I know I haven’t blogged in a few days, but the last week has been a a blur between work, school starting and our weekend activities. Friday we had dinner with my parents at a Japanese steakhouse to celebrate my 39th and T-Rex’s 6th birthdays (watching people light food on fire is a good way to celebrate!), and then we went on a weekend jaunt to Michigan for a college reunion-house party-get together. Despite the pall of our alma mater’s embarrassing loss, it was a lot of fun to catch up with friends, and our hosts took my request to heart to make sure T-Rex had a nice b-day on Saturday — especially seeing that I dragged him and his sister to a party 5 hours away where they knew no one. My friends helped us celebrate by making dinosaur-themed cookies and a cake for him, and they put together a pinata for the kids. They even bought him a few presents…and me, too.
I only brought store-bought cupcakes, Spiderman plates and noise makers. (sheepish grin)
Thank you to all our friends!
So, now that I’m writing this, I’m feeling a little less cranky and overwhelmed than I did a few minutes ago. A few minutes ago, I had finished paying bills, and was thinking about the piles of laundry and the house that hasn’t been cleaned in over 2 weeks. I had just ordered the kids’ fall and winter jackets, made my list of To Do’s for their upcoming parties, and realized I have to make travel plans for trips I’m taking in early October. I’d been staring at a stack of forms to fill out for school and daycare that The Ex graciously dumped on me, plotting ways to even the score with him. I felt bitter that parents don’t seem to understand that RSVP means I want a response from them as to whether their kid is going to attend my kid’s party, and that the PTO ‘s proclamation that “All Parents Are Welcome and Encouraged to Attend!” their monthly meetings — which, with the exception of 3 evening meetings, take place at the convenient of time of 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays — is a bunch of bull for working parents.
So, even though it is after noon and we’re all still in our PJ’s, and I still have the stack of papers to fill out, I’m going to try and chill. I’m a year older and determined to approach life with a healthier balance and focus on the things that matter. In fact, I keep recalling that only 6 years ago my birthday and labor day nearly became one in the same.
A busy summer ends, and a busy fall begins…enjoy your Labor Day!