I am feeling very guilty because it's been 9 days since I updated my blog. Believe me, it's not because nothing has been happening in my universe, but mainly because it's back to school time, and I'm exhausted. My workouts have been there, though not as strongly as I would like. Cooking has also not been as prominent this week as I'm figuring out how to balance my lack of time again. It doesn't help that I had 3 days of 7am meetings, so D was stuck running the mornings by himself (and he's NOT a morning guy!). I know it sounds like I'm whining. I am. I'll get over it, but would like a few minutes of pouting and sympathy.
I have three children who go to four different school that all start and end at different times. I forgot how much I enjoyed the freedom of my schedule in the summer. Even though it was freakishly hot and I had to get creative with my workouts, it was still quite open to me with the available hours in my day. Well...I can fully and utterly kiss that goodbye!
Last Tuesday was the first day of school for the kidlets. Overall, the schedules are working much as they did last year. Next year will change since A and M will be in the same school, and at least their mornings will be the same.
This past weekend we went with friends and their spouses/kids to one of the couple's river house in Deltaville, VA. There were 13 of us in all. 6 adults, 7 kids. Since A doesn't get home from high school until 630 pm, we were late hitting the road. We made it up there by 9pm though, and pretty much all the adults sat around until nearly 2am drinking wine, talking, and catching up.
My one girlfriend and I planned all the meals for the weekend. Our other girlfriend isn't much into cooking, but L and I very much are, so it worked out well.
On Friday afternoon (I took the afternoon off), I was shopping for all the groceries I'd need for the weekend, and went to Sam's Club. I was picking up beer, and I had to decide between cans or bottles. To be honest, I haven't bought a "can" of beer since I was probably of legal age to drink anyway. A few weeks ago, I was at S's house, and the only bottled beer she had was Bud Light (ewww), so she had to give me a can. Because I'm apparently quite pretentious about it, she poured it into a tervis (which are the coolest cups on the planet...I know have several), and I didn't even complain that it had come from a can. Sooo....as I'm at Sam's, I call D and ask him if he minded if I bought cans of beer instead of bottles (figure it would be easier to travel with). He laughed at me. We did, however, bring our own Tervis cups to drink out of.
Saturday morning I made stuffed french toast (that L and I prepared the night before). She made a couple pounds of turkey bacon that everyone snarfed. We also had a bowl of cut up fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, and grapes), and I made a fruit dip with vanilla yogurt and cool whip. Lunch were sandwiches, mac and cheese, and fruit. For dinner, I had a crock pot of red beans and rice, and L made regular and turkey burgers and hot dogs.
Sunday morning was scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, fruit, and cinnamon rolls. All of which were devoured quickly. We did a special lunch celebration for R's bday (her bday was Monday), and I made lasagna, biscuits, salad, and a bday cake. L and A had gone into the little town the previous day to shop and picked up candles and bday napkins. It was cute.
The guys and the kids did a lot of fishing over the weekend. M caught a puffer fish! D caught a bunch of spot fish, and A (my daughter, not our friend) spent two days hunting moby crab. She finally caught him on Sunday, but he escaped her net. J set up crab pots, and the plan was to have a crab boil on Sunday, but it was raining, and it wouldn't have been a good idea to do it in the house I guess, so he let them all go.
The kids swam in the river and spent a lot of time just playing outside (croquet and bocce ball), goofing in the hammock, and going for walks. It really was a wonderful and truly relaxing weekend - which I didn't think could happen with that many people in one place! We also played a ton of cribbage, which is always fun.
We left around 2pm Sunday for the 2 hr drive home. We were home by 4, I went and picked up Sammie from the kennel, and tried to relax before getting everyone ready for school and work.
Monday was R's bday, so that was a crazy-busy day. A and M skipped TKD on Monday so they could spend the time with R. I took her and M swimming at 5 (R had her lesson at 6). We were done by 630, which was perfect timing for D to pick A up from school. A decorated the bday cake, and D wrapped the gifts. R got to pick where she wanted to go for dinner, and she picked Golden Corral. I'm going to have to discourage her from doing that in the future. It wasn't good! We got home around 830, did cake and opened presents.
Yesterday was another early day because I had to go to Suffolk for a training class. Then it was off to lunch with D and then to the heart hospital for meetings. It was also Dough Raising night, which is a school PTA fundraiser R's school has with Pizza Hut. She gets very excited about it, and while I was all poised to make spaghetti, we ended up ordering pizza. I worked until nearly 9pm to catch up on a bunch of my project work. It was a late night, but I feel good about getting so much done.
I'm not sure what today has in store other than meetings and spaghetti, plus swim lessons and TKD. I am scheduled to run 8 miles, but I frankly don't know how the hell I'm going to fit it in. I'll try though, and we'll see. Maybe I'll have to move it to tomorrow and run while D takes R to gymnastics.
This Saturday, I'm flying to WI for a brief visit with family and then a conference. Next weekend is R's bday party at Kangaroo Jac's. Then 2 weeks later it's Chicago Marathon time!
Until then, I'll try and be better not only at managing my time and workouts, but actually updating my blog. My Twitter feed has been neglected too, and I need to hop back on that train as well. So stay tuned!