I’ve always struggled a little with sleep. When I was a little kid, I was never sleepy when I was sent to bed, and I’d lay there awake, listening to my family continue to move around the house. It’s always been easy to stay up too late and gut out the tiredness. Because of my allergies, I’ve always woken up feeling pretty awful, anyway, what’s a little sleep deprivation on top of that? During the summer, I can’t sleep if I’m too warm, and for me, too warm is 73 degrees. I’m lucky that in Denver, our nights are a lot cooler than our days, but even we have nights where the house doesn’t cool off that much on its own (and I won’t run the a/c at night.)
Things have been coming together— I set a plan in motion like a month ago, where I took a big task and broke it down. One weekend, I painted a room that needed painting, and rearranged it. The next, I recovered a bench I use as a coffee table, planted some flowering plants and cleaned the windows. Last weekend, I dusted and deep-cleaned bathrooms and worked on the yard. This weekend, I finally, finally, finally got the screens replaced, shampooed the carpets and upholstery, mopped and more yardwork. We’ve got guests arriving tomorrow, and it’s all been building up to this.
I ran into a screaming good deal last week on snow peas, which delighted me. Snow peas and snap peas add a lot of interest to food, for me. I was making marinated pork chops, baked sweet potatoes, and needed a veggie. I want to make a stir-fry with some of the snow peas, but the chops were too nice to dice up for stir-fry, so I was thinking salad. I found this salad, and since it’s zucchini season, I went ahead and gave it a shot, once I established that Mom would actually eat it.
Can I just say that the screen saga has now been going on a full three weeks? Four weeks if you count the estimate. I just had to call the guy again and let him know that this will need to wrap up by Monday. So crazy to me that a business owner could be this unreliable. He told me 2-3 days turnaround time, a month ago. He’s now told me that things are really busy and he had work out of town and two family funerals and I get it, I do, but at this point, his time management is rivaled only by his communication skills for degree of abysmal. And I have no idea what kind of job he’s done on the screens. He told me last week he’d be out of town until late Monday, but that the screens were done and on his truck (I kind of doubt this, because it took a lot of explaining to remind him of “which one [I was]”) and he’d get them to me as a priority.
I think it’s going to be an interesting few months. This morning, I served a dual role, standing in for the president in his capacity of opening and closing the meeting, and introducing the Toastmaster, and also as an evaluator. I also had some business to conduct while I was there— announcing some things, and finding someone on-site to make logistical arrangements.
I have to tell you that the loser, in our great Arbonne experiment, was the sourdough starter. Luckily, I used it pretty aggressively during the run-up to Arbonne, so the fact that I only used 1 cup of sourdough starter on a potluck coffee cake during the cleanse didn’t mean I had to throw any out. (I know that the hydration is affected by not discarding. I just can’t get that far into it, at this point.)