July 14 – Dog walking, reading, and phone calls

Today (or yesterday, really, because I’m posting this a little late) was not a very productive day for me – I’m not really even sure where the day went. But here are the few things that I did get done:

  1. I took the dog for a nice long walk.
  2. I read Shine by Lauren Myracle, which is a nominee for the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award. I wasn’t very impressed by it – it was a little too much of a Problem Novel, with the characters feeling a little flat outside of their Issues, and occasionally a little far-fetched that they could have such dramatically different personalities hidden under the surface, and not really reveal them before the book’s climax.
  3. I called my brother, who’s about to buy his first house – I think he closes on it tomorrow. Very exciting!

July 11 – Lunch date, appointment, and visit planning

Today turned out to be pretty busy (by my lazy summer standards, anyway):

  1. I met a college friend (who’s also a teacher) for lunch, frozen yogurt, and sharing about what’s going on in our lives.
  2. I made an appointment to get a haircut – which is a major accomplishment for me. I’m terrible about actually scheduling appointments for some reason, so any time I finally get around to picking up the phone and calling, I feel like it’s a triumph.
  3. My in-laws are coming to visit in a few weeks, so I scoured the Internet for things to do with them while they’re here. It’s always a little tricky when they visit, because they used to live in Maryland, so they’ve already done most of the typical tourist things that we often do with out of town visitors. But hopefully we’ll figure out some fun things to do so that we don’t spend too much time just sitting around our house.

June 16 – 1: My Dad

Here are just a few of the amazing things I love about my dad:

  • When he’s happy, he sings “Tea for Two” as he’s walking around the house. (Only slightly off-key)
  • He used to wear a t-shirt around the house that said “I may grow older, but I’ll never grow up.” It’s true. He’s still got a child-like enjoyment of the world, a sense of wonder and excitement about how things work and how cool it all is if you actually take the time to stop and think about it.
  • He can do anything –  or if he can’t yet, he’ll find a book, read about it, and learn how.
  • He knows all the prices for all the Monopoly properties by heart, even when they’ve got houses or hotels built on them.
  • When I was finishing up high school, he quit his job to go back and get a Ph.d., then started a successful solar panel company. He inspires me through his dedication to making good things happen in his own life, not just resigning himself to a ho-hum day-to-day existence.
  • When we went camping when we were kids, he would always make up the best stories as we were all falling asleep together in the tent.
  • He truly believes that there is life on other planets – it’s just a matter of time until we make contact. But his belief isn’t just wishful thinking . It’s based on reading scientific journals and weighing the evidence for himself.
  • As he prepares for retirement, he’s already thinking about what his next project is going to be – what he’s going to learn and try and succeed at with his new free time.

I love you, Dad, and I’m so proud and lucky to be your daughter.

June 15 – 3: Visitors

The day before people come to stay with us, I often start to feel a little resentful. Which is stupid, because I love seeing people, and I always have a great time, and it’s awesome to have them be the ones traveling so that we don’t have to deal with trains, planes, and automobiles ourselves. But we do have to clean the house, and as I’ve established, I’m not big on chores. So we spent the majority of yesterday cleaning our house, and our car, and by the end of it I wanted a quiet day off, not a busy day of hosting a visitor.

And then my cousin arrived, and we went out to dinner, and it was really great seeing her and catching up and hearing about how her family is doing and how her trip to DC is going and everything. And she gushed about our house, and our dog, and I remembered how fun it is to have people visit, and forgot all about my momentary wish that I could just hole myself away in a dark, lonely room with my computer for the rest of the weekend. Because really, this is much better.

June 5 – 1: My mom

Today is my mom’s birthday, and it’s made all the more poignant because my assistant’s mother passed away last weekend. I am truly so grateful to have my mom in my life. She’s always there for me, no matter what – to offer advice, assistance, or just to talk about what’s going on in our lives. She’s also super smart and talented, and an amazing high school French teacher. She has definitely inspired me throughout my life, and I feel so blessed to have her as my mother. I love you, mom.