Tangent Thursday 9.11.14

There must be something in the air today because my kiddos are going a million miles a minute in all different directions {some for the good, some for the bad} and so is my brain.  My photographer {aka Ryan} didn’t take a picture of my baby bump this morning, so I’ll share my week 30/31 bumpdate tomorrow.


This is my first year teaching when my students were born post-9/11.  It’s an event in their history books, not their mental memory.  Never forget and take time to remember.

I’ll never forget being ushered into the auditorium, but not being told why.  The auditorium was silent and all of the teachers had a look of fear on their faces.  I’ll always remember my dad picking me up early from school, stopping for gas on the way home because he said we didn’t know what else could happen, and being glued to the TV for days.  We were incredibly thankful that my brother was out of the hospital and safe at home.


Our master bedroom is no longer baby blue with speckles of apple green.  We still need to repaint the trim and doors, but tan suits the space so.much.better.  I also have developed a new obsession with curtains – they really spruce up a room.


My baby shower invitations have been sent!  Aren’t they adorable?  Ironically, all of the stuffed animals that our generous friends have given us for Baby Szed have been giraffes.  We’re taking it as a sign {Baby Szed is already measuring super long} so we’ve decided to stick with the theme.


I spotted this yellow cruiser at Target over the weekend and I’m in love.  I’ve wanted to buy a bike for a while now, but the prices are ridiculously expensive.  Until I found this beauty.  For $125ish, it’s a steal.  Maybe it will make an appearance at my birthday this year *hint, hint*.


Our gym got this new machine.  I don’t know what it’s called, but it looks like a cross between a snowboard + wakeboard + skateboard.  There was a lady riding it for a while I was on the elliptical and I couldn’t stop watching.  I think I’d be thrown off within a few seconds I tried.


After almost two months without a haircut, Charlie went to the groomer on Sunday.  His hair was the longest it’s ever been and now it’s the shortest it’s ever been.  His eyes remind me of the lemurs in the movie Madagascar“I like to move it, move it!  I like to move it, move it!”


How amazing is this chalk drawing?  Ryan and I went out to dinner over the weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary and saw a bunch of awesome chalk drawings from the festival that took place earlier in the afternoon.  Too bad the rain that night washed everything away.


Baby Szed has me craving chocolate milk.  I can’t remember ever buying chocolate milk {we used to use Hershey’s syrup in 2% cow’s milk when I was a child}, but this version by Silk is deliciously rich.


Ryan found this guy stuck in our fire escape over the weekend.  Maybe if I gave him a kiss we wouldn’t have found water damage in our bathroom/first floor on Monday night?

Question:  Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on 9/11/01?

Question:  Have you tried Silk’s chocolate milk?  Or do you prefer using the classic Hershey’s chocolate syrup?  Or more Ovaltine, please?

— Allison


WIAW: Mishmash Mishmosh

Hey y’all!  I’m at my second day of training for a new reading program that I’ll be implementing this year.  It’s MUCH better than any of the programs I ever did as a kid.  Does anyone remember Wordly Wise?  I hated it {because language arts has never been an area of strength for me} and I’m pretty sure my momma did too {because I’d complain every.single.night. I had to do it}.

Lately, I’ve spent almost all of my waking hours at school.  The first couple of months always fly by and before I know it, it’s Thanksgiving break.  By that time this year Baby Szed *hopefully* will have made her appearance!

And if I’m not at school, I’m probably fixing/painting something in our Crayola box townhouse.  We keep making progress, but we also keep running into problems.  Like this week…  Ryan noticed water marks and bubbles forming on the ceiling over our dining/family room.

Our landlord told us during our walk-through that there had been water damage in the past, but it was fixed.  Well, apparently it wasn’t fixed very well.  So now we’re out of the master bedroom for at least a couple of weeks and a chunk of the ceiling downstairs will have to be replaced.  All I can keep saying is “At least we didn’t buy this place.”

I forgot to take a picture of all of my eats at training yesterday, so today’s WIAW is a mishmash {or is it mishmosh?} of the past few days.

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!








Question:  What’s your favorite brand of Greek yogurt?  Favorite flavor?

Question:  Subway – yay or nay?

— Allison


WIAW: A Few Current Favorites

Hey y’all.  I’ve been beaming all day because today is our 2 year wedding anniversary and I’m still so in love.  Ryan surprised me last night with news that he has a special date planned for us this weekend – visiting our wedding venue {Meadowlark Botanical Gardens} followed by an intimate Italian dinner.  For our first anniversary, we walked around the gardens and went to Legal Sea Foods for dinner.  It was lovely.  I can’t wait for Saturday!


“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.”

~ Mignon McLaughlin

I’ve been meaning to do a “current favorites” post, but haven’t gotten around to it.  So, in honor of today’s WIAW theme, I’ve included links to some of my current favorite foods.  FYI:  they are not affiliate links and I receive no compensation if you click on the links.  I included them to save y’all time so you don’t have to Google the products yourselves.

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!


Applegate Farms Breakfast Sausages & Van’s Waffles make for a quick, tasty breakfast



Dannon Oikos Key Lime Greek Yogurt is super thick & creamy



the {NEW!} popchips veggie chips are just as delicious as their potato friends


Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds taste like candy


the Dark Chocolate Caramel Pecan ZonePerfect Nutrition Bar is veryyy chocolatey


I like my {Alexia Smart Classic} fries just like how I like my bacon, extra crispy


Entenmann’s makes the best {besides my momma} Crumb Coffee Cake

Question:  What’s your favorite flavor of Blue Diamond Almonds?

Question:  How do you like your fries?  And bacon?

— Allison