Black Boots in Atlanta

I finally got a second to sit down!  I am dressed for dinner tonight so I have on my favorite black boots.

This morning I got up at 3:30 and went to the airport to catch a flight to Atlanta.  (Note- I was STARVING at by 10:30 for lunch.)

I am at a blogging conference in Atlanta with about 200 of my closest friends (and a few people I have not met).

I am picking up lots of ideas for my site from lots of smart people and hope to get many more.  I will be here until Saturday afternoon so posts might be a little sparse but the deals will still keep coming!

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Frugal Weekend Activities In Hampton Roads 9/29 – 9/30

If you are local and think there is nothing to do in Hampton Roads- think again!  Our area is full of great stuff to do this weekend- and most of it FREE!

Looking for more fun?  Check out the My Active Child Activity Calendar!

Saturday

9am-11pm North American Sandsculpting Championship ($3 adults, kids under 12 are FREE) at 4th-10th Streets, Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA
10am Suffolk Peanut Fest Parade in Downtown Suffolk, VA
10am-4pm Hampton Roads Sustainable Living Expo at Virginia Beach Convention Center Virginia Beach, VA 23451
10am-11pm Boardwalk Weekend at 2nd-36th Streets, Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA
10am-4pm Alpaca Open House at Endless Alpacas! Endless Farms Alpacas 483 Red Oak Dr, Elberon, Virginia 23846
11:30am Neptune’s Grand Parade 16th – 32nd Streets, Virginia Beach Oceanfront
12-3pm Fall Fishing Event at Bass Pro Shop 1972 Power Plant Pkwy Hampton, VA 23666
12-6pm 2nd Annual Homegrown Local Zone Festival at Five Points Farm Market 2500 Church St. Norfolk VA 23504
2-4pm Family Fall Festival at Chesapeake Central Library 298 Cedar Road Chesapeake, VA 23322
9pm Fireworks Extravaganza at 14th Street Pier, Virginia Beach VA

Sunday

9am-9pm North American Sandsculpting Championship ($3 adults, kids under 12 are FREE) at 4th-10th Streets, Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA
10am-6pm Boardwalk Weekend at 2nd-36th Streets, Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA
10am-4pm Alpaca Open House at Endless Alpacas! Endless Farms Alpacas 483 Red Oak Dr, Elberon, Virginia 23846
12-3pm Fall Fishing Event at Bass Pro Shop 1972 Power Plant Pkwy Hampton, VA 23666
12-6pm 2nd Annual Homegrown Local Zone Festival at Five Points Farm Market 2500 Church St. Norfolk VA 23504
2-6pm Cultural Explosion: Celebrating the Hispanic Culture at Bay Oaks Park (4th View Street), Norfolk VA
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I Could Not Take It Anymore

I sit.  Alot.  Too much.

This week especially.  In shows, during coupon tutoring, watching television, in church and while in conversation with friends.

So adding 6 – 10 hours a day sitting at my desk was just too much.

I could literally feel my rear end spreading out in spite of my time at the gym.  There are not enough squats in the world to undo it.

Additionally more and more bloggers have been sending me articles about the dangers of sitting so many hours a day- even if you do work out on a regular basis.

So today I decided I was going to do it- jerry-rig my desk and turn it into a standing desk.

I didn’t want to spend any money so for right now I just used items I have around my house (doesn’t the paper box just look so professional?!).  If this turns out to be a good solution I might come up with something a little less tacky looking!

Do any of you have a standing desk or just feel like you are going nuts at your desk?

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Frugal Weekend Activities in Hampton Roads 9/8 – 9/9

If you are local and think there is nothing to do in Hampton Roads- think again!  Our area is full of great stuff to do this weekend- and most of it FREE!

Looking for more fun?  Check out the My Active Child Activity Calendar!

Saturday, September 8, 2012
  • 9:30am Shriners Parade at Atlantic Avenue from 17th Street to 29th Street, Virginia Beach VA
  • 10am-5pm Artisans in the Park at Great Neck Park 2516 Shorehaven Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23454
  • 10am-5pm THEN & NOW Portsmouth at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum 2 High Street on the Portsmouth VA Waterfront
  • 10:30am-4:30pm Gymnastics Event at Peninsula Town Center 5100 Kilgore Ave, Hampton, VA 23666
  • 2pm Zootime at Barnes & Noble Greenbrier 1212 Greenbrier Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA 23320
Sunday, September 9, 2012
  • 10am-4pm Artisans in the Park at Great Neck Park 2516 Shorehaven Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23454
  • 2:30-4:30pm Learn to Play Chess! at Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library 111 W. Ocean View Avenue Norfolk, VA 23503
Grandparents Day is Sunday, September 9th! For a list of local specials/events click HERE.
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Farmers Market Trip 7/21


This Saturday I had the luxury of being able to head to the Farmers Market and browse a bit!

I am lucky that my city has a Farmer’s Market only 5 minutes from my house.

Last weekend my mom went and got the most amazing ice box watermelon I have ever tasted so I wanted to grab one this week.

And the produce from the Farmer’s Market is usually fresher so it doesn’t go bad as quickly as the stuff from the grocery store (which you have to consider when you are cooking for one person).

This morning I took some pictures of the great produce and the prices so you see what’s usually available!  This trip in addition to what I show they had butter beans, tomatoes, egg plant, plums, peaches and SO much more!

 

Seeded Watermelon $7- They were HUGE


There is usually a good turn out when I am there.  This is one of the typical stands with produce on it.

This is the one I go to but you probably have one near you too!

There is usually a wide variety to pick from – although remember it has to be the right season for the stuff you want!

The ice box melons- I bought one!

The very top picture shows you what I bought today:
2 cucumbers $1 for both
1 green pepper $.50
2 ears of corn $.50 for both (I split this with my mom though- if I just bought two it would have been $.66)
1 ice box melon $3

So I spent $6 this morning.  The market is also on Wednesday mornings so if the watermelon is REALLY good I may be making a trip back!

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Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities


Each week Charlotte at My Active Child finds the best frugal events for you and your family in Hampton Roads.  Here is what you can expect this weekend:

Saturday

  • 11am-1pm Dinosaur Party at Pembroke Mall 4554 Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 23462
  • 11am-1pm Teddy Bear Tea Party ($2 per person, reservation required) at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center 2410 Wickham Avenue Newport News, VA 23607
  • 1-3pm Wreck a T-shirt! (call to register) at Bayside & Special Services Library 936 Independence Boulevard Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • 8:30-10:30pm Cinema Under The Stars at TowneBank Fountain Park within Town Point Park Waterside Drive Norfolk, VA 23510
Sunday
  • 7am FREE Bird Walks at Newport News Park – Discovery Center, 13560 Jefferson Avenue Newport News, VA 23603
  • 2-4pm Celebrate Wind Day at First Landing Park- Trail Center- 2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Looking for more fun?  Check out the My Active Child Activity Calendar!

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It Was The Biggest Bug Ever


In spite of being the tiredest human being on the planet this morning I was excited to get to WVEC and do “Weekends With Joe and Julie.”

I get to the studio, we finish up with SPCA Sunday and the staff begs me to sing a little bit for them.  After a rousing rendition of “Tomorrow” (quite possibly the most obnoxious Broadway song EVER) I settle back in my chair to attempt to stay awake before I am on camera.

Julie is to my left in the pod doing the weather forecast and is excited because it’s not going to be 150 degrees for the rest of the week.  As she is speaking out the corner of my eye I see a bug flying around the lights.

Now let me be clear- this was a BUG.  Not a gnat or a mosquito- it was about the size of those big bumblebees you see.  And it’s flying around bumping into the lights.  And every time it bumps you can hear it.  Buzz-buzz-buzz- bump.  And I know she is going to see it and she is going to FREAK OUT.

Thankfully Julie does not see the bug until the pictures are up on the screen.  So what the viewers saw was a chart with the weather for the week while listening to Julie calmly explain the weather patterns.  What I saw was Julie calmly explaining the weather patterns as she ducks around the studio with her eyes wildly searching for the bug and her hands are flying around (this is what a professional can do on the air).  She practically jumps the counter and heads to the far corner of the studio.

The moment she finishes talking she flees the studio.  By now the camera guy, teleprompter operator and Joe Flanagan (the anchor) have seen the bug.  Unfortunately this is not when we cut to commercial- it’s now cutting to the longest bank of stories in the broadcast.  So while Joe VERY calmly reports a murder-suicide, the traffic at the beach, a bridge closing and about the free water stations in town we are now all watching the bug.

Kwame (the camera operator) begins chasing the thing around the studio with the paddles we use to keep time.  He is trying to swat it without hitting any equipment, run in front of the camera or distract Joe too much who is still having to calmly and respectfully talk.  Joe is RIGHT on the edge of losing it and having to concentrate so hard with the gymnastics going on around him.  (If only I had my iPhone to record this).  If Kwame went to London he would take home the gold for his floor routine this morning.

Finally for some reason the bug decides to land on the ground right by Julie’s desk.

Now I have to decide what to do.  I am NOT a bug squisher and this is a BIG bug with an exo-skeleton.  Usually I am a “save the bug take it outside person.”  However Joe is barely maintaining his composure and Julie will be doing the weather in the hall if this isn’t taken care of.  So I jump up from my chair and “crunch”… step on the bug and try to kill it mercifully.

We finally break for commercial and everyone in the room dies laughing.  The poor guys in the sound booth hear us all talking at once and can’t figure out what is going on.  I get a high five from Kwame and Julie clasps my hand with gratitude.  Moments later we go live on the air to talk about free Slurpees and free Chick-fil-A.

So now along with coupon queen and singer I can add bug killer to list of uses at WVEC.

Another great rescue from A Frugal Chick!

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