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.

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August Osage County

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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

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MIMM: Breakfast Quadrafecta & Sunrises

I can’t believe it’s already 5 p.m. on Monday…  The day has completely flown by.  I may not be in an office working a 9-5 job, but I have plenty of things to do to keep me busy.

This morning I walked over to Caribou Coffee – I love the atmosphere of coffee shops and tend to get my best work done while sipping on a cappuccino – I continued working on grad school stuff (which seems to be never-ending) and responded to/sent emails before walking back to our apartment to grab my armband for a run (finally getting back into the groove).

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By the time I finished it was almost 1 p.m. and my stomach was talking for food.  I made lunch, rotated through 4 loads of laundry, roasted an acorn + spaghetti squash, washed/peeled/cut a dozen apples for crock-pot applesauce, and tried but failed to connect with anyone in the county’s substitute office.  Oh well, tomorrow’s another day and another chance.

In typical Monday fashion, here are a few marvelous moments from the past few days…

Thanks Katie for hosting another marvelous link-up!

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Marvelous… the thought of swimming in peanut butter puddles

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Marvelous… Charlie’s sneaky attempt to go to work with dad

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Marvelous… restocking our kitchen with a Trader Joe’s haul

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Marvelous… chicken + french fries = a no fuss dinner

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Marvelous… working out while watching Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

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Marvelous… salty & sweet pumpkin peanut butter oatmeal

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Marvelous… Yankee Candles burning on a chilly morning

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Marvelous… being warmed up from the inside out a la Starbucks

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Marvelous… bringing home 1/2 bushel of freshly picked orchard apples

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Marvelous… a lazy Saturday afternoon in bed after apple picking

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Marvelous… the breakfast quadrafecta :: pancakes + peanut butter + pumpkin + apple butter

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Marvelous… walking Charlie while the sun rises

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Marvelous… a lunch date with Ryan at Wegmans

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Marvelous… swinging by my momma’s house to check out her new deck

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Marvelous… the beautiful fall foliage (I Virginia)

Marvelous… seeing Prisoners which reconfirmed that I prefer chick flicks > psychological thrillers

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Marvelous… finally uploading old pictures from my 2 cameras

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Marvelous… seeing the blinding sunrise burst through the trees

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Marvelous… Ryan helping me to take care of (i.e. keep alive) my birthday flowers from Molly

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Marvelous… breakfast & a little beggar

Question:  Do you prefer sunrises or sunsets?

Question  Apple crisp a la mode or pumpkin pie with whipped cream?

— Allison

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Two Words Tuesday: July & August

Photo dumps are the easiest way to catch up in the virtual world, don’t you agree?  In August we went to another family wedding up on Cape Cod but I’ll save those pictures for a throwback post…

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growin’ guns

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Great Falls

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picnic fun

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cereal to-go

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new recipe

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something’s funny :D

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coconutty goodness

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mint nightstands

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Wag Fest

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summer nights

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kind gesture

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company picnic

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foamy heart

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sweat happiness

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bye momma!

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feelin’ lucky

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feelin’ unlucky

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sweet husband

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backyard paradise

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new whip

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happy morning

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total amateur

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best buds

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stunning sunset

Question:  Your two words: _____ _____.

Question:  What’s your favorite memory from this past summer?

— Allison

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