July 24, 2014

Summer Reading

Updating the blog during the summer is difficult. Everything just slooooows down, which is fine by me. We all need a break and do-nothing time now and again.  I've spent the summer thus far doing clean-up projects around the house which is not exciting at all. And when I'm not completely exhausted from that, my butt is on the couch flipping through shows on my DVR in the air conditioning.

I am not a summer lover.

Soon we are leaving on vacation #2 of the summer. I can't remember when we've ever done that before! I am not complaining and feeling fortunate that we're able to swing it this year.

So in honor of the up coming trip, I picked up some summer reading for the boys. Won't they be thrilled to learn they will spend some time reading on the plane! They should feel lucky their schools only require them to read ONE book over the summer. Am I right?!

I wish my boys were readers but they are not. So much for reading countless books to them when they were small. I was the same way when I was their age so I guess I can't fault them for it. We've searched high and low for a genre that keeps them interested to no avail. Why would they want to read when wifi is e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e!

The one on the left is for me as soon as I finish the current book I'm reading on my Kindle. The Grisham book is for Bud. I hope I can convince him to give it a try. (He can choose whatever book he wants to read.) I always loved a good crime story (I just finished Gone Girl) and he enjoys the TV show Castle so I thought maybe this could be a winner. The Chocolate Touch is for Boo. He *loves* chocolate so this was a no-brainer when we saw it on the summer reading list. It seems a little young for kids going into 5th grade but who am I to argue. I didn't create the list!

Here's to getting them to use their mushy summer brains!

July 22, 2014

Tweenager's Appetite

I might be ready for school to start again. My kids are enjoying a very, very lazy summer but they are eating me out of house and home.

For a SNACK last night, Bud ate a bowl of cucumbers, a bowl of watermelon, a bowl of fruit loops and then he washed all of that down with an entire bag of tortilla chips. The whole bag. He ate every last crumb.

I hope he's growing?! Football starts next week ... I'm going to need a second job just to pay for groceries!

July 15, 2014

Death by White Fencing

I'd like to punch the person in the face who created white vinyl fencing. It's pretty, it looks nice, and it provides privacy but it's a pain in the ass to clean. Normal people would use a power washer (but ours is broken) and we had some concerns that the fence might be too brittle in some areas to withstand the force of a power washer so that left one option: hand-scrub it.

I can tell you this: it's an awesome workout
and I'm tanning nicely.

I'm not done yet.  
And there's a slight chance I will need shoulder surgery
in the near future.

Home ownership is not for the weak!

July 9, 2014


Boo is doing a soccer camp this week that runs each night at our local field. It's a good thing to get him off the couch since my boys are enjoying the ultimate lazy summer. 

On Monday night I had just set up my chair, sat down, and started talking with one of the other moms when I suddenly jumped up and screamed OUCH! I instantly sensed I had been stung by something but by what? Because we saw nothing flying away or laying on the ground - it was really weird. But I pulled up my capri's and saw the red pin-prick on my knee and man, it hurt! The next question directed at me was "are you allergic?"  

Hmmm... I had no idea. I've never been stung by a bee before. 

So good news - I'm not allergic but it's now almost 48 hours later and the itching and burning is insane!  I'm fairly certain it's burning because I'm scratching it so much. I can't help it. Nothing is helping!

I googled for images of wasp stings and I'm fairly certain that's what got me. The little assholes!

But I'm curious ... this venom injected into me, does it have numbing properties? My knee has been bothering me a lot lately, very achy, etc.  I had an MRI about 9 years ago and was told I had thinning cartilage and had a cortisone injection.  I was starting to think it was time to go back to the knee doctor but maybe the wasp sting is helping?! Maybe I can arrange to get stung once a week?!