Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Apply Heat and Pressure

I wish things would just slow down for a little bit. For one thing, the headlines. I mentioned that I'm trying to write a novel -it seems pretentious to even admit it but what the heck, trying to do something is better than not trying. The problem is that the plot is built off of current events and things keep happening. My fiction hardly has any chance of being prophetic and insightful if it just describes the real world. How annoying.

In other news of the annoying, Eric is back in Kazhikstan for the rest of the summer. I remember when he got back from the last time, and he was feeling a little guilty about being away I had said something along the lines of, 'It wasn't all that bad, at least they all had school. I can't imagine if it was during the summer.'

Well at least I won't have to strain my imagination muscles. Lucky for me Eric's grandparents gave both Emer and Felix the gift of some summer camp, so those two weeks should help. And I could sign up for more if I'm going too crazy. I'm trying to fill up the calendar with activities and I'm developing a schedule for each day along with their list of chores so they know what to expect. There isn't much I can't handle, but this is one of those things that makes me whine, "Do I really have to?"

While he is gone I also have to plan a birthday party soon for Tully who is turning 3! And that's really the light at the end of the tunnel because she's going to do some preschool next year and hopefully fingers crossed some day care hours in the morning! I say fingers crossed because full time kids take priority in the day care across the hall from her preschool so I have to wait and see if she got in. It will be mighty convenient if she does though. I can even have Felix bused to the community center so I can pick them both up at the same time.

The highlight of the summer for me so far though was our trip to Chincoteague. We stayed in this really cute little old cottage and it was just so nice. Eric and I found it a little surreal that our idea of a vacation spot was somewhere that had sidewalks and a walkable downtown area. We were so fortunate that Kristi and Alise were able to come down and spend some time with us. Having friends to share the experience made it all the better. Best of all we were walking distance to the best ice cream shop where they also made fudge! The kids were also introduced to letterboxing and I have to say it was a lot of fun

Besides focusing on keeping the summer sane and trying to be productive I also have the garden to focus on as everything is coming up and thriving. Anyone need some zukes?

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