Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Schoooools Out For Summmmah!

Today, we hosted our 6th annual Last Day of School Slip 'n' Slide party. Lots of kids came, lots of chips and soda were consumed, lots of water balloons were thrown, lots of laughter could be heard, and no one got hurt.

Success!





















And, what a great start to what I am hoping is an awesome summer.

Monday, May 23, 2016

I'm Gonna Need Some Time to Recover From My Weekend

No, not like THAT. I didn't tie one on or anything, I just busted up my old body by spending twelve hours ripping bindweed from my flowerbeds. It was exhausting and demoralizing; at one point, as I gazed over what I had accomplished and then focused on how much more I had to do, I seriously wanted to cry. I felt like Sisyphus, pushing that boulder up the mountain, just to have it roll right back down, again.

But! I got it done, and, after a nice hot soak in a bath filled with Epsom salts, I am almost able to move today without experiencing labor-induced Tourette's Syndrome. Almost.

Other than tearing weeds from the soil, I had a decent weekend. The weather was nice enough to enjoy being outside, and, Friday night, after I finished photographing the 8th Grade continuation kiddos, I went to Jana's to join Hugh and the kids at a bonfire celebrating Darren's birthday. It was a nice relaxing way to end the day, and, I got to catch up with Jana Bobana and with Carmen, whom I haven't really seen since we all went to the lake for Labor Day. Kaley is also home from college, so we got to see her as well, and my kids were together, which is always a plus.



Saturday, I got up early to get a jump-start on the chores that I needed to do before tackling the flowerbeds, including printing some of the pictures from Continuation. They turned out great, and, I am now a couple hundred dollars closer to my savings goal.



Then, as I said earlier, I spent the rest of the weekend on my knees in the dirt. Today, I am drinking my morning coffee while gazing across the porch at those flowerbeds, and, the pain was totally worth the end result.

You know, until the weeds grow back.

Friday, May 20, 2016

File Under: The Sacrifices We Make For Our Kids

Tonight, I have my first paying gig. No, I'm not playing tambourine in a band, although, I used to wish I was Tracey Partridge, because she got to play tambourine in the family band, but, that is neither here, nor there.

My paying gig is as a photographer.

That's right; I have sold out.

I said I would never do it, but, mama's got bills to pay.

And, by bills, I mean that I am saving for a trip to Hawaii next Spring Break, because; the Man-Cub has it in his head that he wants to go to college in Hawaii, to study to be a marine biologist. Yes, my totally land-locked, mountain-loving, skiing freak of a son wants to make a career out of the ocean.

Insert shocked face emoji, here.

Anyhoo, I am totally supportive of my child and, I want him to have a chance to visit the college that he hopes to eventually attend (after two years in-state to get his general requirements done, because, while he has a dream, he is also a planner and he realizes that this is the most cost-effective way to get the job done. What can I say? I have raised a couple of really intelligent kids, despite myself), so; I am prostituting my photographic skills for the next year or so to pay for a trip.

Tonight: 8th grade continuation.

Tomorrow? Senior pictures, family pictures, you-name-it, I guess I'm doing it.

I know he'll appreciate it, because I also somehow managed to raise kind and grateful kids, and, you can't put a price on that.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Today I Am Going to Talk About Boobs and Birds. As One Does

I had my annual mammogram today, and, I have to say; I was a little bit miffed when the radiologist failed to recognize me. I mean, I'm there every year, how could she forget me? And, ok, she probably does at least eight mammograms a day, possibly more, but, still, I recognized her.

Hmmph.

Next year, I am going to put a temporary tattoo of something that won't be easily forgotten right across my boobs. I'm leaning toward Hilary on the left and The Donald on the right. Let's see her try to get that image out of her mind. Bet she remembers me in 2018.

Now, about those birds...


Harper Lee might want to step it up with the regurgitated worms; her babies are crying. Also, those are faces that only a mother could love. I hope they grow out of their awkward adolescence and into beautiful young birds, because right now, ewww.

Monday, May 16, 2016

We Have Babies!

Allow me to introduce the newest residents of the porch:


Scout, Jem, Dill, and Boo Radley.

All four appear to be in good health, although, I was very careful not to get close enough to contaminate them with my humanity, so, I suppose there could be a runt in the litter. I haven't discovered a body outside of the nest, so, I think it's all good.

I'm a little bummed that I missed the actual hatching, but, I'll recover. Now, I am breathlessly awaiting the young-uns flying the nest, which, in bird-time, could happen any day now.

They grow up so fast.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

So, This Happened


Hugh and I spent the night in a Walmart parking lot in our RV. I can now scratch that item off my Redneck Bucket List, because, it's never happening again. I mean, is it great that it's free and available to people who might find themselves with nowhere else to park their giant home on wheels when they are making a long trip? Absolutely. Is it comfortable? No. Quiet? Hell, no. Is there a possibility that you may wake up surrounded by migrant workers who use the parking lot to meet in at dark 0'thirty in the morning? Apparently, so.

Anyhoodle. Been there, done that, would have bought the t-shirt, if it existed.

Anyway, the overnight was not the highlight of the trip. That would be a toss-up between dinner and a movie prior to retiring for the night (Outback Steakhouse and Mother's Day, the movie, in a theater that featured the most amazing reclining seats), the baseball game the following day, and, the beauty of the ride home. I can't pick between them, so I'll just be grateful that we had the opportunities to experience all three.

The game, while the boys lost, was still a good one. And, now that baseball season is officially over, these kids can relax a bit. Or, you know, start spending every waking minute either in the gym, lifting weights and conditioning for football season, or, attending one of the numerous basketball, football, and baseball camps that they are planning on this summer.





I wish I had half their energy.

Although, if this picture is any indication, even the most energetic kid eventually needs to recharge.


He missed a hell of a picturesque ride home, though.






And, that was the majority of our weekend. Today, I am doing laundry, catching up on the deposits at the store, and, oh, yeah...planting a garden.

Yep.

I caved.

Please say a little prayer that this year's garden actually grows; I don't think my spirit could take another gardening failure.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday Favorites: Random, Like, Whoa! Edition

The nest on my porch continues to delight me. Today, I watched (what I am assuming is) the baby daddy (whom I have now named Atticus Finch) bring Harper Lee her lunch; I couldn't tell what it was, but Harper Lee seemed to enjoy it. I hope the eggs don't hatch while we are away this weekend; I would hate to miss the birth(s).

Speaking of birds, the hummers are back for the season. I set out my feeders a couple of weeks ago, and they are finally starting to see some action. I'm thinking about adding a third feeder, but, that would put me dangerously close to Crazy Bird Lady territory, so, I will probably refrain.

On a completely different topic (see above title: random), QB texted yesterday to let me know that she had sailed through her finals and is going to end the semester with great grades. I am so proud of that kid. It's also nice to see her this happy and relaxed, she didn't have that going for her last year.

The weather has been beautiful the past two days, sunny with not a drop of rain. The rains of the past month-and-a-half did, however, do wonders for the apple trees and lilac bushes; I haven't seen so many blooms in years. Plus, this means that the local fruit will be both plentiful and cheap this summer. Win-win.

Also, while I love, love, love lilacs, they tend to not play nice with my allergies. This year, with the way the trees are blooming, I would have expected to be a headachey, sniffling, sneezing, gummy-eyed mess. But! I discovered Flonase this year and I haven't had a single problem. It's been life-altering. Ok, not really, but, it is nice to be able to walk past a lilac bush without losing the ability to breathe.



Flonase for the win.

Another product that I am loving right now is the dry shampoo by Bed Head.



Since I started coloring my hair, it has become less than ideal to wash my hair every day (the salon trips are too expensive to just wash the dye away), so, I am going at least a day between shampoos, if not two days. When I go two days, I still need a little something to freshen my roots and this stuff works great. I also like a dry shampoo in the Not Your Mother's brand line.

As I mentioned last week, I purchased a set of Alex and Ani birthstone bangles for myself for Mother's Day. I love the Alex and Ani line and am looking forward to adding to my collection as special occasions arise.


And, that's about it for Friday Favorites. I am waiting for Hugh to get home so that we can set out for the Front Range in the old RV. Hopefully, this time next week, I'll be able to say that sleeping in the parking lot of the Hellmouth has become a favorite pastime of mine.

I'm kidding.

Sort of.