The first full week of January is almost over and again I find myself asking, where has the time gone! I will admit I have been enjoying sleeping in, relaxing and not having a real schedule keep but that will soon change.
This last week I have finished settling in at my brother’s house, explored Crystal Lake a little (a nice walk on main street when the weather turns warmer is in order), realized that World Market and Boarders are next to each other and a Barnes and Noble is just down the street, There are two Thai restaurants within a mile of each other, Trader Joe is less than a 15 minute drive away (with a good powered chai to boot!), there is a Whole Food Palatine where I am student teaching for my first eight weeks and apparently there is several Great Harvest Bread Co. within an hour drive (never been to one but have heard great things)!
Needless to say, that alone has made me love the suburbs. The down side to the suburbs that I have experienced this week is the traffic and the high gas prices!
Here is a recap of my week.
Monday I ventured out on my own on a mission to explore. I found my way downtown to the train station but decided it was too cold to stop and walk. A stop to World Market, Kohls and Target left me with a delicious drink and a few new picture frames for the new pictures I have of A, C and E.
Tuesday I attended my first student teaching seminar and received some new information and packets for my mentor teachers. After making it back for supper, I went to Harvest Church (my brother’s church in Crystal Lake) and attended their young adult small group. I really enjoyed being with people around my own age and digging into scripture. It was a great reminder for me to stop slacking on my personal Bible reading and spiritual growth. I look forward to making this apart of my weekly schedule.
Wednesday I practiced waking up a little earlier so that my body would not go into complete shock when I start student teaching and also to give me more time to read “The Other Queen” by Philipa Gregory. This is the second book I read by Gregory and have enjoyed her writing and perspective on historical events. I think some lighter fiction reading is in order next
Mid-morning I met M at the church and we headed to Whole Foods. I loved the smell, the look and the variety of healthy options! A little expensive on some items but for what they stand for I am willing to spend a little extra on something I know is better for me. On the way, we stopped at Chipotle and got a quick bite to eat. So much flavor! I should have saved some for latter but I find it hard to stop eating good Mexican food The chicken was spicy, the rice had the perfect blend of lime and the heaping mound of guacamole satisfied me completely *sigh* I appreciate that they try to use local ingredients and healthier food options and sources.
I was thankful I was full going into Whole Foods otherwise I might have bough more than I needed. While there, I picked up shampoo and what I thought was conditioner (turns out I bought two shampoos!) and then two jars of Peanut Butter & Co. goodness. I bought one that had before: White Chocolate Wonderful and then a new one that I have never seen before: Cinnamon Raisin Swirl. I am looking forward to trying the latter on my morning oatmeal soon.
We picked up some parsnips with the goal to make fries for supper. Results? Let’s put it this way, my niece decided to eat green beans (which she dislikes) instead of parsnip fries for her vegetable. They were not terrible but there was something about the taste that wasn’t right. They were soft on the inside like a fresh fry but they were also a little chewy. Maybe I needed to cook them longer or cut them differently… After this first try, I am thinking that sweet potato fries are the fry of choice for me. It doesn’t hurt to try
Wednesday night I went to bed early because an early morning awaiting me Thursday. Since I did not have the chance to observe my elementary mentor teacher when I met her, I schedule a day long observation for today. This meant that I had to be on the road between 6:30 and 6:45 in the morning since I did not know what to expect with morning traffic. Traffic was not bad and I made it to school with thirty minutes to spare which was nice but I could have used some coffee. My morning chai and oatmeal in a jar were not helping my weary eyes.
Thursday is the fullest class day which is why I picked it but observing left me tired by the end of the day. I think morning coffee on Thursday’s or some sort of pick me up is going to be needed in the future. On the way home I stopped at a Starbucks and picked up a tall vanilla late that hit the spot. It gave me the needed energy to get home and finish out the day without a crash and burn.
(I am looking forward to seeing this area with color this spring!)
(Thank you Mom and Dad and W & M for the gift cards! They will come in very handy the next couple of weeks)
Today I plan to take it easy and finish a few crochet projects, read, do a little yoga (maybe try a new routine), clean up around the house, and work on my blog a little bit.
I have been trying to figure out how to to make my rss feed into a box and add a box to my Facebook page for my blog. Any ideas of how to do this? I am not a techie by any means and my few attempts have left me befuddled.
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