There’s something to be said for having SO much fun to that you forget take pictures (it happens)…..or to blog about it. And busy? I started back to work at the library the same day that the boys started back. ‘Nuff said.
As a result, I haven’t posted in a WEEK, and I know you’re dying to know what I’ve been up to. SO, please consider this a return to blogging (and an attempt, by me, to piece together the last seven days….)
Thursday, September 6, 2012 – Met Harley’s mom for breakfast at a new gourmet carryout place in downtown Lancaster, near Franklin and Marshall College. Ralph’s has pastries, coffee drinks, sandwiches, and gourmet dinner’s to go. Had a freshly- made (by Harley’s dad, no less) danish and iced cafe mocha (16oz for $3.00 pretty reasonable, I thought). Decor theme is, hello?, french country with a lot of red, yellow, and ROOSTERS. Reminds me of someone’s kitchen.
Friday, September 7, 2012 – Evan and Will officially survived the first week of school. SHHH! Don’t say it! I MEAN it! I’ve already taken part in a very contentious debate about whether it was, in fact, the first week of school….because there were only 4 days of school. Just so you know where I stand…it WAS the first week of school, and it was freaking fabulous, thank-you-very-much.
We attended the intermediate school open house Friday night and were given a tour of the brand-new building by the boys. They installed locker shelves and magnets…whilst admiring the locker of the daughter of a friend of mine….complete with an LED motion-sensitive lighted chandelier no less. Oh yes, and a beaded curtain. I was reminded of Snoopy’s dog house, which was always so much bigger on the inside than would appear to be possible, WASN’T IT? (I’m dying to Google for a picture, but I’m trying to just GET THIS OUT).
We also shopped the Scholastic Book Sale, acquiring a copy of the latest offering in the Captain Underpants series, The Terrifying Re-Turn of Tippy Tinkletrousers (this is the part where you say, “at least they’re reading!”)
The highlight of the evening was visiting the new $1,000 sinks in the cafeteria bathrooms. Yes, you heard me right. “By god!”, you’re saying, “those sinks had better wash my hands for me!”. They do. Automatic everything. Hands under, soap squirts, water runs, blower starts. No towel waste, water left running, etc. The kind of that that should “pay for itself” (but won’t).
Saturday, September 8, 2012 – Season opener for Evan and Will’s U12 soccer team. Had to remind Will that he can HEAD the ball (he knows how and HAS) …rather than ducking – after the first three times, he was starting to look a little silly. Speaking of silly. Both teams were “blue”, so our team had to wear white pinnies. Pinnies that looked like they were borrowed from the U19 team. Nobody could keep the shoulders up, and the “hem” came below their knees. They all looked like little orphan girls from Annie. Physically, our team looked a little out of shape…in “video-game shape” one of the dad’s observed. Luckily, so was the other team, and we won 3-0.
That afternoon, we hosted our 15th annual crab feast. What started out as a chance for our wedding party to get to know each other has morphed into what is now a party for about twenty of Scott’s friends from work. We buy a bushel and a half of steamed crabs and a few cases of beer (and soda). Everyone else brings side dishes and desserts.
Despite a pretty nasty storm while Scott and Evan were on the road getting the crabs [insert your favorite Twister quote. Our is “We’ve got debris!”] , a good time was had by all, in the garage. Thankfully we scrapped the idea of putting up the tent, when we saw the forecast. Some highlights….K’s world famous peanut butter fudge and A’s now-famous Gladware container of alcohol SLUSH. “Two great tastes that taste great together”….sort of…
Sunday, September 9, 2012 – I was planning on sleeping off the crabs, etc., when I remembered that I was on tap (in a manner of speaking) for altar guild after the late service (that’s communion clean-up) at church. Got ‘er done and headed out for lunch with the boys (and man). Wings, chicken tenders, quesadillas, and beers (Oktoberfest. Yum.) on the deck at Mick’s All American, followed by an afternoon nap with my puppy. Cold crabs for dinner. Perfect!!
Monday, September 10, 2012 – At the dog park at 8 AM to wear Bailey out before work. Getting started a lot earlier these days, with the boys on the bus by 7:50. Last year, I drove them, and we were usually racing to get to school by 9 AM. Lots of opportunities for more productivity this year…we’ll see how that works out. Having a tired dog is a M, W, F priority — we scaled back to only two days (T, Th) per week at doggy day care. So far, so good…..fingers still very much crossed, seeing as he’s home alone RIGHT NOW.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 – I actually worked out for thirty minutes, after dropping Bailey at day care. There’s a great jogging path around the hospital by our house. Met some morning walkers and a few dogs, before it was time for work.
After work, I picked a half-dozen (refrigerated from Saturday) crabs clean and made English Muffin Crabbies (look for a yummy post later tonight!). Before bed, I cleaned the remaining dozen and froze the meat (with a salt brine) for a winter treat.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 – Um….went to the park this morning. Went to work. Rejoining the blogging world as regularly programmed…..
Long Life Cats and Dogs said:
What a busy week. No wonder you haven’t posted!
Welcome back – geez you were productive. BTW – Stoudt’s Oktoberfest – one of my favorites!
squirrel circus said:
Thank you! Yum, I need to try that. I’ll look for it when we’re out this weekend. At home, I just HAVE to finish off the remainder of a case of Yuengling from our party…I know, to have these problems! ha ha
That’s all? Are you slacking or what! Was wondering if you started back at work (for pay as opposed to hard labor at home for no pay). You have got to get a picture of that girl’s locker for us & the recipe for that slush.
The boy’s new school sounds pretty impressive & of course those 4 days was the first week of school. Some towns around here brought their kids in on the Friday before Labor Day weekend which I don’t get at all & wouldn’t consider as their first week of school.
Welcome back – missed ya!
squirrel circus said:
Thanks! Good to be back. Have had at least one minor, “how am I ever going to manage homework, soccer, school, work, dog, dinner, laundry, etc.” meltdown, but am getting back into the school year routine!
Okay — I’ll make myself a list….I can definitely get the slush recipe. We improved on it at the party, by adding Bacardi Peach Red (rum) on top. 🙂
You’re scaring me. I’m in the middle writing a new post and I’ve got a couple links to you. Then bingo, I saw the orange thing up in the header & there you were! I hope you don’t mind me making you the subject of this post but I’m trying to inspire others (ok, I’m cranking about you guilting me but it actually makes you look good/me bad).
So, just one meltdown? okay, okay,that’s not so bad & it’s Friday. Maybe there’s a little of that slush in the back of the fridge? Are you working every day? And is it a new location for you or just the boys? With just the boys & soccer that’s quite a bit while you’re working. Don’t know how I did the drop off/pick up/pick up/drop off all those years while working contract, but somehow you get into a routine. Then collapse on weekends – well unless there’s a game.
squirrel circus said:
Thanks for linking! That’s great 🙂 Don’t want to make you feel TOO guilty – ha ha.
Post meltdown, I had a great Thursday and Friday at work. I do work every day – 9:45 till 3:15, which is pretty much full time in my world. I’m back for my second year at the same school. E&W are at the brand new school. Scott and I were there last evening, for a parent/teacher evening – it looks like a college campus now. The high school, middle school, and one of our six elementary schools were already on the same campus – now they’ve added this massive intermediate school to the last open land owned by the district.
Had a terrific dinner out with Scott while the boys were at soccer practice this evening — tried a new seasonal beer, too – Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. Pretty good. Thank god tomorrow’s game isn’t until 2pm. ZZZzzzzzzz…..
Oh yeah, with everything else going on, that’s plenty full time. Dogfish Head Punkin Ale… I’d like to meet the guy who came up with that name. Sounds like quite the school the boys are at, bet they love it.
And I always feel guilty because there’s always way too much to do. Why did I think I had to clean windows today?
squirrel circus said:
I really do have that same problem — I start WAY more things than I actually finish. In fact, I feel a post coming on….. 😉
We should start a weekly blog special edition of “the projects that aren’t quite done”. You should see my sewing room! I’m waiting for the jacket I started to come back into style, then maybe I’ll be motivated to finish that one. I’m thinking I’m going to get John on some of the windows today – got a couple that require the ladder & that I draw the line at. Plus there’s that light over the front door – unh unh I am not taking that down – do you know what’s in there?
squirrel circus said:
Um, yes, the entire cast of Bug’s Life…..dead…..