If you do what you have always done, you will get what you have always had.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

"Prince Caspian" and un-Forced Family Fun

We have a very busy weekend. I won't go into the gory details; I'll just say that wedging in a movie this weekend would be too difficult to contemplate. Naturally, it's opening weekend for the only movie I've really wanted to see in months. Next weekend isn't any better. The solution was easier than I thought. We all rushed straight home yesterday and had plenty of time for a 3:30 showing of "Prince Caspian."

It's rare for all of us to really enjoy something. Usually, family outings equate to Forced Family Fun. It's part of life for teenagers, I think. "Prince Caspian" was one of those rare events when all of us were enthralled for more than two hours. I loved the humanity of the characters, that they got angry and disappointed, but that they still pulled together against a common enemy. Really good movie. I hope they do more Narnia movies.


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Moving right along

I've gotten grocery shopping and a load of laundry out of the way. Now I'm on the book. I'm making more progress than I did the other day, when the thunderstorms distracted me. I've had a little break and a snack, so as soon as I finish this, I'm going to kill the 'net and get back to it.

I think I may have made a helpful discovery this week, for me, anyway. I need to be taking ginseng every day, and gotu kola is very helpful, too. The gotu kola helps me to focus, and the ginseng helps with my energy level. I tend to get busy doing stuff and get tired out, sit down, and never restart. I know those herbalist classes would be good for something!

Back to the salt mines...

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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Rain delay

We had thunderstorms most of yesterday. The sun did come out for a couple of hours, and I thought we were done with rain for the day. I was going to knock out the gardening after dinner but put it off too long. Today I got home from work a little early, had a cup of tea, and got right outside. Not only did I get my herbs, cucumbers, and blueberries planted, I also managed to pot some volunteer tomatoes to take to Mom. I have tomato seedlings in the house still; I'll get those transplanted this weekend. I'm dirty and sweaty now, but I feel like I've gotten something done. Finally. If I did it right, this will also have lasting results, which is more than I can say for almost everything inside the house.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

Ohh. Yikes.

Wow, where did the last ten days go? Surely I've had something important to say in that time.

Hmm. No, apparently not.

I've been working a lot. I just finished a six day stretch. Mother's Day was good for the bottom line, but we were ohmygoshsofreakingbusy. We aren't usually open on Sunday, so we weren't sure how it would go over until the reservations started to come in. I think we served about 85 people, and I can't remember ever doing so many omelets or waffles. We had exactly enough waffle mix. Luckily, there were four of us to rotate dish washing. Also, we only had one annoying kid--at least while I was there--and he wasn't really all that annoying. He looked to be about ten, and he was playing photographer with a camera I wouldn't trust in my own hands. I had to go to the back room for something while the Junior Paparazzo was in action, and I made sure to scowl when the camera was pointed in my direction. At least he didn't run back and forth, and he didn't cry and whine. There's a lot to be said for that.

I'm off tomorrow, and I'm planning to split the day between Sword and Scabbard and sewing. I'm going to Mom's to visit in a couple weeks, and I want to have a basket of finish work to take for the car ride and/or sitting on the back porch. Rendezvous season is rapidly approaching, so I have plenty of projects to keep me off the streets. Oh, yeah, and I need to plant cucumbers, borage, St. John's Wort, and blueberry bushes. The beans went in last week; I did lettuce, carrots, potatoes, and several assorted herbs a couple of weeks ago. I'm holding off on the tomatoes a little bit longer. We're in an odd weather pattern that allegedly will resolve in another week or so, and I've got too much time invested in those daggone tomatoes to put them out and have them drown.

So that's pretty much it, in a nutshell. I know, the excitement never ends.

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