Thursday, March 18, 2010

On my own-ish

Matt left for a few days at the beach with a group of his college friends this afternoon, and I had this lovely, ambitious to-do list ready for tonight. I really miss Matt when he's gone -- I'm only a little embarrassed to admit I still get teary right before he walks out the door for an overnight trip -- but I do love my alone time too.

Usually when I'm on my own ("my own" meaning Claire's asleep) I stay up half the night, but right now I can hardly hold my eyes open. I did make and store about 10 pounds of baby food, and I wrapped up a new real estate listing -- a commercial property of Granny and Granddaddy's. And I washed and dried (but did not fold) two loads of laundry. Other than that, not a lot to show for myself this evening. Oh, I got on Facebook. That's always productive.

I cooked two grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner. In between them I turned off the burner (to cool off a little, because I don't like my grilled cheeses to cook too fast). When I started cooking the second sandwich I kept flipping it and wondering why it was taking so long. After about 10 minutes I realized it was because I'd forgotten to turn the burner back on. Oh where oh where oh where oh where oh where ... is my brain?

Yesterday I went to the recycling center for coupons and I came home with a whole box of books someone had set out for the taking! It was the most eclectic collection ever. Among the books: an unauthorized biography of Taylor Hanson; a Sweet Valley Twins book; a Nancy Drew book; a 1953 copy of "The Bobbsey Twins in the Country"; a couple of Trixie Belden mysteries from the 1950s; several old books about America and the White House (one, "Presidents of the U.S.A.," ends with Lyndon B. Johnson); and a children's Bible that was published in 1922 and given as a gift for Christmas 1937.

The box also included a collection of stories creatively titled "365 Bedtime Stories" that's now out of print and apparently somewhat rare. I want to research whether this might be worth anything. Probably not, but you never know. There was also a copy of "We Came in Peace," first printing (1969). Such fun finds!

I think I really will go to bed now. Maybe I'll finish last Sunday's newspaper in bed so I can check one more thing off my list.

Tomorrow Claire and I are heading west (?) for an extended playdate/slumber party with Sallie and Maegan, whose husbands are also at the beach, and their four combined kids. Can't wait for some girl time with two of my favorites!


Gail said...

Those sound like great books. Next time, I'm over I would like to see them. Isn't it sad that people trash their treasures?

Anonymous said...

have fun!!

Anonymous said...

p.s. claire is the cutest. i cannot get over it. she is the star on PiP today: thanks for the picture!!