Jude and I headed to the woods for our annual Mom/Kid camping expedition, but you'll all just have to wait to hear about that until tomorrow's Spin Cycle.
When we returned, after finishing the four loads of laundry (how do two people generate that amount of filth in just three days?) it suddenly occurred to me that I had absolutely no plans for the rest of the week. And that Jude's idea of the best way to fill his time when there are absolutely no plans is to fry his brain with electronic devices.
So I decided that Jude and I should each make a Summer To Do List. I thought we'd each brainstorm our ideas, and then compare/contrast them. So I handed out the poster board and Magic Markers and here's what we came up with.
1. I've been promising the kid a trip to Knott's Berry Farm since his birthday in May, so I'm gonna have to make that happen. Ergh.
2. Both our front and back yards look like a family of gypsies has taken up residence there. I must do something to remedy this. The child will be forced into servitude to make this happen. I see flower planting and dog poop collecting in his near future.
3. Might not happen. Will do my best. So far, so good.
4. It has occurred to me that Jude does not know how to play any card games. This makes me so sad! Mama was something of a card shark, and we used to play gin and spades and hearts ALL the time. I must teach the boy a thing or two. Maybe I'll teach him blackjack.
5. When I wrote this, I thought it would be the hardest "to do" on the list. But so far this week, the child has eaten - 2 cucumber slices, 2 carrots and some corn. This is a major thing, y'all. And most amazing of all, we bought something at Trader Joe's called Spinach and Kale Bites, which he ate and LOVED. I repeat - SPINACH AND KALE. I'm trembling with joy.
6. I used to love going to the LBJ Presidential Library when I was a kid. Full of cool history. And we have both the Reagan and the Nixon libraries out here within driving distance. I think the boy could use a little history lesson.
7. I'm not exactly sure how to make this happen without spending beaucoups of money. But I'm checking out ziplines. Which sounds just dangerous enough to interest the 10-year old boy.
8. The Space Shuttle Endeavor is finally on display at the CA Science Center, and I'm pretty excited to take a look at it. Check out the link, it sounds uber cool. Who wouldn't want to look at a Space Potty?
9. I'm fat and slow. I think I'm going to have to start my Couch to 5K program over from the couch.
10. And I'm going to read fun and trashy stuff too. I've started the first book in The Outlander series, and it's great, escapist fun!
Seem pretty easy and doable, right?
Here is Jude's list...
I'm pretty sure that number 5 was a reaction to my pointing out that 1 through 4 each cost more than $100. I guess he thought he ought to pay for some of those $12 Umami Burger's himself.
And I'm fairly certain that 6 & 7 are attempts to suck up to his mother. And I did laugh at his parenthetical between 7 & 8. But he is actually fairly resigned to the fact that more vegetables are in his future.
8 & 9 are our standard train treks we've taken every summer since he was 4.
But number 10 has me stumped. He's going to be doing Junior Lifeguards for all of July. And it's too late to sign him up for surf camp. And I'm definitely not going to purchase the child a surf board. He did mention that Hawaii might be a good place to accomplish this one, but reneged when I gave him "the look". It makes me feel bad because he used big letters and an exclamation point and all, but I don't think it's going to happen. Maybe after a month of Junior Lifeguards he won't even notice.
So that's the plan. Sounds like an expensive and fun-filled summer. What are your plans at your own personal Camp Mamas?