Reb and Jo: awesome, as usual! Also Jo I love your haircut.
Real: did you go inside 4 yarn stores with two kids? Oh my.
Lofty - So sorry. I remember her in SMA and being impressed at the sheer life force emanating from her. I wish I could come and drive you around too.
Sparkle - sounds like a good party.
Jo and Reb - Congrats! And eagerly awaiting the report.
Thinking of our Dingo making a huge life change today.
Lofty, we stand with you as always.
Sparkle, glad the event was a success. Even if you had to imbibe to get through. . Jo and Reb...way to go!!!!
Gaye, the dr drama is entertaining. I love how clear eyed you are about it.
Plady, glad you got your play cast.
RM, hope you are finding some helpful advice and solace.
I'm sure I forgot some personals.
Sending out and and to our Dingo sister whose courage and determination and faith are carrying her through a very, very challenging life moment.
As for me, I'm pretty zonked. Took the kids today to a Sukkot harvest festival (goats, chickens, and other animals to spend time with and pet etc.; wheat threshing/milling and brick oven bread baking; sukkah decorating; vegetable harvesting and eating; honeybees to watch; etc.) and then came home to word that one of our synagogues was having a bbq in their sukkah, so we packed off to that. Oh, plus in between I graded a few dozen papers and this morning did a 9 miler slow and easy with a friend as I'm tapering for next weekend's half marathon (yes, I'm registered...Mel you can add the Providence Rock n Roll Half Marathon on Sep. 29th to the race list for me) and then took myself off to Savers (thrift store par excellence) and bought a few things for myself and dd1.
Gaye- What a fun 'race'! Definitely sounds like it needs to be the first annual event and not a one time only. And yes, you have awesome friends!
Nic - Sounds like a fun weekend, hope you came out of it feeling recharged too.
RM - Thinking of you and ds. I hope that you can get some serious support from therapist.
Real - I wonder if you might find a lobbying job? You're so clear-eyed and well-read on education issues. I'm always in awe of the depth to which you look into this stuff. It seems like there should be some money in that somehow.
JayGee and Real - Sometimes I wish my dh saw eating out as a need rather than a want! Last night I was done with all my meetings and busy work at 6:30 and the girls told me dh had fed them quesadillas at 4 with the instruction that that was dinner and he wasn't making anyone anything else after that. Well thanks for nothing dh. On days when he works all day and I'm home I do this thing I call making dinner for the family? So anyway, I took the girls out to dinner and it was soooooo nice to just sit there and space out and then have some nice young server bring us food. However, I had that small guilty feeling like I should have just taken them home and cooked, for like the 65th day in a row. But then we got home and I saw that not only was dh not around but nobody had cleaned up anything from "dinner" or "lunch" or anything all day. So screw feeling guilty.
Dh is really cooking along with this lawyering thing but it's one of those uncomfortable transitional times where he's so into his new gig that he has pretty much disappeared from our lives. When he's home he's on the computer and usually he's not home. I'm also super busy these days and so it's a squeeze to make sure all the parenting and home-making still happens. When he was in St. Louis it was actually much easier because the girls and I didn't have any expectations of him participating. I'm sure we'll figure out how to do this but it's taking a concentrated effort on my part not to feel left out and taken for granted and snarky. But I am at least old enough to know that none of that will work in my favor so I'm going for stoicism.
OMG. I'm laughing my guts out. My dh and I generally split food stuff. But right now (and for the past academic year) he has WAAAY more work than a person should (see previous conversations about turning down work and fears that brings and then not having enough work). So, right now we're doing the mom-show. Which means we really don't eat the kinds of food he likes. More of what I like. FWIW: paying cash for dining out turned me around. As in forking over green bills (vs. debit carding it). Something to consider. Especially when what it costs to eat out once for us is the cost of 1/3 to 1/2 of a week's groceries.
Down with this idea. And I'm not backing down from the concept either (for my case that is. )
Last update from our amazing, courageous, and incredibly grace-ful Dingo sister was that she was safe, the deed was related to the other party without much hoopla, and she was overwhelmed. I have not heard from her today.