Six oh six: one summer day. Most times reasonably accurate.
5:50am: Get up and say good-bye to my parents, who are finishing a five-day visit. Make coffee. Medicate cat.
6:40am: Drive to Good Hope for 5K race.
7:00am: Race begins. 65 entrants. I am the second to last registrant.
7:22:17am: I finish (7:11/mi). First half-mile too fast. I am the second across the line.
7:35am: Plan carpools for a race next week.
8:02am: Leaving Good Hope, NPR is playing Weekend Edition Saturday, which I haven’t listened to in years.
8:20am: Help Erin get Madelyn ready for farmers market. Coffee. Finish Madelyn’s poached egg.
8:55am: Shower while Amelia watches. Head out to farmers market on bike: but rain. Abandon bike for Subaru.
9:20am: Roll into farmers market. Check out the FIG childrens’ tent, where Erin, Madelyn, and others are set up. Buy bread, tomatoes, and a trinket for Madelyn. Ask a couple vendors what they’ll have the next week. Watch dismantling of facade on arts center.
10:20am: Rain picks up. Vendors begin to leave. We do too, after buying a gift.
11:40am: Return to the house. Amelia goes down for a nap. Madelyn asks to watch a video. Crop, tag, sort, and upload pictures to Flickr. Erin goes to the store.
1:10pm: Play Dora bingo with Madelyn. She wins. Twice.
3:00pm: Triangle drill soccer, since only three showed up. No cleats, so all of us fall constantly.
4:05pm: After an hour, I’m worn out. Time for a slow bike ride home.
4:25pm: Drink water and beer on the back patio. Erin cleans strawberries for jam-making. We talk about sabbatical. Amelia hangs out in her bouncy thing. Madelyn orbits the picnic table, usual spaz mode.
6:20pm: Duck inside and upload more pix to Flickr.
7:10pm: Finish strawberry picking. Madelyn dumps berries over her head. Deal with three-year-old meltdown.
7:20pm: Talk to the parents: their 12+ hour drive is over.
7:50pm: Erin heads to a friends’ house to feed their cat. Help Madelyn with bath, then get in with her. Hand off Madelyn to Erin when she returns.
8:40pm: Cut greens while it’s still twilight.
8:50pm: Pluck a fussy Amelia from bed and try to get her back to sleep. Fail. Cuddle her until Erin is done putting Madelyn to bed.
9:35pm: Make gigantic salad. Eat a bunch of leftover barbeque.
10:10pm: Check WIU web site and find that BOT “approved tenure for 29 faculty.” Assume that’s me. Woo tenure. Post something on The Book.
11:01pm: Press Publish on this post. Then water and sweet, sweet sleep.