That's mine, thank you.

Today was another good, busy day at work. Friday five? 
Third graders=attack hugs. They make me feel special so I don’t mind some of them nearly knocking me over or squeezing the breath out of me with their pint-size strength. 
Its a step back week for marathon training. ‘Just’ 7 miles, I thought. However, my allergies and accompanying congestion knocked me on my ass today. I even laid down on my principal’s office floor, if that tells you anything. 
Instead of running, I went grocery shopping. How exciting. 
And then I made myself a delicious dinner of onion rings and a portobello beer burger (although I used gorgonzola because that’s what I had in the fridge). 
And now I’m starting a rewatch of North & South (think Pride & Prejudice with issues of class and politics), because I hear that’s what the cool kids do before they take more Mucinex and go to bed early. 
Let’s hope I feel better tomorrow so I can make Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes and Honey Bourbon Cupcakes as planned. Oh…and so I can run those 7 miles…I guess. 

Today was another good, busy day at work. Friday five? 

  1. Third graders=attack hugs. They make me feel special so I don’t mind some of them nearly knocking me over or squeezing the breath out of me with their pint-size strength. 
  2. Its a step back week for marathon training. ‘Just’ 7 miles, I thought. However, my allergies and accompanying congestion knocked me on my ass today. I even laid down on my principal’s office floor, if that tells you anything. 
  3. Instead of running, I went grocery shopping. How exciting. 
  4. And then I made myself a delicious dinner of onion rings and a portobello beer burger (although I used gorgonzola because that’s what I had in the fridge). 
  5. And now I’m starting a rewatch of North & South (think Pride & Prejudice with issues of class and politics), because I hear that’s what the cool kids do before they take more Mucinex and go to bed early. 

Let’s hope I feel better tomorrow so I can make Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes and Honey Bourbon Cupcakes as planned. Oh…and so I can run those 7 miles…I guess. 

Today has been a good day despite all the sneezing and only being ale to breathe out of one nostril.

  • REST DAY.
  • All the joy. If you follow me on Instagram (rykeser) or Twitter (KeserBlazer), you already know that I bought a plane ticket to see my bestie for her birthday. There aren’t words to express how much joy this brings me! LA here I come (again).
  • That time my heart melted. I went to the other campus to meet with the other grade level that I now work with. My former students LOST THEIR MINDS. One of them saw me through the window, word spread like wildfire in the room, and after just a second I could hear them screaming and shouting my name through a closed door. 
  • I’m also really excited about working with their teachers. 
  • Proud “Mama” Moment. We had a consultant come out and talk to my 2nd grade teachers to answer questions and help them work through some stuff. They WOWed the trainer with their knowledge AND said trainer was one of my high school english teachers! The world is small. I was beaming by the end because of what my teachers and I brought to the table. 
  • Chipotle and Captain America: Winter Soldier to celebrate this rest day. 
  • Currently giving myself a “Frozen” manicure because I have to be ready to dress up like Elsa for the niece’s party on Sunday!

Well done, Thursday. Well done.

I give you this gif in honor of The Mindy Project coming back and because I sent this gif to amft earlier to convince her of Mindy Kaling’s awesomeness.
Related, I’m over this week. Mentally, physically done. My legs are tired and I am so drained mentally/emotionally.
Work things: My workload is getting a bit cray. I took on an additional grade level to help out another instructional coach, which is really exciting because I get to keep an eye on/hug/visit my former students. However, adding this to my group of teachers which is larger than last year…OY. 
But - I’m really excited about this year and that wasn’t true a week or so ago. I’m pushing myself to grow. I’m implementing new things. I’m either going to love or hate this job at the end of the year, but I’ll have given it my 110%. 
Fitness things: 3 treadmill miles tonight plus shoulders and back.
Food things: I just want to bake everything right now. But, you know. Time and calories and whatnot. 
TOMORROW IS A REST DAY. I’m going to try to find a Redbox copy of Winter Soldier to celebrate.
P.S. Tumblr text messages and Snaps are the best. Seriously, they’ve made my day.

I give you this gif in honor of The Mindy Project coming back and because I sent this gif to amft earlier to convince her of Mindy Kaling’s awesomeness.

Related, I’m over this week. Mentally, physically done. My legs are tired and I am so drained mentally/emotionally.

Work things: My workload is getting a bit cray. I took on an additional grade level to help out another instructional coach, which is really exciting because I get to keep an eye on/hug/visit my former students. However, adding this to my group of teachers which is larger than last year…OY. 

But - I’m really excited about this year and that wasn’t true a week or so ago. I’m pushing myself to grow. I’m implementing new things. I’m either going to love or hate this job at the end of the year, but I’ll have given it my 110%. 

Fitness things: 3 treadmill miles tonight plus shoulders and back.

Food things: I just want to bake everything right now. But, you know. Time and calories and whatnot. 

TOMORROW IS A REST DAY. I’m going to try to find a Redbox copy of Winter Soldier to celebrate.

P.S. Tumblr text messages and Snaps are the best. Seriously, they’ve made my day.

Tuesday things: 

  • Our teachers give Jimmy John’s so much business, they dropped off a few boxes of free mini sandwiches. I never order from there, but after having a mini #1 (turkey) and #6 (veggie), I’ll have to reevaluate. 
  • I seem to be coming down with something. All the vitamin C, please. One smoothie today. One tomorrow.
  • 5 miles dreaded. 5 miles completed. Still did not feel better mentally or physically after said miles, but I’m glad they’re done. 
  • Developed a hole in my sock while running. Now I have a blood blister (AKA things you can only SnapChat your sister about). 
  • A pre-k teacher quit today. Let’s talk about things that won’t make me think highly of you - quitting on a class full of 4 year olds. 
  • Police officers at school are never good unless invited. They weren’t invited. 
  • I was SO productive at school today and I’m one part excited, one part completely overwhelmed by the upcoming calendar and projects I’ve proposed. However, I think it’ll be good for the teachers and, in turn, good for the kiddos. That’s what its about.
  • I’m excited for fall television, but being able to get sucked into so many different series on Netflix has been nice. Currently watching: The Writer’s Room (the first ep is with the writers of Breaking Bad - swoooooon) and West Wing. 
  • Daisy print dress makes me think of the ray of sunshine that is fromlazytolively. Also, daisies are my favorite flower. 

Tuesday was a doozy. There are a shit ton of meetings and three miles standing between me and a rest day. Can.Not.Wait.

She looks mean, but, y’all, she’s actually sitting behind me patting me on the shoulder and purring. <3
I’ve eaten entirely too much popcorn lately, but other than that my eating has been pretty good and I’ve been getting in my miles. 3 miles on VERY tired legs and a short arm/ab session.
My legs were in such rough shape that I actually stopped at a quarter mile thinking I would quit. Then I thought, “Get your shit together, Ryan. You’re dressed. You’ve already started. JUST DO IT.” So I did. It wasn’t terrible. 
Eating well and consistently working out allows me to brush off conversations like this one: 

Child: What are your children’s names? 
Me: I don’t have any children. 
Child: *looks me up and down with her sweet brown eyes* Are you sure? 
Me: Am I sure? Yes. I’m sure I don’t have children.
Child: *Stares at me blankly.*
Me: *Look down at my belly* Yes. Definitely no children. 
Child: *Eyeballs me suspiciously.*

I actually laughed as this was happening and afterwards for awhile. Meh well. Sometimes (often times) 4 year olds are crazy. 

She looks mean, but, y’all, she’s actually sitting behind me patting me on the shoulder and purring. <3

I’ve eaten entirely too much popcorn lately, but other than that my eating has been pretty good and I’ve been getting in my miles. 3 miles on VERY tired legs and a short arm/ab session.

My legs were in such rough shape that I actually stopped at a quarter mile thinking I would quit. Then I thought, “Get your shit together, Ryan. You’re dressed. You’ve already started. JUST DO IT.” So I did. It wasn’t terrible. 

Eating well and consistently working out allows me to brush off conversations like this one: 

Child: What are your children’s names? 

Me: I don’t have any children. 

Child: *looks me up and down with her sweet brown eyes* Are you sure? 

Me: Am I sure? Yes. I’m sure I don’t have children.

Child: *Stares at me blankly.*

Me: *Look down at my belly* Yes. Definitely no children. 

Child: *Eyeballs me suspiciously.*

I actually laughed as this was happening and afterwards for awhile. Meh well. Sometimes (often times) 4 year olds are crazy. 

This weekend has been a crazy whirlwind. 
Friday: 
Back to School Dance. So much &#8220;dancing&#8221; (jumping up and down to the beat, usually while in a circle) with the kiddos. One of our new 1st grade girls is a little awkward and said she wasn&#8217;t going to dance although she wanted to. We fixed that real quick. An hour and a half later, my feet hurt but she gave me the biggest hug ever when she left with her mom so it was totally worth it. 
Watched Day of the Doctor with a certain nerd. Ugh. Its so good. I was so giddy. 
Saturday: 
Family time that included GPS issues, a soccer game, tacos, and coffee. 
Fastest shopping trip ever with my sister which yielded an early birthday present for her and finally using store credit I had for a couple of things I needed. When using store credit, it feels like all my purchases are freeeee. 
A night out with Ellen! Which included seeing Aziz Ansari! He was funny&#8230;but seemed a little bit angrier than his previous stand up routines I&#8217;ve seen. Still laughed and would do it all over again. 
Sunday: 
Marinating chicken. 
10 moderately painful miles on very sore/tired legs (see: Friday). 
Terrible stomach issues again. Spent three hours trying to recover/deal with said issues and eat food because the hunger pains were so severe. 
Scrubbed my apartment. Like baseboards, cabinets, dusted the fan, etc. A clean home makes me happy. 
Treated myself to some TCBY. I ordered one scoop of mint chocolate chunk on a cone. What they gave me was a massive cone with two scoops. In the interest of moderation, this seemed like a bad thing, but free ice cream is free ice cream so I&#8217;m calling it a win. 
And I&#8217;m endlessly behind on my dashboard. I&#8217;ll never catch up, so I&#8217;m not even going to try. 
Can I have a day to recover from this weekend?

This weekend has been a crazy whirlwind. 

Friday: 

  • Back to School Dance. So much “dancing” (jumping up and down to the beat, usually while in a circle) with the kiddos. One of our new 1st grade girls is a little awkward and said she wasn’t going to dance although she wanted to. We fixed that real quick. An hour and a half later, my feet hurt but she gave me the biggest hug ever when she left with her mom so it was totally worth it. 
  • Watched Day of the Doctor with a certain nerd. Ugh. Its so good. I was so giddy. 

Saturday: 

  • Family time that included GPS issues, a soccer game, tacos, and coffee. 
  • Fastest shopping trip ever with my sister which yielded an early birthday present for her and finally using store credit I had for a couple of things I needed. When using store credit, it feels like all my purchases are freeeee. 
  • A night out with Ellen! Which included seeing Aziz Ansari! He was funny…but seemed a little bit angrier than his previous stand up routines I’ve seen. Still laughed and would do it all over again. 

Sunday: 

  • Marinating chicken. 
  • 10 moderately painful miles on very sore/tired legs (see: Friday). 
  • Terrible stomach issues again. Spent three hours trying to recover/deal with said issues and eat food because the hunger pains were so severe. 
  • Scrubbed my apartment. Like baseboards, cabinets, dusted the fan, etc. A clean home makes me happy. 
  • Treated myself to some TCBY. I ordered one scoop of mint chocolate chunk on a cone. What they gave me was a massive cone with two scoops. In the interest of moderation, this seemed like a bad thing, but free ice cream is free ice cream so I’m calling it a win. 

And I’m endlessly behind on my dashboard. I’ll never catch up, so I’m not even going to try. 

Can I have a day to recover from this weekend?

+/-
+ I got a new office today!
- No windows. No natural light. What you see behind me is a set of doors that leads to the conference room. They&#8217;re blocked by a shelf on the other side. So glam. 
+ The office is MINE AND MINE ALONE. Am I a grown up now? I&#8217;ve ordered furniture and I accidentally recruited others to help me convince my principal to let me paint. Dirt brown is not my favorite wall color.
- Allergies. Are. A. Bitch. Sinus headache turned migraine that has lingered all day (that smile is totally forced). 
- Stomach has been all kinds of wonky lately. Running sometimes upsets my stomach, but I&#8217;m starting to think its also related to  allergies/drainage. I simultaneously want to live in the bathroom forever and am stupid hungry. Thanks bod. 
+ Awesome feedback from more teachers today about yesterday&#8217;s training!!!! 
+/- I haven&#8217;t lifted at all this week, but I&#8217;ve gotten my miles in. I miss being in the weight room because of the camaraderie. I&#8217;ve been completely exhausted this week so I&#8217;m glad I haven&#8217;t pooped out on running.
+ Ellen and I scored a SWEET Groupon for tickets to see Aziz Ansari. I&#8217;m going to laugh so hard I cry on Saturday. 

+/-

+ I got a new office today!

- No windows. No natural light. What you see behind me is a set of doors that leads to the conference room. They’re blocked by a shelf on the other side. So glam. 

+ The office is MINE AND MINE ALONE. Am I a grown up now? I’ve ordered furniture and I accidentally recruited others to help me convince my principal to let me paint. Dirt brown is not my favorite wall color.

- Allergies. Are. A. Bitch. Sinus headache turned migraine that has lingered all day (that smile is totally forced). 

- Stomach has been all kinds of wonky lately. Running sometimes upsets my stomach, but I’m starting to think its also related to  allergies/drainage. I simultaneously want to live in the bathroom forever and am stupid hungry. Thanks bod. 

+ Awesome feedback from more teachers today about yesterday’s training!!!! 

+/- I haven’t lifted at all this week, but I’ve gotten my miles in. I miss being in the weight room because of the camaraderie. I’ve been completely exhausted this week so I’m glad I haven’t pooped out on running.

+ Ellen and I scored a SWEET Groupon for tickets to see Aziz Ansari. I’m going to laugh so hard I cry on Saturday. 

I&#8217;m not much for horoscopes and don&#8217;t read them very often. But oy. This one. Want to know about my week, y&#8217;all? There it is. 
I wanted to moan about the crap from today, but, honestly, there were some real high points and I&#8217;d rather just leave those here: 
A teacher bought me a new nail polish. A small, thoughtful gesture because I complimented her on the color previously and because I rarely go a day with bare nails. Its the little things. 
Lots of lightbulb and aha! moments for teachers in training today. Staying late yesterday really paid off.
I got up on time today! Always a struggle. 
Today was a half day for students which means pep rally day for us. At a pep rally on our other campus, a teacher asked the kiddos what colleges they knew about. One of the 3rd graders raised her hand and said she knew about Mizzou because she was in Ms. Keser&#8217;s class. Heart melted. Brainwashing success! If it tells you how emotionally exhausted I&#8217;ve been lately, I nearly cried telling my mom about this on the phone. 
A teacher asked me about marathon training today. I proudly told her it was going well and I haven&#8217;t missed a single run. I know I&#8217;m not that far into it yet, but this is an accomplishment for me. 
Follow up discussion about training led to talk about weight loss. Another teacher said, &#8220;Why do you want to lose weight? You&#8217;re already small!&#8221; Hahahahahhaha. Perspective. While I might not agree, it&#8217;s still nice to hear.
I had a serious case of the IDON&#8217;TWANNAS in reference to running today. But I took a dose of GETTHEFUCKOVERIT and just ran my 5 miles. Shocker: I felt more energized, clear headed, and happier afterwards. 
I bought the ingredients to make Honey Bourbon Cupcakes today, but someone needs to hurry up and tell me when we&#8217;re hanging out next so I can make them as a housewarming gift. Which means he&#8217;ll have to let me eat one, right?

I’m not much for horoscopes and don’t read them very often. But oy. This one. Want to know about my week, y’all? There it is. 

I wanted to moan about the crap from today, but, honestly, there were some real high points and I’d rather just leave those here: 

  • A teacher bought me a new nail polish. A small, thoughtful gesture because I complimented her on the color previously and because I rarely go a day with bare nails. Its the little things. 
  • Lots of lightbulb and aha! moments for teachers in training today. Staying late yesterday really paid off.
  • I got up on time today! Always a struggle. 
  • Today was a half day for students which means pep rally day for us. At a pep rally on our other campus, a teacher asked the kiddos what colleges they knew about. One of the 3rd graders raised her hand and said she knew about Mizzou because she was in Ms. Keser’s class. Heart melted. Brainwashing success! If it tells you how emotionally exhausted I’ve been lately, I nearly cried telling my mom about this on the phone. 
  • A teacher asked me about marathon training today. I proudly told her it was going well and I haven’t missed a single run. I know I’m not that far into it yet, but this is an accomplishment for me. 
  • Follow up discussion about training led to talk about weight loss. Another teacher said, “Why do you want to lose weight? You’re already small!” Hahahahahhaha. Perspective. While I might not agree, it’s still nice to hear.
  • I had a serious case of the IDON’TWANNAS in reference to running today. But I took a dose of GETTHEFUCKOVERIT and just ran my 5 miles. Shocker: I felt more energized, clear headed, and happier afterwards. 
  • I bought the ingredients to make Honey Bourbon Cupcakes today, but someone needs to hurry up and tell me when we’re hanging out next so I can make them as a housewarming gift. Which means he’ll have to let me eat one, right?
This is my tired face. It&#8217;s 8&#160;pm and I&#8217;m just leaving work. 

By the time I stop to pick up some goodies for teachers, it&#8217;ll be about a 14 hour work day. 

This is why teachers get summers off, y&#8217;all. As an instructional coach, I know my teachers work about 1000 more hours than I do each week. To say we have stamina is an understatement. 

It&#8217;s been a long day but I&#8217;m actually pretty pumped for the training I have to give tomorrow. It&#8217;s been a bear, for sure, but I&#8217;m hoping it&#8217;ll help alleviate some of the stress and tears that have been happening lately. 

Unfortunately, that means no running tonight. There will be time for dinner and making something for our potluck tomorrow before crashing face first into bed. 

Wednesday, I&#8217;m ready for you.

This is my tired face. It’s 8 pm and I’m just leaving work.

By the time I stop to pick up some goodies for teachers, it’ll be about a 14 hour work day.

This is why teachers get summers off, y’all. As an instructional coach, I know my teachers work about 1000 more hours than I do each week. To say we have stamina is an understatement.

It’s been a long day but I’m actually pretty pumped for the training I have to give tomorrow. It’s been a bear, for sure, but I’m hoping it’ll help alleviate some of the stress and tears that have been happening lately.

Unfortunately, that means no running tonight. There will be time for dinner and making something for our potluck tomorrow before crashing face first into bed.

Wednesday, I’m ready for you.

Thank you all for your lovely comments this morning. For those who were interested in my top - its actually a dress (see above)! One I&#8217;ve adored since I bought it a couple years ago. 
Things about today: 
I got my miles in (three to be exact) and they were kinda fun. There, I said it. I&#8217;m kinda, sorta enjoying running again. Feels good. 
I didn&#8217;t get to lift today because of work obligations. Its the first time in weeks (nope, probably MONTHS) since I&#8217;ve missed an arm/ab day. Its my goal to make it up another day, but it will certainly bump something else. Just need to keep my head above water this week. 
I haven&#8217;t been taking anyone&#8217;s shit lately and, I have to say, it feels pretty amazing to process the emotion, realize its source, and then articulate it to those who are responsible.
I&#8217;m currently rewatching the Angels Take Manhattan while getting some work done. I expect all the feels.  
Let&#8217;s be real. Those angels are going to give me nightmares. 

Thank you all for your lovely comments this morning. For those who were interested in my top - its actually a dress (see above)! One I’ve adored since I bought it a couple years ago. 

Things about today: 

  • I got my miles in (three to be exact) and they were kinda fun. There, I said it. I’m kinda, sorta enjoying running again. Feels good. 
  • I didn’t get to lift today because of work obligations. Its the first time in weeks (nope, probably MONTHS) since I’ve missed an arm/ab day. Its my goal to make it up another day, but it will certainly bump something else. Just need to keep my head above water this week. 
  • I haven’t been taking anyone’s shit lately and, I have to say, it feels pretty amazing to process the emotion, realize its source, and then articulate it to those who are responsible.
  • I’m currently rewatching the Angels Take Manhattan while getting some work done. I expect all the feels.  

Let’s be real. Those angels are going to give me nightmares.