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Just 5 more weeks...

I lost weight again this year on RAGBRAI. Now before those unfamiliar with the event go, "Well, just pedaled your bike 450+ miles in a week, of course you lost weight," let me explain something. RAGBRAI could easily be renamed the Great Annual Ride for Pie. (Or pork chops, spaghetti, beer, ice cream, waffles, pancakes....I could keep going but I think you get the idea.) Yes, it is true that some people actually GAIN weight on RAGBRAI. Even with all of that riding, it's awfully easy to put more calories in that what comes out!

The funny thing is (beer consumption aside) I probably eat healthier and more consciously on RAGBRAI than I do the other 51 weeks of the year. I eat to fuel. Jason and I figure we probably need 1200-1500 calories a day for riding purposes. (That's on top of what your body needs for normal functioning.) That's pretty easy to get when you're stopping every 1.5-2 hours along the way. Funds are tight, food is expensive, so I try to choose the best nutrients for my dollar. And while I was nervous about eating vegetarian this year, it was actually pretty easy. Luckily after last year we knew to watch for certain stands along the way (Garden of Eden and their smoothies and black bean burritos; the Pizza place with their whole wheat crust veggie pizza with broccoli...YUM). We eat early and often, moderate amounts at a time. It seems to work great.

This year it was also nice to have our own rig and people along who took it upon themselves to make us a couple of amazing, fresh evening meals thanks to Carlos's garden and Greta's skills with a knife. It's gonna take A LOT to surpass the night of the tofu, garden veggie pasta salad! Crusty bread, cheese and wine...I mean come on, life doesn't get much better than that, on RAGBRAI or other wise!!!

So once again I return home a few pounds lighter, overall feeling slimmer, and hoping that I can carry on the weight loss for a few more weeks. If only I could RAGBRAI for about 5 more weeks...I think that would just about do it...



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Today while I sat in a classroom supervising students as they worked on their math assignments, I watched Lexi through the window enjoying time with her friends during recess. My heart smiled.

Those moments, moments of learning and carefree fun, those are the moments that SHOULD make up a school day. As a Mom, and an elementary school employee, my heart is breaking over the news and images coming out of Connecticut today. 
I send my kids off to school everyday without a second thought that they will return safely come day's end, just as I'm sure each one of those parents in Newtown did this morning.
Every day I walk into my school for work without a second thought to my personal safety, just as I'm sure each of those teachers, paras, custodians, sectretaries, etc in Newtown did this morning. 
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DIY: Reusable Produce Bags

With Earth Day festivities gearing up for tomorrow, I thought I'd take a moment to post a short DIY tutorial on making your own reusable cloth produce bags. (Tutorial inspired by my favorite crafty mom blog, Crazy Mom Quilts. Produce bags inspired by running into my friend Laura at the grocery store while she was stuffing her produce into these.) This is my next step in the fight against the excessive use of plastic bags.

Our family has been making small environmentally minded changes in our daily lives over the past few years. We use reusable shopping bags. We've stopped buying/using Ziploc bags and plastic wrap. I'm trying to commute around town via bike more. I'm being more mindful about where the food we buy comes from and how it was produced. We more often hang our laundry on the line to dry in the spring and summer instead of just throwing it in the dryer. (Which is convenient at the moment since our dryer has decided to quit drying.) As we use up chemically clean…

Sunday Morning Silly...

Once in a while Dando's curiosity urges him to venture off the bookshelf so he check out other toys in the house.

I think he thinks Froggy is missing a few marbles.