My favorite color is orange unless we are talking about smoothies -- and then I am all about the green superfood smoothie!
During my lunch break, I picked up the girls and their mom and took them to get the girl's registered for school. They won't be in my school next year and that is bittersweet for sure. After getting them back home, I had just enough time to grab a smoothie for lunch.
It is all good. The girls. The smoothies. Life.
The man says, "We helped a family get back together." And we did. For that, I'm thankful.
Worked all day on cleaning out the teacher work room. Came home and spent a few minutes in the yard enjoying the muggy breeze. The man and I ended the day by meeting some friends for a drink and appetizers.
Three. Three happens to be LESS than the number of trips I took to the pharmacy today.
I went to the eye doctor as I was convinced that my contacts had morphed into evil creatures and were attacking my innocent eyes. As it turns out, I have an infection in the tear ducts in my eyelids. The doctor electronically sent in the prescriptions and sent me on my way. Well, he sent my on my way after checking to see what I had in my wallet and taking it all. I kid. Not really but I'm not bitter. I'm just not digging wearing my glasses right now in the humidity. One can get used to walking in fog, right?
Trip ONE (to Pharmacy A): "We are sorry but our computer system is down. It is a corporate problem. We suggest you get your doctor to call it in to a different place."
I called the eye doctor and relayed the message. No problem. They said they would call it right in to Pharmacy B.
Trip TWO (to Pharmacy B): "Thank you for your business! Here is your prescription. What? Only the eye ointment was called in, not the antibiotic. You need to call your doctor about calling in the other one."
I called the eye doctor. Again. And left a message on the answering machine.
Trip THREE (to Pharmacy A after realizing the doctor's office was not calling back today): "Our system is working again! Thanks for your patience. Oh, you don't need the ointment now? No problem."
When I got home, I opened the bag to realize I had another tube of ointment.
Trip FOUR (to Pharmacy A to get the oral antibiotics): "Do you need medical counseling from the pharmacist? Oh? You mean you wanted the oral antibiotics. No problem. I'll refund the ointment and you now owe $174.83. You see, I thought that you didn't want to pay that much so that was why I put it back. Insurance? It says here that the number is wrong. Oh, I guess I can type that in again and see if that helps. And it does! That will be $20."
And that was how I spent my last day of summer. Back to work tomorrow!
I've been taking an online class on phone photography so I can better my skills with the camera that is always with me. It has fun so far and I've learned several tips and about quite a few apps. Also, I've learned there are gadgets to go along with the phone that I now want....
Unless you hide in the closet (and no money back guarantee on that), there will be a little dog watching and staring whilst you eat your food any time you are in my house. You might think the short dog never gets treats but you would be wrong. She only eats her dog food when all other options have failed.
It was cloudy most of the day but the sun did come out at the end of the day. I called for the girls to come join me in some shadow fun. As Julia walked outside, she said, "Beth, you do realize that I'm in pajamas."
After several minutes of being silly and playing, she didn't want to come back inside.
The fig tree in the backyard is putting out tons of fruit! It made me start thinking about fig newtons. When I looked up recipes, it turns out all of them call for dried figs. So that prompted me to drag out the dehydrator and dry some figs.
Hopefully, I will get to try my hand at some homemade newton cookies soon.
After a walk to Macy's and then to Grand Central Terminal, we headed to the airport to catch our flight home. My sweet husband picked us up at the airport and whisked us (as fast as one can whisk a four hour drive) back to our houses.
This was an amazing trip but I was ready to be home.
When the setting sun lines up in the city grid. Barely got this picture as we were rushing from the Thai restaurant to the theater to see Avenue Q. Dinner, the setting sun and the show were all fantastic!
My mom tires easily so we bought tickets to ride the double decker bus around NYC. My sister and I had a blast, too! This is definitely not my favorite way to see the city but it is all about what my mom wants to do and we are still having loads of fun!
Running the Peachtree Road Race with Alex was amazing! The crowds were huge and there were a lot of people who were amazingly festive (think runners drinking beer at 9 AM). All in all, it was a fantastic way to kick off Independence Day.
After the race, I rushed to Alex's apartment to shower and then hurried to the airport to meet my mom and sister for our flight to Boston. We flew right over Hurricane Arthur.
Tomorrow starts my ten day travels. I've been ridiculous with the lists of what to pack and coordinating clothing items so that I am only using my carry on luggage. Can we say OCD? I am packed and feel so accomplished. Perhaps I should film a YouTube video. There is even room for more stuff which means hello shopping.
I did make the decision to leave the big camera and accessories at home. The point and shoot will be just fine. Plus, it is a lot lighter.
Tomorrow, I will be leaving with some friends to stay with my step-daughter in Atlanta because we are running the Peachtree Road Race together on Friday. Excited! After the race, I will get showered and rush to the airport to meet my mom and my sister to fly to Boston. After a few days in Boston, we will hop over to NYC for the remainder of the trip. My mom just turned 70 and this was what she wanted to do to celebrate.
It has been a long time since my sister and I vacationed with our mother alone but we are pumped about showing her around NYC. Boston will be new to all of us. The only downside is that I have never been away from my husband that long. I'm sure we will survive but I know I'm going to miss that man.
Earlier today, I took the girls to get ice cream. They'd never had waffle cones and they wanted to try it out. Sure. I'm game. Two scoops of quickly melting bliss.
I took my camera. My big girl camera. And I took several pictures of the chocolate chow down.
When I got home, I tried to download the pictures only to find out that there was no card in the camera.
Yesterday, I had put the card in the little Nikon Coolpix to get it ready for a road trip later this week. I forgot to put it back in the big camera. Great. There went those adorable, drippy pictures.
I really wanted a picture of ice cream for today.
While the girls were showering this evening, I whipped up some more homemade "ice cream." They don't know that it is really just blended up frozen bananas with a little bit of chocolate and almond milk. They think it some banana chocolate ice cream that I know how to make.
And they think they got ice cream twice in one day. You won't tell, right?
The girls played in the sprinklers while I pulled weeds in the garden. Mili stayed on the porch until I brought out some popsicles for the girls. At that point, she slowly ventured out to remind the girls that she, too, loves popsicles.
Spent some time at the park and by the creek today. Julia likes to declare different ways that she is NOT like me as she is an indoors girly girl kind of girl -- but even she had to admit that tadpoles were cool.
I consider myself lucky to still have my grandparents in my life. My 92 year old grandfather has been in the hospital for the past couple of days and is already feeling better. He should be home tomorrow.
I want to have at least half as much pluck as my grandparents have when I'm 90. They are pretty awesome!
We had company for dinner and this was what happened when Danielle was told to let the grownups talk. She plopped down in the hallway and read a book out loud to herself instead of playing in her room with her sister.
On Sunday, I clumsily spilled water on my laptop. It wasn't a lot of water but enough to make me worry. The computer was turned off immediately, unplugged and the back taken off. It was then lovingly put aside to be given the opportunity to dry.
On Tuesday, I considered turning it back on to see if all worked well and then decided I would wait a couple more days to be sure it was really dry.
This could be called "Not Facing Facts."
It was surprisingly not too hard to step away from the computer for several days.
Alex, our oldest girl, spent the afternoon and evening with us. She is in town for the weekend and we had a great visit with her today. For supper, she and her dad made spring rolls -- perfection on a hot summer night.