Tomorrow is Family Orientation and so today was our true last day of summer. We eeked out one last lunch around the campfire. I also learned how to play bocce ball!
We are really loving having these dogs around. They are the nicest dogs!
We introduced Chico slowly. He was really sure he didn't like them at first - but they listen well so when we tell them to sit they do and they don't chase after him. We were able to get them to give Chico space at first. Last night Chico was just mad about the whole thing. Everywhere I went he was right under my feet. He has lightened up and now even runs between their legs. Sometimes he gets tired of them. He just goes to his hide outs and all is well. It appears Chico is an introvert. He needs time lane to recharge :) Hopefully their relaxed nature will rub off on my anxiety-ridden dog.
I think I have to quit writing the day number. It seems I messed up and I can't figure out where. Now I have missed a bunch of days.....I am not going to try to catch up. I will just continue on today.
This has been a busy week. Going back to work is a big adjustment. I am really excited about this year though. I think it is going to be great.
Today was stake conference and I was asked to speak. They gave me 8 minutes...hardly enough time to introduce myself! (Kidding...kind of) I really made an effort to prepare so that the message could be delivered as efficiently as possible. Not sure if I succeeded...but it's done. I was pretty nervous. I was glad to be asked though!
This also begins our change of time for church. Starting next week we have 9 am church. I am happy to go to church at 9 am mostly because it makes our Sunday more normal. I really struggle with meals when we have 9 am church. Everyone has breakfast. When we come home we eat. I figure that is good enough for the day, but others don't seem to agree. We end up having dinner too late and then I get to bed late. No more of that!
I often make bread on Sunday nights. Today we also made cinnamon buns. Yum!!
Peirce is dog sitting for some friends. They are the nicest dogs!
Today was my first day back to school. I'm actually back a day before everyone else with a crowd of tech types to learn about our new communication platform: Edsby. It is going to be really great!
Lately, our dryer hasn't been working. It never shuts off and it does doesn't heat up. I happen to come across someone giving their dryer away. They thought it wasn't working, bought a new one, and then found out it wasn't the dryer it was a breaker. I went by after my meeting and put it in my car ( yup...by myself!).
We got it all set up, and it works. Yea!! No more scratchy towels.
Tonight we were quite ambitious. Peirce pulled weeds. Jill vacuumed the house and cleaned the downstairs bathroom. I mopped the back entry, the front entry and the kitchen, then made dinner. It's been great!
Now I'm exhausted. It's 8:30 and I think I'm going to get to bed. Tomorrow Jill and I are going to get up bright and early so we can go to the gym before we both go to work.
We will see if we can keep up this ambitious life. Time will tell!
Maybe the exercise I have been doing really is giving me more energy!
My day started with an egg emergency. Those of us in the stake RS presidency have helped with food for the Single Adult conference this weekend. I got an email saying there were boiled eggs they needed peeled today.
I wondered if I should go to sacrament meeting in my ward then go over there. I decided I'd get up and go right away and hopefully get to sacrament meeting.
Wrong. It took me from 10 am until 1:00!! People would poke their head in the kitchen to see what I was doing and I'd invite them to help. They'd stay and do a few, then go on their way. Finally, once the wards meetings were ending, I asked the RS to come in and help me. About four sisters came in and we got the final eggs finished much quicker.
I'm was surprised at how sore my thumb was. Amazing what 75+ eggs do to a person!! And who knew eggs would take that long.
If there's ever an egg emergency again, I definitely won't go alone.
In the afternoon Jill and Peirce wanted to go to their friend, Cedrick's, farewell. Allen took them over there and I picked them up.
After, we hurried over to ou stake center because Jill was in charge of spaghetti for 100 people. Poor girl was really in over her head. Allen and I helped her get things going.
By the end of it all, I was totally exhausted. I hadn't eaten and was overly tired. It sure wasn't a typical Sunday....thank goodness!!
I should have walked this morning before going to look after the eggs. Instead, tonight, all I could do is a slow walk around the block. Now I'm going to bed.
Tonight Peirce and I went to Shakespeare on the Bow. Allen meant to come too but he ended up needing to go give someone a blessing. Peirce and I had a great time. He borrowed a camera from his YM Pressent and has really had a good time playing with it. Makes for leisurely walks when we are going somewhere because I'm always waiting for him to take some shots. He is getting really good!
I enjoyed the play...but not as much as others I have seen. I have to wonder if I was tainted. Earlier this summer, someone was telling me all the reasons she doesn't like Hamlet. So many times tonight I was reminded of that conversation and I have to wonder if I hadn't heard all those negative things about it if I would have even noticed.
I remember being sad when we moved away from the first place we lived when we were married. It was an established neighbourhood with big beautiful trees. I loved the shade. I loved the majesty of the trees.
I was reminded of that on my walk this morning. It's beautiful in our new neighborhood too!
Big day for Jill. Yesterday afternoon she applied at Village Ice Cream. About an hour later she got a call for an interview. When we got there this afternoon there was a party going on. East Village is becoming quite a fun place. Complete with huge Jenga blocks!
The other day I got an email from a lady who subs for our school. She is a retired teacher turned writer. She sent me an email saying she had been to a book store where they are hiring someone to run two kids book clubs. She figured I would be the perfect person for the job. I figured she was right so I sent off a resume.
Sadly, I just got the call saying they hired someone else....someone who beat me out just by a hair, she said.
It's a little disappointing. I would have really enjoyed it. Imagine getting paid for something I love so much.
Oh wait. I already do :)
The extra bit of $ would have been nice....but oh well.
These pictures are out of order, but I'm too tired to fix it.
I was super productive today....a bit of rarity. I made curtains for Peirce! Poor kid wakes up to the sun blasting him every morning. He did have blinds, but he took them down, along with the previous curtains. Kids! I don't know why he did that.
Best frugality in town! I bought the curtain rod at the dollar store. The curtains are from a blanket I snagged from a RS Give and Take table. Double win!!
After that, Peirce and I went and volunteed at the football game. This was before the madness.
Need to make them shorter. He wanted them long...but it looks weird. Oh well!
Lucky Peirce has had a repeat paid gig to Dog sit this beautiful dog. They also have two cats. That isn't a great an experience for Peirce as he seems to have a cat allergy. No only do they have a dog and two cats, but a bearded dragon too! He gets 10 crickets every day. Yum.