Succeeding and Failing

Hi, friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful Friday.

As a way to share some of the random details from my life today, I decided to label each as either as success or fail. I hope you’ll share a success or fail from your life as well!

Success: Anniversary dinner
Last night, I made chicken teriyaki meatballs to celebrate our fourth wedding anniversary. As always, they turned out fantastic. I cannot take credit for this, though, as it really goes to Real Simple magazine for providing easy, quality recipes. Normally I use Jennie-O ground turkey, but chicken was cheaper and had about the same stats. Dinner success!

Fail: Protein pancake
I woke up early to get a little school work done and realized I had just enough time to make pancakes. To make them a little healthier and more satisfying, I searched for a protein pancake recipe and quickly found one. It called for one and a half scoops of protein powder (she used Sun Warrior, but I have Plant Fusion), so I threw everything together. This may have been why the fail occurred; I didn’t follow the instructions in mixing the ingredients together but did it all at once. Because the batter was dry and clumpy, I added a little more milk. Keeping my fingers crossed, I heated up a pan, coated it with a little butter, and formed a patty with my fork. It was bad. The bottom stuck to the pan and I couldn’t flip it. At this point, I gave up and toasted a TJ’s sprouted wheat bagel. Breakfast pancake fail!


Success: Three posts in one day
Yesterday, I blogged like it was my job, but it’s not. I teach about metaphors and similes, grade research essays, and help students learn to love reading. Writing almost everyday has helped me become a better writer, and I am more efficient in writing and publishing a posts. In case you missed them, I wrote about tapering, our wedding anniversary, and Foodie Pen Pals. Blogging success!

Fail: Present for Brody
While it is not exactly a failure (although it could be if he doesn’t like it), I did not get Brody’s anniversary gift to him on time. Brody is the best gift-giver ever; he pays attention to what you say you want months in advance, remembers those offhand comments, and then buys it for you. This is how he knew I would love a Volvo. Me…not so smart. I wait until the last minute and stress about it until I finally make a decision. The gift should be arriving early next week – let’s hope he likes it. Gift-giving fail!

Success: Five mile run
My morning run was so fantastic yesterday. I did five miles in about 48 minutes, had no pain, and could easily breath. The temps were cool, around 45 degrees, and a faint drizzle fell on me the whole time. After a handful of craptastic runs, I SO needed this. Running success!

Fail: Summer employment
Back in high school I began babysitting for extra money. I continued watching kids in college during the school year and summer and have managed to find nannying gigs during my summers off. However, I am not having good luck for this summer. I have applied to many positions posted on the UW Job Center website and have not heard back from even one person. Employment fail!

What is one recent success and one recent fail from your life?