This cheery little penguin helped me get back into the swing of things today. I’ve mentioned this before (probably a million times), but my classroom is the temperature of a meat locker, so I drink hot water all day long. I’m not a huge fan of tea, but I love holding something warm in my hands (and up to my cheek on occasion) – so I sip on hot H2O and I love it.

I actually felt very refreshed today. The alarm made me want to scream this morning, but I got over it as Jillian forced me to do squat jumps and plank-twists as the sun came up. The rest of the day went well, the kids were awfully chatty, but I honestly don’t mind “chatty” – there are worse moods when it comes to 8 year olds. I can do chatty.

I always call my class “Chatty Cathys” – and the boys hate being called Cathy. I guess I could call them “Chatty Charlies”…hmm, I think I like that!

I stayed at school way too late planning and re-arranging desks, so when I got home at 7ish, I was pretty hungry. The only possible thing I could have made for dinner was in the freezer – and I was kind of dreading it, but it came together surprisingly well and turned out to be exactly what I wanted.

Meeker cut up some chicken (because I am repulsed by raw meat) and then I seasoned it with salt, lemon pepper and garlic powder and sautéed it until slightly browned. Next, I added frozen broccoli and green beans and seasoned them similarly. Once everyone was cooked, I poured a mixture of mustard, soy sauce and water over the pan. Perfection. I ate it atop ½ cup rice and drizzled some sweet chili sauce over the top. It really hit the nail on the head.

Monday Night Football is on, but I plan to plug in some headphones to the computer and watch some Everwood…the best show. (I’m already on season three, Cait!)

Monday, check!


Edited to add…

I just found this piece of my mom’s cinnamon/chocolate cake in the back of the fridge. It was fantastic. That is all.

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