I was not really good about shooting today. I saw this on our way out of the pediatrician's office and it caught my eye so as I descended the escalator (wouldn't that be descalator then?) I snapped one. That's all I could get before the angle was too steep.
What you can't see in the above photo is the sense of scale. Here's the pic pre cropping so you can see why this thing caught my eye.
Something weird that happened today. Well, technically, it happened yesterday but I didn't notice it until today. I looked down as I was washing my hands and noticed a black mark on the back of my finger. Upon further inspection, I discovered it was a sliver. Never i my life have I ever seen a sliver in the back of a finger. I must have gotten it while spreading mulch yesterday. Fortunately, I was easily able to remove it with a pair of tweezers.
We went to my favorite store in the world today: Garden Supply. We bought a bunch of annuals to fill in our bed to the left of the front door and a few perennials to fill in a shady spot to the right. While we were there, the girls were each given a cup of strawberries. Delaney reached in and pulled out this whopper! She agonized over eating it most of the way home. She finally decided that not eating it would be a waste and since I had gotten a picture of it, eating it was the best option.
We got out in the garden today for the first time in a loooooong time. Several years ago we planted some perennial salvia in front. I did not realize how absolutely enormous these things got. They completely overwhelmed the area AND they crept. While the plants are very pretty, they were completely inappropriate for this area in our garden. I've been meaning to move them for years and finally got around to it today.
You may think, "How simple! Just dig them up, dig another hole in the new location and voila!" But you'd be neglecting (thank you Mr. Gallagher for introducing me to that word) our drip irrigation. KC put it in 6-7 years ago and since then, we have put several layers of mulch down, not to mention the roots that have grown all around the lines. In order to avoid severing the line with an errant shovel blade, I had to dig up the entire line to locate all the drip heads. In some places, they were 6-8 inches under the surface and in some cases roots as large as an inch in diameter had gown over it.
It took me the better part of the morning just to uncover that mess. By the time I got around to actually transplanting the 3 original plants, it was almost noon. I specified the three original plants because there were at least 3 others which had popped up over the past few years. They were not as established and when I attempted to dig them up, they kind of fell apart. Therefore it was pointless to attempt to transplant them.
Regardless, we brought the 3 plants into the back yard and planted them under our bedroom window. The area has been mulched with triple shredded hardwood mulch pretty much every year, sometimes twice a year, since we put the swing-set in when Delaney was 2 or 3. I must say, that is some of the nicest dirt in the state! However, all the plants in the neighborhood got the memo and sent roots down to take advantage/ It was not as easy digging as it should have been.
It took some doing but we did get them planted. Once they take root, they should fill in nicely and if they don't, oh well, we'll just dig them back up and toss them. They couldn't stay where they were. Now we just need to decide what we will plant in the empty spot in the front of the house. Time for a trip to Garden Supply!
I really love Groupon. Back in October, there was one for one of the girls' favorite restaurants: Ginza, a Japanese steak house up the road. I bought it thinking for certain we'd go between then and now. Imagine my shock when a few days ago, I got the reminder that it was going to expire at the end of the month. We quickly made plans to use it. the girls were thrilled!
I brought my camera specifically to get a picture of the onion volcano and not only did I get a picture of that but I caught the chef using the little boy peeing prop too! We were seated with two older couples who were having a great time. The one man was very sweet and engaged the girls in conversation.
I thoroughly enjoyed my filet and shrimp. KC and Macy both had chicken and Delaney had shrimp! I'm so proud of my girl, branching out into seafood.
After dinner we walked over to Henry's Gelato for a nice tasty dessert. Since it was a fairly nice evening, we sat outside on a bench. It was a night for seeing people we knew. At Ginza, we saw Anna C. Then at Sip, a wine store next to Henry's we ran into Mrs. Mejeur, one of the 3rd grade teachers at LPES, then as we were standing in line at Henry's, Chris Morton and his daughter, Eleanor came in behind us. So strange!
Today was an early release day. It didn't effect us since we are tracked out but Olivia is not so after lunch at CFA, Kirsten went over to pick her up and the kids played in the back yard for a few hours until Macy had to go to practice. I brought some chairs down into the shade so Kirst and I could chat while keeping an eye on the kids. Normally, I would leave them to it but Jack, being only 2.5 years old, still needs a little closer supervision. Thankfully, it's still early enough in the year that the mosquitoes weren't out yet and Kirst and I were able to, for the most part, have an adult conversation between refereeing the squabbles caused by putting a 2 year old boy in with three 7 and 8 year old girls.
I brought Floyd with me to drop Delaney off at the gym today. I went in with her to put her hair up and since it was a warmer day, I rolled the windows down so he didn't bake. When I do that, to prevent him from leaping out the window, I tie him to the seat belt. When I came back out, he was happily sitting in the driver's seat looking like he is ready to chauffeur me home. Silly puppy!
I had neglected my picture taking duty today so at bedtime, I needed to get a few to cover my bases. Probably because they didn't want to go to bed yet, Delaney and Macy started hamming it up for me. I took several shots and many were decent but this one was just too much fun. I had to cool the pic down a little bit even though I had it on flash setting for white balance but other than that, it's original.
After dinner tonight the girls were driving me nuts so I suggested we go for a walk. They decided they wanted to take their scooters which was fine by us. We put Floyd in his harness and off we went. What a blessing to have the greenway so close to our house.
KC and I brought Floyd to the tunnel while the girls played in their "spot." We strolled over there to gather them as we passed by on the way home but they were hiding from us. At some point they will have to learn about camouflage and how turquoise and white don't exactly work in your favor when you are trying to hide in the undergrowth. Bet you'll have a hard time finding them in this pic, huh?
Today started out with a trip to the dentist. I am happy to report that neither of the girls has any cavities and both did really well having x-rays taken and throughout the cleaning. Afterwards, we went over to the 'Bou for some hot beverages. YUM!
From there, we went swimming at the Y and then home for a cookie snack before gymnastics. A nice full day.
After a long weekend with KC and I using the divide and conquer method of parenting, the girls came together and drew pictures. I guess it's true, absence does make the heart grow fonder.
Delaney and I had a great day together. We started with breakfast at the 'Bou. Then while she had gymnastics, I went for a run. I pulled her out of practice an hour early so we could go home and shower before going to see "Bring It On: The Musical" at DPAC. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I was laughing out loud more times than I can remember. It may not have been the most appropriate thing to bring my 8 year old daughter to see but it's not like she's never heard swear words before and the sexual stuff was subtle enough that it went over her head.
We came back to Cary and had dinner at the Orient Garden. Delaney wanted to dine in so we did. I hadn't dined there in years and I found out that they have smaller more economical portions available on the dine in menu. I had egg drop soup, shrimp in brown sauce and steamed rice for $8.65. They also offer kids sized portions of lo mein. Pretty good value for some of the best Chinese in Cary.
We allowed our stomachs to digest a bit before we headed back out to get the "Bring It On" movie and some Goodberry's. We had another pleasant surprise when we got to the Blockbuster. The original movie was not on the shelf in it's place so we assumed it was checked out. We were bummed but decided to check the stacks of newly returned movies at the front counter. One of the employees saw us and asked if we needed help. I told him what we were looking for and he checked the computer. It was showing as available. With that, he scoured the entire comedy section for almost 10 minutes until he found it for us. These days I don't find, nor expect that kind of customer service from a minimum wage earning high school kid. I was so pleased, I actually wrote to Blockbuster to compliment him. I hope he gets some kind of recognition for that. Good service should be rewarded.
On the way home, we stopped by Goodberry's and got a jumbo chocolate, mint chocolate chip to share. We ate most of it while watching our movie after which, we brushed our teeth and went to bed. Days like this are so great. I hope it's this kind of thing the girls remember in 30 years when they think about their childhood.
I'm a mother of 2 girls living in NC. I've dabbled in photography on and off but really this is just for fun