Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Spider Magnet

I have never been very fond of spiders, but we managed to live in relative harmony.  If they didn't bother me, I didn't bother them.  Simple rule and very effective until recently.  I found spiders crawling on me not once, not twice, but three times in two days.  The first time he walked right on my hand when I was driving the car, which led to a lot of screaming, some very irregular driving, and the spider scurrying away unharmed.  The second time was the next morning by the exact same spider using the exact same trick.  He walked right across my hand while I was driving the car.  Once again, there was a lot of screaming, one expletive (oops, the kids were in the car), some very irregular driving, and the spider scurrying away unharmed.  The third time was the same day right before bed when I found a big nasty spider crawling up my arm.  This time there was a whole lot of screaming, several expletives (the kids were asleep), a very spastic dance, and the spider once again scurrying away unharmed.

By that point I was starting to think I was the spider version of the Pied Piper, while simultaneously developing a new found case of arachnophobia.  Luckily, it has been a few days and I haven't been visited by anymore spiders.  My fear of all things spider is abating, but for all I know those spiders are simply lurking and waiting for me when I let my guard down.

Outside of my spider conquests, we enjoyed a great Memorial Day weekend.  We spent an evening with friends on Saturday.  We went into the city for a Giants game, though we never actually saw the game; we tried and are headed back in a few weeks for another game compliments of the Giants ticket office.  Like many of you, we made sure to get in some pool time.  Like I said, it was a great Memorial Day weekend. Now we are on the countdown to the end of school and the start of summer.

That is life in MomZania.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Gift of Time

A wise person once said, "Time is free, but it is priceless."  How true.

For the past few years, life has been busy, really busy, crazy busy. Yes, most of this craziness was self inflicted, but it was busy nonetheless.  From nursing school, to my new career, to Scott's new job in CA, to three addresses three months, it has been very, very busy.  All that chaos, left very little time to spare.

All of a sudden, I realized I have time once again.  What a gift.  Yesterday, I called a friend and we shared a cup of coffee in the middle of the afternoon.  Today, I went for a long run.  Last weekend, we had a family picnic in the park.

This gift of time is like a rainbow in between storms.  It doesn't happen often and it won't last long; I need to enjoy it while it is here.  The renovation plans are moving along and once that starts, I will be racing like a chicken without a head once again.

For this fleeting moment, I do plan to enjoy it.  The weather is nice, school is almost out, the spring sports are finishing up, and a three-day weekend is headed our way.

That is life in a less Zany than usual MomZania.

Monday, May 12, 2014

An Untraditional Mother's Day

Nothing says Mother's Day more than a weekend without the kids.  That isn't quite true; many things signify Mother's Day much more traditionally.  However, when a girlfriend calls and says, "How about a weekend in San Francisco?"  And your husband says, "That sounds like a great idea."  You really don't worry about what weekend it is; you just take that gift called a Girlfriend's Weekend and run with it.

There were no macaroni necklaces or breakfast in bed this Mother's Day, instead I spent the entire weekend enjoying the city with my dear friend, Sheila.  Never fear, when I arrived home this morning, the kids showered me with cards and artwork and the giant bear hugs that only children can bestow.  Boy, am I lucky.

This weekend I realized that for all the times Scott and I visited the city when we lived in Sacramento, we really never made it past the great food and wine in North Beach.  It turns out San Francisco is home to many wonderful treasures beyond where our 20-something interests took us.  Sheila and I explored all over, like Golden Gate Park, Union Square, Tea at the Fairmont, and even a ride on the wrong bus that took us far away from all the tourists.

Today, I am savoring my weekend memories and so thankful to Sheila, who flew across the country to hang out on the West Coast, and to Scott, who kept the kids for my girls-only weekend.  Boy, I am really lucky.

That is life in MomZania.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Mick Has A Girlfriend

Last week we were sitting at the table for dinner.  As we were chatting about our day, Mick shocked us when he stated, "I have a girlfriend."  Scott and I almost choked on our peas as we stifled our giggles and masked our shock.

You see in nine months at his preschool, Mick has never once mentioned a single girl. To hear him talk about it, he attends an all boys preschool that encompasses nothing more than playing Lego's and Superheros.

So we asked him, "Who is your girlfriend?"

"Olivia."  This was of very little help; there are about six Olivia's at his school and I know none of them.

"How did you get to be boyfriend and girlfriend?

"She told me I was her boyfriend; so I am."  With this comment, we really did choke on our peas as we couldn't hold back our laughter any more.  Mick is four years old and he already has women figured out, simply do everything the we ladies say.  Way to go Mick or should I say Lil' Casanova.

Preschool romance aside, life here is the regular routine.  We thankfully haven't had another sewer backup.  Apparently, the house saves that behavior for when company arrives.  Most days you can find me driving a constant loop around the town delivering kids to and fro various activities.  There is Girls on the Run, Indian Princesses, Girl Scouts, Swim Lessons, Tae Kwon Do and the many activities at the two schools.  Just in case, we make sure to enjoy a few birthday parties and play dates so there is never a moment when the Big Marshmallow (our White Minivan) isn't taxiing around.  Just like your home, our school year only has four weeks left and most of the activities will come to an end as well.  I'm not sure who is more excited, the kids or me?  As for Scott, May is also a month of constant taxiing though he is doing it from a crammed seat on an airplane for work travel.

That is life in MomZania.