Five on Friday: April Showers

I've lost count of how many days of rain we've had this month. I know they say "April Showers bring May Flowers" for a reason... but really. Rain most of last week, all of this week (except Monday) with many episodes of torrential downpours. Enough already!  I'm seriously ready for Spring to arrive. 

Last week was "Spring Break" for the boys. Remember how I said--after barely surviving "Mid-Winter Break"--that there was no way, no how that I would end up sitting in our house for another break, ever again?! That I learned my lesson!? Guess what?! Yup. We spent all week at home. And they were absolutely horrid to each other and to me. The timing of their break and Doug's work schedule didn't align to allow for a vacation. So any hopes of going away were dashed relatively early for me... and in hindsight, it was for the best. I would have been FURIOUS if we were in another city... paying to listen to them bicker, and fight, and taunt, and tease. It was "Behavior Bootcamp" take two for most of the week... sigh. One day, they will be well-behaved at least some of the time, right?! 

I'm tempted to also note that it's the last days of April. How did *that* happen!? But instead... 

 Moving on to what this post is supposed to be about. Five things. 

So let's see... five things... It's been an incredibly busy week... I feel very accomplished right now! 

1. Milo started Tae Kwon Do.  We've talked about this for quite some time now. We felt like the spring would be a good time to start, but we were dragging our feet a bit since it's a significant time commitment. But after the Korean Culture Show, Milo was determined to get going! So he and Doug went over one day and got all registered. He's been doing incredibly well so far... and has already earned two of his four stripes necessary to test for a yellow belt. (So we now wait for the other shoe to drop.) 

2. Hayley had a grooming appointment.  Her first one since coming home. We've bathed her here, and done some nail and ear maintenance... but it was time to call a professional. We hired a service that comes here and washes her in a specially outfitted van. It was so easy. I was able to continue doing chores around the house while she was being bathed and fluffed and trimmed and buffed. It. Was. Awesome!!! And now she's incredibly soft and sweet-smelling. 

3. We're having the house deep cleaned. It desperately needs to be done since I haven't done a proper "spring cleaning" since Milo joined us. So I made it clear that it's all I wanted for Mother's Day/Our Anniversary/My Birthday... and then went the extra mile to actually interview cleaners and book my top choice. (I'm leaving nothing to chance here... can you tell?!) But really. I can't keep on top of the cleaning lately. So a fresh slate and some new chore charts should help. I hope. 

4. I have a new work opportunity... that will either be awesome, or a complete disaster.  How's that for intriguing?! I'm feeling optomistic about it overall... but don't want to jinx it... 

5. On this coming Sunday, we have the big school fundraiser. It's a concert with two professional bands and always a lot of fun. It seems to have snuck up on us this year and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed about it all. Not that I have too many chores or responsibilities... but I'll feel better once it's behind us. Actually, I'll feel better once my last assignment is done and the music starts... 

6. I've added some new podcasts to my rotation... While She Naps with Abby Glassenberg, Explore Your Enthusiasm with Tara Swiger, The Moth (which is insanely awesome), and TED Talks Audio. I adore TED Talks... but I struggle to actually watch them. This is the perfect fix for me since most episodes are less than the time it takes to drive to school. So I get a last-minute "adult think" fix before diving back into "kid think." I absolutely LOVED the talk on April 20th, "A doctor's case for medical marijuana"... not because I have strong opinions about that subject... but because it was so incredibly refreshing to hear a medical professional talk about the relationship the medical industry has to form with patients who have chronic disease or illness. (I've finally surrounded myself with medical professionals who respect and honor my medical history and the path I will travel with my chronic issues. But that took a long time.) Yes, the episode talks about medical marijuana. But at the heart of it is the issue of patient respect and empowerment.   

7. I've been reading. Lots and lots of good books. The past three weeks I've read... A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, Rules of Civility by Amor Towles (this was actually a re-read and yes... it did get better the second time), Exit West by Mohsin Hamid, and Weathering by Lucy Wood. Whew! That's a higher average than normal. And I loved it! 

8. I've mentioned my love for essential oils before. And I'll mention it again... but this past month I've found some solutions that have blown me away. Nutmeg has been kicking my adrenal fatigue to the curb! Between that and my endoflex blend... I feel so. much. better. It's such a relief to be able to get through the day... and not my clawing my way to the finish line (aka bedtime). I'm also currently obsessed with a face serum I made using lavender, clary sage, and cypress. My 41-year-old skin actually GLOWS some days. And the uneven tone I had is almost non-existent! And this isn't even including the daily oils both the boys and I use to help our health be the best it can be...   

9. Last Sunday was the last KASY event for the [school] year. How did THAT happen?! I feel like we JUST started up again!? We'll definitely miss seeing everyone for the next few months... 

10. And lastly... but not leastly... it's Spencer Day! So very, very hard to believe that it's been EIGHT years since this guy joined our family. I surprised Spencer by picking him up early from school for a special treat, he got to choose the restaurant for dinner, and there was a sappy card from Dad in there too. All in all, a good day! 

And there you have it. Five things times two. See?! I said it was a productive week! 

{I feel like I should reward you all with some photos now. But ... I've got nothing. I do have some photos on my camera and phone... but I'm too exhausted to download them all. Next post, I promise!}