Plady--awesome planting! I look at those pictures and get overwhelmed just thinking about it. It was almost too much for me to put ten small vegetable plants into the ground and cover the area with anti-critter netting. Eek.
Speaking of which, the morning after I put up the anti-critter netting I went out to water vegetables and found the body of a chipmunk tangled in the net. It was very dead, for which I was grateful; I would probably have been hysterical if there were a chipmunk killing itself in the net while I desperately tried to free it. I spent ten minutes trying to work its body out of the net before giving up and going for the scissors. Poor little guy; I hope he'll be the only one to come to such an end. They are pests and two summers ago probably ate all of my broccoli and lettuce, but they are awfully cute, too.
tjsmama--I'm glad the party went well and the cake turned out beautiful. Sorry about DS's bike. From the picture on Facebook, it just looks really huge for him. I remember even as someone who was a pretty good bike-rider I was really nervous riding a bike where my feet didn't touch the ground. I don't know if I'd want a beginner to have to deal with that. I hope you'll be able to find a solution for the summer!
Nic--It's great that you had such a warm end of the year experience with your running kids. It's nice to feel appreciated, especially by an age group that isn't generally known for being appreciative.
JayGee--I suck at curtains. We've lived here for three years and still have bare curtain rods (from the previous owner) in our living room and our bedroom. The kids only just got curtains last month, because we went into Bed, Bath, whatever and DD's eye was caught by a set of neon pink curtains with sequins sewn onto them. They were SO beautiful, she got all and I didn't see the harm in buying them. DS, not to be outdone, also chose curtains, although not as dramatic as his sister's. Maybe I should just let the kids decide what we'll do with the living-room windows? We really should have something, as I often walk through the living room naked, on my way from the shower on the main floor to my bedroom upstairs. We don't have anyone directly looking toward our windows, since we have a long driveway, but someone standing on our front porch is going to be surprised one of these days. If I time it right, maybe it will be the Jehovah's Witnesses or those nice Mormon boys who keep wanting to talk religion with me. Sorry you were stuck at home instead of riding. I hope tomorrow will work out better.
ND--I'm glad the race went well. I trust the stomach problems weren't an issue at all? Good timing, then.
Real--How are you feeling? Still getting better? Are you taking deep breaths now, or still dealing with coughing?
Today was busy. I ended up with both kids wanting to go to church with me this morning, which is rare. Generally DS would rather stay at home and talk DH into letting him watch TV. When we came home DH was still asleep, which means he slept for 15 hours last night, since he went to bed early, too. I went out grocery shopping and then we had told the kids we'd take them on a nature trail nearby. DH didn't want to go; he says he gets too out of breath, he's too fat, he needs to lose weight. This is true, and just last night we bought an elliptical machine for Father's Day, so he can start working out at home. But really, you can't keep up with a five-year-old? Lame. Baseball game was on TV and I didn't fight about it. So I had the kids alone on the trail, which was fine, actually, if a bit lonely for me. It took us an hour to walk it, and my kids are good hikers who don't complain. The two of them very nicely played some Pokemon imaginary game almost the entire time. Apparently the woods were riddled with wild Pokemon, and my kids have a near-encyclopedic knowledge of the names and powers of these creatures that they hadn't heard of a year ago.
I came home, ditched the kids, and went for a run. It felt crappy, which I knew going out there. I hadn't eaten enough today and I drank some coffee, and my hands were shaking as I was getting dressed to go out. I ate some crackers but it didn't help much. I cut it short and did 5.5 instead of the 7 I'd hoped to do. I made DH make a big salad for dinner, and also made him choose a game for our family game night, which went very well. I did get some time to myself today, but at the same time I feel like the time I spent with the kids today was pretty taxing, getting them ready for church, getting them home, and getting them ready again and out for a hike, and even without the kids at the grocery store and on the roads, I wasn't exactly resting.
I'm trying to not be pissed.
Tomorrow we'd told the kids (okay, I guess technically I told the kids, but DH agreed) we'd take them hiking on an actual mountain, which we did once at the end of last summer. We made trail mix and were climbing for hours and it was really neat. I'm making the assumption that if DH wouldn't do a neighborhood walk today, he's going to ditch tomorrow's mountain. I like to hike and am excited about it, but I know I'm going to be resentful being a solo parent out on a hike for the entire day while DH has another day off, relaxing on the couch. I'm trying to figure out how to deal with that. Maybe drinking the rest of the rum in the refrigerator would help me decide?
I think so.