Ahhh, what I've been waiting for... summer break! Actually, I have mixed feelings about summer break. I am so glad school is out, but I do dread the antics of bored children. Two years ago, I had to go to working part-time because my kids were so off the wall. Last year was a little better. Hopefully this will be the summer where I just wish I could take off of work to have fun, not to keep the house from burning down.
Since Mr. Bill is off work on Sundays and Mondays, one of those days (or occasionally both) are Family Fun Days. This week, since there was much yard work and cleaning to be done on Sunday, it was Monday after I got off of work. We took the girls downtown...
|No, seriously, it really is downtown. Little Rock rocks!|
They played on the hills by the Clinton Library and we walked and they played on the playground.
Tuesday. Day 2, may I remind you.... Tuesday brought this:
|That looks good compared to the next day...|
Olivia and Isabelle were playing outside and Isabelle threw a mini baseball bat behind her, not knowing Olivia was right there. Yep, Olivia took a baseball bat to the face. There were a few moments where I thought we might be making a trip to the ER, but I eventually decided I would just be told to put ice on it and Tylenol for the pain, and I was doing that anyway.
Here's a picture from today... not the best picture, but you can see the shiner it's become. Wednesday it was black, Thursday it was purple, today is maroon with a little yellow.
Wednesday is our walking day. As the weather permits (no rain or 100 degree temps), my plan is for us to take a long walk. We took a .8 mile trail, and had to walk it back, so they got in a little over a mile and a half.
Now, let's talk about work. There are 4 front office employees. Me, the boss, the boss's daughter, and the new girl. Guess who was on vacation this week? Not me. But everyone else was. All three of them. The new girl was hired with the understanding that she already had this vacation planned, and the other two were gone for a wedding. So it was me and a girl they pulled from the back with minimal front office training. How'd it go?
Do you know what that is? It's an AC adapter. Not just any AC adapter... the AC adapter to the time clock. It's broken. No one could clock in or out Thursday or Friday. Fun times. Fun times, indeed.
Let me just tell you about my Facebook status this morning. It read, "There was a hole in my coffee cup this morning. And that's a pretty accurate metaphor for how my morning is going as well." My whole week, really. I'm glad it's over. When I found out about them all being gone at once, I joked that I was taking July off. I really feel like I deserve it now.
So, after escaping hell, I mean, work, today, it was officially "Fun Stuff Friday." Where I reward the girls for not killing each other or burning the house down by doing something fun. Yes, there was an injury, but it was a true accident. Today we went to the sprayground. Free water fun wins in my book.
That's pretty much the whole sprayground right there in the picture, but it's water and it's free and the girls like it. I just sit there and watch, with a slight mist hitting me every so often. It's nice and relaxing.
That's my week. I'm beat.
I have a couple of facebook pages that I follow that talk about kombucha a lot, and I got curious about it. Kombucha is a fermented tea drink and is supposed to have all sorts of health benefits. When I read about how it's made, it pretty much grossed me out. You can make your own... you brew sweet tea, add this bacteria/yeast culture (that's the gross part) and let it ferment for like 3 days, add some fruit juice and let that go for a few more. It was described as fizzy, sweet and tart. If you want to know more, those links go to Food Renegade. It's pretty interesting.
As grossed out as I was, I was curious, and curiosity won. I bought two bottles of it today at Fresh Market and tried this one tonight...
That's some good stuff right there. I was only going to drink half of it, but then it was empty. =) I didn't really know what to expect. It reminded me of a wine cooler, and I even felt mildly buzzed by it (it's not alcoholic, by the way, it was probably just a mental thing from the taste). I really liked it. I'd really consider making my own if I had any sort of counter space to set up a jug to ferment. It's super cheap to make, but hella expensive to buy (I paid $3 EACH, on sale). Go figure.