Shayne’s Project 365

A Note from My Son
April 30, 2009, 8:07 pm
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April 30Yesterday, Peter came home with a small orange sticky note pad in his backpack. While we drove to the baseball field, he asked me for a pen. At the next red light, I dug one out of my purse for him. Shortly after that, he handed this note up to me in the front seat. I stuck it on my dashboard, and my heart soars every time I get in my car.


Peter and Me
April 29, 2009, 8:05 pm
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April 29Peter needs to turn in a photo of the two of us together for a Mother’s Day project he is working on at school. I literally spent an hour last night looking for a decent photo of the two of us (and only the two of us) from all the photos I’ve taken in the last year. Not one. Every good photo of us also has Jacob and/or Hubby in it.

So this evening we set about taking a picture. We tried several with the timer, but ended up using this one that Jacob took! The only cropping I did was to bring it in a little closer. Kudos to my guest photographer!

The Morning After
April 28, 2009, 8:45 pm
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April 28Last night we had a major rain event in Houston. It was one of those nights when you wonder about the price of lumber and how much it would take to build an ark. No, seriously. On our way home from downtown, it was literally raining sideways. The official total for our area was just shy of 8 inches in 24 hours. And that’s after a lot of heavy rain late last week.

Because of some high water issues on the freeway, it took me 2 hours to get to work this morning. Since I was bored, I snapped this photo of the traffic. You can see that the weather did not clear overnight and it was, in fact, still raining downtown when I arrived at work.

Work Spouse
April 27, 2009, 8:06 pm
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April 27Most Mondays I have lunch with my friend Russ. We met in law school through a mutual friend. After graduation, he moved to Dallas and we lost touch. But about 4 years later, he moved to Houston and showed up at my old firm. What a surprise! He left the firm a few years ago to take an in-house position, but we still work just a few blocks from each other and try to have lunch once a week.

He is a really funny, smart and practical guy with a lovely wife and an adorable daughter. Even though we no longer work together, I still refer to him as my “work spouse” — you know, that person at work who shares your joys and listens to you complain, just like your spouse does for you at home?

The Love Demon
April 26, 2009, 9:04 pm
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April 26I was a little upset this afternoon about something hurtful Jacob had said to me. Peter really felt bad that I was upset, so after he gave me some hugs, he ran into the next room and came back with this. I asked him what it was and he said it was a Love Demon that he wanted me to have to remind me how much he loves me. I asked where he had gotten it, and he said he had bought it from the “Star Bucks Store” at school. Every week they earn Star Bucks for good behavior and on Fridays they can purchase items from the store with what they have earned. I guess he happened to buy this last Friday.

Just in the last several days, I’m seeing a new, empathetic side of Peter. We have struggled with his emotional maturity over the last year or so. I know the struggle isn’t over, but it’s nice to see that he is growing as a person.

The Day of Water
April 25, 2009, 8:27 pm
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April 25Jacob was vomiting this morning and Peter’s baseball game was cancelled, so we got to veg for the second Saturday in a row. Around 11:00, the kids were watching cartoons, I was in the bedroom watching pre-NFL draft coverage and Hubby was mainly working upstairs on the computer, but also doing laundry. He had come into the bedroom to tell me something, then walked into the kitchen toward the laundry room. That’s when he discovered The Flood.

Somehow the washing machine had completely overflowed and had flooded the kitchen, laundry room, pantry and some of the dining room carpet. All told, it probably was only about 1/4″ water, but it made a HUGE mess. I grabbed every towel out of our linen closet, but as you can see from the picture, they did little to help. As soon as they hit the floor, they were soaked through.

Thankfully, Hubby had the idea to get out our Hoover Floormate vacuum to start sucking up the water. Peter and I picked up all the soggy towels and took them outside to wring them out and set them in the sun to dry. I went to Home Depot to get a big ol’ mop. Then I had to move everything out of the laundry room and get the stuff off the pantry floor (our soda 12-packs were down there, some bottled water, my reusable grocery sacks, and some other stuff). About two hours later, we finally had a handle on the mess and everything that wasn’t trashed was on the back patio drying in the sun.

Whew! Crisis averted. Then it started to rain! So we had to run outside and drag everything back inside. We dubbed today The Day of Water.

Pink Eye
April 25, 2009, 8:15 pm
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April 24During lunch with a client on Friday, I got the dreaded call from school. That phone call usually means only one thing — Jacob is sick. They told me that it appeared that he had pink eye. Apparently, it has been going around the school and even some of the teachers have gotten it.

On this particular day, I was thankful for a couple of things. First, the client I was having lunch with also happens to be my best friend from law school, so I didn’t feel bad about answering my cell phone at the table then stepping outside to take the call.

Second, Hubby did not go to work on Friday. He gave a speech at a seminar just before lunchtime. He was finished by the time I got the call and was able to go pick up Jacob and get the pediatrician to call in some antiobiotic eyedrops (way to go Hubby on avoiding the need for a doctor visit altogether!).

So now, we are just hoping that no one else in the family gets it. I don’t think we’ve ever had a bout with pink eye that didn’t spread to at least one other person in the house. We’re keeping our fingers crossed.