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Cleveland Adventure, Part 3: Zoo, Friends, Pedicures & Pizzazz August 14, 2008

Filed under: Family,Friends,Kids,Photography,Wii — travit @ 10:31 am
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While in Cleveland I made it a priority to visit with some friends old and new.  On Thursday, Carson, Riley and I went to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo to meet up with an online friend of mine and her two boys.  We had such a great day, hanging out, chatting, being exposed to copious amounts of monkey genitalia.  You know, zoo stuff.  The kids all got along great and had a wonderful time exploring and learning about the animals together.

Carson’s favorite part was the Animal care center where they have glass windows and he was able to watch a veterinarian and his staff preform some basic procedures on a small animal.  He was fascinated and still is talking about how cool that it was to watch the doctor work.

Lounging Leopard

Lounging Leopard

Lunchtime for Tortoise

Lunchtime for Tortoise

Inside the butterfly garden.

Inside the butterfly garden.

I almost walked right into the branch that this guy was sitting on.

I almost walked right into the branch that this guy was sitting on.

Anyone know what these are?  They were hanging from a tree and I thought they were so cool.

Anyone know what these are? They were hanging from a tree and I thought they were so cool.

Riley the roo

Riley the roo

After the zoo I dropped the kids off with my mom for dinner at Red Robin and I headed off to Mayfield to see Lisa, Corey and Lisa’s mom.  While at their house I got to play Guns & Roses Pinball, a Japanese Speed Racer slot machine and Rock Band for Wii.  It was a blast, I did suck ass at the drumming portion of Rock Band but had fun none the less.

Lisa and I then headed off to get pedicures at a nail place near her home.  We both chose the same color nail polish which when applied was much brighter than anticipated.  I ended up with Smurf Toes.  That’s okay because the pedicure itself was relaxing and it was wonderful to be able to sit and talk to Lisa and not have to worry about anything else while getting pampered.

No trip to Mayfield would be complete with a trip to Pizzazz Pizza and getting a salad and a chicken and vegetable calzone.  We met back with Corey and had a fantastic dinner.  I have been ordering the same thing at Pizzazz for almost 20 years and it is just as fantastic as ever.  Their calzone crust is like nothing I’ve been able to find or replicate myself.  It is garlicky and wonderful.  The only thing that has changed is that they no longer have bleu cheese crumbles available for the salad.  In addition to great food, we had fun laughing, talking and catching up.

That day Lisa and Corey just found out that they are going to be having a baby boy and it was wonderful to get to share in a bit of their excitement.  They are so cute, so loving and so excited.  I couldn’t be more happy for them.


Wii Fit – Day 7 May 27, 2008

Filed under: Me,Wii,Wii Fit — travit @ 4:20 pm

Down another 3.3 lbs.  I’m still having fun with it.  I’ve unlocked the free step and I can actually watch something else while keeping rhythm with the sound coming through the Wiimote. 

I haven’t done my workout today but plan to do it once the kids are in bed tonight.  Carson came home sick from school this morning and it threw my entire routine off. 

Only one more week of school.  How long until summer is over??


Wii Fit – Day 3 May 23, 2008

Filed under: Me,Wii,Wii Fit — travit @ 9:57 am

Official weight loss over two days so far is 1.1 lbs.  Still have a long, long way to go.

Did a 45 minute workout today.  I really hope no one is looking in my windows while I am doing the Super Hula Hoop game because I must look like a crazy person gyrating wildly in my living room.  I am seeing a lot of improvement already in my flexibility and balance.  My balance is so bad that anything is an improvement.

I unlocked a new aerobics game today called Rhythm Boxing.  It is fun and a great workout.  It’s sort of a cross between Dance Dance Revolution and Wii Boxing.  I can tell that is going to be one of my favorite activities.


Wii Fit – Day 2 May 22, 2008

Filed under: Me,Wii,Wii Fit — travit @ 11:32 am

I lost 1.5 lbs since yesterday.  I weighed after lunch yesterday and on an empty stomach today so that could be making the difference.  I will weigh in the morning tomorrow.

Worked out this morning for 30 minutes.  12 minutes of yoga with the rest divided among strength training and aerobics.  I hope to do another 30 minutes later on today.  I did see that my balance improved somewhat since yesterday, I was much more stable and focused on the yoga positions this time around.



Let’s Get Physical May 21, 2008

Filed under: Excercise,Kids,Me,Wii,Wii Fit — travit @ 2:22 pm

Wii Fit is the coolest thing ever.  I just finished my first Wii workout and it was so much fun.  It comes with a balance board that monitors your activity throughout the different exercises and mini games.  There is yoga, strength training, aerobics and balance games.  It calculates your BMI and tracks your progress over time.  I worked out for 26 minutes including a little jog through the animated countryside and I feel great.  I have horrible balance but have always wanted to try Yoga.  This allowed me to try today without humiliating myself in a real yoga class.  I am going to try and do this every day.  Wish me luck!

Riley is playing a hula hoop game on it right now.  I love that it has activities the whole family can enjoy while they are getting up and moving.

If you don’t know what Wii Fit is I found this trailer on YouTube that shows it pretty well.