Wednesday, March 23, 2011


I wanted to share with you all how I like to relax. These days people seem to be more stressed than ever and I feel it is important ,and most doctors will agree, to take time for yourself. So here are my top ways I like to relax in no particular order. It really depends on time and money available.

-get a massage
-watch TV
-take a bubble bath
-shopping (even grocery shopping)
-working out
-go on a date with Mike

I know once we have kids it will be harder to take time for ourselves especially for me when mike is gone but I need to try to find time when I can to relax. Mike and I have started a weekly date night and hope to be able to keep up with them even after we have kids.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

What I Eat

When you tell people you are vegan they normally look at you funny and ask how I eat. I think it is hard for many people to understand not eating meat, milk, cheese and eggs. I eat lots of really good food. We love Indian food and Thai food which both have lots of vegan options. For a quick cheap meal we can go to Chipotle or subway.  Also I have been trying to make snacky things that are vegan to have around. The other day I made vegan carrot cake and cornbread muffins. I eat pizza without the cheese, pasta with marinara, nuts, hummus, beans, bread, tofu, coconut milk ice cream and lots of other things. I am only a few weeks into this new way of life and it seems I am getting better at it each day. Tonight while mom, dad and Brandi ate a roast with veggies I had brown rice with black beans and tomatoes seasoned with cumin, garlic pepper and olive oil and a salad with almonds.

Not that long ago (probably just a month) I was one of those people that couldn't understand why people would eat vegan and I used to say things like "eating vegan is committing to feed yourself" It is a little true because when i go to other people's houses I have to either bring my own food or tell them ahead of time I am vegan.  I am surprised how easy it has been to eat out and that waitresses seem to be understanding of what many would think of as a weird request.  I guess before I started eating vegan I didn't understand. Now that I am I would ask people to try it for just a week before they judge it and me. 

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Substitute Teaching

Recently I started to sub for the same district I went to from kindergarten to Senior year. Also my mom works for the same district. I haven't done it too much since Mike has been home but hope to do more when he leaves again. So far I have been in a kindergarten class, 1st grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade and a couple different high school classes. I definitely prefer the high school because it is much easier and I find the kids pretty funny.

Being in the schools makes me think more about what I want for my future child. I went to traditional public school and mike went to public school until 4th grade, then he was home schooled, then he went to a charter school that supported home schooling. Then in high school he did an independent study program where he met with a teacher once a week for assignments as well as took some college classes at the local JC.   As you can see we had very different experiences. I can't say if one was better than the other because we both turned out pretty good. Mike feels that a properly done home school program is better than the public school system. I feel that I got a good education and wouldn't mind my children having that same experience.

It also in a way comes down to me not feeling good about my abilities to teach my own children everything they need to know. Mike completely disagrees (he is sitting here next to me adding his two cents as I write so I thought I would share them). It seems like so much these days is based on test scores and specific knowledge and skills. Its one thing for me to go into a classroom and follow a lesson plan for a day but a whole different thing to teach my kids everyday. I know that every child is different and needs different things so I know we will do what ever is best for our children.