Too much blogging

September 29, 2012 at 11:39 am

Last weekend was just too much. Too much exercise, too much social media, followed by too much blogging. Those Fitbloggin’ posts just went on and on and on. I had no desire to blog all week after that. But here’s a few photos I took throughout the week:

Tuesday I went to Mack’s school to volunteer, but I ended up just having lunch with Mack.


I had one of the bars we got as swag from Fitbloggin’.


I think those bars are very tasty, but they also seem like a very small portion. Mack had a bite and said he liked it.

Mack’s teacher didn’t really have anything for me to do this week, but I did get to meet Mack’s new classmate, Small Fry:


He is an albino gerbil. His eyes are red.


Mack is obsessed about when he will get to bring Small Fry to our house for a weekend.

The no-effort OOTVD (Outfit of the Volunteering Day):


I ran by Publix after I left the school and I used the coupon from Fitbloggin’ for a dozen free eggs. I also got a bag of the hard-boiled Eggland’s Best eggs. Cal loves hard-boiled eggs.


The next pictures I have are from Wednesday night when the Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers book club met at Smokey Bones in Clearwater, across the Bayside Bridge.



My blogger friends Nanci and Debbie were there when I arrived and we waited at the bar for others to arrive. A dirty martini (tired of tequila for a while):


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Soon Jacqui and Rachel arrived and we all ordered food.

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My dinner was a grilled chicken sandwich with bacon and onion straws on it. I ordered cole slaw as my side item, but they brought fries. I figured it was the universe telling me to eat the fries, so I did.


We had fun eating and discussing the book “Let’s Pretend this Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson. She is also know as The Bloggess.


I always enjoy hanging out with the TBLB and it was great to meet Jackie (Jacqui?) for the first time.


Apparently at some point during the week I walked Mack to school in total darkness.


I had overnight oats in a jar at some point.


Yesterday afternoon the boys and I went to Fit2Run in downtown St. Pete to pick up my race packet for the Beach Beast obstacle mud run on Sunday.



I ran into my friend Tisha who is going to be one of my teammates on Sunday (Team Yelp), and also into two of my IRunMommies friends, Caricia and Dawn.


We are all doing the 11:30 heat on Sunday. It’s going to be HOT. I haven’t exercised all week. Wish me luck.


After picking up my race packet and chatting with the girls for a few minutes, the boys and I headed to Mack’s school for a Full Moon Friday PTA event.


They were having free hot dogs and chips, and I had signed up to help volunteer with the drinks, which were $.50 each.



.I worked in the back row getting drinks out of the cooler and handing them to the ladies taking the money. I also had to constantly refill the coolers because we were slammed and people were buying sodas in hoards. It was like a juggling act to bury the warm sodas in ice and keep the cold sodas on top. We definitely got outpaced by demand and some people got some not-very-cold sodas. Sorry. I was trying!

Mack helped out a bunch. He helped me man the huge coolers for about an hour.


Cal got to see his fifth grade teach from last year again…


as well as a bunch of his friends from elementary school that now go to different middle schools than he does. By about 7:00 I was ready to head home. I had to pry the boys away from their friends, but after slinging sodas for an hour and a half, then sweltering for another half hour, I was done. It was 90 degrees at 7 p.m. when we left. I am really missing the Baltimore weather. It will NEVER be fall here.

So that’s all I have from this week, other than some cute photos of my nephew that my sister texted me:



I bet they are having fall in Charlotte, North Carolina, near where she lives. I miss Cody.

Okay, fun stuff coming up for the rest of the weekend. Hopefully I will feel moved to blog about it. I’ll definitely check back in to tell the interwebs that I did not die during Beach Beast if that is the case.

Fitbloggin’ 2012 Day 4 – Sunday, the last day

September 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm

It came to my attention during Fitbloggin’ that the intent was to provide a variety of workout opportunities so that attendees could pick and choose what they wanted to participate in. For some reason I never even considered not doing all of the workouts (well, beforehand I never considered it…at 5:30 a.m. Friday morning I was definitely considering it). I saw the conference as an opportunity to try a bunch of new things, as well as to get some quality excessercising in while on vacation. Luckily, Maggie totally agreed with me on this and she wouldn’t even let me whine much when we had to get up early to head to a work out. I think that those of us that did all six workouts and the 5K should have gotten some sort of medal. Maggie backs me up on this, although Fitbloggin’ didn’t respond to her tweet.

In any event we did get up on Sunday morning for the 5K. The pre-dawn view from our hotel room:


And here it is using the fancy panorama creator on my camera:

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Maggie looks thrilled and I look demented:



All the die-hard 1 mile/5K’rs:


We walked en masse across Light Street to the harbor walk…


and took off after a count down.



I walked the 5K route and used it as a sight-seeing opportunity. I took tons of photos.



I’m not going to lie. My hip was pretty unhappy with all of the weekend’s back to back workouts and lots of walking already. But I felt okay to walk a 5K.





The cool Baltimore morning felt wonderful. In my hoody, I got warm in the sunny spots, but was perfectly comfortable whenever in the shade. Walking at any hour day or night in Florida would definitely not require a jacket at this point. We had fabulous weather for Fitbloggin’.






Soon we turned away from the waterfront and made a u-turn near the half-way point.


We walked past this diner that was cooking bacon and I really wanted to stop and get some bacon to take back to the Hyatt.


I was pretty sure we weren’t going to be having bacon at the Fitbloggin’ final breakfast.

As we turned onto Charles Street to head back towards the hotel I felt like I had stepped into an episode of The Wire.



Or possibly The Corner, which was also a David Simon creation based on his time in Baltimore. Chad and I both read his book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets while in law school. We were assured that the route was safe, but dang, this looked just like The Corner.


The Reebok representative who was leading the 5K looped back past me, checking on all of us walking stragglers to make sure no one was left behind. He ended up coming back to me and we walked the last half mile or so together, talking about our children, of course. It was a beautiful morning walk and I was so glad to get to see some more of Baltimore.

Post 5K breakfast (as predicted, no bacon):


After breakfast I sadly lounged around sighing loudly while Maggie packed. Her flight home was earlier than mine. I didn’t torture her with more pictures, but there was sadness. It was hard to say goodbye to her and let her fly off to the other side of the country.

After Maggie left I got all showered and packed up myself. I left my luggage with the concierge and set off on my own to explore just a little more in search of lunch.


Just as I was walking away from the hotel I ran into Cynthia (It All Changes) again and had to get one last photo with her.


Then I walked all over the Federal Hill neighborhood, starting with the harbor walk again. There was some sort of charity walk/run going on.


Lots of dogs.


I used Yelp’s “monacle” feature on the mobile app while walking around and looking at restaurants.


I passed a comics store that made me miss the boys.


About that time my friend Christie O. texted and said she and a couple of ladies were heading to lunch if I wanted to join them, so I hurried back to the hotel and the four of us walked to Pizzeria Uno on the harbor.

20120923-DSC00941(Jessica of Sweat is my Sanity and Thea of It’s Me vs. Me)


20120923-DSC00945(Christie of Average Moms Wear Capes and me)

I ordered the eggplant, spinach, and feta half pizza.


It was delicious.


Thanks to Jessica for this awesome picture of Christie, me, and Thea:

at unos

Well that’s it. That’s all the photos I took at Fitbloggin’ 2012. After lunch I returned to the hotel, soon boarded my super shuttle to the airport, and was shortly on my flight back to St. Pete. It was a jam-packed, exhausting, fun weekend.Thanks to the organizers, all the awesome people I met, and my room soul mate Maggie for making it so wonderful. Fitbloggin’ 2013 will be in Portland next June. It’s on the radar.

I’ve pretty much taken Monday and Tuesday off of life, other than the necessities like feeding, clothing, and carting my children. Now it’s back to reality.


Click here for my post about Fitbloggin’ Day 1 (Thursday)

Click here for my post about Fitbloggin’ Day 2 (Friday)

Click here for my post about Fitbloggin’ Day 3 (Saturday)