Friday, June 03, 2011

7 Quick Takes (Volume 136)

1) Ladies Man is on a new bike riding kick. He bought himself a bike last week and has been getting up early to take it out. Yesterday morning he was out of the house before 6:AM! I'm not sure why he insists on doing it so early. It's not like his schedule is so jammed that it's the only time he can fit it in. He says there aren't a lot of people out at that time of day, but in a town of 13,000, traffic is really not an issue. In his words, he's planning to get "buff" this summer. I'm not sure his plan is going to work if he gets up early only to sack out on the couch the rest of the morning, but more power to ya, bud! Ride like the wind.

2) There wasn't much anti-hoarding going on this week unless you count cleaning the papers off of my bread box. Other than that, I'm not sure what I spent my time on this week.

I need to be working on our Christmas musical and am feeling the pressure of it, but I'm in the beginning bang-your-head-on-the-table stage that requires lots of deep thinking and divine inspiration which hasn't come yet. It's so tough! When I have no ideas, I revert to research, looking up Bible verses on the theme of the show and reading other related material. But soon an outline must be done and I am SWEATING IT! Let's move on before I depress myself, shall we? Prayers are appreciated!

3) Kevin and Drama Queen had a GREAT trip to Chicago with the high school choir. One of the highlights was Drama Queen getting brought on stage at a Blue Man Group performance.

I'm sure she gave them lots of great reactions.

4) I wanted to crawl under the covers more than a few times this week and ignore life. It started when Ladies Man discovered a flat on his new bike. Of course, this became the central problem in our lives and had to be taken care of immediately if we wanted to live with him peaceably, so we took it in right away. When we went to pick it up, I left my van because it was overdue to have the tires rotated. I decided to walk home and get the van later and Ladies Man set off on his bike. Ten minutes later he calls me and says his brakes are a mess and they bent the wheel or something, forcing him to walk the bike home too. We both got home but couldn't return the bike because we had no vehicle and didn't feel like hoofing it back. Shortly after, the tire place called to say they found a "surprise" on the van when they put it on the lift. To make a long story short, my free tire rotation turned into a $650 bill!

On top of all this, my laptop has been having some issues and basically I've been without it for five weeks (This, of course, is a problem for a person who spends a substantial amount of time writing and has a major production to crank out this summer.). The same day I got the fateful call from the tire place, the computer place told me the CHEAPEST route was to send it in to the company who would fix all its issues for a flat rate of $479.95! I BOUGHT it for less than that! Thankfully I have a friend who says he can fix it for a fraction of the cost. THANK YOU BRENT!

ARG! Money stuff completely stresses me out. Add on top of this my kids' ever changing schedules and plans I can hardly keep track of. I never know how many people I'll find in my house at any given moment. And it didn't help that it was a hormonal week either. Sigh. One day at a time.

Obviously I have not hit my summer groove yet. Maybe a sunburn would make me feel better.

5) A little guy who's not quite two years old hung out at our house a few hours this week and we had a HOOT with him. How does a person forget how entertaining small kids can be in the way they repeat your words and find something new every time they turn around?

It made me think being a grandma might be okay some day. SOME day. Since none of my kids are married, it better not be soon. Are you hearing me, kids?

6) People often make comments about how our family is "musical" which confuses me because I don't think we're more musical than any other family. Then yesterday I noticed this in my kitchen.

How many families have a clarinet, a trombone, a french horn and a marching snare drum sitting in their kitchen on an ordinary Thursday? Okay, now I get it.

7) Our weekend is full with a bridal shower, a baby shower, a wedding, a graduation party and my nephews spending the night. (Hmm, little kids twice in one week. You don't think God's getting me ready for the grandma thing, do you? Yikes.)

I'll try not to think about it too much and just enjoy the weekend. I hope you do too. Start it off right by taking a gander at more Quick Takes at Conversion Diary.


Kathleen@so much to say said...

Oh, Tami, you are DEFINITELY a musical family. I think you have US beat, and that takes some doing! LOL

I'm so sorry about the $$ woes...all I can say is, I empathize!

Marsha @Spots and Wrinkles said...

Tami - First, a sunburn will definitely NOT make you feel better. Trust me on this.

Second, as long as someone in the family can actually play one of those instruments, there is a good chance that you will run into a smile, sometime soon. :)
Happy weekend - Marsha