June 30, 2015

Extra time

Today is LEAP SECOND day. Don't ever say I didn't give you anything.

June 29, 2015

And now it's Summer

With baseball officially over, and the Fourth of July around the corner, I feel like our Summer can officially begin. While I don't want it to now get all over-scheduled, I also don't want to waste it. So here's my remainder of Summer bucket list:

  • Spend an entire day at the beach
  • Take C-man fishing
  • Geocache
  • Go see some Chinooks games
  • Eat some more s'mores in the back yard
  • Take some non-baseball photos (I've taken enough!)
  • Organize my house
  • Enjoy it

June 28, 2015

Extra innings

Over here in the land of tournament baseball, the A's played their last game of the season. They were up against the undefeated number 1 seeded team, and stayed alive into extra innings. It was another day of almost every team in the league standing around in disbelief, watching this little Cinderella team do something nobody thought they could. (And rooting heartily for them, because it would mean big things for the other top teams!)

C-man was unusually cold at the plate, which kind of sucked. But since he was pitched out (much to my happiness), he caught for all 7 innings in the heat. Hardly a ball passed by him, which was one of the big reasons the game stayed as surprisingly close as it did.

This team was by no means as talented as others he's been on. And having Beerman as head coach about killed me. (We're never doing that again!) But it was really great to see C-man have the opportunity to stand up as a leader on this team. He got to (deservedly) be the #4 hitter all season, and play the key positions on the field. Another season of character building. But the tears were smiles and giggles by the time they'd left the fields. Ahhh, to be 10 again.

And now, it's time to tend the gardens and enjoy the beer gardens and hang out with friends in the back yard. You know, until football season starts...

June 27, 2015

This week in baseball

It's tournament week over here in baseball land. The A's pulled out a dramatic one today. And by dramatic, this thing had everything - ahead, behind, controversial calls, a coach thrown out of the game (not ours), tears, cheers, a pickle (my fricking kid - he ended up being safe, thank goodness), and finally, a win on a passed ball steal home. C-man hit well, pitched decent enough, and helped his team make it happen.

And now, it's time to enjoy s'mores and a fire. Because tomorrow, they play the best team in the league. At least C-man is pitched out, so he will only catch or play short tomorrow. Man, that pitching takes a lot out of me...

June 26, 2015

Bee visiting

I took the day off to go see my bees. Plus, I'm sick of work, and needed the time off. Beyonce didn't take. She never laid any eggs, and the hive never got new bees. I'm thinking something is wrong with the hive itself - pesticides or something else that got tracked back. So I'm officially down to two hives.

Abigail, who I didn't see, had brood. She's getting honey bound (frames filled with honey so there's nowhere to lay eggs), so I added a honey super on top. And then there's Caroline, who I also didn't see. Her hive is slowly growing, and there were eggs and larva and capped brood, so she's been there within the last 3 days. It's growing much slower than I want, as she's still only in one brood box, but there are many more bees than there were two weeks ago.

So it's official - I am not a very good bee farmer. But it's still interesting, and they were quite gentle (if not irritated) still. AKA - no stings.

June 25, 2015

In black and white

Before work and camp yesterday, C-man and I were reading the newspaper. He came across an article about the Confederate Flag and the controversy surrounding it, and started to ask questions - What was really happening, who wanted it, why would they want it. It occurred to me a few minutes into answering the 'why' questions, specifically, that he has no frame of reference for any of this to make any sort of sense. He's learned of racial tensions and prejudices and the history of it all. We haven't shielded him from the stories of police brutality and Ferguson and the local Sikh temple shooting. But it makes about as much sense to him as the proverbial fish on a bicycle.

This child has no frame of reference. No experience. No understanding. No comprehension. Zero.

Now, my child is incredibly privileged. He has never known not having. Our education decisions for him are between which private top-notch education he'll experience. When he struggles at the plate, he goes to a special batting session with a semi-pro coach. And if all goes according to plan, he'll make it to his fourth continent by age 11. And I was privileged. While I didn't have the range of experiences that he has now, it never occurred to me that I would or could be poor or uneducated or discriminated against.

So I struggle with this conversation. Partly, because I know how important it is that he understands what is happening - the futility of it, the unjustness of it, the uneducated unnecessaryness of racism and mob mentality putting yourself over another. But part of me wants to shield him from it all. Because if it makes sense to him, then that means he has a frame of reference - an experience or understanding of how it is possible.

In the midst of all of this, his incomprehension gave me hope that maybe... just maybe...

June 23, 2015

Penultimate regular season game

Tonight is C-man's second to last regular season game. (Then the tournament and the All-Stars)
For the first time ever, I'm glad it's almost over.

June 22, 2015

Random crap on a Monday

  • C-man's team played the team whose coaches are also the post-season tournament team coaches. You know, the ones who said he wasn't good enough to play, but a couple of 9 year olds were.
  • He crushed the ball with a few monster hits. I think he may have had a little to prove.
  • It was a really nice, but busy weekend. C-man got to play with his friend and teammate, which they've been organizing forever. And Fathers Day was nice.
  • I never did get to my beehives. Depending on how the tournament play goes, I don't know how I'm going to get up there before the 4th if I don't take a vacation day Friday.
  • Mmmm... vacation day on a Friday...

June 19, 2015

Fantastic Fridays

  • C-man didn't make the post-season tournament team. He was so wrecked.
  • Last night was improved with some baseball practice, the promise of a sleepover tonight, and ice cream.
  • The neighbor kids are being awful, and C-man hasn't been playing with them lately. I can't say it makes me very sad. Especially when the parents try to justify it as, "Pre-teen behavior" with an eye roll.
  • At least he has been loving Shark camp at Discovery World, and has made lots of friends.
  • Speaking of friends, they're all chomping at the bit to get to University School camp next week.
  • I'm so grateful he has such great summer experiences.
  • Speaking of summer experiences, I'm going to go see my bees tomorrow and see if I need to combine two hives.
  • I read today that beehives were in Israel at least 3000 years ago. Land of milk and honey wasn't a metaphor, apparently. Amazing.
  • I think I'm going to audition for another role in a play. Auditions are in August, and the play is in September or October, I think.
  • Enough time has passed, that it sounds fun again.
  • I'm really looking forward to the weekend. Fridays are fantastic.

June 18, 2015

Thursday Thirteen Good Things

I haven't been the happiest lately. I've been mentally and emotionally down. Physically, the inflammation has been high. So it's time to think positively!

  1. C-man tried out for the post-season tournament team last night and slugged a giant hit to center field. We don't know if he will make the team (2 dozen kids tried out for 13 spots), but are very proud he tried.
  2. I've been tracking my DNA to my family tree to figure out which chromosomes have come down through which lines. Fairly fascinating. (Granny Bert is strong in this one...)
  3. I've downsized and rearranged my workspace, and it feels so much better. I've never been one for much clutter or disorganization at work, but this even feels nicer.
  4. The spa visits and comedy club tickets are purchased for the Pelot Women Take San Francisco trip in July.
  5. The spa informed me we can stay by the pool all day and order room service if we'd like. Ummm... maybe?
  6. Little League has been doing a photo contest this summer. It's with Canon, but that's okay. I've been submitting photos with their themes anyhow. I won't win, but it's always nice to have a purpose for the shots.
  7. This morning, C-man declared the camp counselors like him best. It's good to be noticed. And humble.
  8. I rounded up the medical bills this year and submitted them for FSA reimbursement. A broken finger and a bunch of PT really adds up! That'll be a really nice deposit later this week.
  9. Beerman has our Spring Break trip almost figured out. I'm giddy with excitement that it may actually happen. I may actually leave the country again. Ahhhh....
  10. The cabinet maker finally sent us our last two kitchen doors yesterday. Small miracles do happen!
  11. Beasley has a vet appointment today, so I get to bail out of work a bit early.
  12. There are only 3 games left of C-man's season. Usually, that makes me sad. But this year, I feel quite differently about it. It'll be a relief to be over.
  13. I'm on my third cup of coffee today, and it's amazing.

June 17, 2015


  • C-man's post-season tryouts are tonight. They were postponed from Sunday due to weather.
  • I've been finalizing the pieces of the girl's San Francisco trip. It's shaping up.
  • I started watching Wild last night because I hadn't seen it and love Reese Witherspoon. Wow, that is a slow moving movie.
  • C-man, meanwhile, was at Jurassic World with his friends. Ahhh, summertime fun.
  • He also declared he has several new best friends from Shark camp. To be young and social...
  • I'm going through Game of Thrones withdrawal. The finale mostly didn't shock me. It did, however, make me very sad. (FYI - I thought Mommy Stark was supposed to come back?)
  • It's Father's Day this weekend. Right now it's calling for rain. So much for outdoor fun.
  • I went to the gym yesterday and actually worked out by myself in the yoga studio, which I liked a lot.
  • Until a guy showed up to do yoga and insisted on turning down the lights and doing this weird breathing thing. I left.
  • I'm making it a goal to get to the gym at least 3 days a week now.
  • My shoulder is still a mess. Thousands of dollars in PT that did nothing. What a waste.
  • Maybe I should start growing my own pot like my own mother suggested. (Dear Homeland Security - I'm joking!)

June 16, 2015

Brain blob

I've been so disinterested lately. Exhausted, but not tired. Last night, the boys went to baseball practice, and I just sat in a chair and watched the cardinals and doves at the feeder. I don't think I had any thoughts. I was a complete blob - sitting, my body functioning, but the brain almost off. For 90 minutes. I don't think I've ever felt like this. And it doesn't seem to want to go away. I need my brain back! And my body, for that matter. Ack!

June 15, 2015

Time for Summer Fun

I've been feeling really discouraged lately. I know it's mostly first world problems, but I'm struggling with getting excited about much. I know I need to start exercising hard to try to make the pain and the brain fog dissipate, but that initial inertia and initial pain is such a struggle. It's my own vicious cycle, for sure.

At least it's summer camp time for C-man. No school, no homework, and lots of fun. I think I need to make my own bucket list of summer fun.

June 13, 2015

It's only Saturday!

  • I woke up this morning thinking it was Sunday. So it was a nice realization when I was informed it's only Saturday.
  • I've got the house picked up. If it ever dries out, I'll get the lawn mowed.
  • Then I'm set to be a bit lazy.
  • There's no baseball or wrestling this weekend.
  • Unless you count tryouts for the post-season tournament.
  • Which I really don't, because I won't have to sit through it.
  • Speaking of baseball ruining my fun plans, I've decided we need to work ahead. So we've been trying to firm up our 2016 Spring Break trip.
  • It's always good to set Beerman on a trip planning mission. You end up with way more ideas than you'd bargained for.
  • But now that we've got a plan, I need to start working out to get my body ready for hiking.
  • Beasley now insists on a game of backyard ball every night.
  • He's gotten attached to us now, which is nice. His a-holeness has decreased exponentially.
  • He is, however, still 95 pounds of oaf, which isn't simple.
  • It's Polish Fest this weekend, which is always fun.
  • C-man has a cold, which he kindly passed on to me, though, so I doubt we'll be up for it.
  • But at least it's only Saturday!

June 12, 2015

A day off

C-man is done with school, so we headed north to see the bees today. I'm losing all hope with this beekeeping thing. Abigail, the strongest hive, has mites walking around in it, and I didn't see the queen. (Grrr to mites! I know it's common, but not in first year hives, which means the supplier stinks.) The new queen, Beyonce, wasn't killed, but she is just walking around and isn't laying any eggs, which means certain death to the hive if she doesn't start immediately.. And the Caroline hive is not expanding very quickly, although I saw the queen and eggs. So that's the hive I have the most hope for. Such a frustrating day. At least it was beautiful and sunny, we got to have lunch with Grandma, and I got hours in the car to chat with C-man.

June 11, 2015

School's end

Today, Beasley watched C-man board the bus for his last day as a fourth grader. Well, pending that social studies grade he's been fearing. (Seriously, it's like I haven't even had a single ounce of anything to do with bringing this child into the world. He doesn't think twice about math, but social studies is a problem? How is that even possible?)

The A's won their second game in a row last night. C-man isn't feeling well. And with what I'm tallying up as a giant hormonal growth spurt and change in his body, he was just off. Not terrible, but it's like he just can't focus lately. He has a week off now, plus school is done, so things should lighten up all the way around for him.

In other news, C-man being off school means we get tomorrow off together. As long as the weather holds, we're going to go check on the bees. And it's a good thing, because just like C-man, I think I could use a mental break, too.

Weekend, ho!

June 9, 2015

And it's Tuesday

I'm still ornery. This week needs to perk up soon. Or maybe I just need to get some sleep.

June 7, 2015

A good day to be C-man

Today was a good day in the life of C-man. Not that good days for him are that unusual, but this was a really good day. He slept over at a friend's house and road his bike around the neighborhood until it was time for lunch. Then he came home to get ready for his baseball game, which they won.

Which was made even sweeter because his cousins and aunt were there to see it happen.

And the real icing on the cake was when he learned that his team (unanimously) voted him into this year's All Star game. Happy, happy boy.

June 6, 2015

Baseball Saturday

Today was all about baseball and then the baseball fun day. Beerman got put in the dunk tank since he was a coach. Good times. Good times.

June 5, 2015


It's Friday again. Thankfully. I ordered some more beekeeping equipment, although who knows when I'll actually have the time to get up to see them again to use it. (And when I'm soooo curious about how Beyonce has fared!)

But Beerman is home again (and miraculously has no immediate travel plans). And with the sun setting so late now, that I'm really looking forward to a nice, leisurely family night in the backyard. Because tomorrow and Sunday are all about baseball.

June 4, 2015

Thursday Thirteen

  1. I had secured two Packers tickets for the 10/18 Packers v Chargers game for our 14th wedding anniversary. (It being the "gold" themed year and all)
  2. Melvin Gordon (formerly of UW-Madison) is now on the Chargers, and the jersey C-man wants more than anything this year.
  3. We decided to not tell him we got two tickets lest it break his 10 year old heart.
  4. Aunt Lonnie texted that she we just won the Packers lottery and have four tickets.
  5. Just in case there was any doubt, Jesus is a Packers fan.
  6. I had my video shoot in the bees yesterday. I find it so strange to be in front of the camera.
  7. It was a beautiful day and the second frame I pulled had the queen, so it was lucky overall.
  8. C-man is eligible for Lego League at school next year. He's wanted to do it forever.
  9. It is on Saturdays in Fall.
  10. Sorry Lego League. You don't even come close to the reverence we hold for football.
  11. Speaking of C-man, the kid is totally irrational lately. And he's been eating way more than usual. (How that's possible, I'll never understand.) This had better be a growth spurt.
  12. How am I going to survive a teenage C-man if this is what 10 looks like?
  13. It's supposedly #hugyourcat day. Um... no.

June 3, 2015

Humpity Day

C-man got two singles and a really nice double last night. Unfortunately, the game ended with his strikeout (the bat of which we will never speak of again), and had a bad inning of pitching that ended in him crying sadly from the mound. (A collective "awwwww" came from the crowd.) We had to have the "You have a whole team," talk, when he was putting the 2 run loss to a pretty decent team all on himself. And really, considering the team they have this year, and that there were only 9 players present, it was a respectable outing overall. By the end of the night, though, he was moving on. So that's positive.

Today, I'm getting myself filmed while beekeeping for a video at work. I'm using hives that aren't mine, so I sure hope it all works out.

And that, is my hump day.

June 1, 2015

Weekend Wrap-up

It was a busy, but good weekend overall. We saw Big Fish at First Stage, got some tools at an estate sale, ate some burgers, and played some baseball.

And now, it's C-man's last full week of school, and I've got a full week of work. (Not my last, however unfortunate that may be.) Onward, I suppose.