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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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WIO_ALISA 9/2/2014 1:47PM

    You made me laugh out loud several times. Thanks for sharing! Loved it!
With a smile on my face,
Alisa

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LADYJAJA 8/24/2014 4:02PM

  emoticon Shelli! :-)

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MRSRIGS1 8/15/2014 4:47PM

    Glad to hear you had a fun getaway! It's great how you kept your goals in front of you while on vacation. You exercised, watched your portions, and made healthy choices! Good for you!

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SNOWYOGA 8/9/2014 1:24AM

    emoticon Sounds and looks like a lot of fun

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MSBEKANATOR 8/6/2014 11:10PM

    Awesome! Road trip looks like a lot of fun! Love the concert! You Go Girl!!!! You have improved a lot! What a great inspiration to get out and follow your dreams!!!!

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KIPPER15 8/6/2014 8:06PM

    Super, Shelli!! Love it! emoticon

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URBANAUDREYE 8/4/2014 10:51PM

    IMHO... YOU SOUNDED AWESOME! And I'm pretty sure I've mentioned it before, but I've got polka band relations, so from me, that's saying something. I'll polka the heck out of that one!

Next time you wanna take a little nerdy vacation, you should come up to PA. Crayola Experience in Easton is super fun. We took the kids about a month ago, and I'm pretty sure me and the hubby had more fun than them. (Actually, hubs made me leave earlier than I wanted to... it made me sad). Oh, and of course we have Philadelphia up here too. It's been a while since I've done any of the museums or historical landmarks in Philly, but it's a good time. We did go to the Philadelphia Zoo after I did Run or Dye (because what better than walking around a zoo for 4 hours after doing a 5k, right?), it was a good time.

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SUSIEMT 8/4/2014 10:19AM

    I loved the concert! Keep up the practicing! Yea road trips!

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CICELY360 8/3/2014 11:08PM

  god blog

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SHARONCAPPS 8/3/2014 11:50AM

  Great post,. Thanks for sharing.

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MOONGLOWSNANA 8/2/2014 10:35PM

  Great Concert! I love the pictures, the dog and the narrative! emoticon

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LMGMILLER 8/1/2014 6:18PM

    I enjoyed hearing you play, My husbands grandfather used to play. ( He passed recently) and One of our friends plays in a polka band. We are leaving this Sunday for a week long vacation that includes 3 days at the fair and I am very nervous about the built in controls I have at home being removed. You did a great job on your trip and that makes me feel like I can too.

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AMBER461 7/31/2014 10:28PM

  Thanks for sharing, it look like you had a great time.

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WHITEANGEL4 7/31/2014 10:27PM

    Great outlook.....positive nd moving forwrd

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CHERYLHURT 7/31/2014 8:26PM

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CHARTHESTAR 7/31/2014 6:16PM

    Just love your attitude! So positive!

road trip sounds great as well as the food! No worries on #. as you said spikes in salt can do that plus there is a lot of cheese in Mexican food.

Glad to hear your knees are better!!

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TATTER3 7/31/2014 3:53PM

    Oh girlfriend I am in love with your attitude. Thanks so much for sharing and making my day!!

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SCHOPPEK 7/31/2014 11:24AM

    Love your posts! You are so much fun, I wish you lived near me!

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DSHONEYC 7/31/2014 11:14AM

    Love it...thanks. You sound like a riot and wish we were related! emoticon

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RITAROSE 7/31/2014 9:48AM

  You are a pure ray of emoticon my dear! I emoticon your sense of humor and fun!! Congratulations on your great achievements in your health, weight and MUSIC!! Loved it!! Thanks for sharing with us! emoticon Ritarose

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THEATREGIRL3 7/31/2014 9:16AM

    Wonderful fun and I like the idea of sharing a bunch of meals. emoticon

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VAINVT 7/31/2014 8:43AM

  Looks like you had lots of fun!

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NILLAPEPSI 7/31/2014 7:24AM

    Oh my gosh! I just love, love, love your blogs! Thank you!! I think you're doing so awesome on that accordian!! You go girl!! emoticon

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  emoticon Glad you had such a fun vacation!

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FOCUSD 7/30/2014 10:22PM

  fun times!

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MAYBER 7/30/2014 9:15PM

    Thanks for sharing your adventures
Spark on too
One day at a time
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SUBMOM2 7/30/2014 7:29PM

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Oh my gosh, that was fun! Keep up the good work!

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COOLRAIN 7/30/2014 4:53PM

    Loved this!
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.
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Lucky you!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 7/30/2014 4:27PM

    I remember that song from when I was taking German in fifth grade (I was in school in Switzerland.) Thanks for the memories!

And what a great trip.

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LISAREADS 7/30/2014 4:20PM

    emoticon So glad you had a great "get outta town" vacay!
The accordion is coming along smashingly, I must say ;-)))
Thanks for the pics of little Bubster too, I know he's a happy camper
to have his walker Mommy home...5K is really good too, glad to hear
the knee has mended, mine's on the fritz today from chasing toddlers,
but it was oh so worth it! emoticon emoticon

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KIN59VARA 7/30/2014 12:09PM

    I love reading about your life! Glad your knees are better!

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SPARKASAURUS 7/30/2014 10:47AM

    omg, best.blog.ever!

I wish you were my neighbor! Good job on the accordion- that looks so hard!

I'm going to be thinking all day about "fox stole my goose, and give it back". emoticon

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SANDRA_E 7/30/2014 10:32AM

    emoticon Love it! I'm glad that you had so much fun on your vacation!

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CHARITYAK 7/30/2014 10:12AM

    You're having a little too much fun with all this. We're supposed to suffer more.... :)

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 7/30/2014 9:32AM

    Great post

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