and came up for a visit this weekend, so it was chock-full of family time. Of course, and I started out our weekend by digging up some more of our backyard. We’re nearing completion of stage 1 of the irrigation project, though.
Then we cleaned the house for company and found out important information on landscape lighting to finally have it done, in case the picnic lunch we had planed might get rained out. This was a good thing, since we did end up diverting the party. I made Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Ice Cream and it was universally loved.
Sunday, we went up to ‘s for lunch, and later went hiking at Battle Creek Regional Park with the 5 dogs and their owners (those with children decided to stay home so naps could be had).
Monday, and I took and to the Minnesota State Fair. It should be noted that the State Fair, to out-of-staters, might not seem like a big deal, but it is a Big Deal here in Minnesota. It was the last day of the fair, so we went early to try to avoid the crowds. That worked for the first two hours, but by 11, it was the usual craziness. We ended the day with a dinner at our house for all. We dug out a box of ‘s Legos, and the boys had a lot of fun with them. After dinner, found the part that made the train tracks “go,” and so a track was assembled and the train placed on it and, oh my goodness, the joy and excitement that followed! I think this picture sums it up:
There was much sadness when it was time to go home, especially since it was well after the boys’ bedtime by then. The house cleaned up pretty quickly, which was good because I had a killer headache (screaming boys didn’t help, but I wouldn’t begrudge them their fun). It quickly morphed into something migraine-like* (2 Advil and sitting in the quiet basement watching an episode of Star Trek Next Generation in a room with not-fully-bright lights), and by 10 I had sought out my bed and the sweet release of sleep. The dark, quiet bedroom seemed to help a lot, and by 11 I felt almost normal again. This was good, because today is the first day of school for most of Minnesota, which means I have a handful of co-workers who took the day off, and it’s better that I was able to come in (rather than stay at home, in bed, recovering).
I am feeling slightly under the weather today, almost like I’ve taken cold medication (but I haven’t). Hopefully some Emergen-C and a quiet day at work, followed by a few hours of reading for homework will get me back on track. I haven’t turned my sewing machine on in almost a week, and it doesn’t look like I’ll have time to do so until at least Thursday. Sewing will have to be set aside, at least during daylight hours, in favor of work outside while it’s still warm enough to do so.
Tomorrow night I have class, and we’ll meet our professor for the first time. After that, I have a whole bunch of reading for the next class, so between that and digging and prepping the house to be painted, my time is pretty much all accounted for. This is a bummer, because I have one whole serving left of that chocolate ice cream that I know would like to have, but I don’t think I have the time to share it with her this week. Don’t worry, – I can always make up another batch of ice cream and have you guys over once I get a better handle on this semester’s homework load.
*I say migraine-like because it had all of the qualities of a migraine, at least the few that I’ve had, but I’m under the impression that a migraine wouldn’t really “go away” within two or three hours, so I’m not really sure what it was. But I was nauseous and my head throbbed and for a while, I couldn’t decide if throwing up or crying would make me feel better (though since I don’t perform the former, I went with the latter, which only made me congested), and then I just wanted to cease to exist. That pretty much seems like a migraine to me. But what do I know. It’s only the 3rd or 4th one I’ve ever had – it’s not like this is something that happens to me regularly, like some people I know.