Monday, March 14, 2011

Around My World in One Post

I was out and about and inside and out and up to my elbows in toys and dust this weekend.  After getting my bearings and trying to focus after the rude shock of Daylight Savings Time, I'm back with a snapshot (or two) of what's been going on:

We went to the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Syracuse on Saturday.  I always enjoy hearing a good bagpipe corps, and I'm glad to salute our veterans, police and firemen.  There were several Irish step-dancing groups jigging along the route (the littlest kids were so cute!).  The weather was decent, too.  We enjoyed the outing, and our daughter collected some Irish bling and candy along the way (bead necklaces were tossed by various organizations on parade).  After the parade we went out for lunch at the Red Robin burger place.  I had an awesome blackened chicken sandwich - now I want to go back.

Saturday evening I baked cookies for the church fellowship hour Sunday.  I made my oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies, and added walnuts to the recipe.  Mmm, they were good - I haven't made them in quite a while, so they were a real treat.  Fortunately the recipe makes a lot of cookies, because we all enjoyed a few fresh out of the oven.  I'll post the recipe here tomorrow.

We forgot about the change to Daylight Savings Time - until midnight, Saturday.  Um, that would be 1AM Sunday, actually.  Rats!  Needless to say, we were a bit tired Sunday morning, but we all made it to church and enjoyed the coffee fellowship time. 

After church, I helped Safety Guy clean his bedroom.  His new bed was to be delivered this morning, so we had to find his floor and enough space to maneuver yesterday.  Cleaning his room is always a difficult process for him, because he doesn't like to get rid of stuff, and gets overwhelmed deciding where to begin, and what to do in what order.  His ADD doesn't help.  Anyhow, two garbage bags of stuff were tossed, and a couple totes of things to keep were relocated to the basement.  Lots of stuff was rehomed in the closet, and all of his gazillion toy cars were put in two under-bed storage drawers.  We'll see how long they stay there.  But, for now, he has a nice, mostly clean room.  Last week I got lucky and found a "bed in a bag" set for an XL twin bed on clearance - a leftover from last year's "back to college" sales, I'm sure.  It was even in his favorite colors.  Now I need to move his reading light up so he doesn't bash his head on it with the raised bed.   Here's the "after" picture - the "before" was definitely scary beyond all reason, and maybe even NSFW:

While the great room-cleaning project was going on, Princess Yakyak was spending the afternoon at a friend's house.  She played, and played hard.  For the first time in months and months, she fell asleep on the couch after dinner.  She was so tired, I had a hard time getting her to sleep-walk upstairs (she kept trying to sit down on the stairs and go to sleep).  She finally staggered to her bed, and crawled in fully clothed.  I let her sleep that way - she was zonked out immediately, and didn't get up until her regular time this AM. 

It was a very peaceful evening last night, which I spent quilting and watching part of Ken Burns' biography of Mark Twain on PBS.  I'm getting down to the end of the quilt.  I still haven't decided how to handle the border, although at this point it's likely to be an ultra-simple straight line on the seam of the binding instead of a chain of leaves.  I'm sure that would be pretty, but I'm just about kaput, and I really, really want to get this project DONE.  It's time and beyond time to be moving on.

Hovering over my thoughts all weekend has been the disaster in Japan.  I've tried to not be a "disaster junkie" and OD on news footage of the tragedy.  What I've seen will haunt me.  My favorite relief organization, Samaritan's Purse, has sent their first teams to Japan to help with the effort to assist victims.  I'll be following their activities on FB.  If you would like to contribute to their relief mission to Japan, go here.

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