We screwed up last weekend. Connor was part of a brass ensemble that performed in last weekend’s solo and ensemble contest. However, we woke up on Saturday without a care in the world…until Connor remembered that he was supposed to play. Two hours after his scheduled performance time. Dammit! It was on the calendar, and we had been talking about it all week long. Somehow, the event completed slipped Jim’s, Connor’s, and my mind until it was much too late – something that just does not usually happen around here. I immediately sent a note to his teacher apologizing and taking responsibility alongside Connor. Thankfully, his teacher was very understanding and will be considering all of the practices that Connor did attend when calculating his grade for this particular assignment. Whew. It could have been SO much worse.
Jim was able to get away from another round of arctic temperatures this week with a business trip to southern California and Seattle. Lucky him. The rest of us huddled under blankets and muttered curses at Mother Nature. Seriously, Mother Nature is a supreme bitch, and Old Man Winter needs to die. We are all done with this subzero temperature crap. Spring cannot come fast enough at this point in time.
I think the weather would be tolerable if there weren’t signs of spring raising our hopes that we can put away the arctic weather gear. A few hearty birds are beginning to serenade us each morning. Our sun room is actually comfortable in the afternoons with just the sun warming it up regardless of the outside temperatures and lack of heating in the room. Connor had his first track meeting this week. Next week is standardized testing week for both of the kids – always a springtime ritual. So, there are signs that warmer temperatures should be on their way. Now, if only Mother Nature will listen and ease her icy grip on us.
I finally did it. I committed to a race, as in I paid money to run. Not just any race either. If I’m going to run in a race, it better be a fun one. So, I convinced Jim and Connor to run in the Big 10 10K with me in July. Why start small after all? I figure running with Bucky Badger and showing my school pride among thousands of other runners from other Big 10 schools would at least be worth it, right? I hope so. The race is in 20 weeks, so I have plenty of time to prepare. Thank goodness. I don’t do anything by halves, and I have to say I am slightly sick to my stomach at the thought that I committed to a 10K. Ah well. There is nothing like a deadline to motivate me!
Reviewed in recent weeks:
- The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott
- Me Since You by Laura Wiess
- The Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
- The Troop by Nick Cutter – my March Bloggers Recommend selection
- Wake by Anna Hope
- We Are Here by Michael Marshall
- While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell
- The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress by Ariel Lawhon
Considering it is snowing again, I am too depressed to write any more. I think I’ll take a nap. Or read. Or do both, as goodness knows it is too miserable to do anything else. I hope everyone is enjoying a much warmer and nicer Sunday. Have a great week, everyone!
Your Saturday mishap is my worst nightmare!! I was always a “calendar” gal but now with The Teen in sooooo many activities, it takes me literally a couple of hours a day to update all the calendars. So, now I shoot from the hip but there are days that sneak up on me and then there are days where I remind myself 5 times about something, only to nearly forget it. I just can’t keep up anymore.
That’s exactly what happened. Even though we had been talking about it all week, it was one of those events I would suddenly remember and promptly forget. C didn’t say anything about it on Friday night. If he had, I would have set my alarm and remembered why we had to get up on Saturday morning. While I had it on my calendar, he never told me the final performance time. I had it as an all-day event without an alarm with the full intention of changing it once he finalized the times. Ah, well. Live and learn.
I feel exactly the same about winter – it has gone on too, too long. I have also seen a few hearty robins out my front door, and I’m hoping they’re are not completely mixed up, but a sign that spring is soon on its way.
You have robins? I have yet to see those, although I look every day and put out plenty of bird seed in hopes of enticing them to come back. If I ever see a robin again, I will rejoice.
It is snowing here, too. blah!
Blah is right. We are supposed to get yet another one to two inches tonight as well. I think I am going to curl up in a ball and cry now.
No such luck Michelle, the weather is terrible here too. Blah I can’t stand it. -20 F for the weekend. It’s impossible. It’s totally depressing I agree. I need a change. 2 more weeks till a trip to DC. But that’s great that you committed to a 10k run. It should be motivating to train for it. Good luck.
No trips to warmer weather for me, unfortunately. I envy all those who are able to get away just for a change of scenery. DC is always fun no matter what the weather.
I’m hoping have an actual date on the calendar will be motivating indeed. There’s always the embarrassment factor too. I don’t want to make a fool out of myself!
Chalk that up as one of those low moments of parenthood and try to put it behind you. My babies are 20 now, but I still cringe when I think of the volleyball tournament Twin A had with her travel team the same day Daughter #1 was attending a college open house with me. I left very detailed instructions for my husband to get her to Oswego, which they followed perfectly… only to discover the tournament was actually in Owego, 3 hours away. This coach was very understanding, too, but how embarrassing!
Hope you have a great week!
LOL! I am so glad I am not the only one to have a complete brain melt about the family schedule. It is definitely one of those situations that makes me laugh. Now. The day of I was absolutely mortified!
Have a good one!
“Seriously, Mother Nature is a supreme bitch, and Old Man Winter needs to die.” Wow! Tell us how you really feel, lady! 🙂 Not that I don’t agree. Luckily, today the Big Snow is hitting to the south of us. It is cold here today, so I’m just spending it inside, reading blogs and transferring box sets (Sinatra and Zeppelin first) to iTunes and Google Play Music All Access. It ought to be a good Sunday…fingers crossed. Seeing Sherman Alexie on Tuesday too. Yay!
I am SO tired of this weather. It was 1 degree, excluding the wind chill factor, this morning. Between the extra snow we got this weekend and the near-constant sub-zero temperatures, Old Man Winter definitely needs to die. Bring on Spring!!
I hope you had luck transferring your music to iTunes and Google Play Music. That can be so frustrating if it doesn’t go smoothly!
Pretty well, I think. Good thing about Google Play is when you download to iTunes, it goes automatically to Google Play. Did hear skip on one song…so far, but might have been on disc. Will see later. Nice to have some of the essentials (Springsteen, Sinatra, Zeppelin) now where we’ll be able to listen…through TV (Chromecast).