It's just me, pushing buttons, turning knobs and dials, and flailing my arms about, trying to get this show on the road and attempting to fool everyone that I have it all together. As my family knows, I tend to create a lot of noise and steam and smoke when I get like this. They're not fooled a bit.
Tomorrow, we leave for a 10-day trip, and not only am I getting my family of five vacation-ready, I'm also getting the house ready for a housesitter. I've never had a housesitter before. In fact, we hardly ever have overnight company. Our families all live within a few hours drive from here and since we don't have a guest room, we rarely get more than an overnight stay from anyone. So now. . . the idea of someone living in my house for 10 days. . . suddenly all the things I've put off are glaring at me, smirking at me, putting out their tongues at me. Grimey floors, unweeded gardens, piles of ironing, sticky fridge. It's too late for a complete makeover, but I do want the place to look presentable. It would be nice to work a bit of magic and get it all in shape. But, for now, scrubbing the bathrooms and giving the rest a cat-lick and a promise with have to suffice.
In twelve hours we'll be on our way to Lake Powell, Utah, where we'll spend the week with my brother and his family. My kids will get to play water sports and I'll get to relax and enjoy the sun and exert myself just enough to dig through my bag for the next book to read. Then we're going to California for a few days to surprise Dan's sister for her birthday. It will be a long drive, but I caved into family pressure and we have a double-screen DVD player for the car. I drew the line at the video games. I told them if I had my way, we would be listening to Great Expectations on audio tape, and to be happy with the DVD player. As it is, they will be much more content watching movies and between trading driving with Dan, I will be knitting away in hopes of getting the other sock finished for a pair.
Looking forward to catching up with you all when I get back!