This isn’t really the place for all the writing needed for politics. I suppose it could be…. but I’m choosing to keep my political stuff for my campaign 99% on facebook on a special page just for it. It does tend to pull time away from here though, just like any topic I don’t want to post here, I end up not posting at all.
Any-hoo – life has been a little crazy. Last weekend we went to a wedding and it was one of the most pretty and well done weddings I’ve been to. Probably because it was at a resort that was in the middle of nowhere so we were there with a ton of people we know and no other agenda but hang out. The key might have been that there were actually very few wedding activities so lots of free time. The resort was built in the 40’s and 50’s and other than necessary modernizations it is a time capsule. I told the kids it would be like how grandma went on vacation when she was a little girl. There were cabins and quaint stoves and tiny cabinets and a beach and overall a mellow vibe. My kids were 3 of 10 flower children and they had a great time with the crew of kids. The dresses turned out great overall and in a group you didn’t notice any one individual.
I was absolutely worn out by the weekend and various interactions and packed us up eary to leave so we actually had time at home on Sunday. I was so tired I went to sleep at 9:30pm and woke up at 6:30am.
Contributing to the crazy of last week was a fundraiser for technology in the schools – something I totally support. We treated it like a ‘date’ and had a great time but that night led directly into the crazy weekend so it was 3 nights in a row of being ‘on’.
Back to the ‘normal’ week and I’m slowly getting a routine. A very odd unforeseen circumstance has come up – the sun rises directly in my face when sitting at my desk. This makes morning work really impossible until I figure out shades. The to-do list for the house is still giant but got to make that one more of a priority. I have become fond of cloudy mornings though, funny how things happen.
Knocking around in my head are all the books I’ve managed to read over the past few months, I need to get back to talking about them and my blog friend posted about her summer reads, bringing that back to the front of my brain.
I’ve gotten my gym membership straight again. We were on a pause for the move and I’m officially back as of tomorrow. Making time for a real workout is important and Vacation Mom and I need it. I’m sure all the people we annoy at the gym because we talk missed us terribly. Thank you, parents, for the good genes that even though I have not worked out properly in months, I’ve kept at a good weight just by watching my intake and being generally active.
The next project to start is garage shelving. There are still things to finish on ongoing projects but new is more fun right? I also need to get them up so I can get space in the garage before it gets cold here.
I have also regained my ‘commute’ when I drive to/from the school I get to listen to NPR. I loved tuning in to the supreme court confirmation hearings last week and I usually catch a good segment one way or the other. Today though I missed my grandmother (who I also used to call weekly while I drove) because the topic was feminism. It is a big topic to unpack and the goal if this segment was to highlight the inequality in race and feminism. That is something I would have loved to talk with her about and I’m just going to have to settle for thinking about it. Maybe posting about it sometime.
How are you all doing?
In case you ARE interested in the politics
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rolls of tape; 3
giant bags of trash out; 9
General packed status;45%
days till house is on the market; 4
School finished last Thursday and with it, my order of weekdays and weekends. Thursday itself was a busy day with our last carpool, then directly to Fiona’s well child (she is a well child) and then to target because while her body and brain are developing nicely she decided she didn’t need to put on shoes so she was barefoot and we had places to go. After a record breaking trip to target we got back to school to run the outdoor twister game for Zoe’s picnic. Off we went again to pick up some totes for packing and home to await the final homecoming of the school age children. We topped of that day with a family walk to the park and a little relaxitation.
Friday, the first day of vacation, went reasonably well. I’m jumping on the ‘to do list before screen time’ this year just to try and get some stuff accomplished in the day. I got the general list from a variety of pinterest posts – there are some very aggressive lists out there, ones I would be lucky to finish in a day as an adult! With 2 readers in the house now this type of to-do list actually can work since they can read it themselves. Also, Zoe loves to-do lists and has put way more pressure on her sisters and herself than I ever would have. I made it by folding a piece of scrapbook paper so some of the pretty part showed and I still had white to write. Then I laminated it so we can reuse it all year. I personally left an open space under ‘chores’ so I could write in that days needs and for us, this all starts after breakfast so they can still wake up and watch a show like normal.
Saturday was a friend’s wedding so we had a semi-productive morning taking a batch to storage, buying a pair of party shorts (it was 90 degrees, Lars was not wearing a suit) and starting the garage clearing. The wedding itself was really nice, kids had fun, we sat with friends, the food was well chosen and other than the 90 degree thing it was a really good time. The real bad thing is that my nagging throat got worse in the night and I woke up hardly able to talk and swallow. Advil helps but over Sunday I added a fever to the mix but we had 5 houses to look at so we did that (and not much else). Sunday also started with a giant hail storm, house and cars did ok but plants took a beating.
The houses we saw were basically everything in the area that could work for us. We are now down to 2, both have something about them that is awesome and something that is really not… Both are dependent on our house selling well. Seeing houses in a bit of a fever fog was not ideal but there are just not many days left before I take the girls and puppy off to NY to hopefully have the house show better without 4 mess makers in it.
Today is the first Monday of vacation time and I don’t have much planned. I am hoping that I can be more functional today and get things done
This weekend I had the most random of lists of things to bring to the SCA event;
- 200 boxes of girl scout cookies, and, 2 girls to sell them, and all the ‘stuff’ that goes with selling cookies
- A tunic I made for a friend
- A set of flower girl dresses, and, 2 girls to wear them
- A form someone needed
I also brought all the normal stuff like lunch and outfits etc but it was a very multifunctional day.
The most odd item is the flower girl dresses, because, SCA events tend to focus on an era where brides didn’t even wear white and there were no such notions as flower girls HOWEVER a photographer friend is launching his site and does NOT want to do wedding photography. He did want a cute way to say that though, cute and also very clear, because brides to get rather persistent… Anyway, his vision was cute flower girls being a little sassy and holding signs that said ‘nope’ and ‘sorry’. We did this mini photoshoot in the end of a hallway by the bathroom with his studio lights and a backdrop all set up in less time than it took for me to put the girls into their dresses. He also provided props and I just love the results!
The funny side of this, beyond the pictures, is that they were posted on facebook, so I could see them, but, that meant that all my other friends could see them and the ‘why’ of the situation is not very clear. I started thinking from an outside point of view and my brain started churning out ideas for these images beyond their real purpose.
- They could be a very simple meme – like when I just don’t wanna anymore I will just post the ‘nope’ picture
- We can also launch a line of demented cards for when you can’t figure out how to decline a proposal – send a nice ‘nope’ card.
3. Finally, if you miss declining early and need to leave someone at the alter – just post this ‘Nope’ plus ‘sorry’ picture and all thats left is the crying. Adding the sorry is just polite at that point.
Hummm, this is so not one I’m going to ‘win’ because while I do think there are gorgeous churches and religious buildings out there and I’ve seen my fair share I apparently never take good pictures of them. I combed my archive, always fun for me, and ended up with a few cool ones to share. I’m sharing them because I had fun finding and picking them, not really because they are super spot on with the theme this week.
I do hope you enjoy anyway 🙂
And these two I technically get no credit for since our wedding photographer took them but I can’t resist
These are just the pictures from my iPhone, a good but not superior camera that I actually lost for a while during the reception so no pictures of that. The wedding was so fun that the bride forgot her overnight bag (I found it and got it to her but not before teasing that she would have to make an outfit from hotel towels).
Comparing this to my or my sister Sineads wedding is like comparing apples to pineapple to spicy chicken wings. This wedding was full of kids and we had to plan around the crew of 8 where my wedding had a single 1 year old. Since I was NOT the bride I got the chance to put in some of the cute details I would have loved to do for my wedding but had no time to do. No bridezilla (or groomzilla), the photographer seemed the quintessential wedding guy with all the bells and whistles. While the venues were identical between mine and Josie’s wedding, they were still very different feeling. The priest was great, he even said “this marriage is already blessed by God” the best possible way a priest can reference an 18m old son of the couple. There were little things like every party but overall it was a 10.