The present

Aug. 2nd, 2011 11:04 am
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It’s been a long week since I got back from the trip to Europe, which is why I haven’t quite caught up with posting pictures and the final bits of my blog.

First there was a lot of work.  A half day (thanks to Kayce) the day we got back.  A full day the next.  And two eleven-hour days (plus an early day when I dropped the girls off at the airport).

I was still feeling exceedingly tired and jet-laggy, which is no surprise, so I decided to take it easy over the weekend.  I did some work in the garden, or should I say my grain field.  It was harder work than I anticipated -- because I have ignored it all spring it was (and still mostly is) a tangled mess of ivy vines and European Buttercup creepers.  Tearing those out left me tired and sore.

So after a good, long nap and some cleaning up around the house, I settled down to read Dance of the Dean by Lincoln and Child.  I stayed up too late reading it, and had to get up early the next morning.

I had a bunch of stuff to do in the morning and from the very start of the day I could tell it was going to be a bad allergy day, with eyes and nose both running uncontrollably.  Grocery shopping (including allergy meds, because we were out), making food, cleaning and tidying.  I got that all done so I could meet Ali for breakfast on my way down to the airport to pickup the girls.  We had a nice talk and I got to hear all about ComicCon.

I picked up Chris and Becca at the airport and it was very good to see them.  I got to hear all about their trip and Becca couldn’t stop talking about how great it was.

I got a nap when we got home and woke up from that badly and basically spent the rest of the day reading, staying up late so that I could finish the book.  It’s been a long time since I’ve gone on a reading binge like that.  But I’m really enjoying getting back into reading and I’m going to keep it up.  So I started the sequel...

Monday morning came too early, but at least my allergy symptoms had left.  I was greeting by a text message saying that a good friend was at the ER, which was not a happy thing and worried me quite a bit until I finally heard that everything was okay.  I started getting caught up with all of my web-mastering work for Gary’s Games (which I just now finished) and then drove down to Seattle to meet Layla for lunch.

We met at a great Thai place, and it was such a nice day that I insisted we sit on the patio.  That was a mistake, as it turned out, because we were there for four hours and I sunburned something crazy.  My arms are bright red and painful to bend.  Despite that, we had a very nice time, people watching in Fremont, and talking about pretty much everything.

Afterwards, I came home and went driving with Becca for a about an hour, which was fun, although she wasn’t in a very talkative mood.

Coming home, I made my homemade chicken strips that everyone loves and then settled in to catch up on some of the shows we recorded while we were away.  We watched two episodes of Expedition Impossible, both of which got me surprisingly emotional as two teams actually helped out and made sacrifices for other teams for no other reason than kindness and friendship.  You don’t see that often in a Mark Burnett show.

Becca tried to get me to go to bed at 11:00, but I had gone back to my book and was stubbornly not giving into sleep because I was enjoying it so much.  I stayed up way too late and got up way too early, but now I should have most of my chores done by Noon and can get a good nap in.  Before the end of the day you should see one or two more blog posts about the Europe trip and some of our pictures starting to show up.

Now if I can only get some work done on Ellis.... 

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