Monday, May 23, 2022

Ok, Amy, you can do this…four more days with underclassmen (seniors finished Friday) and then two teacher work days.

I am linking up with Holly and Sarah for Hello Monday!

I feel like I have really been phoning it in in so many areas of my life lately. If you read my blog and think I have it all together – I most certainly do not.

Let’s go back to Friday. I had food days in 3 classes and it was exhausting. I do all the set up and clean up, but it’s so worth it to see how excited the kids get. They have to make an authentic-ish dish alone or with a partner. They are so proud and want you to try what they made. So sweet!

I also said good-bye to my two senior classes (they had food days the week before) and I couldn’t keep it together. I kinda think they like it when you get emotional because it shows that you care, you know? I said something to the effect of:

“I know you all are sick of me right now but I hope you will have a few warm fuzzies for me after time has passed. I can’t remember feeling as close to a group of students in a really long time. I think it’s because we went through something really hard together. I hope you have understood my teaching philosophy – to have fun with learning, to not take yourself too seriously, to take risks with language, and that the more you give, the more you will get out of it.”

I said a few more things and made them laugh at the end.

Whew – I hate getting emotional.

It’s also been a huge adjustment to having four of us in the house again. Mason is working a lot and Jack is working a fair amount. We are still finding our groove and I am figuring out how to shop and cook for four again.

Friday after school I had the house to myself because all my peeps were at work. I bought another pack of these because they are really good.

Everyone arrived home and I made tacos for them and avocado toast for me. The kids went to a play together put on by Jack’s old theatre. They were doing the Shakepeare in the Parking Lot again and both of my kids apparently love and understand Shakespeare. I do not!

I took a shower and did my first set of press on nails.

I picked them up at CVS on an Instagram rec from a former student. I am imPRESSed! Get it?

Now, almost 48 hours later – they still look really good and they don’t bother me at all. I stuck them on, cut them, and then filed them. I have washed lots of dishes and cooked lots of food, and I have taken two showers. If you get them, read the directions. I looked on their website and there are tons of cute designs.

Saturday morning I did all the things. I did laundry, cleaned, read outside with my coffee, went to Trader Joe’s, Kroger, walked..

Then, I made Tom and I a bagel breakfast sandwich to split and we went down to work on the boat.

We took Ernie and he swam. We weren’t ready to take it out yet because the battery was dead and it was really dirty from the long winter in the storage barn.

Tom brought Ernie and I home and he ran some errands for house stuff and I made a Trader Joe’s salad and added more chicken. It was really good!

Then, I got ready for our friends to come for dinner. Here is my new Old Navy dress:

I saw it all over the internet and fell in love with this color. It has pockets! Yes, it is a big nightgownish, but I am going with it!

I made veggies…

and a small charcuterie with my new board…

strawberry salad…

brussel sprouts with balsamic glave, potatoes, bbq chicken, and ciabatta. It reminded me how much I enjoy cooking for friends.

For dessert, I had Dove ice cream bars in a couple of flavors.

It had rained off and on, but the night ended up being so lovely.

And then it rained a bit yesterday morning and I sat under cover…my favorite thing to do basically!

My last Sunday meal prep of the school year! I baked a couple of potatoes, did hard boiled eggs, 4 breakfast burritos because Friday we don’t have students and I might do something different for breakfast, and…

ground turkey meatballs for a couple of different meals:

I am doing buffalo bowls for Erica and I – cauli rice, buff sauce, these, celery, and ranch and doing meatball subs for the fam and I will probably have sauce, meatballs, and my soy pasta.

What was the highlight of your weekend?


11 thoughts on “Hello Monday

  1. I love the dress, so cute! I so look forward to shopping your favorites next time I go to America! MIL leaves for Florida next week, but we’ll do one more summer in Sweden…
    Yummy meatballs! Great idea to make them in the oven!
    We also worked on the boat during the weekend, it’s in the water and it’s dirty… Still too cold for a ride (for me at least), but we sat at the dock and enjoyed the sun.
    Your last week! I can’t believe it! Your speech to the kids was lovely, you’re a sweetheart. ❤


    1. Thank you! Yes, we have some good shopping places. I hope she has fun! You had a great Swedish summer last year as I recall! I love these meatballs and they are healthy! The sun feels so nice! Thank you – after I thought of better things but it was from the heart.


  2. I love what you said to your students and I bet you are their favorite! Another year in the books!
    I love your press on nails – perfect color. My weekend was pretty chill – I am looking forward to the long weekend ahead!


  3. We had a heatwave this weekend with temps in the 90’s! We got some ice cream, worked on pressure washing the deck, and mostly stayed inside the air conditioned house.


  4. What a fun weekend. You are such an awesome teacher! I love your nails. I just bought the dress in the pink color and I’m not sure about it on me. Looks so cute on you! I feel like it’s hard for me to make decisions about summer wardrobe until I’m tan 😂


    1. Thank you! I don’t know about that! Impress at CVS!
      Go to sun tan city and they will
      Hook you up. Lol!
      It really is hard. Keep it for a bit and see if you reach for it!


  5. Sending lots of energy and motivation to power through the last week of school. I heard from several of my son’s teachers that they felt very close to the class of 2022 because of so many ways covid affected their high school years. It was a very emotional week and month as we wrapped up his high school days.


    1. Awww thank you! I think it’s really true!
      I’m so sorry about your nose! I hope it heals quickly!
      I bet you are feeling all the feelings. I still can’t believe I’m an empty nester.


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