Thursday, June 9, 2011

I Need a Beach with Sand and Water and Nothing around for Miles

My brain is mush.

We are wrapping up the school year for my kids here, and all that comes with it. In the last seven days we have attended my son's induction into the National Junior Honor Society, a birthday party for my father, my youngest daughter's baptism, my son's band concert, and my kids' piano recital. We also squeezed in a baseball game on Monday night - our only free night - because it was dollar night at the National's and we haven't been to a game yet this season, which is practically criminal. And the pool opened so we managed a few short hours there on Saturday, between morning and evening obligations.

In between, I've been running like crazy to buy my son a tie for the induction (he needed one, and his old ones were all way too small, which begs the question: What kind of Baptists are we that my son does not have a tie that fits???). At the induction we realized he'd also grown out of his pants, which I just bought in December, so back to the store for those before the concert. Also, teachers need end of year gifts. And also flowers for the piano teacher. And I need a raincoat for Oregon in a week. And there are residual doctor appointments from my surgery two weeks ago.

And somewhere in the last week I received the ten short stories from my workshop group that I need to read and critique before I get on a plane in seven days.

I need sleep. Or caffeine.

I was joking with a friend that I need to raid a kid's Ritalin stash - I'd be more focused, more awake, and possibly skinnier. Shouldn't life come with a prescription like that?

For now, I'll just rely on coffee and the excitement running through our house. I can sleep all summer when the kids are out of school, right?

Oh yeah - that's when my semester starts...

Maybe in a few years...


  1. Oh my. I got tired just reading your list. I think I need to go back to bed.

    Try to get some sleep, it does the body and mind good.

  2. I'm tired just reading this! School has been out ever since the Friday before Memorial Day for us, and we've been pretty lazy. Love it that way, though!

  3. As soon as you get to that beach, send for me!! Hang in there :)

  4. whew--you make me tired!! And I had to laugh at that tie statement--didn't know you were Baptist--and yup all good Baptists have at least one tie but we found down here in Fl, rarely are they worn!

  5. Love the picture. The reflection of the clouds. nice.
    One more week and then summer will be zooming by us.

  6. Oh, wow, that is an exhausting list. On the plus side, Oregon and Washington have lots of beach space where you can drive out on the beach and still be away from people...Hmmm, actually, I don't know about Oregon, but Ocean Shores, WA has lots of space. I can't guarantee that sun, either. Sorry.

    Have a wonderful trip and hope you heal quickly.

  7. Love the pic.

    Sounds delightful - alone, sand, water...

  8. Wow! Congratulations to all your kids for their accomplishments! And to you for helping them along of course, even while pursuing your passions. Like the clouds in the water in your beautiful picture, they are a reflection of the light shining through you.

  9. Wow, and I thought my life was crazy right now. You had surgery? Did you mention that already? Well, apparently everything went well if you are running around like a woman on ritalin...or a woman who would really like some ritalin. Good luck with it all. I hear you on the beach thing. I'll join you there when my kids grow up and leave home which, considering I'd like more children, will be in over twenty years.

  10. I'm so frantically behind I didn't even get around to emailing each of you!!

    Thank you for your understanding. You are ALL welcome to join me on the beach for some alone time with a book.:) I'll let you know when I get there!