Mar 172017

Highlights from the week of March 10-16th, 2017:

  1. Free shipping all weekend with Plexus!
  2. Helping a couple more friends while growing customers
  3. Lunch date with an old friend from college
  4. Video chats with Bradie
  5. Team meetings
  6. Homemade dinners
  7. Birds chirping that spring is near!
  8. Online events
  9. Reaching out 
  10. Starting on the Weffriddles puzzles again after a ten-year hiatus
  11. Snapchat selfies
  12. Catching up with Denise
Mar 102017

I skipped my highlights last week and I feel guilty about it!!

Highlights from the week of March 3-March 9, 2017

  1. Registering Bretton for Pre-K
  2. Having hope despite a bleak budget situation
  3. Pizza at Cossettas
  4. Selling the Lexus quickly
  5. Catching up with Noemy
  6. Helping yet another friend with Plexus
  7. Prime rib and scallops at home
  8. Getting my new schedule and groups finalized to start next Monday!
  9. Getting assessments and materials ready for new group
  10. Facetime nightly brainstorm sessions with Bradie
Feb 242017

What an AWESOME WEEK!!!!! I love vacation!! I’ll be posting the video and tons of pics of our trip very soon!

Highlights from the week of February 17-23rd, 2017:

  1. Spending time with my parents
  2. Shopping at Bealls
  3. Lunch at Ford’s Garage at Miromar Outlets
  4. Pizza night
  5. Naples Beach
  6. Harbor cruise in Naples
  7. Seeing multi-million $ homes on the waterfront
  8. Seeing dolphins
  9. Lunch at Bonefish Grill in Naples
  10. Rotisserie chicken
  11. Delnor Wiggins State Park
  12. My kids’ good behavior
  13. BBQ and swimming in the ocean at Bonita Beach
  14. Dinner date sans kids at The Fish House
  15. Lobster Bites & Grouper Reuben at The Fish House
  16. Pool at Paloma
  17. Chic-Fil-A
  18. Cruisin’ the coast from Bonita Beach into Fort Myers Beach
  19. Splash pad at Lakes Regional Park
  20. My Dad’s smoked ribs
  21. Downloaded movies on Netflix to watch on the airplane
  22. Discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a star called TRAPPIST-1
  23. G/T Cohort with Dr Westberg
Feb 172017

Highlights from the week of Feb 10-16, 2017:

  1. Happy Hour at Ol’ Mexico
  2. My amazing 40th birthday!!!
  3. Birthday greetings from friends and family, near and far
  4. A beautiful new purple Coach purse from my honey
  5. Romantic birthday dinner at Bonefish Grill
  6. Pomegranate Sage Martini
  7. Donuts at Bonefish Grill. OMG, best donuts I’ve ever had
  8. Birthday drinks with my girlfriends
  9. My first ride with Uber
  10. Phone call from my Gram & Gramp
  11. Brunch with Brian, Michelle and all the kids
  12. Really great NAAPID performance at school
  13. Valentine’s Day gyros at Dino’s
  14. Generous donations for Weeks 2 & 3 with Pennies for Patients
  15. Getting everything packed up and ready for our trip to Florida
  16. Finishing It Ends With Us
  17. Pizza at Angelos
  18. A decent flight to Fort Myers to see my parents!
  19. Reading Another Brooklyn in its entirety on the flight to FL
Feb 102017

Happy Friday!! It seems like it has been a Looooooooooong week and I am ready for my birthday weekend!! Here are my highlights from February 3-9, 2017:

  1. Fresh cut and color.  Color wasn’t exactly what I wanted but it still looks nice and the cut feels great.  Still long, but more layers.
  2. Organizing the boys’ old baby clothes so I can get rid of them
  3. Getting started on my taxes
  4. Finishing my mid-year TD&E paperwork at work (a week before the deadline!)
  5. It Ends With Us
  6. Mushroom & Swiss burger and Alfredo wings  at DSpot
  7. Reminiscing with old friends on FB re: songs that remind people of ME
  8. Hearing from an old college friend
  9. Sending out photo Valentines instead of Christmas cards
  10. Response to my cute Valentines
  11. A very generous week 2nd of donations by the kids at school for Pennies for Patients
Feb 032017

This week was decent however, I hurt my back and have had a rough go of it, physically.

Here are my weekly highlights from January 27-Feb 2, 2017:

  1. Pizza at Cossetta’s
  2. Taking boys to Mall of America
  3. Rides at Nickelodeon World
  4. Lobster bites at Long John Silver’s
  5. Another scenic drive along Mississippi River
  6. Having an old RX of muscle relaxers on-hand to help with my back
  7. Registering for the Plexus Convention in Las Vegas
  8. Family STEM Night at school
  9. Photo Booth with Props (with yours truly as the photographer)
  10. Making an appt to get my hair done, balayange-style
  11. Getting caught up with This Is Us
  12. Making it through “Winter” and “Spring” in GG: A Year in the Life
  13. Catching up with Noemy
  14. Starting the book Dark Matter

Bash & Dash on Blue’s Ride at MOA

Snowy Beach at Spring Lake (Mississippi River)

Jan 272017

Highlights from the week of January 20- 26, 2017:

  1. Chicken-fried Steak
  2. Bashy got a haircut
  3. Bianca’s 10th birthday party
  4. Helping yet another friend with Plexus
  5. The boys got to spend time with Obachan
  6. Dance lesson with my colleagues at weekly staff meeting
  7. GT Cohort class with Dr Westberg
  8. Better behavior from Bretton
  9. STEP Testing winter window closes at work
  10. Finishing Gilmore Girls (original 7 seasons)
  11. Pennies for Patients kick-off
  12. Currently reading a YA book: As Brave As You
Jan 202017

How has your week been? I’m going to be honest…. with the Inauguration of Trump today, I have been feeling an impending sense of doom.  I’ve also been dealing with several personal issues this week that have been bringing me down.  Its been one of those weeks that everything makes me want to cry. Somedays I wish I had the luxury of staying in bed all day.  Not to sleep (well…maybe!) but rather to just let go of all the emotions and sadness inside me.  Instead I get up early every day, put a smile on my face, round up all my positive thoughts and feelings and I push forward.  Its very important for me to focus on the good things and let go of the bad things….. these “Weekly Highlights” are my way of doing that.

With that being said, here is my list of highlights for the week of Jan 13- Jan 19, 2017:

  1. Home cooked meals
  2. Lunch at Smashburger
  3. Road trip to Spring Lake on the Mississippi
  4. Schaar’s Bluff 
  5. Spring Lake Islands Wildlife Management Area
  6. Rock Island Swing Bridge Pier
  7. Getting to check out the Ice Castles in Stillwater (before the big melt)
  8. Being rescued by a good samaritan after getting stuck in the snow down a lonely dirt road
  9. Impromptu visit from Bradie
  10. Updating my blog
  11. Seeking advice and thinking about a plan to help my son
  12. Feeling good physically (sickness still hasn’t touched me!)
  13. Finding new books suggestions (my ever-growing list!)
  14. Helping others get healthy
  15. Warmer weather
Jan 132017


Highlights from the week of Jan 6-12:

  1. Plexus Super Saturday- extremely inspirational and motivational!
  2. Drink Pink team dinner at Jimmy’s Kitchen
  3. Finally getting my hearing checked with confirmation that I have some hearing loss
  4. Teaching algebra to 3rd graders with Hands-On Equations
  5. Chorizo Egg sandwich at Einsteins
  6. Updating blog via Facebook Posts
  7. Catching up with Leslie
  8. My first time to Oasis Cafe
  9. My first Chicken & Waffles Experience
  10. Having the iPad as a backup TV (for the kids) now that our big TV is broken 
  11. Yummy chicken fingers at Raising Cane’s
  12. Finishing my 1st book of the year… Playing Dead
  13. Taco Dinner with my BFFs at Mary’s


Dec 162016

I haven’t spent as much time on this blog over the past couple of weeks as I thought I would but I still want to reflect on the good things from the past week.

Highlights from the week of December 9- December 15, 2016:

  1. Pancakes at Perkins
  2. Roasted Cornish game hens
  3. Having a toasty warm house when its absolutely frigid outside
  4. Happy hour 2 for 1’s
  5. Staff Holiday party at Shamrocks
  6. Receiving Christmas cards
  7. Watching Finding Dory and Home Alone with Dash and Bash
  8. Listening to my 3yo sing along to “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” whenever it comes on the radio
  9. Kisses from my boys
  10. GIGANTIC King crab legs- best I’ve ever eaten in my life!!
  11. Catching up on This Is Us and Younger
  12. Adding books to my TBR list on Goodreads
  13. Knocking off books toward my 2016 reading goal (I’m so close!!)
  14. Homemade turkey tenders


Dec 092016


Weekly Highlights from the week of December 2- December 8, 2016:

  1. Double points at Jersey Mike’s
  2. Getting carried away over something exciting
  3. Taking care of some of my shopping online at
  4. Receiving my packages before any porch-robbers nabbed ’em (I wasn’t worried but I strongly dislike hearing these stories)
  5. Driving through the Holiday Lights in the Park at Phalen
  6. Facetime convo with my bestie
  7. Coming to my senses
  8. Finishing Pride and Prejudice– wowsers, this was a difficult read with the old-school English but I enjoyed the story
  9. Free coffee at Starbucks thanks to a very generous RAK (random act of kindness)
  10. Staying healthy thanks to my stealthy immune system and Plexus Probiotics!
  11. Diffusing delicious-smelling essential oils
  12. Receiving my monthly order from Young Living
Dec 022016

Weekly Highlights

Highlights from the week of November 25- Dec 1, 2016:

  1. Setting up my acct on Bloglovin’.  Follow me!
  2. Sleeping in until 8am all weekend
  3. Extra dose of probiotics to keep my immune system strong
  4. Hanging out with my boys at home
  5. Getting the truck fixed and having it run smoothly again
  6. Starting a new rotation at school that includes my GT kids. Woot!
  7. Adding more books to my ever-growing list of “to-be-read”
  8.  Starting and making it through 1/3 of Pride and Prejudice.  My first Jane Austen novel.  Holy moly, the language is definitely old school and hard to comprehend! Thankful to be reading on my Kindle where definitions of a word are as simple as clicking the word! Very useful!
  9. Catfish and shrimp from Hook. I never knew catfish could be so good, especially with Frank’s Hot sauce
  10. Connecting with old friends on Facebook that I haven’t talked to in 20 years 
  11. Plexus Cyber Tuesday sale!
  12. Watching a Charlie Brown Christmas and full-feature version of The Grinch
  13. Fixing the landing page on Twin Cities Restaurant Blog.  Its been broken for two years and I didn’t even care.  Sad that I’ve let it go.
  14. Posting an update of sorts on the TCRB
  15. Hosting an online party with Usborne Books.  Its open for a couple more days if you want to buy any books for the kids in your life.  Here is the shopping link!
Nov 252016

Highlights from the week of November 18-Nov 24:

  1. Sorting through all our boys’ newborn clothes to sell off or donate
  2. Lennox graduated from puppy school
  3. Burritos at Pineda Tacos (for the first time in over a year)
  4. Finishing up my first rotation of students
  5. A successful turkey dinner (our 1st turkey!! In 18 yrs!! lol)
  6. Facetime with my parents, and brothers Brian and Jeff on Thanksgiving
  7. Rereading To Kill a Mockingbird for the first time in 25 yrs
  8. Finally finished Season 4 of Gilmore Girls
Nov 182016

Highlights from the week of November 12-November 18:

  1. Birthday dinner at Outback Steakhouse
  2. Taking a day off
  3. E’s 40th bday lunch at D-Spot 
  4. Giving away books!
  5. Pre-conference dinners with my coworkers
  6. First set of parent-teacher conferences complete
  7. My monthly Plexus order
  8. Blogging again ūüėČ
  9. Introducing Lennox via social media
  10. Reading TWO NOVELS in a week
  11. The book, Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
  12. An unexpected (but welcome!) visit from a former student
Nov 112016

Highlights from the week of November 5 – November 11, 2016

  1. Positive results of my student engagement survey
  2. Cleaning out my closet of shoes and jackets
  3. A weekend full of BEAUTIFUL, warm, fall weather
  4. Scenic Drive around Lake Pepin
  5. A visit to Maiden Rock Winery and Cidery
  6. Driving the Rustic Road
  7. A cute improptu family photo
  8. Dinner at Smokin’ Oak
  9. Puppy class with Lennox
  10. Facetime with my parents in FL on my mom’s bday
  11. Taking part in Kids Voting at school
  12. Voting on Election Day
  13. Trying to stay positive and gain a different perspective
  14. Giving away many of my old books to friends at work
  15. Deciding to make a blog comeback!!
  16. Dinner at Khan’s Mongolian
Nov 072015

Highlights from the week of October 31- Nov 6, 2015:

  1. Hanging out with Erin and her boys
  2. Having Stew do my brakes (and saving quite a bit of $$$ on labor)
  3. Having Jeffrey back home for a few weeks and getting to see him
  4. Trick or Treating around the neighborhood with Bash & Dash
  5. Having the boys baptized in front of family and their Godparents
  6. Beautiful tribute to Flip Saunders (RIP, Coach)
  7. A quick, cheap fix at Schmit’s to fix a minor problem with my new brakes
  8. Getting info on our schoolwide iPad rollout coming in 4 weeks!
  9. Committing to creating another school yearbook
  10. Last treats of the season from Pine Tree Apple Orchard
  11. Take-out from Donatelli’s
Nov 012015

Highlights from the week of October 24-October 30:

  1. Dinner at Teppanyaki Grill with Denise and all my boys
  2. All plans in place for Bretton and Sebastian’s Baptism
  3. Sebastian’s First Year video is all done!!!
  4. Finishing The Mighty Miss Malone
  5. Counting and shipping off Box Tops for Education
  6. News that my colleague Megan had her baby boy
  7. News that two other staff are also expecting babies
  8. Breaking News that they have a “person of interest”¬†in Jacob Wetterling’s disappearance from 1989
  9. Crazy hair day at school
  10. No school on Friday to do report cards
  11. Shopping at Kohls and walking the boys around the mall
Oct 242015

Highlights from the week of October 17-Oct 23, 2015

  1. Almond Bark and chocolates from Candyland in Stillwater
  2. Scenic drive to Red Wing and Lake Pepin
  3. Dinner at Smokin’ Oak
  4. Sunday family dinner at my folks’ with¬†Gram and Gramps
  5. Being able to sing Happy Birthday to Gramps (90th!)
  6. Healthy check-up with a new Dr (Fernandez)
  7. Phone talks with Noemy, Bradie, Mary and Leslie ūüėČ
  8. Wearing orange for Unity Day
  9. Stopping at Walmart for $5 pumpkin shirt on my drive into work
  10. Having  Bretton try on his Halloween costume
  11. Hearing about Dad and Brian’s trip to Cairo, Dubai and Milan
Oct 172015

Highlights from the week of October 10th-Oct 16, 2015:

  1. Celebrating Sebastian’s Birthday with my mom, Michelle and the kids
  2. Helium balloons from Dollar Tree are only $1!!!
  3. Surprise party for Sebastian with Obachan and Grandpa Dennis
  4. Sukiyaki
  5. Finding a new scenic route on a drive through the country
  6. Discovering a beautiful property on the St Croix River
  7. MEA Break and having two extra days off work to spend with the boys
  8. Finally trying Teppanyaki Grill in Fridley. Yum!!!
  9. Running into a former student from Saturn Riverfront Academy (Vincent & his wife)
  10. Dinner at DSpot


Oct 102015

Highlights from the week of Oct 3- Oct 9:

  1. Open House at Hugo Fire Dept
  2. Riding in Firetruck with Bretton, seeing helicopter up close
  3. Hanging with Rich & Jackson at Oak Shore Park
  4. Dinner at Great Moon with Rich & J-Man
  5. Playtime at Shoreview Community Center with Mary and the boys
  6. Scenic drive along St Croix
  7. Dinner at the Drive-In at Taylors Falls
  8. Playtime at Teddy Bear Park
  9. Cool fall weather
  10. Rollerskating party for my school
  11. Celebrating Bashy’s birthday with my mom, Michelle and the kids