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.

Whole30, Day 9

January 16, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I have to admit that I had a tiny bit of hip pain this morning. It felt totally fine during and after my short run/walk yesterday, but after the family evening walk last night it ached a little and this morning it is slightly painful. I’m not limping or anything, but it’s that old familiar feeling. I know if I tried to run again today that it would probably hurt. I’m not going to push it and I’m still hopeful that the Whole30 might make a difference.

I definitely feel like I’m over the hump now. I feel great. I have lots of energy, no headache or anything, and for some reason I feel like I’m suddenly being more productive. Whole30 or not, I’ll take it.

This morning we walked Mack to school, as per usual.

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It kind of looks like I’m doing Chad’s eyebrow thing in that photo above.

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There was a thick blanket of fog this morning at Foggy Bottom.

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Once home, I made another awesome breakfast. How beautiful is this plate?

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The green stuff is Swiss chard, a little homemade sausage, mushrooms, onions, red bell pepper.

Last night Cal started saying that he didn’t feel well, and this morning he still felt nauseous so he stayed home from school. He spent most of the day building robots.

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Of course that meant that whatever plans I had for the day kind of went out the window. I can’t even really remember what I did all day because I didn’t take photos. I know I made a great lunch.

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(romaine, spinach, arugula, zucchini, cucumbers, kalamata olives, red bell pepper, beets, and leftover turkey meatballs with Garlic Gold balsamic vinaigrette)

I spent part of the afternoon getting dinner ready ahead of time so that all I would have to do was reheat it later. I made an Asian chicken/veggie/noodle thing for the boys and for myself I made some salmon patties.

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I just mixed canned salmon, a little onion, one egg, salt, pepper, Frank’s hot sauce, and some coconut flour together. They held together, but just barely. Next time I’ll use less coconut flour. I’m still learning how to use it. It absorbs liquid like crazy.

I also roasted a bunch of veggies to have with my salmon patties later.

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I brushed the pan and the tops of the veggies with a little olive oil and sprinkled them with my favorite multi-purpose seasoning. I’m so glad that Jane’s Krazy Mixed-Up Salt is Whole30 compliant.

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I wanted to get dinner made ahead because Cal had a haircut appoint at 5:30 and I knew that we’d be in a huge rush for dinner afterwards as I needed to be downtown as close to 6:30 as possible.

Luckily Cal was feeling better by the afternoon so we were able to make his haircut appointment.

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Not a huge difference, but believe me, it is so much better. Now he doesn’t have to hold his hair to the side while he eats.

My dinner was superb. I topped my salmon patties with a little homemade mayo.

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After I ate and changed clothes I hurried downtown to Fit2Run where they were supposed to be having a “Runners Appreciation Night”. I thought some of my friends would be there, but when I got there it was dead. Totally. I was late and the people who had shown up had left to run a 5K and apparently the “appreciation” was going to be after that. Oh well. I just went ahead and headed over to Run & Restore a few blocks away, also downtown.

Run & Restore is a half hour of running (or walking) and then a half hour Restore the Core class with Christie of Karna Fitness. My hip was still hurting, only a little, so I just walked a mile and a half in that first half hour. It was a gorgeous evening for a waterfront walk.

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There were hundreds of people on the waterfront walking, running, biking, and I also saw several fitness classes going on in the parks. Awesome.

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Restore the Core was fabulous as always.

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Mommy muscle.

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After I got home Chad and I watched an episode of Vegas. Anybody else watching this show? We’ve watched about three episodes and are liking it. It reminds me of the show Magic City. Both are set in the rat pack era and are about the early days of big tourist development. Magic City is about Miami instead of Vegas. Both involve organized crime.

That’s it for Day 9. So far so good. Cya.