This week has been eventful for sure! I had a three day work week at school, which was extra crazy because all of my students were excited about the break. I’m pretty sure all of my students were either drinking coffee all week or eating pure sugar for breakfast because they had so much energy! I always wish that I could have half of their energy- I am constantly drinking coffee to just function. I also felt so bad because instead of being a fun teacher and doing Christmas-y things, I had my students working hard on a writing competition. Thankfully, I think most of the other teachers did festive activities, so my kids had at least some Christmas fun!
We ended the short school week with a fun pep rally and a snow cone truck. I have never seen a snow cone truck, but it was pretty cool. You get the ice from the worker, and then you get to pick the flavors yourself. I opted for Pina-Colada because I didn’t want a red mouth from eating the cherry flavor, or a blue mouth from eating the raspberry.
Wednesday night I had planned on coming home from school and cleaning my apartment, doing laundry, packing, walking Allie and working out. I decided to walk Allie first because I felt bad about leaving her in the kennel for a week. Even though I put Allie in the “all day play” option when I travel, I know that she misses her long walks.
Houston is great because we have so many parks! I took her to one of my favorites, and we started on our usual three-mile trek. About a mile in, I noticed a little chihuahua. It kept running up to us, and then finally, just started following us. It was actually pretty cute- everywhere we went the little guy would follow us about a foot behind. He kept up the rest of the walk, and would keep running up to Allie to lick her, and then run away. At the end of the walk, I saw a man holding another chihuahua. Allie and I walked up to him, and I told him that I found his dog. He told me that he was also looking for the owner of the dog he was holding! We came to the conclusion that the poor pups had been abandoned.
We ended up putting the dogs in my car, and I took them to a shelter. I ended up taking them to a shelter a bit further away because the Houston SPCA keeps the dogs for three weeks instead of the usual few days that other shelters do. I am hoping that they find a good home! I felt so sad leaving them.
Because this whole adventure took longer than I had planned, (a few hours!) I ended up just packing and going to bed at about 11:00. The next morning I was up bright and early for my flight to Ohio! Somehow I managed to pack everything into a carry-on!
My little niece, Amelia, was SO good on the plane. She slept most of the way, and when she was up she was happy and smiling. I had forgotten how dark and gray Ohio is in the winter! I am so used to the humidity and green that is everywhere in Houston.
I love being home because it always feels like I am going back in time, and I feel like I am in high school again. My parent’s house is also just so cute. My mom loves plants and has the cutest looking plants everywhere. The whole house feels very Chip and Joanna.
Everything is so green and happy! I’m impressed that she remembers to water all of her plants- I can hardly keep my cactus alive!
My mom was so nice and got all the coffee creamers that I love. I usually put almond milk in my coffee to sweeten it a bit. She also made some Christmas cookies that didn’t have dairy in them, so that I could eat them. So good!
On Friday, I went to a really fun spinning class at Cycle 614. It’s relatively new, I don’t remember it last year when I was back in Ohio. I liked the entire workout! It helped that it was a free class! Each class is normally $17, but your first class is free. The only thing that I did not like about it was that there weren’t any shoes to rent. When I spin at CycleBar or Soul Cycle there are shoes that you can rent so that you can clip into the bike. At Cycle 614, you have to put your feet in cages. Because of that, I felt that I wasn’t fully connected to the bike, and felt that I didn’t do my best. Either way, I still felt a rush of endorphins when I stepped off the bike!
I wore my Polar watch, which I love. It tells you the calories you burn as well as your heart rate. I try to focus more on my heart rate over the calories burned.
Friday night, I drove to Dayton, Ohio, where Kelley, one of my best friends lives. I hadn’t seen her since the summer when we went to a friend’s wedding. I love that whenever I see her, it is like no time has passed. It’s one of those friendships where we are 100% ourselves, and there is no filter whatsoever! We chatted for hours and then ended up going to a bar nearby for a glass of wine.
I was so sad to leave in the morning but excited to get home for Christmas eve! Every Christmas that I can remember has always been the same-we go to a family friend’s Christmas party, and then midnight mass. This year, our family friends moved, so we are switching up the tradition a bit. We are eating an early dinner, and then going to mass. Even though our Christmas is different this year, I am totally fine with it. It’s the people that make the holiday special!
- Do you have any good egg-free/ dairy-free recipes that I can try?
- Favorite songs to listen to during your workout? I need a new Spotify playlist! 🙂 Thanks!