Sunday, August 17, 2008

Damn that Michael Phelps

Why did the Olympics have to be in Beijing? I mean really, a 12 hour time difference? I haven't been up until 11 or 12 pm since the twins were little, for crying out loud! But if I want to see Michael Phelps win some more gold, I have to stay up. All. Night. Long. Argh. It doesn't help that I have a horrible cold (and one sexy voice, let me tell you) that I've been battling since last week, but then having to stay up to watch all that swimming. I couldn't handle the gymnastics and slept thru pretty much all of it. Thankfully the swimming is all over, and now what is on? I have no idea.

So my weekend was pretty much a wash. I became good friends with my couch, napping here and there. Lira (the cat) and I even took a good snooze in bed. What a sorry way to spend the beginning of vacation. But considering how sick the kids were most of the summer, I think I got off pretty easy with the cold. I'll just take it as a sign that the kids finally got the best of me and I need to slow down a bit. Forced rest always helps.

We found a snake in the yard today that we've named Black Mamba. It's really a Black Racer snake, and they're endangered. Our little Black Mamba seemed quite healthy as he downed a frog that didn't hop away fast enough. Here he is under my back porch:
Don't you wish you had a Black Mamba too?
Tomorrow we're taking the kids back to Range Pond (pronounced "rang" for some ungodly reason). It's really more of a lake, but I guess calling it a pond makes it cuter or something. I'm thrilled that the weather is going to be nice while Doug is on vacation. I can use a few days of nice weather and time out of the old homestead, as the following week he goes to North Carolina for 3 days and LEAVES ME ALONE WITH FOUR CHILDREN. Send vodka, chocolate, or other sundries that will help me survive. Oh, and chloroform and duct tape. Did I mention he's LEAVING ME ALONE WITH FOUR CHILDREN? For 3 solid days and nights. Holy shit I don't know how I am going to manage. Whenever I think about it I get a nervous twitch and want to go cry in my closet. So that's where I'm heading now.


Jill said...

OH MY GOD. I WOULD BE SO FREAKING OUT IF THERE WAS A SNAKE THAT BIG IN MY YARD. I found a tiny little snake when we first moved into this house and insisted that it be killed. I could not deal with knowing there was a snake hanging around waiting to jump out and scare the bajeebus out of me. I hate snakes.

creative kerfuffle said...

snake? aw hell now. endangered or not snakes in my back yard would be dead. D.E.A.D i tell you. we have yet to find one--thank god.
your hubs is coming to NC? kewl. well, not for you of course!
as much as i've not been interested really in the olympics, i too watched swimming and some running and girls' gymnastics. i'm not excited about any of it, but i watched.

Michelle said...

Yikes!! I would be more afraid of that snake that being left alone with 4 kids! Although it would be a close call. Good luck with that!!

Astarte said...

Cool snake. I like them, too. :)

Eeuuwww, that's a looong time. Sigh. I see a lot of movies, McDonalds, and candy in your future. Breathe.... ohm....

Anonymous said...

You know the Olympics are on late when...they end at midnight and you think, "wow, early night."