A clean shower and puppies

December 4, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Last night the boys and I went on the family evening walk.

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I’m happy to be back in the routine of walking with them whenever possible. I’m also back into the routine of walking Mack to school, which we did this morning.

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Sprinkler offender:

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After I got Cal off to the bus stop I made breakfast.

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Then I did everything I could think of to avoid doing my main task for the day…cleaning my tub and shower. I hate this job. It takes over an hour, mostly because I do it so infrequently. It’s awkward and back-breaking. After doing laundry, cleaning the kitchen, and wasting time on social media I finally tackled it.

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Now that’s a clean shower. So glad I don’t have to do that again until March at the earliest.

This is probably too much information, but I usually clean the tub and shower naked because I end up covered in water and toxic chemicals. As soon as it was all clean, I took advantage of it by taking a shower and removing all of the Comet and bleach and CLR from my body. By then it was lunch time.

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After lunch I went to school to help out with a project by All Children’s Hospital.

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A while ago they did a survey about how the kids in the car line were secured in their cars. Then they had an event where they distributed free booster seats to any families that wanted them. They have also been running a booster seat/seat belt educational campaign at the school to inform the kids of how important it is to use these things correctly. Today they were doing a follow-up survey to see if there had been any improvement in booster seat/seat belt usage.

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I helped out until car line was done, then ran by Publix. I didn’t take a picture, but it looked like this:

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On the way home from Publix I picked Mack up from his after school reading enrichment program, then it was snacks and homework and gifted project until time to go pick up Cal from the bus stop. When we dropped off our car pool friend we got to play with the puppies!

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They were too busy searching for palm tree dates and worms to pose for a proper picture.

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They’ve gotten so much bigger already!

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Now I’m making dinner (picture tomorrow) and then I’ll be going on the family evening walk and heading out for Restore the Core on the waterfront. Tonight is the last class of this session. Fill you in on that tomorrow.


Parenting party, biking, school

November 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Apparently nothing happened all day yesterday because I didn’t take any pictures. I know that I wrote four blog posts:

The mundane and the fabulous
Junior League of Tampa Holiday Gift Market
Showdown on the Playground 2012
Yelp’s Livin’ La Vida Local

I know that I picked the boys up from school and took them to karate.

Last night I went over to my friend Christie’s house for a parenting party.


Christie had yummy (and healthy) snacks for everyone.


We also were getting together to stuff some holiday care packages for some soldiers.


We worked on the boxes a little and then I grabbed a plate of food…


as Paige led the Parenting Party. It was interactive and basically offered strategies for dealing with common parenting issues. It was fun to hang out with a bunch of ladies and talk parenting, which is what we often talk about anyway. All of the other ladies there had very young children, so their issues are much different than the ones we are now dealing with.

I was exhausted and had only planned to stay about an hour. I snuck out before the party was over so that I could have some time to hang out with Chad. Thanks for having me Christie!

This morning I drove Mack to school. We have been seriously slacking on the walking to school. Every morning that extra half hour of sleep just seems irresistible. We must get back into the habit!

To make up a little for not walking, after Cal got off to school I biked downtown. I always feel like I need to take photos on the bridges.

The Saint Raphael’s bridge:



Towards the Snell Isle/Coffee Pot Bayou bridge:


On Coffee Pot Boulevard:


Towards downtown St. Pete:


Past Fit2Run:


Up First Avenue North:


Turning back down First Avenue South, at my destination:



I biked to the Times to sign us all up for the Turkey Trot.


A good source of natural sweat:



Here is last year’s post about the (then) St. Pete Times Turkey Trot 2011.

Back on the bike, this time heading down towards the waterfront:


St. Pete Yacht Club:


St. Pete Municipal Marina:


I kept noticing signs for the Boley Center Jingle Bell Run.


We all did the Jingle Bell Run last year as well. I guess we’ll do it again if it works with our schedule. I need to check it out.


Back over the Snell Isle/Coffee Pot Bayou bridge:


Back over the St. Raphael’s bridge:


A little over ten miles total:

Garmin bike table

The laps are all screwy because I still had it set up to lap every five miles from when I did the 55 mile ride a couple of weeks ago.

After I got home from my bike ride I got cleaned up and then headed to school for my volunteer day. It ended up being a “lunch with Mack” day and no volunteering was involved. His teacher didn’t have anything for me to do. Mack and I had a nice time hanging out in the courtyard.


He wanted to know why I killed Shrek. Doesn’t everybody have a chartreuse fur purse?


That purse is actually vintage Cynthia Rowley from the 80’s. I bought it at a thrift store for $10 once on a whim. It sheds. I still love it.

Apparently Prince William the hamster did not love Shrek the Purse very much.


In fact he peed on Shrek the Purse.


Prince William also was having a hard time with his little legs going through the holes in the top of the picnic table.




Outfit of the volunteering day (OOTVD):


Paper towel Pilgrim People:


After I left the school I ran to Publix. I made a quick dinner plan for the week.


Notice that Tuesday (tonight) says, “dinner”, meaning I would know it when I saw it.

This is new:


You can go online and put in your deli order and it will be there ready for you when you arrive! That would be a great idea if I ever actually thought that far in advance.


Veggie bags on sale again!


Pomegranate season!


So I’m failing miserably at photographing my food. I am just not wanting to do it, plus I haven’t had time to blog daily. I need to figure out something that works. Bleh. I may have to resort to calorie counting again. Whine.

Tonight’s dinner is going to be Teriyaki chicken skewers, potatoes, and Asian coleslaw. I knew it when I saw it.

I’m also planning to go to Run & Restore tonight, but JUST WALK. My hip is still sore from trying to run last week. Double bleh.


p.s. I still need to write my TriRock Clearwater Triathlon recap! Here is my TriRock Clearwater Marathon 2012 Recap!