Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Ten Things Labor Day

It seems like just yesterday the four day weekend loomed before us in all it's freedom and glory. And yet here it is Monday and in a few short hours I will be psyching myself up to prepare for the week ahead. As much as I love my work and crave/despise routines I have always dreaded saying goodbye to the weekend. In our twenties my friends and I went so far as to dub it "Sunday Night Depression." We eventually embraced it and gathered at a friends house each week for dinner and to catch up on laundry while wallowing in the loss of our fun filled weekends. Twenty years later and I still feel the same way. 

Ten Things I Did this weekend:

1. Approximately forty-three loads of laundry.

2. Attended a marriage counseling appointment.

3. Cried over my cookbooks.

4. Matched 10,000 single white socks.

5. Hosted a sleepover.

6. Delivered a food box.

7. Attended our county fair for the first time.

8. Swooned over Alpacas.

9. Ate an elk burger smothered in fried onions and the BEST fried 
mushrooms this side of the Mississippi.

10. Found a two year old in the fair parking lot.

How did you spend Labor Day Weekend?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Summer Review: Old School Style

Summer has faded fast. With Labor Day a few days away I jumped at the chance to review my summer Old School Style.

What was your favorite thing you did alone this summer?
Do reading and sleeping count?

What was your favorite thing you did as a family this summer?

Our summer was insanely hectic and we were very rarely all together in the same place at the same time. We did enjoy some cookouts.While moving was not exactly enjoyable I am glad we found a house to buy.

What books did you read this summer?

A bunch of textbooks and at least ten other books whose titles escape me. I do recall reading these:

Genesis Code 

To Kill A Mockingbird

Little Mercies

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

What do you WISH you had done this summer?


What movies did you see this summer (if any)?

None. I am not a watcher of movies. I don't have the time or the attention span and I can never stay awake.

Where did you travel this summer?

I was limited by my lack of PTO but we enjoyed exploring locally and spending time at the lake.

What was your favorite treat (as in dessert) this summer?

There is a local creamery here which makes the most delicious chocolate raspberry truffle ice cream. It makes me happy just thinking about it. I am not usually an ice cream fan but this is perfection in a cup.

What did you celebrate this summer?
Einstein turned 13 and Peanut turned 11. While we didn't celebrate it--we have been married fifteen years.
**Einstein does not allow photos.

Did you grow anything this summer?
I grew weary of juggling it all. I grew my brain when I started back to school full time in June. 

What is a favorite post (if you blog) that you wrote this summer?

I did not do much writing this summer and I still could not pick just one favorite.

Which Way

Fighting For

She Should Be Here

My Hero


What is a favorite photograph that you took this summer?

I love this picture because we brought our visiting friends an family to this amazing waterfall.

I don't remember exactly how it started but StinkBug and my mom use to call each other every time they saw a rainbow. I'd like to think she sent this one down especially for him.

What do you want to do next summer?

I would love to take a family vacation--even if it is just a weekend trip.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wordy Wednesday

We did not manage to take first day of school pictures this year. We were running late and I was curling beautifully long, thick hair and the boys were in the van yelling about it being time to go. We planned on taking pictures AR school but then we went out for ice cream like we do every year on the first day and I spilled chocolate fudge on my shirt and we went back home in separate cars because I had left work to meet them at Daisy's Old Fashioned Ice Cream parlor and then we started unpacking boxes and StinkBug's friend  came over to play and I had to make an appetizer for Book Club and Big Yankee had to make an emergency Best Buy run and grill some burgers and sign some agendas and course syllabus and when I got home everyone was in bed and so I have no photographic evidence of this milestone.

I do have some photos from my Dad's visit.

 Peach and strawberry shortcake from our Farmer's Market Bounty

Some of us hiked all the way up here. Some of us hiked part way up. Some of us enjoyed the view from the picnic table.

Helping a brother out


A rare photo of all three

My Boys

And there you have it folks my Wordy Wednesday!