My head is spinning, but it’s all good

March 27, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Before I get off on a tangent and forget, we’re having another Mom Power Team chat tomorrow night on Twitter! This chat will be sponsored by NLA Performance and NLA for Her.

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These chats are always super fun. Even if you are a newbie to Twitter, you will figure it out and have a blast.


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So I mentioned on Saturday that we had just put an offer in on a house and that there was another offer on the table as well. For about 24 hours we were DYING of anxiety. We were actually not really looking forward to going to the Yelp Burger 21 event because we were expecting a call any moment. But about a half hour before we were leaving we got a text from our realtor telling us that OUR OFFER WAS ACCEPTED! We got the house! We lingered at home just long enough to get the signed contract from the sellers and sign it ourselves and return it. Then we were totally happy to be going to the Yelp event to celebrate! We are supposed to close on April 30th. This will be our new front porch!

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We are thrilled and so excited. The boys are on spring break this week but we are not doing all of the fun things I had sort of been planning. I have spent every day on the phone and e-mail constantly with our realtor, insurance agents, and moving companies. Today we have had landscapers…

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painters pressure-washing,

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and a moving company rep at the house. I am getting quotes from several moving companies and they like to actually come out and see what they are in for before giving an estimate.

The boys have spent all week packing their room.

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They are maybe 30% done in there and already have a whole corner full of boxes packed to move (mostly books…we have a book problem).

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They have also filled many boxes with toys and books they no longer want.

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We plan to have a big garage sale at the old house after we move and then will donate everything left to Goodwill.

It may not be the most fun spring break imaginable, but the boys are going to be rewarded with their own rooms and a pool at the new house! They agree that it’s worth it. We still have five weeks until we move, but the boys never have any time during the week when they are in school, so this is the perfect week for them to work on packing up their room.

Now for a few public service announcements…

PSA #1:

Remember when I went to the Container Store Tampa grand opening preview? It’s been a while, but I finally had Cal draw a winner for the swag bag!

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Congratulations Karl! I know that I’m terrible about giveaways, but I don’t forget…I get to them eventually.

PSA #2:

On this Saturday (March 30th) the family and I are going to be VIP guests (that’s my disclosure!) at the 2nd Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor City!

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The Cuban Sandwich Festival is a contest to find THE BEST traditional and non-traditional Cuban Sandwiches in Florida and beyond. Over 20 restaurants are going to be competing. It’s also a festival in celebration of Florida’s rich Cuban cultural heritage. They will have live cultural musical and dance performances and over 50 Latino food, art and cultural exhibitors.  Admission is free.

We went to the first Cuban Sandwich Festival last year and were pretty disappointed. You can read my blog post about the first Cuban Sandwich Festival here. The organizers saw my post and invited us back as VIP guests this year. They assured me that they learned a lot from their inaugural year and this year is going to be much better. We’re looking forward to checking it out and seeing if they are correct!

PSA #3:

On Saturday April 6th the West Gandy Boulevard Walmart is hosting the Walmart Steak-Over Challenge. (This mention is NOT sponsored. I am just letting you about it because I think it’s cool and want to help support our local firehouses.)

Firefighters from two Tampa firehouses are firing-up the grill to go head-to-head in the Walmart Steak-Over Challenge presented by Kingsford Charcoal, Dr. Pepper and A.1. Saturday, April 6. From noon – 2 p.m. in the 4302 W. Gandy Blvd. Walmart store parking lot, they’ll each be grilling their own “top secret” recipes, and shoppers will vote for who has the best steak in town. Whoever wins will go on to represent Tampa in the national finale event in Los Angeles, for a chance to win the grand prize of $20,000.

This will be a fun, interactive, and family-friendly event in the Tampa community. If you are in the area, head over there to try some of Sergio’s Seasoned Dr. Pepper® Rib-eyes, a recipe created by the Tampa Bay Fire Department (photo courtesy of them).

PACIFICA, CALIF - Walmart Steakover program.  TAMPA Sergio's Dr. Pepper Ribeye Recipe..Photo by John Lee.

Looks tasty!

Now I need to go run to a bunch of places looking for more empty boxes and take some more signed papers to the UPS store to send to our lender. Back to obsessing over the new house!


Last week’s exercise and some other stuff

March 24, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I have only been blogging special events here this past week it seems. I’m VERY distracted by our new house hunt right now. I’ve looked at a bunch of houses this past week with our realtor. There have been several flurries of, “OMG Chad, you have to come see this house today!” I am vetting all of the potential houses first since Chad’s available time is so limited. But there is very little inventory in St. Petersburg right now and anything good is GONE very quickly, so you have to move fast. We’ve lost the opportunity to even make an offer on several houses because they went under contract before Chad could even see them. So anyway, I’m highly distracted and just not finding the time or inclination to blog about my usual mundane fascinating life.

I have a backlog of things I want and need to blog about, and I may be putting up some very short, public service announcement-type blog posts in the near future just to keep from getting so far behind. I mean, the main purpose of this blog is just to record the memories of our daily life before they slip away never to return. But the “new house hunt” distractions are not going to stop anytime soon so blogging is not going to be a huge priority.

With that said, here’s a run-down of the sweating that I did this past week with a few miscellaneous photos thrown in there for good measure.

Tuesday night was Restore the Core with the awesome Christie of Karna Fitness.

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Wednesday I went to a Yoga Sculpt class at Yoga Blu. This is a 90 minute class incorporating weights with traditional yoga poses. I’m starting to think all of the yoga classes at Yoga Blu are “hot” yoga. Both of the classes I went to this week seemed to be lacking any air conditioning. I was a dripping sweaty mess by the end.

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Of course I went to Publix that way to share my sweatiness with the world.

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On Wednesday afternoon I picked up our third Annie’s Organics share. This one was huge. I could barely lift the box.

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We also ran by Fit2Run Wednesday afternoon to pick up my race packet for the Honda Grand Prix 5K.

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My IRunMommies friends Kelly and Dawn were working the packet pick-up.

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I ended up not actually doing the Honda Grand Prix 5K in the end. I piled on a bunch of excuses: my friend who I was going to do it with got sick and I couldn’t verify that any of my other friends were going to be there; it was raining; my hip has been hurting all week since the Sarasota Half Marathon. The truth is that I got lazy and let those excuses sway me.

Saturday morning I went to a fundraising event at Above the Barre Fitness. My friend Maria, the owner, donated her time and studio for this class which helped to raise funds for a high school Relay for Life team benefitting the American Cancer Society.

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This morning the boys and I loaded the bikes into the back of the micro mini-van and headed to Outspokin Bicycles in south Tampa.

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This was supposed to be a “blogger ride”, but we were the only ones who showed up. J.P., the store guru (his official title I’ve been told), was really nice about it though.

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We rode through the pretty south Tampa neighborhoods until we came to the bay at Bayshore Boulevard.

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It was an overcast, humid morning, but it always feels good to be on a bike.

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I enjoyed chatting with J.P. during most of our seven mile ride.

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We stopped just before the bridge to Davis Island.

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The first half of our ride was quick and easy because we had the wind at our backs. After we turned around we were fighting some pretty challenging winds.

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We had a fun morning and celebrated by getting Dunkin Donuts afterwards. Thanks for meeting up with us J.P.!

Okay, caught up with all the mundane fascinating stuff. I still have a bunch of things I want to share but I am seriously preoccupied. I don’t want to jinx it, but we put an offer in on a house yesterday. There is also another offer on the table. We really want it. Keep your fingers crossed. This could become our new front porch:

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The anxiety and waiting are KILLING me!