So this is what it’s like.
I’d almost forgotten.
I mean, it’s been at least three weeks, since I’ve experienced this, this, …what’s it called?
I’m finally getting a real weekend.
Real to me means two days in a row.
Since I’ve been back from Colorado, I’ve worked 5 days, had 1 off, worked 4 days, had 1 off, worked 3 days and finally… I have two off in a row.
And it has been heavenly.
I finally was able to take Mario school shopping. Yes, I know. School has started already. I’ve never aspired to be Mother of the Year. I’m just tryin’ to keep us afloat until she can legally take care of herself. In my defense, she had the basics by her first day – a pencil, notebooks, a few folders and a bag to carry it all in.
But now she has the proper attire. Shorts that come down past her fingertips, jeans that aren’t too short for her ever growing legs, and lotsa t-shirts. For years I would succumb to cute little outfits that she wanted so bad, but then she’d end up wearing shorts and a t-shirt every day. This year, I told her I would buy her shorts and t-shirts. And she was happy!
We drove home a few hours later in pouring rain. You heard that right. Pouring Rain! It has not rained since the last time I blogged about it. Our satellite was out most of the night, the lights were flickering, and I was thrilled about it all. We received about 1.5 inches, and I’m quite sure the trees and grass guzzled it down. Many of the pine trees in the area are completely brown. The corn is shriveled and dry. The grass is…. well, sadly, I think ours isn’t going to make it. So the rain was a welcome relief. I spent the stormy night in front of my computer, researching cupcakes for a co-worker’s son’s birthday. I told her I would bake some, because after all…
I had two days off!
I didn’t want to waste a minute of my second day, so I woke at 5:30am, hopped on my elliptical (to give my sore ankle a rest), downed some coffee, and got the kids to school by 7:30. Then I raced to the store to restock the fridge and purchase cupcake supplies. I was home by 9, ate breakfast, did some laundry, washed my car, scrubbed the floor, and baked the cakes – all before lunch time!
When hubby got back from his business trip, I easily convinced him to go out for a ride. Last night’s rain made for a beautiful 80 degree day today, and my Shadow was calling. We rode by the lake near our house, and commented on how nobody seems to use it anymore. It’s sad to see it so empty. We reminisced (I spelled that right the first try!) about our old camping and boating days, sighed, then got back on the bikes and continued to ride around the county for an hour or so.
I spent the rest of the day making single serve dinners for the kids to heat up. Sloppy Joe meat, Taco meat, and grilled chicken strips. We’re rarely all on the same schedule, so easy to heat meals are great for them. (Hmmm… maybe I should apply for Mother of the Year. Except that last week we had absolutely no food in the house, so I did this mostly out of guilt…)
I finished up the night decorating the cupcakes.
Then I cozied up on the couch with my computer, my ice cream, and Diners, Drive-ins and Dives on the tube.
A perfect “Sunday” night.