Hi! We survived August!
And jumped right into a busy, mostly joyful, September. The boys are thrilled to be back in school, and everything seems to be going swimmingly with that. The cost of all the back-to-school shenanigans has, once again, taken me by surprise ($22 for the cheapest school photo package! $25 for PTA! $15 for back-to-school picnic!) and I’m a little grumbly, but really, I should just go ahead and adjust that cash envelope already and write Future Erika a note not to adjust it back down in the winter when She thinks “we can’t really need this much for back-to-school shenanigans. It must’ve just been a strange year.”, as She does every year.
Andrew and I have been finishing up a long-desired outside project – we’ve cleaned up the “junk” corner of the yard (where previous owners have been throwing yard and construction waste, Christmas Trees, and rotting firewood, for YEARS), framed and mulched it, and moved the trampoline over there. In the new spot vacated by the trampoline, we are putting up a swingset for the kids. We got it for free off of freecycle, and have been cleaning, staining, replacing some stuff, getting it ready…all summer. We got half of it up last weekend, and (fingers crossed!) will finish up this weekend.
Both our jobs got CRAZY this September. My work house increased, and the growing pains of shifting everything else I do around that haven’t quite settled yet. Andrew has an AWESOME new not-ready-for-public-sharing project at work, which involves rather more travel than we’re used to. We’re both thrilled at the new creative opportunities at our jobs…but it’s a lot of crazy too. Waiting for the dust to settle.
Before I got my new work hours, I’d planned to spend those hours working on my new creative project: my Eating Liturgically blog. It’s all planned and worked out, with the first month or so of blogs and recipes planned…IN MY HEAD. I have got to start getting some stuff in 1s and 0s, you know? I’m hoping not to have to go all JK Rowling on this and get up at 4am and work before my kids get up…but maybe? Ugh. Creative Muses are so mean sometimes. (Also, I’m really excited for this! I want to do it! Just at, you know, 10am.)
Anyway, that’s my flyby update – mwah!