Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Duck, Duck, Goose...

I'm sitting at the small bar in my garage watching over my children playing in the driveway. They are making chalk drawings and spying on our neighbor. Riley is wearing a cute blue tee and a ruffly blue skirt. Lucy is wearing a red tee from Rawhide in Arizona, khaki shorts and red cowboy boots. I'd post a picture, but my camera battery has bit the dust.

This has been a great vacation. Usually, when I plan my vacations, I usually plan to do something ridiculous like a garage sale or finishing my novel. But this time, I had only vague plans to do some things, if I felt moved so to do. What have I been doing? Tanning. I know! But I'll tell you what, nothing has felt so wonderful as sitting in the sun cooking myself. My arms and shoulders are a lovely bronze and my gold bangle bracelet looks good on me. Also, the heat of the sun is welcome after such a lengthy winter. By the way, last night I dreamed that it snowed; I was really pissed.

I've been doing my homework, like a good little grad student, and I've been trying to keep up with everyone's blogs. But, really, Doc has been hogging the computer, so I haven't been able to do much more than glance around, see that everyone is OK and go back to slacking/tanning. Yesterday, I took Riley to school and then Lucy and I went to the library. I got a bunch of videos, including Popular Mechanics for Kids video on roller coasters. I may not get to an amusement park this vacation, but I will have lived vicariously through this awesome video and Roller Coaster Tycoon 2.

After the library, Lucy and I grabbed a couple of McGriddles and headed to the park. We sat in the morning sunshine and ate our breakfast in the Garden of the Five Senses. When we finished eating we walked around the other Gardens and crossed a bunch of bridges (Canton City Park is silly with bridges) and made our way to the walking path. As we walked the path, we saw a half a dozen geese with their babies, hanging out in the shade. We were able to get up really close and get a good look at them.

We spotted a family of geese as they swam down the stream that runs the length of the park and followed them for a good ways. Then we saw a mother wood duck and her babies swimming the other way. We followed them for a bit. She was much more touchy than the geese were, squawking if we got too close.


Last night Doc and I got to go out. Mom and Dad came over to watch the kids and we headed out to spend our gift card for Chili's that Doc got for Christmas 2005. We stuffed ourselves on cheese dip, steak, corn on the cob and Texas Toast. Seriously, we could barely move. Then we headed over to the Moose to watch American Idol. Snore. I think all the tanning has burned away any enthusiasm I have left for this season. Though, I must say this: BLAAAAAAKE! Eeeeeeeeeeeee!

The lodge was empty, so we decided to jam the jukebox. Then I provided dialogue to the characters from On The Lot, or American Idol, Only With People Trying To Make Movies Instead Of Sing. Not even Carrie Fisher could get me to pay attention to this crap, other than to mock it. So, surprise, the Moose was a bit of an anticlimax. Come on, you guys! Join already.

So, home we went, where I passed out in a haze of steak and Jack Daniels. Ah, vacation.
I'm off to frollick in the sun. But don't worry, we've all got our sunscream on.


  1. Your picture of the baby making it's first leap is one of my favorite scenes in the wonderful planet earth series! Mother on the ground exhorting them on, each making that first "controlled crash"...

    I hope you have many more moments like that on your vacation.

  2. Mmmm...Chili's...I love eating there (hey, we don't have it in Canada, so it's a treat) and I thought you were AWAY I understand (pregnant brain, thank you for not pointing and laughing). I'm glad you're having good weather too!


  3. About a week ago, I was driving to Target, and I came upon a traffic jam of sorts. All 4 lanes were stopped to let an entire flock of geese waddle across the road.

    It was just like watching a field trip with little kids. There was an adult goose out in front taking the point, and then a long straggly line of baby geese with an adult or two in the middle riding herd and making sure that they stay in single file, and then an adult in the back making sure that nobody got left behind.

    As soon as one group would be just about to clear the road another group would start in. We must have been stalled there for 5 or 10 minutes while they crossed.

    Glad you're having fun on your vacation.

  4. Skylers dad, I totally stole that picture from there!

    Tanya...thanks and have some pudding.

    Deadspot: So cute!

  5. The perfect vacation is a week of laziness.


    I've seen that too, around Belden Village here in Canton. A family of geese stopped four lane traffic, but they were so cute nobody minded at all.

  6. I'm working 60+ hours a week and HAVE been working for 32 days straight. Don't talk to me about having time to sit in the sun... Grumph.

  7. Vacation is an illusion.

  8. I'm happy to say that I've been clean for about two years now. Kicked my addiction to Roller Coaster Tycoon.