* Wal*Mart and I have a love/loathe relationship. However, books are better off on bookshelves and I’m okay with $15 particle-board specials.
* Marcus and I unstacked the girls’ bunkbeds. No fingers were lost in the process.
* We put together two bookshelves and one chest of drawers and decided that the last dresser could wait until tomorrow.
* I ordered pizza for dinner. Totally.
* Rebecca and I emptied out our dead terracotta planter pots, replaced them with plastic lookalikes, and seeded them with lavender.
* Madeline and Rebecca cleared and planted a flowerbed in the front yard.
* Rebecca cleared another bed while I made scones in the kitchen, and then the girls planted peas. Pea distribution was less than ideal, but I think I’ll cope.
* I rounded up the kids when they were done with their schoolwork and we spent the last bit of the morning running errands. Wal*Mart for a lamp for Madeline and headphones for everyone; the bank for me to deposit checks; then Panera, for lemonades and bagels to take to the park.
* The kids played at Signal Hill Park for an hour; on our way there, we passed Matthew on his motorcycle on his way out to a tag. He met us later at the park for lemonade.
* We watched Avatar. Marcus pointed out plot holes. Rebecca and Madeline were totally suckered in.
* I took 贝贝 (Rebecca) to her Mandarin lesson. She’s making steady progress, and will be taking more lessons over the summer. Her teacher is studying Accounting at NVCC, and I am eternally grateful that she’s willing to work with 贝贝 every week.
* I had actual leftovers available in the refrigerator so that it was a simple matter of reheating [link slug=”lamb-pilaf”]lamb pilaf[/link] before running out the door to yoga.
* I ordered my Adobe CS4 upgrade. I am not sure if it falls into the “post-announce upgrade policy for single-user products” window, but my CS1 is so far out of date that it is totally worthless on Snow Leopard. Must stay on upgrade path!
* I placed my second order with Holy Cow Delivery for milk! Delivered! To my front door! (Marcus totally loves the name–it tickles his funny bone.)
* Marcus broke a glass and sliced the tip of his finger picking up the pieces.
* Rebecca threw a glove onto the stairs and then slipped on it on her way down, knocking the wind out of her.
* We knocked the ice out of the gutters. The gutters may be goners. (They were goners anyway, they are just even more so now.)
* The kids learned that tunneling through packed snow to build a snow fort is not as easy as the movies make it seem.
* I learned that snow sucks.
* I drove the kids to Costco and got garbage bags, milk, juice, and coffee. Lots of coffee. (Instant coffee.) When the world ends, we will at least have coffee to keep us from becoming zombies.
* During Rebecca’s ballet lesson, I walked down to J.E. Rice with Marcus, Madeline, and Abby; we ended up spending $20 on clearance LED Christmas lights.
* We did schoolwork for the first time since Christmas. Things went smoothly, except that Marcus had apparently stayed up way too late Sunday night so he was a total grouch until threatened with an enforced naptime. Asking Madeline to be quiet is an exercise in futility–I told him that it wasn’t her fault he stayed up too late.
* I went to ballet class for the first time in two weeks. Pain! Agony! And midway through class, my arms got all spotted, like prickly heat but smooth. I have serious doubts about the crab soup I ate beforehand.