First, I am happy to report no one seems to have COVID. C had a mild cough which is better and tested negative. (A had similar symptoms 1 week ago and also tested negative).
Assuming G (or Josh, or me?) will be next week’s victim. There is plenty of COVID going around but also plenty of other things. Will there be a time when you can buy an inexpensive viral test card that looks for all kinds of different common viral antigens at once? It might not be THAT useful but would be kind of cool.
Camp Packing Update: It only occurred to me last week that because the camp bags are being shipped up to camp (camp is in NY), I actually have to have everything packed much earlier than the camp start date. Yesterday I received my date and it’s June 9. AHHHH! #%*&#$ is getting real. I did watch the camp packing video over the weekend and made a final (large) Target order. Yes, there was a packing video. It was more of a “what to pack” than a “how to pack” but still somewhat useful.
I also just realized that this means there will be 2 weeks (including our Williams reunion trip) where 90% of the kids’ clothes will be stuck in a trunk in another state. I hope they are fine with wearing the same outfit for days (or um, school uniforms?) because I cannot bring myself to buy another garment at this point.
Hopefully it will be worth it and I’m assuming this process will be easier in future years but I definitely made it a little harder on myself by sending 2 kids simultaneously for the first go-round. Or maybe they will hate camp and never want to return. I guess we will see.
Summer Reading Guide!! The MMD Summer Reading Guide is out! I am surprised at how many backlist titles are included — even 5 I’ve already read (Love Lettering, This Tender Land, Olympus TX, What We Were Promised, and Maybe You Should Talk to Someone). ((side note: I LOVED This Tender Land and What We Were Promised of those 5!!))
There are a lot of really enticing options on the list, so even though I’ve been choosing books more freely/randomly lately, I do plan on making a summer reading list. I’m thinking 10 novels and 2-3 nonfiction?
Will report back with a pic of a handwritten list later this week!
Trip #1: Our summer will be kicked off by trip #1 this weekend – Josh and I are going to the Keys for 2 nights to celebrate our 16th anniversary. Super excited to relax for those 48 hours and just hang out and enjoy time together. And I look forward to giving my romper its first spin!
END OF MONTH NOTE: May has definitely been an “up” month for me, as you can probably tell. I often sort of lose steam/crash at the end of every month but so far, things are okay. I decided to be particularly aware of that this time, and am very happy that our aforementioned brief trip (and then Memorial Day weekend, when we are all OFF!) will be capping off this month.
I know some people talk about “May-Hem” (ie, May being terribly busy with school activities etc) but it hasn’t actually been too crazy for us; there are some school parties etc but most are contained AT school. I have been selectively ignoring some of the requests for parent help when they fall on days that I am busy with work (or solo parenting weekends). It probably helps that no one is doing any serious organized sports yet. Is it bad that I hope my kids enjoy sports but in a low-key 1990s way? Though back then even my cheerleading practice schedule was fairly intense if I really think about it . . . but not until high school.
So maybe “May-Hem” is just a matter of time, but I’m enjoying the relatively calm wind down to the end right now.
Happy Tuesday . . .