1. requital according to merits or deserts, especially for evil.
Here’s another week gone by, and it is Monday once more. Thankfully, I wrote a little a week ago as I sat in a waiting room, so at least I can remember that.
Sunday was extremely productive. For dates, I took Jewel to Panera with me to get some work done. She had a paper to type up, and I had a bunch of stuff to get caught up on for work. It was a fruitful time, though the Jewel got bored once she was done. Heath took Everest to climb Red Mountain, which was a great success! They swung by to get Jewel while I stayed at Panera to finish up what I needed to do.
By time I got back, I was pretty well beat. I had a quick dinner, then wrote an article for GotQuestions that has been on my plate for awhile. It’s so nice to finally get caught up!
Monday was an up and down affair. I worked from home because I had to make it to a court appearance at 1:30. (Um…yes. Court.) There was no point in driving in to work and cutting into my hours with a commute when I would have to sacrifice the rest of the afternoon anyway. We had a scheduling shuffle at the last minute because Heath suddenly would not have the afternoon off. But I managed to get in touch with Angel to pick up Everest at the bus stop and Corrie would get Julie at the school after Student Council. I didn’t really feel like getting into Middle Earth for intermittent moments, so instead of reading, I opted for writing. Put down this silly little thing which smacks of an angsty coming-of-age novella.
Sitting at the courthouse, awaiting my 1:30 court time. All these people here are silent. It’s not the bored, uninterested silence though. It’s a silence that accompanies a sense of foreboding, of the unknown, of impatient yet respectful obedience. We’ve all done something wrong here. We were all given a ticket and a summons by a police officer weeks ago. We had no choice but to come today. This is where we are supposed to be, so we wait to see what happens.
I wonder how many have done this before or how many are here for the first time like me. For how many of these people is this a normal thing, not a huge deal, or just another part of the day?
I wonder if this will take longer than the one hour and fifteen minutes I could afford to put in the parking meter. How lucky would that be? A parking ticket to add insult to injury. Oh, I hope this day doesn’t cost me too much.
The silence has been broken by some newcomers now. Someone has brought a parent, surely some 17-year old who could not come alone. Another rustles papers and clears his throat. Does the silence bother him, I wonder?
The clerks at the check-in counter are smiling and cheerful. This is another day at work for them. How hard that would be for me, to everyday come to a place where people arrive in dread. I’d rather work in a place filled with hope, that even in darkness, there would be joy inside it.
Egads. How dramatic. XD
That night, Heath was kind enough to say, “Do you want to take off?” and I eagerly agreed. I went to the dollar theater, which seems to be my favorite solitary retreat these days, and actually saw two movies in a row. It was quite fun, and I even got home before midnight.
Tuesday was a pretty average day until roundabout dinnertime, I got a text from Legolas asking if I wanted to go to the movies. Um…yeah! But almost immediately afterward, I got a call from Heath saying that he had run out of gas on the interstate on the way home from Denver. All righty… Of course this had to be the evening that I got all fancy with dinner by making mashed potatoes, baked yams, and chicken stew, thus creating a ton of dishes.
So the kids and I finished up dinner quickly, and I had them get in their jammies and brush up while I did the dishes. We picked up a gallon of gas and drove out nearly 40 minutes to meet Heath where he had gotten stranded on the side of the road. Then we turned right around and went back. Kids went to bed OK, and later that night, I went to go get Legolas so we could catch what was probably nearing my 8th or 9th viewing of Warm Bodies. (Yes, it’s got to be in my Top 5 faves of all time.)
Wednesday was fairly average in comparison to the day before. The kids were newly keen on showing kindness to each other because we made a “Kindness Chart” on Tuesday after school. The idea is that we will reward good behavior rather than only discipline the bad behavior. They have to do something kind to another person in the family, and that person will give them a sticker for being kind. After they both fill up one line, then they can go out for ice cream. Here’s hoping this works…
Thursday evening was the Jewel’s orchestra concert. Unfortunately, Heath had to work, but Everest and I went and got to see her play a solo on her violin and get awarded a medal for receiving a “superior” rating during the district music judging thing she did a month or so ago. I am so proud of her!
Friday, I met up with my Muse girls for a movie and a late night excursion to IHOP to celebrate Legolas’ last day at her job before she starts her new one at Panera. Super fun night as always with those girls!
Saturday, Heath took off for a week-long trip to the Grand Canyon in the morning. The kids and I did some housecleaning, then we headed out get the grocery shopping done. I was pretty thrilled that I managed to stay at budget even going to both Costco and King Soopers. The kids, still motivated to be good, were actually helpful, and Julie helped bring in practically all the groceries. Yay for small victories!
Being May the Fourth, that evening, we had Angel and Legolas over for dinner and a viewing of Star Wars: A New Hope (episode 4). I let the kids watch as well, with the express instructions that at certain parts, they would need to cover their eyes. (There weren’t that many that I thought would bother them, but there were definitely some.) They both loved the movie and went to bed pretty easily considering the excitement of the day. Angel also stayed the night since we ended so late.
Sunday, we caught church service, then grabbed some coffee on the way to take Angel home. We swung by the Arc to look for a small shelf that I have been wanting to get for the top of the fridge to hold all my various appliances that have migrated up there. We were successful in finding something affordable that would work and also picked up a few books for the kids to keep in the car.
That afternoon, everyone’s tiredness began to show through and tempers got pretty short. I set up my shelf with a bit of help from the kids, but I eventually had to separate them into different parts of the house so we could all have some time alone. It was not a happy afternoon, let’s say; it was one of those days when I really can’t wait for bedtime just so I can close the door on everything. We did end up watching a movie together before bedtime, but it didn’t seem to help attitudes much. Showers and sleep were really what was needed, and those came swiftly!
Heath’s sister came over for some help with her PowerPoint presentation she has to do for school. We worked on it together for about 2-1/2 hours. The time went by pretty fast though and the PPT turned out pretty sweet! Still, since we didn’t start until around 8:30, so by time we finished, all I could do was stare off into space and watch an episode of Sherlock (BBC) until I fell asleep.
Looking now at what we were doing all during the week, it’s no wonder that everyone was grumpy and tired by Sunday night!
Monday (today), I worked from home because I needed to go register our new car as it is *ahem* a bit overdue. I had been waiting for funds to become available to pay the exorbitant fees and taxes, and God finally did provide that. Hooray! I worked very productively in the morning, knowing that I would lose the afternoon to the DMV. Unfortunately, when I arrived at the office closest to us, I found out that the wait time was 2-3 hours. Yikes. That would cut things a bit close if I needed to be home in time to meet the kids at the bus stop. I’ll try again tomorrow at a different location and time though.
We had dinner at my mom’s store tonight, and the kids discovered that they LOVE kow soy, a delicious noodle curry that she makes. They had earned their full lines of kindness stickers, so we stopped to get some frozen yogurt on the way home. Bedtime was fairly uneventful. They did have an incident of sneaking into each other’s bed, but no tears were shed at least.
I’m determined to make tonight productive as there is one project dangling out there that I could easily finish tonight. Of course, there is also laundry to fold and dishes to put away… At least I can check off blogging now. 😉