June To Do’s…..and how Sunday became Thursday

I’d every intention of publishing this post last Sunday, but Sunday got the best of me. The day was full, of things both planned and unplanned: an extended breakfast-turned-brunch date with a friend, that crept into the latest part of the morning…..followed by an impromptu visit to the softball field to cheer on our good friend “Mad-dog” Mati as she pitched like a fiend at her softball game, striking out player after player to help her team win the game and thereby retain their number one position….and lastly, dinner out at a restaurant wherein I ate such a ridiculous amount of food that the only energy I had left was expended by moaning about the brick that was in my stomach. (I took the “unlimited soup, salad and breadsticks” menu item very seriously Sunday night.) I could barely keep my eyes open through the True Blood season premiere, it was that bad.

I was sure I would get it done on Monday, but then Monday (as well as Tuesday and Wednesday and today) have looked like this, or a variation thereof:

6:30 am – go to gym

8:00 am – drive home and quickly eat and shower

8:40 am – drive Carsten to orchestra camp

9:20 am – drive Anna to piano lessons

9:40 am – pick Carsten up from orchestra camp

10:00 am – pick up Anna from piano lessons

10:45 am – drive Anna to soccer camp

1:00 pm – pick Anna up from soccer camp

5:00 pm – drive both kids to swim practice

5:15 pm – drive home, cook dinner, clean up after dinner

8:00 pm – crash on sofa, moving only to retire to bed

There were also two trips to Target, and the grocery store, one trip to Kohl’s, the post office and the doctor’s office in there. I have always thought that if I ever won the lottery, one thing I would indulge in would be to hire someone to do the grocery shopping for me (I loathe the grocery store). I’m actually thinking that a full-time driver would be a better use of my money at this time. At this rate, I may also have to hire a ghost- blogger, too…..

So I started this post about a week ago, on June 6th. And now, I have piddled my way along to June 14th, which makes it seem like I’ve infinitely diminished my chances at making some of these things happen. But here goes, anyway:

  • Eat outside, at least once a week. The weather in June can be all over the board, but there are often some really great days for being outdoors before the heat and humidity of July take over. Ok, so this is really more of a ‘goal’ than a ‘to do.’ Noted!
  • Plan a day trip into Chicago to ride Sea Dog. Carsten is DYING…..DIE-ING….to do this. Sidebar: speaking of Chicago, last week, we did this
    Lunch at Dick’s Last Resort, where wearing paper hats with crude expressions and throwing napkins is part of the restaurant’s tradition.

and this and this

in the city. Summer in Chicago just rocks. Anyway….moving on!

  • Visit the local Mexican supermercado. We passed a Mexican grocer the other day, and the kids were curious about it. We didn’t have time to stop, but I promised them we’d go back. I love to go to the supermercado, too; so much cool stuff there!
  • Work out, work out, work out. My gym membership will be going on hold July 1st, because with all we’ve got going on that month, I know I won’t make it in for at least three weeks, probably four. Need to make the most of these next few weeks before taking a break. This week’s tally so far: 4 for 4 days!
  • Make something….anything….from my new cookbook, Plentyby Yotam Ottolenghi. Carmelized Garlic Tart…..I’m looking at you. 
  • Register kids for next school year. Just a few short years ago, school registration was still being done the old school way: go into the school, stand in long lines, and move from station to station as you filled out form after form. Now, it’s all done online, which is infinitely more convenient, however, I must admit it lacks that certain ‘festive’ feeling I used to get, skipping into the building, dragging my despondent children with me. Heh.
  • Develop a To Read list for summer. I have recently read three books, and none of them was very much worth the effort: Fifty Shades of Grey (E.L. James), The Corrections (Jonathan Franzen), and The Hunger Games, Book 1 (loved the movie; was lukewarm on the book – an unusual stance for me). I’m feeling very discouraged, and frankly, rather lost at bed time. I usually have a running list of things To Read, but for some reason I do not at the moment. Suggestions? I’ll share one with you in exchange: Blood, Bones and Butter (Gabrielle Hamilton). In spite of a few holes in this memoir, it was full of some damn good writing. The hyperlink will take you to Amazon, if you want more details. In the meantime….help!
  • Redo my workout playlist – the sooner, the better. I’m getting a little bored with the current tunes. What do you listen to when you work out? I’m always looking for suggestions – unless they fall under the category of “country.” Sorry, but no can do.
  • Clean out the inside of the taxi van. Dear God. *shudder*
  • Try not to piss off Ivy anymore with my atrocious blogging/work ethic……oy. You’ve the patience of a saint, girl!

(It just occurred to me that I should have numbered these instead of bullet-pointing them, but let’s just get this done already, shall we??)


11 thoughts on “June To Do’s…..and how Sunday became Thursday

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  2. Book…I read Fall of Giants a couple of weeks ago. Loved it. Did you already read it? Am waiting for vacation to pick up the second in the trilogy. (Ken Follett if this isn’t ringing a bell). Sorry you didn’t enjoy Hunger Games, did you read it after seeing the movie? I can’t stand to read a book after I’ve seen the movie version.
    p.s. i hear you on the busy summer driving schedule! i thought summer was supposed to lighten this craziness!?

    • Hmmm….haven’t heard of Fall of Giants, but I will check it out on Amazon. As for Hunger Games, I guess I thought it was just *ok.* I mean, the story/plot were intriguing, but I thought the writing was sort of lackluster. I did, in fact, read the book before watching the movie, but this was one instance where I actually liked the movie better, and I think a lot of that had to do with the writing. The writing did nothing to create vivid imagery (imo), so I *loved* the movie because I thought they did such a great job visually with the story – if that makes any sense. It was like the book felt very…black and white? monochromatic?….to me, and the movie was so vivid! Anyway, thanks again for the book suggestion; I do love Ken Follett, so I will definitely look into that one. And yes….so much for the lazy days of summer! Before school was out, I was wondering if the kids were going to have enough to do, as I hadn’t signed up them for many camps, etc. Gah ~ what was I *thinking*?!?!

  3. Hi! Looks like an awesome “To-Do” list – as usual you have planted some seeds of inspiration for me! The Supermercado – great idea! I just hosted my book club and we read “The Great Gatsby.” Sadly, I had never read it before. Those who had better American Lit education found that reading it again at a different stage of life allowed them to notice completely different things, but I’m guessing you’ve read it several times already! If not, there’s a new movie coming out in Dec, so it’s good timing for a re-read. We must discuss “50 Shades of Grey” some time. I haven’t read it, but it’s been a hot topic at book club for how bad it is and discussion usually leads to lots of wondering why so many women like it. I trust your evaluation of it more than anyone else’s!

    • I love going to the supermercado! So fun to browse around in there and look at all the unusual products and produce.

      The Great Gatsby is a Great Suggestion! ha! I have read it, but it’s been such a l-o-n-g time, and that’s interesting what your fellow book club members said about reading it later in life. Especially now that there is a movie coming out, I think this needs to go on the To Read List for sure. Thanks for mentioning it; I don’t think I would have thought of it, as my mind was not going down the ‘classics’ path when trying to think of things I want to read….

      As for 50 Shades…..meh. I picked it up just because all the fuss about the author and the book were piquing my curiosity, but it was really disappointing, imo. To begin with, there is essentially no plot, no main conflict, other than 1) Are they going to do it, 2) Are they going to do it again? and 3) Is the girl going to agree to do all the nutty stuff this dude is asking her to do when they do it again (because as it turns out, you find out pretty quickly that they *always* do it again!!)? I was pretty far into the book before I realized: I simply DON’T CARE what happens to either of these characters! Ugh – what a colossal waste of time (and more importantly, sleep!). The author is really good at writing very erotic scenes, but that’s not enough to sustain you for a whole book (or is that just me?). A friend told me the second book in the trilogy is much better than the first, and that I should give it a shot, but I don’t know…..I don’t like going into a book already feeling like it’s weighing me down. If you do read it, you have to let me know what you think!! I hear the movie rights have been purchased…though I can only think of one rating for this kind of film, and it’s not the sort that necessarily appeals to the masses. Though I’d say the plot and the dialogue will be pretty spot-on for the genre!

  4. Mati and Hanna love, love, love seeing their pictures posted on your site. Makes them feel like celebrities.

  5. Hehehe yeah patience is my middle name… not. Let’s just put it this way, I am just glad someone is as bad as me 😀

    Love the list, looks like lots of fun (well not the cleaning car maybe though i used to love doing that as a kid… think it was more the splashing water at everyone with the hose that appealed). I read the Hunger Games, actually liked it but I have not seen the film yet.

    Your schedule looks manic!. Hire a driver! Oh have you tried on-line grocery shopping with delivery? I have done that a few times when I just did not have the time and it is pretty brilliant.

    • Oh, you *NEED* to see the movie! And when you do, let me know what you think! (See my response to the first comment above about my take on the movie vs. the book. I was surprised, as it is not usually the case that I prefer the movie over the book.)

      Yes, manic is the perfect word for June so far! I went through half a tank of gas last week, without driving any distance over 5 miles at a stretch! Insane. Anyway, next week should lighten up a bit however, as soccer camp is over. Whew!

      I’ve heard of those online grocery delivery services, and they sound *lovely* but sadly, they aren’t available here. : ( I think they are more accessible in more urban areas. Not sure there’s that big of a market for them where we are…..although, they haven’t met *me*! heh.

      As for patience…..not only do I make you wait *forever* for me to get my post done, but then, I publish it to the wrong blog! O.M.G. I’m an idiot. You, are patient.

  6. Oh my, I think I need to lay down after reading all that you are doing/have planned! We have a mid year break coming up in a couple of weeks. As it is the middle of winter, we will certainly try out hibernation, or at least I will. I doubt I will have any hiding places to sustain me for any length of time though. The kids always seem to know where I am.
    If it all gets too much, you can always jump on a plane and visit here! Jacinta

    • Ha! I *was* lying down when I wrote that, which probably – at least in part – explains the wild rambling, and the publication to the wrong site! Getting horizontal when you’re already exhausted, and then trying to do something that requires any amount of concentration, is obviously a fatal move!

      Hibernation sounds lovely, Jacinta! Can you lock yourself in the bathroom? WIth a good book and a pint of ice cream perhaps? Even for just a *few* minutes? Oh, and seriously…..don’t tempt me with the offer to visit! The luxury of sitting still and doing nothing for 20 hours on a plane actually sounds a wee bit appealing right now…!

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