Yesterday was so fun!
Two of my library books are due on Monday, so I pushed myself to finish one, turning the last page as I sipped a cup of coffee on Sunday a.m. An awesome book, and such a lovely start to my day!
Then I woke the family. The deal I'd made: one hour of yardwork at 8 a.m., before it got prohibitively hot, with a special treat afterward of a movie at Chunky's! (N.H. cinemaplex where you sit at a comfy reclining chair at a table and are served food and drink. We love it!!!)
The yardwork was as un-fun as it usually is — good Lord, but my family comprises laggards, slugs, and bellyachers. But we got a ton done. My death tree (the willow that grows like Topsy and hid a bald-faced hornets' nest a few years back, remember?) is now half its size (seriously: I filled an entire leaf bag with what I sawed off this tree), which means that the rest of the front garden actually gets some sun.
I weeded and planted and pruned and raked and tried to ignore the rest of the team, as they ambled about the yard in slow motion, taking frequent breaks.
I LOVE my family, but these are not our best moments.
C'est la vie.
Cute Josh next door is a dedicated yard worker (snow shoveler, jogger — your basic nightmare), and I returned from my California vacay to see that he had gone to town on his hedges.
- Me: Cute Josh has cut his hedges to two feet off the ground.
- Mom: Wow.
- Me: Our yard looks like a jungle. I think it's clear what I have to do.
- Mom: Yeah, hire Josh.
- Me: They are the cutest family.
- Mimosa: Yeah. Too cute. They must be harboring a dark secret.
- Martini: Did we find out why the mom is bald?
- Me: Yeah. Breast cancer. But she's not bald any more, she's super-nice, she works in the NICU, and she makes amazing cookies.
- Martini: But I've heard her yell.
- Me: That's right. Angelica must be a demon seed.
- Martini (worried): Mimosa, you better not babysit for them!!
True Confessions: The "hour" was more like 80 minutes, but the yard looks SO much better and I am happy.
And then I had a lovely afternoon drinking iced white wine and reading Library Book #2, which I'm loving less but still enjoying. I will push myself to finish it Monday morning (i.e., NOW).
At 2:30, we headed to the Granite State to take in a show: Baby Driver, starring multiple Oscar winner Kevin Spacey, Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, Emmy winner Jon Hamm, and teen heart-throb Ansel Elgort.
It was AWESOME. We all loved it!!!! Two thumbs up from the Chardonnays.
I have this vague feeling that I don't like Ansel Elgort, vaguely based on misogynist comments he's made that I vaguely remember reading. But Readers, he won me over in this movie. He is adorable. I wanted to stroke his lightly scarred brow and cure his loneliness. (In a motherly way, pervs.)
A perfect way to spend a summer afternoon!
Though we were all deeply distraught to see that our traditional post-Chunky's treat was not to be: the Dairy Queen in Nashua, N.H., has been torn down!!!!
I suggested driving to Sister Hart's house (she lives nearish) and begging her for dessert, but the family thought that would be rude. Instead, we went to the Baskin-Robbins in Lexington, Mass. (Baskin-Robbins around here tends to be tucked into a Dunkin Donuts, so you have maybe 10 flavors to choose from; it's pretty funny), and that was delicious — but dude, when you're craving a Buster Bar, it is hard to settle.
I will note that my weight was slightly up this morning, which — given yesterday's consumption of ice cream, chili nachos, and so many glasses of wine I require a full hand to count them — is perhaps not a surprise. But it's the first time since California that my weight went up, not down, so today I'm back to Spartan living and good choices.
- Do five PT exercises
- Get up and move once an hour whilst editing
- Lift weights
- Eat small meals of real food and lots of fruit and vegetables
- Only one or two glasses of sangria, after 5
Off to finish a library book, I hope, and then start this week's editing. I have three clients, and I'm hoping to hold it to that.
Happy America's Birthday Eve, my peeps!