I hope everyone's having a wonderful Labor Day weekend.
I've been on a cleaning binge these past couple of weekends, which may not seem like much of a vacation, but to someone whose life is spent tied to a PC feels wonderful. Last weekend Third Dad and I did a pretty complete job of basic housecleaning, plus I waded through the mess that The Boy left behind and straightened up his room. Amazing what I found in there - kitchen gear I've been missing for months, not one but two copies of his voter registration card (which he swore was lost), and lots more.
This weekend has been all about yard and paper. Yesterday I went through more paper than I care to tell you about and got rid of a bin full. It's exhiliarating to look where piles of stuff used to be and see - nothing! I also did some shopping and stocked up on photo albums. I'm years behind printing photos and getting them into albums. As much as I like digital, I find I don't have the discipline I had with film. You had the little canister to remind you to drop it off, but I just add more and more photos to the queue and never remember to upload them to print. I gotta find a better way to do that.
Today Third Dad and I attacked our seriously overgrown backyard and pulled out about a dozen lawn bags worth of weeds and debris. We have a lot of trees and some ivy that I HATE and am slowly removing. We got one side of the yard done last year and are working on the other. The problem is that our neighbors on two sides have their own ivy patchs that encroach, so even though we've pulled most of ours up, it keeps visiting. Third Dad is as allergic it plain old ivy as the rest of us are to poison ivy, so guess who gets to do this lovely job? Speaking of poison ivy, I found three little patches of it and pulled them up, too. We are having a terrible time with it in the DC area this year. So far no itching, so I think I succeeded without infecting myself, but my gloves are going in the bin.
Lest you think the weekend was all about work, I went to the pool for a swim after working up a sweat in the yard. Because it's been cool here (in spite of the heat today), the water was pretty cold, but boy did it feel good after I got used to it!
One more day and The Girl starts her senior year. One of my friends emailed the other day and mentioned that I'm the last of our group with a child at home. It's almost impossible to believe. Susan wrote a lovely story about what these feelings are like - you must read it, it's at Literary Mama.
I warn you: be prepared for lots of soppiness this year. Hiding emotion isn't my strong suit.
What are you doing this weekend? What does the start of the school year look like for you? I really would like to know!