Summer practice

by Kim on May 2, 2013

Greetings from paradise!


Aka the deck in our backyard. Ha. (To be fair, it’s come a long ways since 5 months ago.)

P.S. Every time I wear sunglasses, I’m reminded that my face is crooked. No matter how many different pairs I try, or how much I fiddle with the little nose pads, I ALWAYS end up with one eyebrow sticking out.

…Or maybe I just need to spend more than $10 on a pair of sunglasses one day.


So yesterday really felt like summer around here—85 and sunny!—and I was determined to live it up. (Especially since we’re now heading into a week of rain—blaah.)

Mase and I had to take the car in for an oil change (isn’t this a riveting blog post so far?? You’re SO glad you’re here!!), which meant I had to entertain him in the area around the tire shop for an unknown amount of time (a scary, scary thing for any mom of a toddler).

Here was the plan:

Step 1: Kill time at the Brennan’s Market across the street.

Even if it hadn’t been on the agenda, I probably wouldn’t have been able to ignore this sign out front.


(The catch: buy 6 bottles, get the 7th free—as long as the 7th is this one specific kind of Brennan’s brand beer. We passed.)

We’d rushed out the door before lunch, but luckily, Brennan’s is a Sample Haven.

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Mason had zero interest. He’ll learn.


Oh, and I FINALLY found some cookies that are gluten free, dairy free, and egg free. I knew these had to exist.


Still no such luck with bread, though. Poor Mase. Can you imagine growing up without sandwiches or even toast? I’ll probably have to figure out how to make my own.

Step 2: Stop by a kid-friendly café down the road called Yola’s.

I ordered something called a Fit Frappe, which was supposedly only 130 calories with 30 g of protein.


It tasted…like it was only 130 calories. Not terrible, but not memorable.

Meanwhile, Mase checked out the decrepit well-loved toys in the kids’ play area.


Honestly, I thought some of them were pretty racy.


I mean, I just don’t know the rules about one-year-old boys helping little girls get dressed. (And now I’m going to get some horrible spam on this post and creepy visitors from Google.)

But the best part about the café was the fact that it was situated right next to a pretty busy road—aka a prime car watching location.


Throw in a tiny container of mandarin oranges and it’s like dinner and a movie, but better.

Step 3: Head to the park.

This was an unplanned last-ditch effort to kill the final 15 minutes. I didn’t even realize there was a park nearby, but we love our parks here in Madison.


This park had little exercise stations scattered around, including this one for an activity called “leg peddling.”


As in “want to go leg peddle around the lake?” or “Lance Armstrong is a well-known leg peddler.” Haha.

The park also featured these fancy X and O alternatives on their Tic-Tac-Toe board.


Impressive, right? I’ve never seen that before. (Coincidence: Mason’s All Star shirt.)

By the time we made it home, we were both pretty beat.

20130430_143815That cannot be comfortable.

Given the weather, any dinner plans that didn’t involve the grill were unacceptable. (I did make one exception for sweet potato fries—although, with enough patience, I’m confident you could grill those too.)

So these happened:


A+ to both! (Well, from me—from Brent, an A+ on the beef and maybe a weak C on the chicken. Mostly because it was chicken.)

I was going to share some May goals I’m setting for myself today, but I think I’ve yammered on enough, so I’ll save those for tomorrow. See ya then!

In the meantime, if you have a few minutes, check out this thought-provoking article by Gretchen Rubin about “decoy habits”—habits a person claims she wants to adopt, or thinks she should adopt, but never really intends to. (Surprise surprise—her example is exercise!) I found it so interesting, I ended up reading a huge chunk of the comments, too. Good, meaty stuff.

I probably should have studied psychology. Oops.


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Mar @ Mar on the Run! May 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Haha! You’re hilarious. And Mase is a cutie!!
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emma May 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Aren’t video monitors the BEST!! My daughter pulls out her passy and talks to it and we just laugh at her! She also does some pretty impressive positions but if she stays asleep…works for me!
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Kim May 2, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Haha! That’s hilarious.

Yeah, we love that thing so much. Poor kids, though–I’d be pretty creeped out knowing there was a camera on me at all times while I slept. :) haha


Jessica @ Prayers and Apples May 2, 2013 at 1:51 pm

you’re not alone with the crookedness haha i have regular glasses too – so I’m reminded every day, rain or shine lol i thought for the longest time they were just broken but then enough years (and different pairs) went by that i realized it was me LOL :)
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Kim May 2, 2013 at 9:40 pm

I feel you :)


Sarah @ PickyRunner May 2, 2013 at 11:01 am

Hahahha crooked face. I just splurged on expensive sunglasses last summer because I’m a lifeguard and don’t want my eyes to burn after 4 years of sitting at the pool/beach. Polarized is the only kind I should be wearing but it killed me to part with that kind of money since I tend to lose or break anything I own within a week. I love this weather. I should be sitting outside right now enjoying it! Poor kid- at least he can eat cookies galore now ;)
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Kim May 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm

My plan is to someday win expensive glasses on a blog. No luck so far. :)


Kelly @ Leafy Not Beefy May 2, 2013 at 10:52 am

My face is crooked as well – I figure oh well :) Gotta love shops that have lots of samples … I’ve on occasion gone to Sam’s Club for “lunch” ;) I have a 2-year-old nephew I watch a lot and could imagine the dread of having to wait for an unknown time! The “dinner and movie but better” is soo true :)


Kim May 2, 2013 at 1:44 pm

The only problem with the sampling thing is the subsequent pressure to buy. Which I resisted…guiltily. :)


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