• fitness

    City Sports Run Club with CS by City Sports Apparel

    On Monday I went to City Sports Run Club with Jess. We ran with her friend Emma, Rachel from Healthy Chicks and her friend Jess. The Run Club meets every Tuesday at 6:00 pm, and welcomes runners of all abilities. You can store your bag in a dressing room and learn about a new company each week. This week, Merrell showcased some of their new shoe offerings, and there were Bonk Breaker peanut butter and jelly energy bar samples.  Another reason to go–every mile you log gives you $1 in rewards points. I’m excited to go to more of these runs–they fall right after my school leadership team meeting, so it’s a great way to…

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    C2 Pilates Blogger Barre

    Yesterday I went to a C2 Pilates blogger barre class with Jess from Little Miss Runshine and Denisefrom Fit 4 a Foodie. Other attendees included Sarah from SarahFit, Jen from Boston Bachelorette, and Monica from Burpees and Bubbly. Jess, Denise, and me CC began with an introduction of the studio, rundown of the class routines, and rationale behind their method. I appreciated this–though I have gone to many barre classes, I like knowing what to expect! In fact, I was a little nervous because I heard from Jess that the class was supposedly harder than the ones she had gone to before. CC and Carolyn put their heart and soul…

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    Lululemon FunRun

    It’s not just for Wunder Unders…Lululemon Prudential has a weekly run club! Yesterday I went to Lululemon Run Club with my friend Jess. I was so nervous on the way over from work. I hadn’t run with other people in a really long time, and feared that no one would want to run with me at 9:30-10:30/mile pace or that I’d feel awkward trying to make new friends on the run. I decided not to fuss about pace at all and abandoned RunKeeper (aka a “naked” run), and relaxed as Jess and I set off with the group. We ended up running a 3.55 mile loop at conversational pace (from…

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    productivity hacks #1-3: one week later

    One week later, here’s how I did! Check email standing up 3/5 – broke this in the morning by paranoidly checking if I had gotten sub coverage for dealing with a broken heating water pump. When I got to school, I did all email standing up at the laptop cart. 3/6 – did it! it’s making me so aware of how much time i’m spending on email. 3/7 – accidentally wrote some sitting emails in the morning, and in the evening at my kitchen counter. 3/8 – slipped a few times for work, but ended up not checking personal email for most of the day 3/9 – cheated a LOT…

  • instruction,  musings

    just a kindergarten teacher

    This weekend I caught up on some DVRed episodes of How I Met Your Mother. This scene made me so sad. Lily: Because he was right; I am just a kindergarten teacher. And, yes, I have a degree in art history, and I was meant to do something with it—but I didn’t. Somewhere along the line I forgot to pursue my dream and, and now I’m old and I’m a Mom and it’s just too late for me. I feel sad that teaching is portrayed as less than a dream, and that being “old” and a “mom” makes it too late to pursue one’s dreams. The show’s had some story…

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    popcorn challenge

    You are trying to decide what popcorn containers to select for a school movie night. For the four types, calculate: 1) Volume 2) Surface Area 3) Cost per Cup of Popcorn (hint: you’ll need to find out some more information). The challenge: come up with new popcorn containers that hold the same volume but have less surface area (so they cost less to produce). Authentic Movie Night: The small plastic tub costs $1.99. It measures 5.25″ across the top and is 5″ tall. The large plastic tub costs $2.99. It measures 7″ across the top and is 7.25″ tall. Pop-open Popcorn: These cardboard tubs have dimensions 4″W x 8″H. They…

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    productivity hack #3: no cherry-picking

    From A Life Less Bullshit: 3. Stop “cherry-picking” your to-do list My most unproductive days always have one main thing in common: I work through my to-do list in a haphazard order, doing just the easiest things and procrastinating on the bigger, scarier – and much more important – ones. In short, I cherry-pick my to-do list. This month, though, I’m working with a new strategy. First, I brain-dump everything I think needs to get done that day. Then, instead of jumping into that mess by choosing whatever I most want to work on, I re-write the list in a specific, thoughtful order. Which of these things is most important?…

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    productivity hack #2 – bookends

    Also from A Life Less Bullshit: 2. Create daily “bookends” The way I start my day has a huge impact on how the next 24 hours unfold. If the first thing I do is reach for my phone and check my email in bed, my mind is already buzzing with a list of things that other people need from me. To stop myself from doing this, I bought an alarm clock to use instead of my phone alarm (remember alarm clocks, haha??), and every night before bed I turn my phone off and leave it in another room so that I’m physically incapable of checking my email from bed. (Hey,…

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    productivity hack #1 – email timer

    From A Life Less Bullshit‘s email newsletter on March 1: 1. Set a timer when answering your email I’ve read a lot of tips about how to best organize your inbox by using labels and folders and filters, and while I definitely think some of those techniques can be helpful, I’ve also found that solely focusing on email organization can mask the real problem. Buying pretty boxes to hold all of your clutter doesn’t actually help you de-clutter, you know? Especially considering that what I really want is to make email my bitch, which means that the first thing I do is treat it like a once-in-a-while task instead of…