Archive for the ‘Misc’ Category

Neighborhood Pool Party

Last night, we went to a neighborhood gathering at the pool. This is another reason I love our new neighborhood. This event was targeted towards people with older kids, kids that can swim and handle themselves at a pool, but we went anyway to meet people.

We met a lot of nice people and had some snacks. I know we’ll have plenty of time in the future to enjoy the pool and hang out with people there. It does cost money to join the pool, so we went as guests last night, but we will join in the future when the kids are old enough to use it regularly.

Cooler Weather

What a relief this cooler weather has been. The last few weeks have been very warm and humid, making it so being outside during the peak of the sun was unbearable. But this week is supposed to be a break from that. We have had the windows open to cool the house and it’s amazing. This is my favorite kind of summer weather – not too humid or hot, but still warm during the day and a little cool at night. Perfect.

Lightning Bugs

I love watching lightning bugs. I don’t know why. Maybe because they signify a very specific part of summer. Late, hot summer. And they are only out right before dusk. They evoke a sense of magic, of wonder, that feeling from your childhood that summer is special and should be savored. 

Work day

My parents came over today to help us with our the house again. We are preparing for the big birthday bash next weekend, and we have a lot of loose ends to fix around the house. I filled in little trim gaps around the doors where the tile floors were taken out. It looks a lot better now – just needs paint.

We took a long walk after my parents left and played at the park. Despite the heat, it was fairly overcast and there was a breeze, so it was a nice evening to be outside.

We couldn’t have gotten as much done without my parents helping with kids and on projects. They are amazing.

Art Fair

Today, we are going to the Art Fair with family. The fun part is trying to get two kids, strollers and parking, but I think we’ll use the bus to try and avoid all of the hassle of parking. Plus, Sully loves the bus.

Today is supposed to be really hot, which is normal for Art Fair week. So we’ll have to brave the extreme temperature, but it’s always a fun time mixing with the thousands of people that descend on our city.


We are dealing with mice in the house again. We caught one yesterday and one again today. It’s a bummer because they make a mess and seem to keep coming. 

I have been placing two traps but it seems like one doesn’t spring anymore and might be useless. One keeps catching mice though, so we’ll see how many there are.

Fitbit Sleep Notifications

I set up my Fitbit and IFTTT to text me how much sleep I got the previous night. I never think to actually look. This is cool because it texts me in the morning when I know exactly how I feel about the previous nights sleep. The other day, it said I got 4 hours of sleep, which is how I felt. Today it said I got 7 hours, and I feel a lot better. 

I just need to make sure that I’m not just accidentally feeling how I think I should feel after getting that daily information. 

Art Fair Week

Art Fair week in Ann Arbor is a great week. Thousands of people come from all over to attend the art fairs and enjoy Ann Arbor. Many despise it for what it does to the traffic in the area, but I always say to them, do you want to live in the type of city that holds annual art fairs, or not? I will attend the art fairs with family probably Thursday and Friday.

Earthen Jar

Last night, we had dinner at Earthen Jar in Ann Arbor. I love that place. It’s not much to look at. It’s basically a hole in the wall, but the food is perfect. They serve vegan and vegetarian food and it’s all buffet style. We took the kids and they enjoyed the naan and banana pudding. 

I never think about them as an option, boy I always love the food there when I go.