• appetite

    e.t.c. juicery

    At Btone Fitness, I like to use the Megaformer furthest to the right (similar to my habit of sitting on the end in college classes or at the bike on the right-most end of the second row at Pursuit Boston). Sometimes when I am struggling through elevator lunge or other standing moves, I eye the e.t.c juicery case by the instructor desk. The cashew milks and green juices always look so tempting! Melina, one of the Btone teachers, created her own pressed juice business called e.t.c. I took her class for the first time on Tuesday…girl will make you worrrrk! After trying a green juice for the first time at…

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    March 24 NaBloPoMo – One Thing

    If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? My first thought was to change one of my physical qualities: to clear up my vision to 20/20, to sing like Ella Fitzgerald or Fiona Apple, or to run like Kara Goucher. Those potential qualities are lovely but wouldn’t pay off as much (unless I landed a recording contract or running sponsorship). Changing my devotion to the “shoulds” would pay off so much more. The “shoulds” involve social pressures and doing things for extrinsic motivation and the approval of others rather than for intrinsic rewards. I don’t like that the question almost implies that the “one thing” has…

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    March 21 NaBloPoMo – Doing More

    Do you do more for yourself or for others? More is not better. I am not a good multi-tasker. I prefer quiet workspaces and small groups. When I add more to my metaphorical activity plate, I get stressed but I hide it because I think that multi-tasking is what’s prized in the working world. I say I understand balance, but I don’t. In fact, when a coworker used to tell me “be kind to yourself” during times of stress, I would interpret “kindness” as being lazy and not upholding myself to my standards. I think this attitude comes from long-held subconscious equating of self-worth with extrinsic rewards: straight A’s, high…

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    March 20 NaBloPoMo – Know Yourself

    Benjamin Franklin said: “There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.” Do you think you know yourself well? I used to think I did. The more I learn, the more I realize that I don’t know. It doesn’t matter whether it’s about teaching, about cooking, or about myself. You would think that we all know ourselves well, but I think that we all have blind spots that we are not aware of.

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    March 19 NaBloPoMo – Best Friend

    Would you say that you are your own best friend? No. Several of my posts for this NaBloPoMo challenge have examined conflict between the dueling natures of self. This one continues the theme. I can be strong and motivate myself to persevere through tough situations, yet I can easily spiral down into weakness, discouraging myself from finding the positive. I’m learning to be kinder to myself, but I can still be my own worst enemy.

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    March 18 NaBloPoMo – Confidence

    How would you rate your self-confidence? When is it at its lowest? When is it at its highest? If it were a function: 1) The first derivative would be positive. 2) Relative minima occur on days with lessons that don’t go as well as I hoped, bad races, or bad sleep. 3) Relative maxima occur on days with good lessons, unexpected surprises, or sufficient sleep. 4) Absolute minima and maxima happen with the life events that make me laugh and cry.

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    PopChips Palabok

    When I arrived home after the PopChips cooking competition, I pondered how to use the original or BBQ PopChips in an inventive way that enhances flavor and texture. Their light, airy nature makes them ideal for a crumb topping, binder for veggie or meat burgers, or as a vehicle for tiny hors d’oeuvres. I thought of incorporating them into arepas, scallion pancakes, or a Filipino caesar salad. I circulated through my mental recipe box for something that would “pop” with crumbled PopChips…and landed on pancit palabok, a favorite Filipino noodle dish from childhood. My mother cooked lots of Filipino food: empanadas, chicken adobo, lumpia (egg rolls), and variations of pancit.…

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    Sweet Cupcakes

    As a kid, I brought the same cupcakes to school every year on my birthday: yellow cupcakes with strawberry, chocolate, or vanilla frosting from Brenner’s Bakery. My favorite was always the strawberry. That was cupcake life in the 1980s. Our students no longer bring cupcakes to school because of food allergy rules, but at home they can select from cupcakes that 1980s children could never even have imagined. Last Thursday, I went to a complimentary cupcake tasting hosted by Boston Bloggers at Sweet Cupcakes on Newbury Street. After meeting the owner, Courtney Forrester, we tried signature cupcakes (such as chocolate and vanilla vanilla), gluten-free chocolate cupcakes, St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes,…

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    March 17 NaBloPoMo – Trust

    Who do you trust more: yourself or others? I used to rarely trust myself. Rather, I deferred to others because I assumed that they always knew better. In my first few years as a teacher, I always thought of myself as the newbie who resided at the bottom of the totem pole (even when I had useful ideas to contribute). Now I’m learning to trust my instincts and to get used to the ideas that others might trust me.

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    March 14 NaBloPoMo – Working Preferences

    Is it easier for you to work together with other people or to work alone? My natural inclination is to work alone. For lesson planning and the grade team leader or IB coordinator work that requires concentrated effort, I crave solitude. Give me a clean desk, a Design Love Fest wall paper on my desktop, a jazz Spotify playlist in my ears, some Uni-Ball Signo gel pens, and my Bullet Journal, and I’m golden. However, teaching and leadership experience have also improved my ability to delegate and to play well with others, particularly in the following areas. 1) Drawing Out Other People’s Strengths: As a kid, I could often be…