An Easy to Build Outdoor Game

An Easy to Build Outdoor Game

For last weekend’s graduation party, we decided to build a new game.  We had all ages coming, so we needed something everyone could play.  I bought a sheet of plywood and some 2x4s and told my oldest son what I had in mind, but let him tweak it however he wanted. Here’s a picture tutorial for you…..

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

Cut a sheet of plywood in half & draw three sizes of circles.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

Just use whatever you have for the circles.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

Drill a hole inside of each circle.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

Just make sure it’s big enough to fit a jigsaw blade into.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

Jigsaw out the circles.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

Easy.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

Make each half the same.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

Get out the 2x4s.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

Cut four the size of the plywood, about 4′.  Four at 3′, four at 4’4″ and the last two will be the finished width when you’ve attached them.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

You can change the sizes.  You just need four frames that are exactly the same.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

Screw them together.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

1, 2, 3, 4.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

Screw those to the plywood.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

It’s a great job for a son.  We attached one more 2×4 between the frames along the back for stability.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

One hour – done.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

Two colors of paint is more fun than one.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

I used a daughter for this job.  We sanded the circle openings a little bit first.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

I didn’t take pics of us painting the X on the front, but it was just painter’s tape and a sponge roller.  Nothing hard. Then we sewed little bean bags with fabric scraps.  They should be loosely filled.  That’s a great job for an 11 year old.  You could use balls if you don’t sew.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

I made the numbers with plain paper and a die cut machine then just glued them on.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

Then play.

 An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

At any age.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

This was a hit for our party.   After a while the older boys played by hiding behind the boards like forts and pelting each other with the bean bags.  The younger kids ran around with the bean bags, there were lots of variations on the game.

An easy to build outdoor game that's great for all ages! -- The Pennington Point

It took a few hours and the total cost was $37 (but I already had paint and other supplies).

Have fun!

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Graduation – Check!

Graduation – Check!

A high level of activity over the weekend has put me into a state of joyful exhaustion.  We have been building toward this weekend for the past 18 years.  Graduating 2 of our daughters has been such an emotional ride.  Happiness at being finished with their schooling and such grief that it’s over.  No more days of mommy school outside on the patio, weaving weeds into wreaths for our hair while we learn.  Although I have to admit, we haven’t done that for years.

This makes 5 graduates under my belt with only 4 more to go.  It’s a weird feeling having graduated more than half of our children.  I should have some kind of sash with badges on it for each child.  I could wear it to homeschool conferences.  And Miss America pageants.

We had about 50 people here for a small ceremony and dinner, then ended the night with the worst fireworks display in history.  The founding fathers would have been ashamed of our shabby little show.  Even the sparklers were a dud.

We didn’t do a ton of preparation for this party.  The grass was mowed and the porch was swept, but no big decorations or fancy table settings.

The girls did set up a table with some of their memories and accomplishments.

homeschool graduation -- The Pennington Point

My little cuties…..

homeschool graduation -- The Pennington Point

After James and I said a few words the girls thanked Mom and Dad and all of the guests, then sang a song they wrote together.

 homeschool graduation -- The Pennington Point

We served up some delicious bar-b-que and sides.

homeschool graduation -- The Pennington Point

I ordered brisket, chicken, potato salad and beans from a local place and we added chips, green salad and both wheat bread and gluten-free bread.  We also had a trough full of cold drinks.

homeschool graduation -- The Pennington Point

The morning before the party we put ice cream into mason jars and put them in the freezer.  We filled little bowls with various candies and toppings so they would be ready to serve.  We made labels for everything and had it all ready to go.  When it was time to serve dessert we put the ice cream into tubs of ice, opened the toppings and it was ready!

homeschool graduation -- The Pennington Point

We had trail mix, gummy bears, dark chocolate m&ms, milk chocolate m&ms, peppermint patties, peanuts, sprinkles, chocolate sauce, caramel sauce and whipped cream.  Oh…..and cherries of course!

homeschool graduation -- The Pennington Point

As the sun went down and about 30 the people were still around, we pulled out the fireworks, also known as “an hour of lame”.  I thought I was ready with 2 new lighters and plenty of ammo.  My friend Sara also brought some fireworks to add to the what we bought.  But she and I have no idea what we’re doing when it comes to pyrotechnics and nothing we bought amounted to anything exciting.  Plus the lighters weren’t working right so it took about 5 minutes to light each one, creating a serious lull in the festivities.

I tried to keep the crowd from revolting by handing out snacks, but it didn’t work.  There was quite a bit of complaining, mostly from me and Sara.

Despite the lack of fireworks excitement it was a wonderful evening.  Great friends.  Great conversation.  Kids playing together.  Celebration.  What more could I ask for?

homeschool graduation -- The Pennington Point

Have a great week!

Sweating is Not My Thing

Sweating is Not My Thing

We have been working in the yard for the past few days getting ready for a big party tomorrow.  Two of the girls are graduating so we are having a small ceremony with family and close friends.

I don’t like yard work.  I am not one of those people who enjoys sweating and getting my hands in the dirt.  I hear people talk about how satisfying it is to get their hands dirty and all I think is, “Yuck.  Haven’t they heard that cleanliness is next to godliness?!”

I also don’t like tomatoes.  Just a random bit of info that I thought you might need to understand that I don’t care for yardwork.  It seems like people who love that also really like to grow tomatoes.  That’s just my assessment from the other side of the glass.  By that I mean inside the house where the air-conditioning is.

What DOES interest me is having a beautiful yard.  So sometimes I do actually have to sweat and get dirty for that to happen.  Thankfully I have a full crew so our family rallies together like a little machine and gets the job done.  Then we jump in the pool.  Because lounging in the cool water does interest me.

An as an update on our green swamp, it is crystal clear and staying that way.  I used the advice from a website called Trouble Free Pools. It took me a while to get the hang of it, but now it’s going fine.  It has been freeing to be able to do this myself without the help of the expensive pool store chemicals.

Back to the graduation prep, there’s also plenty of inside work to be done.  Bathrooms have to be cleaned and stocked, tablecloths have to be ironed and someone has to cut a watermelon half into a Pinterest worthy fruit bowl.

Being a true Texas gal, I am ordering bar-b-que from a local place that slow cooks it all night into a melt-in-your-mouth slice of heaven.  The whole meal is going to be gluten-free in honor of the 2 graduates who both are GF.  It’s been a challenge, but I’m up for it.

I decided on an ice cream bar instead of cake.  This morning I’m having one of the kids scoop ice cream into small mason jars so it will be ready to just pull out and serve.  No bowls and scoops and drippy messes.  Seriously y’all.  I am making it as easy on myself as possible short of hiring servers and landscapers.  Which I tried to talk James into but he insisted it wasn’t in the budget.

He and I don’t see things the same way.  I see a whole week’s worth of exhausting work ahead and he sees coming out of his office on Friday night to a beautiful yard and prepared food.  But then, I see the money in the bank account as just magically appearing, and I don’t think he sees it like that at all.

I am looking forward to hanging out with my people and laughing about the old days.  There’s nothing like an evening with the people who knew you when you were 12 to keep a girl humble.  It will come as no surprise to any of them that I don’t like to sweat.  When I was in the second grade I insisted on signing up for girl’s softball then cried through the entire first game because it was hot.

It’s gonna be fun.

Have a happy fourth!

The Annual Wet Swimsuit Battle Has Begun

The Annual Wet Swimsuit Battle Has Begun

The summer is heating up around here.  We got the pool clear enough to swim and the boys have turned into fish.  Swimming, swimming day and night.  I can only get them out for food.

That means it’s also time for the annual, “Don’t leave your wet swimsuit on the floor,” battle.  Every. Single. Year.  I have a whole setup for the wet suits, but for some reason the boys act like it’s the first time they have ever heard that a wet pile of clothes behind the bathroom door is a bad idea.

We built a clothesline in the side of the yard where I ask them to hang the wet swim suits and towels.  But for some reason it takes them a month every summer to figure that out.  I look out my kitchen window to see the deck railings lined with wadded up shorts and t-shirts.  I know I should appreciate the signs of children living here, but I would rather embrace it with a view of clothes neatly on the line blowing in the wind.

Last Friday my daughter and I spent the day recovering all of our outdoor pillows.  We also made an easy dust ruffle for the bench by the pool.  It is looking great thanks to the gorgeous outdoor fabrics I got at Online Fabric Store.  It’s a breath of fresh air after how bad it looked last year.  I also made a spot in our storage building to keep the pillows after the summer swim season is over.  I’m getting wise in my old age.  Ruining a set of cushions that took you a solid week to make will teach you to put them away.

pool bench

On Saturday another large family came and spent the day with us.  We all had a blast playing games and, what else, swimming.  I think the boys were in the water most of the afternoon.  The other mom and I lounged on the newly covered bench and talked and watched the kids play.  I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Sunday was filled with Father’s day, church and our 28th anniversary.  We decided to put off the anniversary celebrating for another day.  We may do something overnight later in the summer.  I wanted to focus on Father’s Day and give the kids a chance to do stuff with Dad.

That man is so hard to buy for.  To show you how difficult it is….the kids gave him a Star Trek Barbie set.   I have no idea what he will do with it.  Probably put it up in his closet next to the duct tape wallet they gave him last year.

This week we have family visiting all week, so we’ll be playing a lot and of course, swimming.  Which brings me full circle to the wet suits on the floor battle.

There are definitely worse problems to have.  Like what to do with a Star Trek Barbie set.

My Brain Hurts

My Brain Hurts

Sooooo…..I have this pool problem.

I know I shouldn’t complain because having a pool is a blessing.  I think I spend as much time in the summer floating around in the water as the kids do splashing and diving for toys.

But it has been a battle.  Lisa vs. Algae.  And for the past 2 years I am the big loser in this war.

brain

We made the decision this year to invest in our own pool testing kit.  This kit tests for a bunch more things than just basic chlorine and PH.  It sounded like a great idea until the kit arrived in the mail and I opened it to discover that I would need to go back to school for a degree in chemistry to understand how to use it.  My mad skills in watching TV and sewing pillows don’t come in handy when you are trying to calculate how much bleach you need per 10,000 gallons of water depending on your PH and TA levels.

This is what I was doing yesterday, “Reference the CYA/Chlorine chart to know what your FC shock level should be.  Adjust the PH to fall between 7.2 and 7.5.  Slam your pool no more than once an hour using the PoolMath calculator and run the pump 24/7 until you pass the OCLT.”

I am not kidding.  And that’s the easy part.

My 15 year old son and I decided to make this “swamp to oasis” a mother-son bonding project, so crying was out of the question.  I started to well up once when the kit told me to decide if I wanted to measure my CC by .2 or .5ppm.  But I pulled myself together and confidently said to him, “This is your time to shine, son….you choose.”  And we forged ahead.

For next summer I am considering hiring a pool man.

Except for the brain exhaustion of doing complicated pool math, I have been enjoying my week at home.  I have done a lot of resting, replying to emails and talking with the kids.  I took a three hour nap on Monday, which you would think would keep me from sleeping that night.  But nope.  I rubbed on some lavender and slept like a baby.

Even though I was planning to go light on the extra projects, I did pick up some paint at Target to try.  Did you know they sell paint there?!  I had no idea!  It’s a bit expensive, but the colors are nice and that guesswork being done for me has value.  Plus they have wallpapers that coordinate with the paint which makes me so happy.  I’m not generally a wallpaper person, but I kind of got in the mood when I was looking at their options.  My bedroom desperately needs painting and this might be just my solution.  I bought a sample container and put some on the wall where I can look at it for a few days to see if I like it.

SO much easier than the pool test kit.

I may send Target a thank you note.

Unless I have to figure out how much paint I need using a complicated online chart.  In which case, I will be having my son do that part.

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My Beautiful Summer Porch

My Beautiful Summer Porch

It was past time to repaint the front porch floor, so we painted it last weekend.  That also meant painting over the old painted rug.  Even though I loved that rug, I couldn’t do the same thing again.  What’s the fun of keeping it the same when you can do something fresh and different?!

I really liked the black and white though, so I decided to keep the colors but tone down the pattern a little and move some of the furniture around for a completely different look.  Buh-bye rocking chairs, hello pew.

A beautiful front porch for summer! -- The Pennington Point

The houndstooth rug is painted on….cute huh?!  I loves it.

A beautiful front porch for summer! -- The Pennington Point

I will do a tutorial on how we did it next week, but I couldn’t wait to show you the porch all cozy and ready for you to stop over for a visit!  I’ll have water with peppermint or citrus essential oils all ready for ya!

A beautiful front porch for summer! -- The Pennington Point

I picked up my Relax sign at a roadside stand a few weeks ago.  It’s the perfect message for our guests when they arrive.  I want it to be a place where people can rest and find peace.

A beautiful front porch for summer! -- The Pennington Point

And we got the bunting and flag screens back out….they just make me happy.

A beautiful front porch for summer! -- The Pennington Point

I really wish you could smell it out there.  The vines are to.die.for.  I also put some potted plants in old buckets and added my collection of gas cans that I have gathered over the years.  No reason for gas cans.  I just like ‘em.

A beautiful front porch for summer! -- The Pennington Point

I filled my little flea market shopping cart with games and balls to encourage family togetherness.

A beautiful front porch for summer! -- The Pennington Point

 Now that the porch is dressed up for summer I want to have a picnic or something.

A beautiful front porch for summer! -- The Pennington Point

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A Little Makeover & Other Stuff

A Little Makeover & Other Stuff

There’s been a lot going on around here in the past week.  I have things to say.  Important things like the fact that I have a headache from jump starting my diet again.

I was on the plateau from you-know-where for the whole month of February.  I figured when it lasted more than a week that I needed to do a little jump start, so I went back to the beginning on Monday.  I am watching my food more carefully and not veering one bit.  Apparently I have been eating little cheats that I didn’t realize ‘cuz I’ve already lost a pound and I’m climbing the walls wishing for a snack.

I have to keep reminding myself that it will pass.

The good news is I figured out how to maintain without trying.  The bad news is I still want to lose about 25 more pounds, so I need to cut the snacking out.

Did I tell you that I am doing a 5K at the end of this month.  I know, it’s crazy huh?!

Speaking of short marathons, last week while James was in California the kids and I worked out some big surprises for him.  We gave the front of his office a budget makeover.

His office is a garage that we enclosed a long time ago.  It was in desperate need of some TLC.  I mean it was sad folks.  So sad.  I’d walk out there every day and wonder how he could stand it.  But he’s a guy.  He didn’t think much of it.  Sooo maybe the makeover was more for me.  I’m starting to see that now.

Before:

a little budget makeover

We built a deck across the front with old lumber and made a small awning for above the door.  We painted the door and touched up the wall, cleaned everything and added accessories.  It was such fun to work on it all together!

After:
a little budget makeover

Oh, and we made him a new sign.  The whole thing was a graduation gift for finishing law school.

a little budget makeover

He was so surprised when he got home.  I managed to miraculously keep it all hidden for the whole week.  I had to hold back complaints, questions and my general excitement at doing this project without his help.

I am a pretty good secret keeper, except from him.  Him I tell everything.  Even when his eyes start to glaze over I just keeeeeep talkin’.

Thanks for listening.  Have a great week!

Babies, IKEA and Archery All Rolled Into One

Babies, IKEA and Archery All Rolled Into One

As each quiet summer weekend passes behind me I feel myself getting more and more  relaxed into just being home and hanging with my peeps.  It’s so delightful.

On Friday I headed for Austin early so I could go meet my new niece…less than a week old.  I went all alone because, frankly, I wanted to go to IKEA while I was there and this is my kids’ least favorite place in the entire world.  Or the dentist.  It’s a toss up.

I met my friend Lindsay who blogs over at Makely Home and we had a ball walking through the store talking about how we could alter the pieces and where we would put them in our houses.  It’s my favorite thing to play…..I call it The New Furniture Game.  What you do is pretend you could have furniture that actually fits in your house with plenty of storage and it looks nice too.  I love this game.  This may be part of the reason my kids would prefer to skip it.

Then I headed over to see my sister and her new baby and got my snuggle on for a few hours.  I held that baby as much as possible since the next time I see her she won’t be teeny anymore.  Enough about that or I will start to cry over the loss of all of my babies and how mad I am at them for growing up so fast.

I did at last give her back to my sister and drove home pouting.

Since Saturday is our regular cleaning day, I announced at breakfast that the whole family would be washing their sheets and we made a sheet washing schedule.  With 10 beds I tend to lose track over the which beds have been changed and I get all paranoid that someone will be sleeping in weeks worth of grime so I make myself crazy trying to wash them all in 2 days.  I picture myself outside with the birds singing while I hang laundry on the line, but really it’s more like a military operation with me at the helm threatening 50 push ups for the person who can’t keep up.

It’s even more fun than the New Furniture Game.

After a day of cleaning we were all ready for some family silliness, so we had a pool party after dinner.  Just the 11 of us splashing around.  Actually, James and I tried to keep hidden in our little corner of the pool while we watched the kids make up racing games and targets and all kinds of activities that I am almost certain were invented purely to torture nervous mothers.

On Sunday after breakfast we got out the archery equipment and the whole family sat in the shade taking turns shooting at the target.  My son Noah is really the archery guy, but the rest of us each participated and enjoyed some time outside.  I took my turn with the bow and was doing pretty well until my release hand pulled back and I hit myself in the face.  I don’t care enough about archery to walk around with a black eye, so I stopped.  It’s not for wimps, and I am definitely a wimp.

The rest of Sunday can be summed up in two words: Nap Time.

Don’t you love a relaxing family style weekend?  Me too!  I can’t think of a better way to wrap up summer.

Have a great week my friends.

 

Satisfaction

Satisfaction

I can sum our weekend up in one word: satisfying.

On Friday we finished the bathroom makeover and what a relief to have the bathroom open for business again! Being on bathroom short for a week was cramping my style.

You can go here to see all of the pictures….it has been transformed from disgusting to darling.  So far the boys have actually kept it clean, although that could be credited to me following them around barking reminders about closing the lid and putting away their toothpaste.

On Saturday morning we had a family meeting to discuss everyone’s job for the day.  My guys were driving back from their week at school and I wanted the whole place to be spic and span for James’ homecoming.  I know how much I like a nice, clean house to come home to when I have been away, so I wanted the same for him.

We divided the chores and I decided that I would mow the yard.  I had already taken my morning walk and for some reason I was feeling especially tired.  But this was for my sweetie and nothing was going to stop me from making a big welcome home for him.  So I mowed, Noah cleaned the yard, Adam cleaned up the front eating area and porch, Elijah cleaned the back patio and decks, Faith cleaned his office and washed windows and the other girls cleaned the house.  I’m not kidding when I say we worked like crazy people.

After a couple of hours I passed the mowing off to Hope so I could do some work inside.  When I saw how cute she looked on the mower I knew I should have given her the job earlier.

At last the house and yard were perfect.  That meant one thing: NAPTIME.

Saturday evening after the boys were home we enjoyed some family togetherness.  We all listened to their tales of adventure and funny stories from their trip.  I just love listening to my boys talk.  That night I slept.  I never sleep better than when all my chicks are together.

Sunday was what I like to call a glorious nothing day.  It started when I got home from my walk.  It was so nice and cool so I decided to lie in my hammock before going inside.  Within 5 minutes…yep…I fell asleep.

I think I was out there for about an hour before one of the kids came to ask me if they could have some cereal.  Oops.  Sorry kids.  I guess you need food.

The rest of the day was spent sitting, reading, talking, sleeping, talking some more.  It was a little piece of heaven.

Speaking of reading, I just finished reading “Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health” and I was riveted by this book.  Let’s just say that I may have frightened my family by making them listen to me read excerpts all afternoon.  I think I saw Jacob cringe at least once when he realized that he may never eat another biscuit.  This book has opened my eyes.

Having been off of all wheat (or any grains) myself for the past couple of months has made such a difference in my life that reading this just confirmed what I already have discovered.  If I hadn’t made this change there was no way on Saturday I would have been able to take my morning walk then mow then clean and still be able to hang out with the family that night.

All in all I’d say it was a perfect weekend.  A whole day of work followed by a whole day of rest.  Doesn’t get much better than that.

Have a wonderful week!

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10 Random Topics in One Post (or Something for Everyone)

10 Random Topics in One Post (or Something for Everyone)

Our weekend was a smattering of activity.  I did everything from going to an open house at my friend Sara’s to sleeping for 2.5 hours in the middle of the day.  That’s a long nap, even for me, the nap princess.

Saturday we did our usual cleaning jobs in the morning.  While the girls did the bathrooms, the boys straightened the game cabinet and I worked on a new verse for the chalkboard in the living room.  I like to change it every month or so, but it takes me about an hour so I try to have the boys doing something in the same room.  That way I can keep them moving.  They would otherwise tend to forget they are supposed to be organizing and start actually playing the games.

Here’s a look at my chalkboard now.  I’m not great at it, but I do like doing it.  It will probably stay this way until the end of the summer since I have a few other projects up my sleeve that I want to get started.

After that was done we worked on the pool, which has been getting increasingly green and we can’t figure out why.  I had no idea when we got this pool that maintaining it would require a master’s degree in chemistry.  We test the water and take notes and study the calculations.  We spend hundreds of dollars on chemicals to try to keep it all pretty and clear, but to no avail.  We may have to call in an expert. I’m not sure what that would involve, but I am tired of feeling like I’m in the swamp.

But don’t worry about us, my boys couldn’t care less how green the water is as long as they can have epic water battles and splash each other like their life depends on it.  The girls and I don’t care to swim with them because it is impossible not to end up, at some point, in the middle of their water war.  I’m more of a casual floater, minding my own business on my side of the pool.  But once I get squirted in the ear with a water pistol it’s hard to relax.

Saturday afternoon I worked on my book edits and ate Sonic ice, which I have now been keeping in my freezer for my crunching pleasure.  It’s been my snack substitute and a surprisingly good one.  It’s soft and cold and lasts a good long time.  I’m not saying it’s better than ice cream, but at zero calories I am happy with it.

On Sunday I decided to do the unthinkable and not turn on my computer for the whole day.  I may do it every week.  It could be my Gilligan’s Island day…no phones, no lights, no Facebook.  If that happened now, do you think the Professor would be able to email someone on a submarine using 2 coconuts and a bicycle powered battery?  I wonder things.

Yesterday, after church (where my son Jacob sang a beee-utiful song that made me cry) and before my extreme nap, we went out for Mexican food with my parents.  It’s a adventure, going out to eat with us.  First we have to get a table for 12 or more, which no restaurant hostess is ever thrilled about.  Then you have look at the poor waiter’s face as he goes around getting orders and we ask things like, “Is there gluten in that?” and, “Can we get that without tomatoes?”  I am pretty sure at least half of us made a special request.  I will be sending him a letter of apology.

And let’s not even start on how many times the bus boy had to refill our chips.  My boys alone ate about 4 baskets full.  I’m surprised they didn’t just haul the chip truck up to our table and dump them in the middle.

And forget talking.  It was so loud and we were so far apart that we had to yell across the table to one another.  My dad finally suggested we all just text each other instead.  Great idea.  Next time we could just stay home with 5 bags of Tostitos and have pretty much the same experience.

Now, looking back I count at least 10 topics in this one post.  If you’re still here, hanging onto the hope that I will find a way to sum it all up, this isn’t your lucky day.  I will add you to my list of people to send letters of apology to.  After the waiter, my parents and the guy at the pool chemical store.

Have a great week!