All in all, Monday was a good day, despite Sophie's best efforts to derail it!
The kids slept 'til 10 AM, which was great for me! I woke up and fed them breakfast before getting right into my work for the day. I'm working on a mystery shopping project over the phone and internet that will take a few days and will get back into it after I finish this. That kept me pretty busy for a few hours, while the kids watched Superman Returns again. I think Jack has a new obsession that doesn't include wheels, for once. He loves Superman! The first time he watched it, when Lex Luthor was hurting Superman, he ran to his daddy and sobbed. Aw.
In the early afternoon, the floor guy arrived again. The kids know him as "the floor guy" and ask him, "Are you the floor guy?" whenever he comes. The check from insurance is in the mail, so we signed the paperwork and should start installing it early next week! Now we need to line up help moving all the furniture out and get the carpet and nails pulled up. I can't wait to see the finished results. My fingers are crossed that it will be done in time for me to host Bunco next Wednesday!
When he left, and the kids had lunch, we headed upstairs to attack the long-neglected laundry monster. I mean, it was a serious situation. Chloë had been out of jammies for days, and these kids have a lot of jammies! It took us four or five hours, but we did everything we could do in one afternoon. My bed is piled high with Rob's clothes. His side of the room is such a mess, but we won't go there.
While Jack and Chloë helped me put away the laundry, I sent Sophie to her room to clean it up. She never helps clean; we really have to stay on her. She's got the lazy gene, like her mama, unfortunately. And she just does not listen. She doesn't do what she's told. She's so naughty! Good thing she's so cute and funny, so we'll keep her, but man! She drives us crazy.
One time, one of many times the older kids told us she was out of her room and not cleaning, they informed me she was covered in chocolate. I called her into the room with me and, lo and behold, her face and shirt were completely brown. What the?! Turns out, she had snuck downstairs, undetected, opened a box of brownie mix, and eaten half the box of powder. Oh, that stinker. I sent her right into the tub. She is a cute little monkey when she's soaking wet and wrapped in a hoodie towel.
The mail came while we were still upstairs, so I sent Chloë out to fetch it. That's one of her daily chores. The mail brought some interesting things.
The first was this awesome handmade card from my friend Nicole, congratulating me on my 100-lb weight loss. She is so sweet! Nicole and I have never met in real life, but one day, I hope to make it her way and get to do just that. She's an awesome friend, and I love her. Thanks, Nicole!!
There was also a much-needed mystery shopping paycheck (love those!) and again, another odd-amount check for CARE Package from Asis Pharmacy. I'm bewildered by these semi-anonymous donations but SO grateful for them! Thank you, Asis! I'm trying not to let the fundage burn a whole in my pocket and go yarn-shopping just yet, since I have plenty, but it sure is fun to window shop!
Lastly, among the junk, was a flyer for a special Red Cross blood drive for the 4th of July (can't believe that's almost here). You get free Red Cross flip-flops when you donate blood. Now, I don't care about the shoes, but I decided it was time to get back on the horse and try again to donate, now that I've been taking iron regularly again. I called them up and made an appointment for the afternoon on Independence Day. I'm hoping they can use my juice!
I had my Palm T|X with me upstairs, so I could periodically check my email while we worked on laundry. (Can you say "addicted"??) And I was absolutely giddy when I got the news that I won this fabulous prize:
Is that not some gorgeous yarn?!! I won it, and it's shipping out today!!! I won it for making a small donation to Claudia's annual fundraiser, Knitters Against Multiple Sclerosis. Last year, I donated much more and didn't win anything, so I was ecstatic to have won such an awesome prize this year. If you go to that link and scroll down through the many, many prizes, you'll see mine about 4/5 of the way to the bottom. I think it's the best one! I literally screamed - about a dozen times - when I read the email. Jack joined in, screamng with me like a little girl, jumping up and down. I may have cried, but that probably has more to do with my Effexor refill not being ready when it was supposed to be, instead of my extreme excitement... So now I'm dreaming of what I can make when I get my hot little hands on that yarn. Something for me, mayhaps?? But what?
Well. I'm still so excited about it. I could scream right now, but at 10:00, both girls are still asleep. (yay)
So Rob came home, and I finally jumped in the shower so we could go out and do my fast-food mystery shop. I've been wearing clothes I've never worn before, or haven't worn in a long time, and the trend continued. I've been wearing some cute undies again, which I love, instead of those ginormous granny pannies I hate so much! Teehee. And some jean shorts a size smaller than the pair I wore the other day, though I had to lie down to zip them up and they gave me a huge muffin top. I didn't care; I got them on, and I wasn't planning on getting out of my car. I threw on an old t-shirt, forgetting it had a huge hole in the back until Rob pointed it out later.
After the shop, I decided to stop at Taco Bell to get some beany goodness, since I hadn't eaten all day and had a sudden craving. I picked up a bean burrito for me and a small feast for Rob, and then we headed to Mt. Trashmore. It was about 8 PM by then, but it was still plenty light out, so we figured we'd eat and let the kids play on the playground. So much for not getting out of the car! I didn't have my camera, but here are a few phone pictures (there are more, but they won't download from email for some reason):
Chloë balancing on the edge of the playground
Jack climbing on the big orange "spider"
So that was a lot of fun. The girls rode the swings for the longest time, while Jack ran around making buddies. When it was time to go, Sophie dropped to the ground and started making dirt angels! It was hilarious. So much for taking that bath earlier.
The kids all took necessary showers when we got home, and then it was time for bed. I had to do my shop report, but Rob slipped me my sleeping pill, and I wasn't paying attention and took it. Argh, stupid me. I pretty much passed out immediately and didn't get it done 'til this morning. Oh, well.
Now, if you'll excuse me while I admire that yarn some more...