Friday Funnies 10.17.14

Happy Friday!  I’m at training today so I thought I’d share a few funnies that have made me laugh out loud recently…  Because sitting in six hours of training for state standardized testing feels more like 600 hours.

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Elementary math, you make no sense – sure, let’s teach them fractions before multiplication?!?!

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If we get Baby Szed a BMW at birth, what will she expect on her 16th birthday?

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“What is this contraption?  What is that annoying sound?  Get me outta here!”

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My brother sent me some Halloween costume ideas – I love the troll and wrecking ball.

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This defines the third trimester of pregnancy perfectly.

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“Oh, you’re out of toilet paper?  Your loss, my gain!”

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As Ryan said, there needs to be a volume 2 for understanding pregnant women.

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Darn you pumpkin creepers.

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No, it’s not a mistake, he confirmed it.  Only dads can be in charge of the house, sorry moms.

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Spoiler alert!  I better start getting ready…

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Girlfriends provide great support when you’re feeling down.

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Watch out Jim Carrey, your job is in jeopardy!

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It’s only the first quarter, we’ll learn the other two syllables by June.

Silly Apple Seed Eater

The phrase “Eating an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” really screwed me, literally.

Question:  What’s the silliest thing you’ve seen recently?

Question:  Have you picked out your Halloween costume?

— Allison

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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.

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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*

Directions:

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}?

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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!

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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

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Just Move It! {Guest Post}

Hi LAB readers!  I’m Amber, lover of peanut butter and anything pink!  A diagnosis of severe IBS and celiac disease doesn’t hold me back from enjoying food that’s delicious and nutritious, which is why I started my blog Eats and Exercise by AmberOn my blog I show that people with dietary limitations can still eat deliciously with a little creativity!  In addition to my love of food and fitness, I’m passionate about the promotion of positive body image.  I believe in order to be healthy you must first be happy, which comes from self love.  I hope that you enjoy my post today!

You’re sitting at your desk, whether it be at work or home, and you feel completely drained.  As if sitting at your computer or even standing for the duration of your work day was equivalent to an intense sweat session at the gym.  This happens to me all the time and I am left feeling lethargic and unmotivated – both my brain and my body.  This is especially true in the wintertime because the weather and lack of sunshine can leave you feeling rather sluggish!

The cure to combat this fatigue (also known as the mid-day slump)?  GET UP, STRETCH, AND MOVE!  Whether you want to or not, I promise it will work AND is good for you!

 

 

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Known as NEAT, Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis, a fancy term for the calories burned through non-exercise activities such as walking, taking the stairs, or standing while on the phone as opposed to sitting.  Current research at the Mayo Clinic has found that by simply getting off your butt and moving around more, you can burn up to an additional 800 calories a day!  Extra calorie burn is great, but the real benefit is that you’re saving your life by simply getting up and moving.

Results from studies done by the American Cancer Society showed that sitting for extended periods of time can shorten your life, even if you exercise!  EEK!  Scary right?  Even more motivation to get off your butt and get moving whenever you can throughout the day!  Read more about the study here or this CNN published article which is a bit easier to understand.

GET UP!  Close your eye, take a few deep breaths, raise your arms on the inhale, and lower them on the exhale.  Feel awkward doing this in front of your coworkers or peers?  Then (as silly as it sounds) try it out the next time you use to the restroom.  It’s amazing how much of a difference some deep breathing can make – it wakes up your brain!  Plus, you’ll get in some extra movement when you walk to the bathroom.

Got time and room for a little something extra?  STRETCH!  Stretching feels good and sends blood flow to your brain and muscles.  It also helps your body to wake up!  When I’m walking up and down the stairs at school, I always do a quick hamstring stretch on my way up (if the hallways are empty).  And if you’ve been sitting at your desk all day, it’s especially important to remember to stretch your shoulders and neck.

Most importantly, MOVE!  Move as much as you can.  Here are a few suggestions, but I encourage you to get creative because the possibilities are endless.

  • Opt to take the stairs instead of the elevator and/or escalator
  • Use a copier, water fountain, or restroom, that’s farther away from your desk
  • Take a lap around the office or school before stopping by the break room or bathroom
  • Park your car farther away from the entrance
  • Sneak in some squats
  • Stand instead of sitting while talking on the phone
  • Do calf raises or leg raises while waiting for copies to print
  • Have a 60 second dance party

Warning:  All of this movement may cause increased happiness and infect those around you!

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Thanks Amber for taking the time to guest post and sharing this important information!  As a teacher, I spend a majority of my day on my feet, but when I worked in the event industry I spent most of the day sitting at a desk.  I frequently went for a walk during my lunch break, but didn’t move much otherwise – when there’s work to be done I want to get it done as quickly as possible!  Taking the stairs rather than the elevator, using a bathroom/water fountain on another floor, or going for a walk during your lunch break are all small things but they quickly add up!

Question:  What’s your favorite way to move during the work day?

Question:  Do you use a sitting or standing desk?

— Allison

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