Sunday Reflections – 12 August 2018

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Happy Sunday! It is a hot and sticky one here. It is the type of weather that makes me miss winter because you can always wear extra layers when cold but there is only so much you can do to keep cool in weather like this.

Jim is on his way back from Ames after helping the boy move into his apartment/dorm room. By all accounts, it was quite the adventure as the clutch on Connor’s car died about an hour away from the house. Jim was following in my car with the rest of his stuff, thank goodness. Still, they had to have it towed to the nearest maintenance shop. Then they took my car to Ames, unloaded, drove back to his car, got the rest of his stuff, and drove back to Ames. They left at 10 AM yesterday morning but did not finish until around 9 PM. I imagine Jim is going to be tired and just a bit cranky.

Meanwhile, Holly and I kept ourselves busy with dance and cleaning. We reorganized Connor’s bedroom, gave it a thorough scrubbing, and turned it back into the guest bedroom. We finally hung pictures in our downstairs family room and her dance room. We shopped for baby presents for two of our friends. It was a really good day.

That is more than I can say about the week. Jim was more stressed than usual. On top of that, he developed an upper respiratory infection that left him with terrible coughing fits and unable to take deep breaths. Connor was so excited about going back to Ames that his head was in the clouds all week. Holly’s dance schedule was nothing if not disruptive and insane. Classes during the day. Classes at all different times in the evenings. My work was more tension-filled than usual as well, to the point where everyone was more than ready for the weekend. It was not a fun week.

Today, there is more dance, some laundry to do, some finishing up of the organizing and putting things to rights, but that is about it. The lawn needs some attention, so either Jim or Holly will be on that duty today. I imagine it will be a quiet afternoon and an early night for us all. Except for Connor who will pretty much do what he pleases, and I don’t have to deal with that anymore.

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend no matter where you are. Have a wonderful day and even better work week. I will see you all back here next time!


Here are past posts from the last few weeks in case you missed them the first time:

8 Responses to Sunday Reflections – 12 August 2018
  1. Bryan G. Robinson
    August 12, 2018 | 12:43 PM

    I mentioned humidity in my post today. It’s been so oppressive. Sorry to hear about your week. Hope it gets better this week for you all.

    • Michelle
      August 13, 2018 | 8:38 AM

      Thanks, Bryan! Yes, it is that time of year where summer has gotten old, and I am more than ready for cooler temperatures and a break from the humidity.

  2. Brandie
    August 13, 2018 | 8:09 AM

    I’m sad summer has gone so fast, but I think I’m ready for fall now. I don’t care for the humidity, either.

    I have been thinking of surprising Sunnie for Christmas by fixing up part of our basement as a dance room for her. I’d love to see a picture of your dance room for inspiration!

    I was amazed how quickly you were able to transform the guest room back to normal!! Looks great, too.

    Hope you have a good week (that’s less stressful).

    • Michelle
      August 13, 2018 | 8:43 AM

      I don’t mess around when it comes to taking back my house. I have been itching to get into his room, especially because I knew his idea of cleaning and my idea of cleaning are two very different things. It was also part therapy after last week. Deep cleaning and reorganizing like that help me relax more than anything else I do. They just require time because I cannot leave a job half-finished, which is why I do not do more deep cleaning and reorganizing.

  3. Amanda
    August 14, 2018 | 6:57 AM

    Yikes that sounds like quite the adventure. I hope everyone is well-recovered by now, since I’m once again well late to get a comment in. Heh. I hope th rest of the week is smoother for you all! When does Holly begin school?

    • Michelle
      August 15, 2018 | 1:27 PM

      Wisconsin doesn’t begin school until September. Her first day is September 4th.

  4. Ti
    August 17, 2018 | 11:06 AM

    How is Jim doing now?

    Do you ever field questions from well-meaning friends and family about your insane schedule? In theory, yes, we can say no to our kids and not do all this extra stuff but when it comes to the arts, it’s their passion so it’s hard to say NO to it. We did cut two things out this fall but only because she ended up not making advanced choir because of one conflict. One! And she can’t take high school theatre when in volleyball as they share the same period. So she still has concert choir, community theatre, volleyball. Less but still crazy. They were fishing around for a team mom and I really almost said yes but I wait and someone else was appointed so I don’t to do that this time.

    • Michelle
      August 17, 2018 | 11:51 AM

      He still has his cough, unfortunately. The antibiotics did not work, so we can rule out bacterial infection. Unfortunately, I have the beginnings of a tickle in the back of my throat that does not bode well. I have been hitting the hot tea and hot toddies hard trying to stave it off. We shall see.

      I have had a few people ask why we allow her to dictate our schedule so much. Mostly, I get the passive-aggressive commenting about how they are going to limit their children to one activity only or some such nonsense. My family does not ask at all. My dad gets it. My mom does not. As for extended family, they don’t even try. In fact, I am not invited to my cousin’s wedding in September because she feels I should visit our grandmother more often. I don’t bother to try to explain it to them anymore. Most of the time, people feel that I should just not have Holly go to that rehearsal or an event if there is a conflict. What they fail to comprehend is that when you spend thousands of dollars a year on an activity, you don’t skip that activity for anything.

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