28 First Kisses- My Guest Blog

Hey there, lovely readers!

While my friend, Daile, is out gallivanting across the globe for a few weeks, she so kindly asked me to write a guest post for her wonderful blog, KISSMEOUTOFDESIRE. I was flattered and SO excited to be featured on her page because I love reading all of her posts. Please check out her page (and while you’re at it, click that little follow button). Daile is quite hilarious and has some especially witty dating quips, so I’m sure you will love her.

For my post, specifically, click 28 First Kisses to read the story leading up to the night I met Ryan and my life changed forever (swoon). Next, I will be posting about that fateful night we met over dollar beers at the local dive bar- so romantic, I know. Stay tuned!

– C

Oh Oreo, Oreo! Wherefore art thou, Oreo?

In my belly, that’s where! Yup, I just housed six Oreos and feel no shame. But where did this sudden craving come from? And why does society tell me it’s not okay to do this?

I was at the local grocery store yesterday and was cutting through the snack/cookie aisle to get to the registers- this is never a good idea. Why don’t I ever remember I should go down the organic aisle or produce or something until I’m already staring at the glorious, blue packages of Oreos? They’re a guilty pleasure of mine that I find extremely difficult to resist if my mind so much as hints that I should have some. Yes, I have been told and am well aware that they’re processed garbage that I should not allow to enter my body.

I relented and gave in to my sudden salivation tossing a pack of double stuffed into my cart. They looked strangely out of place next to my granola, fat free yogurt, and pile of veggies. Yet, they were all I could think about as I cashed out, drove home, and put away my other purchases. As soon as everything was in its proper place, I tore into the package of Double Stuf Oreos like it was my freaking job. You would think I hadn’t eaten all week to see me inhale those cookies.

Dip in milk, bite, repeat. Oh, the deliciousness!

So, where do these sudden, intense cravings come from? Apparently there’s a crazy mix of biological, chemical, and brain action that leads to cravings and affects more women than men (surprise, surprise). Considering I am not PMSing, I’m not sure of the reason for the immediacy of this particular craving, but I am okay with it existing. There is no reason to feel guilty for indulging in an inexplicable need for a certain food once in awhile. Sure, I wish I craved things like broccoli; however, what’s the fun in life without giving into your primal need for pleasure every now and again? It just so happened that the pleasure I desired involved my taste buds.

I plan to finish this whole package by myself. It may take me a week. It may take me two months. But I won’t allow myself to feel one drop of embarrassment or guilt for enjoying every last delectable bite.

Why Everyone Should Have a Spring Break

I know I have been doing a lot of lists lately, but this one is pretty essential. One of the biggest perks of working in a school is the time off throughout the school year. I have been loving my vacation so far and was very sad when Ryan had to return to work this morning. Everyone should have a Spring Break! And here’s why:

  1. We all need a mental break from work once in awhile.
  2. Vacations reduce stress which, in turn, increases productivity.
  3. Who doesn’t like to travel?
  4. Or just sit on your butt for a few days?
  5. The house needs a good cleaning after being closed up all winter.spring-cleaning.jpg
  6. Winter was horrendous this year and I think we all need a little time in the sun right now.
  7. If you have kids, there’s quality time to spend as a family.
  8. Or if you work with kids like me, there’s quality “quiet” time without kids around.
  9. Sleeping in once in awhile is essential to human sanity.
  10. Your health can improve from reduced stress.
  11. Work, work, work with no play makes for a lame day.
  12. Time to catch up on all of your favorite shows.
  13. Or binge watch movies if it’s rainy that day.
  14. You might remember why you liked your job in the first place.
  15. Work on developing a new or existing hobby.
  16. Enjoy the afternoon sunshine for once!GIFSec.com
  17. Cook a fancy meal without rushing to prepare it after work.
  18. Forget your road rage by avoiding rush hour traffic.
  19. You could finally clean out your wardrobe of 10 year old ill-fitting clothing.
  20. You can get in touch with yourself again and find what makes you happy without the pressures of a work week.

Why do you need a Spring Break?

– C

Missing in Action

It’s the week before Spring Break here at school and all of my motivation to complete annual reviews, reports, and IEPs has gone out the window; it’s missing in action. You know how kids mentally go on vacation before vacation actually begins? Well, I have discovered the same damn thing happens to teachers. Technically I’m not a teacher, but I work with children in a school and they refer to me as their speech teacher, so I’m going with it.

It doesn’t help that today is pajama day as part of our Spirit Week celebrating Autism Awareness Month. Mondays are hard! This morning I realized that convincing myself to do work while I am in pajamas is even harder.

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So, I am daydreaming about all of the glorious relaxation that I will be experiencing in only 96 hours when I am done with work for the week. I can’t wait for a mini getaway with Ryan to Burlington, VT. It’s one of the coolest little cities with great craft beer and farm-fresh food! Once we get back, I will be spending some quality time with the couch and probably doing a little cleaning.

Where’s your mind this Monday? Anyone else have Spring Break coming?

– C