What I did on my summer break, Part 1: May

September 2, 2013 at 4:57 pm

The last thing I memorialized on the blog before precipitously taking a break was Mother’s Day. Other stuff I did for the remainder of May and took photos of:

Had our friends over to the new house many times…

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Did the Color Me Rad 5K with the boys…

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Said goodbye to The Pier, as it was closed for business until they can figure out what the heck they are going to do with it…

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Went to the annual Pinellas County PTA awards banquet…

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Went antiquing with my friend Cami…

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Celebrated my 44th birthday…

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Went on a date night that started out at a Yelp event at Tryst Gastro Lounge

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Our date night ended at The Canopy, the rooftop lounge at The Birchwood.

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Went to American Stage in the Park to see The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with great friends…

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Celebrated Mack’s 9th birthday with a huge pool party…

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And took many walks in our new neighborhood…

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Did I mention that there is an abandoned mansion falling to ruin on our street?

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We call it Hogwarts.

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Our new neighborhood is very interesting and we are loving it.

So that’s all the photos I managed to round up for May. I’ll probably come across more photos from more fabulous events in May that I missed because I haven’t been very diligent about downloading and organizing photos. I wasn’t very diligent about even taking photos during my summer break so many events went undocumented or were memorialized by only one cell phone camera shot. It was glorious to leave the camera behind for a while.

Cya.

Apple stack cake Friday

March 15, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Quick reminder…I’m going to have Mack pick the winners of the FREE 7-day fun passes for Airheads Trampoline Arena tomorrow.

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So if you’d like a chance to win one of the two passes that I have to give away, be sure to leave a comment HERE. This contest is now closed. The winners have been notified. Congratulations Ali and Jessica!

So where was I? Oh yeah, Wednesday was Chad’s birthday. He decided he wanted hot dogs for dinner from Luke’s Coney Island.

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Mack and I ran by there while Cal was in karate. See the hours on the door behind Mack? Luckily we didn’t dawdle too much because we walked in at 5:28 not realizing that from Sunday to Wednesday they close at 5:30. The owner said, “We close in two minutes, but I’ll make your order any way.” Hmm. I thought that was kind of rude. That place is always empty and we are returning customers. If the doors are unlocked, you serve your customers. Anyway, the hot dogs were good.

Chad is now 44.

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He requested an apple stack cake from Publix.

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I hate to brag, but I did the lettering myself. Can you tell?

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This photo says, “When are you going to stop taking photos so we can eat cake, Mom?”

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The apple stack cake was a good choice.

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At seven inches it looks tiny, but it was just enough for everyone to have a slice, then for everyone to have another slice the next day, then an extra one for Chad.

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Next up was presents, and Mack insisted that Chad open his first.

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It was a piece of paper and Mack presented it by saying, “Who needs a coupon book when you can have a coupon page?”

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My favorites are the two coupons for “good behavings” and the coupon for “10 go out side so I can have some peace and quites” (sic).

Next was Cal’s gift. He has been into making 3-dimensional paper sculptures lately, utilizing lots of scotch tape.

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My gifts to Chad:

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The little wooden sculpture is something we saw and liked when we went to the MUSE body art show at ARTpool. After we left Chad commented that we should have bought it as a remembrance of our evening, so I went back a little while later and bought it for his birthday. I think it is meant to hold CD’s, but it could hold anything really.

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I think Chad enjoyed his birthday…it was just what he requested.

Thursday morning I went to Bodypump, where they need to clean the mirrors.

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Next up on Thursday was the blogger preview event at the new Container Store in Tampa.

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That was awesome. Don’t forget to leave a comment on that post if you would like to win some of my Container Store swag.

Thursday afternoon Mack and I ran by Fit2Run St. Petersburg to pick up my race packet for the Sarasota Half Marathon on Sunday.

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I guess it’s really going to happen.

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I’m feeling ill-prepared, anxious, and excited. Some of my IRunMommies and I are going down Saturday night and spending the night beforehand which will be fun. I’m excited to do a race on a course I’ve never done before. I love Sarasota. I’ll be wearing my pink and green IRunMommies uniform, which looks like this in case you have forgotten:

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Except I won’t be wearing the long sleeves underneath and I’m going to wear these socks since it will be St. Patrick’s Day:

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Knock on wood, looks like we’re going to have great weather! The forecast for Sarasota on Sunday morning at race time:

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Random photo of my pink eggs for breakfast this morning:

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Okay, caught up again. Or maybe I should say, OK, caught up again. My editor (hardass) and I have been having debates about this grammatical issue lately. The grammarist indicates that either one is OK, okay, but that OK appears more frequently in edited text. Whatev.

Cya.