Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Baked, Bored, & Blah



Is anyone else having as much trouble as I am getting back into the swing of things after the long weekend?

We were spectacularly lazy the past few days (well, at least Sam & I were- Chris worked most of it, but did have Friday off) & I find myself less than motivated to do any kind of sustained mental activity. Sam thinks it is the combination of heat (108° today) & the return of the smoke-filled air; I think it’s simply a relaxation hangover.

Chris got home at a reasonable time Thursday evening- especially considering he had driven into work instead of taking the commuter bus, & had to deal with the holiday commute traffic- & since the boy had gone off to a friend’s for the night, we decided to go out for dinner, the first time in literally months. We tried a new place that opened up a couple months ago, Famous Dave’s BBQ; the side dishes were great, the entrees good, but not outstanding- for the price, I’d prefer Texas Roadhouse. We watched one of the DVDs I got from Net*flix, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, before heading off for an early night.

Before you ask, no- Chris did not wake me up to watch the hot air balloon launch this year (you know Mama doesn’t do 5:00am- last year was a fluke! )  In fact, he missed it all together; when I got up at 7:30, he was face down on top of the comforter, snoring like a band saw. It was just as well, because the launch ended up being cancelled due to wind gusts & a chance of thunderstorms.

It was very atypical weather for the 4th of July; it only got up to 85 here, after the clouds burned off (last year, it topped out at 115°), & the coast was fogged in most of the day. We considered going into San Francisco for the fireworks at Fishermen’s Wharf, or even over to Jack London Square in Oakland, but no one could muster the energy or enthusiasm. I made an early visit to the gym to ride the bike & over to the store for provisions, but spent the rest of the day at home, doing a little yard work, napping, & watching the NCIS marathon & the Capital Fourth on PBS. We didn’t even go over to the high school to watch the fireworks, though our new neighbors did their level best to recreate the show in the front yard; poor Poppy & Dahlia couldn’t figure out which way to hide- they really dislike the noise.

Saturday & Sunday was more of the same; one trip out for necessities, lounging around reading or watching movies, a bit of knitting, napping, & work on my Garden Club presentation. Sam had a friend over, so they camped out in the study, playing video games, & I actually cooked: breakfast-for-lunch, with gingerbread pancakes, bacon, & fresh fruit, & stir-fried chicken with vegetables & soba noodles for dinner.

Well, I’d best get back to work~ Wednesday is the Garden Club meeting & I need to finish my outline, collect some samples for visual aids, & print some handouts. I decided to go with a general overview of Home Composting, focusing on low tech, low cost equipment for the small home gardener.

Yeah, I know~ yawn....


suzee said...

The fireworks on the Bay were mostly fogged in, anyway, so you did good.

Yep...I'm trying to get myself out the door to run before the heat. But BOY do I not want to!

She'sSewPretty said...

We're having the same yucky weather here. I don't feel like doing anything at all!

Lisa said...

hmmm ... for a yawn, you still seem pretty darn ... active! we had a cooler 4th of July as well, and, I say conspiratorally, it was so nice. I hope the smoke clears soon for you guys - I keep thinking about how terrible it must be combined with the heat. Stay inside and relax more! ;)