The Noshery

What a fabulous week. It was my last week of teaching “summer lessons” in the studio and kind of a crazy CrossFit week

eating for 1.10 paleo pregnant

 Here’s my Friday fridge remnants lunch — spinach, bacon, eggs, Kerrygold, sweet potatoes, and avocado. And I drank tons of water with it. I was feeling super paleo & proud of myself – haha.

And then this morning happened because I’m a real human.

I decided to skip CrossFit. And from the comfort of my bed, I typed the word “bakery” into the Yelp app. Haha. That’s so dangerous.

the noshery denver

The Noshery popped up, and we decided we must try it out.

menu  the noshery denverWell, if you know me, I can’t say no to biscuits & gravy.

biscuits and gravy noshery denver

So worth it this morning!!! It was very affordable too  — just barely over $20 for breakfast for 2, including an espresso drink!!! They had a lot of space, and the whole restaurant was painted the color of my kitchen. They have great taste!!!! I’m excited to go back, although I’ll probably stick to coffee for the most part.

Side note: as a partly paleo non-perfectionist, I prefer to assess my eating choices by looking at the big picture of a week or so. Throughout the week, I stuck to my plan, so I’m mostly pleased with my choices.

Let’s talk about my workouts now because they were FUN and really hard this week. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I looked at the workouts this week (Week 17). The tough stuff just kept on coming!!!

Monday:

6x for time:
6 Power Cleans @ 105lbs
12 Pull-ups

Time – 15:00

The power cleans were cake. The pull-ups were not. 72 pull-ups is a lot for me, but I wanted to give them a try. I asked my coach what my cut-off time should be, and he said 15 minutes. DONE!!!!! Exactly. And that was with a no-rep on #72. Haha. Yes, I had to redo it with the whole rest of the class watching. I was really tempted to switch to ring rows halfway through, but I’m happy I persevered. 

Tuesday:

Nancy:

5 rounds for time of:
400 meter run
65 pound Overhead squat, 15 reps

Time – 15:55

I think Nancy is my FAVORITE girl wod so I wasn’t too thrilled to mentally scale it a bit. But I made a game plan, and I stuck to it. My pr for this benchmark wod is 14:10. Since it was an 11:45 class and very sunny, I decided a reasonable goal would be to shoot for 16:10, 2 minutes slower than my pr. All I have to say is that it felt good!!! The 65lb oh squats felt great. The running was hot, but I drank water after every single round like it was my job. I was the dead last person in the door after the first run, but I paced it almost perfectly and picked off the last person in the final round and ended up finishing just 20 seconds faster than my goal. Yes!!!

Wednesday: 

For time – Curtis P Party!

50 Curtis P’s at 75lbs

EMOM – 2 burpees

So if Curtis P’s weren’t tortuous enough, we added in burpees!!! I laughed out loud when I saw this workout on my phone on Wednesday morning. I couldn’t wait to tell poor, sweet Kevin. If there are two movements he hates, they are lunges and burpees!!! But I’m proud of him for doing it. I’ll be honest, this workout took it out of me!! At about rep #23, I started to lose heart. Not even half done!!! I could barely eke out 2 reps per minute, and at that pace it took me 21:41! If you haven’t tried Curtis P’s, you should. I love/hated this workout, deep down, it was fun.

Thursday: Rest day. Are you kidding me?! :)

Friday:

3x

4 minute AMRAP:

  • 15 thrusters @ 65lbs
  • 30 double unders

I scored 101, 94, & 90. I had some logistical issues in the first round or I probably would’ve gotten probably 8-10 reps. If only I could’ve gotten back to those doubles…. Oh well. This workout was killer because we were still sore from Curtis P’s. Plus 100+ thrusters are no joke!!! A great ending to the week!! Love Friday 6pms!

concept 2 rowing challenge

 Don’t calculate that pace. Ever. My mom can probably do it in her head. Stop it. I know it’s slow.

But I finished Week #3 of the Dog Days of Summer Concept 2 Rowing Challenge – a total of 30,000 meters in the third week of August. This week we are up to 40k! I’ve gotten 11,800 done so far this weekend, but I’m going to have to keep at it all week. It’s been a great challenge, but I can’t wait for it to be OVER!!! I have to row longer than a Friends episode every single day this week to meet my goal. Ouch!!!!!!!!

boyd bear side eye

 A little side eye from the Boykin.

Menu plans for this week!

Okay! Time to hit up Sprouts!

P.S. Check out this blog I stumbled across today: Kohler Created. She share a lot of her paleo/CrossFit/pregnancy experiences. It was pretty exciting for me to read. :)

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You Wish This Was A TBT

I’ve been dreaming about these for about a year now.

i love overalls

Now I look exactly like all of Kevin’s high school prom dates’ senior pictures!! I saw a box of them once at his parents’ house, and I was not jealous. Okay, so I had some too back in 2003!! I’ll dig up a pic sometime. But… they were a lot baggier (comfortable!), they were not “distressed”, and they covered my ankles. Of course Kevin had to ask the total dad question about why they have holes in them. Sooo hilarious.

Anyways hi! My summer teaching weeks have been super busy!!!!! I’ve condensed it into 6 weeks and only three days per week so I can’t complain. But those three days are super packed. So sadly, I’ve been missing all of the CrossFit. I have made up some at home though.

strict cindy wod

Our box was doing the benchmark wod Cindy this week, and I couldn’t make it because of my teaching schedule. So I did it at home…. with strict pull-ups.

20 minutes AMRAP:

  • 5 strict pull-ups
  • 10 push-ups
  • 15 air squats

I finished 10 rounds just after the buzzer. I worked hard to keep the pull-ups super strict so I had to take some breaks. That and I had a little interruption from Pipperdoodles who wanted to lick my face whenever I was doing push-ups.

boyd good hair.jpg

Boyd Bear wants to show his beachy summer hair look. The fluff is all natural. :)

starbucks brewedLook at this cold brew Starbucks I found at King Sooper’s last night!!!! It’s delicious and totally unsweetened. Drinking it this morning with my heavy whipping cream.

Okay, I have to go start cleaning. I have company coming this weekend, and I’m so excited!! My best roommate ever and her husband are visiting!! Yay.

Important Question: Have you ever worn overalls???

 

More 4th

Before we left town for our little 14er trip, we went to the 10AM 4th of July CrossFit class.

For Independence Day, we did the hero wod, Nutts.

Nutts

For time:
10 Handstand push-ups
185 pound Deadlift, 15 reps
25 Box jumps, 24 inch box
50 Pull-ups
100 Wallball shots, 14 pounds, 10′
200 Double-unders
Run 400 meters with a 25lb plate

nutts hero wod

We were all a little nervous about this one going into it – 50 pull-ups! 100 wall balls! in the middle of a wod?! I was so thankful there were only 10 hspus because high volume hspus are trouble for me. And I got lucky because double unders are my jam. I decided to rep the whole thing out with a friend, and it was really fun suffering through it all together. The pull-ups ended up being fine. I can’t do huge sets, but I’m getting pretty good at doing 4 0r so and getting right back on the bar. We finished in just over 31 minutes with the main hang-up turning out to be those dang wall balls which we did in 10 sets of 10 exactly.

kevin hero wod

And we managed to beat Kevin in the door by a minute or two so that was a bonus.

After the wod, we went home and got ready to head over to Breckenridge.

kevin dogs backseat

The last one in the door has to sit in the back with both of the dogs!! Haha. This picture is SO PIPPA!!!! My little princess.

hiking in breckenridge

As soon as we got to the condo, we dropped off our stuff and headed out for a little hike.

hiking with friends

It’s always fun hanging out with people who get just as restless as me and need to move!!!

boyd after a hikeOkay, so Boyd could take or leave exercise. But he sure managed to get dirty. He loves water and managed to “slip” into the mountain stream several times.

Later that evening, we checked out the art festival in town, went to dinner at Mi Casa, and caught some fireworks. We spent the rest of the evening relaxing and plotting out our 14er trip.

Back to the present, tonight we were back to our regular 7PM CrossFit class and got to do EMOM for 15 minutes: 2 squat cleans @ 105lbs and 20 double unders. For once the EMOM was paired with something I can do!!! I hate heavy lifts paired with hspus or toes to bar for EMOM workouts. In the strength portion, I was really gunning for a 140 squat clean but today wasn’t the day. It was super humid in there, and I was just feeling a little shaky. Next time!! Good night!

 

 

Denver Date Night: Moontower Tacos

So the other day Juli from PaleOMG name dropped Moontower Tacos on her blog and/or Instagram, and I knew I had to try it.

taco colorado .jpgThe taco Colorado sign was super cute. Yes, Colorado people are weird. And strangely obsessed with the flag and being “natives.” I’ve never seen a Minnesota flag in a restaurant back home, but this is certainly not the first I’ve seen in a Colorado restaurant.

taco salad moontower tacos paleo.jpgWe ordered a ton of food. Carnitas salad, carnitas taco, Buff taco, Colonel taco, and chips & guac. The salad was pretty amazing and actually pretty huge – romaine and spinach! You can take any taco off the menu and turn it into a salad. I like that it’s right on there, and I don’t have to feel like I’m asking for some special exceptions.

tacos moontower tacos.jpgThe tacos!!!! Kevin ate most of these, but I had a few bites too. The tortillas were triple layered because the tacos were super full and… juicy? Haha. So delicious. We had the corn tortillas, and they were great.

guacamole chips moontower.jpgI love you chips & guacamole!!!!! So I totally splurged, but if you wanted to eat fairly strict paleo here, it would be pretty easy! So that’s exciting to me. It also seems that their food is from really good quality sources, like local Red Bird chicken, etc. We’ll be back soon to try ALL THE BREAKFAST TACOS!!!

I think this is my new official favorite taco place! And they have a food truck too so that’s exciting.

My other two favorite taco places are probably Comida which has really unique (but tiny) tacos, but probably not such a good salad choice. And we used to really love Marg’s, but that place can be super loud and is probably better for people who enjoy drinking. I still like them both, but we have a new winner.

Oh!! We also spotted some people (dancers?!?!?!?!) from the Colorado Ballet on the patio. They had Colorado Ballet folders!! That’s a good sign, right? I’m always on the lookout for the dancers, and the other day I met someone who sings for the Colorado Opera! Too bad I missed going to Carmen, I could’ve told him that I just saw him.

kiss spot denver.jpg

Afterwards we walked around the hood a little bit (I’m wearing my wedding shoes – haha!), and ran into a couple of places on the sidewalk like “dance spot” and this “kiss spot.” Okay, then. You don’t have to tell use twice!

Have a great weekend! I’m off to send a million business emails,  go to CrossFit, and then a Rockies games tonight!!! Hoping it doesn’t rain.

 

My Paleo McMuffin

Hi!!! The bad news is that I woke up around 3:30-4AM this morning and couldn’t sleep. This happens to me once in a great while. I tried to fall asleep for over an hour before giving up and getting out of bed. The good news was that I had time to make Kevin breakfast in bed. On a Wednesday! That’s ridiculous.

And I made homemade paleo English muffins! I’ve seen the recipe floating around forever, but, and I mean this in a loving way, I didn’t like the food styling and the yellow background behind the recipe. So I didn’t try it. Kinda pathetic excuse especially if you’ve seen my ugly iPhone pics. :)

homemade paleo english muffin sweetener freeI don’t really do stevia since Real Food Liz told me not to, and I didn’t need honey since I was making them for bacon & egg sandwiches. I used Kerrygold (grassfed butter) for my oil. Looking back, I just realized I forgot to use any milk at all. Hahaha. So this is not a fussy recipe, obviously. I probably used enough butter to make up for it, but I’ll try it with milk next time. I also didn’t mix the apple cider vinegar/baking soda together separately. Because I cook with one bowl. Also, I didn’t read that direction until afterwards. :)

bacon egg mcmuffin paleo.jpgThe biggest miracle is that you can pick it up with your hands and eat it!! That’s impressive for a paleo sandwich. I have bacon, egg, and sharp cheddar on there. I’ve been eating dairy here and there since doing the 21 Day Sugar Detox. It’s delicious, but optional.

Some other good paleo stuff I’ve made lately:

paleomg biscuitsKevin still hasn’t put our camping plate away. Haha. Yes, singular, we only have one. I guess this post is about all the paleo bread, but this is from last weekend when I made these biscuits from PaleOMG. They turned out really well, but they called for 3 types of flour. Yeah, that’s definitely a recipe for weekends only!

Love this stuff:

trader joe's cruciferous crunch paleo

I kind of think TRADER JOE’S IS OVERRATED. Sorry. It’s mostly a lot of packaged stuff and a lot of junk food. I mean that in a loving way because the dark chocolate pb cups are soooooooo good. But I think the fact that I went there for cookies for my students’ recital is telling. :)  Anyways, now that I’m done being mean. I love the cruciferous crunch, and they seemed to have some decent meat. Kevin gets very upset with their bacon selection, however.

do not drink juice

Do you need to drink orange juice? EVER? NO!!!! Lol. Sorry. I have a long and random history of fiercely hating on juice.

Here’s one way I ate it at home:

cruciferous crunch paleo italian sausageHot Italian sausage, cruciferous crunch, Italian Tessemae’s, and parmesan. The cheese again!! Whatever.

What’s more overrated Trader Joe’s or eating breakfast in bed? I think breakfast in bed is where it’s at!!! Although I tend to spill coffee. And Lucky Charms. And I’m kind of kidding about TJ’s. I just thought it was funny how excited people were about it opening in Denver. And I always want to get candy there… I’m just more of a Sprouts girl at heart.

P.S. I forgot to take a pic but I made Sunday dinner for some friends including this Bacon Lime Sweet Potato Salad. Perfect summer picnic food!! It was delicious!!!

 

 

 

 

Recital Time, Round Two! + A Few Thoughts on Recitals for Piano Teachers

The end of my piano year has been so crazy, but good. I have this week and next of “regular” lessons and then a break until the Summer Session begins in July. Even then, I’ll only be teaching for 6 weeks/3 days per week. So my life isn’t too rough.

recital programs cute

I ended up having 16 of my students perform on Friday evening, and they all did a beautiful job. I know some of them were really cramming at the last minute, but nobody had to know that except for their teacher. I am so proud of them. I love my job.

balloons in the backseat

As much as I tried to keep it simple, we were still up until 1AM the night before crafting, and the back seat was full of balloons. Just in case you’re wondering, 20 balloons will fit in the backseat of the car, no problem!! :)

kevin craftingThanks, Kevin. You’re amazing. Thank you also to Kristy for calling me out on Instagram when I posted a pic of my programs. yes, Kevin’s been crafting again. :)

poor kevinJust for fun, here is last year at this time. To be fair, I helped a lot more this year than I did last year. Mostly because I wasn’t working another full-time job. Last year, Kevin took the whole afternoon off work and set everything up for me while I was teaching! Yeah, he’s the best.

recital refreshments piano

This year for the recital refreshments, I bought everything from Trader Joe’s!! It was awesome. The thought briefly crossed my mind that I should bake everything, but I’m quite certain that would have been disastrous. I also let some students bring cookies because I’m that nice. :) Of course, we recycled the drink dispensers from our wedding once again. They were a great investment!

recital venue piano

This year’s venue was a little bit ugly (music store showroom area), but I was thankful that it was FREE and that my students had an opportunity to play a nice grand piano. For many of them it was their first time. This pic was snapped while we were still setting up, but those seats were almost full. We had a great and extremely supportive audience. Go parents!!!

piano recital teacher corrie

Here are my thoughts and ideas on piano recitals for the benefit of other new teachers:

  • Keep them short. Nobody wants to sit there for longer than 60 minutes and watch other peoples’ kids. I think 20 students would be my max that I would allow in one recital, and that’s only because my students are extraordinarily adorable.
  • Keep them fun. A few balloons really go a long way in creating a festive environment. I don’t know why I decided I needed to decorate for recitals. None of my teachers ever did, but it’s been a great success!
  • Let the students use their music if it makes them more comfortable. Walk up on the stage with them and make sure their hands are in the right position (younger kids) if they need it. I do not care. I want it to be a positive performing experience for them. I even let several students start their pieces over, and that was totally fine. Most of my students are likely not going to Juilliard (though some of them may if they set their minds to it!), but I want them all to be lifelong lovers and performers of music!
  • Make it memorable. Take lots of pictures and video. Send them to the parents. This helps them remember that piano lessons are both awesome and indispensable! It’s better to advertise to the students you already have, right? I had Kevin take a pic of each student as they performed, and I’m thinking of making these postcards to send out at the beginning of summer break. I know my kids would be thrilled to receive a pic of themselves in the mail. They’re cute like that.

P.S. Wearing flats is overrated. For the second year in a row, I wore a pair of brand new heels. I haven’t fallen. Yet.

The crazy news is that since the recital I’ve already had two new inquiries. One of my piano parents must have posted something on Facebook or went home and called all of her friends!! I already have six students on a waiting list for summer lessons, so I have my work cut out for me deciding if I will be able to accept them all and scheduling them!! While I’m really flattered that they would do that, I want to keep the studio at a manageable number (for me) so that I can keep trying new things and growing as a teacher. Also, I want to be able to sleep in and go to CrossFit when I want. Sad but true.

Have you ever participated in a recital as a teacher or a student? What was your experience? What could have made it better? Do you have to do any other event planning for your job?  I’m sure it would’ve been better if your programs had ribbons on them! Haha.

Related: My First PIano Recital (as the teacher)