Thank you so much everyone for your congratulations on me passing my FTCE! I’m even more excited now with all of your support!


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about making some changes to my blog. I want to customize everything a lot more and hopefully give you all a little more insight into who I am. It will definitely be a work in progress, but I’m hoping you will all enjoy it when I finally finish. I won’t give away details yet, but I’m hoping this will give me a chance to use some of my graphic design skills (hint, hint) 😛 If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!


So how did everyone’s days go? Mine was great! My seminar was at the Sivia Center which is Alachua County School Board’s teacher resource center. This place is like teacher heaven! And the part of it we got to see today was my heaven because there was technology EVERYWHERE. The meeting room we were in alone had three SMART Boards, 20 MacBooks, an iMac , an AirLiner and a SMART Document Camera. Yes, I’m such a geek. I can’t help it though…I love this stuff. I love even more what you can do with it. Our seminar was an overview of the best practices with SMART Boards and furthermore, how to use them to accommodate students with special needs. For example, if you have a student with a physical disability and this student finds it difficult to write on the SMART Board with the smaller pens (they’d have this issue with the chalkboard or a regular white board too), you can give them something larger that’s easier to hold (like an orange or a tennis ball) and they can write on the board using that! Let’s see you do that on a regular old chalkboard! The whole 3 hours was filled with little tips like that and I had a lot of fun working with my teaching partner, Bethany, trying to figure out ways to use the SMART Board in our internship classroom. I’m definitely making the right decision to pursue my interests in Educational Technology in graduate school.

The rest of the day was laid back. No classes today and no work! I ran to the mall really quick to check and see if there were any brown boots on sale. I remembered my mom hitting up some awesome sales after Christmas on boots last year, so I was hoping I would be just as lucky. I’ve been wanting (and looking) for the perfect pair of brown, pointed-toe, knee-high boots for months now and I wasn’t about to spend $100+ on pairs that I found that would have worked. I have all of these brown pants and brown skirts I could be wearing to my internship, but I can’t because it’s too cold to wear the strappy brown shoes I own and the only other boots I own are black. Well, dilemma solved! I went to Dillards and found a pair of Antonio Milani boots marked down from $169.00 to $40.50. How CRAZY is that?! And, they are exactly what I was looking for. My patience payed off! Take a look:



When I made it back home, I caught up on some blogs and comments I neglected yesterday. Then I went for my 2.5 mile run on campus again. This time I did a different route and it had the perfect amount of hills for me. I achieved my goal for my last 2.5 mile run of my training by breaking 25 minutes. I wound up with a time of 24:45 which Evan figured out to be 9:54 min/mile! I’m shooting for 31 minutes on my 5K race January 24th, so I’m right on track for that! Overall the run felt really good and I was definitely pushing myself to keep my pace the last 10 minutes of it. Friday starts my week of 2.8 mile runs! Woo!


This morning started out rushed with food (as usual…I really need to work on that). I managed to actually get my breakfast into the car without spilling it like I did yesterday morning! I tried something different by replacing my yogurt with an almond milk/soy protein mix that Evan suggested I try. My almond milk only has 1g of protein per serving, so this was a good supplement to that. After mixing up that, I added Total Cinnamon Crunch Cereal, pineapples and half of a sliced banana. All I needed was a little coconut and I would have had a perfect tropical mix!



No Mindful Moderation for today. My breakfast must have served it’s purpose because I was perfectly content with my eats all day long!

My mid-morning snack was a Coconut Cream Pie Larabar (love this flavor!!!):



Lunch was an excellent Non-Dairy Amy’s burrito topped with salsa and reduced-fat sour cream! If you haven’t noticed…I really like these!


My mid-afternoon snack was a Mountain Mix Mojo bar (I ate it after my run)


For dinner I decided to try out my creation skills. I used my favorite dish at Carrabba’s, the Chicken Bryan, as my inspiration:



I was lacking the sun-dried tomatoes and the fresh basil to add to the top, but I made do with what I had and here’s what I came up with:

The Chicken Ryan (haha, get it?)

  • 1 chicken breast
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 very thin slice of butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp basil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 tbsp goat cheese (depending on your taste)
  1. Brush EVOO all over your chicken breast and top with desired amount of black pepper and salt. Cook chicken thoroughly using your grill method of choice (I used my Cuisinart Panini Press/Grill)
  2. While your chicken is cooking add your butter to a small sauce pan. Melt the butter, then add your minced garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Add your white pepper, black pepper, basil, and lemon juice and cook for up to 30 more seconds (until garlic and sauce are browned).
  3. Take the chicken of the grill, pour the sauce over it, and top it off with goat cheese.




This recipe is SO easy. It took me about 15 minutes total to make and the savory sauce topping was really tasty. Let me know if you try it!

Tonight’s dessert was a repeat of what I’ve had the last few nights: Edy’s Slow-Churned Caramel Delight, pineapples, blackberries, and bunny grahams


Okay, BED TIME! I have a lot going on tomorrow, but I’ll be back late tomorrow night with details! Have a wonderful evening everyone!