Expensive race photos, organic veggies, and wacky mismatched clothes among other things

March 7, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Yesterday the professional race photos from the Suncoast Classic became available so all of my IRunMommies friends and I were checking them out. I got annoyed with how expensive they were (more so than many other race photo companies). I let my annoyance get the better of me and posted one of the photos on our private group page with the watermark. I was quickly told how “uncool” that was, and I totally agree so I immediately took it down. I felt really bad about having posted it even though it was only up for about ten minutes, so to make up for it I decided to purchase the photo. Now I own it for unlimited web use (no printing), so here it is:


I am happy to be considered uncool for looking like I do in the above photo and for many other reasons, but not for being a thief. I hope my friend who called me out will forgive me. I felt bad about it all night.

Their photos were $17.95 for one digital download at full resolution with unlimited use license, $19.95 for two “web use resolution” downloads with web use license only (no printing), and $26.95 for three of those. So of course I had to go ahead and get three because I really didn’t just want a photo of myself and because then it would feel like they weren’t quite so expensive. Yes, I’m a terrible or awesome shopper, depending on how you look at it.


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I definitely learned a lesson and will NEVER steal a copyrighted image again. Whew. Now I feel better.

Yesterday we picked up our second box of Annie’s Organic Buying Club veggies.

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Chewie thinks everything is always for him.

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So does Mack. Ignore my messy house in the background.

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The box was stuffed beyond closing this time.

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I’m going to be on the search for a crock pot potato leek soup, I think. Does such a thing exist? Mr. Google will tell me. There were lots of local goodies this time for sure.

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Dinner last night was sirloin steak (BOGO, or half off, at Fresh Market on Tuesday), sweet potatoes with salt and cinnamon, and broccoli.

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I went on the family evening walk last night for the first time in a while.

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After the boys went to bed Chad and I watched The Following. OMG, this show! It definitely requires a willing suspension of disbelief, but it’s still pretty gripping. Next we watched Girls. What in the world? I was not a fan of where they took Hannah’s character in this latest episode, but I do like the ex-boyfriends’ storylines. Marnie needs to get a life. Seriously.

Speaking of television, who can’t wait for Game of Thrones to return? Me! March 31st. Hoorah!


Check out this awesome interactive infographic that the people from DirectTV sent me:

Game of Thrones infographic(click on this image to see The Kings Roadmap in action)

That thing is so cool. If you are a fan, you should check it out. It’s a great way to refresh your memory about EVERYTHING that has happened so far and it is going to continue to be updated as the new episodes are aired.

So this morning I wimped out and didn’t walk to school. It was 47° and I have a very hard time convincing myself to walk to school when it is below 50°. Today was March Madness Wacky Mismatch day at Mack’s school. Again, ignore my messy house please.

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Breakfast was awesome as usual.

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After dropping Cal off at the bus stop I headed to the gym for Bodypump where I actually took a photo. Smile Tanya…

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Afterwards I hurried home to shower and get dressed so that I could meet our realtor to look at a couple of houses. We’ve looked at half a dozen with the realtor now and driven by a dozen more. Nothing yet.

After that, lunch.

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One of my newest obsessions is this pomegranate sparkling water from Fresh Market:

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The only ingredients are sparkling water and natural pomegranate flavor. They are $1.79 for a one liter bottle, but so much better than just plain water.

After lunch I went by the UPS Store to send documents to our lender for our new mortgage pre-approval, picked up a take and bake from Tour de Pizza, then picked up Mack. He did his homework then had a friend over to play for about an hour before I had to take him to karate. After dropping him off at karate I picked up Cal from the bus stop then he and I went back to his school for a PTSA meeting (like PTA with an S). Yes, he comes home on the bus then we turn right around and go back. There is no alternative.

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Cal had entertainment for the meeting…

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and I had lots of stuff to entertain myself with during the meeting also.

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I also had snacks thanks to the awesome Katie of A Full Plate.

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She is the organizer of our team for the Southeastern Guide Dogs Walkathon on Saturday and she put together these awesome goodie bags for us.

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I’m hoping that the coconut date protein balls were human food because I ate them and they were delicious. Chewie has his own personalized bandana to wear! All the dogs on our team have one. Yes, his name is misspelled, but he won’t know the difference.

Once we got home from the PTSA meeting the boys had pizza and I had this for dinner:

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It was pretty good. Not awesome, but not bad.

That’s it for today. I blogged. Cya.

The Suncoast Classic “Run for Kids” 2013

March 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm

Yesterday morning we all headed downtown for another family 5K, The Suncoast Classic.

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We love this race because it is in our beloved downtown St. Pete and because it benefits such a great cause, The Ronald McDonald House Charities. At the Suncoast Classic last year I did the 10K and the boys all did the Pelican Mile and the kids’ fun run.


This year the course was changed a bit.

Course Map

We met up with a bunch of my IRunMommies friends in front of the Fit2Run St. Pete store where the race was starting.

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I also got to see my friend Callie, The Wannabe Athlete, who I have been missing so much since she moved to Venice. As usual, she had her family entourage in tow.

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I was so happy to finally get to meet her newest little sweet potato, Little Miss Athlete, and to get to see the always adorable Mini Athlete again.

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The IRunMommies have been fundraising our tails off for this event, and the fabulous McGee literally fundraised her tail by selling advertising space on it.

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I tried to sell advertising on my rear end, but nobody wanted to buy it. Oh well.

People who aren’t into the whole road race scene probably can’t understand, but it is so fun to meet up with so many friends and their families and do something active in the city that we love. Special props to my friend Christie’s daughter Grace who ran her first 5K race yesterday! Go Gracie!

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It was also really nice to meet IRunMommy Angela (above on the left) who told me she reads my blog all the time…thanks Angela!

The 10K kicked off first and with it came the rain. It was pretty chilly by Florida standards, but the IRunMommies didn’t let the cold rain dampen their spirits.

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We briefly considered bailing on the 5K because I was a little leery of making the kids run in the cold rain, but we sucked it up and headed to the start.

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Because of the rain, however, I did not carry my camera or my phone on the course. So for the first time ever I have NO photos of our race on the course. Sadness. It was pretty cool too because they have already set up many of the barriers for the Honda Grand Prix that will be taking place downtown in a couple of weeks. Oh well. Just refer to last year’s pictures.

Mack ran ahead at the end and finished in 40:58 and the rest of us crossed at 41:55. My friend Callie snapped this photo of her sister coming into the finish and Chad, Cal, and I were right behind her.


This was one of our fastest family 5K’s yet. I think we may have been a little faster last year at the Belleair Sunset 5K, but there was no chip timing for that race so I’m not sure. At the next small 5K that we do as a family we’re just going to let the boys run at their own pace. Mack wants to run all out!

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After the race we got in line for some food…

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but sadly all of the Jimmy Johns subs were gone. We did get bagels and bananas, though, so we didn’t starve. We hung out for just a little while chatting with friends and Cal got to see his science teacher which was probably only just slightly awkward for him.

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We didn’t stay too long because I needed to get home and run another 7 miles before the contractors were coming to do some more work on our master bathroom. I’m sad that I missed the kids runs and the awards, but I heard that the IRunMommies did indeed get first place as team fundraisers for the third year in a row! Also, I found out that I was the third place top individual fundraiser. Wow. Ronald McDonald thanked me personally.

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Thank you so much to all who donated to our team, and to those who donated to me personally: Liz, Kelly, my mom, Kat, Beka, Cindy, Linda, and Bobbi-Jo…thank you! Thank you also to PDQ St. Petersburg for hosting three fundraiser nights for our team. I know it may be annoying to have to hear people begging for donations for charities, but it means so much to those who benefit from them. It’s hard to fundraise, but it’s also very rewarding.

Thanks again for your support! Cya.