The best time to take a toddler out to dinner.

It’s been a week where I just don’t want to get up from bed and would rather sleep all day and gorge myself on chocolate goodness. The snow day at the beginning of the week made everything go downhill for my plans, but I’ll get into that another day.

Last weekend, Chris and I attended a free educational conference: West Essex Tech Symposium. I met a lot of amazing educators, learned some new tools, and planned out ideas for my library (which I dove into this weeeeeek!)

The food was awesome there, too. You know me and food.

Oh, and I got to see Joyce Valenza in the flesh. She’s a widely known former school librarian turned doctor/professor. It was nice to hear what she had to say and see some of her work in person. I’ve followed her journey for years and would love to take a course with her in the future.

Once we finished getting our learning on, we spent time putting together a Pinterest concept for goodie bags for Miles’ 2nd Birthday Party that is tomorrow!!!! Oreo Mickey Mouse treats 🙂

In theory they looked awesome.

When we chocolate covered them, not so pretty and the ears kept falling off.

So, Chris did what any good candy maker would do: eat the broken ones.

Then he came up with the idea to cover only a front half of the cookies and it worked!

So, if you’re coming to our party tomorrow, you’re goodie bag is a mix of good, ugly, and other chocolate assortments. It’ll all taste good. I never said I was Martha Stewart, but I sure try.

We went out one evening to pick up what I don’t even remember??, but Chris stopped me mid-aisle to show off a food he loves-loved? Yuck. Made my stomach turn to think about it, and I’m sure I ate something like that at one point in my life, maybe even as recent as college.

Another time, maybe the next day, we took Miles to the Environmental Center to play while it was cold, drizzling, and right before the snow came.

They put together a puzzle.

And Miles sparked more ideas for my upcoming Makerspace in my library…

The rest of the week, I slept-in, gave up on working out and just let my mind relax about food. I’ve been stressing so much over working out every morning, eating perfectly, and it killed my enjoyment in life. So, wiped out, I took a week to regroup and recover.

Sometimes, you just need a break.

Oh, and in case you needed to see, this is why I started the week a little disinterested in getting up and pushing myself so hard… mysterious bruises. I have one on my thigh and one on my arm. The last time I had these kinds of bruises was when I was running long distances (over training in the process) and when I’ve lifted far too heavy weights too quickly.

With T25 Beta Phase, I’m not sure if I was pushing myself too hard. It’s a little disconcerting to be bruised and not have walked into walls as I normally do. So, I also felt a week off might help me focus and repair.

Maybe I will do T25 every other day. We’ll see. I’m not going to stress over it – right now – ha.

And if you want to know the best time to take a toddler out to dinner? 4pm on a Wednesday night. We had the entire place to ourselves. Miles is so funny now, he goes “ooooooo, ahhhh, it’s heeeerrreeee” when we get our chips or mexican delights. He loves Jose’s!

That’s our weekish in a nutshell. I’ve been working hard to start a Makerspace in my library, busy building and redesigning my website for a new direction, and getting everything ready for Miles’ birthday. I haven’t been working out – which I feel SUPER guilty over – but today, I’m letting that go.

You can’t push hard every single day of your life without injury. I learned that last year. Breaks, when my body or mind tells me, are going to happen now.

Enjoy your weekend!


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