

The close of the school year, the never-ending saga of packing my life into my car, avoiding unpacking my life at home and having to leap over heaping duffel bags into bed at night. I swear I’m organized, just have clean out and donate-add that to the to-do list.

In my quest to avoid giant duffel bags, I’ve been hanging with some very cool members of the 10-and-under crowd and learning some important life lessons. #1 Learn to spell Volkswagen without hesitation. In an intense round of Logo Quiz (I don’t spend my free time playing this-but maybe I should), I hesitated to spell Volkswagen, and a 6 year old spectator informed me “if you’re gonna teach fourth grade, you need to know that!” Forget studying curriculum and national standards this summer, I need to watch more TV and learn my logos!

Lesson #2-I need to get a rainbow loom. Something that occupies kids’ time and helps you make jewelry? Win. If only I had come up with the idea of weaving and connecting tiny multi-colored rubber bands. In all honesty, I definitely need some practice with it, but until then I have gifts from my favorite jewelry designers 🙂


I know that the month holds many more lessons for me, which I will definitely have to share.

In running news (or maybe lack-of-running news) I got out for the first time in a month on Saturday AND didn’t collapse! PT starts tomorrow for my shin/calf/sucky leg, so my fingers are crossed that it works the miracles it did last time. Alright, time to go watch some TV so I can memorize spellings of company names!