Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Is it really only Tuesday? Time has a way of moving in slow motion when the kids have a FIVE DAY weekend. Five! Friday was a teacher in-service day and I don't even know what the excuse was yesterday and today. Suffice it to say, we've experienced more than our share of togetherness. I had great plans for using Monday as a work day and Tuesday as a play day. Then, Monday went to hell in a hand basket when both the computer AND the refrigerator pooped out on me. I was delighted to be able to have the fridge fixed for only $270 -- honest, I was afraid we would have to buy a new one -- and the computer was 'only' a couple hundred. I've never been so relieved to spend $500. In between all of this hulabaloo, I managed to paint Luke's room, take the puppy in for his final shots and set an appointment for his "big boy operation" next week, do some grocery shopping, and do six loads of laundry. By 1:00 this afternoon, the kids and I were sick of the house and sick of each other. I left for an hour to meet my friend for coffee, Luke went to play baseball with a friend, and Emily went to a neighbor's house to bake cookies. (Luke said she came home at one point to pick up "a few ingredients and things they needed. Imagine my surprise when she and the neighbor girl came walking up the street later in the afternoon hauling sacks of flour, chocolate chips, brown sugar AND my Kitchen Aid mixer! I almost died. It must weigh 20 lbs and I could see myself adding "mixer" to the repair list.) After supper this evening, Em and I took the two dogs for a walk in the open space across the street from our house. It was a beautiful evening and we got a treat when some pelicans flew over head and landed on the pond nearby. Then, we spotted a red-tailed hawk in the tree behind our house. It was a perfect way to end the day.