Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Wondering what I was thinking...



This evening I sat here and wondered... "what was I thinking?!".

In the past three weeks I have:

  1. started tearing down wallpaper to paint a hallway and stairwell
  2. helped Scott start to tear down a fence to facilitate a shared fence between our house and the neighbor
  3. adopted a dog with the attention span of a toddler
  4. felt compelled to pack a lunch for Scott that causes lunch envy at least twice a week when he opens his meal at work
  5. started to declutter and reorganize drawers and storage spaces
  6. attempted to alleviate Scott of 95% of the household chores so he can focus on his trigonometry class
Is it any wonder that I came down with a miserable cold on Sunday? When will I learn that I really do not have to take on the world each and every morning?  How old does a woman have to be to stop multi-tasking?

Yet somehow, in the midst of it all...  the more I have to do, the more I manage to get done.  Am I the only one?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Rich White Girl



I went to Jersey to spend a day with Kate on Saturday.  She needed some art supplies, some cleaning supplies and some food that didn't come from the dining hall or a microwave. It can be a long day, driving there, shopping and then driving home.  I decided to stay the night.  There is a hotel in Parsippany that has become our favorite. It is elaborate on the outside and tastefully elegant on the inside.  The weekend rates are outrageously low because their big money comes from corporate clients during the week.

Kate posted a picture of our room on Facebook.

Her friends from college responded that she was a rich white girl.  

Hmmmm...  if they only knew that we:

1) live in a semi-detached house with a 37 x 100 foot yard
2) have no television cable
3) only buy used cars
4) usually camp when we vacation
5) rarely go out to eat
6) have only calling and texting on our phones - no internet - no smartphones
7) eat store brand foods most of the time
8) we rarely spend full price on any of our purchases, waiting for sales
9) think a perfect Friday night is going for a walk in a heavy snowstorm with our dogs 

How does that make her a rich white girl? 

We make choices about when and where we want to spend our money. 

Would she and I have slept as well in a cheaper hotel? Maybe, but maybe not. 

The bed was perfect. 

The room was immaculate. 

The service was extraordinary. 

We had no worries...we could simply enjoy our time together.  That, my friends, is priceless...   money cannot buy that. 





Saturday, February 11, 2012

First frat party


"Hey Mom!  I'm calling so you don't freak out.  I'm just tellin' ya I'm goin' to a frat party with the girls tonight."

"Um... okay."

"I just need a break. I won't drink or do anything stupid."

"Um...  okay."

"I wanna go dance and hang out with people."

"Um... okay.  Will you text me when you get back to your dorm?"

"I guess. Hey.... can I call you back in like two minutes?

"Um...  okay.  I love you."

And somehow, after that short little conversation, all I could think about was John Belushi. 

I did get a text at 1:00 a.m. that said she was back in her dorm and she was smart. I don't know if I'll get any further explanation on the  "smart" comment. 

This morning I wondered...  

How street smart is my child? 

Did she only drink bottled water that had a sealed lid or a soda from an unopened can? 

Are there pictures out there somewhere with her holding a "red solo cup"?

Who is learning more during this college experience?  It just might be me....

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

White, bright, to shine...



We will be adding a new star to our blog.  I am pleased to introduce Birka.  Her name means "white, bright, to shine."  It is the root word for the word Birch.  She is at the SPCA waiting to be spayed.  We hope to pick her before the weekend arrives.



While Scott and I were on our honeymoon we enjoyed the white birch trees in Maine.  The birch tree is a symbol of renewal, new beginnings.   

So, here is to new beginnings with Birka our latest addition to the family. 

Stay tuned for more wandering and wondering ....


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Wander in Michaux State Forest

We packed lunches, including cooked carrots for Otter, and headed out the door before noon last Sunday to hike the Sunset Rocks trail in Michaux State Forest.  


The boys were eager to get moving. They take off like rabbits on date night.  I prefer to meander and take in the sights and sounds, or lack thereof. We witnessed very little activity on the trail but the wind was whipping and the trees made mournful sounds.



The description of the trail in the guide book said it would get steeper and rockier as we climbed.  They were right on the money.  It was a short hike but a good cardiovascular workout.



Otter and I posed at the summit but we didn't hang out up there for very long. It was very cold. We did run the ridge a little while, in both directions from Sunset Rocks.




Back down along Tom's Run, we took a little walk on the AT. 


 Otter was fascinated by Halfway Spring. That water had to be so cold. We really didn't think he would get in.

Our walk on the AT brought us to Camp Michaux.  Neither Scott nor I had any idea it was formerly a POW interrogation camp.  We did some research on the site and will be visiting again with a self-guiding tour book we were able to download. 




Another good day in the woods.  For some people, I suppose going out for a hike now and then satisfies the occasional urge. For us, an afternoon in the woods feeds and fuels the perpetual desire to go out and do it all again....   the sooner, the better.  The guidebooks and maps are on the bar as I type... Scott is already planning the outing for this weekend.  Life is good!