That’s When You Know… {MIMM #29}

Hello there!


I hope you all had a great weekend! This weekend was a good mix of work and play for us here. I noticed a lot of things that made me think, “That’s when you know…” so here is a weekend recap with all the things I now know. 

(Apparently “that’s when you know” is a trendy catch phrase right now, so you could call me a conformist. Mainstream is the new hipster.)


You know it’s been a good weekend when you link up with Katie!

Home-cooked meals made my someone other than domestic Alison, the water pitcher always being full, and constantly hearing Thai TV in the background➔ That’s when you know Mom is home! (Even though now she’s already in Europe.) 😦



Having breakfast WITHOUT nut butter➔ That’s when you know it’s Friday. (I’m giving up nut butters on Fridays for Lent— in addition to abstaining from meat— because it’s a much bigger sacrifice for me to give up nut butter than meat.) 😀


Working out in the backyard (even if that means potentially being judged by the neighbors), rolling down the car windows, and road kill EVERYWHERE➔ That’s when you know it’s spring. (Except for the fact that there’s a 60% chance of snow on Tuesday. -_-)

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Watching the school production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, going to the diner with friends at 10 PM, and eating the most satisfying omelette + potatoes meal➔ That’s when you know it’s been a good Friday night.

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Wanting to do nothing but sleep from Saturday afternoon through Sunday➔ That’s when you know you had a tiring 5 hour dance rehearsal.

Scraping every last bit of peanut buttery-oatmealy-yogurty goodness out of your bowl➔ That’s when you know breakfast was killer. And that’s when you know you love the new peanut butter Mom brought home.

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Literally jumping out of your chair while doing your homework and somewhat aggressively running up the stairs to do squat jumps and pushups➔ That’s when you know you’re antsy.

Listening to Demi Lovato on Spotify all weekend➔ That’s when you know you’re a typical teen that thinks she has sophisticated music taste, but not really.

Not being able to find room in your stomach for dried figs and Greek yogurt➔ That’s when you know you’re full.

Your dance friend is trying to get ahead of her “ahead list”➔ That’s when you know there’s a busy week ahead.

Today marks the beginning of the busiest, most exciting week of the year for dance company! It’s Benefit Week, which is the equivalent of hell week for the theater peeps. Quick summary of Benefit Week: Our biggest show of the year is on Saturday, and we have rehearsals at the theater all week, as well as two free performances on Thursday and Friday for disabled and underprivileged people in the community.

For the dance company, there are also tons of fun things that go on backstage. It’s a tradition for each grade in company (freshmen/sophomores, juniors, and seniors) to decorate the dressing room on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday with a particular theme that is a secret to all the other grades until the big reveal on their respective days. It sounds confusing, but here’s an example: Two years ago, the freshmen/sophomores decorated the dressing room on Wednesday with a jungle theme, juniors decorated on Thursday with an outer space theme, and seniors decorated on Friday with a Wizard of Oz theme.

We go all out for our dressing room themes— costumes and everything. It’s a little insane, but it’s a blast. It’s just funny when people think our themed costumes are our real dance costumes. Two years ago, people on Facebook thought the frog costume I wore in the dressing room was actually part of the show, but it was actually just a part of our jungle theme. No, I will not show you a picture of it. I was so close to posting it but…nah.

Basically, the themed dressing rooms have absolutely nothing to do with the dance show. They cost time and money, but they’re a tradition and we love them anyway!

I hope you all have a fantastic week! If you don’t hear from me, know that I’m just groovin’ it out at rehearsals or shows. 🙂

So tell me:

_____➔ That’s when you know…

What was the best thing you ate this weekend?

Are things looking spring-y where you are? 


23 thoughts on “That’s When You Know… {MIMM #29}

  1. coconut and peanut spread?? yum i need to find that!! st louis is totally teasing us with spring time weather!! itz 70 degrees one day and like 40 the next!!!

  2. Making the time in a crazy full day to read your blog. That’s when I know you’re one of my favorites 😉
    I can’t believe you can leave us hanging like that!..I want to see you in frog form! Gosh, everything sounds hecticly exciting!
    Fall is taking forevvver to come around over here. We had a few days of the temps lowering, but as off now – back into a heatwave.

  3. Spending too much time looking at exotic vacation places and having no motivation to wear anything but sweatshirts and yoga pants/sweatpants➡️That’s when you know winter has defeated you!!
    Best meal was the usual pasta and meatballs on Sunday!
    Hope you have a great week Alison👍Sounds like you have a busy but fun week coming up! Be sure to take pics? Even if it’s you in a frog costume!😜

  4. Have fun with dancing. =)
    And, I have an addiction to oatmeal + peanut butter (my parents ask why I eat it almost everyday). The coconut and peanut spread looks so good!

  5. I’ve just stumbled upon your blog, and I can tell we’ll be good friends based on the peanut butter usage in this post! I love the pb+oat combo, and no one in my family fully understands just how good it is! I know you’re feeling the winter blues, but it’s been in the 90’s in Texas and I am getting so sunburned just from my daily runs! Oh, and I listen to Demi sometimes too. (and occasionally have really emotional car jam outs to her songs. If you ask me in person if I do this, I’ll deny it!) So glad I found you xx

  6. Ugh I have tried to comment like 3 times! My computer is bonking out….

    Anywho, your eats. Fantastic. I always want your oatmeal for myself (mwa ha ha). And that coconut peanut butter looks divine!!!!!

    The dressing room theme decor sounds like so much fun!!!! I would have loved to have seen the Wizard of Oz Theme (as I am semi-obsessed with Wicked…..)

    Nut butter cravings whilst on vacation —-> that’s how you know you’re addicted to nut butter.

    Hope you’re having a maarrvveelloouuss day!

  7. “That’s when you know he loves you!” That automatically popped into my head. 😉
    Girl, I don’t know how you’re giving up the nut butters. o.o
    Coconut peanut butter?! That would have me swooning.

  8. WHAT? No peanut butter?? Oh man… how are you coping, sweet friend? I could give up a lot of things, but nut butter? No way.

    Nope, things are definitely NOT springy in the Rockies. They were… but now it won’t stop snowing. I’m thinking we only have 6 mos of winter left…

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