August 17th, 2016



Dammit, I ran out of photos and then I forgot to post and here it is a week later and I've got nothing. Getting back into the swing of things in my real life (as opposed to my vacation life) has taken all my energy...literally. I come home from work so tired that I can hardly see straight. Some days I take a nap and some days I manage not to. Napping is'd think it would help but it just makes things worse. Even when I set the alarm so I don't sleep more than an hour...oof: total zombie.

Work was super slow the last two weeks, so slow that I actually started bringing my Kindle to work to read in between things, but this week? Making up for that in a big way, holy moly. SO MUCH WORK. I have lots to do there and at home, but the tired keeps stealing my motivation. Ugh.

Projects I am in the Middle of and may never see the end of, oh my god
1. Replacing old photos in all the picture frames around the house. So many old photos of my kids and my sister's kids as toddlers and our wedding, etc. SO LONG AGO. Trying to get a little updated, but some of the pics I love to much to swap out. I ordered some photo print-outs from but am not really happy with the quality. I'll use them anyway, but just wanted to gripe.

2. Working on my super-secret Christmas gift recipe book. Shhh, don't tell anyone. It's taking me forever because I'm doing all the illustrations and I am slow at drawing in Illustrator.

3. Thinking about other Christmas presents and wondering if I can pull the "no money left" card on just about everyone...think it will work? It might be true soon, since we still have to pay for Martin's plane tickets to Peru and then buy a new bed.

My mom called to let us know that we left a whole bunch of stuff in the suitcase we abandoned at her house, after buying new ones. Turned out it's a good idea to LOOK IN THE SUITCASES YOU ARE LEAVING BEHIND before you fly halfway around the world. Two of Martin's jackets, his good pair of shoes, 2 books and a Christmas present. sigh

I just finished reading the first two books in a really good trilogy only to discover that the third one, which I thought was available, isn't coming out until November. AAAGH. In being totally obsessed with those two, I managed to completely space the fact that book group is tomorrow and I was going to re-read the book for it, but now I don't have time. It's All The Light We Cannot See which is a FANTASTIC book. I can't recommend it highly enough and I started re-reading it anyway last night and we'll see how far I get before 7 pm tomorrow. Re-reading it is certainly no hardship.

I am hosting dinner for a group of girls/colleagues. I don't know what to call this group. It's not like the Wonders, exactly. 3 of us are American, one of us is British and the last one is Swedish, but married to a Canadian. All of us work together, in the same department. We have had dinner at 3 of the other's homes so far, and they were all the most amazing meals. So I feel like I really need to step up my menu game. Before the summer, it took us forever to figure out a date that worked for all of us and it ended up being at the end of August, on Friday the 26th.

Two days ago, we received an invitation in the mail, to Martin's IB graduation diploma ceremony, and guess when it is? OF COURSE, it's the same night. But, the ceremony is from 5:30 until approximately 7:15 and so I'm hoping that if they are calling each kid up to get his diploma, Martin's will be early as he's early in the alphabet and I can bug out afterwards and race home to pop the dinner in the oven. I've managed to get everyone to agree to coming over at 7:30. We'll all be STARVING by then, but what else can I do? Trying to find another date was just not an option.

I'm trying to get my menu together but I'm struggling with what to serve for dessert. I have everything else pretty much decided. I'm taking the day off so I can get everything ready without stressing, then go to the ceremony and get home to greet my guests, so dessert needs to be something relatively easy or something I can make ahead of time. Hmmm...

Well, looks like I had something after all! That was a longer post than I expected to come pouring out of my fingertips!