Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I need a maid

   I HATE cleaning!  Seriously, I am the worst housekeeper.  I can pick up any room lickity split, but when it comes to actually cleaning - that's another story and it doesn't have a good ending.  That's one of the reasons we had kids - train them on how to clean so I don't have to. ; o)

We have a joke at my house....my husband asks if I'm inviting anyone over soon because the house needs cleaned.  True?  Yes.  Pathetic?  Yes.  It is a joke, but it is also my sad reality.  We were in one of those dirty places and it just so happened that my daughter's volleyball team was looking to have a get-together to view film and have some team bonding.  Perfect.  My excuse to clean.  So I offered our home and the girls came, ate pizza, watched game film and even tye-dyed t-shirts.  And my home is clean!  I even vacuumed the stairs.  So come on over and see the clean house.  Oh, wait.  By the time you get here I'm sure it will need another cleaning.  Somehow the clean doesn't last long at all.  Oh well.  You can come anyway, just look past the dust and dishes and whatever is causing a mess.

What do you do when you have to tackle a task you don't want to or don't like doing?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Weekend Update

"Good evening.  I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not." 

I know I'm dating myself because I remember Chevy Chase doing the Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live.  I didn't watch SNL this weekend (actually, I don't watch it anymore) but I did have one of the best weekends in a long time!  It was a non-stop weekend and I didn't feel like I needed a weekend from my weekend. 

Everything started with installing a new sink and faucet in one of the bathrooms.  We were without one sink for a week as we tried to work on it last weekend and it didn't come together.  So we left it for the week and tackled it again on Friday and we got it in, and ..... it works!  Cooked some Mahi Mahi for dinner then on to my volleyball match for the night.  We didn't win but I was up and ready for the games.  I had fun despite the losses. 

Best of The Brothers Cazimero, Vol. 3Saturday was a quiet morning with coffee and the paper then on to a great workout (you'll understand why in a few lines).  Ran a few errands and met up with my husband to finish some shopping.  Back home and got ready for a date night.  We almost forgot what that was, it had been so long since we've gone out.  Went out to a fantastic dinner.  Here's why I had to work out:  sourdough bread, clam chowder, a heavenly salad (spinach with bacon and a creamy dill vinaigrette dressing - a taste explosion when I took my first bite), sturgeon for dinner with a creamy lemon sauce, of course wine to drink, and crème brûlée for dessert.  I belonged to the clean plate club, and if we weren't in public, I would have considered licking those plates clean.  But the night was not over.  Off to the symphony and seeing The Brothers Cazimero perform.  No, they are not a circus group.  They are brothers, duh, who are Hawaiian singers.  I love Hawaiian music and this was a fabulous night.  (Here's a link to one of my favorite Hawaiian songs, "Pua Hone") There were also a few Hula dancers and we were so close we could smell the lei's fragrant aroma.  Oh how I wish I was in Hawaii right now!

Sunday was a full day of volleyball for my daughter and her team made it to the finals of the consolation bracket.  Too bad they didn't win but they were playing pretty good volleyball in the end.  My daughter missed the last tournament because she got a concussion from an errant ball that hit her in the head.  She is feeling much better and was very excited to play again. 

It was a great weekend and I hope yours was a good one too.

Monday, February 13, 2012

I'm Back

So sorry to be gone so long.  These past 6 weeks have been something.  I am surprised as to how consuming the passing of my father-in-law.  We rejoice that he's in heaven and blessed his passing was quick, but it did put us in a funk for a bit.  Then add all the things that are involved in dealing with the death of a loved one.  That alone has filled our free time.

Then on to my busy month at work and putting in extra time.  January is a hectic time for me - closing out the previous year and getting everything ready for the new year.  But, I really like my job, so even when it gets busy I know how fortunate I am to have this great job.

Now my dad is gravely ill.  I've spent the last few weekends visiting him.  My sisters all came out to visit at the same time and what a blast it was to spend time with the girls.  That rarely happens anymore since we are spread across the country.  We all spent time with Dad and laughed so hard over the weekend.  I think the fun was cathartic for us and Dad.  Yes, we got a bit noisy at times and he had to tell us to quiet down, but isn't that what dad's are supposed to do?  I am so thankful that I was able to visit. 

I welcome your prayers over my dad, his wife and my family. 

So, the plan is to get back to sharing the goings on and any other fun stuff that comes along.
See you soon.