A slow recovery, a dose of sarcasm well aimed.

Whatever this plague was/is, sinusitis with strep, I don’t even care anymore, I’m just ready for the upswing. I’ve never been knocked out of commission like this. This is like third trimester tired all the time. The last month ‘let me just lay down for a minute’ and three hours later you wake up still exhausted feeling. I have fallen asleep randomly more than a few times, and my daughter has even poked fun at me for it. I’ve gotten a few more rounds on the wool eater finished, but I’m lagging. I have managed to make it to the single appointment that was scheduled without passing out, but the real test will be Friday.

Back to school orientation will be going on all afternoon Friday. My husband is trying to get some time off because it is also known as ‘haul all your kids school supplies in day’. Having 2 kids and the joy of the teacher scavenger hunt, because what better way to cut expenses than to have the lists on their doors than sending the info directly to the parents. Don’t mind grumpy/tired me. My sarcasm is aimed directly at them because their robocallers have been quite adamant about making sure we know what Friday is, and when the laptops are going home, and if you have registered your kid online already*, blah blah blah blah blah. I’ve had no less than 4 calls since Monday, none before 7pm.

*this is where I feel they should have just emailed us the teacher information, and the main reason for my snark, but they make it so easy when they continually cut corners to buy iPads and laptops for elementary aged kids and force them into a block schedule, but have no time to do the things that are actually necessary for the parents who don’t have time off or can’t get time off. 

Our school system where I live now is amongst the worst I’ve seen, coming from the metro area of Northern Virginia/D.C. which is amongst the richest, and better focused on individual needs. Seeing that there are not enough books to fill the library shelves in my children’s school, having had the funding cut thanks to Gov. Bob Riley back in 2003, it makes me worry.Alabama was never my first choice place to live, but it was a joint decision to get on the east coast, and this was as close to Virginia and Indiana as we could get without going for broke. It is funny to think back to the time spent living on the west coast, I never once made a Seattle trip. Washington state, the western half at least, is a beautiful escape from the flat mid west and when it isn’t raining from October to April, it has some beautiful days. Now I’m reminiscing and completely gone from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other. (I confess I have left my computer open and have come and gone from this for about four five hours, as it is a school night for the other half and I have had to entertain kids and corral them to bath and bedtime routines. This is why most of my stuff comes out as half finished thoughts and blurbs. sorry!)

So I will share some of my Washington life with you.

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Shipwreck Beads? Another crafter’s paradise

Anyone fond of glass beads or of the place called Shipwreck Beads, here's a glimpse of what it looks like

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that time the google car drove by

that time the Google car drove by

My mom and stepdad sent this costume, and I forgot this picture existed until I started the hunt for Oly pics. His future SO is going to LOVE this.

My mom and stepdad sent this costume, and I forgot this picture existed until I started the hunt for Oly pics. His future SO is going to LOVE this.

Learned a thing or two about cross pollination

Learned a thing or two about cross pollination

One of my favorites of my Rachel, she was only 3 here.

One of my favorites of my Rachel, she was only 3 here.

they absolutely loved having the water table to themselves at the Olympia Children's Museum

they absolutely loved having the water table to themselves at the Olympia Children’s Museum

From the Olympia Children's Museum

From the Olympia Children’s Museum

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I miss having a garden full of honey bees

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The Puget Sound ends in Olympia, and it’s a nice walk from the local farmer’s market.

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At this park you could occasionally see Mt. Rainier when the conditions where right. Come here for the kids to play, sit back and enjoy the view.

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But sometimes the T-rexes just have to come in and ruin everything 😉