Holy shit, it’s been almost a week since I’ve blogged.
Let’s see, what happened five days ago?
Oh, that’s right, summer vacation started. Actually, it started a couple weeks ago but my kids were in camp last week so I bought myself a week of pretending that this summer is going to be a snap compared to previous years.
Aha. haha. Ha.
I am doing pretty well, no time to
fuck around on the internet blog notwithstanding. It helps that the boys are bigger and actually sleeping in … a little.
Sleeping in meaning not waking up at the crack of dawn, which is what my stupid dog is for.
Fortunately I have my Tabby, whose husband wouldn’t take much convincing to believe that we might have a trip to The Isle of Lesbos coming up.
While it is true that I can give her what he cannot (dog walks at 5 in the morning), our love is platonic.
HOWEVER, her gorgeous sister is coming to summer in Boulder from the UK and we really want her to stay so we’ll be on the search for a bona-fide American to fall in love with and marry her because the only thing better than one skinny, snarky, angry Brit in Boulder is two skinny, snarky, angry Brits in Boulder.
I firmly believe that the way to survive the summer is to have a schedule, a plan.
My plan is to not let my kids get stupider over the summer. Seeing as how the school system sees fit to give kids three months off so they can lose two months of educational progress, it’s on me to educate them.
Which is great because I’m so educational.
I found a really great spelling app, a couple grade appropriate math apps, and a cursive app (call me old fashioned) that the kids do for 10 minutes each, while I watch, as the other one reads for 30 minutes.
Watching them is key because I can …
- Time them
- Help them when they are stuck
- See that they are progressing and not just repeating the easy lessons, and
- Make sure they aren’t Youtubing tutorials on hermit crab care.
About the hermit crab thing.
I have always had a rule that we won’t have caged pets in our house. No hamsters, guinea pigs, lizards or snakes.
But yesterday I caved in let them have hermit crabs. Please don’t tell me this is a slippery slope.
BUT I DRAW THE LINE THERE!
I won’t have reptiles in my house and NO I DON’T CARE THAT YOUR FATHER HAD A 12 FOOT RETICULATED PYTHON GROWING UP THAT WOULD PERIODICALLY GET LOOSE AND ALWAYS BE FOUND CURLED UP ON THE WATER HEATER.
Although a giant snake on the loose may take care of my cat problem and free up space for the Norwegian Forest FUCKING VIKING Cat that Nina promised me she would take up a collection for so I could have it for my birthday. (November 13, just incase you want to chip in)
They are *only* $600 and surely I can find 30 friends to kick in $20 so I can finally go to bed every night, wondering if this will be the night I perish from cat-belly-on-face suffocation.
I needs one.
I’m not sure how it happened, the crab thing. They have been bringing home beetles, snails, roly polies and whatever bugs they can get their hands on.
Then they make “habitats” which are gorgeous but now I don’t have single storage container that hasn’t been co-opted in the service of cooking bugs on the porch when they are invariably forgotten in the sun.
Yesterday I took the kids to a movie (the Cinemark in Boulder is $5 on Tuesdays, WOOHOO!)
Then I took them to the park …
And then we went to Petco and they bought a habitat and hermit crabs which they named …
I’m totally not making this up. I guess I should be proud to know that my kids, although unwittingly, have inherited my deep love of malaprops.
Unfortunately my in-laws don’t realize that I am doing it on purpose because it’s funny and just think I’m an illiterate twit.
I don’t care anymore.
In the midst of my kids bouncing around the house while I’m trying to unpack the aquarium and get them to focus on reading instructions, etc., Nadia and David arrived!
David C. Owen has stayed with me a couple times before so he feels like family. I’ve only admired Nadia Sharif from her videos and it’s always such an interesting reality check to see artists in person, without the heels, music, and performance persona.
For one, she’s itty bitty. And two, she’s very warm.
Neither of these things matter to Blue. She must be kept away from me!
They are here to hang out and train with Marlo this week. I’m throwing a reception for them and I’m almost breathless with anticipation to see what will happen.
Please let some of this happen!
Nadia is the queen of handstands and David is the king of crotch.
I’m trying to not completely fan-girl out on her, but shit, it just fucking happens. It’s part of the “getting to know Viv” process that surely David and Marlo have prepped her for.
It’ll be fun.
I hope you all are having a wonderful summer!