In the middle of this long Labor Day weekend, I struggled to decide what I would do first. My ‘To Do’ list at home is long and it’s only getting longer, but I am really, really possessive of my free, away-from-the-office time. We have all been working long, hard hours lately, especially since we are nearing the end of the fiscal year. Which means EVERYTHING that was supposed to be done by 30 September, HAS to be done by 30 September.
But I digress….
Woke up early enough to watch the Formula 1 Race from Spa in Belgium. Almost made it to the first turn of a 44-lap race before the lead driver of my favorite team (think Red and Italian) was taken out. Well, so much for that…I ended up checking into Facebook and surfing for a while.
I then switched to Fox Soccer Channel. My favorite team at the Barclays Premier League (Liverpool FC) was on. They were at home hosting Arsenal. This is definitely a ‘transition’ or ‘rebuilding’ year for the reds, but they always come up big for the big games. Well, not today. They ended up losing at home 0-2… 😦 [in case you’re counting, that is STRIKE TWO for me].
So a bike ride it is! Local road ride, staying on the flats, working on speed and form. 25 miles later (and at approximately 10:30-ish to 11:00 in the morning) the heat was almost unbearable. Too hot to continue, but I am definitely not complaining. I love the summer. It reminds me of the hot, lazy days in Greece, when the plans for the day were simple: sleep in, have a nice breakfast (ok, a cup of greek coffee), and go to the beach for the day…
Well, the next thing on the agenda was the grocery shopping trip. I had quite a bit of time until we left, so I gave the two dogs a bath. Let me remind you, these are NOT our dogs. They belong to Kat, our older daughter. Right. Olive was first. She is funny. She was so pre-occupied with the fact that the choker chain and the lead were around her neck to notice the hose, the running water, and the shampoo. 15 – 20 minutes later, she was towel dried, walked in the sun, shook almost all the water off her back, and looking quite like the diva she is…
Then it was Lucy’s turn for a bath. Lucy is smart. She is not fooled easily. That chain and lead, though, could only mean a walk, right? Well, no. Lucy’s bath took a little longer. It is really exciting, though, because after she is towel dried, Lucy turns into her alter ego, “Fluffball”. Funniest thing EVER!!! It’s best seen in the last picture, inside the house.
After a trip to the grocery store (we love Fresh & Easy Markets) and the obligatory trip to fight the seriously combative and rude crowd at Costco, we were back and ready for dinner. Which reminded me that I had yet to get a good picture of the ‘Blue Moon’, the second full moon of the month. So I grabbed the camera and parked at one of the ‘observation’ points/decks on the property, and waited for the moon to rise (I’m sure my neighbors thought I was weird, but that’s nothing new, and probably a topic of another post). After a short wait, this is what I ended up with:
Talk to you all soon!