Sean is sleeping over at Nathan’s parents house for the next couple nights. This will be the longest he’s been away from me. I just talked to him on the phone. It sounds like he’s having fun. Grandmother said there was a little crying in the car, but he did okay cause he had a lollypop. I miss him already. 🙂 I think we may take advantage of his absence and go out to dinner tomorrow night to a Korean place we’ve been wanting to try out since Valentine’s Day. Yummy! Can you say “bul-go-gi”?
We got to visit Kyle, Amanda and Sarah this weekend in their house in the mountains. The weather was balmy, but there wasn’t any actual rain at their house. But when we got home, our backyard (hence, our dog) was soggy and muddy. Apparently, the city got most of the rain.
We’ve been in much need of the rain recently, and it seems the late summer monsoons have come just in time. I think that rain collection barrels should be standard in places like New Mexico since the rains come so infrequently, but are often very heavy, but short in duration. We should all save the rain water to water our lawns and gardens with. We put buckets out under a downspout by our porch to collect the rain water. they buckets often fill up in just a few minutes with steady rain. We also try to save the water that is used when you wait for your shower water to warm up. If I’m really desperate to save water, I’ll even rinse my dishes in a dishpan, and pour that water on my garden. The plants seem to really like it.
I got a recipe for mango scones from me mum-in-law the other day. I made some this afternoon with blueberries instead of mangoes, along with some devonshire cream to go along with it. It is tastey!!!
Today was my mom’s birthday! Her 39th, according to what Nathan wrote on her birthday card. We got to take her out for japanese food and she got her free ice cream after some embarrassment by the staff at “I Love Sushi”. We sang to her and she had to dance. She was pretty annoyed. They made her wear a bright pink hat, and gave her a souvenir “I Love Sushi” lighter. I told her it was payback for the time she did that to Nathan and I on our birthday… I think that was last year or the year before.
Nathan and I took Sean to the Zoo the other day. It was a good day to go. We saw the polar bears in their pool, the elephants being fed and playing in their pond, the tortoises moving about (I hadn’t seen them in a few years!), the hippos made a sound, and we got to see Homer the african porcupine up close. WAY COOL!
We went hiking in Jemez Springs this past weekend. It was nice, aside from initially getting caught in some thunder and lightning and having to run back to the car. There were people swimming at a place called Soda Dam and other people soaking in the hot springs that we hiked to later. Pretty forest around there, I must say. I took a spill on the hike back down from the hot springs. That was not fun, but thankfully no major injuries.
I read an article that if you swim or soak in the hot springs, you shouldn’t dip your head in the water or make sure that no water gets up your nose. There is apparently an amoeba that is found in the waters there called Naegleria Fowleri that can go through your nasal membranes and cause a brain infection… nice.
Sean had his very first ice cream cone yesterday at McD’s. Previously, he’d only gotten to share mine or Nathan’s ice cream, but yesterday, Nathan bought him his own kiddie cone. What a mess!