Thoughts for Thursday

26 May

My students are in the midst of taking their SOLs and the weather is FINALLY nice. It felt like a great time to revisit this little corner of the world.

I keep thinking of ways to bridge this (blog) part of my life to what is going on in my life now.

When I first started this page, I had minimal responsibilities…staying at home and binge watching college football was never NOT an option.

Now, my Saturdays are filled with teaching Greek and hanging out with my boys.

My weeks are filled with teaching, finishing my Master’s degree, and my best to meal plan (let’s face it…that usually NEVER happens).

July will bring a break in school (both work and grad school) and hopefully that means an ability to focus on this page.

 

So if you are still looking for football, it will probably be minimal, but if you are looking for tales from the classroom, kitchen, and playground…come on in!

-Glitz

Hello World

15 Sep

Hello world.

Lots has happened since I last wrote…about a year and two months ago. I started graduate school AND there’s been a new addition to the Glitz clan. Little Baby Wildtrojan made his appearance into the world in August.

Life is great.

Juggling a baby and grad school may very well turn me into a mommy blogger. I’m not ready to let go of this blog…it’s been with me through so many moments, so I am going to truly try to be better about writing and hopefully inspiring.

xo- Glitz

Finding My Way…Kitchen Edition

17 Jul
I am very blessed. I come from a family of incredibly talented women. Especially, when it came/comes to being a nikokira (some Greek vocabulary for ya- nikokira means housewife).
Every woman in my family has their specialty. Their signature dishes. Avgolemono (Greek chicken soup), kota kai patates sto fourno (roasted chicken and potatoes) was a Saturday staple at my Yiayia Maria’s house and my personal favorite- patates me avgo (scrambled eggs with french fries and feta) was served up every Friday night. At my Yiayia Koula’s pastitsio, homemade pita, and tzatziki were a staple at every family holiday.
My mom and mother-in-law both have their specialties. Actually, some of the specialties started and ended before I was even born (How about those famous chocolate chip cookies, mom?).
As my husband and I are planning for the upcoming school year, figuring out how to balance work, our own education, and managing two busy schedules we were talking about how both of our moms both pulled it off effortlessly.
We are so blessed to live in a world where I can hop online and do a quick Google search: “What can I make with Annie’s Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies, boneless chicken breast, and Greek yogurt?” and like magic, Google will give me a recipe to try.
Discovering who I am in the kitchen will be a fun process to document. There will be days where meals are total successes and days where they are flops.
Here’s to a culinary experiment!
PS: Last night’s adventure…a total BUST
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Parmesean Tilapia….a little too much salt.

Play Ball!

9 Jul

Baseball. I’ve never been a huge fan of the sport, but I find it highly amusing that out of the twenty years that I’ve lived in the US, half of those years were spent in Spring Training land. Three years in Florida. Seven years in Arizona. 

When we lived in Florida, our apartment complex would be home to various teams during Spring Training. I specifically remember that the first year we lived there, Stonegate was home to the Toronto Blue Jays. Not knowing any better, I assumed all of the players were Canadian and I was in HEAVEN. My People! Several years later, I learned that this was not necessarily accurate and most players were Latin American.

Anyway, when the Expos relocated in 2004, I no longer had favorite team. I couldn’t bring myself to love the Braves (I was living in Atlanta at the time) and what could be better than LOVING USC that year?

In 2006 I found myself out west…once again in Spring Training land. I worked with a die-hard Dodgers fan, and every year, I would try to get on the bandwagon of either the Dodgers or DBacks. I never got excited about either team. Sure, I’d be happy when the Dodgers won. It meant my coworker would be in a chatty and good mood. My heart still remained with my Expos.

The Expos. The Expos that relocated to Washington DC. That became the Washington Nationals. In 2013, where did I find myself? Living right outside of DC. A mere 15 minutes from Nationals Stadium. 

I think I am ready to claim my team. After all, there is no love like your first love.

Speaking of first loves, here I am with the love of my life at my first Nats game back in September!

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A Sprinkle of Inspiration

18 Feb

I miss writing. In an e-mail exchange with the lovely Sara, I told her how much I miss writing…she responded with a sprinkle of inspiration. On Friday evening, before a surprise date to Disney on Ice (hello BEST husband ever!!), the husband also threw a handful of inspiration my way. Bottom line is…writers write. Even if it is taking five minutes to update this blog, once a week- we write. I hate making empty promises. I want to wow you guys with wisdom and insight. The fact is, I am not the same person who started this blog back in 2007. Back then, football was my one true love.  I had football and my faith. Football was familiar and I felt comfortable speaking my mind on the subject. I could spend a couple of days a week writing posts, and trying to make a name/brand out of “Glitz and Blitz.” 

Something changed. I met the love of my life. The one He picked out, especially for me. And then, I realized there was a lot more to life than football. I spent a beautiful fall in the DC Area. We’d venture on long runs, taking in the monuments, and just having fun. After an action-packed Saturday, I’d check game scores on my phone before bed and sometimes it could wait until Sunday morning (darn those 7 PM PST games!!). There was no longer an obsession with the sport. I felt a million times more relaxed, and lets face it….USC was not having a relaxing type of season.

I credit my husband for this. He was able to open my eyes to so much. To truly see my potential…in every aspect of life. I dedicate this blog post to him. And while I have a plan in place for what I want to accomplish in the next five years- I hope that in giving this blog new life…it can lead to even more opportunities. 

So here is to 2014. To positive change…to living life to the fullest.

 

 

 

Day 1 of #thirtyflirtyandfabulous

23 Nov

I made it to 30, but life got in the way of the list. But, I am okay with that, because life shouldn’t really be about “to do” lists. No matter how badly we want it to be.

I can sum up the last year of my twenties in so many different ways. I met the love of my life. We fell in love. We are getting married. He is one of the greatest things that ever happened to me. I’ve also found a job that I love. Two of them actually. I worked as a temp this summer for an AMAZING company and now, I am working full-time at a bilingual preschool.

I discovered that 1/3 of the “top secret” items on my list…was probably me holding onto the past. But that is okay, at some point in our life…we are all guilty of doing that.

For this year…I may still work on crossing items of the original “30 Before 30” list, but if I don’t then I’m not going to sweat it. I am surrounded by an amazing group of people….family, friends, coworkers. I get to marry my bff….and I know that He has my back. What more could a girl want?

Cheers to being thirty, flirty, and fabulous.

Now…excuse me while I got watch 13 Going on 30 and eat my birthday cupcake!

xo- Glitz

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Updates on 30 Before 30

9 Jul

I have updated my progress on 30 Books Before 30. But, being that I am SO ADD…I am reading additional books as well. Blog post on my current adventure coming soon.

 

Additionally, the boy has also jumped on the “30 Before 30” bandwagon and is currently compiling his list of 30 Books to read. Feel free to comment with your suggestions for him.

 

xo- Glitz