Wednesday, October 12, 2011

How to Boil Water

So, as you probably know, I am a teacher. I [attempt to] impart mathematical wisdom in various ways to teenagers all day long. (Case in point: Today, we constructed triangles and non-triangles out of uncooked spaghetti noodles to establish the Triangle Inequality Theorem. I ended up with spaghetti noodles tucked into my back pockets, yes by a student, and spaghetti noodles scattered all over the floor. And I swear they're all at least 14 years old. At least that's what they tell me.)

Anyways, last night was a role reversal and I became the student! I attended the Taste of Home Cooking School with a few of my girlfriends. (Last year I made my Business Man come along because we had no friends yet. He's glad that has changed. And so am I.)

The instructor was hilarious, and guided us through ten step-by-step recipes all found within the magazine. She made Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, Groundnut Stew, Thai Chicken, Cranberry Roasted Pork Tenderloin Sliders, Tuscan Bread Salad... everything looked so delicious. You can bet I will be making some of those recipes soon.

There were tons of door prizes, like 50! But of course, none of us were winners. Sigh. But we did get some great swag in our goodie bags! Two magazines, a few other recipe booklets, a full jar of mustard (blecch), a wooden spoon, a dough scraper, and loads of coupons. Oh, and a free magazine subscription! It definitely made up for the $10 tickets.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable evening. It's always fun to go out on a 'school night' even if it means getting to bed a little late.

I chose to sleep in  today (to the oh-so-late hour of 6:30am) and run after school instead of waking up in the  5 o'clock hour. Today was my only speed work-out of the week, 3 miles at goal race pace.

I did my usual tempo loop (which is a 3-mile loop that I usually run twice, because I know all the half-mile and mile marks.)

I aimed for a 7:00-7:10 pace and finished right with a 7:00 average. It wasn't super-hard but it wasn't like a frolic in the park either. 

My thought process was a bit like this: 

Finish first mile. "Hmmmph, not so bad. On Sunday, you'll only have to go this pace for 84 more minutes."

Finish second mile. "Okay, still not too terrible. Now you'll only have 77 minutes left."

And so on! I finished the work-out asking myself, "Can you do that for another 70 minutes?" Haha... I am always such a numbers person! I can entertain myself for entire runs by just calculating my splits, predicting splits if I speed up and/or slow down, trying to figure out PR's and what not. I guess it's not really a bad thing.

So, last work-out, DONE! Just a couple more easy runs to go. And now I'm icing my knee and reading my new magazines. 

Corn is the perfect ice pack.

Life is good.


In other news, my school district is competing in the Glee Give a Note contest to raise funds for our music programs! Lima is the town that Glee is set in, and so it would be awesome if we could win this contest. Our district has seen a lot of cuts in the past year, and are anticipating lots more to come, so if you could click over and vote for us, that would be oh-so-wonderful!

Our Arts Magnet Elementary/Middle School created the submission video which you can see here:

You can vote once a day, until November 7! It's super easy to vote, just click the link and then click Vote. Thanks so much!


Blane181 said...

I would love to go to a Taste of Home cooking class. I love Taste of Home!

And voting - done!

Have Your Way said...

I voted :)

Lima is a sweet town!! I have been there many times!!!

Wow that is sweet you used spaghetti noodles for math. Way to be creative :)

Sara said...

Thanks guys for the votes!! :)

Jessica @ rerunrunning said...

Cool class! I am totally going to go vote! Keep reminding us and I'll be all over it! :)

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