*walks in and collapses in a chair* Hi, sibs. I have zero energy. The last 2 weeks have been nothing but work work work. Bug had her GRID (musical theater) performance on the 17th and 18th, which my in-laws came for, which meant I spent that week pretty much deep cleaning everything I could think of. My MIL of course STILL managed to find something not to her liking. I cleaned the cupboard doors, the outside of the dishwasher and the oven, etc, but I didn't scrub my garbage can, and when she threw something away, I asked her to please close the lid to keep it from smelling (it's trash for cripes sake) and she informed me that if it was smelling, I needed to clean it. Who cleans their garbage??? So anyway, I spent that week TRYING to MIL proof my house. Then Bug had 3 performances that weekend. She did so well! Then I had a few days to bake and get ready for Bug's birthday party with her school friends, then after that was over (Wednesday), I had to get the house back in order and bake for the bigger party with the family and friends. This time my MIL was unhappy with my coffee machine. Apparently I shouldn't keep it by the window where the sun comes in, because it breaks down the plastic...never mind that she keeps HER coffee machine by a window, too. And the thing is that we have a very small kitchen. If it were up to me, I wouldn't HAVE a coffee machine. We don't drink coffee...the thing just takes up space that we don't have, just so we can serve her coffee twice a year on the kids' birthdays. And because we don't have enough space, I have a stash of baking/serving dishes on the counter in front of the coffee machine that we don't use, because they are out of the way there, but we can still access them. My mother-in-law told me to put them away. So I asked her "And where exactly do I have room to put them away". She says "Well, not in front of the coffee machine! You can hardly get to the coffee machine." I just walked away before I bit her head off. She's really a lovely person, but she really disapproves of how I run my household and she doesn't understand that what SHE views as helpful advise or guidance, I view as rude criticism and judgment. But, we got through it and I managed not to throttle her, Bug had a great time and got all the presents she wanted. She got her ears pierced, she got one of those looms to make the elastic band bracelets, she got a bunch of other craft stuff, the journal she wanted, the next book in the series she loves, and the Tinkerbell movie about her twin sister.
MM is becoming quite a little fish! They were practicing swimming through the hole yesterday and the hole is 3 meters from the edge, so they have to jump in and swim 3 meters under water, through the hole, without coming up for air. Hubs said he swam all the way to the stairs, which is like....20 meters. That was the part of the swimming test that Bug had such a hard time with. She was scared to go under water so long. For the first diploma it's 3 meters, and the 2nd it's 7. MM should have no problem with either of them. He's much more athletic. He's doing a 1k kids run in June.
Hubs was in an accident on his way to work last week. One of my worst fears. He was not hurt and I really think God was watching out for him. I pray about that a lot because I hate that he has to commute on a busy highway. But he was in an exit lane to get from one highway to another and a semi came up and wanted to get onto the other highway too and didn't see hubs. Fortunately it was a side swipe, not a heavy hit. It pushed him off onto the shoulder of the road though.
I had a dream about Rob last night...he wasn't famous in my dream...he was from my home town and we were doing community theater together and we had the leading roles opposite each other. He was pretty well known in the community from doing the plays before, and I was a nobody, but he was so sweet. I'm pretty sure we were still in high school, though I'm not positive. But he insulted me and I stormed out of rehearsal because he knew all the lingo and I didn't and he asked me a question I didn't understand and then insulted me that I didn't know what it meant, so I left and then he came to find me and apologize. And I THINK there was something about a snotty ex-co-star who had dated him and she was trying to get him back and was very jealous that I was playing the lead opposite him and she was trying to sabotage me, but I don't remember how. Just that he stood up for me kept ignoring her, which made her hate me even more.
Lynne, I'm so sorry Rochelle can't pay you right now! Hopefully some of the book signings work out for you. Did you ever get paid by the one book store? Sounds like the class you are doing with the kids is going well.
Happy belated anniversary...that restaurant sounds good. I'm a dessert lover.
How is your aunt doing now? Have they been able to do anything for her?
Sarah, of COURSE pets count as kids...and sometimes husbands do as well. Glad the cat's adjusting. I'm not a real big cook either. I enjoy baking, but there's something about the cooking that just bugs me. Perhaps it's the fact that I HAVE to do it, rather than like baking when I can decide when and what I want to bake. And MM is SO picky it's hard to find things that we all like, so a lot of the time I'm making dinner for us and heating up a pizza or leftovers or something else for MM so he eats SOMETHING. He's skinny! And I remember from when I was a kid, my mom was very strict and I HAD to eat everything even if it was something I had tasted before and hated. There was no option of just not eating. So I don't want to make food a battle ground with my kids because I know it doesn't help and there are so many other things that are much more important than shoving food down their throats that they hate. But it gets exhausting trying to come up with things we all like, etc. And then we have kind of a busy schedule with MM's swimming lessons, physical therapy, and Bug's GRID (which is now over until after summer vacation), plus my choir stuff. Sometimes it's nearly impossible to plan meals around everything and it just takes the fun out of it! It's definitely not just you who doesn't enjoy it.
Sean, how many kittens did you end up with?
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