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Today is the last Monday of the school year. I don’t know who is happier – me or the boys. For me, it means that I don’t have to get up at 5:30 in the morning unless I want to. For the boys, it’s the second to last day of exams and that much closer to summer vacation. In either event, believe it or not, it was in the 40s here this morning…..quite cool considering we are at the day before the official beginning of summer. Kids are hanging around here in sweat jackets.
I feel like such a slacker lately. There has been a lot going on around here and consequently I haven’t had much free time to sit and do one of the things that I enjoy — write here. So to attempt to fill in, here’s what’s been going on (in no particular order):
1. Creme is sick and we are trying to figure out what it is – in typical medical fashion it could be something bad or something worse. The worse is something that would affect all three (goats -I’m talking about here, folks – not human kids) and ultimately could be fatal. Poor little thing’s face is all swollen and the swelling seems to come and go.
2. Frost. We have had some and this week is going to be in the 30s all week. This weekend I spent picking more tomatoes and celery than I care to count and drying and freezing and washing – and covering what’s salvageable in the garden.
3. I am taking over the publication of the Wallingford Historical Society’s newsletter and I have to get my wits about me to figure out what I am doing. The former newsletter editor has been super helpful in pointing me in the right direction and I’ll be knocking on her door this week again I am sure, but there is a lot of work to do on my own and I have to fit it in.
4. We are doing some renovation work around the house and there has just been a stream of things that need to be done and (quite honestly) are more fun and exciting than some of the other work I have to do. Let’s see — draft a foreclosure complaint or get things sorted away in the mudroom? — (I bet you’d pick the same as me)
5. We’ve had some company, lots of kids and soccer and cross country practices, meets, games and general driving responsibilities. Things will be coming to a close soon in that department since those seasons will be wrapping up this month, only to begin the rock climbing, snowboarding and skiing teams…..Go (notice my enthusiasm) team!
This week there are two soccer games, two cross country meets, scouts,practices, a concert (for which I am sure that I have to bake something) PSATs and middle son is interviewing for a winter job on Saturday….
Whewwwwww……..and it’s only Monday.
Another Monday…the start of another week. There is something so peaceful about Sunday, I think it takes that long for the the week and its craziness to be washed off of us. By Sunday, usually, everyone is lazy and relaxed. And then…boom…it’s Monday and the race starts again. Up early, school, work, running here, running there.
It’s a whole lot nicer to wake up on Mondays now that its usually to the daylight and the sounds of the birds and the rooster rather than to the alarm clock and the blackness of what appears to still be night. While I guess that I am a morning person, I do like my mornings to be bright.
Mondays as a general rule get a bad rap. No one likes Monday, songs have even been written about how much people don’t like Mondays. I think this in part has to do with the fact that if you sleep in over the weekend, Mondays are just that much harder to get up and back into a routine for when they roll around. Mondays are picked on just because they are the first day of the work/school week. If the days were rearranged, we would be writing about how much we don’t like Tuesdays (or Wednesdays, etc.)
Personally I think that the success to not hating Mondays is just to not alter your schedule that much over the weekend. For those of you with children, you know where I am coming from with this. We started this ski lesson session that lasts for 10 weeks and requires us to be OUT OF THE HOUSE by 8:15 on Sunday. Not to mention that on Saturday morning guitar lessons have us out of the house by just about the same time. So, therefore, Monday is not that bad. I am up at 6-6:15 but hey, I got to sleep in until 7 on Saturday and Sunday — so, hey, I am GOOD.
For those of you without children — enjoy your weekend sleeping in and keep hating Mondays. Just keep the Monday blues to yourself – we have no pity here for those of you who know what sleeping until 10 or – dare I say it? – 11 is like. The only time I am in bed until 10 or 11 a.m. is if I am vomiting or otherwise deadly ill.