Thinking Out Loud: OMG Tuna Fish Salad

1.  It seems like every time my local barista memorizes my drink order, it’s time for us to move.  I love walking up to the counter and having my drink already made, waiting for me.

2.  Speaking of coffee – are all people that work at coffee shops called baristas or is that just at Starbucks?

3.  This week my students are so happy because I added CHARMS candies to the prize box.  They describe them as a mix between Light Sabers {aka Life Savers} and Starburst.  The red ones are supposedly the best, the white are the worst.

4.  At 7AM on Saturday morning I’ll be anxiously waiting at the starting line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon – my first half marathon of 2014!  I still haven’t written my race recap of the Reston 10 Miler…

5.  For Lent I gave up candy and soda, specifically gum and Diet Hansen’s {Cherry Vanilla Crème}.  I’m addicted.  I was going strong until Tuesday when I decided to make an exception for dark chocolate because, well, it’s basically a health food.  Read more about why including dark chocolate in your daily diet can actually be beneficial here.


6.  I’ve outlined three posts this week a – a recap of the Reston 10 Miler, a weekend recap for MIMM, and a handful of food pictures for WIAW…  But they’re still just drafts because I either fell asleep asleep with my computer on my lap or had to run out the door to a meeting before school and I didn’t have time to finish later.  Hopefully I step-up my game next week.

7.  I’ve had a serious hankering for tuna fish this week.  I packed it for lunch on Monday, again on Tuesday, made a tuna melt for dinner Tuesday night, and made another wrap for lunch yesterday.  All because I learned a little secret…  Tuna fish + hummus is a life changing combo.  With every bite I repeatedly said {to myself} “OMG.  This is so good!  OMG!  OMG!” so I’m calling it OMG Tuna Fish Salad.

OMG Tuna Fish Salad

OMG Tuna Fish Salad

Ingredients {serves 1}:

  • 1 small can of tuna fish
  • 2 tbsp hummus
  • 1 tsp honey mustard
  • 1/4 c shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 – 2 tbsp sundried tomatoes
  • seasoned salt *to taste*
  • black pepper *to taste*


In a medium bowl, flake the tuna into chunks.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.  Refrigerate if not eating right away.

8.  Runner’s World is “running” {so punny!} a sweepstakes with Iceland Naturally.  One lucky winner will receive the following:

  • Economy round-trip air on Icelandair for 2 people
  • 3 nights accommodation in Reykjavik at Hotel Nordica for 2 with Scandinavian buffet breakfast daily
  • 2 72 hour Reykjavik Welcome Cards providing free access to the City of Reykjavik world famous thermal pools, museums and public transportation
  • 2 entries to the Reykjavik Marathon
  • 2 roundtrip bus transfer from the airport to the hotel
  • 1 case of Icelandic Glacial water for your hotel room
  • 2 Experience Comfort entries to the Blue Lagoon Spa
  • 2 award winning Snaefell jackets

To enter, visit this website and enter the requested information.  The contest will remain open until April 1st.

9.  Have you seen these Portable Protein Packs from Oscar Mayer {aka the adult Lunchable}?

Portable Protein Pack

10.  After my students finish their classwork or a quiz, I let them “play” with math flashcards to keep quiet until everyone is done.  On Monday one student started singing “Everyday I’m shuffling.  Everyday I’m shuffling.  Everyday I’m shuffling.” while shuffling his flashcards.  And then the other students joined in.  It was hilarious!


Thanks Amanda for hosting another link-up!

Question:  Tuna fish – yay or nay?  Tuna fish out of a can is a yay {obviously}, but the raw stuff is a nay for me.

Question:  If you could drop everything and go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

— Allison


Thinking Out Loud: Third Snow Day

I love snow days just as much as the kids do, BUT we’re on snow day #3 (we also had Monday off in honor of MLK, Jr. Day) and I’m getting antsy.  I’ve scrubbed both bathrooms, cleaned the kitchen, dusted the whole apartment, done all the laundry, been to the gym each day, watched countless hours of the news, gotten caught up in the drama of One Tree Hill and Breaking Bad, and pinned way too many things that I’ll never make

I’d like to be back in the classroom, with my ridiculously silly and sweet students, talking about the weather (ha, ironic timing?!) and solving multiplication problems.  My butt feels flatter than a pancake and if you look at our couch you can quickly see where Charlie and I have been cuddling.  This morning I had another bowl of my current favorite oatmeal and felt inspired to make a batch of Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats so I’ll be walking to the grocery store later.


Thanks for letting me share my random rambles Amanda!

Thought #1:  I may be getting tired of snow days, but I still love the snow.  And my current computer background.  And my spring countdowns.  Hey, hey, hey Molly!

Spring 2014 Countdowns

Thought #2:  Last night I made Mini Mexican Meatloaves (recipe coming soon!) that were inspired by these Mini BBQ Cheddar Meatloaves by Iowa Girl Eats.  Meatloaf is one of the few leftovers that I enjoy (chili too) and think it actually tastes better the second day.  Guess what we’ll be having for dinner tonight 😉

Thought #3:  I Juan-na say “YES!” whenever Juan Pablo says “Allison, do you accept this rose?”  When I was at my momma’s house on Sunday she asked if I was watching this season of The Bachelor – I said yes, duh.  It’s no surprise that JP appeals to all ages…  I need to find my momma Latin lover.

The Bachelor Juan

Thought #4:  Over the weekend I outlined my workouts through November.  Crazy, right?  The crazier thing is that I’m not feeling overwhelmed whatsoever.  In the past I’ve felt the need to strictly adhere to a training schedule but this year my mindset is different.  If I want to change something or switch days, that’s O.K.  I’ve already made changes due to prior commitments, working late, needing an unplanned rest day.  The schedule is a guideline and I like having an idea of what’s ahead.

Thought #5:  What do you call the things that you wear on your feet when you workout or go for a run?  Shoes or sneakers?  I haven’t bought a new pair of running sneakers since the spring and after Sunday’s long run my feet were screaming.  Any recommendations for running websites/stores with sweet deals?

Thought #6:  On Monday I met Sarah to see the movie “her.”  We were so early that the credits from the movie before ours were still rolling.  First-time experience for me!  It drives Ryan bonkers that I don’t like getting to the theater early.  Ideally, he likes to arrive 10-15 minutes early, buy a drink (we usually bring our own popcorn), pick the perfect seat, and watch all of the previews.  On the other hand, I prefer arriving right at show time because we all know that movies don’t start for 10-15 minutes, buy a drink, and grab any open seat just as the movie is about to begin.

Thought #7:  Some of the terms that people have searched for on LAB are quite…  Hilarious?  Strange?  Those are just from the past week, there are even better ones in the yearly summary.  And you don’t even wanna see the spam comments.  Air Jordans?  Everyday.   Sorry, I don’t have a lacrosse tattoo but that would be sweet.  I have no idea who or what “zeichnungen” is.  If you’re running in any of the same races that I am I hope you say “Hi!” if you see me!  And Rice Krispies searcher, come back soon since I’m making a batch of Peanut Butter Rice Krispies today.

LAB Search Terms

Thought #8:  I made some major updates to LAB last year but I’m in the mood to change a few things, again.  Only stipulation: I don’t wanna spend a bazillion $$$.  Any recommendations for what to do or someone to contact?

Thought #9:  Jessie and I exchanged messages about coordinating a Skype date.  Minor detail: I don’t have Skype.  Throughout college Ryan and I would occasionally iChat but to be honest, I hated it.  Seeing his face made me miss him even more.  I’m gonna look into downloading Skype today – I assume that it’s in the Apple Store?

Sorry But You Aren't My Skype

Thought #10:  These snow days have made me start to think about summer plans.  Since schools are closed throughout the summer I need to find a summer job…  Tutor?  Nanny (again)?  Server?  Retail (again)?

— Allison


2014 Mantra: Make it happen.

Earlier this week I attended a BodyPump class and while we were getting our weights set up the instructor asked if anyone made resolutions for the New Year.  Just like a class of nervous elementary students, everyone stopped what they were doing, faced the front of the room, and stared at her with a blank face.  No one raised their hand.  A minute later she said “Good!  Don’t!”  She continued to explain how as a personal trainer her schedule becomes flooded with new clients in January, but as the weeks go on her availability grows and her client list shrinks.

In 2014 I will... Make it happen. That was my “ah-ha” moment so to speak.  We all hear/read about people’s grand resolutions to do more of X and less of Y.  But as soon as things get tough they wave the white flag and throw their resolutions out the window.  I’m guilty of doing it myself…  I’ve worked hard for a few weeks, felt proud of myself, shared my successes with whoever would listen, but as soon as I experienced my first failure I gave up.

This year I’m taking a different approach.  I’m not making resolutions, rather I’m setting goals.  Realistic goals.  Goals that I can work towards throughout the year and hold myself accountable for.  I’m reminding myself that failure is oftentimes the first step towards success.

2014 Focus on my health

2014 Connect

2014 Disconnect

2014 Have faith

2014 Discuss our future

2014 Take pictures

2014 Blog

2014 Say no

2014 Pass teaching exams

2014 Receive teaching licenses

2014 Accept a teaching position

2014 Read

2014 Run 2-3 half marathons

2014 Run a full marathon Some goals are just one or two words so they may not make sense to anyone but me, but trust me when I say that I chose each goal for a reason – reasons that I’ll share later, otherwise this post would be a mile long.

It’s a total of 14 goals.  I didn’t plan to make a list of 14 to match the year, it just worked out that way.  Maybe it’s a sign?  Or maybe I’m just reading too much into it?  Regardless, in 2014 I will make it happen.

Question:  Did you make any resolutions?  Or goals?

Question:  How do you hold yourself accountable?

— Allison