9-4-14 and 9-5-14

Have you seen Patrick the world’s oldest and largest wombat? Well now you have. Your welcome! Creepy or cute? I’m camp creepy.

Patrick the giant Wombat
Patrick the giant Wombat

On Sunday, Carlos and I hit up a spot I’ve wanted to hike for ages. These our photos from our hike at Purgatory Chasm in Sutton, MA. It was about an hour away from where we live. The rocks in the chasm are like a little boy’s dream playground. We had a blast climbing rocks and hiding in the crevices. We even found a geocache on one of the trails above the chasm. At the entrance of the park is a really nice playground for the kids.

Yesterday I went for a nice run after bringing Carlos to school. I finally turned on my Map My Run app to track my mileage for the first time in ages. I’m running in a new area and wanted to have an idea of how far some of the routes are that I’ve been running. I was pleasantly surprised with my pace. It’s not quite as slow as I feel. So that was great!

Then I hit up my favorite Vinyasa yoga class. There were only 3 of us. I love the instructor. I move along at my own pace and just keep trying to improve on my poses. Savasana is hands down my favorite part! I swear it’s the best rest I get some days. I always feel like it’s been hours when in reality it’s really only 5-8 minutes.

After yoga it was time for a delicious almond milk latte at my favorite local cafee, a pedicure and girl talk with my friend Mary. This happened…

Blue sparkly pedi
Blue sparkly pedi

I’m usually much more of a plain Jane pink toenail polish kind of a girl, but I decided to go into fall with a bang.

In the afternoon Carlos and I had an impromptu mom and son date starting with our town’s Farmer’s Market. After tasting these we bought two seasoning sauces from locally based Tortured Orchard. They are amazing. Carlos had the Sweet Apple Blush on his waffle this morning.

Tortured Orchards
Locally made Lemon Ginger Twist and Sweet Apple Blush seasoning sauces

After the Farmer’s Market we had a bite to eat at Autentica Mexican Food. A veggie burrito for me, one to go for Orlando and kids quesadillas for him. We ran into friends from swimming lessons, chatted away with them, ate and then popped into the Odyssey Bookstore next door. I could look at books all day. I asked the woman who was working what her favorite books have been recently and she told me about two of her favorites, “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman and “The Dog Stars” by Peter Heller. I’m reading Harry Potter 2 as I mentioned and my friend Mary just gave me the book “If I Stay” by Gayle Forman. So many books, not enough time!

I received a fun delivery in the mail yesterday. We got our concert tickets for Angelique Kidjo.

Angelique Kidjo Tickets
Angelique Kidjo Tickets

It will be Carlos’ first real concert. We are excited to expose him to an amazing African artist, Angelique Kidjo from Benin in West Africa. If you’ve never heard of her you might have heard her voice as she has collaborated with Dave Matthews and Carlos Santana.

Iwoya, Angelique Kidjo and Dave Matthews

Adouma, Angelique Kidjo and Carlos Santana

We’ve seen her once before and she is incredible. In October she is coming to UMass Amherst and the day before she will be participating in a talk at Mount Holyoke College which is in my town. The talk is being moderated by my friend’s husband who is a music professor at Mount Holyoke. I am really looking forward to both events.

After working 8 nights in a row I was appropriately exhausted by last night. Carlos and I read together in his bed for a little bit. He was reading his new Jedi Academy book from our trip to the Odyssey. He lives, sleeps, eats and breathes Star Wars. I am reading Harry Potter 2. Carlos and I are reading the series together and he is much further along so I’m trying to catch up.

What are you reading?

6 thoughts on “9-4-14 and 9-5-14

  1. “So many books, not enough time!” You said it! I’m in the middle of about half a dozen at any given moment, and about 25 more on or in my nightstand.

  2. Wow, you two have been doing a lot of fun stuff lately!!! I think the singer’s talk and concert sound fabulous. And the anticipation until all of it happens will be so fun too. 🙂

  3. I used to be such an avid book reader – like when I was a kid it wasn’t unusual for me to lay on my bed all weekend and get lost in the books – my Mom would check in on me and ask if I was okay, and I said “yep! just reading!” I can’t even remember the last time I read a book from beginning to end. I need to change that!

    Looks like lots of fun with Carlos – he’s getting so big! Thanks for introducing that artist to me, I’d never heard of her before.

  4. Aimee you certainly do get a lot done on your days off! I’ll have to try that restaurant, it sounds good…Mexican is my favorite! And that place for hiking looks like fun…we have a vacation coming up in a few weeks, so maybe we’ll go!

  5. I love how you expose Carlos to so many amazing cultural events. He’s getting so many fantastic childhood memories that will really shape him into an amazing person. Kinda like his mom, Amazing Aimee!!

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