June 26, 2010

Oooohhh LOOK! Something SHINY!!!

I'm not sure if it's really possible to be more easily distracted than I. On more than one occasion, I sought confirmation that I was the most easily distractable person I know...but I got sidetracked and lost interest!
Anyhow, it doesn't take much for me to lose focus on a task and totally drop the ball. Having the kids home for the summer vacation is certainly no exception, either! It's certainly no excuse, but it's my reason for ignoring my blog, along with so many other things. We all have them, right?
We have had quite a bit going on around here, that's for sure! For example, we took the kids to the beach for a few days...

That was fun!
On our way back, we picked up our new boxer puppy, Tiger. He's a brindle male and cute as can be! Aly was so excited when she first saw him that she went a little goofy. (Okay, so she's already normally WAY PAST A LITTLE GOOFY, but she got even more spastic when she met her new buddy!) Now, she can calm down enough to cuddle with him....in between beating the tar out of him, of course!

If Aly could quote cheesy movie lines, I'm pretty sure she'd be saying, "You complete me" right here. (In reality, she was just trying to get a better shot at grabbing him by the throat!)

He's quite the playful little guy and keeps coming back for more, no matter how many times she slaps at him and rolls him across the room! In fact, she hasn't made him yelp even once.

Yup...here comes trouble!

As always, Snickers is the least amused of all of us. If I could read his mind....well, I probably wouldn't want to most days! He's curious about the new creature that barks like a wind-up toy and approaches Tiger to get a good sniff. To my knowledge, Tiger had never seen a cat before Snickers. Their first meeting had Tiger instantly growling at Snickers as if every fiber of his being told him that this is the enemy. Snickers, who is not easily startled, just stared at him. Somehow, the eye contact between the two critters made the puppy uncomfortable and he started to back up and run away. Maybe he's just a really good judge of character and he knows that Snickers is evil. The rest of us know that already!
So, that's my story....AND I'M STICKIN' TO IT!

June 7, 2010

YAY! It's Summertime! (I think!)

See what happens when I give myself the weekend off?

I'm not sure...
DOH! I did it again! I started this post yesterday and then never got back to it! I was GOING to say that this was the first official day of summer vacation. And it was....YESTERDAY!
Sadly, the pile of laundry by the washer doesn't look too much smaller today than it did in yesterday's picture. (See above picture) I started laundry early enough in the day yesterday with plans to tackle the whole mountain. Then, I saw something shiny and...well, anyone who knows me knows how the rest of this story goes. Today, I've made myself a clear list of what needs to be done and I plan to do it ALL. Some of the things are actually mildly pleasant, so I'm hoping that keeps me motivated.
But don't hold your breath, okay? I know I won't!
So, yesterday was the first 'official' day of summer vacation for us. School ended Friday and weekends are a given. I think the highlight of yesterday must have been not having to cook dinner and getting through about five chapters of the book I'm reading. OH! And I learned how to crochet some more! Pictures will follow, but I'm really excited that I now know what 'Half Double Crochet' is, as well as 'Triple Crochet' and the like. I almost feel like I can say that I speak 'crochet' now. Almost. My tension isn't quite what it will be, just as my tension was when I first started knitting. It will work itself out.
I've decided that this is going to be the first annual 'Summer of ME.' I'm not sure how that will go, but I'm really trying to take better care of myself and not blame my family or use them as an excuse for not doing so. I have so much more control over our schedule in the summertime. And it's my responsibility to try to work some healthier routines into the mix. When I'm tired and feel icky, I'm not as good for my family as I could be.
When momma's not happy, ain't NO ONE happy....right?
Like usual, however, my list of things to do is more than I'll ever be able to get done. And something's gotta give, right? I'm working on a new knitting pattern and hope to get it written down relatively soon. Once that happens, I will post it. I love making up knitting patterns! I'm still a new enough knitter that I don't always follow a pattern precisely and end up finding new and cool ways to do things. I'm a rebel in my own right. I will always wear my seatbelt, but I don't like to follow knitting patterns.
I know, I know...alert the authorities!
Anyhow, my list is growing longer and I need to check some stuff off if it. (HECK! I might even actually DO some of those things before I cross them off! Stranger things have happened...) I can't be completely to blame for my lack of productivity; this is the second epidsode of 'Fanboy and Chum Chum' in a row this morning and I think my brain will soon be oozing out of one of my ears! This, to me, is just more proof that there is a strong connection between people who write children's programs and drug use.
I can't be the only one who thinks that, can I?
Do you make lists that are in no way possible or even probable to complete?