The mundane and the fabulous

November 12, 2012 at 9:52 am

Where was I? Let’s see…now it’s Monday and the last thing I blogged was the Tampa Bay Lady Blogger book club meeting on Wednesday night. There has been so much awesomeness since then. One of the problems with having such a fascinating life is that it is often too fun-filled to have time to blog about it. Cest la (my) vie. It’s rough, but I don’t want your pity.

I realize that the most fascinating stuff is the mundane, so I’m going to blog all of that first and then do separate posts for the fabulous.

Thursdays mundanity (WordPress does not think that’s a word):

Saw puppies!

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Drove three boys to middle school.

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Handed the camera to Cal:

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Self portrait:

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My awesome breakfast on Thursday:

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Recipe for mini pumpkin muffins:

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My closet was completely out of hand.

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I have done a bunch of Christmas shopping lately and also pretty much have not put any clothes away in months. The closet is mostly blocked by piles of clean, folded clothes and shopping bags. The clothes piled on the chair in the left all needed to go to Good Will.

Clothes sorted into piles:

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I have way too many cotton t-shirts from events:

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Success!

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All the gifts corralled into some large shopping bags:

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Boots ready for cool weather:

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The doors will even shut now:

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I know I do this closet clean out post once every few months. But isn’t it interesting?

I even made the bed, but I still think making the bed is a waste of time.

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The next pictures I have are from when I picked Cal up from school. They were having a memorial service for a teacher that recently passed away. While I was sitting in the car line they released doves.

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The doves flocked together and continued to fly around over the school for a long time. It was really cool.

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Next picture is from Tour de Pizza on Thursday night.

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Chad actually took a day off of work to play in a charity golf tournament on Thursday.

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Friday morning I ran by Crescent Lake Park to pick up my t-shirt for some of Saturday’s awesomeness:

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Friday’s breakfast (I know this is random, but I took a picture so here it is):

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Friday morning’s awesomeness included attending the Junior League of Tampa’s annual holiday shopping event at the Florida State Fairgrounds. I’ll be writing a separate post about that. After I picked Mack up from school we stopped by Christie’s to pick up my Karna Bar!

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I have been seriously slacking on the resistance training since resigning from the gym. I could still be going there (until Dec. 11th), but now that I’ve given my notice I just haven’t felt like going back. Sad.

Dinner Friday night was leftover Crockpot Balsamic Pork with Onions, served with brown/wild rice and broccoli:

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Christie O., the pork was awesome as leftovers!

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Early Saturday morning we drove to Ybor City in Tampa to have some family photos taken. My friends at Embellished Simplicity did a 20 minute shoot with us. I’m going to post all the photos once I get them on disc, but here’s a couple that they posted on their Facebook page.

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We went straight from the photo shoot to Woodlawn Sports Complex for a kickball tournament benefitting the charities of the Junior League of St. Petersburg. I was on team IRunMommies. Separate post to come!

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During the lunch break at the kickball tournament, two of my kickball team mates and I headed to Clearwater to pick up our race packets for the TriRock Clearwater Triathlon.

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My two kickball teammates were also going to be my relay teammates in the triathlon on Sunday morning.

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My swag bag included a $1000 off coupon on a new Land Rover.

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On the way back to the kickball tournament we stopped by PDQ to grab some lunch.

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I got the crispy chicken sandwich. It was awesome. The chicken filet was so juicy and flavorful and huge!

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After the kickball tournament I tried to take it easy all afternoon on Saturday to rest up for my swim early on Sunday.

Triathlon post to follow!

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After the triathlon we hung out at home for a while, then Chad and I went out on a date night. Yelp Tampa Bay had an awesome party for the Yelp community (not just Elites) at Datz in south Tampa. If you had a Yelp account, even with no reviews, you could have RSVP’d to this party! It was great.

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Separate post about the Livin’ La Vida Local Yelp party to follow.

There are already 27 reviews on the Yelp page for the event, and it just happened last night! I’m already behind.

Maybe I’m caught up with the mundane. I have a million photographs of the fabulous to go through now!

Specialized Snowflake goes clipless

August 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Last night’s dinner:

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They had the most beautiful yellow squash at Parkesdale Farm Market last weekend, so last night I sautéed one of them with some peppers, onions, and Garlic Gold nuggets to go with my Tour de Pizza. So glad I thought of that! Much better than just a salad on the side.

I achieved my goal of cleaning off my desk last night.

Before:

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After:

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I know it still isn’t perfectly neat, but I went through all those piles of paper and now I can actually see the desktop. Nothing in my house is ever perfectly neat. The shoes are still there because I need to try to glue the sole back onto the upper of the left one. I love those shoes…hope I can save them. The sole just came detached near the back. I’m going to use Gorilla Glue or something.

This morning I somehow overslept, so I had to drive Mack to school. Crazy eyes in the early morning:

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Our most awesome PTA president, my friend Linda, was risking her life standing in the middle of the car line trying to encourage people to sign up for PTA.

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And that’s why she was PTA President of the Year last year! She is truly amazing.

After I dropped Mack off I stopped for a second to take a picture of the sun rising over Tampa Bay…

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This is how it looked after I worked some Instagram magic on it:

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Once home I sent Cal off to his bus stop with the car pool (thanks Tanya), and made breakfast…

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featuring:

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So good.

Then I went to the gym for twenty minutes on the elliptical…

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then Bodypump.

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I wore my Chevy Go For The Gold Challenge t-shirt, obviously.

After I got home from the gym I did a little laundry, messed around on the computer, and had lunch.

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After lunch I ran to Target before having to pick Mack up from school. I forgot to take a picture at Target, but here’s what it looked like the last twelve times I went there and remembered to take a picture:

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People are going nuts about Tropical Storm Isaac’s approach and the shelves were almost bare of batteries, water, and bread. The usual pre-storm insanity. Here’s the cone of uncertainty as of a few hours ago:

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After I picked up Mack we went home for a little while so he could have a snack, then we loaded Specialized Snowflake into the car and headed to the Trek Bicycle Store of St. Petersburg.

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Yesterday I dropped Star the Trek off there for a tune-up, and today I was going to drop Snowflake off for the same thing. Allen gave Snowflake the once-over for me…

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and declared him (Snowflake is a male bike of course) good to go. No need to leave him there over the weekend for anything. I had planned to get toe cages put on the pedals, but Jayce and Allen said that I would need to buy new pedals because the ones on the bike were not compatible with toe cages. I mentioned that eventually I was going to go clipless, so they suggested just doing that now. Why buy new standard pedals only to replace them soon?

I have been scared of the clipless pedals, but I really do want to learn how to use them. I know it makes you so much more powerful as you get torque on the way up AND on the way down, so I decided to just go for it. Yikes.

I decided to go with the pedal on the far-right below.

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Not only was it the cheapest, it also can be used as a normal pedal just by flipping it over. Chad sometimes rides my bikes and he definitely won’t be using clips. By the way, why do they call them “clipless” when really they are the opposite of “clipless”? I have no idea.

Of course, getting the clipless pedals also meant I needed bike shoes.

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Are they cute?

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Those are borrowed socks, by the way. I hadn’t anticipated shoe shopping, so I wore flip flops to the store. Well, I own these now, so I guess I have to figure out how to use them!

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Mack helped Jayce get the bike onto the trainer so I could practice clipping in and out.

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Allen talked me through it and Mack went camera crazy.

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Okay. So now Star and Snowflake are all tuned up and ready to go.

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Everybody at the Trek Store was super nice and helpful as always. They never make me feel like an idiot for my newbie cyclist status. Anne (the owner and my friend) was there too, but I didn’t get a picture with her. I mentioned that fact to her and she said, “That’s okay, I didn’t do anything for you today anyway.” Well, that’s not true because as always I enjoyed talking with Anne while I was there. Here’s a picture of her anyway from one of my many other visits to the Trek Bicycle Store of St. Pete:

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She reassured me that EVERYONE is nervous about using clipless pedals for the first time, and that everyone gets the hang of it. While I was practicing on the trainer Allen said that I was doing better clipping in and out than most people do at first. Maybe so, but doing it on the trainer where you can’t fall is nothing like doing it while you are riding and the pedals are moving. At least if I wipe out it will be good material for the blog, right?

Jayce and Allen helped me get both bikes back into the car. I wasn’t sure they would fit, but we managed to get them in there. Mack and I ran home and dropped the bikes off then picked up Cal and Cameron from the bus stop. By the time I got home it was time to make dinner.

I made turkey burgers, sweet potatoes, and green beans for the boys, but made a chicken burger for myself because we had one straggler chicken burger in the freezer. My dinner:

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Not fancy, but darn tasty.

Now the boys are out on the family evening walk. I stayed home to write this post and now I need to get my gear together for a crazy event I’m doing tomorrow with my friend Nikki.

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Wish me luck!