Making it happen.
That's a lot of what this project is about. Making it happen and keeping going even when you face fatigue or other roadblocks along the way - or simply adjusting it to make it work for you. My days when the kids are gone are often simple and I'm cool with that.
Thursday was a good day around here. A full day of outside + work + friends.
Here's a look at my Thursday:
My parents were up and out early today because they were on East Coast time and I think they were also excited to get home to their plants at the beach. I get it.
I was also up early because I like to get up early. I like to get up early even when the kids aren't here because it's the time of day I get the most stuff done ( which is one of the things I love about the summer season when I can start working earlier without the school driving around). This morning I tried to see if my sprinkler issue was something I could maybe, possibly fix myself (or operator error). The main issue was that the last station wouldn't turn off. I ended up calling someone to come out and fix it and they were able to do it in the afternoon so I'm back in business.
As I walked from the front yard to the backyard these guys were watching me. Intently as you can tell. I think I should probably take my harvest wreath down.
One of the bushes that surrounds my front porch is just starting to bloom. It blooms right now and then will bloom again later in the summer.
Sitting at my desk where I spent most of my day. I get it when people ask what to take photos of when they are at work all day. I just take multiple photos of me sitting in the same spot throughout the day to show the passage of time.
Thursdays are one of the days when Katie works here in the office. Our friend Kim takes care of Graham so we usually have a Thursday morning meet-up for the hand-of. Kim also watched Anna when she was this age before and after Katie was hired - she's an awesome friend and they are the family that always comes over for Halloween.
This dude is so, so smiley. He's got a whole lot of people who love him.
Then we work. Today I was working on layouts for the Read Story Kit™ - that meant back and forth between my computer and my work table as I printed, typed journaling, and then video taped myself putting the projects together for the classroom portion of the subscription. Read will be available on the 15th.
Both cats were hanging out in the office today. Usually it's just Sam in his basket (see below) but today George took a nap on the desk too.
My work table with my tripod and camera set-up. The version I have is an older one but similar to this one: Promaster Carbon Fiber. I use an accessory tilt arm to be able to get it in position to shoot straight down.
In his basket in the office. Most of the day until he wants some love and then he comes over and sits on my lap at my desk.
Here's what it looks like at 3pm. Not sure what's happening with my face but I was typing journaling for one of my layouts so maybe that's what my face looks like when I type.
All cleaned up for dinner with friends. One of the things that I've really learned over the last few years is the importance of friends. Super thankful for the chance to go to dinner and hang out.
Rangoon Gimlets at Sabai in Eugene. The best. Gin + basil + lemongrass + lime.
My friend Kristin. I've been really lucky to cultivate friendships with Mom's in Anna's first grade. We closed the place down.
Other things that happened that I didn't take photos of:
- iChat with Cathy
- two phone calls with Chris to finalize our summer schedule
- the sprinkler dude
- lunch of hummus + chips + watermelon
- finishing the day with Aaron
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