I'm back. It was not my intent to take a break from blogging on the eve of Maia's first day of school but our internet connection mysteriously cut out on Wednesday afternoon and didn't come back until a Verizon fix-it guy came on Friday (the outside box was fried??how??).
It figures that just as I was getting quite a few daily 'views' on my blog that it had to go down. I don't check my stats ever. Really. I don't. =P
Anyhow, to catch anyone who is still with me up:
*On Thursday, Maia started her first day of school at the new Environmental Charter School that just opened nearby. She is in first grade now and was very excited to ride the bus. (That came at 7:15 am and brought them home--very late!!--at 4:40 but we are only talking about happy things). She had a great first day. And a great second day on Friday. Her school gives the children two daily recesses and this was very near and dear to her heart and mine.
*While Maia was in school, I had breakfast with a friend and her son, ran errands, had lunch with another friend and then I went grocery shopping at Whole Foods where I took my time and picked up the most beautiful watermelon I've ever seen. It was medium sized and a deep green color, cool to the touch and sparkling with condensation. I was literally salivating at the thought of eating it. When I got home, I put away the groceries and took Riley for a run. We ran from our house to the park, through the park and to the bus stop where we waited for Tristyn and Maia mostly in the rain for an hour. (due to late buses.)
*On Friday evening, Rick and I stayed in for dinner and had an elaborate meal of roast chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, corn on the cob and baking powder biscuits. Then, after being frugal by staying in for dinner we went and splurged on a little treat for ourselves and the electronics store that we've been holding off on for some years now. I also spent all of Friday with sore, aching knees from Thursday's run. Apparently, the muscles (ligaments?) around my knees and going up my thighs forgot what it is like to run on trails versus treadmills. Must remedy that.
*On Saturday, legs still aching, I helped Rick with back yard work. We got more mulch and stones and also a holly bush. Rick did most of the carrying (fine, 98% of it!) and nearly all of the work. We spent the evening in having leftover chicken and watching some of the sixth season of the Sopranos. Also, we tackled some of the Mint Chocolate Chip Ice cream I had made the day before.
*Today, unfortunately was more back yard work. But--prior to picking up more supplies, Rick and I enjoyed some time talking over coffee at Starbucks which was pleasant and also picking up Maia's birthday present. After returning home and completing the yard work, we spent the rest of our free time sitting on the deck with piles of books, hot pizza and sweet, tiny delicious grapes.
All in all, a productive last few days. =)
P.S. That watermelon? Not so good. It might possibly have been the blandest, tasteless watermelon I've ever had!!!! What's a girl got to do to get a watermelon WITH seeds which EQUALS flavor? That tiny one our CSA share sent us was such a tease. I need 'bout 8 more of those type at least.