How to Create a Bootcamp Binder

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July So Far and Goals Check-In

The first two weeks of July have just blown by, and our little family has been thoroughly enjoying!  We have had two guests come to meet our little guy: my SIL and best friend.  Cliff fell in love with them both, and the feeling was totally mutual.

Cliff has been thriving and developing new skills so quickly these days!  Wednesday night we started feeding him some rice cereal from a spoon, and at first he wasn’t so sure what his crazy parents were up to.  He sort of let the liquid pool around his lips and tongue, then would let it seep further into his mouth.  The next night, he started catching on halfway through that he was actually being fed, so he opened his mouth each time I brought his red spoon to his mouth.  it was adorable.



Cliff had the same emotional reaction: rice cereal in formula is blaaaaaaaand.

What little boy’s life, whose name is Clifford, would be complete without these???

Exactly!  Three months old is the age when you start wearing backpacks anyways, right???

I was asked to run a two-week, SAT Reading tutoring session, which has been a great opportunity for us, not only because of the extra income, but also it forced to met get to know the updated test.

July is already halfway over, and before I begin to think about August, I thought it would be a good idea to check in with the progress that I’ve made with my July goals.

Books/Reading/Curriculum Planning:

Goal: Review the following books & create “Lists”

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Goal Update:

I have reread both The Great Gatsby and The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, and have reacquainted myself with the specific motifs and themes from both novels.

I wouldn’t say that I have created specific lists, by chapter/section, that I want to have the students focus on, but I am definitely closer to having my first units completed.  Luckily, the texts and strategies are familiar to me, so I can easily outline the curriculum.

As for The Scarlet Letter, I have decided that I want to put that title on hold because I am not using it this year.  Instead, I want to spend more time organizing my first two units for English III and AP Literature.

Health and Wellness:

July Goal: Workout daily & fit into my black and khaki capri pants.

Goal Update:

There is definitely more room to breath in both pairs of these pants.  I wouldn’t call them wear-ready at this point, but I still have 15 more days.

A friend of mine asked me how I was able to get back to my pre-baby body so quickly in comparison to some other women, and I told her it was all through hard work and dedication.  I still go to the gym daily, but the harder part is monitoring my food.  I’m an “all-or-nothing” person, so I can’t nibble on things or feel successful with portion control of what I call “heavier foods.”  These include: ice cream, chocolate, fries, chips/crackers, “salads” that contain a creamy dressing that is mixed throughout the ingredients, and breads.

Instead of fighting to be the person who can indulge now and again, I figure it’s better to embrace who I am and just avoid those foods that may taste good for a moment, but make me feel bloated and deflated beanbag-esq.  So that means I have cut out most unnatural sugars and increased my water intake.  It’s not easy this time of the year, what with all the BBQs and appeals to eat ice cream on a hot summer day.


June Wrap Up and July Goals

Happy July 1st Everyone!!!!

I’m super excited about July starting because Dear Hubby and I have some major landmarks coming up this month, but before we can progress forward, let us reminisce about the fantastic month that June was.

Dear Hubby and I rang in the new month in balmy, yet stormy Jacksonville:

I finally was able to meet my adorable niece Charlie:

I ran my first half marathon:

I still haven’t figured out how to use sunblock properly:

I’ve done a little bit of cooking here and there:

 Dear Hubby and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary in style:

I am getting geared up for my new life in Florida:  I signed up for the CFLBlogCon and the Tampa/St 5k Color Run:

 I set a goal of 120 miles for June and I was able to meet and exceed it:

PHEW!  What a month!

So what does July hold in store for the Fancy Oatmeal family?  Well a lot:

1.  A MAJOR move down to Florida & creating a home for Dear Hubby and I.

2. Reconnecting with friends in our new hometown

3. Officially getting myself ready to teach at River City Science Academy – AKA reading potential books for the 9th grade curriculum.

Goals for July 2012

Family Life:

  • Become a real person and get my new home in Florida setup like a grownup.  Basically, I am ready to leave behind the fraternity lifestyle of the last apartment that I lived in before Alaska and stop “playing house.”  I hope that makes sense.  I am ready to be more responsible with my housing – actually use all the wonderful kitchen gadgets that I registered for from our wedding and not buzz through a drive thru 3/5 nights a week after work.
  • Begin researching homes and the home purchasing schtick.  Everything I know about buying a house was learned through movies and televisions.  If Friends and Sex and the City have taught me anything it’s that we should be able to afford a house five times as large as what my take home pay should afford me to buy.
  • Reestablish the art of the Date Night with my husband.
  • Start a “Dining Room Table” fund.  Right now, Dear Hubby and I are content eating dinner on our laps in front of the TV, but it would be nice to have a real dining room table.  I want to be able to have a real dining room set (see goal #1) and not just buy some ol’ cheapy thing just because we can afford it now.
  • Register for classes for the Fall semester through the University of Cincinnati.  I took the summer off of classes and do not want to fall behind any further.  My goal was to be able to graduate with my masters degree by the end of the Summer 2013 semester, so no more fartin’ around.


  1. Run 130 miles in July.  I hope to God that I am able to do so despite the fact that the temperature will be a carbon copy of my distance goal.
  2. Devote myself to putting in quality weights routine.  I’ve been a little slacky in June, succumbing to “ouch, that hurts.  better quit” more often than not.  I need to plan out my weight routines a week in advance, not day of.
  3. Look into local running clubs in Jacksonville.
I have the following books on my list that HAFTA get done this month:
  • Illustrated Man – Ralph Ellison
  •   Heaven – Angela Johnson
  •   Living Up the Street – Gary Soto
  •   The Red Pony – John Steinbeck
  •   The Time Machine – H.G. Wells

Also, I’d like to reread the Fallen series by Lauren Kate since I recently downloaded the fourth book, Rapture and have completely forgotten WTH I’ve already read.

*Sidebar – I’m rereading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green for a third time.  Can’t get enough.

With all of these goals to strive to achieve, July should be an amazing month.