Showing posts from August, 2013

Stung or Bitten?

About two weeks ago I was bitten (not stung! according to Mark) on my left  ankle and right index finger by one? many? ground bees that had taken up residence in the pachysandra that surrounds my backyard patio. At the time I did not make much of a big deal about it; I just kept sweeping until the patio was clean and told Mark about it later.

At first it was, of course, super itchy, but not anything too distracting. Well, it turns out I probably itched it a lot more than I should have because the rash that resulted from the original bites on my ankle have spread to the whole trunk of my lower leg and onto my foot. It is swollen and really uncomfortable. I finally went to the doctor on Tuesday to get it checked out and she recommended taking an antihistamine like Claritin or Benadryl, plus putting ice on the ankle.

Nothing seems to be working and it seems to be getting worse. I started out with Claritin (which probably relieved some itching) and have switched to Benadryl (a better cho…

Weekend Roundup

Another weekend has come to an end and once again I prepare to go back to work after a leisurely week off.  : (

As weekends go, though, this was a pretty good one. The weather was amazing (sunny and warm every day, but not too hot), and there was tons to do. On Saturday morning we walked to the market/to get coffee, then came home and loaded the bike into the CRV to take to Cam at his apartment. In the afternoon we headed to the 9th Annual Fairport Music and Food Festival in the Village. Kudos to the organizers of this great event; it just gets better and better every year.

All proceeds from the festival go to the Strong/Golisano Children's Hospital, and our friend Steve, who is one of the organizers, told us they sold upwards of 10,000 tix pre-sale online ($10 presale/$15 day of). Not too shabby! The crowds were gathering in the afternoon when we headed back home to take a nap and go for dinner. Then, we (along with Annalisse who tagged along because she is so incredibly bored w…

Last Day of Staycation

It is my last day of staycation. As I sit at the counter with my Morning Glory bagel and Hazelnut/Blueberry/Island Coconut Green Mountain Coffee, I can look back on this week and think: It was a good, productive one!

Despite the fact (or...because of the fact...) that Mark has been on a project in Birmingham, AL all week (he comes home late tonight), the kids and I got a ton done this week. We cleaned out a lot of their unwanted clothes and dropped them off for donation, we got Cam moved into his new place, we did a lot of college shopping for Annalisse's room supplies (you know, the important stuff like wall decals and curtains), and converted A's bank account to a savings/checking (vs. just savings) account.

I got the dog groomed, went to the library to get October's selection for bookclub, and, most importantly for my sanity, took tons of naps on the porch. On Tuesday night my old friend Chris and his wife Marie were in town to drop their son off for his freshman year a…

One Down

Today Cam headed out to finish moving into his new apartment at Park Point near RIT (he starts classes on Monday). We brought most of his stuff over on Sunday, and he finished moving in today. Well, actually, he got over there and realized he forgot his clothes, so had to come home, then he went back. Did I tell you that Park Point has the following amenities:

PoolClubhouseFitness centerMini-theatreGrills to cook outSand volleyball courtGroup study roomShuttle service to RITDiscounts at nearby restaurantsOccasional complex wide events like concerts
Not to mention, he's got a pretty sweet apartment that he's sharing with three other guys. They each have their own room, which will be nice for Cam this year since last year he had to share a room with a smelly, slobby, gaming guy. That made for a very long year and he's certainly paid his dues.

It seems like he's been home a very long time, and he sort of has been (since the third week in May). We're looking forward to …

What makes a good day a great day?

Yesterday was one of those great days. It was just an ordinary day that felt great. Of course, there are the days in life you expect to be great like graduations, weddings, birthday milestones, but what about the other days?

Every once at the end of the day I think (and often say), "This has been a great day." The ordinary days that become great seem to have these things in common:

The weather is "just right;" sunny, not too hot, not too cold, just perfectIt is a day spent with friends and familyEveryone (Mark, the kids, me) is in good mood
Yesterday, after I got back from my quick trip up north to visit Mom, which included a fun night in Alex Bay with Mary, we went to a party at my bookclub pal Kelly's, then came home and made treats for the kids as they were having friends over for a bonfire. Around 7:00, we got a call from our friends to go to their house (a short walk in the Village) to play bocci and have mojitos. How could we refuse?!

When we got home the …

Meroffle and Spoof

The kids' summer job at Camp Bristol is done. There were hugs and tears as they said their goodbyes to their camp counselor friends yesterday evening, and prepared to move into the final stretch of summer. Obviously, their time together is not really over as Cam picked up a couple of camp friends and headed back out to Oswego for an overnight. I'm sure they'll be making dates to get together in the next week or two until they all head back to college for good.  We move Cam into his off campus apartment (but near RIT) next Sunday (well, we're moving his stuff in but he probably won't actually move in until later in the week as classes start on August 26), and Annalisse is one of the last to leave with move in being on August 31. She'll be really chomping at the bit by then. She's already pretty nervous about the whole undertaking but keeping her cool.
As we wrap up loose ends and do the final running around and shopping for college, let us take a few moments…

The Broke Bakers

Yesterday we wrapped up all the tuition payment arrangements to have two kids in private colleges this fall (I know: it's our choice to send them to private colleges). I'm happy to say we are not borrowing any $$ for Cam this year, and are borrowing a very minimal amount for Annalisse. As a result, our monthly payments feel a lot like the cost of day care used to, X 4. (This being 2013 not 1993/1995.) 
Of course there is a silver lining to this financial pain: we're keeping their student loans down, and that feels good and very worth it.

Now you see them, now you don't

This is what the last month or so has been like at our house:

The kids are at their camp jobs from Sunday morning until Friday night. Then, Friday night, they come home, dump their laundry, take a shower, and head back out to stay at whatever camp friend is hosting that night's get together (which, I might mention, seems to involve Cam driving long distances...last weekend to Oswego, this weekend to Phelps, most times to Canandaigua or Farmington - all between 1/2 hour to 1 1/2 hours away). They come home mid-morning on Saturday, shower again, sit on the couch on their computers and maybe watch some TV, then take a nap, then it's evening and we actually have a family dinner together. Soon enough it's Sunday morning and they are scrambling to pack their stuff and it's back to camp we go.

I sure miss seeing them for more than an hour at a time.