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Boulder Baby….Part 3

Part 3. Day 3 in Boulder

I woke up in my nice, warm, cozy bed and………felt like a truck hit me. Ok, not that bad, but my poor bum, so sore!

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I questioned whether or not I wanted to hike or just take an easy relaxing day to explore the shops, bookstores, etc.  I woke up bright and early, had my coffee and decided to go!  I did not come to Boulder to not see mountains and SNOW!  So I made the decision to go. Thankfully so, because this ended up being the highlight of my trip……

Since I was in Boulder, car-less (which was not a problem, public transportation, biking and walking are excellent) I was still limited as to where I could go.  I wanted to go to Estes ParkImage result for hiking estes park but it was a bit of a hall. I only had one day so I chose a local trail that I could easily access (only 1 mile from the house). Mt. Sanita’s it is!

So, a little history about Mt. Sanita’s. I think it was pretty cool 🙂 Sanita’s was given the name because it once housed a very famous, sanitarium.

Boulder Sanitarium circa 1900

Some patients…..

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The trail I hiked was Mt. Sanita’s Loop (click here for a great description of the 3 trails options) Yup, you must be pretty crazy to hike this……..(hahaah)

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I am by no means an experienced or excellent hiker, but I have gone on a quite a few with groups and on my own. Nothing I have done would have ever prepared for what I was about to embark on. This hike was HARD. It was difficult. Especially if you are not used to hikes, elevation, and rocks.  You MUST have proper hiking shoes and I saw a lot of people with walking poles which is probably a great idea. Also, if you have bad knees, I would not recommend this.  It is very rocky and a combination of rocks mixed with dirt make it quite slippery. So just be cautious.  It is a heavily populated trail so no worries if you get lost or injured, someone will be by soon enough to help you out.

Starts out like this 

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Then pretty much the entire way up, so be careful with your footing, ALL rocks, the steps are only in the beginning

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a visitor from Texas, the area he lives in is below sea level, so he was having difficulty breathing!  He was a trooper!

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Almost there!

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WOW!! Made it!

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snow capped mountains, year round

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I met the most awesome trio on my way up. I am so grateful for the expertise and knowledge. I would have thought I was at the top of Mt. Sanitas long before I actually was there and would have missed out so much!  Thank you to the awesome couple and your visiting brother for letting me join you!

Also on my way down, I met a pup who stayed with me at each big rock and drop. I think he sensed I was nervous, he literally stood right next to me and let me lean on him when I was going down! Animals are amazing!

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I was hoping to come across a mountain lion (ok maybe not really, but still) it would have been super cool

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After my hike, I biked on over to Vic’s Coffee for an iced coffee.

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As I was enjoying my coffee, I had a little visitor crawling on my leg. A tick. Gah!  I did not even think about ticks!  So I reminded myself to do a check when I got home.  Vic’s did not receive great reviews, but I thought it was great coffee, it was convenient and had great hours (not many places open at 6 am like Vic’s)

After my coffee break, I headed back to my place to shower and pack up for the day. I had the entire day ahead of me but had to check out by noon. My host was so accommodating and held onto my luggage so I did not have to tote it along with me. I have to mention how AWESOME my host was. I felt so safe as well as my personal things the ENTIRE time! That means a lot when you are traveling solo (If you are planning a trip to Boulder and need accommodations, email me and I would be happy to give you the info)

I had one thing planned for the day. RELAXING.  I headed downtown and strolled along Pearl street.

Great store advertisements 🙂

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Smoke shop

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Peace, Love and Chocolate (the pretiest chocolate shop)IMG_4291

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The MOST beautiful chocolates

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These were the cutest!

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Made my way over to SHINE again for lunch, then back to the streets!

This was the best bookstore EVER! Boulder Bookstore is 3 levels of pure bliss!! I loved that they had NEW and USED books here!!  Tons of merchandise and cute little nooks to explore all the …..books 🙂IMG_4299

I ended up with a used copy of one of my favorite authors, Tana Frenchs’, The Likeness

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After some shopping, I decided to have afternoon tea at the Boulder Dushanbe Tea House This place is breathtaking. You must visit while in Boulder.

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I ordered the Oriental Beauty Oolong Tea, the server brought out this cute little display. With timer and all!  After the time ran out (3 min) I was able to enjoy. It was fabulous with some honey and almond milk! I was hooked!

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I also ordered the vegan cheesecake sopapilla. This was amazing!

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More inside

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jams, lemon curd and biscuits

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After tea and dessert, I headed back to stroll around. I loved looking at the homes, people and scenery. Its just fun to sit down and people watch. Which I found myself doing from time to time.

 

After my fill of walking, I headed back to meet my host to get my bags.  Then I settled myself in a coffee shop and read a bit while waiting for my bus to the Denver Airport!  At this point, I really wanted my bed.  I am not sure I will ever take a “red eye” flight again. The flight was great, just the wait is LONG. I am not a night person……

 

I am sure there are things I am missing, but these were the highlights of my trip. It was beautiful.  It was jam packed, it was an experience 🙂 Now I need a vacation…..

 

Happy Travels!

 

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Boulder baby! Part 2

Mornings are my favorite time of the day.  Mornings in Boulder. EVEN BETTER

The weather and temperature in Colorado is amazing.  It is a drier heat for sure, however not once did I feel dehydrated. I made sure to drink A LOT of the cool Colorado water and slathered up in lotion for my face and body.  Plus tons of lip protection.  I felt GREAT

The place I was staying had a few “cruiser” bikes for me to play around and explore town in. So that is just what I did  Grabbed coffee at home (from my keurig) and set out.

The bike fleet is ready for your Boulder adventure or transportation needs.

Can you guess which one was my baby?

I was really about to see how beautiful really was. I was ALSO able to see how HILLY  Mountainous it was.   Initially, I had thought of taking my little cruiser on a leisurely ride up to the top of the mountain………..L O L!

Yeah, so after about an hour of cruising the lovely hills  mountains, seeing shops, restaurants, people and dogs of Boulder, I had a hearty breakfast and rented a road/mountain bike from Full Cycle on 17th and Pearl. I worked with Nolan who set me up with a great bike, helmet and a nicely mapped route where I would see the highlights and sights of Boulder (men included! hubba hubba! :)!

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I was set up with this baby (Road Bike – Felt VR3W 2017)).

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Image result for going downhill on a bikeThe seats HURT (my bottom is STILL Paying for it a few days later) as I was not properly attired with padded shorts (Ouch) But it definitely allowed me to see some sights!

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bike rental info

Here is the ride(Lefthand Canyon) I did……..well give or take. Nolan’s wonderful route and directions were NOT Diana proof.  I got lost in town, ended up in the college area which is nowhere near the trail…….but anyway, my little secret.  I made it. It was HARD. I had to get off my bike a few times and walk up the steep hills.  I ended up going to wrong way (Which Nolan warned me about, and I went this way….oops) so I dealt with steep hills. BUT What goes up MUST come down…….and BOY did I come down.

Image result for downhill cycling I just kept thinking “IF my mother knew I was doing this she would KILL me”  It was scary!  Fast.  Slippery (The dirt along the mountain side made my slim tires very slippery)  So I went down fast, BUT not nearly as fast if I had let go of the brake completely.  Maybe next time I will free fall!

The scenery, sights, and sense of accomplishment were WELL worth it. Not to mention the friendly and helpful bikers I saw along the way (I think they thought I was in need of an ambulance a few times 🙂

I met a very nice man who offered to have me ride with him a bit. I turned his offer down because I was already on the road past my planned time, and I decided to head back down. I will NEVER forget the ride OR the things I saw.

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NOT the guy that helped me, just a stock picture 🙂 But seriously, EVERYONE is super friendly and helpful

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NOT my pics below but from the trail

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I headed back to town, parked my bike and had the most amazing lunch at Shine (another recommendation)

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I sat outdoors both times on the patio and people watched.

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This was by far my favorite place. From the atmosphere to the food. YUM.  I had lunch here twice. The burgers and fries were so delicious!  This is also a bar and has a pretty awesome happy hour as well as a pretty awesome night life 🙂

Shine also has these “potions”

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What are potions? Your guess is as good as mine. I did not indulge but if you are more daring

What is a Shine Potion™?

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Shine Potions are enchanted beverages intended to help you playfully transform your experience of life. Through a harmony of nourishing herbs, vibrational essences, sound-frequencies and more, we tune each potion to be a specific intention, one that is ultimately fulfilled by our most important ingredient: YOU . For all that we put into our Potions is but a reflection of the power you already contain. In other words: THE MAGIC’S IN YOU

interested? Check out all the benefits and different types here

Next I biked over to The Laughing Goat to charge up my cell phone and grabbed an iced coffee (Organic, fair trade)

The Laughing Goat on Pearl Street.

The coffee was delicious!! If I were here longer, it would quickly become a regular spot.

Also, there is live music here pretty much every night!  Pretty hot spot!

By this point, I was barely staying on my bike. I rode around town a bit but was finding I was not enjoying myself much because ……….I was TIRED and sunburned. So I rode around until after 6:30 returned the bike and headed back to shower and eat.   By the time I had dinner, showered, checked my plan for Thursday it was pretty late and that bed……….OHHHHHHHHH that bed looked so comfy 🙂  So, you know what follows…..

**Quick mention, the area had some GREAT local places that really helped me grab the necessities I needed (fruit, drinks, yogurt, milk, etc)  It was a Whole Foods in disguise, called Ideal Markets. It literally was Whole Foods, the baskets and carts said “Whole Foods”. The only difference was it was half the size, which meant half the choices, especially with prepared foods.  It was also less than 2-minutete bike ride from the house. Perfect 🙂

So Day 2 was a wonderful day. I saw so much and met so many wonderful people. Yes it was a “pain in the ass” (LITERALLY) But so worth it !

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Stay Tuned for Day 3 – Hiking 

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Boulder baby!

Wow.  Where do I begin with my mini getaway to beautiful Boulder?  I kept going back and forth about booking this trip and I am so glad I did. Colorado is unlike anywhere I have ever been

Due to a shorter spring break and Easter on Sunday I had only 2 1/2 days in Boulder,so I had to make sure I j packed it with everything I wanted to see and do!

Day 1:

after some minor delays with Delta I arrived in Boulder around 2pm. I grabbed my luggage (I was forced to check it in because I was told there was NO ROOM for my carry on, YET I did not yell and scream haha) and jumped on the AB bus to Boulder ($9 with local transfers if needed). The bus ride was a glimpse of what was ahead.  Snow capped mountains!

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I arrived in downtown Boulder and walked to my place right off of Pearl Street.  It was about a 15 min walk through a beautiful town!  I checked out my private Air B&B , put my luggage down and set off to see what was around! First,  I took a walk down Pearl Street. It was lovely & lively but not overcrowded.  I was a bit stiff from travel, so I decided to head to a yoga class (still on my mission to practice In every state!) This was also on my MUST DO/SEE/EXPERIENCE Boulder list, so I figured I would get it out of the way!

The walk was a bit longer than I expected but I enjoyed stretching my legs and taking on the scenery. The long walk gave me plenty of time to plan my night….. I  decided I would stop at Whole Foods to pick up some necessities and then  Zeal for dinner after class. So far so good !

Look how pretty….

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Yoga.  I went to Radiance yoga studio.

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I really wanted to take the hot Power yoga class, however, was a bit early and did not feel like waiting so I opted for a strength power class, which was just getting started.

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I am used to and love vinyasa and flow type classes. This was a bit of flow and a lot of strength….which after my 4 am rise, traveling, walking etc. I was lacking. I liked the flow portion but the strength was a bit too slow and much for me. I did the best I could and was still glad I went otherwise I’d never know.  For what the class lacked for me the showers and changing room made up for !! It felt and looked very spa like and the shower after my day felt amazing.

The yoga studio is great. They even gave me a mat and towel to use no extra charge (I told them I was traveling, they were super accommodating), plus a teacher discount.   Total cost $17 🙂  There are MANY yoga studios scattered throughout Boulder, if you want hot yoga, try Radiance!

Zeal

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This restaurant was recommended and I am glad I went. I had a late dinner here my first night in Boulder. It was so much fun and so much delicious.

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I began with a miso chickpea soup mug. It was served in a mug and I was told to help myself to the fixings at the miso bar!  How cool. I filled my mug with all wonderful things and spices then the chef poured the miso. I stirred it up and …asked for a spoon. I just can NOT drink my soup. It skeeves me out a bit.  This miso was amazing. I’d go back for it alone!

I did not get the juice flight (see above) I saw so many ordering it but I thought it was alcoholic….I should have asked. I was sleep deprived and was not really thinking straight NEXT TIME !
For my main course, I ordered the miso bowl (mushroom medley, greens,broccoli, tomato, eggplant, snap peas, chicken, chickpea miso broth over rice). I was expecting more of a rice bowl but instead, it was more of a soup.

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Also, I love mushrooms BUT not all kinds.  The ones in this dish….. I thought were a cruel joke ….they were slimy and the texture just did not sit with me, so the jersey girl in me politely sent it back ;). (I would have never done this a year or two ago so go me!).

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Next, I opted for a BYO bowl with chicken, veggie medley, rice and a Thai peanut Sauce. Now this is blog worthy!!  There was a hint of sweetness that I was not a fan of , I would have preferred a bit more spice but overall pretty incredible 🙂

(I did not get the egg on mine)

I walked back slowly to my air b&b room to take in the excitement and live music and other performances along Pearl Street.

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Tulips are one of my FAVORITE flowers, so I was pleased to see beautiful displays everywhere along Pearl Street…

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This was the street I stayed on

I was pretty zombie like when I finally got back to my room , I was SOOOOO happy to see and FEEL this nice, cozy, SUPER comfy bed…..Ahhhhh, lights out, rest up, BIG day tomorrow….The room provides plenty of light from the backyard.

Also, no television or lap top, so I had limited access to the “real world”, so it was quite relaxing!

To be continued..

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Springing it

Happy (Beautiful) Monday!

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This weather has me a bit anxious and a bit excited. So many wonderful upcoming things, yet so much A-N-X-I-E-T-Y.  I am NOT good with change. I like my routine. When it changes, I get anxious, irritable and restless. Ever feel like you are just jumping and crawling out of your skin? That feeling has been me recently 😦

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So my goal is to turn those restless, creepy , crawly feelings into something positive.

How?  Good question.

I am NOT great at relaxing.  In fact, I dread it. It causes me discomfort.  Yet I realize I need to relax, So how do I go about it? Well, I have tried the lounging around,

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reading, watching a movie routine and it only leaves me MORE restless. So I am learning a LOT about myself and realize that relaxing for me is……….a drive in the car, a walk and an audiobook, a run to Target , yoga, talking at a coffee shop…..I need some type of motion to relax.  So I am compiling a list of some ways I may be able to:

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I love to cook or bake WHILE audiobookin’ it 🙂  Say cheese….cake. I am really in the mood for some amazing cheesecake OR I want a Greek Yogurt Lemon Loaf

So pretty, so me! (the color just radiates relaxing!)

Being truthful with myself…..This article is just INCREDIBLE and AMAZING LOVE LOVE LOVE!!

I can NO longer conform to what society’s “idea” of relaxation looks like. What works for you may NOT work for me!  EveryBODY is different!

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Some other things I am learning about me…..I really do NOT like shopping. Especially with others. It is NOT relaxing AT ALL. I feel restless and the way I enjoy shopping? Getting in and getting OUT.  Occasionally I’ll enjoy a nice Starbucks and strolling the clearance aisles of Target 🙂   I am not into the latest fashions. I want to be comfortable and casual and shop WHEN I NEED SOMETHING 🙂  I feel like I am becoming more and more of a minimalist. Image result for minimalist

I want to be me. I want to accept who I am, even if it is someone different from who I thought I was. I want to stand my ground. I want to speak my mind. I want to focus on me and not care what anyone else thinks or believes about me.

 

 

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Are you thinking of….

reading a new book?

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If so, check out this one I just finished. I have heard about this book and although it received mixed reviews, I really wanted to check it out for myself

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That said, I picked it up yesterday and finished it about two hours later. Yup.  That good?   Maybe.  That engaging? Maybe?  I am thinking YOU need to read this so I can have someone to discuss it with because………well, just read it?

So, if you are thinking about an engaging, quick read, you should think about reading “I’m Thinking About Ending Things”, then tell me what you think

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If you are a Chuck Palahniuk fan, I’m thinking you should read this

If you have already read “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” I think you should join in on the discussion below. Just let it go. Thoughts? Loved it? Hated it?

Ok, yes this post is a bit obnoxious, maybe it’s the warmer weather, maybe it’s this book ?

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Other fun book or reading news:

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  • Love books or reading in general? Have you ever hear of the 215 Festival? It is scheduled for November 5-8 in Northern Liberties!

Founded in Philadelphia in 2001, The 215 Festival is a literary arts festival celebrating the written, spoken and visualized word. The 215 Festival showcases the vibrant community of literary talent in Philadelphia, and highlights the continued relevance of letters in a growing range of mediums, from books and poetry to music, film, and blogs. To help contextualize our local scene, the 215 Festival also seeks to present national and international talent. Past events include author readings, book-themed dance parties, literature-informed musical events, book fairs, literary film screenings, and blogger panel discussions. Over the years, the 215 Fest has played host to some of today’s most interesting writers, including Jonathan Lethem, Neal Pollack, Ben Greenman, Matt Klam, Amy Fusselman, John Hodgman, Legs McNeil, George Saunders, Sarah Vowell, Zadie Smith, Jeffrey Eugenides and Patti Smith among many, many others.

I do not see an upcoming date but I will look into it and let you know!  Sounds pretty cool!

  • Curious as to what some of the BEST independent bookstores in the US are? Check out Travel and Leisure’s list on this slideshow here.

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Have you been to any?

I am SUPER excited next week I will be checking out one on the list!

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And now I’m Thinking of Ending Things on this blog, for tonight 🙂

 

Your Turn

  1.  What are you currently reading?

  2. Do you enjoy books made into movies?

  3. If you have read, or if you plan on reading “I’m Thinking of Ending Things” Please share your thoughts!

 

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Taco Tuesday

No idea why I labeled this post as “Taco Tuesday”, besides the fact that ……….tacos have been on my mind as of late! I am thinking this weekend may require a recipe or two 🙂 Love tacos ?  Here are 17 recipes to try . You’re welcome! (PS I like the original hard shell best)

Besides tacos, what else is going on?

Books

I love reading. I love teaching reading. I love seeing my students excited and passionate about reading.   I dislike seeing anxiety over reading 😦   I want my students to enjoy it and not feel so pressured to read and understand and dissect everything!

I never really enjoyed reading as a kid.  There was so much pressure to read and understand. There were so many forced and required books. There were many textbook readings and timelines (snoreeeeeeeeeee). My mom and friends are what truly inspired me to become a better reader!  I still struggle with reading out of my comfort zone but at least I try .  What can I say, I have my genres favorites!

Not all of my childhood reading memories are terrible. Here are a few of the books I loved (and still do!)

Sweet Pickles Series!

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Did anyone else read these? OMG I Loved these, I think mostly for the town “map” on the inside cover of each book  lol

V.C. Andrews, Flowers in the Attic

and of course, Sweet Valley Twins and Babysitters Club

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I may or may NOT have tried to start my own Babysitters Club while reading these books…….called “Teddy Bear Child Care”……

Currently reading:

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware. I can honestly say I am engaged and INTO this book. At first, I did not think I would be, but I am at the point where I can not put it down. Granted I have not gotten to the end yet (Ohhhh but I am so close!) so my full review will follow shortly. I am already excited for Ware’s new book The Lying Game, debuting sometime this summer 🙂

Also reading, Esperanza Rising, along with my students for class 🙂

It is a pretty light week. Things at work have been SUPER busy, and I have also been listening to a few podcasts, so my reading time has been limited. I also did just finish reading  Six Pillars to Self Esteem , which I thought was a great read and very informative!  I love the suggested exercises. Very helpful and intuitive!

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Birthday’s

My amazing aunt, magical and marvelous mother and gracious grandmother’s birthdays are all in March.  We always celebrated my grandmother’s first (Although she hated us doing anything for her!) , my aunt’s on March 26th, and MamaCoffeeChalk on March 30! Seriously I LOVE birthdays!  I think it is so much fun to make someone else’s day special ❤  Happy Birthday to THREE of the most amazing and inspirational women I know and love! Babcia you will forever be in our hearts not only in March, but every day  xoxo

Your Turn

  1.  Birthdays!  Do you enjoy celebrating your own, or others more?
  2. Favorite childhood books!?  What do you remember loving/hating?
  3. Share your favorite Taco recipes, please!
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Saving it for Sunday

*Happy Spring!!! Huge thank you to my talented cousin (and coffeechalk heading creator) for the fresh new update!!!!  I feel warmer already!
 Happy Sunday!  It seems Sunday always ends up being my posting day!  Not intentional, but I kind of feel like the name of this post. I have been saving things up ALL week and Sunday‘s are my day where things sort of just ……”Aha!” for me.

My intentions at the beginning of the week always are:   to post more during the week, slow down a bit, not push myself too much………yet it never seems to happen. I just push and push until…..well I can not push anymore.

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I admit. I have been exhausted lately. Not for any negative reason, but just because….Life!  Work, family, friends, balance, me time….I am grateful for Sunday because it is my day to finally realize WHY I am so exhausted. I can reflect on my week and try to make changes for the future.  Which leads me to something that has been on my mind lately….

My shadow self.

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One of my favorite bloggers, Maddy Moon, posted this article/podcast this week which really made me think.  Your shadow self, is that part of you which you try your damnedest NOT to show or peek out too often.  It is the part of you that is truly YOU , yet you have a difficult time admitting or accepting it.  Most likely it is something you do not care for (Duh, if you are ashamed of it!?)  However, admitting your insecurities and shadow self-isms is the only way to self-love and acceptance.

We all have them. We probably have quite a few things we are ashamed of, one because they are not socially acceptable (Like the fact that I feel ashamed and WRONG for not being or wanting to be in a relationship) TWO because we just do not like them about ourselves and constantly try to hide or deny them.Image result for ashamed

So here I go. I am admitting one of my shadow selves. Jealousy and envy.

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I have always been a jealous person. However, I realize now, it was NEVER really jealousy. It was insecurity.  In relationships, I always felt everyone else was BETTER than me, that I just was not enough for my partner.  Other times I feel jealous when others have things I do not. I get a bit jealous when someone receives a job opportunity or promotion that I do not.  At times I feel jealous when someone does better than me in any area of life. Hell, I even felt jealous when an 78-year-old man passed me while I ran my first marathon (shut up!)

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I have kept these feelings inside for so long because I was ashamed. However, the past year I have started letting those closest to me, see this side of me and tell them how I feel.  I never thought the cliche of “just saying it out loud will help” would work for me. Yet, it did.

Am I “cured”? No longer jealous of anything or anyone? No.  BUT, I am genuinely HAPPY for others. The pleasure of feeling happiness for someone is so rewarding, it makes me not care that I do not have the same.  Recently I have felt SO much happiness knowing that my parents are going to Alaska this summer.

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I am so excited and happy for them because they deserve it more than anything. Sure it would be nice if I could go, but honestly, it feels BETTER seeing their excitement, watching them plan excursions (fishing, zip lining, dog sledding and bears, OH MY!)   Also, I feel SO happy for my cousin. I see her finally getting out and doing some things for HERSELF.  Knowing she is taking care of herself and putting herself first once in a while makes me

Also, I feel SO happy for my cousin. I see her finally getting out and doing some things for HERSELF.  Knowing she is taking care of herself and putting herself first once in a while makes me ecstatic.

Image result for paint night  I feel happiness for my friends when they talk with passion about a recent concert they have seen (I envy those that are so musically inclined)

I feel happiness for those that are expecting little ones in their lives.

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I am excited for people that are finding love.

It feels amazing to feel happy. I don’t know if I could ever experience this pleasure if I were not able to admit my own insecurities and jealousies.  Yup. Sometimes I still get jealous. Yup some days are crappy. Yes I still feel sad, angry, and lost. However it is getting much easier to let those feeling pass and actually allow the happiness to come in for others

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Phew, that was a lot …see I told you I was saving it for Sunday 🙂

Ok, on a lighter note. I was initially ashamed of my attraction for the beast (yes the beast, NOT when he turns into the “handsome” prince)  in the newest release of “Beauty and the Beast” BUT apparently I am not the only one…..People Think the Beast is HOT

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The “kids” really enjoyed it as much as I did (If you have not seen it, GO!)

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Some of my favorite things:

Bullet Journal for school/work

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I caved and created a bullet journal for my resource room classroom.  It is HARD trying to manage multiple classes, grade levels and subjects. It can all get very messy, very fast. So the solution…..Some things to keep my organized. I like to see “ahead”. So this lets me see any major things like field trips, days off, end of marking periods, etc.  I will be busy filling it in 🙂

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Keeping my assignments, projects, test dates for multiple classes just became a bit easier 🙂

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Semester at a glance. This helps me see the big picture of what major things are to come over the next few months.

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Spring is almost here (for real!)  Some things I currently have my eye on ( just waiting for the snow to melt to actually feel like putting on something light weight instead of the heavy leggings, boot socks, tights, sweaters, down jackets, that I have become VERY accustomed to 🙂 )

 

This makes me want to be “Off to see the wizard”

Loving the “Off the shoulder” look

Oh man, I would live in this all summer (I could also see my mom sporting this on her cruise!)

 

This top

These shorts

ANDDDDDDDDDDD little bit of spring, from my father’s yard to yours………..#fakeplasticflowers

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