Today, Jude's school year ends at 10:00. 10:00 am. I mean, why the hell even have school at all, right? But that's their tradition. The last day of school is only 2 hours long. Our little family tradition is that we then drop by Jude's old preschool to say hello to his former teachers who always fuss about how BIG he is. We then go to lunch - this year we're thinking the new Hamburger Hamlet which is opening on Larchmont this very day. Pretty exciting. But after that? Nada.
So I sat the kid down and we made a list of stuff we want to do this month. Some things were suggested by Jude, others by me. I'm guessing that you will be able to figure out which ones were which. No doubt some of this will work it's way into a Camp Mama adventure soon.
We decided that we should have some days when we do absolutely nothing. I am totally down with that. I'm thinking that "nothing" will include watching tv and playing video games. That kind of nothing.
2. Clean Jude's Room
I mean REALLY clean it. He has toys on his shelves that he hasn't played with in YEARS. And his drawers are overflowing with stuff he's outgrown. It's time for a serious purge.
3. Visit the Tallest Building in Los Angeles
For YEARS we've been saying that we were going to go to the top of the US Bank Tower in downtown LA. While not as horrifyingly lofty as the Empire State Bldg., it's still pretty tall (1018 ft.). High enough to satisfy Jude and to make me wish I had a Xanax. I'm thinking we can work in a ride on Angels Flight...
...and maybe lunch at Grand Central Market. And a trip to the downtown library. Could be good.
4. Computer for Jude + Roller Coaster Tycoon 3
While this sounds like a generous gift for the kid, it is in truth extremely selfish. Jude has suddenly discovered the computer. Yes, it's time, I guess. He is terribly, terribly interested in YouTube and such, and wants nothing in the world more than Roller Coaster Tycoon 3, which is a downloadable computer game. And since I am totally unprepared to hand my laptop over to him...we have decided to buy him a desktop of his own. The El Salvadorian computer geek dudes around the corner say they can hook me up with a cleaned up used desktop for super cheap. It will probably last about as long as you would think a super cheap used computer would last, but that's okay. Jude doesn't know this is coming, so DON'T TELL HIM. He will discover it when he gets home today after the hamburger. Shhhhh.
5. Outdoor Family Activities
The other day, Jude and I played tennis. I am a poor tennis player, and he is...9, so we're about equal. It was sort of amazingly fun. In the middle of our match (I'm using that word loosely, as we didn't really keep score), Jude said "This is what they call an Outdoor Family Activity." And he was correct. After the tennis, we decided that we should try to do some type of Outdoor Family Activity every day. This could include tennis, hiking, running or swimming. I want to get Jude ready for cross-country in the fall, and maybe we could start running together. I'm hoping this gets me in better shape. Wish me luck.
6. Fun with Fancy
I used to take our little dog Fancy on outings all the time. But I'm afraid that other than her daily drive to school, we don't take her around much anymore. So we're thinking we should start taking her on walks and hikes around LA. Runyon Canyon is a cool place that's super dog friendly. Maybe she'll get in shape too.
7. Clean up our white trash backyard
I need to do my annual start of summer cleanup - trimming the scraggly trees, potting some new flowers, hosing down the house. I realize that to most of you, the idea of hosing down the house is odd, but it so seldom rains here, that the house actually gets dirty and needs a bath. And then, of course, we need to clean out the "pool", which is full of leaves and crap. Maybe I'll stick the kid with this.
8. Get to the beach
June in Los Angeles means a peculiar weather phenomenon called "June Gloom". June 1 arrives and the entire city falls under cloud cover. It's very strange. The rest of America is hot and sunny, and here in sunny California, it's cold and dreary. This week has actually been unseasonably lovely, but in the past, it's a tough month to get the the beach. We are determined to give it a try anyway. Even if it means the usual - Jude boogie boards until he's shivering and his lips turn blue, and I sit in my beach chair huddled under a blanket. It's still fun, damnit.
9. Finally Building That Damned K-Nex Roller Coaster
We gave Jude this cool K-Nex Super Cyclone Coaster for Christmas...
...and it's still in the damned box. It proved to be a little bit more complicated than we thought. But now that Jude's the terribly mature 9 year old that he has suddenly become, I'm thinking we can bang this together in a couple of days.
10. Sleep late every day
Oh yes. Every day. Just thinking about it is making me slightly weak with joy.
So that's the June plan. We'll see how well we stick to it. I'm thinking we'll at least accomplish #1 and #10. Do you have a plan to kickoff summer?
This post was inspired by...
Prompt #1 - Ten To-Dos in June.