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April Fools! (Pics)

Friday, April 01, 2011

I had such a good time today with Alexis. She was a great sport and I think she really enjoyed it too. She was barely out of bed when I offered her some "juice" (jello that had set in one of her cups with a straw). First she couldn't figure out why the straw wouldn't work, then she realized the straw was stuck and finally realized it was jello, which she loved! (She didn't end up having cereal after the jello) When she went into the living room and realized that stuff was moved, I was rewarded with her signature "What the Heck!?"

For school, she wore all of her clothes backwards, including her coat and backpack (front pack?) and we drew a face on a plate which she wore on the back of her head. Her teacher was great and played right along with it, even inviting the "new kid" into the class. Alexis did nothing but giggle the whole time.

For dinner, we invited some friends over to share our backwards meal. Cupcakes and ice cream (meatloaf topped with colored mashed potatoes and mashed garlic cauliflower) followed by grilled cheese (toasted pound cake with tinted frosting). Unfortunately, the friend wasn't so impressed and ate almost nothing. (It didn't help that the first thing she tried was garlic mashed cauliflower that she expected to be ice cream) Luckily I had some kid friendly food to fall back on. It wasn't so much that she didn't like the food, but she really wanted grilled cheese and cupcakes. (I have assured her that we will have them over for dinner again and make just that.)

It's been a long day and I'm pretty beat, but here are some pics of the food (unfortunately I got none of the reactions.) Enjoy!

The jello juice:


Sixela (backwards Alexis):


The "cupcakes":


A serving of dinner with one "cupcake" and a scoop of "ice cream":


One of the "grilled cheese":


And the half that turned out really well:



Goals for tomorrow:
80+ oz water
Eat well (lots of leftovers)
Workout-Run (somehow I WILL get one in)
Stretch
In bed by 10:30

  
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BAM-MA 4/3/2011 10:56AM

    That looks like so much fun! I will have to try to do that with my grandson next year!

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NIKANN7493 4/2/2011 2:59PM

    Looks like it was a fun day by all! Great ideas... I wouldn't have thought of those ideas. So happy that Alexis enjoyed the day as well!

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FRECKS96 4/2/2011 9:00AM

    Thanks for the comments everyone, it really was a lot of fun. I can't take credit for the ideas though. I had a bunch of friends that did this same meal last year; all the ideas are from the Disney family website.

Gwen-she doesn't eat sweet potatoes either.

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LADYGWEN25 4/2/2011 8:32AM

    lol.. looks like it was a great time! Instead of colored mashed potato's you could've done sweet potato's. :)

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DDOORN 4/2/2011 8:28AM

    Looks like a lotta fun had by all! :-)

Don

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JLITT62 4/2/2011 8:05AM

    Wow! I am really impressed by your creativity.

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KANSASROSE67 4/1/2011 11:47PM

    That grilled cheese looks totally believable! What fun memories you created.

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JACRBUNCH 4/1/2011 11:29PM

    What a great way to spend April Fools day. Thanks for sharing

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DEECANDOITAGAIN 4/1/2011 11:26PM

    Adorable foods and what a fun day! Your daughter will remember it for a long time. Way to focus on her and give her these memories! It really goes so fast that we have to make the most of our time with the munchkins.

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XFITSTRONG 4/1/2011 10:20PM

    That is the cutest thing ever!

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SDJOLLY 4/1/2011 10:19PM

    How clever you and Alexis are! I loved reading this and thanks for the pics! Too cute!

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DINGALLSTOO 4/1/2011 10:14PM

    ou aren't supposed to play with your food. I KNOW Sixela loved it.

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TEMPEST272002 4/1/2011 10:13PM

    I'm so glad you shared the pictures with us! I was telling my friend about your plan earlier today. This is such a cute idea that I'm filing it away for future use.

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Yay! It works!!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

After a chat with a techie friend today, I decided to give my netbook a try tonight. It works!! I lost nothing (though I will be doing a back-up soon) and it seems to be fine. Apparently this particular brand has a reputation for being built "like a tank" as I was informed this afternoon. Lucky me! I did learn some lessons though...like I should make sure I'm not spending too much time on the computer each day. God does have a way of teaching lessons and helping to put things in perspective.

Today was a pretty good day all around. I had an easy day teaching-like I was basically just a warm body to supervise a student teacher, and most of the lessons (pull-out special ed.) were independent work today. I was tempted to curl up under a table and take a nap! Would have been easy to do since last night I got shorted on sleep. I am happy to report, however, that I did get up and get in my run this morning. 3.1 miles, 2 miles of which I did speed intervals.

I'm still debating if I should run again tomorrow morning or try to fit it in on Saturday somehow. Ideally, I'd like to do a long run on Saturday, but I'll need to find a place for Alexis to hang for over an hour. Maybe I'll just leave her at my husband's gym with a game.

I ate pretty well today and I got all my water in. I'm going to stretch and fold some laundry before bed and (hopefully) get a good night's sleep tonight. Tomorrow is going to be a blast. I have big plans to pull some pranks on Alexis. I just hope she doesn't get mad at me. Most of them are food pranks. I made jello tonight and poured it into cups with a straw to look like juice, so she'll get that for breakfast and I plan on turning her cereal milk blue. For dinner I am making meatloaf "cupcakes" topped with mashed potato "frosting" and for dessert I have planned pound cake and frosting "grilled cheese". I told her we'd have a backwards meal for dinner to celebrate April fools day. I can't wait!! We're also going to make slime at some point. Here's the link to all the recipes (with pics) if anyone is interested. familyfun.go.com/april-fools-day/apr
il-fools-day-recipes/


Goals for tomorrow:
80+ oz water
Eat well
45+ min cardio +core
Stretch
In bed by 10:30

  
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VALERIEMAHA 4/1/2011 12:28PM

    So glad to hear all is well in your laptop world -- WHEW! But, hahaha, when I saw "YAY! It Works!" I thought Julie's-Success-on-SP AND I was gonna' say, yeah, but only if I work it! And that's still true.

Bright blessings in April -- as William Shakespeare said, "April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."
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Maha

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DDOORN 4/1/2011 12:14PM

    Glad to hear all is well w/ the netbook!

Don

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TEMPEST272002 4/1/2011 10:28AM

    Very creative with the food pranks! I love it! Could you take pics & post for us?

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LADYGWEN25 4/1/2011 9:36AM

    hahah cool pranks! :) wish i had thought of them... :)

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VIOLET1019 4/1/2011 6:45AM

    Have fun today!

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SHERREMAC 4/1/2011 6:00AM

    so glad !

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JLITT62 4/1/2011 5:23AM

    Happy dance that the laptop's ok. You are a great mommy! I bet you 2 will be giggling all day about your pranks.

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DEECANDOITAGAIN 3/31/2011 10:24PM

    How cute. Alexis will love it!

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KANSASROSE67 3/31/2011 10:17PM

    Sounds like a fun day for you and Alexis! I've done a few of those pranks in my time...need to think of something good that will fool my teenagers. The trick is to catch them early before they're fully awake!

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Waiting

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I hate waiting. In most forms it just annoys me, but sometimes, it really, really drives me crazy. Right now I am waiting to try to turn on my laptop again. I don't know how long I should let it sit. Someone said one day, some said a few. One said "longer than you think it needs" and one said 5-7 days. Luckily I have a glitchy desktop I can use as a backup, but it's not the same.

This morning I had planned to run 5 miles. In order to accomplish that and get to work on time, I had to be out the door absolutely no later than 5:45. Since I have been getting up closer to 6 since the time change, I knew it would be a challenge. My problem, when I am anticipating doing something early (and waiting for it)-like a run I don't want to miss-is that I don't sleep. I have good intentions. I go to bed early, set my alarm, get totally comfortable...then I wake up nearly every hour. Most times I am ready to jump out of bed thinking I am late before I realize that I still have 1, 2, 4 hours to sleep. Suffice it to say that I slept terribly last night. But, I got my run in. 5.2 miles in 45 minutes AND I made it to work on time.

I ate okay today. I'm pretty sure I ate too many servings of dinner, but I didn't go to Friendly's like I had originally planned. I'm finishing my water now and I have already gotten in a core workout and stretched. Going to do some dishes and hit the sack. Make tomorrow great!

Goals for tomorrow:
80+ oz water
Eat well
AM workout: 3.1 mile run-1/2 mile warm up followed by 4-1/4 mile spring/jog intervals (2 miles) and a .6 mile cool-down jog.
PM workout: 30DS
Stretch
In bed by 10:30

  
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NIKANN7493 3/31/2011 11:17AM

    Waiting is something I loathe all the time. I have never depended on anyone but myself and especially when I order things on-line... the waiting just kills me.

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BAM-MA 3/31/2011 10:37AM

    I thought I was the only one that did that thing with the waking up every hour in those situations! I feel your pain! Glad you got your run. Sounds like a pretty productive day overall. emoticon

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LADYGWEN25 3/31/2011 8:42AM

    i have the same problem sleeping..lol..It definately makes the morning tasks more challenging.. Glad you still got your run in :)

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SHERREMAC 3/31/2011 5:49AM

    Thinking about you!!

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JLITT62 3/31/2011 5:46AM

    I have the same problems with not sleeping well when I have to get up at a certain time - probably cause I don't use an alarm clock - so I'm always tired on morning swimming days.

Hope the laptop survived!

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DEECANDOITAGAIN 3/30/2011 10:56PM

    Even though I have a love/hate relationship with my lappy. I wouldn't want to live without it! emoticon

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JENDOOD 3/30/2011 10:26PM

    The laptop has water damage, right? I don't know if this would work, there are a lot of plugs and holes and such, but trick for drying out a wet cell phone is to put it in a bag with rice for a day or 2 - the rice absorbs the moisture. Perhaps you can find a big enough bag though, and in know they call some dehumidifying products (in the laundry section at WalMart)...? Just some thoughts! :)

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TEMPEST272002 3/30/2011 10:02PM

    I hate waiting too. I have to be pretty much on death's door to put up waiting at a clinic - something hubby doesn't understand at all. He's patience personified. Annoying - but guess he needs it to live with me. LOL

Anyhow - great job getting up for the run, especially after not getting a good nights rest.

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VIOLET1019 3/30/2011 9:59PM

    I hate waiting too. And I sometimes have that same problem of anticipating and then waking up thinking it should be time and it's not. Good luck with the laptop and have a great day tomorrow!

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Tuesday, an okay day

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Overall, I'd say today gets a B if I had to give it a grade. Let's see...
Positives:
~Ate pretty well
~Got in all my water plus some
~Went to a moderately paced Zumba class this morning (believe me, it was restful compared to what I usually do!)
~enjoyed 2 (!) meals with my hubby (he took a night off as a mental health day)
~had some rest time
~made a delicious dinner that was healthy too. Shrimp and Chorizo Paella ala Rocco DiSpirito. www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,
s6-242-303-504-13872-0,00.html

~got in some good stretching
~picked up a new set of pants and jacket for $14 (Girls section at Walmart!)
~picked up a pair of slip on "sneakers" to wear around when I want to wear slippers but need to leave the house.

Negatives:
~my daughter dumped some water on my laptop. While this was only a small portion of the day, it ruined out attitudes for the rest of the night and we were all kind of on edge.
~had 2 glasses of wine while cooking/with dinner (okay, not totally negative, but not the best either)
~hit the snack food that my DH brought home a little harder than I would have liked. Again, I didn't go terribly over board, but chips and cheese dip are never good.

I'm heading to bed pretty soon. Working the next 2 days and I'd like to get a 45 minute run in tomorrow morning, I'm thinking 5 miles. Make tomorrow great!

Goals for tomorrow:
80+ oz water
Eat well
45 minute/5 mile run +core
Stretch
In bed by 10

  
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LADYGWEN25 3/30/2011 9:26AM

    OUch on the laptop... And you'r negatives.. I don't necessarily consider a negative.. I think it's a nice way for you to relax sometimes.. you've earned it.. we can't be food police 24/7 all the time.. It' gets boring.

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DDOORN 3/30/2011 8:34AM

    Oof, re: laptop! Hoping a quick sponge up and drying out saved the day...?

Don

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KB1018 3/30/2011 7:38AM

    I'd be very happy with a day like that...until the laptop scenario..ouch!

Nice job on Tuesday & keep up the good work for Wednesday!

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SHERREMAC 3/30/2011 6:20AM

    great day! all in all! way to go!

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JLITT62 3/30/2011 5:27AM

    I was going to say that sounds like a pretty good day - until I read about the laptop! Oh no! That could certainly ruin a day.

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NEVERMIND2010 3/30/2011 1:37AM

    Hey, a B is above average, so I'd say you're doing great!

Hope you have an A day today!

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DEECANDOITAGAIN 3/29/2011 10:26PM

    Sounds like a nice day, except for the laptop! I'm teaching deaf/hard of hearing tomorrow-a little nervous about it. Keep up the great work.

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MKGARNER1 3/29/2011 9:27PM

    Wow, sounds like a great day to me! Except the water on the lap top. 5 mile run in 45 minutes? You go girl!

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VIOLET1019 3/29/2011 9:19PM

    I'd say the positives outweighed the negatives. And you've got a great plan for tomorrow. Make it a great one!

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Recovery

Monday, March 28, 2011

I got up this morning and did a slow 5K recovery run. It was cold. Hopefully my last really cold run for awhile. I really took it pretty easy and kept careful watch on my pace and breathing to make sure I was actually recovering and not pushing myself too hard. I ended up with an average of just about 10 m/m. Good enough. My plan is to rest tomorrow, run Wednesday (short, maybe intervals), and then get in 2 more runs this week, somehow. Al is gone again this weekend (only 2 more until he gets 2 weekends off), so I'm not sure how I'll fit them in, might end up pushing the stroller. I'd really like to do Thursday and then Sat/Sun back to back.

I have to say, I was pretty hungry all day today. I ate a good breakfast, my normal snack and a decent lunch, but I was really hungry again by 2:30. I had a pretty large snack and then ended up eating dinner late. It's almost 10 and I still feel like I could eat. I think after this week I might adjust my calorie burn goal and see where it puts me. Off to bed now, I need some sleep.

Goals for tomorrow:
80+ oz water
Eat well
30 min light cardio
Stretch
In bed by 10:30

  
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DEECANDOITAGAIN 3/29/2011 8:59AM

    I'm sure at the speed you run; it makes for a fun stroller ride! Either way, enjoy all that exercise! emoticonYa know, there really should be an emoticon of a parent pushing a stroller. It's something you see all the time on the bike paths!

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JLITT62 3/29/2011 8:35AM

    Hmmm, I have been really hungry, too, & don't have a 15k to blame it on.

I've also been thinking about your buddy who said you need to be running 30 miles per week to train for an HM. Why? As long as you're running several times & getting in a long run I just don't see why you'd need that much mileage. Less you want to. That's like running 2 HMs + a 5k. Seems like overkill.

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LADYGWEN25 3/29/2011 8:31AM

    i agree with Violet about being hungry because of the 15K.. it burns alot...I'd say eat to the upper end of your ranges for a day or 2 to help replenish your glycogen stores. Have a good rest today! :)

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DDOORN 3/29/2011 8:25AM

    Sounds like you're doing a super job of gauging yourself...!

Don

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VIOLET1019 3/29/2011 6:41AM

    My guess is all that hunger is a result of the 15K on Sunday. Don't know if I'm right or not but it seems that you would have burned a LOT of calories on Sunday. Anyway, have a great day today. I know you'll find a way to get those runs in!

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