Friday, June 24, 2011

The Last Days: Reflections on House-sitting

Ahhh, privacy. I've been here in this clean, spacious house with only Jen as company for over a month now, and it's time to go home.

Thursday was my last day with a master bedroom and bath all to myself, and tomorrow will be my last day with unlimited high speed internet, last day with wholehouse AC, last day with automatic ice machine. No more parties and no more quick trips into town. I'm sure I've been utterly spoiled.

I'm trying to think of the bright side of going home, because in comparison our house is full, loud, and less comfortable. The only obvious plus is being around family. Here's hoping I can make the transition back to home life quickly and painlessly!

The owners are certainly glad to be back.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Recital Week

Although I am not a ballerina myself, somehow I spent all last week at ballet classes, rehearsal, recital and performances. I guess the alternative would have been to stay home alone all week, since Jen had to have the car. It was fun to talk to some of the little girls; many of them were amazingly outgoing. Much more talkative than I ever was at their age, and so cute.

Obviously the busiest person at a recital is the teacher. The teacher is indispensable in every area. Next come the dancers; then the stagehands; everyone else is just a blur in the background.

I have to say that I'm glad it's over, and hopefully I can have my sister and my car back.

By the way, we did get the AC fixed amazingly fast; and then the temperature dropped under 70F. So we've been enjoying both the AC and the cooler weather.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Remembering Scotland.

I guess I miss it.

Even the snow(she said as the temperature hit 90F).

I love old things.

Think Cool Thoughts

Growing up the way we did Jen and I didn't experience modern conveniences like dishwashers, automatic sprinklers, dryers, thermostats, dumpsters, and ice machines. Really, we have none of those things at our house. We're probably the only family left who still uses plastic ice trays in 1970's colors to make ice.

So we're staying in someone else's house, right? They have all these things and we have to take care of them. It's been interesting. The most serious happening so far is the fact that the air conditioner is not working. It took us a week to figure it out, first because it wasn't hot when we got here and second because we don't know much about how air conditioners work. But when it got up to 85F inside we knew surely something wasn't right. So we duly consulted the owners and called a repairman, who will hopefully be stopping by today, because it's awfully hot for June; 97F today. Toughness just goes out the window when it's 91F inside with 60% humidity. We take breaks from panting in the basement to empty the dehumidifier.

Imagine what it was like in 1778, when people had no such way to escape discomfort like we do. On June 27th, 1778 George Washington's motley contenental Army engaged Cornwallis' trained soldiers in what is known as the Battle of Monmouth, where Mary Hays gained fame as "Molly Pitcher." And it was very warm: many men died of heatstroke instead of battle wounds. We don't like to work in such heat, but they had to fight a battle in it.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

What a weird borrowed life I live in

In addition to living in house that is not technically mine I am also caring for children who are not technically mine:

Remember these fellows? Mine for the week.

They make life more interesting. It's strange: I have a house, and I have kids. What next?