It's Sunday evening. I LOVE Sunday evenings! Partly because it means the kids go back to school the next day (:)), but also because there's just something very soothing and mellow. Everyone is gearing up for the week ahead, going to bed earlier (probably) than they have the past 2 nights, and settling in. I like to keep the TV off, turn the radio on, and get the kids bathed, brushed, & ready for bed. I like to listen to a local program called "Acoustic Sunset," followed by "Lost & Found: The Greatest Music You've Never Heard." Although sometimes I'll go online & listen to BBC Radio 4 Extra.
I didn't ALWAYS feel like this. Back when I was in school (including college & grad school), I dreaded Monday morning. Sundays made me anxious and tired. Even though they were my only day off in grad school, I disliked them, other than the part where I got to sleep in. Once I was up, forget it! The anxiety kicked in and that was that.
But now, since I'm focusing on things I actually enjoy, I love this calm before the hectic week. Especially this time of year, when the sun doesn't set until 9:00 or so.
WG goes back to school tomorrow, and LG, who was sick all weekend, poor thing, begins his summer vacation.
Unfortunately, the camp we were hoping to send him to is full. So I'll be his cruise director for the next 8 weeks (and for both of them in August). I see A LOT of swimming, bike riding, and playgrounding in our immediate future.
And maybe some other fun stuff, if I can think of anything.
But tonight I'm particularly looking forward to the morning for a completely dorkozoid reason: I want to try out a new smoothie recipe from my "Hungry Hottie" cookbook. I've sliced bananas and strawberries & put them in the freezer, dug out my pouch of raw cacao powder, purchased some coconut milk, and my vanilla protein powder is ready to go.
Earlier tonight I made some carrot oven "fries" from the same book, and they were YUM-MY! I'm also getting ready to make a hearty veggie soup from my "River Cottage Veg Everyday" cookbook.
I always forget how much I like cooking new things until I, well, cook something new. Of course, it was easier when we had our own kitchen, but it's still fun.
Yesterday at Costco Hubby & I bought a Sonicare AirFloss. It's like a power washer for your teeth, to get rid of plaque. It needed to charge for 24 hours, so we didn't get to try it until today. So, after using the Sonicare toothbrush, we airflossed the kids. :))) Since it's hard to get them to floss regularly, we figured this would be helpful.
Of course, Hubby & I use it, as well. With mouthwash. And my gums feel squeaky-clean!
I'm a nerd.
Also going to try a Bikram yoga studio that's nearby. What they heck, right? It's only a few blocks away and they have their new student special.
So lots of new stuff on the horizon.
Finally, on another note, our house is right near SFO. We heard the crash landing yesterday, and saw the smoke. It was pretty awful. But also miraculous that more people weren't hurt or killed. If you can, hold a good thought for those who were, and for their families.
And on that note, I will wish you a good night and a good week.