School, Chobani, bike, swim, rodent

October 5, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Yesterday after Mack’s karate class we hurried to Cal’s school for a PTSA meeting and fish fry dinner.


It started at 5:30, but karate didn’t end until 5:15 and we arrived a little late.



Chad met us there. The principal spoke about all of the different clubs available at the school.


After the brief meeting, we got in line for fish. Luckily most of those people in the photo above did not stay for the dinner, so the line was actually pretty short.


We sat with our friends, the G’s.


Sorry about that picture Tanya. I should have taken more than one. Here are some other pictures of Tanya, so you can see her pretty eyes.


Except for the cole slaw, the dinner was really good. There are fries under the fish.


After dinner we went to check out some of the displays for the clubs. The boys got to try net casting at the fishing club exhibit.


Cal was excited about showing us the Robotics Club which he has been participating in, but it turns out they didn’t have a display set up for that one.


There was a big storm while we were at the meeting, and when we left it was still raining a little, but the sun was also shining. There was a huge full-bow rainbow to the east.


There was even a faint double bow.


I think this was the most perfect, brilliant rainbow I have ever seen. The photos don’t do it justice at all.


Chad left from the school to go to pool league and the boys and I headed home. When we got there, a special delivery was waiting for us.


I doubt that two children have ever been more excited about receiving a big box of yogurt.



Thank you Chobani! They even sent a few extra goodies for the boys.



Inevitably, this happened:



Cal had a cold butt in there. Anybody local want some reusable, slightly sat upon, ice packs?


We have very limited freezer space.

Also inevitably, this happened:


Thanks for the markers, Chobani.


This morning I meant to get up early enough to walk Mack to school, but then I didn’t. I stayed up way too late last night for no reason whatsoever. Among other time-killers, I spent time scrolling through this…

fitblogginoninstagramFitbloggin’ on Instagram

If you didn’t get a good enough sense about what Fitbloggin’ was all about with my exhaustive four posts about it, just scroll through that feed. Good times.

To make up for not walking this morning, after both boys got off to school, I biked to the pool (four miles).


It was a gorgeous morning.


All that rain yesterday brought slightly cooler air this morning. The first mile of my bike ride felt great.


After that it was hot again.


There were tons of people out on North Shore enjoying the morning being active.


I racked Snowflake by the pool…



and met up with two of my IRunMommies friends (Kelly and Michelle) to swim some laps.


Thanks for the suggestion to swim today Kelly! Even though swimming is kind of a solitary sport, it was fun to have friends to talk to when we rested on the sides occasionally.

I did my usual 2500 yards (6X400 IM + 1X100 IM), then hung out on the pool deck for a little while to dry off before biking home.


I felt very energy depleted on the four miles home, so once there I made lunch immediately. This is leftover chicken paprika that had been in my freezer since May. I heated it up then dumped it on top of some chopped, fresh spinach. It looks gross, but was really good.


I didn’t have long to hang out at home before I had to go pick up Mack. I had to get to school a little early so that we could bring home our houseguest for the weekend.


Small-Fry, the albino gerbil.


His accoutrement:


Mack has been talking about this all week.


Let’s hope Chewie doesn’t eat him.

Now it’s almost time to go pick up Cal. Lots of fun stuff planned for the weekend.


Thunderstorms at school

September 18, 2012 at 5:15 pm

I had planned to be super motivated this morning and get out the door by 8:30 to try to ride 20 miles on my bike before volunteering at school. But as Chewie and I were walking Mack to school it began to sprinkle. While Mack made it to school without getting too wet, Chewie and I ended up walking back home (about a mile) in light rain. It was soon thundering and eventually really raining, so the bike ride didn’t happen. I don’t have a bike trainer and I’m not that hard-core anyway, so I ended up just spending the morning doing laundry and wasting time on the computer. For example, I posted this picture on every social media platform that I could find:


Those are part of the costume for my team, The Wonder Yelpster Women, for the Gorilla Challenge in early November. We are doing the challenge courtesy of Yelp and are going to have a blast. And yes, those socks have capes. Awesome.



By the time I was leaving for school the skies had really opened up and I got there in the midst of a torrential downpour and some violent lightning.


As I was signing into the office the principal announced that classes should stay in their classroom instead of heading to lunch until this band of storms passed. However, I thought Mack’s class might already be in the lunchroom so I headed down there. Some other classes were already walking down also and the kids were screaming every time a bolt of lightning struck. It was crazy. They have covered walkways everywhere, but it was sideways raining and as you can see above, the covered walkways have a few leaks. By the time I got to the cafeteria and met up with Mack, he and I were both soaked.


We started off in the ‘RClub area which is sectioned off by a sound-reducing barrier from the rest of the cafeteria, but a couple of minutes later the P.E. classes came in there so we had to move back over to the main café.


My crazy eyes show how thrilled I was about this. The children were like spastic animals with the storm raging outside. It was even louder than normal even though the cafeteria ladies and teachers were trying to get them under control.

It rained so hard so quickly that the retention pond in the center of the bus circle, which is usually just green grass, was almost overflowing.


We got wet again in the sideways rain as we walked back to Mack’s classroom which is as far away from the cafeteria as you can get on their campus. I helped Mack’s teacher do a bunch of small jobs that she had prepared for me. I got to fax some stuff.


I didn’t know people still actually used faxes! This was the first time that I have faxed something since I quit working eleven years ago. I used to fax like a mad woman when I worked in banking. For some reason I just thought this was dead technology.

I also got to work with some students on third grade math. Dude, I am gooood at third grade math. So much better than at fifth grade math. I can round numbers like nobody’s business.


OOTVD (outfit of the volunteer day):


I would have fixed the rick-rack this week, but the missing piece was nowhere to be found.

Astute readers may notice that this is the same top I was wearing yesterday at PDQ. I had that shirt on for a couple of hours yesterday. Definitely not long enough to warrant washing it. I didn’t spill milkshake on it or anything. Hey, I do the laundry. I am being frugal with it. What this really means is that I have definitely turned into my mom. She used to wear the same clothes a few times before washing them and my sister and I would make fun of her. We’d say, “Is that shirt just dirty? Or is it dirty-dirty? Mom, I think that shirt is dirty, dirty, dirty!” Luckily my kids are still clueless and don’t notice what I’m wearing. Although Mack has commented on the fact that I always immediately change into my pajamas when I get home unless I am going right back out very soon. He calls them my “lazy clothes”.

After I did all my volunteer duties for Mack’s teacher I took my dirty shirt and ran by Target…


before heading back to pick up Mack. While I was in the car line I ate a granola bar that I stuck in my purse this morning.


That wasn’t enough for lunch so when we got home I also ate this, leftover from my lunch from Café Gala on Sunday:


When Mack and I went to pick up Cal from the bus stop lots of the neighborhood had some flooding.


Eleven year old boy:


Mostly hair and attitude.


I’m pulling something out of the freezer for the boy’s dinner and for myself.

I MUST pack for Fitbloggin’ tomorrow. I haven’t given much thought to what I will bring. I know there will be some exercise stuff involved. There is a 5K, which Maggie and I will be doing. Mostly walking. She could run it, but I am not trained at all for any running at this point. I also signed both of us up for a trampoline fitness class. I’m excited about that. Besides fitness stuff, I’m not sure what to bring. The weather forecast for Baltimore shows highs near 80 every day, but lows in the 60’s. Sounds like shorts during the day and pants and sweaters at night. But we’ll mostly indoors for the conference, so I don’t know. I foresee over-packing. I’ll probably check a bag. I hate it when people try to cram bulging carry-ons into the overhead bins. Plus, I have to pack my special gift for Maggie (that I also got one of for myself). Hint: it is NOT apropos of a fitness blogging conference. My friend CC knows what it is as she facilitated it.

Must go take dinner out of the freezer.