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Accordion Garage Concert: Something About a Goose

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Monday, July 28, 2014

I know youíve eagerly awaited the next Laundry Room Accordion Concert. Honestly, how have you lasted this long? How? I regret to inform you that Accordion Concerts are now being held in the garage. Now you know. Why am I sharing this? Because I can. And I think itís highly SparkWorthy, to share whenever youíre trying and learning new thingsóeven if itís the accordion. Heaven help us.

Accordion matters aside, hereís a little vacation update. If you read my last blog, youíll know that we had a girls-only road trip to Nashville, to visit family.

Here we are, setting out.

We had such a great time. Nothing super organized, just a quick, yet relaxing trip. We called this the ďGet Out of Town for a Couple of Days, Before We Inadvertently Kill SomeoneĒ trip. You know what Iím talking about. We all needed a break! But guess what? We kept the streak alive, by working out in the hotel fitness center. Woo to our hotel hoos.

We worked out every single day. ROAR

And guess what else we did, with all the time in the world and no agenda? We went to a childrenís Science museum and planetarium. Without children. Yes, this is what we (along with the two, older teenagers) decided to do. Nerds. And guess what? We had so much fun! Turns out, itís way easier going to a childrenís museum without children. Who knew? We had fun climbing all over things and Shelley and I only nodded off a couple of times during the planetarium show. We werenít bored, just relaxed and the lights were out.

Finally! My chance to ride on the Magic School Bus.

Shelley, dangling from a large rope and using leverage to lift a small car.

The girls, trying to do some hockey thing, that we never figured out.

And hereís another thing we tried to do, while traveling. We tried to eat semi-reasonably; lunch portions, splitting meals, etc. The one, big, splurge meal was at a Mexican restaurant. You have to understand that my cousinís mother-in-law owns the restaurant. This is her home cooking, the real deal. Jody (my cousin), wanted us to try everything. We felt obligated. I was raised in the South; I have manners. But Jody had the smart idea of ordering everything family-style, instead of a bunch of separate meals. So we had this huge table, full of food, but we only sampled a little bit of everything, rather than gorge on one thing. Just a taste of this and that, instead of the whole thing. It was a great way to try a lot of different things, without overdoing it in a big way.

Me and Jody (Can you tell weíre family?)

Anyway, I thought that was pretty brilliant and thatís a tip Iím gonna try to remember. That said, the scale did bump back up a little. But Iím not alarmed. Even eating somewhat reasonably, Iím sure that my sodium intake was up. That always throws me for a loop. And I never can drink as much water while Iím traveling, as I can at home. So, I expected some fluctuation. Itíll all even out in the long run. And I got some very valuable rest and relaxation that my brain so desperately needed.

And guess who was very glad his walking buddy came home?

This guy.

Another news flash: Last week was the first week that my knee felt normal! Guess it really did take six months to heal from the Death By Bulldog Sprain. Iím awfully glad it finally did, because this dog does not want to stop. Check it outóBubba finished his first 5K the other day. (Heís probably done one before, but this was the first one I actually measured.) He did great! What a SparkDog.

I think he deserves a medal.

Well, Iím sure youíve had your quota of Mostmom exploits for one dayóaccordion concerts and vacation pics. Riveting stuff. I hope youíre having a good summer (if itís summer where you are) and getting to recharge your batteries (even if itís not summer where you are). Have a great week! :)

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!
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