EDIT: Deena wrote a nice review for Is That All He Thinks About? on her site if you want to check it out. Thanks, Deena!
My friend Courtney and her daughter Chloe came to spend the day with us. I took some great pics–I’ll have to add them to my “To Post” list. We went to the zoo–third time in eight days for the Taviano girls. Ava and Chloe held hands the entire time, and Nina was content to stay in her stroller. It was perfect. We fed the lorikeets and saw the new baby koala joey and rode the carousel. And had time for everything else except North America and the gorillas.
Grabbed food on the way home and barely got Livi to the bus stop. Courtney ran a couple errands while Nina napped and Ava babysat Chloe. I got some writing done.
Then we went to the Metro Gardens. More great pics and forest/pond creatures. Fun, fun.
The “fixer man” came yesterday (as Ava called him) and replaced our dryer motor, fixed the cable on our dishwasher door so it won’t fall on Nina and kill her if she opens it, and replaced our garbage disposal. The dishwasher and disposal are great. The dryer is acting funny which is not cool since the motor cost nearly as much as a new dryer. (we just don’t have the time/energy/truck/patience/know-how to shop for a new dryer, bring it home, and install it) Hmmm…
The fixer man’s name tag said “Easy” which I thought was an interesting nickname. Gabe asked him about it when he got home. Turns out it’s the name on his birth certificate. His dad “wasn’t a hippie, but had friends who were.” His dad thought life should be “easy-going and carefree, but it’s not like that AT ALL.”
I asked Easy (young guy, early 20’s maybe?) if he had any siblings. An older sister. And her name?? Brittany. Ha!
So, I mentioned yesterday that I wondered if the repairman could also fix my vacuum and give me an eye exam. Well, I found an eye doctor and scheduled an evening appt next week–no need to find a babysitter. I can’t wait to get my eyes better! A doctor told me four years ago that my eyes needed more oxygen. I’ve worn contacts every waking moment for the past…18 years? Yeah, some glasses might be a good idea.
Anywho, so Easy comes upstairs and says, “Can I use your vacuum to suck the lint out of the dryer?” Uh….yeah, if it worked. Thinking fast…how about the dust buster? Perfect.
Last night was a success sleep-wise. Fell asleep on the couch at 10:30, waiting for Gabe to finish his podcast. Up at 11:00. To bed at 11:40. To sleep at 11:44. No crying from teether girl!! Up at 6:30. Devotions, laundry, breakfast for four, shower, everybody dressed–out the door for the zoo by 8:45.
Next week I’ll be asking some follow-up questions for my book. If you still want to do a survey, there are still free books to be had!