Monday, September 06, 2010

Holiday Weekend

Labor Day was a most-anticipated holiday this year. Two weeks into the school year, ZBoy was READY for a holiday! He's loving school, but it's quite an adjustment after the rather freeform summer he had.

We kicked off Labor Day weekend with the 6th grade dance after school on Friday. Z begged me to come chaperone, and after much hemming and hawing, I agreed. I find chaperoning anything with young kids extremely tiring, noisy and headache-inducing. This, of course, was no different, but Z was thrilled that I agreed to come.



It was held in the school cafeteria - a lovely light and airy place, much different from the cafeteria we had when I was there. The moms set up the tables with decorations, blew up balloons and laid out snacks. The SGA sponsor turned on the music, and cranked it up LOUD. The Guidance Councellor waited until SGA left the board, then surrepticiously turned it back down to a lower level. This went back and forth a few times. When the kids were in there and holding their hands over their ears because it was too loud, SGA finally relented and let the music be turned down a little. It was still loud, though!

It didn't take long for me to figure out that I was ZBoy's safety net. If there was no one there to hang out with that he knew, he could hang with me. Which he did for most of the dance. He mostly stood around, but with about fifteen minutes left to go, he suddenly cut loose and was dancing up a storm. It was kind of funny to watch. He's a bit awkward and unsure of himself, but he worked up a sweat jumping and spinning and waving his arms around. It was great!

Saturday was busy. I finally cleaned up the bedroom and moved the bed back upstairs (by myself!). Decluttering and cleaning and building a new computer desk took pretty much all day. I was quite pleased with the results though, and have a lovely space to retreat to now.


Sunday morning found me waking to my cell phone going off. My friend Kelly had spotted a pair of chairs and an ottoman on the side of the road during her morning walk. Said they were just the kind of thing I'd love. So I grabbed Z and Darling Man's truck and we went to look. She was right! So we loaded them onto the truck and headed for home.

On the way, we stopped for breakfast at Bagel Bagel. We ordered breakfast to go, including breakfast for Darling Man.

Z wasn't totally awake, even after the exercise of loading the truck. I sent him to order some bacon for DM, and was somewhat surprised and taken aback at how big he looked standing in line.

We took our breakfast and our chairs and went home, where after we ate, we unloaded the chairs. I left the cushions out in the sun to air out a bit (they smelled very slightly musty) while I vaccuumed the family room. Then we put the chairs in there and they look great!

Kelly came over later for coffee and was thrilled to see them set up and looking good. Quite chuffed that she thought to call me too!
Dinner was at the inlaw's place. My mother-in-law cooked a leg of lamb because she remembered that I love lamb. It was delicious! We visited a bit, then went home. It was a very full "normal" weekend - but luckily, I had one more day and I could just relax!
So that's kind of what I did on Monday. I spent some time working on our second computer (very old, very slow - it's doing much better now), went grocery shopping and cleaned the pool. Not a terribly busy day, but I felt like I accomplished something.
And if you know anything about me by now, you know that my favorite days are when I actually accomplish some task that's been waiting to be done!
Back to school (and work) tomorrow!



















8 comments:

Jan said...

Over 20 years ago, I worked for This End Up furniture. Your found furniture looks like it's from their Woods End line. It's made from a Brazilian wood whose name escapes me. It'll last you forever. My daughter Sharon has the sleeper sofa from this line and she's recovered the cushions and armrest with leather.

~sWaMpY~ said...

Was muchly impressed with how that cafeteria looked.
Was muchly more impressed with his stance standing in line. That is classic !
Love the chairs and ottoman. What a great deal !
Have a wonderful week. It's already Tuesday.
~sWaMpY~

Janis said...

Sounds like a good weekend for you n yours. I am like you when it comes to completeing tasks, everyday I feel like I should accomplish something. Even though it is just me n the hubs here most of the time, there is always something to do.

Hoosier Girl said...

Nice post. Your bedroom looks great. And I love the chairs and ottoman.

Glad you had a good weekend.

J.

PinkPiddyPaws said...

Sounds like a faboo holiday weekend. AND a little brothers bday to boot. :)

Faye said...

Good Mom to be the buffer for the first middle school dance. I just finished a book about mothers and teenage kids that you may be interested in--won't say enjoy reading because it's shattering but so true. "Every Last One" by Anna Quinlen.

Have you ever thought of putting your furnishings on wheels? :-) You're the champion re-doer with great results!

Faye said...

Good Mom to be the buffer for the first middle school dance. I just finished a book about mothers and teenage kids that you may be interested in--won't say enjoy reading because it's shattering but so true. "Every Last One" by Anna Quinlen.

Have you ever thought of putting your furnishings on wheels? :-) You're the champion re-doer with great results!

Nikki said...

Holy crap, how can Z-boy be having school dances already!!!