TL;DR Tuesday

October 29, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Random stuff I took photos of since last weekend…

The guest room bed has been sitting in our pool table room curing since Saturday.

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I think it looks really good.

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Time to buy some mattresses and finish organizing the guest room.

On Sunday morning I made some paleo pumpkin pancakes, based on this recipe. I tweaked it a little, and I think they came out okay. Everybody ate them. I put some honey in the batter for the boys’ pancakes, but mine contained no sugar or sweetener of any kind.

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Later on Sunday morning the boys and I went to Whole Foods in Tampa (we don’t have one in St. Pete).

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They had a bunch of well-priced pumpkins ($6.99 for good sized carving pumpkins), but the “Big Mac” pumpkins (as big as Mack) were ridiculous…$150!

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All of the departments had decorated pumpkins on display. They were pretty good.

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We hit up the hot food bars first to get lunch for the boys (they ate while I shopped) and I found a couple of NSNG (no sugar no grains) items to take home for me to try.

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I didn’t get a photo of the Mojo Pork, but it was great.

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The Lemon Herb Chicken will appear in a dinner later in this post.

A couple of other things I was happy to find at Whole Foods:

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I had previously only been able to find coconut cream at Trader Joe’s (in a can with a brown label). This is my favorite thing to have in my coffee so I was happy to find it a little closer to home. I had it this morning in my coffee and it seemed pretty good.

I also found bacon without any sugar!

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This is exciting. I think it is new to our Whole Foods. There was no price in the cooler and it would not ring up at the register. The cashier called for a price check, but then I don’t think she even charged me for the three packs of this that I got! I can’t find it on my receipt so I have no idea how much this actually costs. But free bacon is good, and it has to be less expensive than what I had been ordering from U.S. Wellness Meats. I also buy Gwaltney brand bacon at Publix sometimes and they have a couple of varieties without sugar, but it is more conventionally farmed pork and I don’t feel as good about it. I won’t cook with the grease from the Gwaltney bacon. From what I can tell from the Pederson’s Natural Farms website, their methods seem better than conventional, while still not totally free range. Real free range pork doesn’t seem to really exist.

My main reason for going to Whole Foods was to restock on meat. My freezer is mostly depleted. I need to make some more homemade breakfast sausage, so I was hoping for some quality ground pork. Unfortunately the only ground pork they had only had a 1+ rating, so I ended up just getting one pound of ground pork and two pounds of ground turkey and I’m going to make sausage out of that. Honestly the turkey did not have a great rating either (2+), but you just have to do the best you can.

They did have some 5+ rated pork steaks at a decent price.

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Also, the cashier invited me to take some free chicken broth on my way out!

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Good trip to Whole Foods…free bacon and free chicken stock!

After we finished shopping I met my friend Steph in the parking lot to make a veggie/money exchange.

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This was the last weekend of her Co-op for a Cure fundraiser. Glad I could participate Steph!

Another thing that I got at Whole Foods were some pretty mums. They were two for $15.

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I can’t stop adding things to the porch.

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It makes me happy whenever we pull up to the house (ten times a day).

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I really need to paint that patio set so that it doesn’t disappear on the porch. What color should I paint it? I was thinking maybe terra cotta or coral. Something darkish.

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Sunday afternoon Cal and I went to see a production of The Birds at American Stage downtown with our friends Ali and Molly.

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These kids of ours are so great.

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The play is kind of a typical post-apocalyptic tale, psychological and depressing.

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We all agreed that it was morose and disturbing and that we enjoyed it.

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Sunday dinner was some excellent grouper from Sam’s Club that Chad grilled. He also grilled some eggplant for me (so delicious), and prepared the asparagus on the grill.

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On Monday morning Chewie and I walked Mack to school. First day for Mack wearing long pants to school and first day for me wearing long pants on the morning walk (but no jacket for me).

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My breakfast Monday morning was awesome.

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That’s leftover grilled eggplant, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, and leftover deviled egg filling (mostly avocado and egg yolk), all sprinkled with Frank’s Red Hot Original.

After breakfast yesterday (Monday), I went back to Mack’s school to volunteer. OOTVD (outfit of the volunteering day):

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I made that t-shirt in college when I used to work at a screen-printing shop, so it is about 25 years old. I wore my candy corn earrings and the Halloween bracelet given to me by my friend Cindy many years ago.

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I guess I am “that mom”, but the kids do like when I dress this way.

Mrs. C had a list for me yesterday.

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I graded spelling pre-tests…

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and put together homework packets. Then I took down the old vocabulary words and put up the new ones.

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Then I hung out with Mack while he had his lunch in the classroom.

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I have an idea for a healthy snack to take to Mack’s class Halloween party on Thursday, so after volunteering at school I went by Party City and Publix to get the things I need. More about that on Thursday.

Last night’s dinner was the Whole Foods hot bar lemon herb chicken for me and some hamburgers from the freezer for the boys.

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The hamburgers were leftover from one of our cookouts last summer. The boys had white potatoes and I had sweet potatoes.

Random photos…

The first holiday sale flyer from Target arrived.

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I don’t love our green shades in the den (they are the same color as the walls), but I do like the leaf shadows that appear on them in the mornings.

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It looks like art to me. Please ignore the messy coffee table and sofa.

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This morning I had an appointment with a new doctor!

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So far, so good. I liked him. He didn’t condescend to me. He seemed open to my opinions. I’m having blood drawn tomorrow and going back to see him again next week. Fingers crossed that it will be a good relationship. My friend, The Fat Slow Triathlete, recommended this doctor to me. Thanks John!

Okay, caught up. Cya.

Fall festival and costume choices

October 26, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Last night was Mack’s school’s fall festival.

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The weather was perfect and we got there right as they opened the gates to the school.

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They had a bunch of games and raffles, and had a couple of bounce houses set up.

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They also had a fire truck, police K9 unit, and other community partners out there doing exhibitions. Cal and Mack immediately hooked up with buddies and I barely saw them. At some point they got hungry and had hot dogs and chips for dinner. I hung out with my friend Charlotte (Charlotte Smiled) and chatted most of the evening.

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As the evening wore on it got more and more crowded and they ended up with a really good turn-out, I think. I got to meet several more parents at the school and see several more friends. The boys had a great time. I decided to put the camera away after we first got there and just hang out and enjoy the evening. After the sun went down I got chilly, since I had changed into shorts mid-day. Yay for fall! Getting chilly in Florida is something to celebrate in October.

Today I finished spray painting the green bed and it’s out in the yard drying now. I am going to be mattress shopping soon and hopefully getting the guest room all organized and presentable. I hope we have guests for Thanksgiving! None of my family has seen our new house yet.

Tonight we are going to the annual Halloween party hosted by our friends, the Turtles. (Here’s Turtles Halloween 2011 which includes many throwback photos from Turtles Halloweens past, and Turtles Halloween 2012). I’m still trying to decide what costume to wear tonight. My options are angel or leopard.

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I purposely made that photo small so you won’t notice the messy, unmade bed in the background or my lack of makeup or the fact that the white dress does not even cover my bra. If I do the angel costume I’m probably going to wear a different white dress that I have or wear a camisole under that one. It’s way too revealing for my comfort level. I may wear one of these tonight and the other on Halloween. I’m pondering.

I bought the angel costume from my high school friend Julie. Look at this amazing packaging job she did:

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It arrived totally intact. Thanks Julie! I already had the leopard dress (from LOFT) and I bought the leopard accessory kit off of Amazon. I plan to do cat make-up with that one also.

Which do you like better?

Cya.