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Overcoming the ballet body image.

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Celebrating V-Day

It’s that lovely (haha, get it?!) day of February when love is in the air.  To be honest, the teacher Melissa is not much of a fan.  Students are beyond hyper all day and the school looks like it threw up pink and red balloons, flowers, and candy.  It’s annoying.

But the non-teacher Melissa enjoys the holiday.  I’m not a huge sap when it comes to Valentine’s Day, but it’s a nice reason to buy your special someone a little something and celebrate.

For our first married Valentine’s Day, we actually aren’t going anything special.  It’s always so crowded at restaurants on the actual day, so we opted to enjoy a relaxing evening out this Saturday instead.  I’ll be sure to post about it!

At the moment, the plan is to take a walk and perhaps enjoy some half off Starbucks thanks to this little beauty.

starbucks coupon

We also have gifts to give each other.  😀  A girl always loves gifts on Valentine’s Day!

Ooh and guess what else?  My Kate Spade purse should arrive!



Oh heck yes!  It should be a good day!


How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?


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Starbucks, Pizza, and Ice Cream. My Kind of Friday.

This morning, the cat decided to walk on me.

We’ve been letting Oakley sleep in our bed, and it’s usually fine.  Last night, however, she decided to move around which woke Mat up.  He turned over, which woke her up more.  She then started attacking his feet through the blankets.  At some point during all of that she decided to start walking on top of me which naturally woke me up.

Upon waking up, I realized I had to pee.  So I did.  When I came back to bed, she kept crawling on me.  I decided to ignore her because I was pretty tired.  A couple minutes later I felt/heard a THUD by my head.  She had jumped from who knows where onto the spot right between our heads.  Weirdo.

I think at that point I put her back at the foot of the bed, and dozed off a bit until Mat’s alarm went off at 5.  Since she went out with him I was able to sleep for another hour at that point.

It was honestly more funny than anything else.  She’s a sweetie so I can’t be mad.

But now on to the more exciting things of this post: coffee and food.


I was long overdue for Starbucks, so I more than made up for it with a venti java chip frappuccino (light and sugar free of course).


With it I had my usual cottage cheese and granola.  I generally use low-fat granola from Trader Joe’s, but when I made the grocerty list for Mat today I put vanilla almond granola.  It’s not as healthy, but it’s so darn good and I haven’t had it in ages.


Lunch was nothing special – apple and half a pb&j.  What can I say, I’m a creature of habit.

Today we celebrated a birthday in dance production.  Josh turned 16.  We had surprise cake and ice cream at the end of practice.


I actually didn’t have any cake, but I did have a little chocolate ice cream.  I can’t stay away from chocolate.  Ever.

After a massive Costco run this afternoon, we finally settled in to our usual Friday night pizza.  We’re both sick of salad right now, so we steamed zucchini instead.

That’s my plate before covering it in parmesan cheese, having seconds on zucchini (also covered in parmesan), and a second piece of pizza.  Covered in parmesan, obviously.  I also ate Mat’s crusts because I always do.  It’s a thing.  I’ll tell you about it sometime.

Oh and then after the pizza we had ice cream and girl scout cookies.  I think I have a problem.


I’m not running tomorrow morning.  (Insert gasp here).  But it’s because I’m running the Surf City Half Marathon
on Sunday!  And then after that Steph is coming over to eat junk food watch the Super Bowl with us.  Should be fun!

What are you doing this weekend?


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Starbucks Time!

Today’s day of togetherness was to get delicious holiday drinks from Starbucks.  We’ve already done this several times this holiday season, but never with such deliberateness.  🙂

So, after work, I picked up Mat and off we went.  Since dance practice went until 5:30 today it made the most sense time-wise for me to pick him up and go straight there.  It’s exactly what we did yesterday for going out to dinner because I had a doctor’s appointment after work.  Actually, it’s what we did the time we bought the new Starbucks holiday mug too.  Apparently I’m the weeknight chauffeur?

I had my usual holiday drink: skinny peppermint mocha.  This time I had them put a little whipped cream on it too.  Why not?



I had a nice surprise in my box in the mailroom at school today: letters from kids.  They were thank you/Christmas letters that they had done in one of their other classes.  Some of them were really sweet!  Things like this are what make being a teacher seem worth it.

letters from kids


I went to the trainer at school today to ask about my knee.  She thinks it’s a pulled hamstring and recommended laying off the stretching for a few days and taking it easy on the running.  So, sadly, I’m going to skip tomorrow’s planned 3.5 mile run.  She said biking was ok, so I’m planning to get up and use my indoor bike for an hour or so while watching the news, just to make sure I get some sort of cardio in.  I hate missing runs, but I know that if I want it to feel better and heal I need to rest it.  I also want to go for my 11 miler on Saturday (taking it slow of course) so I know I need to rest it now.  I’m was planning on ballet tomorrow night too, and I think that will be ok as long as I don’t overstretch it.  When it was at it’s worst a month or so ago, it hurt really bad to stretch in ballet and so obviously I stopped stretching.  It started to get better.  Then, I got lazy with the icing and overworked it again this past Saturday.  I think I’m going to start being really diligent about icing after every long run no matter what.  This isn’t just recreational running anymore – it’s marathon training!

2 more days until I’m off for 3 weeks!!!  And we’re going to Solvang!!!  Weeeee!!!  😀

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A Christmas Weekend in Photos


Ran 8 miles.

Changed the sheets on the bed, helped by the cat.

helpful cat

Ate my usual post-long run overnight oats and banana with coffee.

running breakfast

Went to get our first married Christmas tree.

getting the tree

Put the lights on said tree.

tree and lights

And lots of ornaments.  With my boots chilling randomly on the floor.

christmas mess

Drank hot chocolate from my foodie pen pal – hot chocolate was our first day of togetherness.

hot chocolate

Ate pizza while watching A Christmas Story and laughing at the cat.

cat rolls over


Went to church.

Got Starbucks.

Made pumpkin waffles.

pumpkin waffles
My mom-in-law made us stockings.


And she and dad-in-law drove down to Irvine to drop them off for us.

The Christmas picture is complete.  🙂

christmas room

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Night and Morning

Last night after ballet we had the last of the chili with roasted Brussels sprouts and cornbread.

You can see that we eat ghetto style in front of the tv when one of us gets home late.

This morning I dragged myself out of bed to go for a walk. My marathon training plan calls for a rest day on Fridays, but since the running isn’t too intense yet and since I’m doing Pile on the Miles, I decided to go ahead and walk. I’m glad to know that I don’t have to walk on Fridays though, because once the running mileage picks up I have a feeling I won’t want to. With ballet going until 8:30 on a Thursday night, it’s tough to drag yourself out of a warm bed at 5 am on Friday.

But, the morning wasn’t all bad because I got this:


Caramel brûlée latte! Nonfat of course.

I don’t usually have that much sugar in a latte. I think it’s responsible for the jitters I’m feeling.

I also get this in my box from a fellow math teacher:


And last but not least, this popped in my inbox this morning:


So true. I’ll have to file this one away in the back of my mind for when I start to feel like things aren’t working out the way I want.

Happy Friday everyone!

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Seriously on a Food Kick

Ballet kicked. my. butt. tonight.  But in that seriously awesome way.  I wore pointe shoes again for barre, and I honestly think that this is the strongest I’ve been (or at least felt) on pointe in a long time.  By the end of class though, my legs were shaking.  Hopefully they stay nice and loose tomorrow during my walk and don’t get too fatigued during practice.  If I do end up running on Saturday (which will mean I decided no to Nutcracker) I need them to be functioning.

Heck, even if I do decide to do Nutcracker I need them functioning.

Tonight’s dinner was leftovers from last night with a side salad and roasted Brussels sprouts:


I seriously have the best husband ever.  (I also have a problem overusing the word “seriously” tonight.  Seriously.  🙂 ).  He wrapped my burrito, made the salad and Brussels sprouts, and left the oven on so I could pop the burrito in the oven while I took a shower after ballet.  He has to work at 5 am so he went to bed shortly after I got home.  I don’t like this arrangement, but for now it’s what we have to do.  He has to get to bed at a decent hour and I really enjoy going to ballet, even once a week.  And since they made ballet start at 7 instead of 6:30, it’s even more icky in terms of schedules.

I’m still not sure about Nutcracker.  It’s driving me crazy.

Big Bang Theory reruns are happy.  So is the fact that tomorrow is Friday and I have this to use in the morning:


I see a venti something or other in my future!

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Breakfast for Dinner

I swear, we’re obsessed with Friday night eggs lately.



I hit Starbucks this morning and had a venti skinny caramel macchiato.  It was necessary.


And a turkey bacon breakfast sandwich, but I inhaled that as I was helping a former student with her math.  She came back to ask me.  🙂

I’m thinking I’m going to get up at 5 again tomorrow to run.  Yes, it’s Saturday, but it’s just too hot otherwise.  This way, I can knock out at least half of my run before it starts getting too hot.  And, I’ll have more time to rest and then get ready for Nicole and Ryan to come over tomorrow night.  I have quizzes to grade too, and I’d really rather not leave them until later in the weekend.

I wouldn’t be nearly as likely to entertain the 5 am on Saturday thought if it wasn’t a 3-day weekend.

Whether I get up at 5 or 6, it’s still time for bed.  I’ve hardly sat down all day, even though it’s Friday!