MIMM: Life Lately in Numbers

It’s always tough to get back into the blogging groove after missing a few days, or in this case, over a week.  Lots of things happen, lots of food is eaten, many miles are run, memories are made…  I don’t know where to start.

Thanks Katie for hosting another marvelous link-up!

My 1st.  Last weekend my momma, my BFF’s mom, Ryan, and I went out to dinner.  We went to The Tavern {a local restaurant} and I tried my first buffalo burger.  It was good, but the conversation that lasted three hours was better.  I’m glad that Ryan and I are already married because he might have run after hearing about our childhood shenanigans.


3 jobs.  Within about a week I went from working part-time as a substitute teacher to working three jobs – elementary special ed teacher, tutor, and sales associate.  My days are long and we’ve eaten lots of random meals {or take-out} lately, but I’m really enjoying everything that’s going on in my life right now!


2nd, 3rd, and 4th.  After shuffling schedules for a few weeks, trying different combinations, my schedule is finally set.  I teach one class of each: 4th grade math, 4th grade science, 2nd grade math, and 3rd grade math.

7 students.  The number of students on my caseload.  I’m lucky, they’re all precious  Seriously.

3 meetings.  Every week I have at least three meetings before school, which means I’m out the door between 6:30 – 7AM.  Thank goodness for quick breakfasts and Starbucks.


50/50 split.  My school day is split 50/50 – half of the time I’m co-teaching in a general ed classroom {“inclusion”} and the other half I’m in my classroom working with a small group of students who need additional support {“pull-out”}.

3 miles.  Last Monday Sarah and I went to our first Monday Funday Runday at =PR= Fairfax Corner.  It was hosted by Brooks Running so we got to take their latest shoe {the Transcend} out for a three mile test run and were served root beer floats when we got back to the store.


Lots of hours.  I’m scheduled to work lots of hours at the running store this month – every Wednesday, most Fridays, and at least one weekend day.

1 post.  Last week I shared just one post, a guest post by Jenna about injury prevention {thank you Jenna!}.  This week I’ve got a couple of guest posts scheduled: a wheat-free, dairy-free muffin recipe on Wednesday and a career-related post on Friday…  Plus a few next week!  If you’d like to guest post, please send an email to lifesabowlblog@gmail.com.

3 exams.  Two teaching exams and one running store exam means that there’s lots of studying to do!  Plus, studying middle school math to prep for tutoring.  Bring on the coffee, highlighters, and index cards.


10 miles.  Yesterday morning I ran the Reston 10 Miler!  I’ve run a few half marathons, but yesterday was my first official 10 miler.  Race recap coming later this week.

Too long.  I spend too long writing race recaps.  I type up my thoughts but then always go back and second guess myself {same is true for product reviews}.  I don’t want to leave anything out, don’t think I was thorough enough, think I rambled too much.  Hopefully I’ll get better with time.

At least one.  Truth: I’ve eaten at least one bag of PopCorners everyday for the past two weeks.  I’m addicted.  My favorite flavors are white cheddar and kettle.

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2 inches.  After waiting way too long, I got a haircut yesterday.  I asked my stylist to for just a trim, but I think she chopped off about two inches.  I’m not hating it though…  My hair finally feels healthy again.  The blonde highlights last spring butchered my hair.

60 minutes.  Ryan had a 60-minute massage scheduled yesterday, but gave it up for me to take.  So sweet, love him!

Too many.  We had snow day number ?? today.  I can’t keep up.  The roads are still snowy and it’s supposed to be only 7* tonight so I have a feeling we’ll be home again tomorrow.  The laundry is clean, the bathrooms are shiny, I made a batch of meatballs, potatoes were roasted, {break & bake} cookies were baked…


Question:  How much snow has your part of the world gotten this winter?

Question:  Have you tried PopCorners?

— Allison


Valentine’s Weekend 2014

cuddles.  snow.  surprises.  candy.  flowers.  take-out.  workouts.  shopping.  movies.















Sleepless in Seattle










Question:  What’s your favorite “classic” chick flick?  Have you seen Sleepless in Seattle?  Watching Meg Ryan made me wanna watch You’ve Got Mail

Question:  What are your favorite pizza toppings?

— Allison


Favorite Finds: Candy Grams

Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend!  Over the years I’ve heard numerous stories about how/when Valentine’s Day first started, so this morning I decided to research it for myself.  The History Channel has a fun Valentine’s Day page.

History of Valentine's Day

Let’s rewind…  In 2010 {my junior year in college} I had a 4-day weekend and planned to fly home.  Ryan planned a romantic evening for us, including dinner at Farmers & Fishers, which is now Farmers Fishers Bakers.  Unfortunately, much like this past week, DC shut down due to snow {which then traveled north up to me in Boston} so my flight was cancelled.  I still need to try Farmers Fishers Bakers!

In 2012 we took the train up to New York City – it was Ryan’s first time riding a train!  One of my girlfriends gifted us our engagement pictures and we couldn’t refuse her gracious offer.  The weather wasn’t cooperative {misty, biting wind}, but we had a fabulous time exploring the city, seeing my friend, dining at Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse, and we still love our engagement pictures!

Last year was our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple.  We ordered takeout from Morton’s and watched a movie.  It wasn’t big, but it was perfect.  Regardless of where we are or what we do, what matters the most is that we’re together.

This year our Valentine’s Day celebration is extending over two days, so I’ll wait to share my recap on Monday.  One thing that I will share is one of my gifts to Ryan.  I’ve seen the idea numerous times throughout the blog world and it’s plastered all over Pinterest {especially around Valentine’s Day}…  Candy grams.

Candy Gram Candies


  1. Write/type what you want to say.  If you’re stuck, there’s tons of inspiration online.
  2. Buy candy.  Wegmans is our local grocery store and they have a ton of candy{!}.  Both large bars or snack sized pieces will work, it’s personal preference.
  3. Edit the message to substitute candy for words.
  4. Write the message on a poster board or if typed, print the message.  I printed one sentence per piece of computer paper – larger text makes it easier to read and adds more space between lines so no words get covered by a piece of candy.


  • Paper *to outline ideas*
  • Candy
  • Poster board/computer paper/colored paper
  • Tape or glue

Ryan absolutely loved his gift and kept saying “This is so creative!”  Candy grams would be fun for other holidays too since the messages are personalized.

Favorite Pinterest Finds

Candy Heart by Kitchen Concoctions

Candy Heart

Candy Heart 2

Candy Bar Card by Repeat Crafter Me

Candy Heart 3

Candy Heart by Just Another Day in Paradise

Candy Heart 4

Candy Heart 5

Candy Heart 6

Question:  What’s your favorite candy?

Question:  Ryan and I are cooking together tonight and figured out what to make for dinner, but still don’t know what to make for dessert…  Suggestions?!

— Allison