Day 23–Skipper

No idea why I didn’t post yesterday. Thought about it last night and then didn’t realize I’d forgotten until this evening. Yesterday was even a good day too…had some fun at school, met the ladies that run Mystic Dessert Bar, ate really well. Just never got around to it. Oh well.

Today was the last day of Elementary. No more carpool, no more morning announcements, no more lunch duty, but also no more sweet kids and great parents. I’ll enjoy having some free time, but I’ll definitely miss being around them every week. It’s always weird for me when Elementary ends, because I still have class tomorrow, Finals next week, and summer work to do. So they’re all excited about the “end of school” and I can’t relate to that at all anymore. Today was also strange weather, my dad was in town for a meeting but we didn’t have a chance to see him, Declan is transitioning into an older class at school, and this morning there was a brief period of time where I think I was in charge. But we all survived…so hooray!

I also didn’t eat exceptionally well. Whoops.

Breakfast–Chick Fil A chicken minis to celebrate the aforementioned “end of school.” I also got a lemonade because I’m an idiot with short term memory issues, apparently.

Lunch–I drank the rest of my Multi-V juice, and it actually tided me over almost until dinner. So good work Cherry Goodness!

Snack–Since I’d already doubled my recommended sugar intake by 4 today, my snack was a couple of pieces of watermelon. Still sugary, but it’s fruit so it’s okay?

Dinner–Hot dogs for the wifey. I had three dogs and sautéed onions and peppers. This pushed me over my calorie limit, but it also filled me up where I didn’t eat junk all night.

Last day of Secondary tomorrow before finals, and homemade ice cream for our gala auction winners. Hooray for ice cream!

Have a good one.


Day 21–Pool Party

Texas weather report for today: It. Was. HOT.

I’m extremely glad I only have to do one more day of carpool. The hell fires of Texas Summer’s have held off until now, so I only have to sweat through one more afternoon. The good thing about the heat is that, for once, I have a reason to be outside after school. This means I’m motivated to find good things to do while outside. And so, we introduced Declan to the kiddie pool.

I wish I could bottle the sounds of joy he made and sell them. I’d be a billionaire. We stayed out there for about an hour, and he kicked, danced, sat, splashed, drove his toy car, blew bubbles…everything. He did everything. And it was glorious to watch him be so happy. Of course, I got in there with him (because why not?) and then he started climbing all over me and we wrestled and splashed each other and laughed and played and man I love that little boy. Can’t wait to do it again tomorrow!

Breakfast–A container of Cherry Orchard Yoplait. I could have sworn I ate something else, but I don’t remember and didn’t log it. I did, however, eat a container of blackberries throughout the day, so maybe that’s what I’m thinking of.

Lunch–Popeye’s, because fried chicken is just too darn good. Spicy tenders and fries…surprisingly, as I’ve said before, a lot of protein without a huge calorie hit.

Dinner–Two breakfast sandwiches. Toasted bread, eggs over hard, and oven roasted bacon. 

Continuing the saga of Kuzco tomorrow in class, and we get to yell at the 7th graders. 

And the interview went well! I hope I didn’t scare her off.

Have a good one.

Day 20–New Groove

First and foremost, thank you to everyone who commented, texted, found me in person, or privately prayed for me. Yesterday was a much, much better day, and I know it wasn’t solely through the power of positive thinking. I appreciate the help and support.

I think watching The Emperor’s New Groove makes any day better. Last year I was flabbergasted to find out that some, if not most, of my 8th graders had never seen that movie. As it currently stands as the funniest Disney movie, this was an injustice that could not persist. Therefore its my new tradition to show ENG during Dead Week after we study for the day. It definitely had the desired effect: the kids that haven’t seen it were enraptured, and even those who are “too cool” for Disney movies (newsflash: NOT A THING. You are never too cool for Disney) eventually found themselves sucked in. It’s brilliant! Brilliant I tell you!

I definitely know what it feels like to have one’s groove thrown off (#BewareTheGroove), but its interesting to consciously work on getting it back on track. Making good choices, not only for my physical health but mental health, is a time consuming but rewarding task. And yes, its only been one day. But one is better than nothing!

We also planted more stuff in our backyard. A mosquito repellant and some herbs around the lemon tree. So I’ll provide updates as they come.

Breakfast–Two Eggo Cinnamon Toast Waffles. Underrated product right there, even if its not the healthiest of choices. Although, oddly, two Eggos usually have fewer calories than two slices of bread, obviously depending on the Eggo and the bread.

Lunch–SOLIZ!! The ultimate Casa de tacos. Three chorizo and potato burritos and some guac. Its not La Popular…but its pretty darn close.

Dinner–After the planting of the herbs, I used some of the fresh basil and lemon basil in a quick pasta dish. Whole wheat spaghetti, some caramelized onion, butter beans, the aforementioned herbs, and garlic. Good stuff.

I get to be the interviewer in a job interview today. What has this world come to?

Have a good one.

Day 19–Depressed

I think I suffer from depression. I don’t know if it’s related to stress, different diet, to electronics use, to barometric pressure, to unfulfilled wanderlust…it could be any of a hundred different things. A lot of people at school have asked me over the last week or so if I’m okay after seeing me at my desk or in the halls, and honestly? I don’t know. I mentally feel foggy, I physically feel fine, and I guess I emotionally feel numb. So if you’ve had an interaction with me in the last week or two and came away from it offended or feeling like my mind wasn’t really in it, I apologize for the offense and you’re probably right. 

Not your typical Mother’s Day post eh? I will readily admit I messed up Mother’s Day. I think, or at least I hope, Abby had a great time with Declan. They laughed, they played, they spent a LOT of time together, which is what she misses out on the most over the week at work. I, on the other hand, made a mess of things by not being able to keep my mouth shut and because my attitude has been terrible. It’s one thing for me to be miserable, but another thing entirely when I start adversely affecting others. So again, to Abby and to everyone else, I’m sorry.

I’m working on it.
Breakfast–A cup of juice before church and a couple of slices of banana bread at church.

Lunch–Bombay Pizza. We found the one restaurant on Mother’s Day with no crowd. As in, we were the only ones in the place for 3/4ths of our meal. I had a small Slumdog pizza–thin crust, pepperoni, chicken, ham, chorizo, sausage, red onion, and jalapeños. I also ate some of Declan’s sweet potato fries, because…well, they’re sweet potato fries.

Dinner–Here would be where the wheels fell off. I ended up having two PB&J sandwiches because it was a horrible evening.

So if you see Abby this week, please help make up for my mistakes by being extra nice to her. And if you see me this week and I seem off, say a little silent prayer for me. 

Have a good one.

Day 18–Boys of Summer

I have this lemon tree that I bought on a whim last summer sitting in our backyard. In theory, it will give me wonderful citrus that I’ll use in all my dishes and make lemonade and lemon bars and everyone will happy. In practice, it’s had a rough life so far. I bought it shortly before the Memorial Day floods last year, so it drowned, and then it suffered through the relative drought that followed. Basically, I soaked it in water, then let it dry out for a very long time. Against all odds though, it’s still alive, and still producing flowers, but no fruit.

In an effort to change that, while Declan and I were running around in the backyard, I decided to plant it near our back fence to get more nutrients and more sun. Unbeknownst to me, our lawn is apparently bulletproof. At one point I was using the shovel like an axe to try to hack through the turf, and having zero success. Thankfully my brilliant wife was home and she suggested soaking the lawn to try to loosen it up a bit. This ended up serving two purposes: One, I finally got the turf up, the clay/dirt moved, and the tree planted, and Two, Declan got to play with the hose.

I think it’s a rite of passage to play in the hose during summer. It must be done. So when I was watering, Declan kept creeping closer and closer to me, until finally he walked straight into the path of the water, where he proceeded to clap and yell and splash and giggle and have an amazing time. The pictures are unreal…it’s an image of pure joy. After I was done with the hose, he picked it up and carried it around the backyard so he could play with it more. By the end, the tree was planted and he was very cold, very wet, very tired, and very happy. A good day indeed.

Breakfast–I’ve been trying to up my fiber intake, so I drank two cups of Bolthouse Farms Multi-V Cherry Goodness. There’s a lot of sugar, but more than 100% of the RDA for fiber. Thankfully, as I said above, I moved around a lot today so the sugar didn’t matter too much.

Lunch–Chick Fil A, spicy chicken sandwich and superfood side. We went to REI to exchange some stuff, and while there we had a bit of a diaper incident with no spares. My fault for not checking the stock before we left. It threw off my lunch plans a bit, so Chick Fil A was the default.

Dinner–A bit of a hodgepodge here. I had the rest of the bottle of juice from above, and half an apple with some peanut butter. ‘Twas very very good. We also (finally) watched the Sherlock Christmas special. It was super weird, kind of slow, but I appreciated the idea, the easter eggs, and the setup for the next season. And more Moriarty is always a good thing.

Mother’s Day tomorrow. Thankfully I have a close association with four of the best: My own mother, my sister, my mother-in-law, and of course, Abby. Watching her play with Declan is almost a Mother’s Day present for me…it makes my heart happy.

Have a good one.

Day 17–Tom Haverford

I have a bad tendency to medicate with food. Rough day? Eat something ridiculous. Great day? Celebrate with food! Stressed? Cope with food! Survived a really weird week AND have dinner with friends? #TreatYoSelf.

It’s not a healthy habit, and it’s certainly not a great idea when I have to fit into a suit for graduation. (Yeah, that was a fun surprise…I get to be on stage for graduation this year. That’s going to cut down on my fidgeting and my snarky comments drastically.) One of the hardest parts of this, and one of the most difficult times to exercise willpower, is whenever things just don’t go smoothly. So I had two “doses of medication” today…one planned, and one not. Guess which one got me in trouble?

Breakfast–Two blueberry Eggos. It’s too easy to do this for me to change to anything else. 

Lunch–Here’s the planned deviation. Fat Bao is just ridiculously good, and I wanted something that was kind of a luxury, so I went with the bulgogi fat fries and some avocado chips. Side note: It’s hard to track calories at local restaurants with no nutrition info. Kinda have to just make stuff up as I go.

Dinner–Zoe’s Kitchen with Griffin and Lisa. There’s a small chance Declan likes Griffin more than me…not quite sure what’s going on there. But anything that makes my boy happy, makes me happy. I had the steak kabobs with the grilled potatoes and roasted vegetables.

Dessert–Unplanned deviation! We went for a walk around Town Center (good thing) and unfortunately made our way to Ben & Jerry’s (bad thing). I had a small cup with Phish Food and chocolate peanut butter swirl. It was so so good…and so so not in the calorie plan for today. Or the sugar plan. Or the fat plan. So whoops.

I’m thinking Dex and I will head to REI tomorrow to return some shirts I got and don’t like. So that’ll be…interesting.

Have a good one.

Day 16–Cloned

Thursday was better than Wednesday. Thank the Lord.

I was actually able to accomplish some things, and we didn’t really have any huge incidents at school. Those poor elementary kids are two days from freedom now, so I don’t blame them for being a bit insane. I just appreciate that they seem to be able to rein in the crazy when needed.

I was also paid a massive, massive compliment by a parent today. She came and found me during carpool to tell me how much her son enjoys my class, which in itself is not uncommon. My class is equal parts interesting, hilarious, and relaxing if I’m on my game, so most kids enjoy it. (Whether or not they learn science is probably debatable, but I also tell them the first day of class that’s not my top goal, so there you go.) No, the compliment came towards the end of our chat when she said “I think education needs to clone guys like you.”

Now, my first reaction there was self-deprecation, because that’s what I do. It was honest though, in that I think my parents, wife, sister, and friends would all run screaming into the hills if there was more than one of me. Heck, I think I’d run screaming if there was more than one of me. That’s horrifying.

It doesn’t change the fact that, after yesterday’s hot mess, I badly needed a shot in the arm to get me through the last week and a half, and being told in complete sincerity that the world would be a better place with more than one of me is pretty high praise. So thank you…I really needed that.

Breakfast–Two regular Eggos with peanut butter. Declan decided to bail out of his chair during breakfast this morning and hit the tile with a sickening thud, so that put a damper on the morning. Thankfully he’s fine with nary a bruise on him, but my heart skipped a beat or two there. Silly little man.

Snack–Fiber One bar. MyFitnessPal lets me check nutrients as well, and I’ve been badly lacking on fiber recently. Therefore today was “Eat Fiber/Drink Water” day. Successful…I may not have hit the recommended 8 glasses of water, but I got close. And I hit my fiber goal.

Lunch–Potbelly sandwiches. Had a clubby with no cheese and no dressing, and I didn’t even need to eat the chips the lady was nice enough to give me for free. I resisted chips. This is huge.

Dinner–Chipotle after Abby returned from prenatal yoga. I had a chicken burrito bowl with brown rice, black beans, red peppers and onions, lettuce, guac, corn, and medium salsa. And it was awesome. (Resisted chips here too. Abby got some and I stayed away. Boom.)

The scale tonight, after eating all day, showed me a number in the 250’s. So yeah…it was a good day. And as for tomorrow…

Have a good one.