Thursday, July 25, 2013

the end is near

I was out in the wee hours this morning, enjoying a quiet run, when something suddenly broke the quietude.   It sounded like a person shouting.  An adult male person perhaps.

I couldn't make out what he was saying, even though it was quite loud.  I thought he could be calling after a pet that'd wandered off, but he didn't really have the right voice inflection for that.  Then I realized where I'd heard similar noises.  Football.

I was near the high school and realized that the football team must be practicing.  Sure enough, as I passed the practice field, there were blurry blue things (I don't wear my glasses when I run) lined up in rows doing calisthenics.

Earlier this week, I noticed store school supply shelves were fully stocked, and now football practice.  Summer is nearly over!

But it's not over yet.

It's a common thing to look back on a thing when it's over, but Mama Kat got me thinking about looking back now, with the prompt "List your top 6 favorite summer moments so far."   All righty!

I think of a "moment" as something short and fleeting, but these six things are more summer "highlights", in pictures:

1.  Summer started with Denver Comic Con and

2.  a family trip to the mountains.

I spy Deputy Rick Grimes...  See him??

...and the "walkers"?

3.  In more of a silver liningness thing - Chaco's been home all summer.  He almost had a summer job lined up at the university, but it fell through at the last minute.  By then, he'd missed the window to find other employment for just the summer.  He was bummed (thank goodness!), but has made the most of his time off.

That's not to say that he hasn't done his share of sleeping in and playing video games, but he's been doing some school related self-teaching and online learning.  He's also been a big help around the house with yard maintenance, helping with meal prep - as long as it's meat, and as long as it's grilled - and general gophering.

He's also been my bowling tutor.  *ahem*

4.  In a related highlight, Wolfgang is quite gainfully employed this summer.   He's back building Edukits - prepackaged school supplies for lazy parents who don't want to shop.  I can say that because I used to buy them myself!  In elementary school, before I'd built up a good stockpile of supplies to recycle, I'd just buy the dang kits.  They don't cost much more than if I'd bought everything myself.  Anyway, Wolfgang is like a professional shopper, 30 - 40 hours per week.

But, while he's out making all that cash, he's still finding time for fun.  And when he did the Bolder Boulder, he brought home a bunch of freebies including this Tamagear t-shirt he bestowed upon ME.

Okay, it was too small for him and deemed "too girly", but still, he bestowed it!  Upon ME.

(can you tell that family pics are slim pickin's?)

5.  First time up The Incline certainly makes the highlight list.

Chaco was my first choice for Incline partner, but he was less than enthused.  I thought I might ask a neighbor who had expressed an interest in trying it a few years ago and asked me to go with.  At the time, I thought Meego was too young to leave home alone for the time it would take us to "try" it.

I'm glad I convinced Chaco, however.  It was a fun bonding adventure, I thought so anyway.

I told him, "What else you got to do?"  - see highlight #3.

6.  Lastly, we've had a "visitor" all week.  He's a pretty nice guy, but a bit of a night owl.  He seemed kind of shy at first, but I think he's starting to like me.  We've had a few moments.

But more on him later.



  1. Wow what a summer. I can't believe how fast it has gone by. And I really like the idea of these edukits. Never heard of that before. I'd totally buy thise!

    1. Going to the school on back-to-school night and having boxes sitting there with my name on them... it was better than the little ice creams!

  2. Summer isn't over here in the UK, the kids have just broken up from school!

    Your visitor looks just like one of our burmese cats, called Pixie. She was a sweetheart.

    1. I know, your kids were in school late! Our visitor, Napolion (not a typo), is handsome, like a Burmese.

  3. WOW!!! Your summer has been packed full of fun stuff!! I hope that it continues to go well over the rest of the summer!

  4. We're seeing school related activities starting up as well - a sign that summer is drawing to a close. For me it means the end of a very busy time at the hotel. For you, it means the start of a very busy time at school. Are you excited?
    I can't wait to hear about your visitor. If I remember right, it was about this time last year that Kat came to visit. Her replacement perhaps?

    1. Yes, I am getting excited. I hope excited doesn't turn to overwhelmed! Kat is still very missed, but in the meantime, we've got the party boy.

  5. Funny how you are thinking that summer is nearly over while my youngest only finished school for the summer YESTERDAY! For us it is only just starting!

    Anyway, looks like a good summer to me, it was nice to be along for the ride!

  6. No, no! Say it's not so! Summer still feels so new and exciting to me!

    You're right though. There are signs here too, mainly Kacey preparing to go back to college.

    Love your list. I may have to copy-Kat you!

  7. Where has the summer gone? Hard to imagine that summer is 1/2 over and school is getting ready to start up again. Looks a full summer for you guys. Hope you can squeeze in some more adventure before heading back to school.

  8. You've chosen some very good ones. Make it last! Make it last!

    Welcome to your new 4-legged son. :)

  9. Sweet pics! What a cute kitty. :)