Wow! Oh Yeah!

“Wow! Oh yeah!” is what James said as we rounded the corner to our new house the other day, pointing with his finger. I loved it! Even James is excited about his new house 🙂

And today, we took our friends over to show them the progress and James and his buddy turned it into an impromptu play date in the plaster dust. It was seriously adorable but I was very thankful we were headed to the pool for swim lessons an hour later.

Here are the boys, having a blast.

We ran so fast it was hard to get us in focus.
James decided to check out the ceiling view – and possibly make a “snow” angel?
Check out the plaster dust on my behind. I looked like Casper the Friendly Ghost by the time I got to the car seat and so did my buddy.

Mission (Mostly) Accomplished

The week of Memorial Day, I posted a list of 10 things I wanted to do over the summer, based on a suggestion from the Daily Post site. It was, I thought, fairly ambitious for a three-month season, given that it involved a fair bit of travel, but I was determined to give it a try. I checked in on the list once in July, and again in August, each time making a decent amount of progress. Now that Labor Day is drawing to a close, and with it, the summer, it’s time to take a final accounting and see how I did.

1. Go to the beach. DONE! I went to Cape May in August.

2. Go to the Adirondacks. DONE! I took a day trip to Lake George and Prospect Mountain in July.

3. Eat steamers (with beer). DONE – TWICE! I had steamers both on my trip to New York and while in Cape May.

Aaaand they're off!
Aaaand they're off!

4. Go to the races. DONE! Last weekend when I went to my mom’s in Binghamton, my sister was also visiting from Texas, so we took a quick day trip to up to Saratoga for the races. We had a ton of fun, though we both lost more money betting than we won – as usual. (Neither of us inherited our dad’s knack – or patience – for handicapping.)

5. Have drinks down on the waterfront. DONE! But not, I’ll admit, in the way that I planned. I had envisioned going to one of the bars down on the Potomac, but instead, I did a fair bit of drinking along the Hudson on my trip in July, and here in DC, I (finally) discovered the joys of happy hour along the Anacostia in Yards Park.

6. Go to a Caps rookie or training camp practice. DONE! I went to development camp not once, but twice – on a Wednesday afternoon before my skating lesson, and again on Saturday with my brother and nephews for the final scrimmage and fan fest.

7. Read five books. 80% DONE! I read four books, and am (so says my Kindle) 15% of the way through the fifth. The completed books are A Game of Thrones, Naked Heat (Nikki Heat #2)Thursday Next: First Among Sequels, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I’m currently reading The Game by Ken Dryden, which is supposedly the best book ever written about hockey.

8. Buy a new grill. DONE! I bought a little (think camping-size) propane grill in July. It has done good work ever since, most notably in grilling lots and lots of sweet corn from the farmers’ market.

9. Start doing yoga again. DONE! I still have a ways to go to getting a regular practice going again, but I’ve almost used up the first pass (six classes) I bought.

10. Go to outdoor concerts. DONE! As planned and ticketed, I saw Arcade Fire down in Charlottesville with my brother and Mumford & Sons with sprite and Rudi at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

If my math is correct, I think this list is just a hair over 98% completed, which I think means my summer was pretty damn great, overall. (It ended on an awfully sad note, of course, but I am going to block that out for now, if no one minds.)

I don’t know if having a list actually made me do more with my summer, but it kind of feels that way, so I’m thinking of making a similar plan for fall, to run from now until… Thanksgiving? December 1? (When is the transition from fall to winter, anyway? I’d say it’s before the solstice, but not as cut-and-dried as Labor Day is for summer, that’s for sure.) If you’ve heard me mention something I’d like to accomplish, please remind me of it in the comments – or suggest something you think I’d like.

And, of course, tell me what you did this summer!