The Dog Day of Summer
I am taking a page out of Bethany’s book, but tweaking it a little by giving you a live update every hour on the hour…
8:00 AM Windows are open. Cool Breeze drifting in. Homemade chocolate-chocolate-chip muffins cooling on the stove. Children in the family room, noses in their own books. A silent house.
9:00 AM Still in my pajamas. Hoping there is a muffin left for me. [There wasn't.] Phone ringing. Kids squealing at the TV. (Ruff Ruffman’s collar is missing!) And me? I am trying to comment on Liz’s beautiful children. Almost time for my breakfast.
10:00 AM Reading my textbook–having a difficult time focusing. Kids are supposed to be cleaning up their rooms, the basement, and the things that linger in the rest of the house. Their incentive? The Beach! I have no idea if they are actually cleaning or not, I wonder what they are up to…
11:00 AM Chatting on the phone with a friend. Kids outside bathing Baby Alive. No interest in going to the beach, so we will just hang out here.
NOON Taking lunch orders. Looking for quotes for the school tee-shirts. Kids lounging in the background.
1:00 PM Windows are still open. Loving the cool caress of the breeze. Finishing up lunch with dessert: Chocolate pudding. Happy kids all around. Ignoring the dishes to get back to reading. Still have so much to read.
2:00 PM Reading on the patio in the warm sun. Almost done with Chapter 8. Trying to read through chapter 11–HA! Hallucinating again. Kids need to get kicked outside, it is too beautiful to be in doors. What are they up to now?
3:00 PM Sneaking chocolate chips from the fridge. Facebooking. Kicked kids outside earlier. Chapter 8 is done, chapter 9 is started, but I need a break. Going to work on my paper that is due tomorrow. [From my class in July.]
4:00 PM Yelling at singing children to get outside. Writing my paper. Almost done with Part I, maybe I can write Part II now too! Thinking about dinner, what to make. Wishing to go out to eat on a roof top patio. It is a perfect night for it.
5:00 PM Talking on the phone again with a different friend. Paper is done! Beginning Dinner–Spaghetti, and DISHES.
6:00 PM Sauce is made. Waiting for water to boil for the noodles. Going to begin making garlic toast, when EMERGENCY! Katie has a stick jetting out from the top of her foot. It looks huge. I had to pull it out, but imagined every scene from ER where they yell….”Don’t pull it out! She’ll BLEED OUT!” Pulled it out, it hardly bled, and she didn’t even wince. And I didn’t even faint. Jeff comes home after the drama has passed.
7:00 PM Dinner on the patio at our own house is finishing. I am slicing fresh peaches while Jeff does the dishes.
8:00 PM Getting ready for bed. Sun going down. Reading Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle, Maniac McGee, and Leprechauns in Late Winter in separate rooms to separate kids. My favorite thing about being a mom.
9:00 PM Posting my August Break. A successful day.
How was yours?