I’ve been meaning to write more frequently on this blog, but addressing neglected home improvement tasks before the Summer I class session and THEN being back on campus to teach two Comp I classes — well, there goes my good intentions.
So here’s a “catch-all” post, instead of the more focused posts that I’ve been intending to write:
1) The House:
The house — and the lot that its on — isn’t a Money Pit by any definition. But it’s funny how, when one home improvement project starts and ends, a homeowner starts to notice that other improvements should happen as well. With a repaired sprinkler system, patched soaker hose, and new shrubbery (all eight of ’em, with mulch!), I noticed areas of the front lawn — along the left side of the driveway — could really use more grass. After an attempt with grass seed (twice), I’ve come to realize that that area pretty much needs to have rectangles of grass sod placed there, just like carpet tiles.
Then, after walking barefoot after Daniel (also barefoot) and both of us getting painful burrs on the bottoms of our feet, I’ve also come to realize that most of the backyard is just very well-cropped and now well-watered WEEDS. Since the previous owners had a lawn service tend to the yardwork (I think the service was ChemLawn), the yard (back and front) have been chemical-free since summer 2004. I’d like to continue being chemical-free, especially since I’m not sure what kind of grass the backyard has. (I think it’s St. Augustine, but I’m not 100% sure.)
BLEAH. That’ll be on my To-Do list once my Summer I classes are done — MORE YARDWORK.
He’s nearly 2 3/4 years old (that’s 33 months), and he is rapidly becoming A PRESCHOOLER (as opposed to being an older toddler). Over this past weekend, the Hubby, Daniel, and I went to the grand opening of a new local municipal water park, and we all had a blast — especially Daniel.
Even though Daniel’s not quite potty-trained yet (his new teacher, Ms. Jane, is working on that in his new classroom, into which he moved beginning of this week) — all I can say is that Huggies Little Swimmers swimpants ROCK. We were there from 4pm to 6pm, and his swimpants under his swimming trunks didn’t bloat or absorb water at all.
Happily, Daniel loves the water. LOVES IT. He wanted to go to the deeper area (well, deeper for him), so the Hubby and I alternatively held him as we went down the current channel. He hasn’t comprehended the idea of how to float yet (he kept twisting around and wanting to drop his legs in order to touch the bottom of the pool). But it’s good to know he likes the pool in general and even makes swimming motions with his arms in the water, all the while saying, “Swimming! Swimming! Swimming!”
Since Daniel always goes to a municipal park on the weekends (barring inclement weather), I’d say this new water park should be part of our weekly routine this summer (maybe as a reward for successful potty training???).
3) Losing Weight — YAY.
Between having a summer teaching schedule that runs from 9:40am-11:40am, and then 11:50am-1:50am, my “lunches” have been a South Beach Diet meal bar and store-brand knock-off Ensure. Also, I’ve been doing lots of yardwork. And going to the water park may become a routine. All of that means that, since the spring semester ended last month, I’ve been losing weight without really trying to “officially” lose weight.
Of course, I’m still squishy — only resistance training and consistent cardio will take care of that — but I can at least see my cheekbones again. 😛
Well, that’s about it. And I’ll write something again when I’m done grading Essay 3’s that students will be submitting tomorrow.