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For lack of originality, this was our Memorial Day weekend

So I took Memorial Day off.

But I kind of figured y’all knew that I would because I rarely post on holidays since I try to follow the same schedule as corporate America. I realize it’s been over three years since I worked for corporate America, but I always enjoyed the holidays and vacation so I’ll keep that part.

We have had some kind of busy holiday weekend around here. It was filled with friends and sun and fun and crawfish and sunscreen and felt like the absolute perfect kickoff to summer. Except that Caroline has to go back to school tomorrow.

Dear Texas Legislature,

The answer to this whole education budget crisis might be found if you didn’t insist on making kids go back to school for three days after Memorial Day in what is sure to be nothing more than taxpayer-funded babysitting. My best guess is you could save at least half a kajillion dollars in air-conditioning costs alone. Not to mention the fuel it costs to run the buses.

Sincerely,
Bitter in San Antonio

My plan was to start our holiday weekend with some big fun at the pool. I called Gulley and asked if I could pick up Jackson (Will was sick) and take he and Caroline to the pool on Friday evening. I had big plans of letting the kids swim until they burned all their energy and feeding them some stellar pool snack bar nachos for dinner. So you can imagine the disappointment when we showed up at the pool all sunscreened up and ready for BIG POOL FUN only to discover that the pool isn’t open on Friday nights yet. It was a crushing blow.

There was a lot of whining until the kids finally told me to be quiet and suggested we call Mimi and Bops to see if we could swim in their pool. In the end it all worked out, except there are no pool snack bar nachos at Mimi and Bops’s house but pool beggars can’t be choosers.

On Saturday morning we drove out to the lake to spend the day with some friends. It was around 165 degrees outside so it took us all of four seconds to jump in the water. I spent most of my time in the lake on some sort of float because it is my greatest fear in life to actually touch the bottom of any type of lake with my feet. And I just have to live in denial that the water is also home to a vast amount of fish. Let’s not even speak of the turtles.

Eventually we headed out in the boat to tube. P and Caroline went first.

And I thought it looked like a lot of fun so I decided to go next.

Which explains why I woke up Sunday morning feeling certain I’d been run over by a truck while I slept. My Pa-Pa always said, “It’s hell to get old” and Sunday morning confirmed that he wasn’t lying. My forearms are starting to cramp up even now as I type this out.

After all the tubing “fun” and my possible concussion, we all sat down and ate more crawfish than should probably be allowed in one sitting. There is nothing that feels more like summer than a day at the lake and a crawfish boil.

Sunday morning we went to church and then went to the pool later that afternoon for more sun and swimming. Our pool grill is under new management and the special of the day was ceviche. Which sounded so good except for the part about it being at the pool. I just have a lot of concerns and questions about the origins of the fish and freshness. Food poisoning is way down on my list of things I’d like to experience. Right after going on a paddle boat ride.

I asked one of our friends if he’d be willing to order the ceviche and call me at noon on Monday to tell me how it was, but he declined. I can’t imagine why.

Caroline’s friend, Ella, ended up spending the night with us and then we all got up on Monday, hung out in our pajamas for a while and went to the pool again.

And that pretty much sums up our Memorial Day weekend.

In fact, I might just set this post to repeat about once a week for the entire summer because, in case you’re new around here, that’s what our summers look like. We wake up and go to the pool. Except for the days when we go to the pool. And then there are the days when we go to the pool.

And now I’m off to get some sleep before I have to get up and pack the first of three more school lunches.

That just ain’t right.

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Compassion has taken another group of bloggers on a trip. They are currently in the Phillippines and I have already cried twice reading their posts. Make sure you read Shaun’s post, What Exactly is Compassion International?, if you want to know more about Compassion and how they help children all over the world. I also loved this post by Emily and this post by Kat.

Also, don’t forget to check out my latest post for the Real Women of Philadelphia Community. There are some great recipes to be found.

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  1. 1

    LOVE your comment about touching the bottom of the lake!!! Everyone I know thinks I’m crazy, but I will never let my toes touch the bottom either. Thank you for affirming my phobias! :)

    • 2

      Oh, and I teach up in the Dallas area, and our last day in June 6. That’s a Monday. Who in their right mind wants to come back on a Monday for the last day of school?

    • 3

      best invention ever—-surf shoes! I wear them at the beach in Hawaii too.

  2. 4

    I live about an hour and a half north of you in the capitol city. We HAD school on Memorial Day because it was our “bad weather make-up” day. (And I will admit that Snow Day in February was perfection.) However, the report cards are already printed to be handed out on Wednesday and WHO ARE WE KIDDING? It’s all over except the state money for attendance. Two more days. We can do this…….

  3. 5

    We also ate more crawfish this week-end than any person should in one sitting. I cracked so many that even after washing my hands 5 times using various good-smelling soaps and finally landing on Dawn dishwashing soap, I still smelled like crawfish. Since that didn’t smell bad enough, I decided to make a little balloon wreath that I had been coveting from Pinterest (are you on there? You should be if you’re not – loads of delightful ideas!), so by the end of Saturday night, I told the husband that I couldn’t stand the smell of my own hands. Crawfish and latix are not meant to be together. End of story.

    Happy Memorial Day (belated)…and for the record, it’s TOTALLY stupid for the kids to still be in school. Write away…

    • 6

      Next time rub your hands with lemon juice or vinegar! Problem solved!

      • 7

        Thanks @momof8! I don’t know why I didn’t think about vinegar, but that’s certainly stored away for next time! :-)

  4. 8
    ANDREA F says:

    o thiS poSt hilariouS!

    YOU STRAIGHT UP SAID..FOOD POISONING AND RIDING A PADDLE BOAT ARE NOT ON YOUR LIST..

    SHU GOOD TIMES:)

  5. 9
    Chelsea says:

    Direct that letter to NEISD, not the Texas legislature. When I was teaching in NEISD, we started school on August 10 (slightly painful), but we ALWAYS ended before Memorial Day.

    But know that in California, they have WEEKS left of school.

  6. 10

    I feel you on both the days of school after Memorial Day (I have four!) and the whole touch things in the lake water thing!

    It was so hard getting up this morning after being on a vacation schedule the last few days. And my greatest fear is being touched by something in water that I can’t see to the bottom of. Yuck!

  7. 11

    Thank your lucky stars. Here in Michigan we don’t get out until June 14. That’s 1..4.. FOURTEENTH. ugh. Something is so wrong about that.

  8. 12

    I am so with you on the lake water. I don’t really do lakes…I hate the slimy stuff. Gives me the heebie geebies to just type that. I also do not blame you for not ordering the ceviche. Although I am envious that your pool has an actual grill. Ours has a snack machine, a Coke machine, AND a Pepsi machine. How you like them apples?! ;)

  9. 13

    I, too, am writing from bitterness this morning… we have 2 WEEKS left.
    I may not make it.
    Jealous of your 3 days…

  10. 14

    The lake looked beautiful!

    As someone from the North I am scared of crawfish and don’t understand the whole excitment about it, but that pot looked gorgeous. Was that an artichoke in there? Was that for flavor? To eat later? Decoration? It totally worked if it was for decoration!

    Sounds like a great weekend. Good luck with the last few days of school. Austin schools ended Friday, which I agree, makes way more sense. You letter is just full of sound judgement!

  11. 15

    Did you send off that letter to the Texas legislature yet? Let me sign it first. /// I sure do miss not having a pool in our subdivision. /// Your lake adventure looked like great fun ‘cept for the crawfish boil – as a bred-born-&-raised Tejana, my lake side staple consists of fajitas! Love the pic of you & C in the tube :)

  12. 16

    PLEASE send your letter to the legislature … pronto!!! What makes it worse … and if they don’t take action on your letter it will happen to you sooner than you think …. but my 6th and 9th grader spent their entire Memorial Day weekend studying for finals. And that’s just not right! Maybe we should organize a march on Austin or something. :)

  13. 17

    I don’t have kids but feel your pain. After Labor Day till before Memorial Day. That’s it. Figure it out. Forget teacher inservice, etc. Let’s teach and get on with it. And no whining either.
    The crawfish boil looks delightful.

  14. 18

    I’d feel sorry for ya, Mel, except add me to the list of people who don’t get out for 2 more weeks! We do have a sweet law that says we can’t start school until after Labor day in the fall, unless it is late that year. Which is probably why we still have 2 weeks left. Ah well, enjoy the pool!!!

  15. 19

    I think your letter can just be addressed to your school district, and the other’s doing the same thing. Here in Abilene, Texas our last day was the Friday before Memorial Day – that was even with our bad weather make-up days for the blizzard that caused school to be out for a week. Somehow they have it figured out up here.
    Also, the lake thing – loved it. So true. Denial is key to enjoying the water – until a fish brushes against your leg, at which case if you’re anything like me you FREAK. RIGHT. OUT.

  16. 20
    Natalie S. says:

    We finished up last friday and I’m so glad, but, we also woke up to 2″ of snow on our grass Monday morning… I hope we GET to go swimming before school starts again in August (;

  17. 21

    We always go to a river for Memorial Day, and I pretend that since I can’t see through the water, the nasty stuff on the bottom doesn’t exist. If I don’t see it or touch it, it’s not there. Totally logical, right? :)

  18. 22

    Right there with you sister! I teach in NE TX and we are here until Friday! We have to get in those 180 days of school so we’re spending our last 4 on the playground! (It’s Pre-K! They’re done!)…Next year our teachers voted to adopt a new calendar where the kids only come 175 days. That means 5 extra days of inservice for us, but at least we won’t be coming back after Memorial Day!!

  19. 23

    I’m with you about swimming in lakes. If the water isn’t clear enough for me to see my own feet I’m not likely to get in. Besides, I am creeped out by what might brush up against me.

  20. 24
    bamacurl says:

    In total agreement about the lake (and river) , if there is a CHANCE my toes will come near the bottom, I wear shoes. I threw away many pair before water shoes were invented- ha ha. We love crawfish, but have only done shrimp and low country boils. Is that an artichoke in the boil? Please explain.

  21. 25

    OH WoW do I hear you about the lake thing!!
    I’m also in denial about any fish/turtles/snakes that live there!!

    And three more lunches. . You CAN DO IT!! (and yes, Texas that is so wrong!)

  22. 26
    Deborah says:

    What a bunch of wussies. Here in southeastern Pennsylvania the last day of school isn’t until June 16. Of course, we have been phoning it in for at least a week already.

  23. 27

    If you homeschooled you would already be on break like we are. Just saying. ;)

  24. 28

    I too am wondering about the artichoke in the crawfish boil!! I’ve never seen a boiling pot look that pretty…..please share about your add-ins.

  25. 29

    Well I would fell sorry for you except that here in Ontario we still have a MONTH to go… we don’t end until June 29th. It’s horrible and it’s true. And right now it’s a million degrees here too and humid and I don’t know what on earth the kids are going to learn this next month. Sigh… at least we don’t go back to school until after Labour Day.

    Enjoy your weekends and the time in the pool, it sounds like fun!

  26. 30

    Bette Davis agreed with your Grandaddy… she said “Old age is not for sisses!” I happen to agree with her… and him!!

  27. 31

    I hope you get to eat more than nachos this summer since the pool grill is under new management. Preferable without food poisioning.

  28. 32

    I love ceviche. We order it every time we go eat sushi on date night. But I would NEVER order ceviche at the pool…too scary!

  29. 33
    Twice Five Miles says:

    Wait, wait… an artichoke? Please explain… I’ve never done any kind of boil with an artichoke before and now I’m completely intrigued… have I been missing out all this time?

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