I'm participating in this link-up again this month! Thanks to Mel, Sheaffer, and Shay for providing the writing prompts.
What I'm Eating
Allll the cherries I can get my hands on! The local cherries aren't ready yet, so I am relying on what I can find in the supermarket, which means I am paying a hefty price per pound, but, it wouldn't be summer without cherries, so I'm willing to pay the price.
What I'm Reminiscing About
The local schools were dismissed for summer break last week and this was the first year since 2012 that I didn't host an end-of-year slip'n'slide party on our lawn. We started the tradition when Queen B was a Sophomore, continuing it right up until after the Man-Cub's graduation last year, and I don't know who had more fun, me, or the kids, who arrived dragging lawn chairs, water guns, towels, and sunscreen.
Although it always took at least two weeks for Hugh's lawn to recover from the trauma, we never even thought about abandoning the tradition while the kids were in school.
My yard was a much quieter place this year.
What I'm Loving
Fridays off! The extra 24 hours really makes for a nice weekend.
Having the Man-Cub back home, even if "home" is 45 minutes away and I only see him on the weekends.
What We've Been Up To
I said I was going to be totally zen about the garden this year, and, so far I'm sticking to that. Other than daily watering and the plucking of an occasional weed, I haven't put forth much effort. In return, the garden has sprouted tiny sunflowers and a few beet sprouts. I'm not yet seeing anything that would lead me to believe that I will have the awesome cutting garden that I had envisioned, but, I'll definitely have tomatoes and peppers, so, salsa, anyone?
What I'm Dreading
It's contract season at Day Job. This entails me running all over creation trying to get signatures from my board members. This is never a smooth process, and, every year, I have some lone holdout right up until the deadline. Not looking forward to the challenge.
What I'm Working On
My summer tan. I know it's not PC to sunbathe anymore (hello 1980's, how you doin'?), but, there is nothing like a summer glow.
What I'm Excited About
Once Hugh finally finishes the pergola that he is building for the back yard, I get to pick out a rug, chair cushions, and other decor to make it homey. I'm picturing something slightly bohemian.
What I'm Watching/Reading
A friend at work recently recommended a Netflix original documentary called The Keepers. It's the true story of the mystery surrounding the murder of a Catholic nun and the lengths that her former students have gone to in an effort to solve the case, despite apparent interference by both local law enforcement and the Catholic church. It was riveting, and I binge-watched the entire series in about two days.
I've also been binge-watching Stranger Things on Netflix. I'm halfway through the second season and I can't believe it's taken me this long to discover this show.
Since I've been watching such dark shows, I've balanced my mental state by reading light, fluffy summer beach reads, including works by Carolyn Brown and Alice Hoffman.
What I'm Listening To
I haven't been listening to anything new, in fact, the only music I'm playing recently is on my iPod, when I'm on the treadmill. That playlist features heavily with Imagine Dragons, The Greatest Showman soundtrack, and Jennifer Lopez. It's an eclectic list.
What I'm Wearing
Braids! The temperatures are already soaring into the 80's and a braid is a nice change over my usual ponytail or messy bun.
What I'm Doing This Weekend
My sister, Barbie and my nephew will be in Neighboring City for a baseball tournament. Mom is coming over to spend the weekend so that we can go and watch my nephew play. Hugh is scheduled to umpire at the tournament, so, hopefully he will get to work at least one of the games, and, the Man-Cub and Queen B are also planning to attend. It's going to be a right old family affair! I can't wait!
What I'm looking Forward To Next Month
Getting the boat on the water, assuming the brain trust of mechanics that have had it in their shop since last summer can finally figure out what is triggering a sensor alarm to go off every time we get past 30 RPMs. Fingers crossed!
And, that's about it for this edition.
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