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


Hypersonic Speed Mode

It’s a busy beginning of the week!  Since we were only in school for one day last week, and yesterday was a half day (Mondays always are – perk of teaching elementary school!), we’re trying to squeeze in as much as possible today and tomorrow.

The second grading period ends tomorrow, and Thursday and Friday are teacher workdays, so teachers are in “gotta get it done, no talking just working, hypersonic speed mode.”  Or at least that’s how one of my students described it yesterday.  Meanwhile, the students are looking forward to another long weekend…

Ryan and I didn’t have any exciting plans over the weekend, but as I keep saying, a low-key January is appreciated after a busy holiday season.  I also wasn’t feeling 100% so “easy” was exactly what I needed.









August Osage County







Question:  Would you rather have a 3-day weekend starting on a Friday or ending on a Monday?

Question:  How do you take your coffee?

— Allison


Two Words Tuesday: In Other News

Before anything, I have to share something from my dream last night.  I don’t remember where I was, what I was doing, or who I was with, but I do remember that I was brushing my teeth and when I looked into the mirror…  I had a big.fat.honking gap in between my two front teeth.  What a nightmare, GAH!

I’ve been considering Invisalign for a while, but I’ve put it off since I’m not Miss Moneybags.  Last week my momma kindly told me that my teeth are starting to look squished and I should get a retainer, which I interpreted as “You had braces three times.  Three times!  Get those things checked out ASAP!”  Mothers will always tell you the truth, whether it’s good or bad.

In other news…

Don't Hate Me Because I Have a Snow Day There isn’t any snow on the ground yet, but the forecast is predicting 4-8+ inches.  If we get anything over 3 inches it’ll be the most snow that we’ve received in one snowfall in the past three years…  Wahoo!

As excited as I am to have my 3-day weekend extended another day (maybe even tomorrow too?), I’m kinda bummed because a) we’ve already used up all of our snow days so now we have to take away holidays and b) I don’t get paid when we’re not in school.  Silver linings: I can go to BodyFlow this morning, Charlie has a buddy at home with him (almost) all day, and I can continue watching One Tree Hill.  Thanks for the recommendation Sarah!

In other news, again.  Snapshots from my 3-day weekend…

IMG_5191 Valentine explosion

IMG_5193 dreamy combo

IMG_5200 bread & barley

IMG_5206 lotsa lights

IMG_5209 great texture

Frozen Movie Poster SEE IT!

IMG_5217 perfect combo (Brown Bag Popcorn with dark chocolate chips + melted peanut butter blobs)

IMG_5223 lovin’ runnin’

IMG_5229 cozy afternoon

IMG_5235 sunbathing buddy

IMG_5238 Virginia sunset

IMG_5241 weekly haul

IMG_5251 (I) love lamp

Her Movie Poster skip it

Question:  Do you have/have you had Invisalign?  Braces?  An expander?  I’ll never forget when I had to wear an expander and my parents had to tighten it.  It was definitely my least favorite part of the whole braces experience.  Although, rubber bands were a close second, especially when they popped in my mouth.  See the picture below if you have no clue what I’m talking about.

Braces Components Question:  Would you rather start school in August and end in May?  Or start in September and end in June?  I’ve always started school a day or two after Labor Day so I’m used to that schedule.  I can’t imagine sitting in a classroom in August – not only would it be hot, but some of the best days of summer are in August!  Although, Molly agrees to disagree…  Good thing she moved to Texas ;)

— Allison