Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ah, Summer!

We are enjoying the summer weather (80s in the day, cooling down to a reasonable 60ish at night.  Gotta love Spokane summers) -- at least those of us who don't sleep upstairs.  One power bill convinced us maybe we COULD live without having the AC blasting 24/7.  But there is a resulting need to cool down with a popsicle and/or a lukewarm shower at 2 am...

The Grill Father (aka Pooh Bear) is cooking up a nightly feast for us on his new bbq.  We've had dry-rub roast on the rotisserie, all kinds of chicken dishes, burgers and dogs, steak and even a veg every now and then, all lovingly prepared by our Boy On Grill.

Our evenings almost always include a spirited game of UNO.  This game never gets old.  I had a small cut on my finger a couple of weeks ago, which has led to the introduction of the "Bloody 5" card in the deck.  No clear UNO champ has emerged as yet, but I seem to be at the bottom of the leader board...

Of course we are avidly watching the Olympics.  Even the equestrian events (4 am) and Team Handball (3 am)  This has put a bit of a damper on getting Cara & Tony caught up on Dexter, as the wall to wall Olympic coverage takes up most of the available TV time.  We are partway through Season 3 (the "Freebo"/Jimmy Smits season, NOT Trinity as I thought, that's Season 4)  We are all dying to get to S4, so will have to do some serious marathons once the Olympics is over.

Speaking of marathons...my "training program" for the Color Run 5K is going nowhere.  I'm guessing my weekly water aerobics class isn't going to be adequate cross-training for running is it?  Meg, please let me push the stroller.  Hads, Carsie and I will park at the first bakery we come across (as long as it's not that hiddy vegan one we mistakenly stumbled into our last Portland trip), and you guys can meet us after.  Kay?

What else?  Pia is out at camp this week, then heads to Central for a journalism workshop next week so we haven't seen much of her (miss ya, P!)  The rest of us have been trying to spruce up the yard, which sorely needed pruning, mowing, weeding, etc.  Katie has acquired a new nickname:  "Rainbird".  Who knew this gal was a sprinkler savant?  She's dialing in our sprinkler system and trying to get us all onboard with her "once a week deep watering" program.  We remain skeptical but have promised to hold off on the criticism for a few more weeks.

Cara & Tony have 2 cars in pieces in the garage.  The Volvo and the Freelander are good for a string of expletives about every hour.

I'm keeping busy knitting, filling Vintage Knits orders and loving life with my four battling Bickersons.

7 comments:

Meg said...

Lavs...if you push the stroller...you're running with it. Case closed.

Sue said...

love, love, love - and no running with precious cargo - you KNOW what will happen - so just go to a GOOD bakery/coffee shop and think of me!

Laurie said...

hmmm will have to come up with Plan B. Trip and break my arm again at the starting line?

Lis said...

I'm all for the just-prior injury. Who can blame you for not running if you're wounded? And don't push the stroller. Almost nothing worse in the world. Unless you push it to a bakery...

zaideafraidey said...

love the report!!

Pia Longinotti said...

thanks for missing me mom! I've definitely been a ghost the last month or so. :) And an update on the UNO report: I just won my first ever game since we started the tourney! YES!

Laurie said...

she's on the top of the leader board and flying high folks.