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  1. Last (full) week of school! Well, and that's largely my own fault. I only have students today and tomorrow and am only contracted through Wednesday. However, I'm working the rest of the week + June 1st for an extra $400 - between my remaining hospital bills and the $20,750 cashiers check I just requested from my bank to pay for this round of IVF ( GULP) and the fact I'll have plenty of curriculum work to do anyway, that seemed like a reasonable deal. Quest One: Fitness Nothing to report Quest Two: Nutrition Dude, the orzo and spinach "carbonara" was AWESOME. So fast, easy, and delicious!! Definitely a keeper recipe. I feel a little bit bad that I made two recipes in a row where my "healthy ingredient I don't eat very often" was spinach, but once I get my hands on some halloumi, I should get a little more variety in there since that recipe doesn't have spinach in it at all. Quest Three: School Goals for work: 1) send in dual-credit form - submitted, just waiting for their response 2) finish French 1, Unit 7 curriculum - done for now 3) make the list of realia - I now need to make a second list for a completely different person who is going to Mexico and is willing to find stuff for my Spanish classes! 4) submit grant application to maybe get up to $500 in materials - not started yet Goals for the second grad program: 1) read Judy Moody: La vuelta al mundo en ocho días y medio - Up to page 48/182 Quest Four: Personal Goals: 1) work on my son's quilt - row 12 is well underway! Without my pattern in front of me, I have either 4 or 5 more pieces to add and then that row will be done 2) reach out to a realtor - no progress 3) declutter the master bedroom/closet - all laundry washed but not quite yet put away. I also brought two of the suitcases downstairs to go with our other ones (in the random closet we tend to use for storage)
  2. Not a lot to say - yesterday was the first day in a very long time where I legitimately did not have a single thing that HAD to get done right then and there, and I think once I processed that, my brain just kinda shut down. Even when I'd try to force myself to get something done, my brain would just...refuse to engage. The break was probably sorely needed if it was shutting down that hard! Challenge update: Quest One: Fitness I tried to do an easy yoga video, but it's really confusing what counts as "inversion" and what doesn't - the example I was given was downward dog, but does that mean literally any yoga pose that involves bending over? Because that's most of them I feel like? So maybe yoga is off the list until after the egg retrieval just to be safe. Quest Two: Nutrition Nothing to report currently, though I'm making orzo and spinach "carbonara" tonight since we still don't have halloumi yet. Quest Three: School Goals for work: 1) send in dual-credit form - everything is submitted, just waiting for their response 2) finish French 1, Unit 7 curriculum - done! Though I feel like it'll need some reviewing... 3) make the list of realia - calling it done until I hear otherwise New task!! 4) submit grant application to maybe get up to $500 in materials - I'm not in their list of "priority will be given to these situations" but I figure why not try anyway Goals for the second grad program: 1) read Judy Moody: La vuelta al mundo en ocho días y medio - Up to page 30/182 I think? I read a few more pages but honestly I'm just being too lazy to go get the book and check right now Quest Four: Personal Goals: 1) work on my son's quilt - no progress 2) reach out to a realtor - no progress 3) declutter the master bedroom/closet - no real progress, but I did put away the newly cleaned clothes so the mess at least didn't start building back up
  3. I agree! When you're both sick and super stressed at the same time, every checkmark turns into a major victory. You deserve to celebrate hitting those 3 goals despite all the extra challenges happening right now!
  4. Hmmmm. So we've hit a bit of a debate in our IVF journey. We weren't going to do any genetic testing on our embryos - it's an extra $4-5,000, takes an extra 8-9 weeks, and we don't expect genetic issues to be behind our infertility. However, our doctor added it to our plan without telling us! I was initially really angry about it but he then explained that it's easier to take off than add it on later due to lab scheduling and at our ages (35 and 44), he'd expect vaguely around 50% of our embryos to have some kind of genetic issue. We could maybe get those embryos to implant, but it's much more difficult and even if they did implant, they would likely lead to miscarriages, stillbirths, or birth defects. He also assured me that they sort the embryos into three categories: genetically normal, genetically abnormal, and "mosaic" which is kind of a mix where one of two things is happening: it could be that some cells are normal and some are not, or it could be that a genetic issue was found but they'd expect it to be very small (not going to kill the kid or lead to severe disabilities, but you're definitely running a much higher risk for mild effects). We would of course try to transfer the normal ones first and then we can decide what we are comfortable doing with the mosaic embryos. We're still not thrilled but it seems much more reasonable once he explained it (and I actually have a background in simple genome mapping, so I get what he's saying and am very impressed by how accurate this test seems to be if my doctor's numbers are correct). So now we have to decide if we want to keep his plan or not - and we only have until May 25th, which is our "go" date to start the IVF meds for the egg retrieval...it's SO easy to be impatient but we know better than most how a positive test doesn't always equal a baby, so we have to keep the end goal of "have a newborn" in mind, not just "get pregnant". Anyway! On to the challenge update: Quest One: Fitness Nothing extra to say here yet, though I was able to confirm that yoga and light jogging are okay right now - the stricter restrictions won't start until at least May 31st and maybe a bit later, depending on how the ultrasounds and whatnot go Quest Two: Nutrition Nothing to report currently Quest Three: School Goals for work: 1) send in dual-credit form - letter written, now I'm finishing a resume update and it should all be submitted today 2) finish French 1, Unit 7 curriculum - now up to day 13/21 done, should be able to finish today while proctoring final exams 3) make the list of realia - calling it done until I hear otherwise Goals for the second grad program: 1) read Judy Moody: La vuelta al mundo en ocho días y medio - Up to page 27/182, yay for some actual progress for a change Quest Four: Personal Goals: 1) work on my son's quilt - no progress 2) reach out to a realtor - no progress 3) declutter the master bedroom/closet - I got another load of laundry done last night and realized there is some weird stuff mixed into this heap, like old swimsuits? Will definitely take a bit more sorting than I originally realized to get to the bottom of the hamper. Definitely at least 2 loads left though, maaaaaaaybe 3 depending on what all is in there.
  5. Thank you! I really want to paint it but it needs to be clean for that too so this challenge is pulling a bit of a double duty there. I'm mostly through the visible progress bits with only a bit of the floor space left to clear, then it'll be the less visible stuff like finally doing the laundry that's been lingering in the bottom half of my hamper for literal months at this point (the rest of the laundry just kinda cycles through on top of it). Oh, and since I've taken so long to post this week, I have now discovered a THIRD Goodwill bag that never made it anywhere - there is a closet space in our (finished area of the) basement where I put things I need but only super rarely, like graduation gowns, and it was tucked into the corner next to our suitcases which are also in that same closet I really hope that's the end of the surprise Goodwill bags! It is finals week so I did miss posting a few days while I hit my final crunch, but I just posted my final handout of the year today and exams are already written - I just need to copy them and then grade those plus all the odds and ends that will make their way to me over the next few days. So now I will have lots of time to start making progress everywhere else in my life!! Quest One: Fitness Nothing extra to say here yet Quest Two: Nutrition I was going to cook yesterday but it turns out that halloumi is surprisingly difficult to find in my area. Now I will probably be cooking over the weekend and/or changing recipes for this week, because we were able to find some online at the grocery store by my parents' house but that's about 45 minutes away. I am supposed to go steal a volunteer pine tree that's growing in their yard soon though (they were going to dig it up and throw it out, but we want to replace some of our trees that died and had to get cut down) so maybe I'll fit that in this weekend and then swing by for some halloumi on my way home. Quest Three: School Goals for work: 1) send in dual-credit form - have not been able to confirm with the university either way (if I need the form or a real letter) so I'm just going to write a letter and see what happens 2) finish French 1, Unit 7 curriculum - now up to day 11/21 done and 12 kinda started 3) make the list of realia - calling it done until I hear otherwise Goals for the second grad program: 1) read Judy Moody: La vuelta al mundo en ocho días y medio - Up to page 12/182! at least it's something? Quest Four: Personal Goals: 1) work on my son's quilt - no progress 2) reach out to a realtor - no progress 3) declutter the master bedroom/closet - I have done one load of the aforementioned laundry so far. Our washing machine has a tendency not to get all the soap off the clothes if you do a full load though, so it'll probably be a few more until I'm done. Guessing it'll be 3 more loads, especially when I end up working in random stuff I'm wearing currently that needs washing too. Also, I found my favorite black and white houndstooth pencil skirt, but I tried it on and it's weirdly tight and uncomfortable. Normally when you lose 20 pounds, clothes get looser, not tighter, so I'm not sure what's up with that. I might have to invent a way to open up the side seams just because I really do like that skirt (maybe a black lace stripe with white backing...?)
  6. Woohoo! Yes, it was a working weekend, but it did go pretty well and I definitely was able to fit in some relaxation time as well! I got all my grading 100% caught up, as you may remember was an issue during my last challenge, and I also got at least a little bit ahead on my lessons for the week since it's final exams at the end of this week and the beginning of next. I got less done for my challenge, but the more school work I knock out of the way, the more time I have to work on my challenge, right?? Quest One: Fitness I went for a walk with my kid on Saturday, but it wasn't nearly as long as I was hoping for at only about half a mile, but we didn't have a ton of time and my kid was being whiny because he wanted to play baseball instead. Still, it technically got done. Quest Two: Nutrition I cooked for the first time on Friday! I made "crispy beef and polenta with spinach salsa verde". My beef was a little too crispy for our tastes and I don't think I made enough of the spinach salsa verde - it tasted really good by itself but it was almost entirely lost in the bowl despite being very bright and acidic, so I'm assuming the ratio of salsa to beefy polenta was too low. Overall, I'll give it a 7/10; it was a good base and I think I can make it better, but as is, it was only mediocre. Quest Three: School Goals for work: 1) send in dual-credit form - so my husband sent me the form but I think, upon further reading, that form was geared towards teachers who are already doing dual-credit and I think I need to write a formal letter of intent instead of using the form, UGH 2) finish French 1, Unit 7 curriculum - now up to day 8/21 3) make the list of realia - Done but still haven't heard if my co-worker's kid is still willing to do it Goals for the second grad program: 1) read Judy Moody: La vuelta al mundo en ocho días y medio - Still on page 11/182 because I accidentally left the book at work over the weekend...oops! Quest Four: Personal Goals: 1) work on my son's quilt - no progress 2) reach out to a realtor - no progress 3) declutter the master bedroom/closet - progress! I cleared the scarves from the top of the lamp, started on the first little lamp shelf, and finished cleaning off the top of the chest (only to have my husband start dumping laundry on there again, ugh) and I folded up a bunch of sweaters and sweatshirts to put in there and open up some space in the closet. Oh, and here's a moment that made me giggle - so that blue bag next to my lamp is clothes I culled to send to Goodwill, right? Well, as soon as I opened the chest to put things in there, what did I find but a grocery bag also full of clothes...that I culled months ago...to go to Goodwill and never actually got dropped off Oops!
  7. Sleepy as heck after a 14 hour day yesterday, but I'm super looking forward to the weekend!! Even though it's still a working weekend, it'll be better than the week was hahaha. Quest One: Fitness Nothing to report yet Quest Two: Nutrition No progress Quest Three: School Goals for work: 1) send in dual-credit form - no progress 2) finish French 1, Unit 7 curriculum - now up to day 8/21 3) make the list of realia - mostly done, though now my co-worker's kid is mad at her so she says she can't give him the list until they get back on speaking terms So we'll see how this one goes... Goals for the second grad program: 1) read Judy Moody: La vuelta al mundo en ocho días y medio - Still on page 11/182 Quest Four: Personal Goals: 1) work on my son's quilt - no progress 2) reach out to a realtor - no progress 3) declutter the master bedroom/closet - no progress unless you count the fact I'm wearing a skirt from on top of the chest today so it's technically one clothing item cleaner than it was yesterday?
  8. Yuuuum, falafels sound delicious! Maybe I'll make some next week for my "get back into cooking" quest Do you use a particular recipe or just go for it? I'm pretty sure I have a recipe open somewhere in the 73 tabs I have open on my phone (unfortunately not an exaggeration...) I hope your evening was relaxing even if you struggled to go to sleep afterwards!
  9. Still exhausted, but Spanish 3 had a GREAT field trip yesterday and I graduate my seniors tonight, so I'm thinking I should get some real breathing room soon...yes, I still have to write finals and all of that, but that's more of a normal level of work than what I've been doing for the last several weeks. Quest One: Fitness Nothing to report yet Quest Two: Nutrition Ingredients arrived but I just didn't have time or energy - I am planning on cooking it on Friday though! Quest Three: School Goals for work: 1) send in dual-credit form - no progress 2) finish French 1, Unit 7 curriculum - still on day 6/21 3) make the list of realia - no progress Goals for the second grad program: 1) read Judy Moody: La vuelta al mundo en ocho días y medio - Still on page 11/182 Quest Four: Personal Goals: 1) work on my son's quilt - no progress 2) reach out to a realtor - no progress 3) declutter the master bedroom/closet - I did end up working on this yesterday; I had a few minutes at home and could not bear the idea of doing more school work, so I started clearing off the top of the chest. I'm finding this to be a bit harder than I expected, because it's such a habit at this point to throw clothes there or on the floor, but I'm trying hard not to do that anymore. I made good progress though I'm not quite done yet - see the photo below for the current state of the mess! (Please forgive the unmade bed, it has been a hard week and we were running late yesterday morning).
  10. I'm exhausted. My husband is exhausted. My kid is exhausted. We went straight from 14+ hours in the car and mommy's graduation madness to a new school week, the beginnings of tee-ball season, and graduation for mommy's students. Plus it's like 90 degrees outside...can't it be June yet? When I tried to wake up my kid this morning before I left for work - you know, "hey buddy, it's time to get up and get ready for school! Yay!" type of thing trying to get him excited for the day - he just looked at me and said, "no, life doesn't work like that today" and then rolled over Quest One: Fitness Nothing to report yet Quest Two: Nutrition Might get a chance to make that recipe tonight after all? We'll see what time the ingredients get delivered and what time I get off of work... Quest Three: School Goals for work: 1) send in dual-credit form - no progress 2) finish French 1, Unit 7 curriculum - unit rationale and overview written, standards selected, and days 1-5 set (out of about 21, though the last two days are always review and exam) 3) make the list of realia - no progress Goals for the second grad program: 1) read Judy Moody: La vuelta al mundo en ocho días y medio - Still on page 11/182 Quest Four: Personal Goals: 1) work on my son's quilt - no progress 2) reach out to a realtor - no progress 3) declutter the master bedroom/closet - well I wore the red dress that was on top of the chest in that photo yesterday, so that's technically off the chest now? Also I hung up two sweatshirts that were on the floor. I think I will focus on cleaning off the chest first though, because it could be nice to use that as an "off-season clothing" storage area so it feels silly to hang things up that I'll just have to move again in a few days (or at worst, weeks) once the chest is ready.
  11. Pictures of the current primary mess in the master bedroom (for comparison later after it gets cleaned up!) Overall: Detail of chest (with graduation stuff on top, at least that'll be cleaner soon). The pillows on the floor will stay though, as that's where the dog sleeps: And the lamp area, plus some view of the floor mess (the blue bag is actually clothes I've already culled from my closet and just haven't brought to Goodwill yet!)
  12. Quick check-in even though if I'm being honest, I don't think a lot is going to start happening here until Friday (this week is graduation at the school where I teach and I'm a senior advisor this year, so I'm pulling 12+ hour days today, Wednesday, and Thursday): Quest One: Fitness Nothing to report yet Quest Two: Nutrition Think I've decided on a recipe to make next and ordered the missing ingredients, though they won't be here until Wednesday and I'm probably not making it until Friday anyway Quest Three: School Goals for work: 1) send in dual-credit form - my husband has this, I just need to get it from him (he already teaches dual-credit through the same university) 2) finish French 1, Unit 7 curriculum - I have a rough idea of where to start but haven't put anything on paper yet 3) make the list of realia - thought about, not officially started Goals for the second grad program: 1) read Judy Moody: La vuelta al mundo en ocho días y medio - Found this book yesterday! It has 182 pages (though starts on page 11). I have read 2 sentences so far, hahaha. Quest Four: Personal Goals: 1) work on my son's quilt - no progress 2) reach out to a realtor - got a recommendation, haven't reached out yet 3) declutter the master bedroom/closet - actually made this worse my husband did laundry yesterday but I only got half of it put away. Photos of the current mess incoming!
  13. I agree with @Silmarilliane, I like how you split the money up between those two options, it feels very responsible adult Maybe I'm just jealous you're clearly more together than I am (yet)? Also I'm loving the videos you share - they make great background music after my students go home for the day but I have to finish off my contract hours! Got some grading in to Magic today
  14. Great job keeping that balance on your trip! I just got back from a long trip too - about 1,600 miles for us to my grad school graduation and back home - but I definitely did not do as good of a job as you did. It really is extra challenging when you're on the road I think!
  15. Whew! That last challenge was a real doozy, but I made it! I am now officially graduated from my MA program and just got back into town late last night (the ceremony was several states away from home since it was an online program). It's the last two-ish weeks of the classes I teach and my doctor cleared me to do gentle workouts (with a few "extra" restrictions since we're getting ready to do IVF). I'm finally over that mountain I've been slowly climbing for a long time now - in the case of the MA, 3 years! - and have found myself wondering...what now? What do I do with all this time I've suddenly "found"? What goes in those sections of my daily journal entry anymore? What happens next after the big goal has been achieved? This is something I've often found myself struggling with after big events like this, so I'm not wildly surprised. Still, there is a little bit to finish off here but I've found the best way for me to move forward when I feel like this is to relax a little bit but think up some new goals to set or I end up becoming one of those people who putter around doing nothing and then wonder how in the world they wasted an entire day/week/month/summer, so it's time to start dreaming up the next steps! Quest One: Fitness Okay so here are the rules according to my doctors: 1) start very slow and add time/frequency only if my body is responding well 2) walking or light jogging is okay except during egg retrieval week - no sprints or hard pacing (I believe walking is okay during egg retrieval week but not jogging, I will double check that) 3) No quick changes of body position, especially twisting - slow changes are okay as long as I don't feel any pain 4) Yoga is okay, but no inversion stuff (which could be a challenge, but I hate downward dog anyway so at least there's that?) 5) Be careful of my heart rate - try to keep it under 160, but it's running fast right now anyway, so I have to be extra cautious here 6) Try my best not to work out for more than 30 minutes at a time So with all of that said, my goal is to start with workouts 1x a week that are less than 30 minutes. I'm going to focus on walking and careful yoga with some light jogging - think like C25K but an extra slow, short version. Quest Two: Nutrition I'm still trying to gain weight, as well as improve my nutrient stores in preparation for pregnancy. I got this app called Sidekick that has a bunch of recipe "packs" that are supposed to allow for variety in healthy meals while minimizing food waste. My goal is going to be to cook recipes, probably from this app, 1x or 2x a week that still focus on protein while also including foods (mainly produce) I don't usually eat. This might be a single ingredient or a whole bunch, but the idea is that I get a wider variety of nutrients if I eat a wider variety of foods. Also I love to cook but haven't had time or energy during the last year or so of grad school crunch, so this is a way to get me back into a hobby I enjoy while also meeting a health goal! My weigh-in this morning was at 131.8 but I'm pretty sure that's only because I spent the last 5 days eating mostly takeout and sitting on my butt driving for hours on end. Quest Three: School Well, just because I graduated doesn't mean I'm done! I have the school that I teach in, but I also already have my eye on the next graduate program I want to do - my MA in Romance Languages (which will end up being dual degrees in Spanish and French). I promised my husband I'd take at least a year off before applying to the new program, but some prep in the meanwhile will help me a LOT once I get in! Goals for work: 1) send in dual-credit form to get that process started (I'm trying to get a local university to offer dual credit to my advanced students) 2) finish French 1, Unit 7 curriculum so that's prepped and ready to go in August 3) make the list of realia for my co-worker's son to try to gather for my French classes during his short trip to Paris this summer Goals for the second grad program: 1) find and read a French or Spanish chapter book - I own several of these, I just have to find them and pick one Quest Four: Personal Because if I don't make it a quest, I will get too obsessed with work or random social media nonsense to take up all my time. Either way, goals for my home and family tend to get pushed off, so this is the perfect time to bring them closer to the forefront! Goals: 1) work on my son's quilt - finish through row 15 (I'm currently barely beginning row 12) 2) reach out to a realtor so we can start looking at houses in the neighborhoods we want to move to sometime in the next two years 3) declutter the master bedroom/closet partly for home showing purposes but also because it's a mess. This includes my closet, the floor in front of the closet, the overflowing hamper (which will require a good amount of laundry!), the top of the chest at the foot of our bed (though I can start putting things into said chest, as it's currently empty), and weirdly enough the lamp next to my closet, which has some shelves built into it which tend to collect random hats, scarves, etc. This is not nearly enough to make the house ready to show, but it's a good start especially because I would love to paint our bedroom in June!
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