New Balance Sarasota 10 year anniversary party and ladies who lunch

March 19, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Yesterday I was pretty sore from my half marathon on Sunday, but not as bad as I thought I might be. I decided to go to a yoga class to stretch out my aching quads and hips.

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I bought a set of 20 classes from YogaBlu on Cyber Monday at half off and I need to use them! I always love doing yoga when I’m sore from running. It just makes everything feel better.

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The class I took was a 75 minute “Core Yoga” class. It included most of the traditional yoga moves I’m used to (downward facing dog, warrior 1,2,3, triangle post, etc.) with an extra emphasis on core strength positions. It was great. The studio is very clean, almost to the point of ascetic, but the lack of distractions also makes it very relaxing. I enjoyed my first class there and am looking forward to using up the rest of my pass. This was actually my first class, which is always free anyway, so it didn’t count towards my 20-class pass.

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After yoga I went home and got cleaned up then headed downtown to meet a blogger friend for lunch.

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My friend Tracey writes the blog Be More Childlike. In her words: Be More Childlike is a one-year experiment in consciously trying to be all of the things that come naturally to my kids. The theory being put to the test is: Will being more childlike make me a better adult?

You should check it out and “Like” the Be More Childlike Facebook page.

Tracey and I met at BizMoms and we’ve been wanting to get together to talk about bloggy stuff for a while, so we finally did it yesterday. We met at Bangkok Thai downtown and talked so much that we had a hard time eating our meal in between the chatting.

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We probably could have talked for a few more hours so we’ll just have to get together again soon.

Yesterday afternoon after I dropped the boys off at karate I hit the road to head BACK to Sarasota over the Sunshine Skyway.

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A few weeks ago I was invited to attend a party celebrating the 10th anniversary of the New Balance Sarasota store.

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Hey, free food and drinks are usually enough to get me to an event. When I realized that I could also use it as an excuse to hang out with my awesome blogger friend Theresa (of Active Eggplant) who lives in SRQ, I was set on going even though I knew that would mean driving to Sarasota twice in three days. Eh, it’s only an hour away.

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The event was held at The White Buffalo, a big country/western line dancing bar.

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New Balance has a long-standing relationship with the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and the event was also a fundraiser for that organization.

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They had a mini-store set up in the front of the bar where you could get a free custom fitting for a New Balance sports bra.

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The White Buffalo is HUGE. That’s a good thing because this turned out to be one big party with over 400 people in attendance.

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In addition to an OPEN BAR, they also had pizza…

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and barbecue pork sliders, curry chicken sliders, and hummus sliders.

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They also had salad which I guess wasn’t picture-worthy, but apparently the dessert table was.

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They were also raffling off a bunch of goodies to raise more money for Komen, including a Disney weekend package with a minimum bid of $700!

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Theresa and I perused the raffle items then got some food and sat outside to chat and eat.

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I used to wear New Balance sneakers for years before I started running. I always wore their cross-trainers for everything I did…mostly walking. I was psyched (it was a “Get Psyched” event after all) to see their apparel line on the catwalk.

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Pretty soon Molly and David Jackson, owners of the Sarasota and University Park New Balance stores, took the stage and gave a moving speech about the history of their family-owned stores.

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Then it was time for the fashion show!

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All of the models were local friends of theirs, and they were pretty funny on the catwalk.

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I really loved so much of the apparel and the shoes looked awesome…I am definitely going to be checking out the New Balance line in stores.

I enjoyed the party…thanks for inviting me New Balance Sarasota and congratulations on your anniversary! But I have to say that the best part was hanging out with my friend Theresa who I don’t see nearly often enough.

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Then it was back over the Skyway for the fourth time in three days.

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After I got the boys off to school this morning I went to Bodypump, sporting my Sarasota Half Marathon race shirt of course.

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Then I ran by the post office and Target to share my sweatiness with the general public.

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Then I went home and showered and met Mack at school for his lunch hour.

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His teacher actually had work for me today so it was a legitimate volunteer day!

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OOTVD (outfit of the volunteering day):

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I’m sure the St. Patrick’s Day decorations will be coming down soon, so I better preserve them on the blog.

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After leaving school I met my friend Ali for lunch downtown. Two downtown lunches in two days! Who am I? Yesterday was Thai, today was Indian.

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We had a nice lunch and visit. India Grill is in the Central Arts District of downtown St. Pete, and I noticed these murals on the tree planters across the street …

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I love bike art! I looked them up and they are by local artist Sebastian Coolidge.

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Awesome. Here’s a story I found about the murals on The St. Pete Patch.

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That’s it for today. The world is now caught up with my mundane fascinating life. I’m heading out to Restore the Core soon.

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.