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The Sporty Mom

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Went to child birthday party at the roller skating rink. I brought my roller blades.

It seemed like I was *the only* parent there on the floor with wheels on my feet. In a chat later, I asked some of the others "Was I the only one to bring skates?" they confirmed that yep, I was the only "Sporty Mom"

1) I like the idea of being the "Sporty Mom" in the class *and*
2) Why dont you people want to have fun with your kids??

  
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PMRUNNER 7/11/2014 6:26AM

    Love it! That is too cool!

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DOGLADY13 6/21/2014 10:26AM

    I was the last child in a large family so my parents were close in age with many of my friends' grandparents. They weren't "sporty" but they played with all of us kids in ways that they enjoyed: bike riding (Daddy), roller skating (both of them), jump rope (Mommy), swimming (Daddy). It was twice as much fun when they were with us.

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RAINA413 6/18/2014 2:19PM

    Sporty Mom!! I love it!!
You are also the Cool Mom, if you ask me!

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SIXFOOT1 6/18/2014 1:10PM

    That's the way to be!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 6/17/2014 10:56PM

    Sporty Mom = Awesome emoticon

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BIGPAWSUP 6/15/2014 3:55PM

    I love the idea of the sporty mom. You go for it.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 6/15/2014 5:51AM

    Great and good for you!
I am now the "sporty Nana". Should seen me playing basketball last week!

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LESLIELENORE 6/15/2014 12:59AM

    It is great you are known as the Sporty mom! You will create great memories with your family.

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STEVEN2GO2 6/14/2014 8:44PM

    It is great that you were a Sporty Mom! You must of had a wonderful time with your kids!

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FORZACHANDMATT 6/14/2014 7:20PM

    What a fun way to get some exercise and have fun with your kid :)

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/14/2014 7:00PM

    I never have understood just standing around while the kids have fun! That's what second childhood is all about. My son was kind of amused / bemused that his friends thought his mom was "cool" because of this attitude.

Skate on!

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MITECU 6/14/2014 6:45PM

    I'm sure your son was proud of his "Sporty Mom"!

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The Adventures of Mouse & Owl

Sunday, June 08, 2014

I feel like my son has crossed a Rubicon of sorts. Boy is now 7 years old and got a new bike for his birthday (December) and we have been using it off and on all winter long. Yesterday we went for a bike ride along a local rail trail. We set a goal of going from our starting point to the next town, what we estimate from the map as 4 miles (I dont tell Child that)

Along the way, he decides we need new names during the bike rides: He will be Mouse and I will be Owl. Some cyclists measure distance, some measure speed. My kid we could measure the trip in words per mile - he talked the WHOLE way. No, none of it was great wisdom but just the happy babble of a happy kid on a BEAUTIFUL spring day.

He makes it the whole way to the ice cream stand WITHOUT STOPPING and chooses a cherry Italian ice (I choose a lemon Italian ice). We sit and rest on the bench for 30 minutes and eat our snack. The ride back is substantially slower and more difficult. I actually think he needed a more substantial snack or lunch...I think the gas tank was just empty.

But the Rubicon - Previously, he didnt want to go more than 2 miles which was really limiting for us and unsatisfying for me. Of course I could go farther than the 10 miles we actually did (Yes! 10 miles! 7 years old!). As the Adult, of course I have to moderate what I want from my exercise time to be reasonable to little legs. But for the first time, I dont feel like I am making an sacrifice, and the time together is more enjoyable.

Life just gets better and better. We are going to be doing this again and again. I'm looking forward to this summer having more adventures as Mouse and Owl.

Be well friends!

  
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BUTTERFLY-1976 6/10/2014 1:39PM

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ROXYZMOM 6/8/2014 9:04PM

    So cool! Awesome Mom/Son quality time! I bet he was proud of his ride.
You are a great role model.

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LESLIELENORE 6/8/2014 6:08PM

    emoticon That is terrific! Yay for Mouse and Owl.

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RAINA413 6/8/2014 5:00PM

    Yay!! Three cheers for Mouse and Owl! Hugs to you both!!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 6/8/2014 3:43PM

    Nice. I was perfect weather.

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BIGPAWSUP 6/8/2014 1:31PM

    How wonderful. You have become such a positive role modle.

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KRISZTA11 6/8/2014 9:00AM

    I'm happy for you!! Wonderful time together.
When my kids were small, we biked a lot and had a good time.
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DOGLADY13 6/8/2014 7:42AM

    I ride rail trails regularly. I love seeing families out together. Very few tears on the rakl trails. It is almost always smiles and laughter.

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/8/2014 7:28AM

    What a happy blog! May Mouse and Owl have many more lovely adventures. Love hearing that "happy babble of a happy kid".

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Not quite Warrior Woman worthy, but at least Fighter Girl

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Feelin' junky all week. Started last weekend and I ended up going home from work early on Wed - with both blessings and kicks out the door from colleagues. My tonsils were so swollen they were squeezing in on my windpipe. I ended up in Urgent Care to have a strep test (No -just some random virus).

I have First-Year-Teacher-Itis. The workload eats every single moment of free time and what little time I have left is for sleeping. For entertainment...I shower. As I write this I have a red pen in one hand and a stack of papers in front of me. Exercise? hahhahahahahahaahahahah!!

Still feelin' less than 100% today but I had planned on a workout. So I still went to the gym and instead of running on the treadmill, I set it to 7% and 3.7mph for a brisk walk....for 42 minutes.

As the title says: Not Not quite Warrior Woman worthy, but at least Fighter Girl.

  
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OVERWORKEDJANET 3/20/2014 9:57PM

    You HAVE been busy!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 3/17/2014 3:48PM

    Hope you feel better soon. Good for you & listening to your body!! emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 3/16/2014 9:12PM

    Good for you! You are listening to your body!

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LESLIELENORE 3/16/2014 9:10PM

    But you went and worked out... that says Warrior Woman to me!

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MISSG180 3/16/2014 7:27PM

    Feel better! You are doing great.

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DOGLADY13 3/16/2014 11:44AM

    Hang in there! I'd say that was totally Warrior Woman. This is how I'd frame it on my facebook status:

Tonsilitis got nothin' on Warrior Woman! Warrior Woman cranks out a hard walk when hard runs are out of the question.

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BIGPAWSUP 3/16/2014 11:37AM

    You just have to find your rhythm. I have faith in you. You are determined and I know you can do this.

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RAINA413 3/16/2014 11:12AM

    So sorry to hear you are sick. Hopefully once the weather warms you will feel better.
I am sure you will be back in tri-shape come summertime, too!! You are totally determined when you put your mind to things!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/16/2014 10:41AM

    Glad you're on the mend. We walk before we run. emoticon

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The irony - I've actually lived in London

Sunday, February 16, 2014

What City Should You Actually Live In?

You got: London
Letís be honest, you probably look pretty good in a Burberry trench coat. Youíre the type of person who loves city life, but without all the hype. Your ideal day consists of the Tate Modern, a pleasant evening at a nice restaurant, and a hot cup of tea before bed.

www.buzzfeed.com/ashleyperez/what-ci
ty-should-you-actually-live-in?bffb

  
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BUTTERFLY-1976 2/21/2014 11:08PM

    Barcelona & the write up it soooo me!!! emoticon

Thank you for Sharing!!

Comment edited on: 2/21/2014 11:15:00 PM

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OVERWORKEDJANET 2/17/2014 8:17PM

    Portland? I didn't see that one coming.
I guess my 70's hippie side still shows.

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DOGLADY13 2/17/2014 7:00AM

    Cape Town.
First sentence read "You have never been able to sit still a day in your life." Totally the truth. That was fun. Thanks.

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MISSG180 2/16/2014 3:39PM

    Portland, which makes sense since I grew up there. I still miss it!

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BIGPAWSUP 2/16/2014 3:00PM

    I think I would fall in love with London far to easily!

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RAINA413 2/16/2014 2:05PM

    Ha!! Ha!! And I remember when you lived there! What fun times!!!!

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LESLIELENORE 2/16/2014 1:21PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/16/2014 9:23AM

    I also did this one on FB, and I got Portland, Oregon. I've visited there and I believe I would enjoy living there... in fact, my own little city uses Portland as its vision for long-term growth! Bike lanes, entertainment sections, etc.

These things can be entertaining, but often the questions leave me saying "where is the 'none of the above' option?"

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LULUBELLE65 2/16/2014 8:15AM

    I did this on Facebook a couple weeks ago and got Cape Town. I'm going there in a couple months, so maybe I should just stay.

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Sochi (Olympics) Dinner

Saturday, January 25, 2014

So a few years ago, when the Olympics were in Greece I turned to my sister and said "I'm looking for an excuse to learn to make Greek food. Lets make a bunch of things we have never made before and watch the Opening Ceremonies."

Neither one of us has looked back. China was particularly adventurous. I had to look up where Sochi was - its in Southern Russia on the shores of the Black Sea. So for this year's Olympics dinner we're going with an Ottoman Empire theme. There is a limitation on the dinner since we are going up to Bennington Vermont to watch with my aunt and uncle. Everything needs to be made ahead of time and transported. Since my amazing sister found all the links and typed everything - I thought you might want to see it in case you want to make your own party! Go forth and try new things!

Starters
Lyutenitsa - Bulgaria - a red pepper dip/spread
littledoglost.blogspot.com/2010/08/l
yutenitsa-recipe-bulgarian-chutney.html

-Notes: Entirely make-ahead. Add eggplant and carrot. Serve with crusty bread.

Vegetarian Sarmale - Romania - stuffed cabbage
-Notes: I've had the meaty version and this looks to be the most authentic recipe. Romanians love sauerkraut like breathing. Will modify to vegetarian using rice.
homecookinginmontana.blogspot.com/20
10/12/romanian-stuffed-cabbage-rollssa
rmale.html


Mains Lamb Kebabs - Turkey
I'll be making a Kofta (ground lamb meatballs) style with a tzaitki sauce. They're served with lavosh flat bread.
www.eatingwell.com/recipes/turkish_l
amb.html
or
www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-net
work-kitchens/kofta-kebabs-with-tzatzi
ki-recipe/index.html


Georgian chicken stews
Notes: If this website is to be believed, holy MOLY but do Georgians love chicken stews, and some of them look *amazing*. I'll be making the tomato and pepper version called Chakhokhbili
georgianrecipes.net/category/chicken
/


Starches - there is a local flatbread that is relatively close to naan. I'm not including links here because ... you can BUY naan. There is a *limit* to this insanity.

Shopska (tomato, cucumber, feta) salad - Bulgaria
Notes: most of the recipes called for a lot more parsley. All emphasized it had to be sunflower oil. Will *try* and find Bulgarian feta/sirene.
easteuropeanfood.about.com/od/salads
/r/shopska.htm


There was much conversation both internet and in person that Bulgarian feta is different from Greek feta. Something about it being creamier with a softer flavor. There were also a number of fairly opinionated people who did not have nice things to say about the food nomenclature rules of the European Union. Oddly enough apparently feta cheese is one of the easier cheeses to make and the difference is only leaving the starter culture in for 30 minutes instead of 1 hour for traditional feta. (So sayeth the internets and they NEVER lie!) My sister *has* made some cheeses and butter before, but has never tried her hand at feta - not being a big feta fan. So if she has time, she's going to try it. I do like feta and eat it often on salads - I will report back.

Nope, sorry. Making your own cheese? No limit to the insanity.

Dessert -
Yabluchnyk (Ukraine)
Notes: Apparently a classic Ukrainian apple cake. There are two variations, one layered with batter and one with streusel.
www.ukrainianclassickitchen.ca/index
.php?topic=6854.0

allrecipes.com/recipe/ukrainian-appl
e-cake-yabluchnyk/

  
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FUNHEALTHLOVE 2/7/2014 11:43AM

    YAY! I'm excited for this. When the Olympics were in London, I tried this with my boyfriend and son. We attempted Fish & Chips...our apartment smelled like fish for months after! These look so goooood AND they are WW Power Food friendly! Thanks guys, I was a little lost as to what to prepare tonight!

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OVERWORKEDJANET 1/26/2014 8:15PM

    This sounds great

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/26/2014 2:35PM

    What a great idea!!

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BIGPAWSUP 1/26/2014 2:23PM

    Great idea!! Love it. Enjoy the menu.

(And yes, the feta does taste different!)

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RAINA413 1/26/2014 1:59PM

    I absolutely love that you do this and it doesn't surprise me at all that you and your sister, who I know personally to be amazing in the kitchen, are such adventurous cooks! Hugs to your Aunt & Uncle for me. Think of me when you have the Sarmale. We have that every Rosh Hashana. My family, hailing from Romania, has been enjoying this treat for years!

Post photos of the food if you have a chance!!

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MISSG180 1/26/2014 11:49AM

    This is an awesome idea! I'm never going to actually do it, but it's really cool!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/26/2014 7:46AM

    Sounds like a wonderful family tradition! Enjoy the making, the eating, and the fellowship!

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KRISZTA11 1/26/2014 6:45AM

    You are going to have a wonderful dinner, and a healthy one too!
What a culinary adventure...
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LESLIELENORE 1/26/2014 12:11AM

    You'll have to let us know how it turns out. It sounds yummy.

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DOGLADY13 1/25/2014 10:15PM

    I have eaten many of these foods. You are in for a yummy feast!

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