Post-Vacation Rambles

I have to say, that was the most relaxing vacation I ever took. We had the typical familial situations that people with kids have, but otherwise, it was totally chill. We didn’t rush around much. Even though I planned things for each day, there was no pressure to get anywhere. I even took the longer routes to get to places just to prove to myself I could. 🙂

Good thing, too, since I just got an email from school saying that there will be work on the road in front of school so I will have to take the long way to school all summer.

But, even with that, I’m looking forward to school starting Monday. I still have a few things to do over the weekend to prep, but it shouldn’t be a problem…except my desk. That’s a big problem. It’s a total mess. But I spent my vacation listening to Getting Things Done on Audible so I’m sure I’m ready to deal with it and get everything in order before Monday morning. 🙂

I’m at Starbucks, writing and thinking over my study strategy for the weekend. They played Taylor Swift’s song “Mean.” I love that song. It makes me think of my mother. Such nostalgia in the line, “Someday, I’ll be big enough so you can’t hit me, and all you’re ever gonna be is mean.” I seriously find that line therapeutic. I like to believe I’ve not only achieved this physically but psychologically as well now. It takes a lot of mental work to get over the type of abuse that went on in our home, and even more to try to turn it around with your own kids, but I like to think I’m slowly getting there.

Our last night in SLO we drove downtown to go to the Farmer’s Market and Rocket Fizz. The latter was the most important part. So, we got to Rocket Fizz, got our goodies, drank and ate our goodies, and I decided I’d rather go back to the room and take a nap. The skies had finally cleared up and I wanted to take Braniac out to look at the stars. I was afraid I would be too tired if we walked all over town.

We parked in our favorite spot and got out our star chart and the binoculars and proceeded to realize that with that many stars, we were confused. 😀 Aside from Ursa Major, we had to spend a lot of time on a lot of the others simply because, to our city eyes, there was a lot of background “noise” we just weren’t used to. Hopefully, each night will be clear next year and we will be able to get adjusted over several nights.

I finally got brave enough this morning to start reading the second part of The Only Story. I really am surprised at how much I like this book. It’s not my usual type of thing to read but Julian Barnes has some good insight that I haven’t found when dealing with this topic in a fictional way.

There are bugs all over the front of my car. It’s so disgusting, but I didn’t get home in time to take it to a car wash. I’m trying not to think about it. It will be clean in the morning and that’s all that matters, right? *wimper*

We left really early and got to Whole Foods in Pasadena by 2pm. Braniac reminded me that I promised the last time we went there that I’d order a vegan pizza the next time. That was months ago. The kid can’t remember where the homework is but pizza? Yeah, this makes sense only in the field of psychology. 😉

Finally, since this is such a random post (mostly because I’m so exhausted from this week, and last, and the one before that, and…) I just couldn’t leave it without a pic of Renner in honor of the randomness. So, even though it’s not Rennsday…


Choosing which photo was, quite literally, the most difficult decision I’ve made all day. 🙂

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