Week in the Life: I wasn’t going to do it.
I tweeted that I wasn’t going to do it.
Why wasn't I going to do it?
- I'm barely leaving the house this week because of work.
- I won't be shopping at Anthropologie--just grabbing a new headset from Amazon.
- Our meals aren't going to look awesome because I'm not cooking this week. I won't be buying healthy food and preparing it in ways that just might look good in a photo. We'll be eating what Neil prepares and what I buy from takeout.
- My kids aren't going to be around much.
- We're not going to be doing the kinds of remarkable things I might usually put up on facebook to show folks what an awesome mom and human being I am.
- Our house is a mess with Neil's repair projects and Joshua's still-unpacked bags. Our vacuum isn't working right and I still haven't boxed it up for repairs (really, I'm playing a game of chicken over this with Neil, hoping he'll box it up because he's good at that stuff). We're getting our laundry from baskets and not drawers this week.
- The idea of gathering memorbilia and scanning it for my digital pages is stopping me (Heck, I put our West Side Story tickets through the washer earlier in the month so I know I'm not reliable around these things.)
- It's a nose-to-the-grindstone-work-week-to-end-all-work-weeks for me with lots of deadlines and big hopes for a lighter August.
So why did I decide to do it?
- Well, Ali Edwards tweeted to me, “Come on, Debbie. It's never too late and some days will have more photos than others.” And I really like Ali.
- Right after she tweeted this, Neil dropped yet another board on the upper deck which keeps scaring the heck out of me, so I went and took his photo.
- I could see that this was a a shot emblematic of so many of our summers: Professors do home repair projects in the summer. When I first met Neil, he had mentors from the university showing him how to use tablesaws and hang drywall. Joe died two years ago and I wish I had a photo of him shaking his head at the sight of thousands of carpenter ants crawling from a torn-out wall.
- I like to scrapbook unposed shots.
- I've previously loved grabbing scrapbooking material from my blog.
- Everyone else was doing it.
- Just maybe it would be the excuse I needed to get to Anthropologie and buy something cool that would look nice in a photo.
So here are the photos I took on day 1.
And as for day 2? Well I did get a shot of the diet coke I bought right after dropping Isaac at camp.
So anyway, right after Ali sent me that tweet and I jumped a few feet from Neil dropping yet another board, I took this photo.
While Neil had gone into the office this morning after dropping Isaac at camp, he couldn’t get the HP lemon of a computer (that was mine and that he graciously swapped for) to boot up, and his new one will be here tomorrow, so he came home to work on his laptop. He spent the morning polishing up a proposal he’s working on (it's pretty awesome-I edited it over the weekend), and here he’s staining the trim for the new sliding doors he installed earlier in the month.
Then I went back to work.
It’s an odd summer week for us. Isaac is at tech camp for long days & Josh is just back from camp and sleeping and playing video games and, for me, this is the last week to get everything nailed down so I can play some in August. Doing 12 webinars this month instead of the usual 4 and planning out the next 5 months at MSD to make things smoother for all of us (Tami, Amy, and myself).
Got a shot of Joshua’s life today. He came home this weekend from 2 weeks of video game development camp exhausted and with a cold – during a heat wave. We only have ac in the den and in our bedroom so we put a mattress in here and he moved his xbox in and has been crashed here for 3 days luxuriating in being alone and doing whatever he wants. There sure are a lot of food wrappers around him! We sure are happy to have him home.
Dinner was nothing to write home about. With both boys in camp last week and Isaac there again this week while Josh reunites with his electronics and his friends, I’m taking advantage of this to get work done. I’ve been working 12 to 16 hour days for 10 or 11 days now--even on the weekends in an effort to get 2 months of work done in 1 month. Neil is making some dinners and I’m buying a lot of dinners.
Neil went swimming, picked up Isaac, and the 2 of them picked up the pizza I ordered online. I did cut up the watermelon myself! And we did come together for a family dinner even if it was cooked by Domino’s.
Neil left for a meeting. Josh agreed to let Isaac into his lair for the evening and I finished off the day with 2 webinars.