It was the best of times; it was the best of times. But as you read this, I am probably at work, standing over a copier waiting for it to warm up, or getting ready to put out a 6,000 piece mailing to kids. There is no robin's egg blue at my office. There is no frou-frou. There is no SAHM at 2nd Cup of Coffee. Sigh.
Here's a re-cap of July highlights:
1. I have hosted actual live human beings in my home, overnight, even, and survived. That is nothing short of miraculous.
2. I planted flowers in a tiny flower bed. Inexplicably, they are the same size as the day I planted them in the first week of July, and they are not blooming, but at least they are still green. Who plants daisies (aren't they like weeds?) that don't bloom? Lidna does.
3. I got a lot of sun.
4. I started walking/jogging. This is actually in the top three of my favorite activities this month.
5. I'm helping facilitate a Bible study on Thursdays, and I've had 9th and 10th grade girls in my home each Monday evening for Bible study during July. We ended with a party featuring a sundae bar.
6. I watched "The Next Food Network Star" but wanted Adam to win, although I wasn't his biggest fan. He roasted a chicken straight up with a beer can stuck up it, which was quite amazing. Very "frat boy."
7. I cleaned out medicine cabinets, closets, and cars.
8. I re-decorated my daughter's old room, complete with creating actual crafts and finding sales at Hobby Lobby that made me float all the way home.
9. I facilitated a national survey about which wallpaper I should use in my kitchen.
10. I helped my son learn to use a Neti Pot. This effort is second only to actually birthing him regarding the amount of energy expended to accomplish this task.
11. I found out what a Poke Plant is and that Elvis sang about Poke Salad Annie.
12. I had occasion to revisit Ken Lee.
13. I visited the laundromat where absolutely no nuclear weapons are allowed.
14. "Ebony and Ivory" became part of my world again.
15. I took Zoe to the Farmers' Market.
16. I played Free Rice until I passed out. Free Rice: The Nerd's "Halo."
17. I discovered a new diet. I said I discovered it, not practiced it.
18. I discovered layers of wallpaper under layers of paint in my kitchen. Thus, I also discovered "decorator's rage."
19. I wrote a letter of complaint to Burger King about the notorious kicking kid commercial. As a result, uh, "."
20. I submitted writing for publication and followed up on She Speaks contacts. As a result, uh, "."
21. I spent time with my kids--and the two or three days I went shopping with my girls were some of the best days of my life, not just this summer.
22. Last but not least, I enjoyed blogging to the hilt. Your posts are so entertaining and engaging. You guys are the best commenters in the world. You make me laugh out loud, and laughing? It's my favorite!
In the words of Linda Richman, "I'm a little verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves."
I'm very grateful to have had this time to enjoy my family and dog, get outside, enjoy summer, and accomplish things that had sat unattended for so long. I know I didn't do much that most people consider fun. No water sports. No monuments or landmarks. No thrill rides. Just my life. I love it here at home.
So one last hurrah for my "Vacation," thanks to the Go-Gos. If you watch until the end, the guy sweeping up, well, that's how I feel.