Friday Five – Friday Favorite

I’m so excited it’s Friday. It’s been a long full week back at school this week. My first full week since the week of November 3rd, not even kidding a little bit. So it’s been a bit tiring to say the least. But overall it was fine. And just another two weeks before winter break. But it’s not like I’m counting or anything…

What a week, what a week. Finally got a few workouts in too. Yeesh. Such a pain sometimes.

This will be me this weekend. Excuse you week of workouts, I need to chase you with a wine tour. Drinking all the wine tomorrow, hello!

This will be me this weekend. Excuse you week of workouts, I need to chase you with a wine tour. Drinking all the wine tomorrow, hello!

But, it is in fact Friday, so I’m going to go ahead and join Cynthia, Mar, and Courtney for Friday Five. This week’s theme is Friday Favorites, which is always a nice theme because then I can just blab about myself. Nice.

Right now I’m kind of on a huge pinterest kick. Back when I was planning my wedding a couple of years ago I was pinterest crazy, but afterwards that kind of died off for me. But just recently I seem to have renewed my love affair with the site and have spent lots of time. My pinterest I use now is my personal one that doubles as my blogging account, which means while most of the stuff I pin is health/fitness/triathlon/running related, I post a ton of other things too, like recipes, house stuff, outfits, other pretty things, etc. You can follow me on pinterest HERE. I’m always looking for interesting accounts to follow!

Another thing I really love right now is actually my job, believe it or not. At the old school district I worked for I used to felt total dread and get horrible anxiety about going everyday. Breaks even made me a nervous wreck because all I thought about was how I had to go back when they were over. But my new district isn’t like that. I feel welcomed, appreciated, and like the other teachers and my administration really care about my success. But it is my first year in a new district, meaning I need to do a lot to make myself stand out and prove that I should continue to teach here. I still sometimes get a bit of that dread just because being a first year teacher, you’re never safe so to speak, but everyday I leave happy and feeling I grateful. Can’t put a price tag on that.


Pretty much how I feel everyday

I’m also crushing on some Christmas right now. Once December hits my mind goes holiday crazy. I’m totally pumped about ABC Family’s 25 days of Christmas and all the awesome and classic Christmas movies. And holiday music, swoon! I’ve been enjoying hearing it on the radio the last few days. I tried to avoid it before thanksgiving, but now I’m embracing it. I’m excited to finish up shopping, go pick out a Christmas tree, and start spreading holiday happiness all over our house.

You know what else is fantastic? Starbucks chestnut praline latte. Holy hot cakes that drink is delicious. I discovered them on our vacation since the west coast is crawling with Starbucks. Now that we’re back and only have one Starbucks in our area, I’m not guzzling them down, but they are super yummy. Everyone should definitely try one.

I’ve also been enjoying cooking lately. I made a couple of cakes, made a huge pot of chili the other day, made one of Hubby’s favorite dishes, poppy seed chicken. The joy of cooking comes and goes for me, but right now I feel like I’m enjoying myself and I’d like to have a bit more time and money so I could try some new recipes. But those things are not possible. But even so, I’m going to try out a few more things I think. I have some other recipes I want to give a shot and really, just every now and then, I need to remind myself that I am in fact a domesticated woman. I know, that thought startles me too!

Who else is getting into the holiday spirit already?

Looking for simple but health recipes! Recipe links encouraged!

8 Thoughts on “Friday Five – Friday Favorite

  1. It’s great to love your job, isn’t it?
    M @readeatwriterun recently posted…Friday Five – Friday FavoritesMy Profile

  2. I’m not really in the Christmas spirit yet. I keep waiting for it to happen. I’m traveling for Christmas, so it may or may not happen this year.
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  3. I’ve been using Pinterest more often the past couple of weeks (just followed you 🙂 ) Thanks for reminding me about the 25 days of Christmas on ABC Family.
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  4. So glad that you found a district you are comfortable in. I use to teach middle school too, I get it! ( going back after a break is never easy).

  5. Love the list. Pinterest is great. I usually use it in waves.

    Always love on Christmas. My favorite time of the year for so many reasons.

    We’ve also got back to cooking a little more often. I’ve always enjoyed it, just about making time for it. Or at least for stuff more complex that I enjoy doing.
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  6. I live with Scrooge so Christmas hasn’t hit the Kennedy Compound just yet but it will this weekend! It’s time to get our tree. I’ve already pulled out the box of decorations and I’ve bought festive greenery for the planters on the front porch. Yup, I’m ready. 😀
    I need to get on the cooking bandwagon again. I’ve been so busy in the evenings that dinner usually ends up being a sandwich or soup. I used to cook a LOT. Definitely need to get back on that…
    I haven’t tried the Chestnut praline latte but I will this weekend as you’re the 3rd person that has said it’s amazing. 😀
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  7. Lovely list! I do love that Starbucks drink, I tried it. Most of the flavored lattes are too sweet for me so I ask for half the amount of pumps of the syrup. Then it’s perfect.
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  8. I am definitely getting into the holiday spirit. With all of my down time, I have been shopping and decorate day in day out. 🙂 P.S. I had my very first chestnut praline latte a couple days ago and thought of you. Unbelievable!! SO YUM!
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