The Thing About Summer Is That It’s Glorious

You know what we did today? We ran errands. We ran a LOT of errands. I have to say that I enjoyed every second of the errand-running because 1) an almost-6th grader is really fun company and 2) one of my biggest frustrations with trying to balance home and work and writing is that things like errands and chores tend to drop to the bottom of my list. I don’t think I’ve been caught up on laundry in three years, and that would probably make me really sad if I hadn’t made some deep and abiding peace with the fact that there’s no way to get everything done. In fact, every once in awhile someone will ask me about work or writing and then say, “I don’t know how you do it all.” And my response is always the same: “I don’t.” And it’s true. I don’t. Because I can’t. I just do the best I can.

So a whole day to run errands? IT WAS DELIGHTFUL. I wanted to wear some sort of productivity badge because it felt like it’s been forever since I put the hurt on a to-do list. We’ll have a short round 2 in the morning, and then I will re-focus my energies on the aforementioned laundry. It is threatening to take over my closet and is really more of a short wall than any sort of normal-sized pile. It may even qualify as sculpture.

Anyhoodle, there are a few things I want to mention tonight that have nothing to do with laundry or errands or assorted household chores. Please do enjoy.

– If you have Sirius radio, you really need to know that channel 17 is now the James Taylor channel. We listened to it almost all day today, and it is some quality summertime radio. Apparently it’s not a permanent change, but I figure if enough of us listen they can just make another channel, right?

– I have mentioned one or nineteen times that I enjoy a hidden object game from time to time. I actually played a couple of different ones this past weekend and NO SHAME because I was craving a semi-mindless activity to wind down from work and was all caught up on the DVR. As much as I like a hidden object game, though, I don’t like the ones with lots of creepy wizards and monsters and whatnot. Suspenseful is one thing, but scary is not fun to me. I have resigned myself to the fact that almost every hidden object game will have a ghost pop up at some point, and I do okay with that as long as the ghost is dressed in a lovely period costume and is not in fact a menacing skeleton in a cape. So, on the off chance that some of you like hidden object games, too, and you’re looking for some options without monsters, I thought I’d mention a couple that I’ve enjoyed. There’s one Castle game (based on the TV show) that I bought last year on and really enjoyed, and then I think the Final Cut games are a ton of fun. I also like the Dana Knightstone games, and you shouldn’t be put off by the fact that they all have “Death” in the title. I played the “Death at Faring Point” game this past weekend and was so tickled that for one big chunk of the game I was pretty much looking for stuff in a beautiful English garden. Just FYI if you’re looking for something to pass the time when you’re traveling or sitting in the dentist’s office or needing to decompress a little or whathaveyou.

– When David and I were first married I pretty much burned him out on chicken broccoli casserole. I made it a LOT. Well, last weekend I was watching Trisha’s Southern Kitchen (she was in ANOTHER new kitchen) (don’t get me started), and I got a little tickled when she made a chicken broccoli casserole. It was a little different than the one I used to make, though, so I decided to give it a try this week. We all loved it, and I think the next time I make it I may use yellow rice instead of white rice – just to give it a little more kick. Also, it occurred to me tonight that the leftovers would be great to use in quesadillas, and I’m totally going to try that at some point.

– Early bird registration ends June 1st for this year’s dotMOM in Nashville (well, technically it’s Brentwood, but you know what I mean). For Melanie and me this will be our 6th dotMOM, and I think this description is so fitting:

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I also got very tickled when I saw the pictures of the speakers…

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…because I wondered if poor Melanie is going to have to stay in between Christy Nockels and me all weekend long. I CAN BE A BIT OBSESSIVE.

No kidding. David is somewhat concerned that, in a moment of weakness, I’m going to try to sniff Christy’s hair.

I mean, I wrote this about her in 2007. That would be EIGHT YEARS AGO.

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Life is funny, isn’t it?

Hope y’all are having a great week!

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  1. I noticed that Sirius 17 had changed from “Love” to James Taylor! A nice change especially since channel 91, College Sports , just really doesn’t hold my attention till football season starts. (Only 99 days till kick off!) and I’ve heard the comedians on Laugh USA so much I have the routines memorized.

  2. Michelle says:

    I watched Trisha and made the casserole too! My family loved it. I wondered how you were dealing with another kitchen. 😊

  3. My hubby is working late tonight so my sweet mom offered to make Trisha’s casserole for my boys and me-I can’t wait!!! I’m sure it will give me just another reason to cheer for her when we go to the Garth/Trisha concert next week : )

  4. Connie says:

    I’m sure the chicken and broccoli will make a delicious quesadilla — especially if you just squeeze a little lime on it.

  5. nlynch says:

    Last December, on the Monday after my daughter’s wedding, I headed out to run “normal” errands, free of all wedding thoughts/stresses! IT WAS GLORIOUS! I strolled the aisles of Target, Marshalls, Walmart, Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, without a care in the world. Not really needing anything, just seeing what I had missed during the months of ALL THINGS WEDDING!
    I hope you and your family have a very happy summer!

  6. I will definitely print that recipe! Thanks! Love your post, as always!

  7. The kitchen thing is starting to freak me out. I guess in that episode she was “in” Nashville so maybe it’s her Nashvill kitchen? But really, what in the heck is going on?!!

  8. *Nashville, not Nashvill :)

    • Anotherlisa says:

      It’s ok, that’s kinda the way we Tennesseeans say it.
      NASH vill

  9. I LOVE Christy Nockles! I just found out she just released a new CD (“Let it be Jesus”) and I went and bought it as soon as I could. I love all of her work, but as an entire album, this new one and the original “Watermark” are my absolute favorites!

  10. Jennifer says:

    Sniff Christy’s hair…hahahahaha!!!

  11. Molly P. says:

    I made that broccoli casserole too! I diced some celery, onion, and carrots for it and added brown rice. It was delicious!
    I’m confused about the kitchens too, but her mentioning that she was in Nashville gave me a little peace about it Saturday! Where will Trisha be next?!?!

  12. Cheryl says:

    My husband is a retired Texas high school football/baseball coach. When our 5 kids were younger and our life was crazy busy, my laundry pile was terrible. i finally wised up to making trips to the laundry mat twice a year, once after football season and the other after baseball season. Such a good feeling to have the laundry complete even if it was for one day!

  13. I am so relieved to hear that I am not the only one with a “short wall of laundry”. Thanks for making me feel better!!:) And I would totally want to sniff Christy’s hair and have a sleepover with her. Not weird at all.

  14. I too share an obsession for Christy. I’ve met her several times, and without fail, I make a complete fool of my self every. single. time. It’s so sad.

  15. Mmmm! Going to try the chicken broccoli tonight for dinner…going to have to substitute for the soup, though. I do have chicken broth and half and half cream. Maybe that will suffice?