It’s seems like FOREVER since we posted anything here. The last few months have been crazy. Micah starts school (just meetings) today. I don’t even know where summer went. It’s all a blur. I had another post planned for today but I think it’s a Brain Drain kind of day.
This has been the month of house guests. We’ve had some friends stay for a little under a week and currently my sister, her husband and their dog is staying with us. In both cases, the house guests were from the area (just needed a place to crash) which isn’t really what you’d expect of a house guest. It’s weird having house guests who have jobs to go to and lives to live here. It’s nice in the sense that you don’t have to worry about them being bored during the day but weird in the sense that it’s hard to figure out what they should and should not be doing. For short term (less than a week) guests, I’d make sure there was breakfast in the house (self serve except on weekends) and probably cook dinner for them if they didn’t already have plans. I wouldn’t expect them to clean apart from putting their dishes in the sink and keeping the place tidy (putting stuff away after they use it). But when you have family stay for a month, should you expect them to clean or cook or contribute to groceries? I’m not sure. My sister has made a few meals, my brother-in-law vacuumed the stairs and main floor yesterday, and they have both contributed to groceries a couple times. We never asked, but always accepted the help. We’ve both been asking each other what we should expect from long-term guests. Nothing? Something? And what do they expect? That we provide food? That we provide nothing but a place to stay? It’s weird.
So not only do we currently have my sister and her husband staying with us but we also have their dog, Giacoma, staying with us too. My sister says Giacoma is an Italian Fox Dog but secretly we all know she’s some sort of Chihuahua mix. Having a second dog in the house is great – most of the time. Izzy has someone to play with and we’ve been able to leave in the house uncrated while were gone. That’s been nice. That said, the amount of fur flying around our house is nuts. Giacoma sheds twice as much as Izzy. Thank goodness she’s a short-haired dog. Vacuuming is very discouraging. It take me 20 minutes to vacuum the main floor and about 2 minutes of the “cousins” playing for it be covered in fur again. I don’t know how people have multiple dogs with thick coats. The cleaning would drive me crazy.
A day before I left for vacation I was told that I would have to travel to Zambia less than a week after I got back. Normally that isn’t a huge deal except earlier in the week I was told I didn’t have to travel until September and had already begun planning out my August at home. On top of that, my Zambia visa was expired and I needed to get a new one (and a plane ticket) while we were traveling. I managed to get the visa and plane ticket done plus sorted out a mini trip on the way back in Paris to visit Kate. I was excited. On my first day back in the office, I found out that I may or may not be traveling in 5 days. I had no idea whether or not I’d be traveling until 48 hours before I was scheduled to go. I was a mess. They postponed the trip until next week which is nice because it gives me another week of summer in Seattle but it is a little lame because now Kate and I won’t be able to rendezvous in Paris together. I will have almost an entire month to annoy Anne and her family in Lusaka.
Speaking of Kate, I just want to throw out a quick congratulations to her. She got engaged (finally) over the weekend. We’re so excited for her.
Not Tom, like a person but Toms like the shoe. Micah calls them the ninja shoe. I wondered about them but not enough to buy a pair. A friend bought a pair online, decided she didn’t like them and gave them to me. So far? Toms are the bomb. I feel like I’m not wearing shoes at all. They are very comfy though the soles don’t have a ton of traction. I also really like how they look on my feet. I didn’t think I would. The questions are whether or not they will still be comfortable after 24 hours of flying and how long will they last. I can’t say I feel they are built to last but we will see.
Micah, my sister and my brother-in-law all make fun of me because occasionally I’ll grab a bowl and head for the door. They ask me where I’m going and I’ll say, ‘to harvest.’ We haven’t have the warmest summer but garden is still doing pretty good. So far I’ve harvested a handful of Arugula (Rocket), a few bowls of lettuce, a cup of cress, 2 dozen French breakfast radishes, a dozen or so patty pan squash and 1 beet. I’ve also been using as much mint and basil as possible. We definitely have a couple more beets coming in and probably about a dozen or so more little squashes. Our tomato plants are falling over with fruit that I hope will be ready after I get back. There are a couple of really beautiful romas coming in. We also have a few small strawberries I should pick before I go and huge blackberry bush that I want to pick clean before Micah pulls them (again). I didn’t know people actually planted blackberry bushes. They grow wild here and are a complete menace until July/August when you can smell ripe blackberries when you are walking around. We’ve started planting our fall and winter crops that include pumpkins, carrots, more beets and a few leafy vegetables.
We had grand plans for making a dent on our house projects this summer but of course that didn’t really pan out. Micah did manage to paint one of the decks and I got a couple organizing projects checked of my list. I’m determined to get a few projects done before I leave next week and Micah starts teaching. Then again, I’m also determined to enjoy the Seattle summer before I go. We’ll see what happens.
Regular posts will be coming soon. I’ll have lots of time in the evenings while I’m in Zambia to catch up on the list of posts I have had planned for months.