Outside my window... it's cloudy and hot. I was out on the patio earlier this morning and it was very muggy with 88% humidity at 7:45 a.m. It's supposed to rain this afternoon (keeping my fingers crossed) and indeed we seem to have chances of rain almost every day, which doesn't guarantee rain. but it's a little better than seeing sun icons for 10 days in a row!
I am thinking... that I have no idea where my daughter and I will be headed on Friday, when we're starting our week-long trip to possibly VA. I ought to talk to her about it and decide on at least how far we want to drive that day. I also feel completely unmotivated to plan anything, it's so weird! I just hope we don't get completely rained out... we need the rain down here but I don't want it wherever we'll be going!
I am thankful for... decaf coffee :) It's nice to be able to have a couple of cups of a hot tasty drink without worrying about not sleeping at night!
From the learning rooms... it's summer vacation but Youngest Son is already hard at work on his French class, which he started yesterday. He's also been working on his summer projects for 10th grade: an English Honors reading project and his AP World History project. Today he starts to volunteer at the library's Summer Reading Program. Daughter isn't taking any classes but she is back to drawing and specifically studying anatomy to better draw human figures. As for me, I keep on educating myself about the new diet that I'm following.
From the kitchen... I have NEWS: I've been doing the dishes every morning as soon as I wake up, for a whole week! This allows me to spend time with Greg after dinner and then have at least part of my day without any dishes in the sink :) So far, so good. I've also baked chocolate chip banana bread for Youngest Son (he's the only one who eats it) and whole wheat bread for me (I'm going to freeze the slices so they don't go bad as I'm only allowing myself a tiny bit of bread). I've been trying to eat about the same dinners as the rest of the family so I don't have to cook twice. The bad news is that I've had a lot of food waste since I had to throw away a lot of the leftovers as no one is eating them! I'm going to have to rethink how much I'm cooking, I suppose.
I am wearing... black yoga pants and a red V-neck T-shirt, walking shoes.
I am creating... a notebook to keep a bunch of diet-specific recipes that I'll be using a lot.
I am going... to probably have to pick up my son from the library this afternoon since it's supposed to rain at that time. Otherwise, I might drive to RaceTrac to get us Sodapalooza refills.
I am reading... I just started a free e-book from Amazon entitled "Changing Your Life Through Positive Thinking" (once again, inspired by Bless!). I also downloaded a book from the library by an author that was recommended by Nan, "Back When We Were Grownups" by Anne Tyler. I haven't started it yet as I also just started "Blindsighted" by Karin Slaughter but I'm barely a few pages into the book and I can already tell that I probably won't care for it. It's happening to 99% of the books I've tried reading these past few months, it's frustrating.
I am hoping... that I get some enthusiasm for my week-long trip with Daughter before Friday! Right now staying home and continuing my routine is much more appealing :( Also that Princess's eye gets better before we leave, as she started having the same problem that Tabby Kitten had a couple of weeks ago. Instead of taking her to the vet's, I just started putting the eye medicine in her eye this morning as I had 1/2 a tube left over.
I am hearing... a kitten crying out behind my son's bedroom door. He's the Cat Whisperer, all 6 cats desperately love him :)
Around the house... Daughter is still in bed. She's going to Busch Gardens with some friends this afternoon. Youngest Son is occupying himself with his projects, YouTube, and painting his wargaming miniatures. Greg is at work. The kittens are mostly taking their nap. I'm about to get started on chores... well now I just realized that I meant to vacuum but the cats are asleep... so I'll wait until later on :)
One of my favorite things... my thrifted bread-related utensils: breadmaker, bread slicing guide, and bread keeper!
A few plans for the rest of the week... I've been exercising every day on my recumbent bike and I'm about to add 3 weekly sessions of strength training as well. I'll be going grocery shopping tomorrow, and going to pick up my BFF and her kids from the airport on Thursday. And then Daughter and I leave on Friday for parts unknown. We should be gone a week. Greg is persuaded we'll be back within a couple of days, lol.
Here's the picture I'm sharing... I really haven't been taking any great pictures so here is one that Greg took yesterday when he was kayaking on Lake Hammond in Lake Louisa's State Park:
|Yep, he caught a fish! It was a good size fish too but he threw it back because he had just|
gotten there, it was hot, and he was planning on staying several more hours. That fish got lucky.
Have a good week!