Monday, August 1, 2011

The title is the hardest part.

Good news-- Today the temperatures have dipped down into the low-to-mid 90's!

I'm not sure that would have been "good news" a couple of weeks ago, but these days I'll take what I can get.
Last Friday, when the heat index was 107 degrees, I found myself pumping gas. Between the fumes, the heat, the price of gas, and the sweat collecting in my bra, I considered jumping into the freezer of ice at the station.

But I didn't. Because I had to go grocery shopping.
With the kids and no list.

This means we are now stocked with breakfast cereal, yogurt, and pretzels, but have nothing that can be made into a dinner. 

With Josh back to work, we've been busy with business. We've had every appointment known to man scheduled in recent days or coming up soon. Hair cuts, dental visits, doctor's appointments. Even the van had an appointment for new tires.
I really, really prefer at least one day a week with no mandatory events in it.
I need time to hone my skill of becoming a hermit.

We are in the midst of The Great Playroom Purge of 2011. It started last week.
Cleaning out the playroom was on my list for projects to tackle while Josh is gone, but I just couldn't wait any longer.
You can see the playroom through glass doors from the living room and every time I looked in it I cringed.

I spend a lot of time in the living room, you see.
Specifically on the couch. This is probably why the rest of my house looks the way it does.

I'll keep you posted on the progress.

So we've let the kids keep a little pet for the last couple of weeks. They named her Charlotte, which may seem an obvious choice for her, but is actually a creative stretch for our children.
Allow me to introduce you to their other favorite aminals:

From left to right we have:
Doggie, Doggie, Horsey, Ellie, Teddy, Teddy, Green Teddy, Dragy, and Lamby

So at least Charlotte is not Spidey.
Here is her picture.

I've been okay with keeping her around, because maybe she'll eat the mosquitoes, and also because there is glass and brick between she and I.
However, I recently recalled that chapter we read in Charlotte's Web mentioned the spider's egg sac and how it had 514 eggs in it.

This makes me wonder if we might need to take care of our little pet sometime soon, because while she may be a novelty, 500 of her would be less ideal.

Happy Monday.


Taylor said...

Dear Erin,
You are a delight.
Your Just Pretends Friend

Erin said...

I just purged this weekend. 3 bags full of baby clothes, 2 diaper bags, and a bag of baby toys are now in the garage. A lot more is on the list for a garage sale when we move again! Can't wait!

Proverbs 31 Wannabe said...

We found a lizard in the house and Princess insists it is her new pet andshe has named it Pascal (like the chameleon in Tangled). When you are done cleaning out your kids' toys, will you come ro my house? Just the thought gives me a headache.

Rachel said...


Did you know that I "accidentally" killed one of her little friends with my steam mop the other day. Try it. Do you have a steam mop? I don't ask because of your professed household ineptitude, which I don't believe for one second because your house looks perfectly clean, I ask because you should get one. They are awesome.

Joyce said...

I am in the process of purging my office. So far I have resisted the urge to name anything.

Sandy said...

hey!!! now i know where those springs in ink pens come from...

Bobbi said...

Me too...I want to hone my skills on becoming a hermit. Oui! Preferably in said ice box! It's hot around here!!

Katie Craft said...

You crack me up! I have one more thing to say, "EEEEEEEKKKKKK!!! KILL THAT MONSTER!!!!!" I wouldn't even be able to go to bed at night!!

Sally said...

We had those spiders in abundance in Florida - good thing they are harmless, and yes, they do take care of the insect beasties. But, literally running into one and their HUGE webs while mowing the lawn is guaranteed to give the neighbors quite a show as I jumped 32 feet in the air and ran away shrieking like a mad woman!