- She’s okay now, but Madison hurt her leg playing two weeks ago. She was crying and couldn’t put any weight on it, so we took her to the ER vet. The vet said she probably partially tore something in her leg, so we’ve made sure she’s been taking it easy, not walking up and down stairs a lot, not jumping on and off furniture, etc. We also found out she has arthritis in both her back legs, so we are looking into the best ways to help her.
- This season our team hosted an invitational meet that is annually held between the three high schools in the district and local private high school. It hadn’t been held at our school in almost ten years, but we worked really hard and pulled it off! It went well and I’m glad it’s over.
- This winter has been brutual! Our district used six calamity days in January alone. I can’t wait for the weather to warm up!
What I am…
- Reading: I just finished reading The American Heiress (review to posted later this week!). I am going to start reading The Friday Night Knitting Club next. I’ve heard good things about it; have you read it?
- Watching (TV): My favorite shows are The Mindy Project, Community, Bones, and Parks and Recreation. Are you watching the current seasons of any of those shows? I love How I Met Your Mother, too, but I didn’t enjoy the first couple episodes of this season so I wasn’t anxious to keep up, and now I’ve fallen way behind! HIMYM fans, it’s gotten better, right?
- Watching (Netflix): Dan and I started watching and quickly finished Orange Is the New Black. It’s an awesome show about life in a women’s prison. I can’t wait for season two! We are currently watching Friday Night Lights. We can’t get enough! Does anyone else love that show?
- Listening to: Pure Heroine by Lorde. The CD has been on repeat in my car ever since Dan got it for me for Christmas.
- Doing for fitness: A couple months ago, Dan and I joined a gym just a few minute drive from our apartment. In addition to swimming at the gym’s pool, I also log time on the cardio machine and do Tone It Up! routines. With swim season, I am have only been getting to the gym a couple times a week. I love coaching and will miss it when the season is over, but I am looking forward to having more time to work on my fitness goals!
- Posting: I have a fitness Twitter account I have shared on this blog before, but I changed my username recently from @getfitgetstrong to @kcdaily_fit. In addition to my personal Instagram @beagleandbear (which I am a bit obsessed with), I have a fitness Instagram @beagleandbear_fit. Feel free to follow me!
- Loving: Madison is recovering well, the days are getting longer again, curling up on the couch with a big cup of tea and a book, the White Barn Candle’s scent Winter, snacking on pretzel sticks.
What is new with you?
Here we are, on snow day #5 of the school year (2nd in a row of this week). This winter has been brutally cold! As a teacher, I of course enjoy the snow days (any teacher who doesn’t enjoy them, even a little bit, is lying to themselves and to you). However, as a high school swim coach, I’m not a great fan of snow days getting in the way of practice. Since I can’t control the weather or the district’s calling of snow days, though, I try not to stress out about it and fully enjoy my snow day. A key component of that enjoyment, for me, is watching Perry Mason reruns.
Perry Mason is an American court drama that aired from 1957-1966 on CBS. Every time I have the day off of work and I have the opportunity to catch a rerun, I do so because
- Perry Mason is a smart show. Like a lot of people, sometimes I attempt to take care of things on the computer or play around on my phone while also half-paying attention to what’s on TV. I can do this with Bones (one of my all-time favorite shows), Law & Order, Body of Proof, etc., but I can’t do this with Perry Mason, not without missing a key detail. The show is well-written, with its focus based on the relationships and motives of its characters, rather than on shocking acts of violence, intense action sequences, or emphasis on technology.
- The acting is fantastic. Raymond Burr starred as Perry Mason, earning two Emmys during the show’s duration. Barbara Hale, who played Mason’s secretary Della Street, earned an Emmy for her role on the show as well. William Hopper, the actor who brought Mason’s private detective Paul Drake to life, was also nominated for his work on the show.
- In addition to wonderful acting by the series regulars, Perry Mason often featured guest stars past and present viewers would get a kick out of seeing. Such stars included Dick Clark, Robert Redford, Leonard Nimoy, Cloris Leachman, and Bette Davis.
- Perry Mason is mostly formulaic. Most episodes begin with a scene or two introducing the soon-to-be defendant and victim. Perry somehow gets introduced and linked to defendant. Someone is killed. Perry and the police both begin their investigations. The evidence keeps pointing to Perry’s client. A hearing or trial occurs. Perry presents his case and ends up revealing another person as the lead suspect. More often that not, that person will end up confessing on the stand. The episodes almost always end with Perry, Della, and Paul, and sometimes the client who was just proven innocent, chatting and laughing in Perry’s office or in a restaurant. A lot of people don’t like it when their shows are formulaic, but as someone who thrives in routine, I enjoy it – especially since every show includes a new mystery to fit into that formula.
- It’s a black-and-white blast from the past. I love watching reruns with my dad, who remembers watching them with his late mom when the show was originally on air. The men all wear suits, trench coats, and hats, and the women all wear pencil skirts and have their hair and lipstick perfectly in place. It’s a fun trip back in time to an age that many people view as classy and more wholesome, but via storylines that remind you no time was truly an age of innocence.
Perry Mason episodes are currently shown on MeTV and the Hallmark Movie Channel. You can also find full episodes available for streaming here.
- All the kinds of flavored coffee Dan & I got for Christmas
- Staying safe & warm during this terrible weather, and the fact that my friends and family are, too
- The perfect planner for a new year
- New leggings to wear while rocking workouts at the gym
- Speaking of workouts…I’m loving prepping for my first masters meet and participating in Tone It Up’s Love Your Body series!
- Working ahead to finish the second half of swim season strong
- Cuddling up with Madison, a good book, & a cup of tea
- Sending and receiving hilarious texts with friends
- Marathons of favorite TV shows
- A good night’s sleep
- Only 36 days until pitchers and catchers report!
What is making you happy as of late?
- The photo above, which is my church’s weekly bulletin, because it shows the church’s weekly schedule for this week includes Dan and I’s wedding!!!!
- A good book
- Funfetti cake
- Singing loudly while driving my car
- Early Sunday Starbucks treat
- Visits with and calls from great friends
- Finding a hilarious new favorite TV show
- Sunshine and cool breezes
- A clean house
- A happy Madison
What is making you happy as of late?
For the month of March, I am participating in Fabulous Finds by Tiffany’s 31 Day Blog Challenge. Today’s prompt: Daily routine.
My days do not always work out as planned/ideally, just like everyone else, but this is what an average, “good” weekday is in my book:
- Hit snooze over and over.
- Drag myself downstairs. Drink coffee and sit with Madison on the recliner while dozing/watching local news/playing on my phone.
- Frantically get ready for work. Sometimes while this is occurring I get a call from work reassigning me to a different school/teacher for the day.
- Go to whatever school I am subbing at that day.
- Follow the plans left for me by the teacher for whom I am subbing.
- During swim season or swimming intramurals, I head to the high school, coach/supervise while a caffeinated diet soda and drinking lots of water, then go home. When those activities aren’t in season, I stop for a coffee and then go home, or just go home (to make more coffee).
- Once home, I change into workout clothes, watch an episode of a TV show on Netflix, have a snack, and pet the dogs.
- Walk the dogs.
- Relax/do chores/take care of tasks for work or other things.
- Eat dinner and then workout OR workout then eat dinner.
- Some nights I may go out to play free bar trivia with my friends. If not, I will Skype with Dan, relax/do chores/take care of work stuff, or have a phone chat with a long distance friend.
- Bed! : )
What is your routine like on a “good” weekday?
Monday evening I fell ill and was sick all day Tuesday. This morning I’m still not feeling my best, but I’m definitely doing much better, thanks to a (safe) combination of medication and other little comforts, such as:
- Ginger ale
- Naps with Madison
- Sweatpants and blankets
- Texts from great friends
- House Hunters and Arrested Development
- A long, hot bath
- A warm pasta meal when I felt up to eating
- Laughs with Dan, who took care of me so wonderfully
What makes you feel better when you’re sick?
…feel like summer has been moving way too fast?
…feel strange with unpainted fingernails?
…have trouble sleeping without their dog (or cat) cuddled up next to them?
…wish the summer Olympics happened more frequently than every four years?
…love kicking back with a bowl of popcorn and a funny movie after a long week?
…think it’s just as fun to go through the drive-thru as an adult as it was as a kid?
…enjoy starting the day with a big cup of coffee and morning news and talk shows?
…feel like they could eat Mediterranean cuisine for every meal for the rest of eternity?