I am so blessed to have family and friends who put up with all of my bullshit help me keep my priorities in check. The wanderlust has faded, for now. But, I now know that I have people here to listen to all of my big plans and, a favorite work saying: Smile, Nod, Ignore…SNI. It works. Those closest to me know that I go thru these phases every few months. Usually it results in a moderate/major hair change. I almost made it to the stylist this time…luckily for my husband (who absolutely despises when I do ANYTHING to my hair and would pull up stakes and move to Alaska to hunt for ice before wanting me to cut my hair) that wasn’t required this time.
The kids have one more week off. School starts the 17th. We have had a great and busy summer, and I’m happy to say that all of us are ready for school to start. I wasn’t feeling that a few weeks ago. Homework, bedtimes, mornings….*shudder* was NOT looking forward to that at ALL. But the tides have turned and money has run out, so time for some free childcare and alone time for mom. Mom has a new project in the works and 5 hours alone in the day on my days off will help tremendously.
Jimmy’s birthday is on the 26th and I usually plan a weekend away. This is usually a selfish plan, an excuse for ME to get away. This year, knowing that we are low on $ and Jimmy has been stressing about that, I have resigned to the fact that we would NOT being going anywhere this time. So, I was quite surprised when Jimmy asked me about dates and told me to start planning! WHAT?!?! Well, what it comes down to: he is willing to dish out $200-$500 for his annual ‘Out of Town’ Birthday Lay. I am not kidding you. In fact, a few years ago when we went to Hawaii…
****attention all family members: Please stop reading right now****
….I had agreed to twice a day. FOR TEN DAYS! So, of course I used that to my advantage leading up to our trip. I turned him down reminding him of our ‘plans’. My friend said ‘OMG Stephanie, he is going to make you PAY! You are SO going to suffer! I’m gonna buy you one of those butt donuts, cuz you’re gonna need it!’
We had a great vacation. Jimmy was happy, no butt donut needed.
I still don’t know if we are going to make it out of town yet…but I am sure I can manage a Birthday Lay for him. Maybe even two.
Since this is the last week of summer vacation, I am hoping to do one last thing with them tomorrow. I have been wanting to go to the Children’s Discover Museum in San Jose all year, so hopefully we can manage to get out there after Jimmy plugs in a few hours of work in the morning. I will be sure to take lots of pics, I noticed I’ve been slackin’ in the photo department lately so I’ve gotta OD you all again so you don’t forget what we look like. 🙂