Special days I celebrated this month and how:
- Independence Day was spent with neighbors and we blew shit up. Yay!
- Relay for Life was last weekend. I was there as much as I could be.
- The biggie: Victor’s birthday a couple days ago. He turned old. We joined Sonya and her family over at their parents’ house for a way-fun birthday dinner celebration. I gave Vic a kidney stone to celebrate, because I’m a giver.
Gifts I gave and/or received this month:
- I guess the kidney stone thing was supposed to go here.
- Also, I didn’t really give Vic my kidney stone, but he was glad it was gone so I could stop whining.
- I didn’t really stop whining.
- I never really stop whining.
Books I read this month:
- I started reading The Light in the Ruins, by Chris Bohjalian. It’s fantastic so far. Dina and I went to his reading/signing at Powell’s a couple weeks ago and he was charming and told such great stories. One of my favorites was about how some bonehead who had self-published a ridiculous novel asked where Bohjalian got “those Oprah stickers” because he wanted to put them on his books to help them sell better.
- Whenever I mean to type “Bohjalian,” I SWEAR, I start to type “Boyardee.”
- I’ve picked up several books to read but haven’t been able to concentrate enough to finish a single one.
Movies and TV shows worth mentioning:
- We saw Despicable Me 2—adorable!
- Identity Thief. It was OK, with a few LOL moments.
- Vic and I have been watching Magnum, P.I. on Netflix, just for kicks. Wow—in 1980, Magnum’s shorts were SHORT.
New recipes or restaurants I tried
- Ranch Chicken Bake. There are tons of recipes out there, but this is the one I used. It was waaaay easy and pretty tasty. Most importantly, Katie and Jack both liked it. We served it with roasted zucchini and carrots. They did not like that part.
- Larks Home Kitchen Cuisine in the Ashland Springs Hotel. Delicious!
- Fancy Water. Jack came up with the name for a plain ol’ pitcher of water that contains slices of oranges, limes, lemons, and cucumbers. Although it isn’t a new recipe, I tried different varieties of citrus this time around. Can’t say it’s better, or even different, but it sure is yummy.
Special or unusual purchases I made:
- Capes! Relay for Life was superhero-themed this year, and I found an etsy artist willing to make us a big huge batch in cancer-fighting colors. I know I will totally wear my cape all the time, just like all the bridesmaid dresses I’ve collected over the years.
- Lots and lots of liquor. And then some more. We have enough for at least 37 parties.
- Materials for several DIY projects around the house—all very creative and mostly fun. Yay!
This month’s disappointments:
- The kidney stone was not a joke; I had another one. Apparently it was in my kidney when the other one made its presence known in June, but the ER doctor failed to mention that. This makes me madder than you can possibly imagine. I passed the stone on Monday and this is what I have to say: I am tired of kidney stones. No more.
- The timing of Relay for Life wasn’t so great this year and I felt like I missed out on so much of it. Total bummer. At least I did all my fundraising beforehand. HUGE thanks of you who donated garage sale items and/or $$ to American Cancer Society!
- I feel like the last part of July was a groggy blur, seeing’s that I was on some heavy-doody drugs. I think it was fun, though. Someone told me so.
- I dropped Katie’s iPod. iPhone Steve to the rescue!
- What’s the deal, Trader Joe’s? They’ve been out of Powerberries for months. Fortunately, they have lots of Roasted Coconut Chips, which I love.
- Our Geeks Who Drink trivia team (These Are Not the Answers You’re Looking For) finally took back our first place title. We were in second place again the next week, though. That other smart team is super-smart.
- I decided, for no reason whatsoever, that it was time to redecorate our bedroom. The furniture stayed the same, but I changed up our bedding, window coverings, and small décor. I don’t think Vic has noticed. He actually kinda hates when I make these kinds of changes, but at least this one didn’t involve paint! For me, though, the little touches make a cheery difference in daily life. I gotta do ‘em.
- Mom and I worked on a kitchen project all day today. We completely re-did the chairs—foam, lining, fabric and all—which was a task long overdue. The fabric on them wore out really quickly after we got them. Grrr. I chose a new fabric that goes better with the colors in the kitchen and family room; it’s prettier and sturdier and although it barely looks different in the photos below, you have to trust me when I say it is a HUGE improvement. Here are the before and after photos, both with Lucy Butt Goodness:
- Throughout the entire chair renovation project, there was no bloodshed. This is always worth mentioning when I’ve been using power tools (and yes, in my world, a staple gun is a power tool).
- An accomplishment I share with a couple hundred other people: our Relay for Life event raised almost $62,000 toward curing cancer.
Anything else noteworthy:
Nothing I can think of. Instead, you get sillies: