Most. Boring. Summer. Ever.

by Jen on June 26, 2007

in Rant of the Week

After starting the summer self-medicating with caffeine and sugar, I’ve moved onto tequila. Hmmm. That sounds bad. It’s not that bad. I’m not talking about shots or anything.

I’m just freakin’ bored. I’m either really busy running around with a lot of stuff to do (none of which has really been all that entertaining) or else I’m sitting at home doing nothing. Well, not really nothing, but you know… nothin’. Nothing of interest, nothing to report…

I’ve been hanging out with the Monkey a lot — obviously, as that sort of is my j-o-b in the summer. He’s fun (most of the time). He’s learning to talk so that’s neat. He has a vocabulary of about fifty words, if you count animal sounds (he knows about fifteen of those). Sign language adds about ten or fifteen more words to his communication arsenal. But for the most part, he’s not exactly intellectually stimulating company. The days when he’s not at daycare and we hang out at home consist mostly of me reading a book while he swims in his baby pool (he’s a daredevil with the little pool slide that’s attached) or plays ball by himself. I think he finds me sort of boring, too, because on the days when I do drop him off at daycare, his face shows undisguised glee when he sees the other kids. Playing with kids your own age has to beat hanging out with your mom no matter what your age, I guess.

I’m not really that big of a slacker. I’m back to (trying to) garden, here where I have to try to fight off the encroaching woods and the plant-eating critters. It’s overwhelming, though, which is why I haven’t done much green-thumb-wise since we moved out here. I used to be able to do nerdy garden-girl things like tell you the Latin names for certain flowers and plants, so maybe I’ll get into it again. If the deer don’t get everything. I’m still running and working out, most days.

I’m not really that big of a slacker. I’m back to (trying to) garden, here where I have to try to fight off the encroaching woods and the plant-eating critters. It’s overwhelming, though, because of the size of our property, the woods and everything, which is why I haven’t done much green-thumb-wise since we moved out here. I used to be able to do nerdy garden-girl things like tell you the Latin names for certain flowers and plants, so maybe I’ll get into it again. If the deer don’t get everything. I’m still running and working out, most days. Sometimes the Monkeyboy and I take a little hike in the woods. Still haven’t gotten him into the bike trailer, other than the inaugural journey, though. Probably because it’s a lot of work for a minimum payoff.

Frieda and I were going to go see Antigone Rising next weekend, but as usual, she’s broke so that’s out. And we were going to go see Will Hoge tonight, but she’s blowing me off for Bible Study (no comment). Slaid Cleaves is coming in July, but it so happens that a baby shower is scheduled for the same night. (What kind of asshole schedules a Friday night baby shower? My friend J-, that’s who.) So, Frieda and I are on the fence as to whether we go to the shower or just send a gift but blow off the actual event and go have some fun. I bet Frieda bails on me again. Honestly, the next fun-ish thing on the horizon is vacation at the end of July, but I’m being reserved about that. It will either be a lot of fun, very relaxing, or will suck in a big way. I’m just going to have to wait and see.

So I’ve been reading. A lot. And playing on the internet. A lot. And watching more than my usual dose of TV. And banging my head repeatedly against the wall. Oh, wait… no I haven’t. It just sometimes feels like I have been.

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