I was able to eat a whole wheatberry sandwich today without getting anything stuck in the hole from my wisdom tooth removal. Sadly, this is the something I got very excited over, making me either really pathetic or just a really big fan of wheatberry. Not sure which.

Breakfast:

Another smoothie (shocking, I know)

Here it is before mixing:

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  • a banana
  • 3/4 cup of almond breeze
  • a scoop of peanut butter
  • 1 leaf of kale
  • 2 ice cubes

And here it is in all its glorysmoothie-mixed

Lunch:

This was spread out over the day. First, the sandwich.

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Parts:

  • 2 slices of wheatberry bread
  • 2 slices of vegetarian chicken
  • lettuce
  • 3 slices of tomato
  • hummus

And the finished product, along with the rest of the meal.

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And a quick brag: I’ve lost a small amount on the scale, but what I’m really thrilled with is that tonight I looked in the mirror, and the double chin is almost completely gone! Definite progress, even if the scale doesn’t show it yet.

On a side note, I got an einstruction interwrite tablet yesterday for my classroom. I actually should have had it months ago, but it took forever for it to be shipped because I won it at a convention and there was some confusion over prizes/addresses, etc.

It just came in yesterday. I charged it overnight and was able to use it today. It is AWESOME!!! I would highly recommend it to anyone. I’m able to walk around the room while still using the smartboard, create venn diagrams, pages of notes, draw bunny rabbits on the smartboard (not productive, but still fun.) I made an afternoon of playing with it after the kids left for the day, and I have all kinds of ideas floating around in my head for future lessons. Best. Accessory. Ever.

I got to work at about 7:30 this morning and didnt’t leave until about 6:30 tonight. I love my job- I really truly love my job… but it’s a good thing I love it so much. Otherwise, it would have absolutely burnt me out by now. The school where I work uses a literacy program that operates without a textbook for reading, spelling, or writing, and we also do not use one for math. There are textbooks available for Science and Social Studies, but they’re outdated, and that’s the least of the problems with them. So, of course, there is a lot of prep work involved for our teachers. In a sense, it’s wonderful because I have so much freedom to decide what my students need, and adjust my instruction to that. A perfect example of this happened today- yesterday, during our writing block, I noticed several of my students did not have a strong sense of beginning, middle, and ending to their stories. I planned a lesson for today that refocused them on that concept. I remember during some of my internships (prior to student teaching) feeling tied to a textbook, and stifled by it. So the freedom is wonderful.

At the same time, it’s incredibly frustrating sometimes to just be ready to leave, but know that I haven’t finished making centers for my math lessons or haven’t finished choosing books for my guided reading groups. It’s a lot of work that sometimes I would love to be free from. I’m not going anywhere- I love my job. I am incredibly happy there, and we have, hands down, the best administrators anywhere, but still, sometimes I guess you just need to vent a bit.

At any rate, on to what I ate today:

Breakfast was another smoothie, along with a veggie sausage patty on the side. I did take a picture this morning, but I couldn’t find my camera, so I used the one in my phone. Right now, my phone is dead (it’s on the charger right now) so I’ll share those when the phone is working again. Basically, it’s another green smoothie… very similar to yesterday, but with a couple of minor adjustments.

  • 1 leaf of kale
  • 1/2 a banana
  • 1 spoonful of peanut butter
  • light yogurt
  • 2 ice cubes

I also mixed it longer in the blender, which made it a bit creamier than yesterday.

Lunch (again, pictures coming soon) was a peanut butter and banana 1/2 sandwich on wheatberry bread. I ate the other 1/2 of the banana by itself.

My after school snack was an apple.

Driving home, I had a Larabar. This time, I tried the peanut butter cookie bar. It’s one of the few I haven’t had before. It was ok, but not one of my favorites.

Dinner was a canned soup. That’s right… I got all gourmet tonight… haha. I had a can of Amy’s organic lentil soup.

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Eh… what can you do? Like I said, it was a long day.