Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Well That's Not a Good Sign...

We've all likely seen the joke about the "bad" sign before. I got one of those the other day in the form of lined paper taped to my storm door. The handle of the door was covered in scotch tape and the sign read, reassuringly to the writer's thinking I'm sure, "CAN BE USED!" Oh my. While I had run to the store for some milk (where do they put all that milk?) the older two boys had gotten into an argument and in the process, my door handle had been ripped apart. Rightly concerned that they would be in trouble for wonton destruction of my house, they pieced the parts they could find back together and taped the knob and said letter up.I took a deep breath and made a decision. This was a teaching moment... for ALL of us.

Dear Self;
Lesson 1 - Isn't that just the way we do things in life as adults too. When we've messed something up and don't want to right it, we hang labels on it; "still works, mostly," "almost good," "well worn in", "just a small case of ___". Who are we kidding.
Lesson 2 - They don't need you to be angry about the expense and the work. SHOW them.
Lesson 3 - You wanted boys. Congratulations. Along with the fun parts comes this kind of stuff. Toughen up, cookie! You'll laugh later...                       probably...

Dear Kids;
Lesson 1 - Somethings have to be fixed and not with scotch tape. Some things take "I'm sorry", some take a monetary investment and some require time and TLC.
Lesson 2 - Confession is good for the soul. Don't blame each other. It doesn't help at all.
Lesson 3 - Elbow grease goes a long way toward fixing things.

The sordid details were sorted out - all of the who, whats and wheres - and it was decided that they owed me some time off (for real) and to fix the handle themselves. On a trip to Lowe's they found out that door handles like that cost $10 or two hours worth of work in the form of babysitting. They learned that putting the handle back together while keeping the cats out of the house wasn't as easy as they imagined. They also stayed home together for those two hours without tearing anything else up, allowing me to head out early to a ladies conference at our church. I'm sure that won't be the last time things are broken in my house - it is almost a daily occurrence - but I'm hopeful that it is the last time the door handles will be ripped off.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Happy Bike-iversary!

Lou and I will celebrate our 14th (gulp) wedding anniversary tomorrow. It is SO hard to believe that we have been married that long. We've hit a lovely point in our marriage where were are comfortable with ourselves and each other. Enough that this year we are choosing to celebrate late. We had a wonderful trip to Nashville a few weeks ago and we have a family trip to the beach planned for Thanksgiving so I saw no reason to spend the money. Lou however had a brilliant idea...

This, folks, is my first new bike in 20 years and the first working one I've had in 15. She has that great rack in the back for a basket (picnic anyone?), wide handlebars and a seat built for comfort. Anyone who knows me know she is a little... girly for me. Lou made sure to point out how funny I looked in my black t-shirt, camo pants and aviator glasses riding a bike that could be named Bertha. I told him to hush. She is lovely and rides like a dream. Here are a few pictures from our five mile inaugural family ride.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

Day Zero

I have started a new project. Just what I needed right? This one, however, is just for me. It's called Day Zero. The premise is that you have 1001 days to finish the 101 things on your list. Fun right? It's a great way to make yourself stretch a bit on a time schedule. Just what I've been needing! You see I have all these things on my daily list that are just... boring. "Clean the laundry room, take cat to vet, explain schoolwork to kids..." You know the drill. Anyway, I'm having a ball thinking of things I have never done that I want to try, or start doing again, in the next three years.

 Here is a bit of a sample:

# 5. Learn to identify 10 (new) constellations.
#14. Learn to change my own oil.
#29 Audition for a musical

#48 Memorize two new piano pieces
#60 Visit Scotland

So far I'm up to a list of 68 things for the next three years. Anyone have any suggestions of things to add?