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.

What I did on my summer break: Part 3, July

September 17, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Yes, I’m still doing this. Part 4 will be the last one (August). Blogging is hard, ya’ll. I’m thinking of maybe doing a “blog every day” challenge for myself in October to really try to get back in the habit. I was wrong about July having less photos, however. This will be much, much too long. Just skip this one, as fascinating as it may be. I’m sorry if it locked up your computer trying to load.

Stuff that happened in July (not necessarily in the order in which it happened):

I finally got the dining room cleaned out enough that we could have our first family meal in there together.

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We had a Fourth of July party at our house.

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I hosted a girls night in.

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My friend Paula gave me this adorable dolphin wind chime as a housewarming gift:

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My neighbors have a gorgeous house with a gorgeous pool and cabana. After describing it to my friends they had to climb our barbecue grill and check it out for themselves.

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My neighbors totally busted them and were looking out the window at the ladies spying on them. I guess they weren’t offended because they have still been nice to me.

The boys and I went to Linger Lodge with our friends Ali and Molly.

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Do not visit Linger Lodge if you hate taxidermy.

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We went to the beach with a bunch of friends, stopping at a bait store first to buy Mack a new net.

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Around the house, we finally got the blinds installed in the living room.

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I made curtains for our living room window. This is probably my largest sewing project to date. I am very proud of these curtains.

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I had the grout and tile in our kitchen professionally cleaned, and they did an amazing job (Groutworks…highly recommend). Before being cleaned, this grout was a dark grey color and the tile was also dark grey in all of it’s textured spots. It’s over 20 years old but it honestly looks brand new now.

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Chad had the pool table refurbished. Chewie supervised.

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I’m kind of obsessed with these GIFs that Google+ automatically creates when you take several photos of a similar scene.

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I did a bunch of antiquing and shopping for the house and had fun decorating.

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The house continues to be a work in progress but the living room is now my favorite room and where I hang out most of the time.

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We had a couple of swim meets.

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I finally decided to sign up for Gwynnie Bee. It’s like Netflix for clothes (sizes 10 and up). Check it out. Tell them I sent you.

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The boys and I went to the Cool Art Show at the coliseum (wearing a Gwynnie Bee dress).

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We got to meet Mark Noll, the artist who did Chewie’s portrait, in person. He was displaying some of his amazing carvings and sculpture. Why didn’t I take a photo of that? Click here to see more of his work.

The boys went to Eckerd College All Sports camp.

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They got their free Slurpees on 7/11.

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Cal went to sleep-away camp for a week with his buddies.

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We got Mack registered at his new school. When we moved we changed elementary school districts. Cal’s school program is a county-wide magnet, so he didn’t have to change schools.

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The boys and I had a little photo shoot at Coffee Pot Bayou park.

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I had a fun night out with my friend Ali. We started off with sushi at Ichiban.

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Then we hit up Beaks Old Florida for a drink. Don’t forget to always check in on Yelp.

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Finally we went to a fashion show at ARTpool. This time it was Trashion Fashion, where all of the ensembles were created from upcycled materials. My friend Charlotte (of Charlotte Smiled) and her daughter were both artists and models at this show.

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Good job ladies!

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The models were all spread out throughout ARTpool giving us a preview of the show.

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Ali’s daughter had a dress that she created on display in the store.

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Of course we had VIP tickets…

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with seats right at the end of the runway. That’s how we roll.

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And now wayyyyy too many photos from the fashion show. Start speed-scrolling now.

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Charlotte and her daughter take the runway…

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There were so many artists at this show! It went on quite a long while. Just keep scrolling.

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Whew. And that wasn’t even all of them! It was a great show. Afterwards we hung out in the ARTpool courtyard for a while.

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Fun night.

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Holy cow. That took forever. Here’s hoping that I didn’t take so many photos in August.

Cya.