Cycle Saturday

April 30, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I was exhausted last night since I had been up since 4:30 a.m. It was so nice to get to sleep in a bit this morning. Also, it was nice to have time to make oatmeal.


In the bowl: steel cut oats made with almond milk, blueberries, strawberries, banana, toasted pecans, coconut. On the side: cheese and chive eggbeaters scrambled with mushrooms and green onions. Two cups of coffee each with one packet of Splenda with fiber and a dollop of skim milk. I actually made a third cup to go, which I planned to drink in the car on the way to the gym, but I left it on the counter Sad smile .

At the gym I did 45 minutes on the elliptical first.


Then Bodyflow.


While I was at the gym Chad was taking the boys to their school’s spring carnival.

Chad didn’t get very many pictures of Cal because he disappeared with his posse pretty quickly.



He got at least one good one of Mack:


Plus a few action shots:



They were having a good time.

So was I. After the gym I went to look at more bicycles. This time I checked out Northeast Cycles, also on 4th Street.


Still looking at hybrids, first I rode a Bianchi Cortina.



While I was photographing it this random guy was walking by and he asked me if I wanted him to be in the picture. I told him, “Sure, but you’ll be on my blog.” He said, “Alright!”


Next I rode a Diamondback Clarity 1.



This was my favorite of the four I have ridden so far. I was just sporty and smooth and felt really comfortable. Still no decision yet, though. But I am VERY excited to get a bike. I want to ride it everywhere!

Since I felt like I found something I really liked I decided to quit shopping for today. There is a third bike store on 4th Street (!), but I kind of feel like the Diamondback is what I want, so I quit. I may change my mind and shop more.

Anyway, I decided to stop by the boys school to see if they were still at the carnival. They were.


Chad and I just sat off to the side in the shade and watched the carnival happening. I was hiding so no one would ask me to man a bo0th or anything. I am feeling a tinge of guilt for not volunteering at the carnival, but then I remember that I volunteered in both boys’ classes on Thursday and spent 5 1/2 hours on a bus volunteering for gifted yesterday and the guilt dissipates.

I came home from the carnival STARVING, as it was almost 2:00 p.m. and I hadn’t had lunch yet. I made a quick salad by tossing CSA lettuces and arugula with a little lite ranch and then dumping the leftover stir-fry from last night’s dinner on top of it.


It may look gross, but it tasted awesome. I think ranch and teriyaki go together just fine. Actually, everything goes with ranch. And I just love dumping things on top of lettuce.

After eating I spent all afternoon cleaning. Confused smile Hard to believe, I know, but this is crunch time. The Derby party is in T-minus one week and counting. Today I deep cleaned the kitchen and the dining room. I even washed the kitchen rugs, but that was mainly because I accidentally spilled half a bottle of vinegar on one of them. Oops.

Chad grilled marinated chicken for dinner, so I think I’ll just make a grilled chicken and fresh spinach sandwich. I don’t feel like cooking any veggies and I can’t face another salad today. A sandwich will be perfect.

Hope you are having a great weekend so far!

Fieldtrip Friday

April 29, 2011 at 7:54 pm

My day started like this:


Getting up at 4:30 a.m. to go run is not as much fun as it sounds. I wrote more about that on my “Still Running” page.

I had to get an early start because Cal and I had to be at school super early for a fieldtrip. When I got back from running I showered, made the boys breakfast, put on make up, and then I was almost out of time! I had to do a quick breakfast…cereal only.


Also, just one regular cup of coffee and one of these for the road:


I was trying to avoid having to use this:


But backing up to before the trip, I made sure to pack my fieldtrip essentials:


Cal and I managed to make it to school by the 7:15 call time.


Our bus was actually nice and luxurious (but I still didn’t want to use the bathroom on it).


These were my charges (Cal and Hunter):


They spent most of the trip like this:


Once we got under way, I had my Doubleshot and my peace bracelet, and I was repeating my mantra (“peace is the way”) in my head. All was well.


Oh, these are my fieldtrip shoes, by the way:


We were headed to Fort Myers, which is about two hours from St. Pete. Cal’s teacher had the forethought to stop at the rest area before we crossed the Sunshine Skyway.


This definitely enabled me to avoid the bus toilet!


The entertainment on the bus consisted of “Chitty, Chitty, Bang, Bang” at high volume (to go with their theme of “Inventors and Inventions” this year).


I didn’t mind at all.


I had my own entertainment.


Before I knew it we had arrived at Punta Gorda.


We weren’t supposed to go to Punta Gorda.

Soon we were entering Port Charlotte.


We weren’t supposed to go to Port Charlotte.

Our bus driver had gone the wrong way and taken us over 20 minutes out of our way. We had to make a U-turn and get back on the right highway. We were running very late and cutting into our time at the Edison and Fort Winter Estates (our destination).


Finally, we pulled into Fort Myers, where it was pouring down rain.


We were so happy to finally be there and get off the bus! I tried to put on a happy face, despite the fact that Cal and I got soaked to the bone running to the other building where the bathrooms were located.


What, I don’t look happy? I did love these little windows in the bathroom building:


The museum and estates were very cool. Edison was amazing. He had like a bazillion patents. Basically, he invented everything.



I just loved this picture:


I don’t know if you can really see these ladies faces, but I’m not sure too many men were heartbroken by not being able to touch their lips.

Once we got done with the museum the sun had come back out and it was lovely. The Edison summer homes were beautiful and on an amazing piece of waterfront property.



I especially loved the super-wide porches and beautiful pergola that connected his main house with his guest house (yeah, he was loaded…he did invent everything after all).





Thomas Edison was very good friends with Henry Ford, so old Henry bought the house next door so they could hang out together in the winter.



Here is Henry Ford’s winter toilet:


Their amazing waterfront vista:


And an angle on the front of the Edison homes:


And here’s the man himself (with Hunter, Cameron and Cal):


Too soon we had to get back on the bus to make sure all the kids got back to school in time to catch their school buses home. We were supposed to eat on picnic tables on the estate, but since we took that little detour to Port Charlotte we ended up eating our lunches on the bus on the way home.

I had prepped my lunch the day before (basically making two of the same salads yesterday). I had my salad for today all packaged up.


In the plastic: mushrooms, red bell pepper, CSA kohlrabi, corn, black beans, CSA beets, fat free cheese, lite ranch dressing. All this stuff got put in a big bowl on top of a bed of CSA lettuces and arugula:


It was awesome, and eaten on my lap on the bus:


Bye-bye Edison & Ford Estates.


We got back to the school just after 2:30. Cal said the real fieldtrip was the bus ride, since that was the biggest part of the day and the most fun. We were on the bus for 5 1/2 hours. We were at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates for an hour and a half. Good times.

All you youngsters out there without kids, beware…


Okay, I was just trying to figure out how to work this picture into this post. This is a house two streets over from ours. I have no idea what it means!

The rest of the afternoon was spent working on gifted projects (due next week) and decompressing. I made an awesome stir-fry for dinner using all CSA veggies (squash, kohlrabi, rainbow carrots, spring onion), but didn’t photograph it. I think there are enough photos in this post already anyway. Time for the family evening walk…TGIF! I survived!

P.S. Just another reminder that I added a “FAQs” page to handle all of these questions I am constantly getting Smile.