Well, well, well. Summer is here. It sure did sneak in. Sometimes I'm not sure if it is or not. I mean, the leaves are out, and it gets warm, but everyday I wake up and put on pants and a long sleeve shirt. I think about last year when I would have been wearing my shortest skirts and smallest tanktops for about 2 months by now. I suppose part of it is that there are so many mosquitoes here. I can't go outside as much as I'd like and I can't set Lilly up in the shade because we will both be sucked dry by them. And I'm one of those people who aren't (normally) bothered by mosquitoes! For a while there Lilly looked like a little measles victim with all her little red dots. Luckily they don't seem to bother her.
Yesterday was a hot and muggy day though, but it was Monday, and that means errands day. I packed Lilly up and a big pop up camper porch tarp and headed into town. First we dropped what I hope is a porch tarp for a pop up at the JNJ Online Auction building. The tarp screen thing came from my MIL new used pop up camper. She didn't want it, and I said, I can try selling it at the JNJ. The JNJ Online Auction is like a We Sell It On EBAY story, only they have their own site. They do all the work for me, even taking the pictures, and their cut is 2$ or 15%. So we'll see how much I make.
Next it was Library Time! There Lilly made friends with a really nice guy. I feel like I talked to him in the library before, 6 months ago. He LOVES kids and babies. I remember him because he sets off my gaydar then and now, but he has two kids of his own. That doesn't mean he doesn't have a husband, but I think he mentioned his wife last time. Anyways, he's very personable and chatty and told me that kids just get better and more fun everyday. Even through all the hard stuff and even when they grow up to be 5 and 8. That's just what I need to hear. Most people who comment on this topic complain about how hard kids are and tell me to enjoy Lilly while she is little and "easy" to take care of. I agree with this guy though, Lilly does get more fun everyday and everyday the hard things get easier, and new things get harder.
We signed up for the Kids Summer Reading Program and I signed up for the Adult Summer Reading Program. I've been asking about when this starts once a week for the past two months. FINALLY! I LOVE the summer reading programs. I still use a coffee mug that says "Reading is Dino-mite!" with a dinosaur on it that I won one year. Lilly wrinkled all of my papers for me. That was very helpful. Then she picked out a book on tape for Grandma, Beloved, but Grandma already heard it. She helped me pick out a book too, Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit. It was from the display of books that I need to read from for the Adult Summer Reading Program.
After the library, we went to the bank. I was going to go in and tell them to stop sending me blank checks to fill out and use as unlimited credit money because what if they get into the wrong hands? I don't like it. But it was too hot and Lilly was missing her nursing and nap time. Instead we went through the drive-thru teller and did our banking.
Last, we did the hardest part. And you thought going to the JNJ Online Auction store was the hardest part! Nope. We went to my dad's mechanic and I had to get an estimate on fixing the car. We decided to fix it up and drive it this summer instead of selling it as is and buying a new car. I'm going to get the passenger door fixed so it opens all the way. He told me he can pry the door panel out but it's going to scratch the paint. I laughed at that. No one will notice a few more scratches. I'm going to get teh AC fixed because for some reason, I don't mind not having AC in Nashville...but here...oh no, I must have it. I don't understand myself sometimes. And finally, he's going to fix the bearings on the left tire, so it won't feel like the wheel is going to fall off.
But, wait, you ask, what about the driver's inside door handle? Aren't you going to get that fixed? No, no I'm not going to get it fixed. I'm going to fix it myself!!! That's right. I ordered the part for $4 and watched a video on YouTube. I feel fully confident in my abilities to fix it up. I just have to take off the door panel, switch out the handle, and then screw the panel back on.
And despite the heat, the lack of sleep and no milks, Lilly didn't cry once. She loves adventures and going to town.