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November 19, 2012 at 10:24 am

This past week…

Went to Restore the Core Tuesday night.

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Afterwards I ran by Office Depot…

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to buy an emergency router. We had no internet for a day or so last week. It was torture.

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My phone was the only thing that got me through with my sanity.

Random breakfast:

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BizMoms meeting at Ciccio’s on Tuesday:

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The lovely Crystal Flores, Independent Beauty Consultant, gave a presentation on how to be a holiday hero…

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by giving custom Mary Kay holiday gift packages…

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or by creating a detailed holiday wish list for yourself. It’s not selfish! You are making gift giving so much easier on your loved ones. You are doing it for them! I’m on board with this method of being a holiday hero.

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If you love make-up or Mary Kay or know someone who does, give Crystal a call. She’s awesome.

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It was great to see some of the St. Pete BizMoms again and meet a few new ones.

I grabbed a Mediterraneo wrap from Ciccio’s to go:

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Random photos of our dwarf navel orange tree.

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They are almost ready to eat!

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Hmmm, I think this was Wednesday:

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Crockpot chicken. I cooked it in the crockpot with about half of that bottle of marinade. Then I took the chicken out after it cooked all day, cut it up, and mixed in some lite barbecue sauce (discarded the cooking liquid).

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One night, I think it was Thursday night, I watched The Avengers with Mack and Chewie.

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It was great, of course.

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I got the CD of our family photo shoot!

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I am going to be updating the blog header soon. Still figuring out which photo I want to use.

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Thanks again Embellished Simplicity! You guys were great and we love the photos.

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I got these in the mail to try out and give my opinion on :

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I’m going to do a separate post about them (which may include video!?) but the takeaway is that I like them. These would be great stocking stuffers for the athlete in your life or to put on your own Christmas wish list so you can be a holiday hero! ShowerPill is available on Amazon.com. A box of 10 (individually packaged like above) is $9.99. If you buy two boxes then shipping is free. They are going to have a Black Friday special on Amazon.com that is buy two, get one free! Just put three boxes in your shopping cart and enter code: SPFRIDAY to receive the third box free.

Random breakfast:

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Random lunch:

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Saturday I went to the downtown waterfront to pick up my Women’s Half Marathon bib, shirt, and goody bag at the expo at the Renaissance Vinoy.

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Oh, I forgot to mention that I came down with a cold this week and still have it. I haven’t been able to breath freely through my nose for several days now. It was really bad on Friday and Saturday. I ended up having to cancel some fun plans that I had for Friday night (sorry Ali!) and some fun plans I had for Saturday morning (sorry Laurel!). I was sneezing my head off and gross and I didn’t think I needed to be around people Friday night. And I thought I needed to sleep in on Saturday and try to get well instead of walking a 5K for St. Jude’s. At least I fundraised a little for them.

But I had no choice but to go out and pick up the race packet since you have to show ID and only you can pick up your packet.

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I tried to avoid people and get in and out as quickly as possible. It was kind of sad for me since I wasn’t running and this race is nostalgic for me. It was my first half marathon this time last year. I felt very disconnected to the whole experience as compared to last year when I was extremely excited.

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I didn’t even go into the expo.

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At least it got me out on a beautiful day, and it’s always kind of nice to go to the beautiful Vinoy.

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After I picked up my stuff I walked down the waterfront. It was a beautiful day but I was sick and kind of sad about not being able to do the half. I had the goody bag hanging from my shoulder and as I passed a runner he said, “Good luck tomorrow!” I just said, “Thanks,” but that made me even more sad.

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The day could not have been more gorgeous.

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My destination was South Straub Park…

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where they were having Shopapalooza, Tampa Bay’s local alternative to Black Friday.

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I was really looking forward to continuing my local shopping spree this morning, but I felt pretty bad from my cold and really just wanted to go home and lay down. So I didn’t actually shop very much.

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I did say hello to the Yelp table.

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Little girls were entertaining the crowd.

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My goal was to find my friend Christie, who would be running with my bib.

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Christie had a table set up with special deals on fitness packages for Shopapalooza. If you are local, check her out at BrunerFitness.com .

Saturday night Chad and I went to a friend’s 50th birthday party. The party was out at the beach at our friends’ gorgeous house. We were on their rooftop and it was super windy.

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I gave the camera a break for the night, but they had great food and everything was in an “Old Havana” theme. Think Cuban sandwiches and Cuban cigars. They also had an excellent steel drum player as entertainment.

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He was great. He played Tears for Fears.

Some time over the past week I received this in the mail:

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This is a $100 bluetooth headset that I got for FREE for participating in Twitter chat with Plantronics. I have been wanting a bluetooth headset and when I saw an invitation for this twitter chat pop up on Google+ I decided to check it out and see what I could learn about them. Chad has a Plantronics head set (different model) and I knew he had done his homework on them and that this was a good brand. I had no idea that I’d end up getting one of their latest models for free! Thank you Plantronics and Little Tech Girl!

Speaking of tech girls, did you notice that my blog looks a little different? I changed themes. It’s very similar, but a little updated, right? Thanks Technology for Moms for all your help! I’m still going to be tweaking things and will definitely have a new header photo soon.

During my sickness on Friday and Saturday, I spent a lot of time doing nothing. Nothing but reading.

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I actually read all of Compendium One and Compendium Two in about five days.

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They are awesome. They don’t spoil the show and the show doesn’t spoil the books. They are just different enough to enhance each other and build suspense for each other. Highly recommend.

Sunday morning the boys and I headed out early to spectate the Women’s Half Marathon.

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It was great cheering on dozens of friends. I felt like I knew everyone on the course. I’m going to do a separate post about it. Congratulations to all the finishers!

Finally, this past week I received a very special package in the mail from my number one blog friend Angelika.

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Despite the creepy Aryan Youth kid on the packaging, this chocolate is amazing. I think it’s cute that she said in her note that it was for me and the boys. As if I will share with them.

I have lots of awesome blog friends. Maggie flew cross country for me, so maybe she should be considered my number one blog friend. But she is an IRL friend now, so I’m putting her in a different category. I think I will reserve the number one blog friend spot for whoever sent me the most amazing chocolate. So far, that is Angelika. Feel free to try to knock her out of the spot by sending me amazing chocolate. Email me for mailing instructions. Thank you Angelika! Chewie says, “Woof!” (translation: thanks)

So it’s Monday, Thanksgiving week. The boys are out of school all week. We have no super fun concrete plans. I’m still sick. We’ll see what happens.

Happy Election Day!

November 6, 2012 at 3:57 pm

I’m so happy it’s finally here! We got about 20 robo-calls yesterday and probably about 5 from real people working for the campaigns. Today we have gotten about five calls total. I can’t wait for them to end! I have been answering my phone rudely for a while now. I apologize to the kids’ pediatrician’s office and for that one time my mom called. I can’t wait to begin to forget about all the belittling and rude things my friends have said (basically about ME) on Facebook. Apparently they think I need to WAKE UP and that I’m not very smart and that I “don’t get it”. They don’t know that they were saying these things about me, but they were. Luckily I don’t pick my friends based on their political or religious beliefs or I’d have so few.


Chad got up at 5:30 this morning (the same time I usually get up when planning to walk Mack to school) so that he could be in line at our polling location by 6:30. When he got there he was 7th in line. He said he was done by 7:20 and by then the line was almost to the end of the parking lot already. I’m glad that it seems like there has been a big turn-out this cycle. I’m also glad that I voted a couple of weeks ago by bike.


And now I’d like to ask for a round of applause please. I ate NO Halloween candy yesterday and I didn’t eat ice cream last night! I am very proud of myself.

Also, I went on the family evening walk last night. Mack said, “Take my picture mom!” as he did his best Ichabod Crane impression.


It was so dark on our evening walk thanks to the return to standard time.



Our little Sony does a great job of grabbing the light and taking a focused photo in the dark if I’m standing still. Not so much while I’m actually moving.





This morning I intended to walk Mack to school and enjoy the benefits of the time change. We usually leave the house at 6:30 and for the past few weeks it’s been so dark for almost the whole walk. But the weather channel showed a big line of storms coming on shore, so I decided to drive him instead. We haven’t walked to school in over a week! Hopefully tomorrow will be the day.

The boys wore their USA pride to school today in honor of Election Day.


Of course since I decided to drive, the rain held off and I probably could have made it if we had walked.


My breakfast and my latest pretty flowers from all my boys…miniature roses.


I also intended to go for a ten mile bike ride this morning but then those storms actually did arrive and I was thwarted again. I was going to clean the bathroom instead, but then the power went out. All my plans were curtailed this morning it seems. Instead, I cleaned off my desk by lantern light.


I also made a plan for our dinners this week.


The power came back on in time to save me from having to take a shower in the dark. I did use it as an excuse to go to school for my volunteering day with wet hair and no make-up, however.


I signed Mack and myself up for the Amazing Education Race, which is supposed to be a family competition with both academic and physical challenges. Sounds like fun. We were the first to sign up. It’s at the end of the month.


Then I met Mack in the courtyard for his lunch period.


In the third grade at Shore Acres Elementary today Obama won the election in a 59%/41% victory.


Florida is pretty much 50/50 according to the polls, so I’m surprised it wasn’t closer. Maybe name recognition wins out over third graders?

Despite all the rain all morning, it was really nice outside at lunch time.


Before heading to Mack’s classroom, I helped Mrs. P hang stars. Apparently today is the 53rd day of school this year. Mack took this photo:


In Mack’s class today I took a group of kids to the media center to do some math enrichment.


Did you know that in Florida schools they have to refer to dice as “number cubes”?


Ridiculous. Apparently dice are evil but number cubes are fine. Maybe I just “don’t get it” and need to WAKE UP! The kids were awesome working on their multiplication skills.


Dry erase markers suck. They may be easy to wipe off of shiny plastic surfaces, but they are extremely permanent on skin.


Once I left Mack’s class I stopped by the adult restroom in the office for my OOTVD (outfit of the volunteering day) photo:


The outfit goes with the no make-up and air-dried hair…soda t-shirt and yoga pants. It was a lazy mom day.

Sorry for the toilet shot, but I wanted to show the twinkle lights in the bathroom.


Kind of incongruous with the institutional toilet, huh? Still, nice effort office ladies. I appreciate their seasonal restroom decorations.

After I left the school I ran a couple of errands. First up was the post office to return something.


Next up was Publix. This is the Gateway Publix and locals will know what awesome parking karma this is at that location, where the parking is terrible:


By the time I got to Publix I was starving so I grabbed some fast food for lunch:


I just had time to put the groceries away and eat my sushi before I had to pick Mack up from school. Now it’s almost time to go get Cal.

Tonight is Run and Restore (1/2 hour run/walk and 1/2 hour Restore the Core) with Christie of Baby Boot Camp and Karna Fitness. Then after the boys are in bed Chad and I plan to watch election returns and probably stay up late to watch Jon Stewart’s coverage. I hope we know the outcome by the time we wake up tomorrow at least! I don’t want to hear about provisional ballots in Ohio. I just want it to be over. I’m not worried about this country, regardless of who wins. I have my preference, of course, but I’m confident we’ll be just fine either way. I realize that we are very privileged and don’t live on the fringe, so I know that this may not be the case for everyone.

I’m hoping that all the drama doesn’t drive me to the Halloween candy and ice cream. Fill you in on dinner and sugar-gate tomorrow.