Outside my window... The day is quite warm but lovely. I can see the sun filtering through the Japanese Maple outside the front, bay window. The neighborhood is surprisingly still. Is it bad of me to be pleased that the neighborhood kids aren’t trampling my landscaped yard and leaving their toys underfoot?
I am thinking... about missing my mother; about wanting some structure for the coming week; about wishing I could go on Mr. Wheeker’s trip this week with him; about when I can take the dogs on a hike again soon.
I am thankful for... a husband who understands my quirks and loves me in spite of them; … dogs who give me perspective; … a break from the intense marathon of the school year; … friends who allow me to have my need for hibernation time, yet are willing to accept me back into their company when I emerge, rubbing my eyes at the brightness of the sunlight; a beautiful backyard sanctuary.
From the kitchen... Mr. Wheeker is prepping the meat for our BBQ this afternoon. I just got home from the grocery and put away the last of the groceries. And I had an exciting bowl of raisin bran for lunch. Eleanor (puppy) is teething hard this weekend, so two soak-up-water-and-freeze teethers are in the freezer getting cold for her poor gums and mouth.
I am wearing... very casual grey shorts and my WDW tshirt.
I am creating... curriculum for next year, at my own pace; … a playlist to give family members as a gift.
I am going... to try my Wii Fit for the first time this week; … to try to learn the scoring system for AKC dog shows; … to try an obedience class with Ferguson from a woman I’m not sure I like.
I am reading... and not finishing too many books at once. Most recently: The Blind Assassin, The Terror, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, The True Meaning of Smekday, The Historian, Body Double, Poison Study
I am hoping... that I don’t wish July away; … that I can structure myself well enough to enjoy the freedom of vacation; … that I do a good job showing Ferguson at the dog show on the 19th.
I am hearing... an episode of ‘The Simpsons’ in the other room that skyschemer is watching in which Homer and Marge find out they’re pregnant with Maggie.
Around the house... we have happy sighthounds. Charlie (greyhound) is sunning himself outside on the deck. Ferguson (Irish Wolfhound) is kicked back on the chaise portion of the sofa. Eleanor (puppy IW) is lying on the cool laminate floor in the kitchen. Our two (whippet) guests are enjoying themselves. The elder, Oberon, is curled in a green microsuede wingback (?) chair behind me in the library. The younger, Icarus, is wandering the downstairs wondering why the puppy isn’t still playing with him. Skyschemer (human), is eating leftover pizza and watching television.
One of my favorite things... is watching my dogs do happy-dog things and seeing Mr. Wheeker relax into a much-deserved vacation.
A few plans for the weekend:
• hike in Forest Park
• take dogs to Marine Drive dog run
• help Mr. Wheeker pack
• get my work area organized so that there is more table space
• pick up my anniversary ring from the jeweler
• play some sort of game (Loaded Questions, You Don’t Know Jack, Cosmic Wimp Out, etc.)
• clean the bedroom
• plan what to do on curriculum this week while Mr. Wheeker is gone
• make gazpacho
• do puppy homework with Eleanor
Here is a picture thought I am sharing...