All good things…

I love a good, long weekend. And this weekend was good. And long. Productive, yet enjoyable. Yes, we had a great time despite NOT seeing fireworks yesterday. Can you believe it?? Turns out you can celebrate our nation’s independence WITHOUT fireworks. I know, I was shocked too.

See, I love fireworks just as much as the next fella. What I DON’T love are insane crowds of people. I don’t love these crowds even more when I’ve got two small children in tow who are generally zombies after 9pm. Rancho San Rafael generally puts on an awesome show. It’s a bit closer to home and we have ways of enjoying the show without having to get hip deep in people. And then we can make a quick escape and get home without having to fight traffic. But, thanks to the shit economy (which I blame BUSH for cuz it’s so much fun), there was no Rancho fireworks this year.

We’ve tried the fireworks show over in Sparks in the past. And while we had a good time, the mere NOTION of trying to duplicate that event makes my blood run cold. And not just the mad throng of people watching the show… But the fighting traffic to get home. It was a nightmare. So if that’s what it takes to see fireworks in this town? Sorry, but I’ll pass.

I must be getting old. Once upon a time, mad throngs of people and horrendous traffic were part of the fun! It was exciting to be a part of the crowd! To be where the action was at! I remember, years and years and YEARS ago going to downtown San Jose to watch fireworks and afterward, driving over to Ls Gatos where the Brazillian socvor teams was ripping it up every nughr. That was the summer the World Cup was in the Bay Area and Brazil’s parties night after night had become the stuff of legend and news stories.

It was great.

I remember the streets being PACKED, shoulder to shoulder wth people laughing, drinkng, singing and having a great time. It was a lot of fun.

But the thought of doing that now? Sorta makes me want to scream. I like spending time with family and friends, barbecuing, telling stories, laughing and setting off little fireworks in the backyard. That sure beats having to fight traffic, if you ask me.

And it’s not like we won’t be seeing any fireworks this year. It’s officially one month until our big Disney Extravaganza and I have it on good authority that there will be fireworks every night. Yes, even on the cruise. So it’s not like us (or the kids) will be deprived or anything.

Cough. Where was I?

Oh yeah! The weekend. I had fun. It was long. Now it’s over. That makes me sad.

Next up: Liam turns 3. GAH.

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Monday Update: It's HOT

So summer weather finally found us.  I guess that’s the best excuse I can find for not updating since WEDNESDAY.  I should have my WordPress taken away from me.  Truly shameful.

But seriously.  I hate this hot weather.  HATE. IT.  It just magnifies my intense dislike for Reno right now.  As if I didn’t have enough other reasons to completely loathe living here, now Mother Nature turns on the heat.

We went to explore the Legends shopping complex over at the Sparks Marina yesterday.  It’s sort of an outdoor mall (but in my opinion, kicks the doors off the Summit Sierra which I pretty much detest just on principle) with lots of great shops, most of them factory outlet stores.  Like the Carters store.  I will be going back there this weekend.  And it will be amazing.  The jammies alone had me turning cartwheels in the aisles.

The only drawback? It was so freaking HOT.  And for some reason, where we’re located, when the sun really gets going it just burns through and sears your skin.  The elevation?  The dryness?  WHO KNOWS.  But it sucks.  I hate it…. hate hate hate hate hate it.  And everytime I see the weather man on TV gleefully forecast yet more scorching days ahead I want to drive over to the television studio and kick him in the head.

I don’t like living here.  I feel it amplifies everything that is frustrating in my life right now.  I am so isolated and so hot and so tired and pretty much everyone who lives here sucks ass.  I’m sorry if you live here and feel you don’t suck ass but this is my honest assessment.  There’s just enough people crammed into this valley that everyone starts going all “Lord of the Flies” when they are out and about.  People drive like lunatic assholes.  Crowds of people embrace the mob mentality and everything becomes “every man for himself.”   Rudeness prevails.  Doors aren’t held open, people cut in lines, inconsideration is the order of the day.  Put miserable hot weather on top of that and I HAVE HAD IT.

I used to kind of like living here.  Yeah, that whole feeling is GONE.

There.  Is that enough whining for a Monday?  I sure hope so.  I pulled out all the stops.  I even feel a little ill about it, to be honest.  But everyone knows you can’t start off a Monday properly until you’ve bitched and moaned about something.  Up to and including Monday itself.  I feel I covered my bases.   But just for good measure:

Monday AND Reno can BITE ME.

I feel better now.

Hard at work or hardly workin'?

It’s a weekend of much activity around these parts.  Kile’s parents came to town on Thursday.  Kile took yesterday off and much preparation for much work was done.  It involved trips to Lowes and Home Depot and even Walmart.   The Walmart trip was to pick out a swingset which I apparently needed to be there for even though the extent of my contribution was, “Yeah… that one.”

Kile’s parents have given us a great gift for Kile’s birthday this year: a backyard.  See, we’ve always had a backyard but it hasn’t amounted to much.  Case in point:

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This is what it looked like when we were about to move in (and before all the fencing was done).  Large (it’s bigger than it looks… TRUST ME).  See tiny Harry?  He was so little!  Aww…

And taken several years later:

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Pretty much exactly this except picture a lot more weeds and sagebrush and a lot less fence.  And, at the moment, a little less water.

Kile is digging trenches for a sprinkler system, the first step towards some GRASS.  WOOT!  It’ll be just like a REAL backyard!  He’s got the pipe and valves and sprinkler heads and all that jazz.

Impressive trench

Please pardon the crappy cell-phone-ishness of it all.  But you get hte idea.  Lots of dirt.  And pipes.  And dirt.  (and a dead tree) Did I mention the weeds?

My in laws, on the other hand, are working on the swing set.  We got a real nice one.  And I’m forever grateful for them getting it for us and putting it together.  It looks like a major pain in the ass.

Operation: Swingset

Thank goodness they had the foresight to bring along that shade-awning.  Not for the sun but for the RAIN.  Because it’s June in Nevada.  Apparently RAIN is the weather of choice.  I’ve lived here for longer than I care to admit and apparently this is news to me.  See more of the trenches?  That’s where the sprinkler pipes are going.  Wee!  See my oldest so enthusiastically helping his grandparents hold up the structure while they drill it?  We keep telling him he’ll enjoy the end result.  I don’t know if he believes us or not.

And where have I been during all this?  Inside.  I’ve been on “childcare duty”.  It’s been one of those days where one goes down for a nap and the other is up.  Since there’s not much to do out there with one or two small children (hence the idea for this whole project in the first place), we’ve stayed inside.  At least I’ve gotten some knitting done.

So that’s the hap in these parts.  Anyone else out there having a more interesting weekend? Lay it on me!

Friday! Can I get an amen?

It doesn’t matter how difficult or relatively easy a week is, how long or how short, I am ALWAYS glad to see Friday come.  ALWAYS.

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This wasn’t such a bad week.  The children weren’t overly frustrating (just mildly so).  The days weren’t as long and exhausting.  Which is surprising considering how late we’ve been staying up to watch Conan O’Brian on The Tonight Show this week.

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And while we’re on the topic, isn’t Conan doing a great job?  I’ve really enjoyed watching him this week.  We haven’t stayed up for the entire show, as we are milk-toasts and tend to want to be in bed around midnight.  But we’ve watched his opening monologue and the little sketches he’s been doing and have enjoyed those immensely.  I particularly enjoyed his take-over of the Universal Studios Tour tram ride.  Kile enjoyed it when he bought his “Bitch” belt buckle.

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Anyhow.  Where was I?  Oh yes.  FRIDAY!  It’s even been a rather easy week, weather wise.  It has been stormy since last weekend and I am LOVING it.   I’d say we’ve had more rain this last week than we have had so far this YEAR.  Every day is cloudy, moody, rainy and full of marvelous thunderstorms.  I love thunderstorms.  We even had HAIL today.

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And the question of whether or not to go camping tonight came up and I think the weather answered it for us:  HELL NO.  We’re not masochists.  Life is short.  It is not meant to be spent setting up tents in the mud and huddling inside with the water dripping in.  I’m sorry but I’m just not geared for that.  And neither is Kile, apparently, as he shared my views on it.  Shoot, I imagine even if we had a super fancy camper complete with heater and cozy beds we’d be reluctant.  What fun is it camping in such drippy weather?  Better saved for warmer weather, I think.  We’re still planning to go here in a couple weeks or so (I’m not sure the exact date which would explain why things like this tend to sneak up on me).  And I can guarantee the weather will be back to “normal”.

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I hate “normal” weather in Nevada in the summer time.  I hate the hot sun, the dry wind, the heat, heat, heat!  Come to think of it, there is precious little I do enjoy about Nevada these days.  Why are we still here again?  Good question.

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One of these days, we’re going to get more motivated to try to relocate to someplace else.  I imagine it might be easier if the economy weren’t in the crapper.  And housing prices weren’t a complete and utter joke.  I have given up seeing what our home is valued at these days.  Just too damned depressing.

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Lets not talk about such depressing stuff, shall we?  Let’s talk about happy things!  Like the fact that the weekend is here!  I don’t know if we have anything planned.  Probably another trip to the drive in.  I don’t even know what’s playing this weekend but I’m sure something fabulous is.  I guess I have to look that up.  Oh and we have a cub scouts thing for Harry tomorrow.  We’ll just go up during the day and hope for the best.  I hope the kids are cooperative.  Scratch that:  I hope LIAM is cooperative.

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Kile’s birthday is coming up soon.  And try as I might, I can’t get a good answer out of him on what he wants to do/get/have/be for his birthday.  Frustrating.  I’m rather limited in my shopping capabilities which means ordering online is the way to go.  And if he won’t tell me what to get or how much I have to spend… well, I’m sorta screwed.  So in turn I feel bad that I’m not honoring his birthday like I should.  I do have cake mix on hand though!  There will be cake!

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Men.  So frustrating.

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Now, if you’ll excuse me, I hear Evie is up from her nap and I need to go give her some serious big-time snuggles.  And perhaps a diaper change.  Not neccessarily in that order.

Have a happy weekend, everyone!  Eat pizza for dinner tonight in celebration!  (I know I plan to!)

Stuck

I’m currently stranded at Kohl’s and I literally don’t know what to do with myself. Kile dumped me off here and took the kids with him to go do Super Sekrit Mother’s Day Shopping.

I know most women would killfor tgiskind of opportunity to shop, sans kids. But I’m kind of an odd duck. Plus, I don’t really think I can spend any money so that makes looking at stuff kinda pointless.

I did find some cheap, cute, and comfy (the three c’s!) pajama/lounge capris. And some ccc girly pajamas for Evie too. I also looked high and low for a shirt she could wear under one of her swing dresses but had no luck. Though, looking back, I probably should have looked for a shirt in red too, cuz she needs one of those too. Oh well, I don’t think they would have had one.

So right now, I’m sitting down in the shoe department (the only place I could find to sit). And thank GOD for the iPhone or I’d probably totally be beside myself.

So what is everyone else up to today? We’re hoping to go see “Star Trek” at the drive-in tonight. I have my doubts as to how smoothly THAT will go. But it’s worth a shot.

Okay, I’m getting strange looks from the sales people so I better mosey on. Later, peeps!

Fridays are a gift

I just love Fridays.  While they’re still part of the week and generally contain just as much drudgery as a Tuesday, they hold the promise of “relief”.  If you can just make it to five o’clock, you have two whole days ahead of you that provide a well-needed break from the everyday routine.  All day long I thrill at the thought that the WEEK IS OVER.  Can I get an Amen?

I want to thank everyone for their responses on my panicked Disney post. You guys have some REALLY good advice!  I think I learned some useful tips that I’m going to try.  I even think I’ve figured out the stroller dilemma. I think we’re going to buy one or two umbrella/lightweight/compact fold strollers that have at least a decent sun canopy and a good recline and then buy the connectors so we can turn two strollers into one double stroller if needed.  I think that’ll work best and then we’ll have the strollers to use here at home too.  While renting in Orlando was a good choice, I think having a stroller(s) in the airports and on the cruise will be INVALUABLE.  So that’s that.  We’re going to go down to Babies r’ Us this weekend and give a few a “test drive”.  What we find there will determine whether we buy one or two.  We have a lightweight stroller here that we could use, but it doesn’t recline so if we find the right stroller for the right price, we’ll get two.

We’re still working out the other issues, but I feel more informed now and less panicked.  So that is AWESOME.  THANK YOU.  I’ll send you all postcards. Heh.

Also, thanks for the commisseration on the mail man frustration.  I’m both happy to know I’m not the only one and horrified that I’m not the only one who has experienced such shoddy service.  I swear, if it was going to be an enormous pain in the arse, I’d totally switch to UPS for packages or something.  Damn the post office.

After not getting any mail at ALL on Wednesday (I think it was Wednesday?), the mail came much earlier on Thursday.  And while it wasn’t AS early yesterday, it did come before 5pm AND the mailman actually took a package up to my door!  SHOCKER!  Now if he’d just do that every time, life would be good.  I don’t ask for much, people.  I just want my mail in a timely manner and packages delivered.  Totally not an unreasonable request.

I don’t know exactly what our plans are for the weekend but I suspect there will be a goodly amount of grocery shopping (it’s that time of the month, after all).  I also imagine there might be a trip to the drive in, though the new X-men movie pales in comparison to Iron-man which is what we saw last year this very weekend.  My parents are coming up for a couple days on Sunday so that’s something too. Which means that there will be a goodly amount of cleaning done here this weekend as well.  JOY.  Luckily, the living room was recently cleaned (including the carpets which were Filthy), and the kitchen is rather bearable so the job shouldn’t be too enormous.

Gosh.  You know, when I type all that out, it sounds completely, 100%, DULL.  I sure hope your weekends are a lot more interesting than mine.

Easter (and pictures) (but mostly pictures)

How has everyone’s weekend been?  Ours has been mellow.  Solitary.  Quiet (or as quiet as it can be with three kids).   Nothing very exciting.  Nothing extraordinary.

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Of course, this hasn’t stopped me from taking pictures.  And I want to share those pictures here because I feel like I haven’t been taking very many pictures of non-knitting related activities lately.

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Of course, Evie is yet again a major subject.  Mostly because, for the moment, she sits the most still for the camera and doesn’t make weird faces (at least not on purpose).  I cannot say the same about the boys.  It’s almost impossible to get a reasonable picture of Liam these days.  Everything I take is blurry, blurry, blurry.

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Eggs were dyed, though I find as I progress through my adult years that I don’t have much interest in dying eggs.  And I have even less toleration for cheapo Paas dying kits.  It’s virtually impossible to get good color with those damned things.  But I tried.

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Harry had a good time dying eggs though.  So did Liam, though his favorite part might have been when he tried to dump out the entire contents of the yellow dye cup.  Or when he cracked an egg by slamming it on the table too hard.  Whoops.

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The “Easter Bunny” was hard at work last night, putting together everyone’s color coordinated baskets.  Evie’s basket was purples and pinks, Liam’s was blues and yellows, and Harry’s was reds and greens.  Very cute.  And everyone seemed to know whose basket was whose this morning without even having to ask.

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I’m too cute.  Even for myself.

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Liam was big time into the whole thing this morning.  He started hunting for eggs as soon as he got downstairs and was completely charmed by that whole activity.  That is, until he noticed his Easter basket and the bounty that lay within.

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Evie was a little young yet to really look for eggs but she was definitely a fan of the whole chocolate thing.

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We’re sorta playing it downkey today.  Half of us don’t feel that hot (I’m included in that half).  But we did make it out on time for church this morning.

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I know, I was surprised too.

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We hit up Jack in the Box after church because isn’t that where everyone goes when they’re dressed in their Easter finest?  For the record, their mini sirloin burgers are faboo.

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After we scarred the younguns with the touchless car wash, we came home.  And that is where we shall stay for the remainder of the day.  Kile is fighting sleep in his recliner while “Cars” plays for about the  10th time this week on the television.

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We have a pretty easy Easter dinner to put together that involves mostly warming things up.  Even better, these “things” are yummy things.  So you know, there’s that.

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This assumes we’ll feel well enough to eat.

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Meh.

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Happy Easter!

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Weekend Whimsy

Another end to another interesting week. I think me getting out of the house with the kids to go shopping on Monday really helped. We went out on Tuesday night and did a little shopping. Wednesday, Kile wasn’t feeling well so he stayed home and I was able to go to the grocery store BY MYSELF. That was HUGE, people.

I think Thursday was the only day I stayed home the whole day. And even then it wasn’t dull because there was much online shenanigans to enjoy.

Last night, we ran out so I couldget to the yarn store before it closed at 6. And when I walked in, the gal behind the counter said, “You’re back! What do you need this time?”. Which I take as a hint that maybe I’m in there an awful lot. Not that it will discourage me from returning. And my trip there last night was a great success because the yarn I picked up matches my project PERFECTLY. So, you know, YAY.

We ate out at Chili’s, something we almost never do anymore. If we do eat out, it’s almost always fast food. And apparently, people think that’s the way it should be because the young, childless people seated behind us kept giving us dirty looks throughout dinner. How dare we eat out when we have children? The nerve! It’s alright; I rest assured that these people will someday have small children and will want to eat out at a family friendly (ha!) restaurant with their kids in tow who will actually behave decently and they too will have some selfish pricks glare at them while they try to eat.

The universe is fair that way.

Anyhow…

The weekend itslef has been full of shopping trips and other fun and exciting things. And if you read that sentance, your voice dripping with sarcasm, then you yet a cookie.

I’m sorry this isn’t more exciting to read but time has been scant (as has patience), and I’ve pecked this whole sordid thing out on my phone and I think that should qualify me for some sort of medal, don’t you think?


One of my favorite stores to visit, Whole Foods

I give you: Cuteness

In lieu if an actual post today, I’m instead sharing with you an adorable shot I snapped of Evie in her carseat as we left the house this morning (afternoon? This stupid time change had me all screwed up). Not only is she cute as heck, but she’s also wearing some adorable new shoes I scored for her this last week (http://hyenacart.com/congfu).

Anyhow, I hope you and yours are having a nice Sunday and that the stupid time change doesn’t have you too confused.

Love to my peeps

So… It’s Valentine’s Day. I feel somehow far less prepared for it this year than usual. No cards or candy have been purchased. True, some heart-shaped Valentine’s cookies were prepared yesterday but I didn’t have a hand in them. Harry made them. (in the interest of full disclosure, they were the already made cookies from Toll House that you just stick in the oven.) But STILL.

I’m not even 100% sure that I’m going to be spending the majority of this day with most of my loved ones. Though I imagine I will, even though it will mean leavingmy comfort zone and doing something I don’t really want to do. Now THAT’S love.

Anyhow, I’d like to wish all of  you a Happy Valentine’s Day, whether you have a significant other or not, whether you believe in the holiday or not.  I’m not as good at putting my words together as maybe Brit is (you MUST read her V-Day post), but the intention is there.   I hope you area all having a great holiday and have a great holiday weekend ahead of you.

Kisses, ya’ll!