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Accordion Garage Concert: Something About a Goose

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Monday, July 28, 2014

I know you’ve 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 it’s highly SparkWorthy, to share whenever you’re trying and learning new things—even if it’s the accordion. Heaven help us.

Accordion matters aside, here’s a little vacation update. If you read my last blog, you’ll 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 “Get Out of Town for a Couple of Days, Before We Inadvertently Kill Someone” trip. You know what I’m 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 children’s 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, it’s way easier going to a children’s 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 weren’t 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 here’s 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 cousin’s 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 we’re family?)

Anyway, I thought that was pretty brilliant and that’s a tip I’m gonna try to remember. That said, the scale did bump back up a little. But I’m not alarmed. Even eating somewhat reasonably, I’m sure that my sodium intake was up. That always throws me for a loop. And I never can drink as much water while I’m traveling, as I can at home. So, I expected some fluctuation. It’ll 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. I’m awfully glad it finally did, because this dog does not want to stop. Check it out—Bubba finished his first 5K the other day. (He’s 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, I’m sure you’ve had your quota of Mostmom exploits for one day—accordion concerts and vacation pics. Riveting stuff. I hope you’re having a good summer (if it’s summer where you are) and getting to recharge your batteries (even if it’s not summer where you are). Have a great week! :)

Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!
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