Jul 7, 2012

A Little of That...

Mini-me
Mother of Pigtails let me borrow the kid for the 4th fireworks.  As I ran up and knocked, daughter poured happy tears and wound her wiry legs and arms around me for a hydraulic hug.  We're leading into the final 3rd week of summer break away with her mom, I miss her. 

Something Old, Something New
Quiet time's good for catching up on a project at work and wrapping a couple small upgrades around the house.  Hung an iron-spun lamp in the basement and crammed it with an Edison long-filament bulb.  The modern metal shade emits antique 1880s light, sluggish yellow rays making the Karlstad corner the new best reading/blogging spot in mi casa.


Before:



 
Deploy the "swag" kit.




Iron shade looks a little like a rounded French bombé chest.




Gold-copper inside.




Cool bulb.





After:


















Hometown
Visited my folks last weekend, nice to get out of town for a couple days.  
Soiled at a tractor pull with Dad
Gazed at the mighty Mississippi from Mosquito park, 
Took in a mean Mongolian grill and destroyed some DQ cones.
It's relaxing coming home.  
I know you lady readers crave more turbo diesel, this one's for you:



 
Where I grew up.
 
Lunch.
 
Rodent Ears I asked for Florida advice and received back a helpful stack of detailed input from you to help shape our trip.  Thank you for that!  Here's the plan:
  • I can only handle 3 days of elbowing greasy crowds over teacups and Space Mountain, so we're shutting it down at Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Sea World.  My daughter's fond of princesses, robots and whales, so we should be covered.
  • Consensus is St. Augustine and Siesta Key are the bomb, so we're doing both.  Should have enough time along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts to absorb a sizable amount of sand, local shops, salty seafood, museums and a general display of sheer slothfulness.  Can't wait.
  • A couple readers recommended airbnb.com for shacking up in a house rather than hotel.  Right on, I was pleased to find a charming cottage with private pool for $85 a night.  We'll give it a try and see how it goes, looks promising.
After weeks of feeding Pigtails useless, vague clues, we did the reveal by scavenger hunt.  She's most excited about flying in a bird for the first time and is hoping for pretzel handouts at 30K feet.  Don't blame me, I didn't dress her, outfit's from her mom:   
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  • No duh it's hot, we tasted 102 with a real-feel of 110+ this week.  Runs have been tough, the needle nudged 90 as we finished a 13 miler this morning.  The parking lot pavement turned black beneath Riggs as a pool of sweat 2-feet wide dripped from his torso, legs and sopping Sauconys while stretching afterwards.  Cycling's more bearable, I pulled the Cannondale and rode Tuesday with the local racing crew for a 45 miler at 23 mph.  Mostly thick-thighed Cat I, II and III riders, I hung with and smiled dropping $4K titanium rides with my 20-year-old bike from high school.  When will cyclists learn it's the engine, not the wheels that matter?  Fitness and judicious use of the paceline, FTW.
  • I'll measure and order bamboo or seagrass shades today and post photos when finished.  There's a good chance they'll soak up pork chop grease and stink after a few years in the kitchen, who knows.
    • Break time to allow B&P to cool down a bit, I'll catch you in a week or two with new posts.  In the meantime, keep cold sweet tea on tap and enjoy your summer! 
    -Beard

      40 comments:

      1. I used to hate when my kids were gone with their dad; even when I craved some time to myself. This week I'm enjoying a visit from Chicago Son--usually hit-and-runs, but we've had five great days. It's easier now because he's a brave and capable grownup, and not a little boy. Those parental visits weren't the best of times.

        Sorry about the hellish heat! Should get better next week, I hear.

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        1. Thanks Jenny, glad you had a nice visit from Chi-Son. I'm ready for Pigtails to be back, only a week to go.

          The temp only hit 85 today and felt like a fairly cool, comfortable afternoon. Funny how after back-to-back 100 degree days, 85 feels A-okay.

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      2. Ooof. That's not an outfit I'd expect to see Pigtails in ...good thing you explained.
        You're going to have a wonderful time!

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        1. Yeah, wanted to make it clear said attire wasn't my fault, I didn't want to take one in the boys for it. There's always a couple days of readjustment after daughter returns from being away for awhile. Different rules, different dress, different responsibilities and expectations. It can be hard on a kid and confusing.

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      3. Anonymous7/08/2012

        When my sisters & mom have gone to Disney World, they would always get the meal plan. And they would schedule every sitdown meal as a character breakfast. Might be something to look into....

        Audrey

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        1. We looked at the meal plans and waffled around before deciding it was a no-go. Haven't looked into chicken tenders with Chip 'n' Dale, we'll check it out!

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      4. Anonymous7/08/2012

        Is that the park and bridge at Burlington?

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        1. Could be, hint: That's not the Golden Gate in the background.

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      5. My absolute favorite thing in Magic Kingdom is the Dole pineapple whip. It's pineapple soft serve and pineapple juice in a float, it is AMAZING.

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        1. Micky's played out, we'll tear into dozens of Dole fro'-yo's like a beaver on soft pine.

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      6. Whoo love the light!
        Beard - my husband dreams of doing the Ironman on his mountainbike with leather boots one day (He's done 8 'normal' ones). We have a laugh every year when watching the latest gear and gadgets :-)
        Him and a friend also did a mountainbike race one year with tiny campstove, sausages & beer in a backpack - stopped halfway for a quick barbeque, irritating the hell out of the serious riders, and proceeded to pass a lot of them again on the way down.
        Three weeks almost done, enjoy your trip with little one.

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        1. Dang, 8 Ironmans, he's a stud. A classic, backpack sausages and beer beating up on the hardcore riders. Fitness wins, off to a night trail ride!

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      7. I just ordered one of those $4k beasts...but carbon, not ti, and at a considerable discount. I'm sure you could still drop me, but I'd put up one helluva fight!

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        1. It had better have 14 cup holders for $4k. And a flip-down DVD player.

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        2. I totally agree! I NEVER would've imagined spending this much on a bike. Thankfully, I'm not paying anything near the $4k retail price or it wouldn't have even been an option.

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      8. Karin K7/09/2012

        Thanks for the update! Will miss the posts while you take a break, but very happy to know Pigtails will be home soon. When you dismantle that outfit, you can probably let her keep the scarf.

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        1. Yeah, a scarf on a 100 degree day seems a little insane.

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      9. I think that Costco often has sales on packs of 3-day admission to Universal and Disney so it may make sense to do some internet "research" for the best rate - especially since you're doing three days at the same family of parks. Sounds incredibly fun!

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        1. I checked the package you recommended, appears the 3-pack park pass needs to be bundled with lodging. If we hadn't already booked our beds, it would be a good deal!

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      10. I just got back from a weekend trip to Iowa; my mom was inducted into her high school sports hall of fame in Grundy Center, and I brought my family along for the ride-- and my kids got to experience the famous Felix Grundy Days festival that was going on. (It was a huge part of my childhood memories of visiting my grandparents in Iowa.) We had a great time, I tried my mom's breaded tenderloin, and we managed to survive without getting heat stroke. (We hit up two different pools in Grundy Center, plus one at our Iowa City hotel.) My husband and I both fell in love with Iowa and discussed how we could happily live there... Also, about Florida, I'll jump in to second your plans for St. Augustine. I went to Flagler College there in St. Augustine. It's a stunningly beautiful place, and if you like historic architecture, there's plenty of it. Local recommendations: the Columbia Restaurant, A1A Ale House, and Schmagel's Bagels are all good places to eat. Don't miss touring the old resort hotel that is now the women's dormitory. Too bad it wasn't air-conditioned during my college years! (It is now.)

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        1. 14 million acres of corn, lazy village carnivals and a bustling Iowa State Fair. Backyard BBQs, cold river tubing and family first, this place is a keeper. Congrats on your mom's hall of fame award, and glad you understand the state.

          You went to Flagler? That's pretty cool (or hot in your case), and on our list to stroll on our visit. Writing down your pub recommendations now, thanks for the tips, Annie!

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      11. Oh man Beard - pigtails away for the whole summer. Heart breaking for you. A little house for $85 a night sounds like a great deal.

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        1. Wonder mom with a fresh baby boy and no electricity and still kicking, good to hear from you Nessa.

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      12. My husband and I have used AirB&B twice now. Once for a quick, nearby get away and again on our recent honeymoon in Istanbul. We're big fans. It's the way to go. Enjoy and have fun!

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        1. Reviews of the joints we're staying at look solid, and the communication with the hosts through airBnB have been excellent, appears to be a winner so far. Istanbul, you lucky.

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      13. *Also. I can understand why a dad might not be a big fan of PT outfit but it's cute on her :)

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      14. Almost every day in Orlando there's a good chance of rain in the afternoon. It usually lasts less than an hour, and sometimes only 15 or 20 minutes, but it is intense!
        I suggest some low-cost hooded,fold-up type, rain ponchos. Don't wait to buy the expensive ones at the park. You can get them everywhere down here.

        Don't forget to see the Dolphin Nursery at Seaworld. There was a new baby born last week!

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      15. DSMama8/07/2012

        It's been a couple of weeks+!! Come back!!

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        1. Back next week, been busy. How was the ride?

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      16. her little outfit reminds me of many, many years ago when i worked part time at a party store, we'd see little girls come in w/ little short skirts, etc... a little too "tarted" up & one of my co-workers coined the phrase "prosti-tot". OMG we thought that was hilarious & obviously, a little sad. we'd say, "oh theres another prosti-tot". sadly one time from behind i said it about a little girl wearing a mini skirt & knee boots & a tight top. imagine my surprise when the little girl turned around & i saw that it was my niece! *sigh*

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        1. Prosti-tot, I laughed. Time to jam that outfit her mom gave her in the trash compactor.

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      17. Love the bulb. Can you get those anywhere?

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        1. Home Depot and other home improvements carry them.

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      18. Anonymous8/10/2012

        Is this blog kaput? It's been over a month since your last post...

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        1. No, sing the Have Patience song in the meantime.

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      19. Anonymous8/10/2012

        I really don't mean this in a critical way, but since you're so outspoken on the blog about feeling a woman should stay home and other traditional thoughts, I am curious...It seems from your ex's outfit for your daughter that the ex's values are very different from yours. Did you not know this when you got married?

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        1. I made a poor choice back in the day.

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      20. The keys are my favorite place in the US. Siesta key is such a wonderful place! Fun adventures for you two! Wonderful DIY, you have great taste.

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        1. 3 of us, Curls joined in the fun. Siesta Key was nice, but wasn't our favorite due to heavy crowds. Spotted a 70 year-old in Speedos and a bikini-clad baby parked it next to us. Lido wins.

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