Summer Bucket List


It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Show me a teacher on summer vacation and I’ll show you a person who has zero worries and a million items on a to-do list.  I’ve been saving up my chores and projects during the previous 9 months to begin tackling as soon as the final bell rang in June.  After spending a week up north with friends and family, and a week of catching up on my DVR, I am finally ready to dive into my Summer Bucket List.

Creative Outlets

1.  I’ve been given a wonderful opportunity to blog for another website and I am thrilled!  I am going to be writing two articles per week and I would like to get back into the habit of writing for Numbered Pages.

2.  I’m a HUGE Erin Condren Life Planner fan and have drank the KoolAid from the personal planner decoration punch bowl.  I’ve been neglecting my Silhouette lately, but that’s to be expected.  Since the launch of the new horizontal ECLP layout, I have been adjusting my planner sticker designs.  It’s been a fun process.


3.  A new friend told me about the #ListersGottaList challenge.  I love making lists (geez, I hope that’s not as lame as it sounds/reads) and this group/challenge seems to be a match made in heaven for me.


4.  Any combination of #1-3 will most likely take place in my office, so this shouldn’t be difficult at all.

Books to Read

Goodreads Links:

1.  So We Read On






2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before







3. Red Queen







4. Big Little Lies






5. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl







Healthy Goals

Thanksgiving Cooking Tips

Tomorrow is probably the biggest test of my Adulthood License.  Sure, owning a home and maintaining a marriage are tough, but this is cooking for people who didn’t give birth to you or agree to love you through “sadness, disease, and for poorer.”  These are the times I wish I could be that brooding teenager who criticized all the menu options on the Thanksgiving menu, but had absolutely no part in the preparation.

Thankfully I’m still in the generation where I am progressive enough to Google the mess out of “Thanksgiving cooking for dummies,”

and SMART enough to call my mom to walk me through it.

So before I make my 28th phone call about mashed potatoes, here are some important things that I’ve learned while trying to be a World Wide Web Suez Chef.

1.  9 Unforgivable Things You Should Never Do to a Turkey

2.  After seeing Steps 5-7 of “Making Turkey Stock,” I’m incredibly thankful that I do not have to make it.

5. Then pour off all of the grease from the pan.

7.  Using a wooden spoon, scrape up all the brown crusty bits.

I’m pretty sure that’s what I’m supposed to have Dan do as Captain of the Clean Up Squad.  WTH?????

3.  If you’ve got a die-hard football fan in the house, maybe you should go the “How to Eat Thanksgiving While Watching Football” route.

Making every signature Thanksgiving dish as a finger food might not be a bad idea, except that it’s 100Xs more difficult and time consuming to make these fingertip-poppin’ versions.

Stuffing in the form of Corn Dog Stuffing Muffins.

4.  And in the end, remember the reason for the season: being thankful!  Appreciate the “15 Best Moments of Thanksgiving”

13. Laying a huge dollop of whipped cream on a slice of pie.

Summer 2011 Wrap Up

Happy Weekend, Fancy Oatmeal Readers.  It’s finally here and I hope yours is filled with fun, food, and festivities.  This weekend is special in the Fancy Oatmeal family because it marks the official end of our summer.  Tonight, Dear Hubby and I board a flight to Anchorage for a brief stint before returning to our beloved island.

View from my classroom - a perk not listed on my contract.

Sunrise on a walk along the coast.

Our town and harbor

Am I sad to see summer come to a conclusion?  Of course.  I’ve enjoyed every moment spent with my parents, my family and our friends.  Who wouldn’t miss sleeping in, not being tied down to someone else’s schedule?  But if I’m honest with myself, I’m also longing to return to our northern home.  I miss my classroom, my job, our AK friends, my students, and the lifestyle that at first was difficult to adapt to, but now admire.  The town and the people of my island can best be described as that piece of “the good old days” that seems to have evaded the rest of the country.  People know you by name and welcome you into their eye line with a simple wave of their fingers.  Time seems to tick by slower, more peacefully.  There’s a sense of community that I have only seen in churches and bloggers.  And genuine.  My friends and island are genuine.  And it’s wonderful to be returning to it.

This same day, last year, was very difficult; so many things were unknown about our new lives.  This year, I’ll be taking with me the good times of this summer and living on a high that I predict will be looked back upon for the rest of my life.

The Memories of the Summer of 2011

(Each photo is a link to a memory – Check em out!)

  Finally home to fresh fruits fro breakfast.

Wedding in Florida     

  Summer Baseball Games!!!

Happy 1st Anniversary, Fancy Oatmeal and Dear Hubby!!

      Trip to NY – Cooperstown & the Boilermaker 15k    



Twilight 5k

Ele’s Place

Mint City Race

       Big Decision – Half Marathon Training

Family Wedding in Cali

Grad School and Becoming a Bearcat, Baby!

Trying New Stuff