Random Thoughts of a Handy Girl

Every so often, I’m at a loss for words. It doesn’t happen often (ask Pretty Handsome Guy). But, this week, I’ve been project dry. Too many other commitments I guess.

However, I have had a few non-DIY things that I’ve been meaning to share. So, I put together a little lite post just for those random thoughts.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Pretty Handsome Guy surprised me by making Sweet Potato Pancakes drizzled with my favorite chocolate from Escazú (our local chocolatier) and with chocolate dipped strawberries on the side. He REALLY knows the way to my heart.

I’ve been preparing for a sprint triathlon that will happen (with or without me) in two weeks. It is the Ramblin’ Rose, a women’s empowerment triathlon. This will be my third year participating in a sprint tri (notice how I said participate, because I sign up to complete not compete!)

2010 Ramblin' Rose Triathlon, Raleigh, NC

I’m a bit tentative about it this year because that sinus infection, plus lots of travel, have put a dent in my training regime. The good news is that I completed the bike/run portion on Mother’s Day so I’m feeling a little more confident. I’m not worried about the swim, I have become a good swimmer over the past three years. This is a direct result of training for my first triathlon in 2009. Believe me when I tell you I had never swum a lap in my life! Now I can swim for an hour and I LOVE IT!

Let’s see, what else did I want to share…oh right…two new iPhone apps I like.

Pinterest for iPhone! I seriously jumped out of my chair when I saw the announcement about this app.

Finally a Pinterest app so I can add “pins” while I’m browsing on my phone. Love it.

And if you know about Angry Birds (and simultaneously love and hate them as much as I do), you will appreciate this new children’s book that can be read to or read by your kids on your iPhone (or iPad).

Otto the Otter by Ian Mehr. This is a great little story about an otter who can’t swim. It is currently Free for download, but I suspect it will cost something in the near future. Considering I spent $2.99 on several Cat in the Hat book apps, this was a steal! I’m all about giving my boys something educational to occupy them instead of an extremely addictive video game.

Speaking of great ideas for the kids. I also wanted to tell you about Synonym Toast, a great new CD by Jeff Warren.

The CD is not your traditional kiddie music. I actually don’t mind listening to it because – well frankly – it ROCKS!. My boys can’t get enough of it. They have listened to this CD over 20 times each. My oldest’s favorite song is Rocket. I wonder if it has anything to do with the time we did THIS!

Hmm, searching my memory banks, please wait…ahhh yes, the last thing I wanted to share with you is that I had a fabulous weekend in my favorite town in America: Charlottesville, Va. We spent time with friends, went on a hike in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and most importantly I was able to purchase this:

That is a Mocha with Whip from my favorite coffee shop on the downtown mall, the Mudhouse. Oh, real chocolate shavings on my coffee, how I do miss thee! Okay, I’m drooling and now you know I truly am a Chocoholic. I even have a shirt that says: “Forget Love, I’d Rather Fall in Chocolate!”

I’m signing off now (as it seems this post has come full circle back to chocolate), but I hope to be back with a tutorial or two later in the week.

15 replies
  1. Alice
    Alice says:

    I am so proud of you for undertaking this challenge. I know you will do well. It is awesome to finish and not worry about competing for placement in my opinion. We’re all behind our own Ramblin Rose participant to cheer you on. You go girl. Let us know how it goes and congrats on your courage to enter.

  2. Misty
    Misty says:

    I love the attitude to complete the triathlon, not compete! Good luck with that adventure!

    It’s awesome to find kid’s songs that are adult-friendly since so many of them aren’t.

    The Pinterest app is easily going to become one of my most well-used apps. 🙂

  3. Marianne@Songbird
    Marianne@Songbird says:

    Hihi, love these rambling posts. A woman can’t be productive all the time!
    Seriously impressed by your thriathlon adventure. I can’t even get myself to start running again.
    And those pancakes look realy yummy!!!

  4. HudsonHero
    HudsonHero says:

    Good luck on the tri! I did my first tri in ’09 too (Danskin and Trek have rock’in women-only triathlons) This is the first summer I don’t have any scheduled. Post pictures!

  5. Paige
    Paige says:

    A triathlon! Look at you go. And thanks for the tip about Pinterest coming to the iPhone! I’m upgrading in a couple of weeks and I’ll be sure to download that one.

  6. Jody
    Jody says:

    Way to go on the sprint tri! I did one in 2005 and have been itchin’ to do another one ever since. I’m sure you’ll do great! And thanks for the tip on the kids’ music – I’m off to preview that CD.


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