Cockatiel


That’s been stuck in my head all day. I love Family Guy, and several times lately I’ve seen the episode where Peter gets the record from the diner and then plays it over and over and over and over and over. Anyway, guess what I have now?! Here’s a hint:

It’s big and green and not a smoothie!

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Meet Mango- the eclectus parrot! He’s an absolute sweetheart! He gave me kisses the first night I brought him home, and he is wonderfully sweet just about all the time. I don’t know how well he and Rocky are going to get along with each other. I know not to cage them together, but I would really like to keep them in the same room, at least. I guess I’ll have to feel that out when the quarantine period is over.

I also had an emergency trip to the vet this afternoon with my rats. Willow has sliced her back wide open, most likely with part of the cage, and had to get stitches. $150!! Insane!! The rats are class pets and this afternoon a couple of the kids noticed that she was bleeding. After inspecting her, it quickly became clear that she was going to definitely need some stitches, so right after school, I had to pack her up and take her to the vet. She handled the surgery well, though, and as long as she doesn’t pick at the stitches, it will be a pretty easy recovery.

One other quick thing to report: I asked for a change of grade level, not really expecting it to happen. Two of our 5th grade teachers are retiring, and I have taught 2nd grade for 3 years now. I guess I just want to try something new, so I asked the principal if I could move up. He let me know yesterday that I would be moving to 5th next year, which means 1) I have a lot to pack during post-planning, and 2) I need to plan on having NO CLUE what I’m doing next year!!! I’m sure I’ll figure it out, either way, but it is a little bit intimidating, now that I know it’ll actually be happening. Still, I’m pretty excited about it, and from the sounds of things, so are a lot of other people. Apparently, nobody expected me to stay in 2nd as long as I have!

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Isn’t the weather lovely today…. sigh.

On a brighter note, I did get out of class early this afternoon because of it. Of course, I have done none of the things I needed to with that time. On today’s to do list:

  • write lesson plans
  • create math centers
  • find a rug for the living room (I hate ours)
  • clean house
  • laundry

I’m sure I’ll get to at least 3 of those. I absolutely have to do laundry, write lesson plans, and make math centers in order to get through the day tomorrow, so I’ll have to motivate myself to do at least that much.

I have completely overhauled my eating this past few weeks, and I’m very surprised to find myself really enjoying the change. I have always been an all or none person, and it seems like leaving myself no room for crap, I’ve really delved wholeheartedly into much better eating patterns. That said, I have yet to reincorporate exercise. I had been very consistent about it for a while, but was starting to really slack at about the same time I had to get my wisdom tooth pulled. I haven’t made any attempt at working out since then- although, to be completely fair to myself, that was doctor’s orders for the first week, so I couldn’t officially start back until yesterday.

Still, I’m wondering if I should give it a few more days of eating like this before I start back to working out. I’m wondering if trying to take on the drastic change in both areas might be more than I can stick to, and might be part of what’s given me trouble before. I just don’t want to end up back on the slippery slope to giving up, and I’m not sure how to prevent it.

I’ve been tired today, but I think that has more to do with the weather than anything else. I’ll definitely sleep well tonight. I’ve also been pretty hungry, but at the same time, nothing sounds good. Here’s what I’ve ended up eating so far. I have no clue what I want to fix for dinner. Any suggestions?

This morning’s breakfast smoothie ingredients:

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YUMMY as usual.

I had a midmorning snack of a banana

Then on the early drive home from class, I decided that my sandwich and baby carrots would be too hard to eat while driving, so instead, I had a larabar and some soymilk to hold me until I got home. One thing that I’m trying to work on is eating when I’m hungry but watching what and how much, instead of the regimented “breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner” schedule and trying to break it down into how many calories I’m going to allow myself for each meal.  I would probably do better to have smaller snacks to hold me until the next snack (or meal, whichever is more appropriate). So here is the 2nd snack:

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A couple of hours later, it seemed like a good time for lunch, but rather than eat alone, I had a special guest for today’s lunch. Meet Rocky. He shared lunchtime with me today. I had a sandwich and salad, and he had some bird bread that I made last night.

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You can put all kinds of different things in it, but last night, I used

  • 1 box jiffy corn muffin mix
  • 1 can veg-all
  • 1 egg

I also broke the eggshell up in it to give him a little bit of extra calcium.

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Rocky loves his bird bread.

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Oh yeah, and I ate too. Here’s my lunch:

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First, the sandwich. Same as yesterday:

  • wheatberry bread (which I am running out of… guess I should add that to the to do list)
  • hummus
  • spinach
  • worthington meatless chicken
  • tomato slices

And the salad:picture-123

  • spinach
  • cucumber
  • tomato
  • olives
  • 3 spritzes of this stuff

And here it is altogether:

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A little bit of motivation:

There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that’s your own self.
~~Aldous Huxley