Sunday, April 04, 2010

Don't You Feel You're Growing Up Undone?

Some guys in the vacant lot across from me filming something.

Oh, kids. I tried so hard to keep an even pace this weekend. On Friday I made myself calm down. It was raining when I got off work, so I ran a few errands, put a cheese pizza in the oven, ate, dropped Stinky off at a movie and came home where Coadster and I watched the movie, An Education. I really liked it. I thought the acting was great and all high school girls should be made to watch it. After it was over, Coadster said, "I'm so glad I was born in a time where girls have more options." And I totally agreed.

10 yard waste bags full. At least 10 more to go.

On Saturday I woke up feeling great. The sun was out, I was well rested and I had a list of projects to complete. I did a bunch of cleaning first, then ran some errands with Stinky, then ran my 6 mile route then raked up 10 bags of leaves and cut up some branches with a hack saw and danced around my house in between every project. Needless to say, by the time 5 o'clock rolled around I was beat.

Stinky stayed the night with the same friend she did last week. I kicked around the idea of just staying home, but it might be the last night in a while that I get to go out and talk to grown-ups, so I figured I should. I picked G. up and we headed downtown. The Dublin can be unpredictable. Sometimes I go down there and all kinds of great fun people are hanging out and I have a wonderful time. Other nights there's hardly anyone I know down there and the ones I do know drive me a little crazy. Saturday was more like the latter. Most people in town seemed to be at all the Mission Creek Music Festival events. Greg Brown was playing at the Englert and one of the guys from Husker Du was playing at Gabes and there was something else going on at the Blue Moose (what used to be The Que or The Copper Dollar depending on how long ago you lived here).

Anyway, I decided to leave around 11. G. emailed me the next day and told me it never got any better and that I didn't miss anything. I guess a positive way to look at it, is that now I won't feel bad when I can't go out for a while, right?

Today I got a text from a friend early in the morning. She had a family emergency and needed one of the girls to babysit for her. The first thing I realized when I woke up, was that I had a migraine. I wasn't all that surprised. I knew I overdid it a little the day before, and that's usually my body's way of forcing me to slow down. Uncle, uncle. I got the message, took some migraine meds and slowed my roll waaaaay down. I actually even sat on the couch in the middle of the day and watched a movie. I know. I never do that when there's light out. I got groceries and did some paperwork and a little cleaning, but other than that, I made myself rest. I hope your Easter (or whatever you celebrate) was restful as well.


rel said...

My son and I raked his yard in a 85 degree heat wave that kicked my butt. On the whole the weekend was great and we did get a lot accomplished.

Tara said...

I am way behind on renting movies I've wanted to see. I changed my Netflix account so that I get one movie a month, though. But it's cheaper, so that's good.

SkylersDad said...

It's good to slow down and take a breather ever now and then. I hope your friends family is OK.

Pamela said...

Did you find out the name of the plant??

booda baby said...

Oh, our Easter was so restful because for the first time in forEVER, I didn't even try to color eggs. I love Easter eggs, but apparently not enough to put out any effort - kind of hoping the Easter bunny would actually appear.

Anyway, isn't that just how life among people works? Sometimes they're there. Sometimes they're not. But always, you have your own life to make interesting. From where I sit? You do a great great job of it!

laura b. said...

I'm not glad you got a migraine, but am glad you hear you had some quiet time.
Your house is so lucky to have you in charge :-)

Mnmom said...

Sounds like you did quite a lot. I lived in IC from 1982 - 1997 and I'm trying to remember where the Copper Dollar was. Or maybe it was the Que in my day? I lived just down the block from Greg Brown!!

Mrs. Hairy Woman said...

I was so tempted to do yardwork, but I knew I would be bushed after.. so I chose to relax and finally enjoy the great weather..

Churlita said...

Rel, At least it was good and different exercise than you normally do.

Tara, Yeah. That makes it tough. I've been doing the Redbox thing for $1 and that's pretty cheap and cool.

Skyler, Sadly, it didn't go well, but they are really strong, so they'll work through it.

Pamela, No. I'm guessing it's a peony, but I'll know better when it blooms.

Booda Baby, Thanks. Life does seem to work that way.

LauraB., I'm sure my house would feel luckier if I had more time and money to treat it right. Ha ha.

MnMom. It was both of those names during those years, I think. It's on Iowa Ave, around the corner from the Deadwood and across the street from Van Allen Hall'ish.

Mrs., You are a smart, smart woman.