Casual Fridays 5/15/15

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It’s Friday! Time for the latest installment of Casual Fridays, my weekly chat post – no structure, no rules, no prompts, anything goes.  And please also check out Casual Fridays over at Helen’s blog, Good Woman.

Let’s get random…

Fridays seem to roll around quickly these days! This will be a short one as I haven’t much to say this week.

I had field trip #2 this week. This time it was the fifth grader. We went to a place called Crystal City Underground, a sports/recreation complex completely underground in a cavern system that used to be a sand mine. We took a barge ride on the underground lake and played sand volleyball and disc golf. The volleyball area was well-lit but the disc golf had some pretty dark areas. Imagine a bunch of fifth graders with frisbees running wild in a dark cave. Fun times. And not to mention that I spent a sunny 70-degree day down in a dank 55 degree cave bundled up yet still chilly. Seriously though, it was fun. The kids had fun and the adults had fun too. My daughter, who loves all things rock-related, was completely in her element admiring the rock formations and scouting around outside for rocks and crystals. We really enjoyed this unique place.

There are eight school days left. But who’s counting?

Nice weather and longer daylight has allowed us to resume our daily walks with our dog, Rusty, after work/school/dinner.  It’s great to get the kids outdoors and moving and it gives us all time to share our days. We’ve also been doing a fair amount of gardening and fishing (well, the girls go fishing with my dad. I don’t fish anymore). We also had a robin build a nest in one of our backyard trees so my kids have been closely monitoring the progress from eggs to hatchlings to almost- ready-to-leave-the-nest.

We are having another food party at work (someone is leaving) and the food table is set up right by my desk. So my workspace has become the social area today. Very little work is getting done today.

Happy Friday and have a great weekend, everyone!

Casual Fridays 5/8/15

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It’s Friday! Time for the latest installment of Casual Fridays, my weekly chat post – no structure, no rules, no prompts, anything goes.  And please also check out Casual Fridays over at Helen’s blog, Good Woman.

Let’s get random…

Ah, what a week. I took Monday and Tuesday off of work to rest my back. My trips to the chiropractor have been successful and I am feeling much better. I still have some residual pain (very minor) and stiffness with certain movements but I am nearly back to baseline. And I’m 41, so there was some pain and stiffness at baseline.

On Wednesday, I accompanied my six year-old, Caitlin (she seems to have dropped “Cate”), on her first grade field trip. We went to the Museum of Transportation in St. Louis. The kids loved it, there were lots of really old trains and a showroom of vintage cars. There was a lot of walking and it was pretty warm, so the parents had a hard time keeping up with the kiddos. Nothing quite compares to the exuberance of an elementary schooler on a field trip. Caitlin was so excited about the trip and about the fact that I was coming along. I treasure these times with her. Afterwards, we had about an hour drive home. She requested country music (a sort of odd request coming from her) so I streamed some on Milk Music and about twenty minutes later she fell asleep.

It has been quite warm here in eastern Missouri – mid to upper 80’s all week with lots of sun. Of course, people start complaining. I have never understood this. We haven’t even gotten our suffocating humidity yet. And it wasn’t that long ago that we were complaining about cold and snow and ice. This is actually the NICE weather before the crazy summer heat and humidity kick in.

The STL Cardinals are on fire right now with the best record in MLB. If you know anything about St. Louis, you know how much we love our Cards. We are a happy city right now.

A short (maybe) plug… I don’t listen to country music all the time but my new favorite artist is James David Carter. He was on season 7 of The Voice (team Blake). He has an amazing voice and he has been working hard for years to build a country music career. Search him on youtube and you will find tons of videos – mostly of covers but also a few original songs. He is releasing a full-length album on May 26. It is independent so he does not have a major label doing promo for him. Please give him a listen and if you like what you hear, support him by buying his album May 26 on itunes or amazon.

And lastly, I want to wish a wonderful Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there. Whether your kids are still baking, little or fully grown adults, being a mom is hard work but one of the most rewarding things we can do on this earth. So spend some time with your favorite mom this weekend and tell her how much she means to you. My mom and I had some rough times when I was younger, but I can truly say now that she is my best friend. I am blessed to have her in my life.

Have a great weekend, everyone!