Happy Halloween

HAPPHALLOWEEN!!!!!!

Hey everyone! I just woke up from about an hour nap I wanted to sleep before the Halloween party tonight, but just couldn’t. I might just have to leave a little early to crash.

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY TO RIDE!!!!!:)

Sam and I went out to Tuckahoe for the group ride and I went out with the 15-17mph pace group. I held up pretty good and was behind the group, but 2 nice guys stuck with me most of the way and I drafted off them a lot. We took more breaks on this ride and I can’t wait to get better and not be behind.

MY STATS:

Miles: 27

Time: 1:50:05

Avg. Cadence: 85

Avg: Speed 14.4

Max Speed: 21.6

With only 8 miles to go Sam got a migraine and had to stop. He told me to go ahead and get the car and come back for him. My heart broke when I left him at the side of the road. So when I met up with the 2 guys I was riding with they called Lou (another rider) to come pick him up. I waited with Sam till Lou came and headed the rest of the way back to the shop. Sam was doing so well and I am glad he was in my group because he was going to go with the 18-20 mph group. He was doing great the whole time in the front of the pact leading the group with the other guy. SO PROUD!!! Every once in a while on a straight away I could see him and I loved watching him do so well. So sad that he couldn’t finish today, but there are still more days to ride.

Friends of ours are having a Halloween party so I thought I would dress up as a black cat. So Simple. They are having a toga party, but there is no way I am wearing a toga. I got my cat ears today from the Halloween store that was packed with last minute shoppers. Tomorrow everything is 50% OFF, Dam that sucks. I got the ears, bell chocker collar and tail from the kids section because it was cuter. I am going to wear all black and keep it simple. I was going to be a dog since I have the ears and tail, but they just lost their dog a couple of weeks ago so opted that the cat would be better.

I will post pictures this evening or in the morning!!!


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!

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Treats and Pumkin

Okay so my day was ok. The weather has to get better because it is making me so sleepy. It has been raining the past to days and the kids at school are getting ramie because they haven’t gown out to play at all. The older kids get to have recess in the gym and it is not fair. Our kids should be able to go and run around too.

Today I was working on pumpkins for the bulletin board. Mrs. Wagner had orange plates and she printed off pictures that I took from the pumpkin patch. I cut them out and glued them onto the plates and glitter glued their names on each one. They are turning out really cute. I will post pictures tomorrow if I remember to take some.

After work I headed to see Dr. Dave and Terri to get adjusted. As always it was nice to see them and Palmer and it felt really good. My back has been a little off because Bru has been sleeping close to me at night and I am usually sandwiched in between Sam and Bru or he is at my feet and I am sleeping diagonal. Before I left Terri gave me some EVO dog treats to give to Bru and HE LOVED THEM! He smelled them in my pocket and was going nuts. I have to go get some more soon. 10280917141028091714a1028091715

THANKS TERRI FOR THE TASTE TEST!!!

After the adjustment I went over to Part Poopers to get more things for my Halloween costume. The teachers are all dressing up as hippies. Should be fun!

Lucky me because right next store to Party Poopers is Bonterra’s Market so I stopped in to see if they had any of the Stoneyfield’s Pumpkin Pie Limited Edition Flavor that I have read so much about…YAY!!! They had it. So I picked up some other things including pumpkin granola.1028091933a1028091933

On the way home I tried a new flavor of Kombucha tea. I tried Mystic Mango and I really like this one the best so far. Also, I snacked on some blue corn chips that were very good, but a high in calories. 10280916571028091657a

For dinner I made chicken tenders with Special K instead of bread crumbs and some Mac & Cheese. 1028091852I made two different kinds of Mac & Cheese to taste test. On the right is Kraft Mac & Cheese and on the left is Annie’s Classic Mac & Cheese.

Verdict: I grew up with Kraft and I like it and it is much cheesier on the other hand Annie’s is organic and MUCH healthier. I think I will go with Annie’s from now on.

For dessert Sam and I had some pumpkin cake, ice cream and some Pomegranates.10280919041028091904a

I cleaned up the kitchen and made some tea that I had gotten at the market. I got Sam a tea that he had in Aruba on our honeymoon that he really liked. So I surprised him tonight and made it for him and he remembered where it was from…YAY I DID GOOD!

Sams tea from Honeymoon

Sams tea from Honeymoon

My tea

My tea

1028091931I really liked this Celestial Green Tea. It had no string and staple it is just a bag that you drop into the water and it says on the box that they save more than 3.5 million  pounds of waste from entering landfills every year. That is amazing and worth buying. YUMMY too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dropping Like Flies

It is so scary that everyone seems to be dropping like flies. Yesterday we had 3 kids out and 2 went home sick with a fever. Today we had 4 out and another one go home sick. A ton of the teachers were out today because they were sick or their children are sick. It is scary to think that this Swine Flu is going around and that people are dieing from it too.

Back Track to Yesterday

I made dinner last night for Sam and my mom. I told Sam I was making his favorite and he said its not tacos, and I said ok what is your other favorite he said lasagna. Dam ok what is your third favorite and finally MEATLOAF! I always hated meatloaf growing up, but I have to tell you this was OUT OF THIS WORLD! 1026091820

Moms enjoying the meatloaf

Moms enjoying the meatloaf

 

I am loving it

I am loving it

Sam enjoying it, but avoiding his crazy wife with the camera

Sam enjoying it, but avoiding his crazy wife with the camera

I was busy in the kitchen all afternoon making meatloaf and pumpkin pie cake.

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Today I went and took Bru to the dog park today and since it was raining I knew it would be a little wet. I was going to drive by and see if anyone was there, but he got so excited I had to let him out and run. So we were there for 2 seconds and another man came with his 1 year old lab/golden retriever pup named Penny. Bru got a new girlfriend and they took off through all the puddles and had a great time running for a half hour and then it was time to go home and have a bath. Bru has such a thick coat of hair it takes a long time for him to dry so out came his Arch Nemesis the hair drier. He is still not all the way dry, but is feeling so good and clean.

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Clean boy

 

 

 

 

 

Ride in Tuckahoe

So today was my longest ride to date. Sam and I headed out to Tuckahoe to meet up with Nick, his dad and the other group riders. I wanted to get there earlier so I could get my bike seat raised. I have been having REALLY BAD knee pain and it lasted a week. We did not get there early enough so I did not fix it before we left. This caused me bad pain during the ride and will last for about a week. During the ride with every stroke of the pedal I could feel popping in my right knee…OUCH! We did the short loop which was still really long. My longest to date so far. I rode with Nick’s dad most of the time and Nick rode with Sam because they could go a lot faster and I was not able to. Hopefully soon I can get my speed up. We rode 27 miles in 2 hours and 7 minutes.

Nick, His dad, and Sam

Nick, His dad, and Sam

The worst part is that my computer stopped working and could only read my cadence. I averaged 77 today. When I got my bike seated raised after it was just my sensors that were not aligned properly. I could have kicked my self that I didn’t check it. It made the ride harder because I couldn’t judge my time, speed, and distance. Hopefully next week will be better. On our ride we saw farms, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, and a bull. We were chased by yappy dogs and saw all the beautiful leaves changing. Absolutely amazing and beautiful ride. Didn’t realize that all this beautiful countryside was so close to where we live.

Nest to the bull is a tiny ram, then a donkey, and the black little things are piglets playing in the mud

Next to the bull is a tiny ram, then a donkey, and the black little things are piglets playing in the mudWe passed this beautiflu Equestrian Center. I wanted to buy the house. This had everything and the nicest barn/stables you have ever seen.

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We passed this beautiflu Equestrian Center. I wanted to buy the house. THis had everything and the nicest barn/stables you have ever seen.

We passed this beautiflu Equestrian Center. I wanted to buy the house. THis had everything and the nicest barn/stables you have ever seen.

When Sam and I got home we were so hungry I burned 1,443 calories on this ride and Sam burned about 1,800. That is a ton of calories burned in just 2 hours…Woohoo. So we ate some leftover pasta and a piece of chocolate banana cake. Then I stretched and iced on the couch and fell asleep sitting up (I must have been exhausted). After I showered I hopped in bed and slept another 2 hours and woke up at 4:30PM. I am still very tired. Right now my knee is throbbing so I am going to go take some Advil or something.

So tired later everyone

Dinner:

I don’t feel like starting a new post so I am just going to add on for now. I made dinner tonight and I wanted to make something easy since I am exhausted and my knee is killing me. So I made some grilled cheese and I wanted a veggie and some protein so I made edamame. I know they do not go together, but it was good anyway. I wanted to make edamame last night, but Sam said it didn’t go with pasta, meatballs, and sausage. I didn’t go with grilled cheese tonight, but he did not make any comments. We are both really exhausted. 10250918091025091809a

When I cook I always look at myself in the microwave and I like to make funny faces. Today I looked at myself and was surprised because I was like wow I look pretty good. I like when I can look at myself and feel beautiful. Might sound silly, but it is not often I feel pretty and on this new journey that I am on I am trying to stay positive thanks to many bloggers and Operation Beautiful. 1025091810a10250918111025091811a

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Pumpkin Patch & Dog Park

Today was the class trip to the pumpkin patch. It was a little cloudy and in the 60’s, but didn’t predict the wind and how cold it would be. We told the students they would be fine with out their coats…Whoops. I think the students were fine since they were running around, but the teachers and parents were pretty cold. It was a really nice farm were the kids could take a hay ride, learn about corn, apples, pumpkin, pick their own pumpkins, go through a corn maze, and play in the hay. Here are just a few pictures from the trip. I did get a lot of them.

Bus ride to the farm. Love this picture, her eyes just pop out at you

Bus ride to the farm. Love this picture, her eyes just pop out at you

Hayride

Hay Ride

Learning about pumpkins! There are 3 different colors

Learning about pumpkins! There are 3 different colors (white, blue, and orange), it's 90% water and they are fruit.

Playing in the Hay

Playing in the Hay

Group shot

Group shot

Playing Corn, Corn, Pumpkin

Playing Corn, Corn, Pumpkin

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We had such a great time at the Butterhof’s pumpkin farm. This year the shape of the maze was made into a deer. It was tricky and we had to yell to Mr. Joe in the watch tower to help us find the exit. We were so lost he had to come to us to guide us out. It reminded me of what the Roloff’s farm might be like. I used to watch Little People, Big World all the time; now I could not tell you anything about what is going on in their lives.

After work I had to return a bike rack for the car that Sam and I got a while back. We bought it and thought it would work perfectly and I’m sure it would have if my car only had a hitch on it. We could have gotten one installed, but figured not now. Then I rushed home to grab Bruisers shot papers and had him hop in the car and rushed over to City Hall before they closed for the weekend. The city we live in just opened a dog park and today was the Grand Opening. So I got a pass for Bruiser and we headed over to check out the festivities. Well, no one was there. I thought it would be packed with people so we went in and he ran around alone and then watched his new buddy the fireman workout outside. He just sat there and watched him the whole time until Joey a Puggle came by to play. Towards the end Bru had a little territorial problem because the dog came in between Bru and I and he did not like the dog getting close to his mommy.

Watching the Fireman

Watching the Fireman

Getting some water

Getting some water

Looking for a buddy to play with

Looking for a buddy to play with

Shopping

Before I get started check out these giveaways from:

Before work today I stopped at Dunkin Donuts for some hot chocolate and when I parked I thought this tree was beautiful and thought it would make a great picture. 1022090902After school I decided I would go to Ulta and get some much needed makeup. I have been out of makeup for a while and I have been using old stuff and scraping the last of what I did have. I picked up some Bare Minerals, Benefit and some Rimmel eyeliner. I can’t wait to try everything out. 1022092024

Bare Minerals, Foundation and purple eye shadow

Bare Minerals, Foundation and purple eye shadow

Rimmel eyeliner in purple, black, and nior

Rimmel eyeliner in purple, black, and nior

Benefit Foundation Faker

Benefit Foundation Faker

Candlelight translucent powder

Candlelight translucent powder

This is great cleanser. I used to use Proactiv eventhough I did not have bad acne. I liked that I rarely broke out, but it dried out my skin horribly so I switched to this. Love it!

This is great cleanser. I used to use Proactiv eventhough I did not have bad acne. I liked that I rarely broke out, but it dried out my skin horribly so I switched to this. Love it!

I always see this infomercial and thought I would try it out

I always see this infomercial and thought I would try it out

Also, I stopped in Old Navy because I heard about these amazing sales. Since we are going to be hippies for halloween at school I thought I would try to find and outfit and found some great finds. The shirts we $1.49 – 3.49 AMAZING! You really had to look through what they had because it was all mixed up with the sizes. 10220917271022091726

On the way home the sky looked amazing so I pulled over to take a couple of shots. 10220917191022091720

I made tacos for dinner with Organic blue corn shells. These are my favorite they are sooo GOOD. I have seen Deanna who I work with eat celery with cream cheese. I have never heard of this only celery with P-Nut Butter. So I made some tonight to try and when Sam saw them he gasped. His mom used to make these a lot for him when he was younger and it brought back some memories. I learn something new about him all the time after almost 9 years it amazing. 10220918241022091823

Kettlebells

On the way to work this morning I ate a Pumpkin Pie  bar and these are my favorite I hope they make them all year because I don’t know what I would do with out them. I love PUMPKIN. This Friday we are going to the Pumpkin Patch. Can’t wait! YAY!!!!1021090851

Like I was mentioning yesterday I worked on the bats again today and I have 2 more to do, but I am getting there. I plopped myself in a different corner today and it was nice to get a lot done. Here are some pictures of the bats. I traced all their hands and cut them out on black foam along with the heads. The mouth is made out of white construction paper and you can figure out the rest. 1021091413a10210914121021091413

Here is what is hanging in the hall way right now outside of the classroom. Mrs. Wagner has such great ideas. I can’t take credit for any of this, but I did put everything up. 10210914241021091424a

I did decorate this door!

I did decorate this door!

After work today I headed to the chiropractor to see Dr. Dave and Terri. When I got there I held Palmer (he is too cute) and talked to Dave until Terri got back with their lunch. It was like 3PM and they were just eating lunch. So I sat around and talked while they ate and then I got adjusted (not cracked). Growing up my knees have always cracked, but that is the wrong term and I can not say the word CRACK in Dr. Dave’s office. Also, I told him I got the flu shot last week and he was really disappointed. I was told that it would be good and since I am trying to get pregnant all pregnant women are advised to get it. Well, I should not listen to people and I should start researching stuff on my own and making up my own mind. I did not even know that the flu shot could be bad. Why would any body give you something that could be bad? I am so naive. So tomorrow when I am not as tired I have some research to do.

Dr. Dave gave me this long speech about how female birds and male birds meet and come together and build their home together as a couple and then the female bird feels safe and protected and is relaxed and then they are able to have relations and naturally since she is relaxed she gets pregnant and gives birth. STOP…birds don’t give birth they lay eggs. OK…bad analogy, but I get the gist. So you have to feel comfortable in your bedroom to be able to become pregnant and it is the mans job to make you feel safe and comfortable. All of a sudden Terri starts laughing and saying I HATE our bedroom, I hate the night stands, I hate our bed…etc. It was just hilarious. Guess you had to be there.

When I finally got home it was almost 5:00 and got ready for kettlebells. Today I renewed for another 3 months. YAY!

These are the actual kettlebells we use. Thought I would take a picture for you all to see

These are the actual kettlebells we use. Thought I would take a picture for you all to see

I got there a little early and was surprised to see ropes hanging from the ceiling and a long thick rope laying across the floor. Instead of putting it away Michelle kept it out and we used it for kettlebells. I was the only one to show up tonight so it was a personal session. SWEET!  So we used the heavy rope and it was a lot of fun, we used it like this:heavy ropesheavy ropes2rope-workout-300x270

It was a lot of fun, but you definitely feel the workout in this. It gets your heart rate up quickly and hurts in the arms and shoulder. Also, works the legs because you are squatting and the core is tight. She also had ropes with handles that hung from the ceiling and I put my feet in them and brought both knees to my chest and then we did mountain climbers all while being in a plank position. Then we stood up and leaned back and did inverted presses. This was called the TRX Suspension Training System.

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TRX Suspension Training System

The TRX was invented by Navy Seal commander Randy Hetrick. He realised he needed a tool that could help him and his team maintain their combat fitness while deployed on missions in cramped operating bases such as safehouses, ships and submarines. He put together the first version using parachute material and sold hundreds to the troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The exercises use gravity and bodyweight to sculpt the entire body – more than 250 different exercises have been developed by Hetrick and every one requires you to engage your entire muscular system as opposed to the isolated muscles you work on when using standard gym weights.

She also had ropes with handles that hung from the ceiling and I put my feet in them and brought both knees to my chest and then we did mountain climbers all while being in a plank position. Then we stood up and leaned back and did inverted

It was a lot of fun and really hard. We did a lot of kettlebells, lunges, abs and squats. Great work out!

When I got home I started on dinner right away and made a lot of left overs. I reheated the chicken from last night, made some brown rice which we barley ate, spaghetti squash and I made whole wheat pita pizzas. Great dinner.

Spaghetti squash with tomato sauce

Spaghetti squash with tomato sauce

For dessert I warmed up 2 chocolate chip cookies and had a scoop of ice cream. 10210919351021091935a

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