Summer in the suburbs ends this weekend. Bathing suits went on clearance last month, winter coats and school supplies peaked out around July and patio furniture has been really hard to find at any store for the last month or two. After Monday, all of the pools will be closed and family vacations will come to a standstill. To make up for the lack of fun I’ll have for the next 7 or 8 months,
I have a jam packed weekend. On the docket I have golf, a BBQ and hot tub outing, a day at the pool, a mini-road trip to Ikea, another BBQ and some gardening. All of this assures I’ll end up back at work on Tuesday full of….exhaustion.
Do you ever grill out in your front yard? Our back yard has a lot of bugs in it right now and it’s more work to bring the grill around from the garage through the grass and into the back yard. So, we just pull it out into the driveway and Jay grills out in front of the garage. A lot of people in our neighborhood do this but we take it one step further and all of our neighbors must think us strange for it; we set up a table and chairs and umbrella and hang out in the front yard.
We do it every 4th of July because of the fireworks but this summer we just kept doing it! I didn’t think anything of it except for when we had our family over to grill out a few weeks ago, my mother in law said, “Do you ever eat in your backyard anymore?”
Ever since then I’ve thought about it a lot but for some reason I just really like sitting in the front yard. It’s probably so I don’t miss a moment of what is going on in the neighborhood!
The thing about living in neighborhood where there is not more than 4-6 feet between your house and the neighbor’s house is that you have to keep in mind that people hear everything! At night I can hear my neighbors shut their car doors, I can hear the screams and shouts during spats (as I am sure they can hear mine) and I can hear their cars start up or come down the street at 5:30 in the morning – especially if they don’t have a muffler on their giant diesel vehicle!
I think there should be a law about how loud your car can be in comparison to how close your car comes to someone’s bedroom window. I’ve lived here for over 4 years and I still cannot sleep through the jarring start up of that truck or the chug chug, raaaaaaaaaarrrr of it coming down the street straight towards my house.
Does anyone else have problems like this? I didn’t even talk about the loud radios that are on in cars as they pass by at all hours of the night
I have a problem. My house has the basic appliances; washer, dryer, dishwasher, toilets, sinks, fans and all that. That’s not the problem – the problem is that I spend 9 hours a day at work. You’re probably wondering what this has to do with appliances.
The soap dispensers, paper towel dispensers, the sinks and the toilets at work are all automatic. My house needs an upgrade! Of course we always want something better than what we have but I propose that having the same caliber of appliances in my home is a necessity! It’s a necessity because at home my toilet doesn’t flush when I stand up and I have to push the top of the soap dispenser just to get a little of soap. My biggest problem however is the sink.
At least 3 times a week my husband comes out to the living room and asks me why I left the water running in the bathroom sink or I return to the bathroom and find the water running. I don’t think there is a ghost in the house; it’s just that I NEED automatic appliances at home if I’m going to have them at work… Don’t even get me started on all the time I waste standing at the sink waiting expectantly for the water to come on. I wonder if any of my neighbors paid extra for these home upgrades and how much they cost.
I remember when I was younger I lived in a great neighborhood! We had the same characters that are in my current neighborhood but people cared. One year a group of people got together and planned a block party! It was so much fun and it was a tradition that continued for years. We didn’t even live in a neighborhood that had an association — people just wanted to spend time getting to know each other and having fun.
In my current neighborhood, one with an association, I tried to plan a block party for our neighborhood but no one wanted to help out and people pretty much spit in my face for even trying. Luckily, I live at the end of a street with some great people around me so those of us who like each other have a 4th of July party every year instead.
Funny, every neighbor sends their kids down to see what is going on and other neighbors act hurt that they weren’t invited.
Do you remember having neighborhood socials or block parties as a kid?
I tried to cross another item off of my 101′s list;
#97. Go one month without eating out
#4. Exercise 5 times per week for a month.
I thought these two would go hand in hand. After all, if I’m working so hard to get into shape and healthy it would be prudent of me to not go out to eat AND it will help me save money.
All noble thoughts, but for two things; 1. I have been unable schedule wise and vehicle wise to get my 5 days in per week for a month straight and 2. Because my birthday is next week I have free food coming to me from every restaurant in the city! Sadly the coupons all expire next week so I HAVE TO USE THEM! I cannot throw away a deal. It’s just the way I am!
Have you ever noticed that people give an alibi even when they aren’t suspects?
For example, there has been a rash of break-ins around the neighborhood the past two months. First garages were broken into, then cars, then my home and finally my next door neighbor’s house. Several neighbors came over to my house the day after the final break in and we were sitting around
gossiping er, talking. Of course we spoke of the big event: The break in next door!
Little Dog Man – When did it happen?
Kat: Sunday, around 3.
Special GF: Wow. We were out hiking I think.
Special Friend: Yeah, we were hiking from about 1-4 so we were definitely not here.
Little Dog Man – I was at work, I think I got off around 3 so I wasn’t even home yet.
Kat: I was here but I was in my bedroom cleaning.
Somehow I had the weakest alibi! I still think it’s hilarious. These 3 neighbors weren’t the only ones! Everyone had a reason why they weren’t around to do the breaking in!
The past few months I’ve been waging a war on Sweet Tea and I think I’ve lost. One of my favorite breakfast places, Chik-Fil-A insists on terrorizing me with Sweet Tea! Until the spring, if I went anywhere and ordered ICED TEA, I was given a plain old, unsweetened glass of goodness. NOW I am asked if I mean Sweetened or Unsweetened! I’ve even altered my ordering and said things like, “REGULAR TEA” or “PLAIN TEA” or “ICED TEA WITH LEMON” (who has sweet tea with lemon?). My efforts are ignored and I’m still asked the ridiculous question exactly like this, dripping with sugar and honey, “Would that be sweetened or UNSWEETENED?”
I don’t know why but I just cannot bring myself to say UNSWEETENED! I think that people who like sweetened should have to specify! Just like Coca Cola, if I wanted DIET, I would say DIET but no, I ordered TEA! Nothing added, nothing taken away! The places that are worst with this are McDonalds and Chik-Fil-A.
Today as I sat in line and fumed I was thinking that Chik-Fil-A, the place that once brought me so much peace and happiness has become like Starbucks! They are so self-righteous and unmovable when it comes to their branding and propagating of society! NO! I don’t want a VENTI UNSWEETENED TEA! I want a regular cup of iced tea!
Can we just decide right now that when someone orders sweet tea, they mean sweet tea and when someone orders ICED tea they mean good tea plain old, regular iced tea?