Sunday, June 14, 2015

Silver Liningness Sunday

Howdy strangers!  It's been an entire week since I was last here??  Well, I can explain...
My week went pretty much like this;

*sit down to blog*

Backyard's flooded.  Again.

*sit down to blog*

"I got a job and need to go to training"

*sit down to blog*

"Come ride and show me the bike route to my job"

*sit down to blog*

"I have a job interview tomorrow, help me pick clothes"

*sit down to blog*

"Hey, I need work clothes too"

*sit down to blog*

"Buy a washer and dryer?  Pleeeeez??"

*sit down to blog*

"The cat killed something and left it on the welcome mat"

*sit down to blog*

"Do me" - laundry

*sit down to blog*

"Cut me" - lawn

*sit down to blog*

"Whack me" - weeds

*sit down to blog*

"Forget this, I need to get outta here" - me

That along with other stuff like the fact that I'm in summer school marketing class and there was the wildly compelling case of the whole grain pizza.

So ANYWAY, hey, I missed you guys!   It's been a busy but productive, consumptive, educative, fluxive, floodive week, and it's all good!

Our backyard continues to flood, so we took a more active role this week in trying to staunch the thing.  Magnum got the ball rolling, and next we knew, we were all rolling in the mud and muck.  Here's the mid-project view:

Okay, so it's pretty much just a ditch in a swamp.  

But we also filled in a lot of places where there was standing water, China has a beach of her own now.  The drainage ditch seems to be helping.  The yard noticeably dried out, and I was able to mow through what had become monstrous grass.  I'd say about 2/3 of the yard looks like yard again, depending on your frame of reference.

Of course, work on The Great Wall of 2015 has been halted through all of this since every time a spot of ground was dug into, it immediately filled with water.

In other news... Meego got a job, which is lovely.  He has connections (Wolfgang) at EduKit, and now he gets to spend the summer in the warehouse too.  

But then Wolfgang got wind of an internship with a local engineering firm, applied and got hired, so he's actually leaving EduKit  to do the internship.  

Oh, and Chaco has been moving into the new apartment in baby steps since's he's also working full-time.  

In the meantime, Magnum brings home the bacon and is king of ditch digging while I am student/maid/cook/chauffeur/queen of the credit card.

And *POOF*, here it is, Sunday again already!

Wolfgang ran in a race this morning, the Garden of the Gods 10-mile.  As anyone who's been to Garden of the Gods knows, the park is very hilly.  I don't think there's a length of flat ground on any part of the course.  So it's a challenging and very popular race.  I've been tempted to do it, but honestly, haven't wanted to deal with parking.  

Find Wolfgang, win a prize!
(okay, you pretty much know by now, there's no prize, right?)

Wolfgang's the type that needs a race to motivate him to train, so he and some high school buddies signed up for a series of three races over the summer.  The GoG10M was first in the series, and they easily met the requirement of  "under 2 hours" to qualify for the next in the series.  His finish time was right about 1:16, and they all had good fun.  

But not to be upstaged, the cat brought dinner home a little while ago.  

Uhm... it's a bird.  You might be glad to know that it got away.  Last I checked...

I've missed you all, really.   It's just been one of those weeks.  Thanks for letting me empty it all over the blog!



LL Cool Joe said...

I can so relate to the first part of your post. I always think the summer will quieter with my daughter off school, but I forget that she needs driving everywhere, and the constant little projects that need doing.

I'm glad the bird got away,even if it had a broken wing and no eyes. ;)

Riot Kitty said...

Eeeww. Well, at least *your* cat brought you a present. Mine just ate it like a fucking hot pocket.

Abby said...

I was kinda looking forward to the lazy days of summer, then I was all, "This wasn't in the brochure!"

Abby said...

I don't think the cat was hungry, he just wanted to catch the bird. Then he let it go so he could chase it some more. Weirdo.

ShadowRun300 said...

That same stuff keeps happening to me every time I sit down to blog. Good for you for actually finishing one! Mine's a'comin....
We haven't been home for a few days, but I know it's been raining cats and dogs. Even still, I doubt we'll ever catch up to you. Keeps away the fires though, right? Right?
Anyways, good catchin' up with ya. Glad you took the time to dump. :)

Abby said...

It was just one of those weeks, but things are returning to a gentle roar. So far, so good on the fire front!
Get hoppping on your blogging!

terri said...

We've missed you too! (And I just looked at my blog and it appears it's become my habit to blog only on the weekends. This has to stop!) Eh... life happens. The blogs will be here waiting for us when it slows down.

Sounds like the rain is making it a big challenge to maintain the yard. Hope it dries out soon, enough to make things manageable again. Makes me grateful that we have a nice balance of rain and shine.

Abby said...

Yes, I've noticed I'm not the only slacker *AHEM*