Monday, March 24, 2014

spring break rewind

The Monday after Spring Break has got to be one of the hardest days of the year for a teacher.  Coming back after a break is always tough, but other breaks are different.  Summer is so long that I'm usually itching to come back to work.  After Thanksgiving, there's only 3 weeks until Christmas.  Christmas break is like a shorter summer; I'm ready to come back and finish off the year.  Spring Break though...I'm struggling.  We still have 11 weeks of school before summer.  11!

Here's hoping that looking back at my break will help ease the pain of this Monday.  

What I ate:

One of the things that I love about being out of school is that I get to eat lunch with my main squeeze.  Austin works close enough to our apartment that he can come home for lunch, so I made us food almost every day last week.  When we weren't munching on dinner leftovers, I whipped up some good ol' fashioned tuna salad served with a side of wheat thins and berries.  Yum!

Pizza was also on the menu last week.  I always use The Pioneer Woman's recipe for the crust, and then just use whatever I want for toppings.  Last week it was fresh mozzarella, thin slices of tomato, and basil leaves.

Something that I always like to do during a break is cook a dish I've never made before.  Last week, I tackled chicken tikka masala.  I'd never attempted to make Indian food before, and I'm so glad that I started with this recipe.  It wasn't Austin's favorite (he's not big on Indian cuisine), but I gobbled this up!  If you like Indian food, this recipe is a must try!

What I watched:

We kicked the break off by watching the Dallas St. Paddy's Day parade.  We've gone to this parade for 3 years in a row now, and it always ends up being really fun.    

A few girlfriends and I went to see The Wizard of Oz last Thursday as part of our "Dallas Summer Musicals" experience.  The actress starring as Dorothy was really channeling Judy Garland, and she had a beautiful voice to boot!  The little doggie that played Toto stole the show though.  He was just adorable!!

My most frequent viewing choice, however, was one of my all-time favorite shows: Gilmore Girls.  I don't really know how many times I've watched this series, but it just doesn't get old.  GGs and Friends: my two television staples.  I watched seasons 4 and 5 (aka Rory's early Yale years) throughout the week, and now I want to have pancakes at Luke's Diner and dye Austin's hair blonde to match Logan's.  

What I read:

I haven't finished this one yet, but I did find some time to read over the break.  I'm liking (not loving) it, so I'm glad it's short.  I know this is a classic, and I feel like I'm supposed to love it since I'm an English teacher and all, but I'd really rather read something that totally hooks me in.  Gatsby hasn't quite done that for me.  

What I checked off the "Wedding To Do" list:

I had a couple of big tasks (and a lot of little tasks) on my wedding list that I really needed to take care of over this break, and I managed to get all of them crossed off!  Yay for me!  They included but weren't limited to: ordering the invitations, purchasing ties and socks for the guys, taking my bridal portraits/test driving my hair and make-up (that was a fun one!!), ordering table numbers, signing the contract for our flowers, getting my wedding band re-sized, purchasing Austin's ring, and sending about 700 emails.  Only 88 days to go!

Ties on ties on ties...

The countdown to summer officially begins today.  Say a prayer for me and all of my co-workers so we can finish the year off strong!


  1. The early Yale years are my favorite too. I also love/hate the episode when Rory and Dean finally do the deed. I always try to tell them not to do it, but they do it anyway. When will they finally wise up and listen to me?

    I always feel like I'm supposed to like classic novels, but I honestly think lots of them are boring. Gatsby, Cather in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, snooze. The ones I do like are darker with (in my opinion) less extra stuff: 1984, Animal Farm, Brave New World, Slaughterhouse 5.

    1. Rory and Dean doing it drives me crazy!! I wanted her to go all the way with Jess, but he went and screwed that one up. Boys...

      I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't enjoy some of the classics, and I also tended to like the darker novels. Slaughterhouse 5 was one of my favorites in high school.