Mid November catch up

November 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I pretty much let Yelp take over my blog for a while there, but regular life was also happening in between all of those fabulous events. I was dumping all of those non-Yelping photos into a file as the days went by and this morning there were over 250 photos in there. Here are some of them (stuff that happened in the last two weeks):

Lots of walking to school.

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Mack is such a trooper for posing for these silly pictures on our walk every morning.

Lots of other school stuff happened, like volunteering the past two Mondays and today.

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Three Monday lunches at school with the sweet potato.

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Cal’s school had a mandatory PTSA meeting (like PTA with an S, and they are all mandatory) one night…

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and it was also a spaghetti dinner.

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Mack participated in a multi-school gifted competition called the Creativity Olympics, held at Perkins Elementary.

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His team didn’t score in the top three, but he talked about it for hours afterwards and kept saying how much fun it was.

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He got the coveted “Participant” ribbon.

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Mack got to see a bunch of his friends from his old elementary school, and I did too.

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The kids had school on Veteran’s Day and the car line was lined with flags.

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Very nice.

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My attempts at fashion and bathroom mirror photos over the past two weeks…

Volunteering at school outfits:

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Yes, that is a dress covered with purple giraffes. So what?

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A Yelp night outfit:

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Another Yelp night outfit:

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Showing off some of the beads that I made at Painting with Fire Studio:

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Gearing up for The Urban Bike Adventure with Team Wonder Wheels in downtown St. Pete this weekend (yikes):

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Ugh. Ok. Enough with the horrid selfies. What else?

I noticed on my various shopping trips the past couple of weeks that it is obviously full-on holiday time. I love it.

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I don’t love this so much:

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Why?

I was excited to stop by a new to me fish store a week or so ago.

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There were about a dozen people loitering around outside both of the entrances, but sadly, despite the next photo, they were not open.

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Some lady was pretty upset because she was supposed to pick up her crab. I hope she got it.

I went back to the doctor.

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More on that in another post most likely.

Chewie, the boys, and I went to Largo Central Park one Sunday.

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They have the Christmas lights up! We love coming here to see all the lights during the holidays.

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Best playground in Pinellas County.

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The boys play while I walk laps with Chewie.

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Last week I went to a Ladies Night event at The Trek Bicycle Store of St. Petersburg.

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I have been missing my friends at the Trek Store since I haven’t ridden my bike very much in the past six months. But next weekend is The Urban Bike Adventure (yikes again), so I took this opportunity to take Star the Trek in for a tune up.

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They had some good food…

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giveaways…

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and a speaker from Trek Women as well as a lady who spoke to us about commuting by bike.

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I was happy to see my friends Meghan and Tori there!

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You can barely tell in the photo above, but I wore my shirt from the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon last March because Southeastern Guide Dogs was also there and gave us a great presentation.

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Duke pretty much stole the show.

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I won a giveaway!

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A set of tire levers…thanks Trek Store of St. Pete!

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Thank you to Anne and her team for another fun event!

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And thanks for the tune-up for Star…

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and her new sticker which was hard to photograph.

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On Saturday we went out to the beach to have some family Christmas card portraits made.

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And Sunday we rested.

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Or at least some of us did.

So now I’m a little more caught up, but that was not 250 photos, so more to come.

Cya.

Happy Halloween–farewell Blogtober

October 31, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Happy Halloween! I made it to the end of the month. I challenged myself to blog every day in October and if you have been keeping up you know…I did it! Well, as soon as I hit publish on this one I will have done it. So I better throw something together really quickly…

Last night’s dinner included roasted curry delicata squash.

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Delicata has become my favorite winter squash. It is super easy to prepare because they are not very difficult to cut (unlike spaghetti or butternut squash) and the peel is edible.

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They taste similar to sweet potato and work well with virtually any seasoning. We had grilled Trader Joe’s turkey kielbasa and broccoli as well.

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I carved Mack’s pumpkin yesterday.

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It was based on his design:

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This morning Chewie and I walked Mack to school.

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This little brown dachshund ran up to us on our walk, creating some excitement.

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After I got home from walking with Mack I went on another walk with my friend Amy. We passed this awesome house in Allendale Terrace:

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We walked down to Crescent Lake and did a lap around.

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We saw this sign on the walk back:

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You don’t see a lost hedgehog sign every day! Or an albino hedgehog. I hope he’s okay.

Amy and I had a great chat and I got over 6 miles of walking in today. It was a great way to spend a beautiful morning. Thanks Amy! And congratulations to Michael and Ben (Amy’s husband and son) on their Marine Corp Marathon finishes!

When I got back home I carved Cal’s pumpkin, per his design.

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The afternoon was spent at Mack’s class Halloween party (fill you in on that tomorrow) and then running the boys around to their usual activities. Cal approved of his pumpkin when he got home.

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He was at the SPIFFS festival all day, thus the Peruvian hat. (Click here to read about my previous visit to the St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society festival.)

Gotta go get ready for trick or treating. I’m going to look heavenly.

Cya.