1. Reading Rachel’s book, MWF Seeking BFF, has inspired me to explore my city. In the book, Rachel goes on 52 friend dates in order to find a best friend in her new city (Chicago), and not surprisingly, she has to explore her city and all that it has to offer in order to keep the dates interesting. Although I don’t live in Chicago — I live in a suburb containing a whopping 21,000 people — I do live right outside of Indianapolis, and it has more to offer than you’d think. After doing some research — exploring blogs, Twitter, and local magazines — I have realized that I’ve really been missing out! Apparently, Indianapolis has 11 yoga studios, a plethora of restaurants that I’ve never heard of, cafes that offer coffee and painting classes, and even a Lululemon (not like I can afford it, but apparently one just opened up). I really need to get out of my small town and explore the city more often!
2. I’m so, so, so, so glad that it’s Friday. This week felt like the longest week ever. The first week back after vacation is always the hardest, right?
3. After being in a cooking rut for most of the winter, I finally have the motivation to experiment in the kitchen again! I tried two new recipes this week, and they did not disappoint.
Jessica’s Crunchy Buffalo Chicken Salad with Bacon and Spicy Ranch (to make this a little healthier, I added extra veggies, and I used light dressing, but not as much as the recipe called for)
Jenna’s Rice and Bean Casserole with Guacamole (this is going to become a regular in our dinner rotation — it’s so easy and cheap to make!)
4. My next half marathon is three weeks from tomorrow. Three weeks! I haven’t been following my training plan as much as I should, but I also haven’t missed a long run yet. My goal is to get up to 10 miles (I’m at 7 miles right now) before I start tapering.
5. April showers have officially made their way to Indiana. I forgot how much the rain affects me — all I wanted to do was sleep yesterday. It’s just as gloomy today, so I’m hoping that my morning coffee helps!
6. I had a giant spider in my classroom yesterday. I’m talking the kind that you’d normally only see in your basement — the kind that is too big to crawl up the wall. Since I hate spiders, I left it in the room until I brought in a group of boys to work on math — I showed them the spider and they were more than happy to kill it for me. The boys are 7-years-old. I’m a baby.
7. This weekend’s plans include a date night with Jordan, a long run, lots of cleaning and organizing, and a little celebrating. We have some exciting news, but I’ll fill you in next week .
Have a great weekend!