The weather is gorgeous. The sun is shining and it is hot...if the wind dies down for a few moments to let the heat penetrate your skin. The cool wind makes this the best kind of day for me...sunny and cool. A delicate balance of perfection.
I have made myself a list for each of the 5 days off I have this week - to ensure I stay busy and don't forget things I want to do. I am a total scatterbrain these days - forgetting simple things I never needed to remind myself about before.
One of the MAJOR tasks I have to do this weekend is transfer home videos to my PC...I started yesterday and have got through 3 tapes so far...I have about 12 sitting here to go through. Due to the amount of space it takes to store the transferred video to digital I am having to be selective which is very time consuming b/c it means I have to go through it all and pick parts to transfer as I go...tedious but at the same time fun b/c I have forgotten so much it is a pleasant surprise to revisit things. I had NO idea I made so many recordings of A. starting at about 10 mths old. It is heartwarming to watch her booting around at 9-10 mths old - far too small to be walking yet...there she was - walking. Cutest thing I have ever seen - yes she was/is...
All the xmas video is hilarious...the conversations we had...she amazing ability to pretend to like something she got for xmas...her funny commentary...her sarcasm...her genuine innocence...so nice to watch all of it. The hilarity is so completely unhinged I cannot even believe it...having forgot it all it entertains me even more to hear my own reactions on tape...busting a gut laughing at something she said or did...
I have also made a vow to myself to thin out the "collections" I have at the moment...so far I have a laundry basket full just off of one living room shelf...the Jesus collection especially...it is time to thin that out considerably. Needless to say my house looks like a bomb just went off.
My vacuum died last weekend. I have a special relationship with my vacuums...I love to vacuum...seriously. I like vacuums with some weight, I like wielding that tank around the carpet making it look pristine and new...this usually means you spending at least 200.00 on a vacuum which is a fine investment in my eyes b/c I get so much joy from it (wtf - I know...?) but really...like I have 200.00 to spend on shit all right now...this is the time I always dreaded...the child tax credit is gonzo now that A. is 18 and the child support as well (though I have it in the works for it to carry on til the end of June but I haven't heard anything about the extension going through for 2 mths) so I am down 380.00 per month and my expenses haven't changed. Such is life...thankfully my income tax credit will cover Grad...then...the morph shall begin...A. working full time means she takes over her cell bill and yoga bill, pays a little rent each payday and all that other grown up stuff I am sure will shock the shit out of her like bus passes etc. Life is not cheap...even when you live it on the cheap.
Anyhow...(ramble much?)...I got a vacuum today...Lisa said if I hated it she would buy it off me on payday since she needs one too - what a GREAT DEAL! I can try it out and see if I like it...I get it home...start assembling it....NATURALLY there are fucking parts missing...why on earth would I assume something so simple would just be SIMPLE? Ugh. Annoying. Hopefully Hoover will be on top of it and send me the shit without a lot of drama. It is usable though so I tried it out and like it well enough....I am sad the cord is only 27 feet rather than my 33 foot one I am used to...and I got a vacuum where it winds into it self...handy...until of course it breaks and then you have this cord that won't rewind and there's nowhere to hang it on the machine...HA! Trying not to think that far ahead. We will see how I feel about having a bag less vacuum after I have to clean it the 1st time.
Tomorrow is dinner at Tracey's for A. and I...should be fun with Lani & the girls there...they are always entertaining. Tracey is also a fantastic cook so whatever dinner is it will be great. Looking fwd to it.
Maggie bought tickets to the July 13th Tragically Hip/Sam Roberts outdoor show in Victoria...I AM EXCITED to hang with my peeps (Pam, Jim, Mags Sid & A.) for such a fun time...sure to be a kick-ass show...it starts at 4 pm so even if it is hot and nasty it won't be so bad...(always thinking ahead!)
I ditched the Victoria House Concert where Ryan played on Wed. I was far far far too cranky...naturally I regret it but the thought of socializing was worse than being murdered.