Friday, June 15, 2012

Friday Mishmash

The winner of the Sweaty Band is:

Debsdailylife!!!

Congratulations!!  Email me (40somethingsjourney@gmail.com) your full name and mailing address, and I'll get that super-cute headband in the mail to you!

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Dear kale in my refrigerator,
Please bake yourself into chips.
Thanks,
Lazy Shelley

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I try not to overshare here on my blog, but this is too weird...my lips turn orange after I eat watermelon.  How strange, right?!?  It happens every single time...and considering my addiction to watermelon, I go around with orange lips quite often.  I accidentally got pictures when I was taking shots of my Sweaty Band - the one I chose for that post has me turned so the odd lip color (hopefully) wasn't very noticeable, but here's a more full on shot:
Yeah, no make up and orange lips...lovely.  Typical look (well, not the lip color) when I'm not going anywhere.

Seriously, how weird is this?  Anybody else get this reaction to watermelon?  Bizarre, right?

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This is my normal view outside of my office window:
 
And this is my view on squirrel:
Baby squirrel, that is!  This little guy was so cute...he stayed in the V of the big tree all afternoon - I watched him play, nap and even eat some ants.  
 The next day baby squirrel got adventurous and was wandering around on the ground.  Sweet!

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My neighbors across the street recently added some plants to their front yard, and every morning I've looked out my front window to see enormous blooms on their hibiscus plant - the first day, in fact, they were so big that I wondered if they'd stuck in some fake flowers (don't laugh, I've seen people do this around here!).  I walked over to investigate - nope, they were real, and the size of dinner plates!  The only bummer is that as spectacular as they are, they don't even last a full day - by late afternoon, the blooms are wilted and done-for.
 Left: today's bloom; right: yesterday's bloom...all gone!
This plant is great fun to look at every morning and see the new blooms!

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This is what I found when I opened up a new box of Larabar minis last Saturday... 

I emailed Larabar to let them know about the puffy state of the cashew cookie bars, and a couple of days later they responded that yeast had inadvertently gotten in the product - interesting!  While they said it wasn't harmful, the flavor of the bar would be off and they don't recommend eating the bar for quality reasons.  Not a problem there.  They are sending me some coupons to replace the bad bars (bad bars! go to your room!), and I appreciate them making good on this.

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Another 5 mile run is on tap tomorrow - Jeff and our younger son Max are leaving on a week-long canoe trip that morning, so Julia is going to run with me.  Last one before running club starts back up - yay!

Have a great weekend!

18 comments:

  1. The orange lips just look like you have lipstick on. I say schmear on some clear lip gloss and go with it!

    OH! OH! OH! The hibiscus are GORGEOUS. I love hibiscus.

    Did you see the GRILLED kale recipe I pinned? Looks like you don't even rip it up into pieces, just grill the whole leaf. Maybe try that.

    Have fun on your run with Julia. You guys gonna wear your matching purple hats?

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    1. Except that orange lipstick really isn't my color at all, lol...I think that's why I get a shock when I see it - so different on me!

      I'll go check out the grilled kale - sounds intriguing!

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  2. Now I'm gonna have to look in the mirror after eating watermelon! I don't know what it does to me.

    Baby squirrel is too cute. And hibiscus out front--you've got a great view every way you look! I didn't know that about hibiscus. Like the daylily of Hawaii, I guess.

    You go on your running! I hope I'll stick to my declaration to walk 5 miles tomorrow. Right now I'm not feeling it.

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    1. You are going to feel so accomplished after you do your 5 mile walk tomorrow - DO IT DO IT DO IT!!! :)

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    2. We all know Shelley is the boss so what Shelley said!

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  3. Baby squirrel = cuteness!!!

    The lip thing is interesting. I do have to say that you look fresh and summery in that picture, though.

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    1. Thanks! I'm so pale (and faded, thank you aging process) that I need a bit of make up to look "alive" but when I'm just hanging at home, I don't bother.

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  4. Have a great weekend. So,I guess it's cold cereal for dinner all week next week with Jeff out of town? Enjoy! That lip thing is weird, I am going to pay attention to mine next time I indulge :)

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    1. Jeff travels pretty much every week now so I've had to get better about my dinners...otherwise I'd probably have rickets by now, lol!

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  5. Wow - they really are orange. You are a mysterious woman! Loved this whole post - lots of things to brighten my day! Have a great w/e.

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  6. I'll be running with you tomorrow morning from the ATL!

    Coral lips are really in right now...you're just always fashionable aren't you?? :)

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  7. Good for Larabar. I like it when companies do the right thing.
    Gu at 2.5 tomorrow?

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  8. ha! If you didn't say it changed your lip color I would have thought it was lipstick!

    Have a good weekend!

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  9. It's a nice color lipstick if you ask me - very summery! I have no idea why that would happen. But you just reminded me that I have a watermelon on my downstairs fridge I need to slice up!

    Good luck on your run tomorrow - I am going to they gym after work tonight to squeeze in a 5k before I pick up Chinese for dinner - kind of a wash, but its all good!

    Have a great weekend!

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  10. That Larabar looks a little scary - glad you're getting new ones :)

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  11. The orange lips are very interesting, maybe you have some kind of enzyme that reacts with something in watermelon. I've never heard that before, but it's kind of cool.

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