I can't believe it's June.  I spent Memorial Day weekend in Minneapolis with my sister.  We had so much fun.  We walked 15 miles on Saturday and 10 on Sunday.  We went on a food tour, had a drink at the famous Guthrie theatre and walked through Minehaha park and saw the waterfall.  We also snuck cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory in our purses and ate it during a movie.  I also had my first Uber experience and it was great.  I really enjoyed hanging out with Allison and we plan to go again next year.

Alex is done with high school ball and already practicing with his summer league.  There are several tournaments all over New England to look forward to.

David is finishing up little league and looking forward to summer Boy Scout camp where he'll spend a week away and then a two week band day camp here in town.

Tom's soccer is over and he is looking forward to a summer of sleeping in, eating lots of meat, and reading Big Nate books.

Allan took the boys to see the Guardians of the Galaxy movie while I was away and bought them candy.  I was surprised at the candy!

Digger doesn't know it yet but he's going to get neutered this summer. Bailey got a corn cob out of the trash and made herself sick.  We now have a landscaping brick on top of the trash can to keep her out.

I'm selling my candles at the farmer's market tomorrow.  My new job is going well and I really enjoy having evenings off.


Day On/Day Off

I had Tuesday off.  I got so much done!
6:30 Made lunches (4) ate breakfast, let dogs out, started laundry
7:00 Woke David and Tom and chased them around to make sure they got ready in time
7:45 Dropped Tom off at running club, circled back to make sure David got on the bus, rebooted laundry
8:00 Paid bills, balanced checkbook, made doctor's appointment, folded first load
9:00 ran 3 miles and walked an extra one so I can look good in the fitbit weekly challenge
10:00 folded second load of laundry, got out the ladder and dusted the ledge above our front door, dusted the living room and office area, vacuumed, folded third load of laundry, walked dogs
2:00 grocery store, bank, washed and cut fruit for running club party
3:30 Rocky's Running Club end of year celebration with Tom
5:00 dinner prep
5:30 picked Alex up at school, dinner, folded fourth load of laundry
6:15 went to beginner band concert
8:30 put boys to bed and walked a couple of laps around the neighborhood so Allan could hit his step goal

I worked a second three hour evening shift yesterday to train a new nurse so I'm not counting that so here's today
6:30 Made lunches (5), ate breakfast, let dogs out
7:00 Woke up David and Tom and got myself ready for work
7:45 Picked up the house and did the dishes so I wouldn't have to come home to a mess
8:15-3:45 Work including 30 min total commute
4:00-4:45 Wasted time.  Too tired to cook.
4:45 took David to his baseball game.
5:00 Home and still too tired to cook.  Allan heated up a serving of lentils and promised Tom a hot dog at the baseball game.  I went to pick Alex up and then made us milkshakes for dinner.
6:00 Finally got some motivation and took the dogs for a walk.
7:30 Decided to blog the difference between a day on and a day off :)
As soon as Allan, David and Tom get home I'll hustle the boys off to bed and then Allan and I will walk and probably have a beer.

I was thinking of starting a non crazy commune.  Ten families.  Two stay at home parents dedicated to child watching and driving.  One cook.  One housecleaner. One landscaper.  One handyman/vehicle maintainer.  One adult could be on disability.  One could be the banker/CFO/leader.  That would leave 12 adults to work full time and support the group.  Sign me up for full time work and let the cook know that I like Asian food and the cleaner know that I like to come home to a clean house!



We went on a hike on Good Friday, had a mini egg hunt yesterday and colored eggs after church today.  It was a warm and wonderful weekend.  Allan did the taxes and is mostly recovered from hurting his back on Thursday.  Alex pitched and won on Wednesday and is set to start again tomorrow.  David is enjoying Boy Scouts and playing the baritone.  He's started practicing baseball but no games yet.  Tom is going to start soccer soon.  All three of them are enjoying riding around the driveway on these skateboard like devices called Ripsticks.  Allan and I are back at the Y and both running and trying to keep our weight down.  My new job is going well and they bumped my position up to 20 hours.  I've been making soy candles and am hoping to get a spot at our local farmer's market to sell them soon. Happy Spring!


Camp Calumet

David and Tom are going with a group from our church to Camp Calumet for the weekend.  Part of me can't wait to have some peace and quiet around here and part of me can't bear to send them away and part of me knows they'll have a wonderful time. 



Allan built this desk in Tom's room.  He used a piece of countertop that was left in the basement of the house when we moved in.  It fills in the odd layout of the room where the ducting goes through the wall and Tom loves it.
 His first task at his new desk was to pen a letter of resignation.  This says: Dear Mrs. Burgess (church secretary) I quit acolyting.  Signed Tom Slotter.
Okay, then!


Boy Scout

Here's our boy in his glasses crossing over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts.



David got glasses on Saturday.  He mentioned having difficulty seeing in class and I knew I was about to lose my vision benefit so I took him in and had the exam and resulting glasses covered before my employer dropped me.

He looks very handsome in them and some say he looks like Harry Potter.  I'll have to post his picture.

Nobody in the family could remember when Alex got glasses so Scissorbill to the rescue.  He was also ten.  It's not looking good for you, Tom.  Fortunately we'll have vision insurance again by then.


New Job

I have a new job! Around November the MDS coordinator at work asked me if I've ever thought about being an MDS nurse.  I was honest and told her I really didn't even know what they do.  But when she told me the hours are very flexible my ears perked up.

So the person who was retiring retired and after a brief period of questioning whether the facility would even fill the position the job was posted, I applied and was interviewed.  I still wasn't totally sure what MDS nursing was but she explained it's filling out computerized assessments on nursing home and rehab patients and submitting them to Medicare/Medicaid for reimbursement and nursing home quality measures purposes and care planning.

I started Monday.  Right now I'm working Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and I leave shortly after the boys' bus leaves the house and I'm home in time for their return.  It's wonderful.  I can work the sixteen hours in two days if I want so I can structure a vacation in there by working Mon/Tues one week and Thurs/Fri the next.  Hallelujah!  The only caveat is that I will have to take weekend call every 8 weeks and if a nurse calls in sick I'd have to come in and supervise so the supervisor can take the floor.  Not a big deal unless it's nights and even so eight weeks is a long time.

It's a lot to learn and I've only just begun.  My mentor has been doing it for over 20 years and I'm so grateful that she's taken me under her wing and is willing to teach me everything vs. hiring someone who already knows the job and is MDS certified.

So there's something new for the old blog!


Pinewood Derby

Tom (and Allan...) won the entire pack's pinewood derby last month!


Winter Weekend

The boys spent the weekend at Foxwoods Casino and got to meet Jackie Bradley Jr.