We had the oh-so-painful task of a whole HALF DAY of dogsitting for our friends today. Which basically entailed going over to their house, letting my best canine friend out to play and pee, swimming in their pool for an hour, and then feeding Juneau before we left. But I had never encountered Juneau except in a situation where she was totally excited because PEOPLE! in her HOUSE!!!! We walked in and she bounced around sooooo excited to see us and I sat down on the couch and next thing I knew I had 100 lbs of dog in my lap begging for bellyrubs.
Poor pup has really been suffering with the heat wave (no a/c at the L house) but this afternoon was cooler and she chilled on the deck and in other shady spots while TRex and I swam. Love that dog. Still would love to have a Great Dane someday but right now our lifestyle is NOT conducive to a dog of any size.
Also: cranberry slightly sparkly tulle for her ruffle skirt, the pair of pinking shears I've been meaning to buy for years. and the notions for S's birthday dress.
Yeah, didn't think so.
The last weed in July TRex and I were in Maine with my maternal family as well as samueljl , relentlesstoil , and MC. Having them there was awesome, because then instead of just me and the kid we had our own little mini-commune. 3:2 is an awesome parent-to-four-year-old ratio. We didn't get to pull the "Big Love" joke on any meddling old ladies, though.
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We were home for 36 hours or so and then drove for approximately ten gajillion hours down to the Midatlantic so Grandma could pick up TRex and the two of us could stay in DE with Josh & Jacy and help out with three-week-old Cora. Which was also fun, and we got more sleep than I had expected. Oh, and I got an awesome dress for the wedding we're going to over Labor day weekend!
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I will also be making her a ruffled skirt in two very loud pink fabrics (one of which you have seen if you've seen the pictures of her bedroom curtains - just call her Miss Scarlet) for her first day of kindergarten. The other is in the same color family only it's flowered. The garment will be just her style - out of control loud & bright. I may have to physically restrain her from wearing a THIRD pattern with it.
I also have in my sewing room fabric to make a kimono top for Cora, who is the best three-week-old niece a girl could ask for.
That oughta keep me busy for a while, right? And of course I have Caleb's hosen to make as well...
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None of this took away from my overall enjoyment of the movie, though.
Yeah, like that's gonna work. He did it so that when the spammers strike again he can go to Verizon and say, "Really, that plan worked a treat, great idea boys. Now fix it."
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In other news, my kid likes camping but wakes up waaay too early, and I have first-hand evidence that chrisilin does, in fact, exist outside the Internets. Later this week I will have similar evidence of childsplay7 , T, and sprirtwolf .
I won't say that I'm a million times more productive than I used to be using this system, or that I stick to it faithfully all the time. It works at its best when you have a lot of unscheduled time and can make your own decisions about what to do when - in other words, pretty much my entire life. There were definitely times in the last month when I was operating on near-crisis mode (summer school will do that to you) that I hardly used it at all.
Two common "criticisms" are that it doesn't handle projects very well, or items with urgent deadlines. In fact, it handles projects perfectly well and very flexibly. On the pictured pages, there are multiple entries for "LJ/FB paper". I need to work on that paper, and I have a list of related tasks either in my head or written down elsewhere. (In my case, stuff like that goes into Journler.) Urgent items... well, it depends on your definition of "urgent". I put things on the list as soon as I know they need to be done (unless it's something with a way-far-out deadline like the paper I want to write for next year's ASA conference, whose deadline will be somewhere around 1/5/10) and have not had a thing slip through the cracks. Items with longer-range deadlines, or things that are time dependent go in a calendar with popup reminders; those reminders are not to do the item right then and there but rather to put them in my AF list so they can enter my consciousness.
The notebook, in case anyone is wondering, is a Picadilly medium notebook. Do not love - I've been using it since Feb.; it's already held together by duck tape on the outside and packing tape on the inside and it's only 1/3 full. Shell out the $$ for a real Moleskine if you're going to drag a notebook everywhere with you.
I forgot who we were going with. C had said that they were picking at 11 so I called her to find out the details at about 10. She said, "We're leaving in 15 minutes." I asked, "Where in the hell are we going that it's going to take 45 minutes to get there?" The answer, it turned out, was Coulter Farms in Lockport. Rather than her trying to give us directions, we decided just to meet at their house and follow them. The plan was that B was going to meet all of us there having gotten there on his bike (the long way... because it may be far but it's not 60 miles from here to Lockport!) It ended up being us, C&B and the kids, 2 sets of their friends (4 parents & 3 kids) and B's sister and her husband. We picked (and ate) oodles of strawberries and sugar snap peas, and ate nearly as many as we picked I think (like you do). And then we rode the tractor to another set of fields and picked and ate some more. All told I think we were at the farm for 2 or 2 1/2 hours.
And then it was decided that we needed lunch, so we followed C again, this time to
Brickyard BBQ in Lewiston, were fortunately there was seating on the patio because the five kids who were there were going a little crazy running around. We were there until about 3:30... TRex fell asleep in the car on the way home and M and I took advantage of the chance to get some major trimming of trees and shrubs done (including him up on the garage roof cutting back the neighbor's maple tree that was serving as an ant superhighway). And then we had salads for dinner, which included both strawberries and sugar snap peas. Of course.
The recipe as written calls for 1.5 lbs shrimp, which fed us for 1 dinner with a generous helping of leftovers for me to take for lunch the next day.
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We had it with couscous and it was quite tasty. You could change up what veggies go in the stir fry for variety.
K: OK, it's time to go home now.
G: I don't like you! I'm going to push you away from me forEVER!*
K: If you're going to freak out, we're not going to be able to have another playdate.
G: I don't care! I don't like you! I'm going to run away from you!
K: Can you wait to freak out until we're in the car please?
Gratifying both because G clearly had a good time and because my kid is not the only one who freaks out at the drop of a hat. Hilarious because G's objections were registered using EXACTLY THE SAME TONE AND INFLECTION that TRex uses when she informs us "I'm going to throw you in the trash can!" and similar things.