Finished!!!! + some family time!

The first thing I want to say is….I FINISHED CHAPTER 2!!! Wahooooooooo! I worked all day on it, so it feels good to be able to say that!

Some background: My dissertation is studying literacy practices and community formation in an online college class. I picked this topic because I think that’s just where education is going – soon we will see even more online courses, and since I want to teach college full-time, I want to know how to design courses in which students feel connected and are supported. So, I LOVE this topic and am very passionate about it, it’s just a lot of writing. But I knew that when I signed up, so I’m not complaining! : )

When I took my first break after finishing a section of chapter 2, I did this arm workout. Holy heck. It burned. And I am SORE this morning. Try it out! You can thank me (or hate me) later. Then I had a small protein shake with PB powder, collagen, super greens, and some protein. Then it was back to writing!

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This is why Lu stares out the back doors all the time – she has a lizard friend living under the step out to our backyard. See him? He’s cute! She loves him.
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Before I knew it, it was lunch time! I just threw a bunch of stuff into a bowl, topped it with Sriracha, and chowed down. This is one of my favorite ways to eat, so I was happy! Leftover fish from our tacos, sweet potato and mushroom scramble, coleslaw with the amazing dressing below, and some guac! Mmmm. It hit the spot!
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This stuff is GOOD! I usually make my own dressing by just throwing random stuff together, but I really liked this!
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Virtual lunch date with Jake! I think most of our texts contain food pictures…that’s okay, right? HA!
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I’m really into watching my heart rate, not that I do much with it, it just intrigues me. I think the lowest my resting heart rate has ever been was 44, so it’s getting close to that! I also think that sitting in front of my computer allllll day had something to do with this…
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When Jake got home, we headed over to my parents’ to celebrate Ralph’s (my sister’s pup) birthday and to go out to eat. We had a celebratory glass of wine over me FINALLY being finished with Chapter 2.
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The birthday boy! He’s such a sweet dog and LOVES Piper so much. It’s adorable.
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Jake’s Momma, Penny, got me this shirt for Christmas. I wear it WAY too often. It just applies to most days! Thank you, Penny! <3
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These chips. All the heart eyes. We went to Iguana Roja and they put the BEST seasoning on their chips. Whenever I find one that is covered, I savor it. I also dig through the basket of chips to find the covered ones. I can’t figure out why people won’t go back to this restaurant with me…
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Jake and I shared the fajitas. I was only able to have one really small one because I was full of chips…
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For someone who takes a lot of selfies, I really dropped the ball on this family picture. At least everyone else looks good! Really good, actually. Do I ruin pictures? Probably.
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Then we took our very full bellies home and crawled into bed. I can never sleep when I overeat, so I was wide awake. One day I will learn my lesson…maybe.
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This is my favorite night shirt. My Momma got it for me when we were on vacation somewhere…I can’t remember where it was, but I’ve loved it ever since! Otters are one of my favorite animals. <3 It says, “I otter be in bed.” Jake laughs at me every time I wear it.
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Well, I didn’t sleep well, so I didn’t get up until almost 7, which I hate. But oh well! I needed the sleep. I’m going to go to the Y in a little bit and do my long run for the week. This is one of my shorter weeks, so my longest is 8, which is doable on the treadmill. I had a hill workout to do today, but I’m going to move that to Saturday, which was supposed to be my long run. I don’t really feel like running in the rain OR doing hills on the treadmill…I’m wearing my favorite Feetures! socks, though! They were having a sale yesterday, so I stocked up. They already shipped! I LOVE that.
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My failed attempt at getting a picture to send to Jake…
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Baby Lulu! This popped up today. She was so cute and sassy as a puppy! Well, I guess she still is…
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The only thing on my to-do list from yesterday that I didn’t get accomplished was my core workout, sooooo I’ll do this today after my run.
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I’m going to have a snack, go run, then come home and work on Chapter 3! I’m kind of enjoying the rain…it’s relaxing.
Happy Friday Eve, everyone!!
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  1. Merica Clinkenbeard

    Way to go!!! Just turned in an advanced school law paper yesterday and took my statistics final Tuesday. Start working on my chapter 1 in the fall. Your focus and energy keep me inspired. The time you get up in the morning- makes me exhausted:). Still working on a topic…..

    • Chelsea

      Merica,
      That’s awesome! Congrats!!! Gross to statistics…that class was HARD for me. I’m so terrible with numbers. I’m excited to hear what topic you pick! You’re going to do SO great!

  2. Alyssa

    I love that dressing! You should try the Wishbone Avocado Oil Garden Herb one(if you haven’t already). I keep that one and the Caesar one on hand at all times! <3

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