Walking, cooking, and Dali

October 16, 2013 at 10:03 pm

It’s 9:30 p.m. and I’m finally writing a blog post today. Luckily Chad had to work tonight (well, not luckily), so I have time to write when we would normally be watching television together. At least the blog-streak won’t be broken!

This morning Chewie and I walked Mack to school.

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Morning walk DRAMA!

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When I got home I had leftover salmon cakes and awesome sauce for breakfast (recipes in the soon-to-be-released Well Fed 2).

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Then my friend Amy came over and we went for another walk. We walked towards Crescent Lake, and as we were walking through Crescent Heights we noticed that most of the houses had jack-o-lantern buckets hanging from the trees. It was a pretty cool effect. The whole neighborhood was jacked up!

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At Crescent Lake:

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Thanks for the walk and chat Amy!

I was inspired by the hanging jacks, so when I got home I hung up a few that we happened to already have.

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When Chad notices them (I’m guessing it will take at least a week), he’s going to say they are so tacky. Whatever.

Somehow I completely missed photographing lunch. Now I can’t remember what I had. Oh wait, now I remember. I had leftover classic coleslaw (Well Fed 2 recipe) and leftover grilled steak kabobs from Monday night. Who cares?

The afternoon was spent picking up boys from schools, taking them places. In between car trips I was in the kitchen. I made another batch of olive oil mayo (recipe from Well Fed).

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It really is delicious.

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I also made Jerk Seasoning from Well Fed 2.

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Later on, for dinner, I used to the jerk seasoning to make one of the variations on Shrimp Scampi in Well Fed 2. One of the great things about both of Melissa Joulwan’s cookbooks is that she gives you multiple variations on many recipes, as well as suggested pairings, and tips.

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At the same time in my chaotic kitchen I made Citrus Cauliflower Rice.

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I was in a super big rush at dinner time because I had a date at 7 p.m. I ended up just feeding the boys and planned to eat my dinner later after I got home from my date.

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The Citrus Cauliflower Rice turned out pretty spicy and Mack doesn’t really like shrimp. I keep feeding it to him, though, and he’s a trooper. Both boys ate their dinner up. Cal actually liked it. Mack tolerated it. I’ll have to give my opinion tomorrow when I eat the leftovers. I ended up eating a little something on my date so I wasn’t hungry when I got home.

As soon as the boys were fed I was out the door on my way to the downtown waterfront.

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I met my friend Ali at the Salvador Dali Museum for a member reception to kick off a new exhibit.

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I just totally love the Dali.

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The new exhibit is called “Print is the New Black: Dali Printmaker.”

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They had a scavenger hunt in the gallery. We had to find four prints based on clues in the program and get stickers from docents. Once we had all four stickers (and actually a fifth “complete” sticker on the back) we could get a free glass of Cava.

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You can’t take photos in the galleries, but we got our Cava!

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The prints were amazing, of course. Such insane genius.

I only took a couple of sips of the champagne, then gave my glass to Ali. I was happy to see something I could eat, though!

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Tasty. They also had crudité and brownies.

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I ate several eggs and some veggies (with miniscule dip), but the brownies weren’t even appealing. Do those look like good brownies to you?

The exhibit was fabulous, hanging with Ali was fun as always, and they actually had some food I could eat. It was a good evening.

You should check out the new exhibit!

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Blog post written.

Cya.

A field trip to the Museum of Fine Arts and blog aversion

March 4, 2013 at 5:21 pm

I’ve been going through another round of blog aversion. I don’t want to take photos, edit photos, or write anything. It happens. It will pass. I think part of it is that I haven’t been doing that much, at least not at my usual breakneck pace. I’ve been mostly house-bound the past couple of weeks with contractors here. But now all the home repairs are done and I can get back to my usual routine.

I did go on a school field trip last week with Mack’s gifted center and today I forced myself to download and edit the photos, so here you go…

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This was the crew that I was responsible for in my car. This is the crew doing Gangnam-style downtown:

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We went to the Museum of Fine Arts, which somehow I have never visited in my almost 20 years in St. Pete.

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Here is the crew pretending to be gargoyles:

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Since this was a “boy” thing, I wore my valentine’s gift…an Origami Owl locket.

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Have you seen these things? So cool. You can get all kinds of different charms to put in them. I have a bunch of different charms, but went with the “family” theme on the field trip since the only reason I go on these things is that I love my boys so much.

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I know that I’m a field trip curmudgeon (and a school volunteer curmudgeon, and maybe just a curmudgeon in general), but this just isn’t really my idea of a good time.

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Yes, the kids are cute and all, but they are also loud and messy and I don’t like being responsible for them.

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But Mack really loves it when I go, so I suck it up occasionally and do it. It helps that I usually have mom friends there, like the other Caroline (with her gorgeous girls).

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I know that I will miss these days when they are gone and that I am really lucky to have the opportunity to attend field trips. I don’t want to seem ungrateful for my fabulous life. I’m just being honest. I’m not a fan of large groups of children. Hats off to teachers and child care providers. Just managing 100 lunches was a logistical nightmare.

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Our docent, bless her heart, was extremely soft spoken and extremely boring.

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The kids were pretty great, though, and did pay attention really well (better than me).

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Their theme in gifted this semester is “ancient cultures”, so the museum tour focused a lot on the ancient art on display.

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My favorite piece on display, however, was this modern 3-D painting:

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Go by bike!

I also really like the classical pieces. I just think the detail and color are so awesome. Plus, there are naked people and even the cherubs must work out.

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After looking at art all the kids were herded into an auditorium where a fantastic lady told several classic moral tales by the ancients such as Aesop’s fables and included some of the children on stage to act them out.

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She was awesome and a big hit with the kids. Afterwards we all went outside to have a picnic in North Straub Park.

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It was a gorgeous day and perfect on the downtown waterfront. The crew had a great time.

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I may not love field trips but I never regret going on one.

So other than that, let’s see what other photos I managed to take…

Friday night the boys and I met up with some of our dear friends who moved to Wisconsin a couple of years ago.

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The boys were all friends since preschool and it’s just crazy how big they are all getting. So great to see you all Cindy!

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I taught my eleven year old son how to blow-dry his long, luxurious hair.

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I photographed my breakfast this morning.

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That is a Whole30 compliant breakfast, but I am not following the Whole30 right now. It just so happens that I think Whole30 breakfasts are the best thing ever. My plan right now is just to avoid grains and added sugar as much as possible. I am eating dairy and beans. We’ll see how it goes.

I took a photo a Fresh Market today for some reason.

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That’s all I got. Back to Bodypump tomorrow since the contractors won’t be here! Maybe I’ll feel inspired to take a photo in the mirror to prove that I was there. We’ll see. Don’t hold your breath.

Cya.