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Spark Cookbook Chicken Tenders

Monday, December 19, 2011

I have been wanting to cook the baked chicken tenders from the Spark Cookbook (page 184) and finally had time to make them today. They were delicious!



First soak the tenders in a little milk mixed with vinegar (buttermilk probably works, too) while you mix up the panko, herbs, and cheese. I used romano cheese.



Then coat the chicken with the bread mixture while to oven is heating. When the oven reaches 400, pop them in and cook them for 20 minutes. Easy Peasy!

While the chicken tenders were being prepared, I made up a batch of Israeli couscous shiitake risotto. I used whole wheat pearl (Israeli) couscous.



I cooked it covered, using a combination of water and chicken broth while preparing the vegetables to add to it at the end of cooking.



I chopped shiitake mushrooms, sliced a carrot very thin, and chopped some onion then sauteed them in a little bit of olive oil.



I added these to the couscous after it had finished cooking, stirred it in, and let it sit for a few minutes so the flavors could blend.

While everything else was cooking, I steamed some Brussels sprouts. Right before serving them, I drained of the water and sauteed them lightly with minced garlic and fresh lime juice.



The entire meal was tasty and nutritious. Two thumbs up for this meal from Mike and from me.









  
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SEATTLE58 12/28/2011 3:11PM

    Mmmm, they do look so yummy! emoticon

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MARY1313 12/23/2011 10:14AM

    Love this meal!!!!

Mary

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NANHBH 12/21/2011 1:04PM

    YUM! You're making me hungry. Must be lunch time!

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MMNICKS 12/21/2011 9:28AM

    Who says healthy can't be delicious!!!

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OLDERDANDRT 12/20/2011 10:52AM

    Yummy! emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/20/2011 10:11AM

    That looks absolutely delicious! emoticon

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MCGS62 12/20/2011 9:14AM

    I like the step by step pictures and am going to try part of the recipe.
I have never been able to get breading to stick to fish or chicken and have always tried to use egg as the binderrd . next time it is butter milk and vinegar.
was it a specific type of vinegar? I asume that the vinegar is there to denature sone of the protine in the milk more than flavor--could you taste the vinegar when it was finished?

GOOD JOB --you got my brain working thismorning

Oh yeah I like your camel cookies too --the way their legs brown slightly ahead of the body gives them nice artistic look good icing work too!!

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BILLTMAN 12/20/2011 6:58AM

    Nice presentation. Thanks

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GEMINISUE 12/19/2011 10:25PM

    Looks terrific! Thank You!

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W82GOWHEE 12/19/2011 10:06PM

    Good for you! Yummy!

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WATERMELLEN 12/19/2011 8:23PM

    Mmmmm. Sounds terrific and I like your sides too!!

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0309COOKIE 12/19/2011 7:55PM

    The pictures look like a delicious and healthy meal.

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BADASSBLONDIE 12/19/2011 6:58PM

    Yay! I ate those chicken tenders last night with some garlic mashed potatoes (different cookbook). NOM

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SUNRIZING 12/19/2011 6:53PM

    yummy! emoticon

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TRULYVISIBLE 12/19/2011 6:43PM

  The chicken looks sooooo good, I will try it. What you accompanied it with also looks wonderful and so healthy. Thanks for sharing and providing those wonderful pictures.

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Concert, Kitties, Cookies, and...Ta Da! Vacation!

Friday, December 16, 2011

The dreaded holiday concert was a huge hit last night. The children had a great time, and it was a parent pleaser. I have to admit, I was worried about it because after missing almost a week between having the flu and my aunt's death, we were way behind on practice time. All of my students played the ukulele and sang the Dreidel song. There were a number of songs the children sang, but I was really proud of my beginning ukulele and guitar students for playing and singing in small groups. They exuded confidence and loved performing. They have gotten a lot of compliments from parents of children in all of the grades for their performance.

Today was our cookie exchange. I mentioned in an earlier blog that the children and teachers draw names to see who they will secretly make a cookie for. Then we all try to make the perfect cookie for our recipient. This is one of the children's favorite traditions.





Here is the cookie I made for the delightful 3rd grade boy whose name I drew. I was holding my breath hoping it would hold together. It is about 3" by 4". Unfortunately the photos came out blurry.





Not all of my students chose to or were able to complete their kitties by today. I brought in my sewing machine today to help them wrap up their projects. The ones that got finished are super cute and the children who made them are really happy about them.











Each kitty definitely takes on its own unique personality, just as the children who made them do. This was a difficult project and the children felt very accomplished by the end of the week.

Now I get some much needed vacation time. I am looking forward to having time to reclaim my exercise and practice time.

I am enjoying my new Fitbit. Last night was the first time I got to try out the sleep monitor feature. As I knew it would, it registered multiple segments of not sleeping. I hope that vacation will bring full nights' sleep instead of the fitful, interrupted sleep I have been getting.

I did not accomplish my step goals today. I got in my morning walk and was normally active with teaching, but I had a dental appointment after work and it was too dark to do my long walk when I finally got home today.

My treats to myself for vacation include a massage, a visit to my acupuncturist, and lots of time with my guitar. I am hoping to also accomplish some major organizing both at home and at school so I can start the new year fresh and unencumbered by clutter.

  
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IUHRYTR 12/21/2011 8:48PM

    Cool creations, ones your students will likely remember for a long time. -- Lou

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NANHBH 12/21/2011 1:11PM

    Concert, cookies, kitties, and vacation - oh, my! Enjoy your well deserved break.
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GRAMMAP1 12/19/2011 12:39AM

    Cat lover that I am; I enjoyed seeing the Kitties. I hope you enjoy your vacation time. Our DIL teaches 4th Grade, is going to visit their Son in the air force. The Oh. to Ok. trip may not be relaxing, but certainly will be rewarding!

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AQUAJANE 12/18/2011 9:17AM

    The kitties look great. And you deserve a vacation. Merry Christmas! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARY1313 12/17/2011 5:53PM

    Oh the Kitties and Cookies were awesome! I hope you have the best vacation!!!

Mary

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JLITT62 12/17/2011 4:44AM

    The kitties & the cookies are wonderful, as are your plans for vacation. Enjoy!

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TRULYVISIBLE 12/16/2011 11:43PM

  You never cease to amaze me as a teacher. What you are teaching the kids is invaluable for their growth if they know it or not. You deserve a massage and a wonderful restful and pleasant vaca. I vote you teacher of the year! BTW, those kitties are all amazing with different eyes and different expressions. Have some good nights sleep.
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THE_HERMIT 12/16/2011 11:37PM

    Congratulations on the concert. It is always hard to organise a concert. I remember when i used to work as a music teacher there was always the hope that everything would fall into place and the children would have a good time.



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WATERMELLEN 12/16/2011 7:30PM

    Very cute kitties!!

And: so glad that the concert exceeded expectations!

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CHALLENGER15 12/16/2011 7:13PM

    Those kitties are just so very cute!

Have a well-deserved vacation; it sounds like you have some wonderful plans for yourself.

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BADASSBLONDIE 12/16/2011 7:06PM

    I am SO happy you are getting a much needed break. And those kitties look phenomenal!!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/16/2011 6:51PM

    I loved reading your blog today! I've been looking forward to seeing and hearing about those little kitties, and there they were! I hope your vacation is wonderful and that you have lots of time to get recharged for another semester! You are an amazing teacher! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Day in the Life of a Teacher

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sometimes I really wonder about myself. I have added so much onto my busy teaching load with this kitty project. The children are so excited and enthusiastic about it though.



Sewing kitties with 16 children is certainly an interesting challenge, but they are learning so much. While some of the children have a basic knowledge of hand sewing already, others still need to learn to thread a needle, or even tie a knot. With clogs and velcro fasteners, some of them do not even tie shoes. So along with learning how to stitch, understand patterns, turn small pieces right side out after sewing, stuff small pieces, make darts, and embroider, they are also learning some pretty basic life skills like tying. Not knowing how to tie a knot is one of those missing skills I would not necessarily have learned children of this age were missing if we weren't sewing.

Then there are those other life skills that come out in a relaxed and shared atmosphere that is created in a giant sewing circle.

M: "I think I will make mine with a really long tongue hanging out."

Me: "Who are you making it for?"

M. "My sister." (His sister is 14 years old.)

Me: "Do you think your sister would like that?"

M. "I don't know, I don't really know my sister." (He does)

Other kids: "Your sister would hate that."

M: " But I think it's funny."

Me: "When we make something for someone, it is about the other person more than about us."

S: I'm making this one for my baby sister. She'll love it. I'm going to make another one for me."

Other Kids: "Can we make more after vacation?"

One of our school traditions is our cookie exchange the day before we go on vacation. The children and teachers each draw a name and that person is the recipient of a very special handcrafted cookie. It is a secret so the week of the cookie exchange is filled with guessing who each cookie is for and friendly teasing about who has who for the exchange. I tell the children there are two times a year when I lie; April Fool's Day and the cookie exchange. If they ask me if I drew them, I will tell them 'yes.'



Yesterday we formed the cookies from the dough and baked them. The older children love to individualize the cookies they make and spend time with their artistry, while the younger ones love to make a giant circle and slather on the frosting.

Today we will begin decorating the cookies.

This is the Stella cookie I made for a different year of our cookie exchange. I have posted it before.



I hope this year's cookie will turn out as well.

One of my students recently got pigmy goats as pets. They came to visit us on Monday. How very cute they are!



My step counter tells me that by the end of a school day, I have usually taken 5 - 6000 steps. That would be approximately 1.5 miles between 8:00 and 3:00. I don't count those 'miles' as my walking miles because I am not making continuous long strides, although I do count them in my daily steps. I like my step counter, but I took the plunge and ordered a FitBit which will not only count my steps, but will also count calories burned. I am interested to see how it measures calories burned for playing my instrument as compared to the fitness tracker.

One of the compelling reasons that drove me to buying the FitBit is that it measures sleep. Sleep has been an issue for me, not just falling asleep, but staying asleep and my general quality of sleep as well.

Of course another compelling reason is that I am a Gadget Geek (thank you, Dad!)

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I am excited because when I looked at the tracking, my FitBit should arrive today.

Just a slice of life from a busy teacher.

I hope your week is busy, entertaining, and positive.


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PONYFARMER 12/22/2011 2:04AM

    I forgot to subscribe to your blog and I wanted to so that is what this comment is for. Thanks!

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PONYFARMER 12/22/2011 2:03AM

    Wow, from one teacher to another, wow! I would like to trade you my high school students for awhile while I take your adorable, sewing and cookie making darlings. Plus the goats what a plus.

I was also AMAZED by your cookie and would like you to do one of my Puddles and one of my Joy-Joy. You are talented in the cookie design dept. BTW, I want to bite the heads and humps off those camels on the back page. Yummy!

I love the ideas you have for teaching important skills to these students. Keep it up and please blog about the FitBit. I so want one, also for the sleeping issue, but just am not sure.

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IUHRYTR 12/21/2011 8:51PM

    What a terrific Stella cookie. But then you know we love our Internet doggie baby, don't you? It is impressive that the students learn to think of the effect on others their actions or creations will have. -- Lou

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MAWRTIAN 12/16/2011 3:04PM

    I love the Stella Cookie!! Your students are so blessed to have you, what a great holistic experience your teaching is!!

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PENNYAN45 12/16/2011 12:49AM

    Thanks for taking us along with you to see all you do with your fortunate students.
What a great experience they have each day with you.

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W82GOWHEE 12/15/2011 8:20PM

    Bravo to you for showing your kids real life skills. I wish I'd had a teacher like you--I'd still have my kitty I'm sure!

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PHEBESS 12/15/2011 4:54AM

    I love your projects!!!!!! (My classes are painting murals showing local flora and fauna - we're a middle school.)

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WATERMELLEN 12/14/2011 9:34PM

    Such a fun blog: those calico kitties are a wonderful project, and the pygmy goats . . . ohhhhh I want some!! Wouldn't Stella like a pygmy goat for Christmas??

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LMB-ESQ 12/14/2011 5:53PM

    You are busy! I love the Stella cookie :-) I wouldn't want to eat it! I hope you enjoy your new gadget too... sounds very useful

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Those kitties! They are so cute! And teaching sewing to kids is a great thing... they've done away with that in a lot of the schools around here

For the record, our 13 y/o can't tie his shoes and he's given up trying. He tucks the ends of the laces inside the shoes, or else he gets someone else to tie them and then he never unties them :-(

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BADASSBLONDIE 12/14/2011 5:02PM

    I loved this blog!!! I love hearing stories about the kids and getting some insight into your life! Enjoy your new gadget!!!

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TRULYVISIBLE 12/14/2011 1:10PM

  The Stella cookie is so artistic and beautiful! It's wonderful what those kids are being taught by you. There may ba a future stay-at-home Father in that bunch who will appreciate the sewing skills you taught him. When he hears, Daddy, my button came off he will thank you in his head.

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MARY1313 12/14/2011 1:01PM

    you love children so much! I love how you make them think about things which will yield good results. I know it's so much extra effort to you to be making the little kitties, but look what you are doing for their minds! You are creating sharp kids and we so need that in today's society, because high schoolers don't know some of the things that your kids do!

Mary

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/14/2011 12:00PM

    I just love reading your blogs! What a fabulous teacher you are! Oh, but I said that last time! It just makes me so happy to think of the joy you're bringing to these children!!! Thanks for sharing your day! I loved it! emoticon

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JLITT62 12/14/2011 8:53AM

    Wow! The Stella cookie is stunning! I would've never thought about kids being unable to tie a knot, not having any, myself.

I've actually had a hankering for goats a long time . . . but I find my hands already pretty full (not to mention my lap) with 4 animals.

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MCGS62 12/14/2011 8:18AM

    Love the Stella cookie!!!
too busy-- no that is just too you
if it wasn't kitties it would be another project
the nice thing is as the country keeps rolling toward depression
your students are having fun and learning skills that may
be critical in the future
I think you are a great teacher!!

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JPONCIN 12/14/2011 7:07AM

    I love that you are making kitties with your kids! Thanks for sharing a slice of your life. I can't wait to finish my degree so I can teach. I have so many plans in my head for fun days like this. :)

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GRAMPIAN 12/14/2011 7:05AM

  A very busy life, but so fulfilling. emoticon

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Calico Kitties

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Thirty-six years ago when I was a La Leche League leader and Lamaze childbirth instructor, I was called to the home of a young woman who was having a difficult time getting started nursing her newborn daughter. As it turned out, she was a fellow artist and quilter and we hit it off immediately - the start of a lifelong friendship.

Kathy made toys and quilts for her children, and also made the most amazing quilts as art for walls. In recent years, she has begun writing children's books. I bought a copy of her book, 'Calico Kittens' for my granddaughters and had them signed by the author. I didn't realize when I bought the books that they have a pattern in the back for making the calico kittens.

This was a happy discovery because I love having a related toy for a book when I give books to young children. I copied that pattern, and then thought to ask my class if they would enjoy making calico kittens, too. I told them that sewing isn't just for girls and that some of the boys might like to make on for a sister, or for their kindergarten partners. One of the 6th grade boys immediately piped up that of COURSE sewing wasn't just for girls, and we were off. Every child but one wants to make one, and I'll bet that come tomorrow, he will change his mind. Of course, he doesn't have to if he doesn't wish to.

So today I made my first calico kitten for one of my granddaughters to go with her book. I wanted to get it done before tomorrow so the children could see the prototype. I'll make another one with the children so I can instruct as we go along.




I thought she came out pretty cute.



I bought a quantity of quilting fat quarters so the children would have a selection of fabrics to choose from. JoAnn Fabrics was having a decent sale on them, definitely a plus.

I have to say that while I was sewing this kitten I was wondering what on earth I was thinking. Making these with 16 children? Yeesh!

It will be a fun activity for the last week of school before winter break though.

Here is a link to Kathy's book in case you are interested in one.

www.amazon.com/Calico-Kittens-Kathy-
Verner-Moulton/dp/061545917X/ref=sr_1_
1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323648177&sr=8-1

  
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IDLETYME 12/13/2011 8:09AM

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful book and craft with us! emoticon emoticon

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PUDLECRAZY 12/12/2011 7:46PM

    LOL! My one little holdout decided to opt in when he figured out that he would have to do classwork instead of sitting doing nothing while the rest of us were working on our projects. Ah, the joy of natural consequences!

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IUHRYTR 12/12/2011 7:36PM

    Another clever and thoughtful idea, even for boys. D'oh. Bet they loved the challenge. -- Lou

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MAWRTIAN 12/12/2011 2:43PM

    Way cute! I love the craftyness and that the kids are so into it!! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 12/12/2011 1:17PM

    How cute! A great gift idea! emoticon emoticon

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BADASSBLONDIE 12/12/2011 12:42PM

    What a wonderful plan!!!

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MCGS62 12/12/2011 10:16AM

    cool! I'm already making candy for the nieces and nephews but I will forward the link to my niece in MD 15 is a good age for this hobby even without adult supervision--and it tweak my sister a bit which is what older brothers are for- right?


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MARY1313 12/12/2011 9:52AM

    Oh my that is so cute!!!! I know the kids are going to love them!

Mary

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/12/2011 9:14AM

    Wow, that is FANTASTIC!!! I wish you were MY children's teacher when they were that age! What experiences you're giving them! What a GIFT! Ah, this so touched my heart! Bless you, my friend! emoticon

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JLITT62 12/12/2011 5:31AM

    You are so creative! We never did such fun stuff when I was in school!

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KASEYCOFF 12/12/2011 2:57AM

    The kitten came out great - and what a terrific idea for a book! Your friend Kathy is wonderfully creative.

Here's one I'd completely forgotten about until reading your blog. When my son was in elementary school, this was one of his favorite books:

http://www.amazon.com
/Sam-Johnson-Blue-Ribbon-Quilt/
dp/0688115055/ref=sr_1_1?s=book
s&ie=UTF8&qid=1323676350&sr=1-1

You may already know of the book. If my son had had any qualms about boys sewing before then, after reading 'Sam's story' he didn't - he went on to make a quilted throw-pillow which won top prize at a Cub Scout auction.

I've added 'Calico Kittens' to MY wish list--!
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HICKOK-HALEY 12/12/2011 2:15AM

    What a wonderful Teacher you are. Your Kitten turned out adorable. I hope you get some pictures of the kids Kittens!

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JPONCIN 12/11/2011 9:30PM

    Those are so cute! I am in a quilting hiatus right now. I hope to get back to it when my kids are older and I'm not in school. I think making them with your class sounds wonderful. Good luck this week! :)

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WATERMELLEN 12/11/2011 8:49PM

    What a terrific idea!! That will be so much fun for the children . . . and for the lucky smaller children who receive them!

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DDOORN 12/11/2011 8:44PM

    Cute kitties, great projects! I like my snuggly real, live calico kitty best of all! :-)

Don

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0309COOKIE 12/11/2011 8:02PM

    That kitten is adorable! You come up with the greatest projects for the children. I hope they appreciate you as a teacher. You're the best.

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W82GOWHEE 12/11/2011 7:31PM

    I wanna be in your class! I'd make some for my cats LOL!

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CHALLENGER15 12/11/2011 7:22PM

    What a great project!

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Stress?? Uh huh, But Working on It.

Friday, December 09, 2011

As much as I try to keep my stress levels low, they tend to skyrocket this time of year. I have made many adjustments in my schedule to keep stress management strategies in place.

Here are some of the things I have been doing in terms of stress management.

emoticon Call me an ostrich, but I don't watch the news for now.

emoticon Yoga, meditation

emoticon Music

emoticon Acupuncture

emoticon Regular exercise

emoticon Cut back on work related responsibilities

emoticon Get enough sleep

(Do you like those pacifiers? emoticon)

But life interferes with unavoidable stressors anyway.

emoticon Taking my son back to the airport - I won't see him for another year probably.

emoticon My beloved aunt dying. She was like a mother to me.

emoticon Getting on the plane to Philly and back - MAJOR stress as I am terrified of flying.

emoticon Not having grieving time. Day after Yve died, I was back at work. The following week (this week) work, plus faculty mtg. plus board meeting, plus committee mtg. plus field trip.

emoticon A student who is having major meltdowns.

emoticon My dear friend who kicked back ovarian cancer last summer, has learned that it has returned.

emoticon My step daughter is in crisis with drug addictions.

Not easy stuff.

How I'm handling it:

emoticon I joined the Stress Buster Challenge Team.

emoticon Keeping a stress journal. This blog is actually an on-line entry for today.

emoticon Still trying to get in exercise. No less than 10,000 steps per day since I got back from Philly. 12,000 today, plus an hour of rollerblading, and including a walk in the snow with Stella.

emoticonI am planning another Lie-Low weekend. The plan is to get to Body Pump, which I have missed for a few weeks, pamper myself, play music, and take it easy.

emoticon Trying to stay on target with my original stress management program.

This evening after writing my blog, I plan to read, then play my guitar, then read a little more before bed.

I loved Dorrie in 'Finding Nemo.'

"Just keep swimming!"

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IUHRYTR 12/12/2011 7:38PM

    An overwhelming about of difficulties to deal with yet you have kept your perspective and sense of humor. Hoping things begin to lighten up for you. emoticon -- Lou

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BADASSBLONDIE 12/12/2011 12:44PM

    *hugshard* I feel ya on needing to bust some stress. *hugs*

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MARY1313 12/11/2011 3:05PM

    Yes, lots of hard things have happened this year for you! It is so important that you are doing this for yourself instead of letting the stress continue to build. Smart Cookie! But we already knew that.

Oh I hate that you won't get to see your Son for so long! Hugs!

Mary

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MAWRTIAN 12/10/2011 8:43PM

    Wow! Chris babe you have so much going on, and you still find time to lift all of us up too! I love how you have broken down the issues and the found the right steps to wellness. Even in your stress you are a remarkable motivator, now to blog myself!!

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PUDLECRAZY 12/10/2011 2:54PM

    Thank you for all of your comments and support. As Fifi and BD suggested, I have restocked my B vitamin complex supplements. They include some C as well. It is supposed to be a stress formula.

I have been enjoying putzing around in my slippers this afternoon. I ran some shopping errands in the morning, bought fresh organic veggies, fruit, barley, brown rice, etc. I popped a stew in the slow cooker and some beets in the oven to bake while I got calico kittens cut out to make for my granddaughters and washed and ironed fabric for my students to make calico kittens next week.

I know I said I was relaxing this weekend, so you may be raising your eyebrows and thinking, "LIAR!" right now. But actually, I enjoy both cooking and sewing. These are pleasant and meditative chores for me. I can't wait to see how the kittens turn out. I'll post pics when I have them sewn up.

Now, I'm taking a nap. Doesn't that sound cozy?

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FIFIFRIZZLE 12/10/2011 2:08PM

    So sorry about your extra stressors, isn't it always the way that it can't just be one thing. I like your plan. I'd add extra vit Bs as USMA suggests, and also extra C to stave off any opportunistic sickness.
I agree that exercise is important, but maybe right now is a time to ease up on the intensity? Long slow walks in the woods with Stella sound like just the ticket. Maybe your dear aunt will join you there?

And also, have you considered, I bet you haven't, being a bit slack at your job? emoticon
I know you have such high standards, and you are obviously a natural teacher, so I'm picking that easing up won't harm your students. and so what if it does? YOU have to come first.


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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/10/2011 8:43AM

    Chris, I like the way you think!

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BD3269PM 12/10/2011 7:52AM

    You have great ideas for controlling your stress. This time of year just adds stress to all of us--on top of a full plate already. Take the time to take care of yourself. Enjoy your weekend. emoticon

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DDOORN 12/10/2011 7:33AM

    A WAY too full plate...ugh!

Super tips, though...especially recharging on the weekends and keeping things as undemanding as life will allow!

Hang in there and let's Get Through December:

http://youtu.be/Pk
iP7y0fauk

Don

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PENNYAN45 12/9/2011 11:36PM

    You have a lot that you are dealing with -- on top of the usual high performance that you give on your job.

Your stress busters sound good.

Take really good care of yourself.


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LMB-ESQ 12/9/2011 11:32PM

    Thanks for sharing! It's hard enough when you know it's coming and you can prepare for it. It's the ones that come and kick you in the teeth that are the worst to deal with! Keeping these coping strategies at hand and making them habit is what really helps.

I like your "just keep swimming." (I like Dorrie too :-) ) When people ask me, "what are you going to do?" my response is always the same. "What else is there to do? I'll do what's necessary. And live my life."

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W82GOWHEE 12/9/2011 9:32PM

    Great strategies--thanks for sharing. And remember that sometimes we can get too much of even the good things. Take care of you Friend!

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WATERMELLEN 12/9/2011 8:13PM

    These are hugely practical strategies and it's so helpful to me to know how you do it. So: thank you. I'm gonna try a few of these and tweak a few more!!

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USMAWIFE 12/9/2011 7:07PM

    sleep is a great thing. Add in some B6 stress formula. They help the body also.

How is the acupunture working

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TRULYVISIBLE 12/9/2011 7:01PM

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0309COOKIE 12/9/2011 6:25PM

    Wow, you are really goal oriented towards addressing your stress. Good for you!

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VALERIEMAHA 12/9/2011 6:19PM

    You AMAZE me Chris!
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Maha

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LOLAE2 12/9/2011 6:16PM

    Thank you for sharing. It is amazing what people can live handle. That which does not kill us will only make us stronger. Stay well. emoticon

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