Egret crossing

October 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm

This morning, even though it wasn’t International Walk to School Day, Chewie and I walked Mack to school.


It was totally dark out and I was standing under a street lamp when I took that. I’m so tired of walking to school in the dark! Also, it sucks walking to school in the dark at 6:30 in the morning and sweating. Will fall ever come to Florida? I can’t wait to wear a jacket while walking to school. I will probably complain about the never-ending Florida summer for at least the next month. You have been warned.

Once Chewie and I got home, Cal got off to the bus stop and I made breakfast.


Pecan Kodiak Cakes. I’m obsessed with these pancakes. They are so simple (just add water) and they are whole grain. I’m so happy that they have them at Target now. I used to have to order them online.

After breakfast I biked to the gym.


I was headed to yoga, so I used my Yopa backpack to carry my yoga mats while riding Specialized Snowflake.


It is so hard to get a picture of your own back. The backpack is very long and when standing it is awkward and hits the bike seat, but while riding it’s not too bad. Two yoga mats plus the other things I need for the gym are pretty heavy, but for my three miles to the gym then three miles home it’s tolerable. The straps have no padding, so they aren’t super comfortable, but at least they are fairly wide. I do love how the bag has many different pockets.

I really need to concentrate on biking and swimming over the next few weeks. I can’t remember whether I have mentioned it on the blog, but I am doing the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Cycle for Life in three weeks, and signed up for the 50 mile ride. I have to raise $150 in donations, so if you would like to help support me there is a button in the sidebar where you can donate. Even $5 would really help! I have never ridden 50 miles in one day. The most I have ever done is 30, and that was stretched out over a whole day with several long stops (like the mall) interspersed. My Ironman friend Beth (of Discom-BOB-ulated Running) talked me into it. I need to get back to the pool to get ready for the TriRock Clearwater triathlon, where I am doing the swim leg (1500 meters open water) on a relay team in November.

Anyway, it felt good to be on the bike today even though it is still so stinking hot.


The bike path was covered with freshly cut grass this morning.


When I got to the gym it seemed so deserted. It’s just weird. Yoga was at 10 and there was no group fitness class before that, which is also new and strange.


In the past the gym was always hopping in the mornings and there were always back to back classes. I guess LA Fitness doesn’t care that people are leaving in droves. It just seems like they should have had an action plan that transitioned seamlessly to a new full staff and a new full schedule of classes. I guess it’s just growing pains, but they took over Lifestyles at the beginning of July. They’ve had a while to get things in order. I’m hoping it will get better and I’m going to give the new classes a chance before I decide what to do.

An empty group fitness room meant that I could take awkward pictures of myself without risk of embarrassment.


Then I can post them on the internet for maximum risk of embarrassment.

Yoga was good and the room did mostly fill up by the time class started. Most of my yoga class friends are still there.

On the bike ride home they had cleared the cut grass off of the path.


I had to yield to an egret that lackadaisically crossed the road in front of me.


I love Florida despite the heat.

Once home I showered then made a taco salad with some leftover meat sauce that I took out of the freezer.


In a few minutes I have to go pick up Mack from school. Then we’ll be picking up Cal in the car line at his school to hurry to karate. We’ll be going straight from karate back to Cal’s school for a PTSA (like PTA, but with an S) meeting and fish fry dinner. Cal is excited because they are supposed to have information and displays for all of the clubs at his school and he wants to show me what they’ve been doing in Robotics Club. I’ll fill you in on that excitement tomorrow.


Florida “snow” day thanks to Tropical Storm Isaac

August 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Yesterday everyone here in Florida was watching the weather and getting ready for the impending doom that was sure to be Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac. Everyone except us. Our hurricane preparation consisted of Chad mowing the lawn.

hurricane to do list

I was totally shocked when they canceled today’s school at 11:30 a.m. yesterday.

school closed

I guess at that point they weren’t sure about flooding, so better safe than sorry. Still, I don’t remember them ever closing the schools that early with that little information before. The boys were pretty happy about it. Chewie really didn’t care.


It was pretty clear by late last night that we were not going to be in the path of the storm, and as of 1 p.m. today you can see that we are no where near it.

isaac 1 pm

It’s been rainy and just slightly windy today, but as far as I know, no flooding.

dry slot

So the boys and I have been home today without much to do.


20120826-20120826-DSC_0004-2Turkey bacon, English muffin with cream cheese and Parkesdale Farm Market strawberry butter, fruit.

The boys have spent a significant portion of the day staring at screens.


We recently gave them permission to watch The Simpsons and they are obsessed.


Mack and I played Legos Ninjago for a little while…


but he was making up the rules as we went along and it kind of fizzled out when it became clear that there was no way I could win according to his rules.

I cleaned the kitchen and did laundry (of course), and spent a bunch of time goofing off on social media (also of course).

[edited: image joking about Tropical Storm Isaac removed, out of respect for all the poor people who weren’t as fortunate as we were to avoid any devastation from the storm]

I also organized Cal’s dresser a little so that his clothes would actually fit in there. It was hard to get motivated to be very productive when the boys were just being lazy and it was so dreary outside.

I couldn’t even be bothered to make lunch for myself, although I did make a proper lunch for the boys. My lunch:


Just saving room for a good afternoon snack later.

I decided to bake something this afternoon to have for breakfasts this week. Behold, Peach Cobbler Baked Oatmeal, based on a recipe from The Eat-Clean Diet (by Tosca Reno) community. Click here for the original recipe: Peach Cobbler Baked Oatmeal recipe

My ingredients:


I substituted eggbeaters for the egg white, brown sugar for the cane sugar, and melted butter for the melted coconut oil. Had to use what I had on hand.


I also only used two peaches instead of three, but my two peaches were huge.




It came out of the oven looking and smelling amazing.


I’ll let you know how it tastes after breakfast tomorrow if I can wait that long to try it.

The boys’ karate was canceled today annoyingly, but we were going stir-crazy so we grabbed Joey Z. and headed out to Menchie’s for an afternoon snack. The weather outside was actually really nice. It was sprinkling and overcast, but almost cool and breezy. No flooding at all (the photo below shows an area that often floods).



I had a Yelp check-in discount at Menchie’s that I hadn’t used since the last time we went there I checked in on our way out. It was 20% off our entire purchase, which ended up saving me over $3.00! You gotta get on Yelp (I say for the 50th time).


Next time I’m buying a tube of vanilla cupcake lip balm.


Mine is the one on the left in the back:


I got peanut butter froyo and brownie chunks. I love any sort of Reese’s combo. My fave.


Menchie’s put a photo of their new “Chip” spoons on Facebook a couple of days ago and I’ve been wanting to go there ever since. Very effective marketing Menchie’s. We got our Chip spoons!



I love the customer service at Menchie’s. They always say “Have a smiley day!” when you check out, and they always give the kids stickers and balloons.




Now we’re back home. For dinner I’m going to make leftover Ratatouille Sloppy Joe sauce that I froze when I made it last week. Tonight I’m serving it over pasta with some sort of veggie on the side. Dinner photo tomorrow.

Hoping for minimal storm damage for those still in Isaac’s path. We were spared, but at the expense of others. Even though I joked about the storm earlier, I know that we were just lucky.