Whole30, Day 23 and a fieldtrip to The Dali

January 30, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Chewie and I walked Mack to school this morning.

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On the way home Chewie was doing his business in the yard below when right next to us the sprinklers started.

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We both got wet and ran away into the street. Needless to say, I didn’t bother to pick up his poop which was getting well-watered. Grrrr.

Once home I made breakfast.

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(breakfast hash of 2 scrambled eggs, turkey kielbasa, spinach, mushrooms, bell pepper, and butternut squash, blueberries, strawberries)

After breakfast I dropped Cal off at the bus stop and headed to the gym for Bodypump.

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After Bodypump, I showered at the gym and then went straight to The Dali Museum to meet up with Mack’s class for a fieldtrip.

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I got there before the school bus, so I wandered around taking pictures. It was still kind of foggy downtown at 10:00 a.m.

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They removed the giant mustachio from the courtyard in front of the museum.

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They still have the wishing tree, where people tie their wristbands after leaving the museum.

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I just love the views of the St. Pete waterfront from The Dali.

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The amazing helical staircase, first from the ground floor and then from the third floor:

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I wandered around the gift shop for a few minutes.

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My favorite of the Dali masterworks…The Hallucinogenic Toreador:

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Pretty soon the kiddos arrived.

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They were in awe just from the building, which is pretty awe-inspiring.

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I couldn’t take pictures inside the galleries, but the kids were so wonderful. We had a fabulous docent and the kids really paid attention and asked insightful questions. They had great observations. Mack kept saying how amazing it all was.

Afterwards we all went outside so that the kids could tie their wristbands onto the wishing tree.

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Thanks for arranging this awesome fieldtrip Mrs. G!

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Once the kids were back on the bus I went home and made lunch.

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(Romaine and spinach salad with turkey meatballs from the freezer, beets, avocado, bell pepper, an egg, and Garlic Gold vinaigrette)

Mack had a friend over to play after school and I don’t know what we did all afternoon. I have been doing laundry and cleaning house (the realtor is coming over on Thursday), but I didn’t take pictures of my housework. The next photo I have is of dinner.

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That’s a pork chop, green beans, and sweet potato.

After dinner I went back downtown for Run & Restore. First up was a 2 mile run.

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Of course I did a run/walk, but I tried to keep my average pace under 14 minutes/mile. No hip pain! It’s like a miracle!

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Next up was Restore the Core, which is a Pilates-based core workout.

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After Restore the Core, while still sweaty, I drove a couple of blocks to meet up with some friends who were having a get together at Bella Brava.

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It was a Moms Club reunion of ladies who used to be part of my Moms Club group back when the boys were little.

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It was fun chatting with them for a little bit, pretty much universally lamenting how much all the kids have grown and all the pre-adolescent drama we are now dealing with. Thanks for organizing the reunion Kelly!

After I got home Chad and I watched the latest episode of The Following. Anybody watching? Gruesome.

That’s all I have for Day 23. One week to go! Cya.

Elliptical, Bodypump, Yoga+Dali, Isaac

August 26, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Yesterday afternoon Chad took the boys and Cal’s buddy Cameron to see the movie ParaNorman. Chad said that he thinks it may be the best animated movie he has ever seen and that even the adults were LOL’ing throughout. Pretty high praise from Chad! They went to Panda Express for dinner afterwards and brought me home a Panda Bowl. It was half rice, half veggies, and mushroom chicken.


We love this place. This is one of the things I love most about it:


Great website. And wow, lots of sodium. That’s what makes it taste so good.

This morning Mack helped me make waffles.


Chewie was at his “somebody’s making something in the kitchen” outpost. We made our usual whole wheat oatmeal waffles.


My breakfast included eggbeaters+veg scramble and fruit.


After breakfast the boys and I headed to the gym. Cal was very vocal about his displeasure at having to go to the kids club at the gym. He is definitely too old for it, but he is not allowed to work out at LA Fitness until he is fourteen. At Lifestyles it would have been twelve so he was almost there. He’s really hating it now. He would like to just stay home, but Chad really enjoys those couple of hours at home alone. It’s the only time that Chad ever gets to be home alone. Cal will just have to suck it up. He spends the whole time on his laptop on the gym’s wi-fi anyway, which is exactly what he would be doing if he were home. Sorry Cal.

First I did fifteen minutes on the elliptical.


Next up was BodyPump, where my gym friend Phoy and I were twins. Sort of.


She may be tiny, but she is super strong. Dang I look like an Amazon next to her.


After BodyPump I dropped the boys off at home and headed downtown to the Dali Museum for yoga. It was so strange heading into downtown. I was worried about road closings and crowds due to the Republican National Convention and the opening party tonight at Tropicana Field, but it felt like a ghost town on Beach Drive. I guess tropical storm Isaac and wanting to avoid RNC crowds has people staying home. Usually lots of people are out on Beach Drive on Sunday mornings.

Rumor has it that Romney’s campaign has the top floor of the Vinoy.


I was stopped at a light when I took that photo, and that runner sitting on the curb asked if I was lost. I said, “No, just heading to the Dali for yoga.” She said, “Rock on!”

So far we have felt little effects of Isaac. Just a few random sprinkles and showers and a little wind.



The parking lot for the park at Albert Whitted Airport was deserted except for a couple of Pinellas County Sherriff’s vans.





The parking lot at the Dali was also mostly empty.


It was a little windy and just barely starting to sprinkle when I was walking in.




I love yoga at the Dali because the museum is just so darn beautiful. The helical staircase is amazing.



I need to actually eat at the café sometime.



The community room where they hold the yoga classes (sometimes outside too if the weather is nice, i.e. not so freaking hot or storming) is really cool also.


Awesome view.


News and weather helicopters buzzing around out there today thanks to the RNC and Isaac.


My friend Tori, super athlete training for the Augusta 70.3 Iron Man and blogger at In Love and Peanut Butter, met me for today’s practice.


The class was really good today and seemed to make my sore hip feel tons better. Tori took this photo of me so I could Instagram it, because that is so important obviously.


Thanks for coming today Tori! So much more fun with a friend. Thanks also for the cycling advice. Next time let’s get lunch at the café afterwards!

By the time I got home from yoga it was almost 2:00 p.m. and I was starving for lunch.


Chewie was at his outpost.


I spent the afternoon cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry, and futzing around on the computer. Here’s what Isaac looked like this afternoon. Poor south Florida.

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Forecast track as of 5:00 p.m. :

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It shows the center far west of us, but we’ll still likely get storm surge and some flooding. Hopefully it won’t be too bad. Despite that, they have canceled Pinellas County schools for tomorrow! The kids and my teacher friends are rejoicing.

Wind field predictions:

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It really doesn’t look that bad for us, knock on wood. I am amazed that they canceled school. But I guess anything could happen and the flooding could end up being pretty bad. We’ll see.

Chad made roasted salmon salads for dinner.


It was so good. I think a salad for lunch + a salad for dinner = ice cream for dessert later.

I have been doing really well with my new “moderation” plan. For one whole week I haven’t dieted or counted calories, but I think I have eaten very well. I haven’t overeaten or eaten outright junk for an entire week. I have exercised every day, but I don’t think it has been excessive. So far so good.

Well that’s it for today. True Blood season finale tonight!