Take Me Out to the Ball Game

My mom and her boyfriend Marty came to Atlanta this past weekend and we all went to see a Braves game.  It was Alexander’s first.

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If you go to guest services at Turner Field and tell them it’s your kids first game, you get a little certificate.  And now you know.  Anyway, we had to get Alexander some gear.

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Thanks Target.

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We had awesome seats right near third base.  That’s about as technical as I can get.

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The game itself wasn’t the most interesting.  I don’t think the Braves even scored until the 8th inning or so.  And the Mets won.

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A little too much fun.

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He might have stayed up way too late and cried the entire time we were trying to get out of the parking lot to drive home, but it was worth it.

That Time a Tree Fell on My House

Yesterday morning, I was sitting on the couch.  Jason and Alexander were asleep and I think I was going to do some online shopping or something, when we heard this very loud noise.

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We have a very wooded backyard that I’ve always been a bit scared of.  And, as it turns out, for good reason.  It wasn’t even really raining, but it had been and I guess the ground got too saturated and this particular LARGE tree had bad roots and just couldn’t hold itself up.  So it decided to fall into my deck and house.

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Fortunately, no one was hurt.  That’s the most important part.  And also, it really fell on the very corner of the house.

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The only room that was damaged was our sunroom.  It’s a room that we don’t really use much, aside from working out and going onto the deck.

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But even though it could have been much worse, there’s still a good amount of damage.  The deck (which Jason built last summer), the sliding glass door, the fence, the gutters and part of the wall of the house are all going to need to be replaced.  It also knocked out our power line.  Fortunately, after the tree company came and removed the tree, Georgia Power was able to restore power.  Insurance would have paid for a hotel, but with a baby and a dog, I’d much rather stay at home.

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Not what I had planned for my Saturday, but like I said, it could have been way worse, so we’re very lucky.  And hey, we’ll get new gutters out of it.

Cool Air

I haven’t been more excited for a Monday since, like, ever.  Before you think I’m completely crazy, it’s for one reason and one reason only:  air conditioning.  When I think about all my first-time homebuyer mistakes, buying a house with a nearly 30-year old AC is probably near the top.  (And that the roof is also that old, but knock on wood, it’s still okay.)  So our air conditioner went kaput two weeks ago and they are finally fixing it tomorrow.  I mean, it could have been worse.  We were on vacation for the entire week.  But still.  I live in Georgia.  With a baby.  And a hairy dog.

So I had to go back to work and catch up on 500 emails because I had all last week off and then I went to the gym at lunch but realized that I forgot pants in my workout bag so I left.  And I might have eaten way too many mini hershey bars.  But when I got home, there was cool air.  Sweet cool air.  Air that didn’t get thick and wet when I cooked.

So a few weeks ago, I bought this el cheapo spiralizer.  It works but you get a lot of the vegetable that’s un-spiralizable.  This was not that part.

Zucchini noodles

I turned this zucchini into Vegetarian Noodle Pad Thai. Not the prettiest dish, but really, really good.  I omitted the peanuts and added some Gardein fake chicken instead.  A better use of calories, if you ask me.

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And now, if you excuse me, I’m going to lay under the covers and not sweat to death.

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