Tuesday is Awesome

May 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm

First of all…  Happy Birthday Cody!!!!

Dear Cody, I can’t believe you are already one year old! I’ll never forget the first time I met you.

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You were only a few days old and you were the sweetest thing I had seen since my own babies were newborns. Your Mommy, my sister, and I have always been close, being just 23 months apart. But I wasn’t prepared for how I would feel when I met you. It was just the closest thing to holding one of my own babies that I could ever imagine. I love you so much!

The last time I saw you, two months ago, was such a fun time.

Me & Cody in the grocery

You were so happy and precocious and that smile was totally infectious. You thoroughly entertained your two older cousins. You are just a joy to be around!

Now you are ONE YEAR OLD and you just started walking!

Cody can walk!

We can’t wait to see you in Hilton Head in August my darling nephew. Hope you have a fun first birthday! Love, Aunt Caroline

So I was thinking last night about how I often publish a blog entry late afternoon or early evening and the rest of the day goes undocumented. So here are some things that happened last night after I blogged.

I made dinner. It was roasted veggies (spray pans with Pam, line with sliced veggies, sprinkle with Jane’s Krazy Mixed-Up Salt, spray again with Pam, roast at 400° until desired brown-ness), left-over mashed potatoes and sautéed chicken that had been marinated in Montreal steak seasoning, soy sauce and olive oil.

Before roasting:

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After roasting:

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Dinner is served.

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My plate is in the foreground. Chad also ate some of the roasted veggies and made his own entrée. Roasted cherry tomatoes are soooo good. Actually any vegetable roasted is awesome. It’s definitely my favorite way to do veggies.

After dinner we went on our family evening walk (1.6 miles).

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Chewie was with us too, but he was behind with me. We often fall behind because of all the pee and poop stops.

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Hard-ass doesn’t wait for me unless I yell at him.

Then it was showers and bed for the boys and TV watching for Chad and me. Maybe I don’t blog about our evenings because they are so repetitive and boring?

This morning on the walk to school I had my full entourage.

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Then I came home to overnight OIAJ (oats in a jar).

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And no, Bobbi-Jo, that is not mold. It’s oatmeal and Chia seeds! It was old fashioned oats, almond milk, chia seeds, coconut, and raisins in the jar overnight.

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My favorite quick breakfast. This time I got the ratio just right (two parts liquid to one part oats). This morning I added 1/2 a banana, a handful of fresh blueberries (they’ve been on sale lately) and a handful of toasted pecans.

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It was yummy and fast, which was exactly what I needed. I wanted to get out of the house fast and ride my bike to the gym!

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Poor Star was totally dorkified with my yoga mats on the back.

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And my Garmin rigged to her handlebars.

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First time using my Garmin on the bike setting!

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I also wore a backpack with my gym towel, water (although I have a water bottle rack on my bike) and a few other essentials.

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It’s really hard to take a picture of your own back.

I made it to the gym in 16 minutes! That’s only like 5 minutes slower than if I had driven. Awesome. I even had time to jump on the elliptical for 20 minutes before my Bodyflow class.

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I’m so pretty at the gym.

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This is why I can’t understand how women can wear make-up to the gym. I guess most of them don’t sweat as much as me. I’ve never met anybody who sweats as easily and as profusely as me.

After ellipticalizing and Bodyflow I went to get Star and head home.

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She was very happy in the child bike care with all her friends.

Here are my first Garmin biking stats:

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I need to play with the bike mode settings, but I did remember to hit the lap button at the gym. So lap 1 is on the way there and lap 2 is on the way home. It was so fun.

I was pretty much starving when I got home and I made a huge salad starring the last hot brown in the house. It started out very pretty with CSA lettuce, arugula, raw tomato, red bell pepper, mushrooms, and a few leftover roasted tomatoes and onions.

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Then I tossed it with ranch and dumped the reheated, cut up hot brown on top, which made it ugly and delicious.

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After I refueled I still had the itch to be on my bike, so I decided to go back out on a longer ride. I basically did the same route that I ran yesterday, but continued on past Northshore pool all the way to the end of the pier.

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I forgot to hit the lap button at the pier, but here are the total stats for this ride:

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So it was about 5 1/2 miles to the pier. In total today I biked over 17 miles! I loved it. I must have had bugs in my teeth because I was smiling the whole time.

Oh, and here are a couple pictures of downtown St. Pete that I took from the pier for Caroline in Ohio.

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After I got back from my ride I just chilled out (folding laundry of course) until the boys got home via carpool. Then we were off as quickly as possible because we needed to stop by the library on the way to karate to pick up some books that we had requested. The boys begged me NOT to photograph them at the library again. Whatever.

So now I’m sitting at karate, using their wi-fi. I think tonight’s dinner will be tortellini with frozen veggies for the boys and with sautéed collard greens for me. Maybe I’ll photograph it for the blog tomorrow. Maybe not.