Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The Secret of Life

Great news! I've figured out the secret of life...

....working 6 hours a week :)

Hey, I didn't say anything about it being possible did I? Plus when you incorporate prepping for tutoring and wedding planning I've probably worked more than 6 hours this least 12-15 haha.

But seriously, this week has been awesome so far. I think if I suddenly won the lottery I'd make all weeks like this. I wouldn't stop working entirely, just work slightly less, preferably tutoring the most amazing kids ever which is what I'm doing right now. One of them is the little boy who wanted to marry me earlier this year. On Monday I show up to his house and he is DECKED OUT in Red Sox gear, we are talking the shirt, jersey over the short, sweatpants haha. When I commented on it his mom told me that he told her that I love the Red Sox so he had to wear Red Sox stuff haha. Awesome. He also let me jump on his sweet new trampoline. Those things have only become more amazing since I was a kid and wanted one. Would it be weird if Eric and I got a trampoline before we have kids? Like years before?

The boy I tutored this morning I was a little nervous about because he is really shy. I was convinced that seeing his teacher in his house would shut him up entirely. I was completely wrong, he told me all about the pool party he went to this weekend and how he had his birthday party and a baby alligator was in his house for it. Clearly birthday parties have become pretty crazy.

Other amazing things that I got to do this week? Eat lunch with Katie on her birthday, visit the farmer's market with Eric...



Put a small dent in our water bottle labeling...


Today's awesome events (other than tutoring the alligator in the house kid) included picking up my beautiful wedding band, trying on my dress for the last time before I pick it up (fits perfectly!) and having a delicious lunch with my mom at Stephanie's on Newbury Street. I'm not sure I can express the greatness of the sandwich I ate...


It was a Veggie Sandwich with grilled sweet potatoes, roasted red peppers, cucumber, onions and then on the top is some hummus, bottom is whipped avocado. I WILL be attempting to recreate this in my own kitchen. The only changes I made to the original sandwich was that it was supposed to be on multigrain bread (I got foccacia) and it was supposed to have cheese on it. Anyway, if you live in Boston and haven't been to Stephanie's you are just missing out, that's all I can say.

Just when I thought the day could not get any better, it was time to head up to Eric's parent's house for my birthday celebration. I'll just say now that it is completely my fault that it took until now for me to actually celebrate with them even though my birthday was over 2 weeks ago, clearly life has been a bit crazy. It was worth the wait though because check OUT this cake...


Awesome right? Combines some of my favorite blog, pink, and the Red Sox...Oh yes and in case you are wondering I did not get married at the age of 7, that's me in my First Communion outfit haha. Kinda wish I was going to look that cute in a couple of weeks though!

The cake tasted as good as it looked, especially because it was served with chocolate chip cookie dough frozen yogurt. Yeah, heaven. Good thing I've had time to work out this week, huh?

The week only gets better because tomorrow I'm taking one of my former students to ice cream. She is the sister of my student who passed away back in May, so I'm really excited to see her and hopefully bring a small amount of happiness to a very tough year. I know her birthday is coming up (sometime I've had 80 students, we are lucky I know her birthday is in the summer, I keep thinking it's July 31st, if I'm right I'll be seriously impressed with myself) so I am working on a little project for her tonight.

Speaking of tonight, I'll also be reading a bit of this...


Got this with a gift card to Barnes and Noble (aka heaven).

Look at all the greatness that can be accomplished when work does not occupy all of my time and energy.

What would you do with your time if your work hours were suddenly about 1/4 of what they used to be?


  1. You totally need to get a trampoline....they are awesome!!!!

  2. That cake is awesome! And I laughed out loud about the kid being decked out in red sox gear. That is so darn cute! Love it.

    If I worked 1/4 of the hours I work right now, my house would be clean. I'd read even more than I already do. I'd see my friends more often. I'd plan regular dates with my 2 nephews that live in town. It would be pretty darn blissful!

  3. don't you just love summer break?! It only took me 5 years of teaching to get over the annoying "teachers-get-so-much-time-off" comments to just enjoy it, because I do. Yes I (we) work our asses off during the school year, so I don't feel guilty one bit for having a few months off. LOL

    Love that birthday cake! And the story about your little one you are tutoring is too cute.

  4. Your cake is way too cute!

  5. Just this morning I was contemplating what I would do if I only worked part time......most of all I think I would enjoy working out whenever I wanted. Like in the middle of the day! My favourite time to work out!

  6. Yes, that is the secret of life! So glad you are enjoying yourself and not being overcome with wedding details. So many people get lost in the details. Its goingto be a beautiful day for you....and its so soon!!

  7. Oh my gosh, I'm so happy you're enjoying all your time off! Sounds like you've been doing some great things! What farmers market is that? Oh and yes, you definitely should get a trampoline!!!

  8. See, I have this problem where my summer break involves me working 40 hours a week. If I only worked 6 hours a week, I'd sleep in, do some serious exercising (before it gets hot out), and probably plan my wedding. Can you believe how close we're getting? It's insane!

  9. What a fun looking cake! That's so nice of them to do that for you! Your lunch at Stephanie's looks delicious too and I agree that less work =better life for sure :)

  10. awesome cake! happy birthday!

    thanks for stopping by my blog! hope you become a regular reader :)

    oooh hawaii, i loooove hawaii! i haven't been since 2007 and i miss it!

  11. Love that cake - it looks so delicious!

    We ate at Stephanie's on Newbury a few weeks ago and LOVED it. Want to go back.

    I would LOVE to have my hours cut back - it seems as I can always find something to do with my time.

  12. I know how you feel!! I have only been working about 6 hours a week too...maybe less :) While I Was bored at first, I have come up with PLENTY of things to do to fill in my time, and now I don't even want to go back to work, although I'm still very excited :) If I didn't have to work (or had tons of money) I would volunteer some dietary consulting for those who couldn't afford it. I've always wanted to do that, but it's hard because I NEED money!!

    Love the cake Kelly. It's perfect!!

  13. Ooooh I am so jealous of your time off. I would cook, write, and volunteer a ton if my work hours were fewer!

  14. 6 hour work hours are just what you need right now! Love that cake!