Thursday, May 23, 2019

Please Disregard Previous Post

If you read yesterday's post, you know that I was certain that end times were near. If you haven't read it, scroll back and acquaint yourself with the content; go ahead, I'll wait...

...done? Great!

Now, disregard that dire warning about the impending Doomsday, because, today Hugh managed to lose a sixteen thousand dollar check in the space of time that it took between me endorsing it and him walking to his truck, which was parked in our garage.

And, although he located the check within minutes of misplacing it, the balance of power in our home was restored.

I actually felt the Earth shifting back on its axis, resulting in us narrowly avoiding total catastrophe.

I'm sure you're all relieved.

I would, however, keep your bunker stocked, you know, just in case.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

There Are Certain Signs of End Times, and, This Is One of Them

The Man-Cub starts work at his summer job tomorrow, at 5:00 a.m. He spent the past couple of hours looking for his insulated lunch box after having forgotten where he put it at the end of last summer. In a surprising turn of events, it was Hugh who suggested that he look in the attic, where all of the rest of our coolers are stored, and, there it was.

That means that Hugh found a lost item.

This is unheard of in our household. I mean, it's an historical fact that Hugh is our resident loser. And, by loser, I don't mean loser, loser; I mean, he's a loser, in that he loses things. Lots of things. Everything, actually. If I had a dollar for every time he's misplaced an item and then blamed me for: A, hiding it, B., moving it, or C., "putting it away in the wrong spot", I would be a very, very wealthy woman.

So, this little turn of events is more than a bit perplexing; it's almost definitely the first sign of the impending apocalypse. Get your bunkers ready.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The Cub Flew Home Yesterday and, Man, Are His Arms Tired

Bah, dum, dum...thankyouvery much! I'll be here all week.

But, seriously, with the overnight flight, time change, and break-neck pace that he and Kenzie kept last week when Kenzie was visiting the island; he's completely exhausted.

Fortunately for him, the cure for jetlag is rest. Unfortunately for him, he has to be in Neighboring City at 8:00 this morning to update his paperwork and drug test for his summer job.

I'm expecting a grumpus in da house later this evening, but, I'll still revel in the knowledge that my youngest is back under my roof (at least until he starts work next week, when he will be living under his sister's roof, which, is still technically my roof, so, I'll take it).

His second semester of his second year of college went well. His grades were good, he learned a lot, and he is now halfway done with school. We are super proud of him!

And, did I mention he's home, now? Because, yeah...

Monday, May 20, 2019

Weekend Shenanigans

This weekend was a whirl-wind of fun activities, which, hasn't happened in a while. To say I loved it would be an understatement.

Saturday morning, Mom, Hugh, and I attended a graduation party for Johnna, who is both a friend of the family and the soon-to-be bride of Darren (two for one!). I will be photographing the wedding in August, and, since the wedding will be held at the house where the graduation party was, I was able to get an idea of what to expect, logistics-wise.

After the grad party, we went shopping for flowers for my front porch, and, while I struck out (nothing caught my eye, plus, it was freaking chilly out, which dampened my enthusiasm for wandering around the garden center at the Home Depot), Mom did manage to find cushions for her deck furniture, so not all was lost.

Saturday evening, Phoebe, Petey, and two of their three kids stopped by for a BBQ; they were in town for Phoebe's niece's graduation and it was so nice to see them. Phoebe and I got caught up and plotted our next destination for a Girl's Trip (we are hoping for Napa in October, assuming we can get everyone on the same page; fingers crossed!).

Sunday morning, we were up early, headed to Neighboring City where Hugh was officiating a baseball game while Mom, Queen B, and I hit the winery for brunch. It was amazing! I had a ham and cheese crepe that was seriously to die for, while Mom and Queen B each had turkey and brie panninis that were, according to them, absolutely delicious. We toasted with mimosas and relaxed in the vineyard before hitting the shopping center for fun things that we may not have needed, but adore, nonetheless. It was the perfect way to end the weekend.

Today, I am at Day Job, where I am attending a strategic planning retreat at the local mental health center. Yay, me.

On the bright side, the Man-Cub's plane lands at 11:00! Mom and Queen B are picking him up at the airport and we have a steak dinner planned for later tonight. Both my babies under my roof and tasty food? Yes, please!

It's shaping up to be a great week!

Friday, May 17, 2019

Friday Favorites: Pedicures With Mom

Mom got here earlier this morning, not long after Hugh and I finished signing a bible-sized stack of paperwork at the closing company. We are now re-financed on the house, back to having zero car payments, and square with the medical establishment; thank goodness for home equity, lower interest rates, and a housing market that drove the appraisal value of our house into the stratosphere.

To celebrate, Mom and I got pedicures, because, nothing says financial solvency like toenails painted with OPI's That's Hula-rious! It's the color of money, folks, not even kidding. Well, maybe a little.

Anyhoodle, our toes are flashy, our heels are smooth, and we are now enjoying a glass of wine and slices of Papa Murphy's take'n'bakes.

It doesn't get much better than that.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

It's a Much Better Week, I Am Having

This week at Day Job has been a lot less stressful, if not one whit less busy.I'll take busy and not stressed over busy and tearing my hair out, any day.

And, since I had to flex a number of overtime hours from last week, today was my Friday! and, it was Bike to Work Day, so, not only did I get to take Lulu to work, I also got a T-shirt. Like, wow! Right? I mean, who doesn't need another ugly T-shirt cluttering up their closet?

So, as I said, I am off tomorrow, and, the only things I have planned are the closing on the house refinance that Hugh and I are doing and pedicures with Mom, who is coming up from Mayberry for a few days.

Saturday, we have a graduation brunch for the daughter of friends, Sunday, Mom, Queen B, and I are gong to brunch at the winery where Queen B did her internship last year, and, on Monday, the Man-Cub comes home!

Things are definitely shaping up for a nice few days, and, after last week, I totally deserve it.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Last Week Was a Mother (Insert Bad Word Here)

But, it ended on a sweet note, with gifts to the two mothers who shaped Hugh and me into the slightly neurotic-but mostly lovable-humans we are today.

I also received an awesome gift from Hugh and the kids...

...and I set about filling it, immediately.

I am now ready for fresh summer recipes, especially the mock Caprese salad that calls for allll the fresh basil. Fun fact: I also found a recipe for Thai drunken noodles on Pinterest; the recipe calls for Thai basil, which I had never head of before, but, somehow managed to find among the selection of herb plants at my local supermarket. It was fate!

I'm not planting a vegetable garden this year (last year's garden was an exercise in frustration and stress, and I'm not interested in revisiting that this year), so the herb planter will have to satisfy my need to get earthy. Is earthy a word? SpellCheck appears to think so.

The rest of Mother's Day was spent hanging out with Queen B, who drove down from Neighboring City; we watched Hugh do yard work, which is always entertaining. It was a much better way to spend my day than the previous five days had been.

As an aside, if I don't see this view again for a while, I won't complain...

I'm looking forward to a far less stressing week. Happy Monday!