Really, do I have to explain?
Monthly Archives: July 2011
It was a really great day, and I was too busy living it to write. You’ll get an update tomorrow. Nitey-night!
As I’ve watched the news for the last few weeks – and the last few days in particular – this line has kept coming back to me. I feel like this is the only possible explanation for the behavior of the Republicans in general – and the Tea Party in particular.
Back in 2005, we embarked upon
a journey very nearly to hell an adventure in home addition/construction. Back then, the gentleman in charge was a sharp-witted Brit with a taste for too-loud vintage rock and punk music. I remember very clearly his sheepishly turning his music down and apologizing to me as I’d come home in the afternoons, usually eliciting assurances from me that Squeeze and the Police at top volume were okay in my book.
We’re currently in the midst of a power-washing/restaining adventure. The boys doing the work are nice enough, but dear God in heaven, I can’t fucking stand their music. They’ve had the local country station blaring from the back yard all day, and I’m just about at my limit with the twanging (oh, dear GOD, the twanging!).
The girls and I are going to escape to the library for a few hours. Hopefully, by the time we return, the boys – and their music – will have vacated the premises for the night.
We’re going to the lake on Saturday, so this week is engaged in cleaning Chez Chili (’cause y’all know that Chili can’t enjoy her vacation if she knows there are dust bunnies frolicking in the house) and packing. Here, then, are ten things we always bring to the lake for our annual escape:
1. Bruder! He arrives on Thursday and will stay with us through the week. Really, he’s one of the most important parts of this tradition.
2. Sheets and towels. There are some linens, but not enough to keep us for the week.
3. Noodles, Nerf footballs, and squirt guns. In fact, I’m heading to T*arget to obtain replacements for some of these things, as our stock has served us well but for a bit too long. Oh, also? I found out about these when BlueMoon had them at the Cape last weekend, and they are a BLAST, so I went out and bought two sets.
4. Food. Most of my grocery run for the waterside week involves munchie-type things that we eat on the porch all day long – carrots and hummus, chips, nuts, crackers and cheese, that sort of thing. We eat out at least once at the Front Porch, but the rest of our meals happen at home, so I bring lunch meats, chicken, burgers, and dogs (and all the accompanying goodies) and, of course, s’more makings.
5. Electronica. This year’s things will include iPads and phones, a DS, an iTouch, and perhaps one laptop. There’s wifi at the house, but I think we’re going to limit its use to the edges of the day. We’ll be able to play, to blog, and to listen to music (or ball games) from our electronics, and even though a lot of people think that unplugging is important on vacations, our gizmos make our week better.
6. My yoga mat. I love morning yoga on the dock, just me and the birds.
7. Books. I have both the paper and the electronic variety lined up, and I’m looking forward to settling myself on a dock in the shade and reading until my eyeballs are tired.
8. DVDs, and the location of the nearest Redbox. There’s always a possibility of an inside day, and sometimes disconnecting in front of a good movie is just the thing.
10. Rum. I vacation with my in-laws; is this really an item I have to explain?