In these COVID-19 times we spent most of the days at home, socially isoalting. Usually a big day is a trip to the grocery store.
Today we had a legit busy day!
It started with a visit from the Geek Squad because our microwave has been broken for a week. We have living like pioneers, cooking our food over an open flame in the woods… or something like that. Finally the repair guys came. They spread a moving blanket over the stove, removed the microwave and went to work. Alan was in the office and the kids and I were at the dining room table, all trying to do proper social distancing. After a few minutes we started to notice an awful chemical smell that grew stronger and stronger. I thought they were using sort of chemical cleaner or something. Eventually we opened the windows. Alan came out and asked if something blew a fuse. The Geek Squad guys had no idea what was causing the smell. We all endured. Awhile later one of the guys said, “Oh no!” and they realized that they had accidentally turned the stove on!! The moving blanket, squished between the stove and microwave, was melting and on fire! He bundled it up and rushed it outside, where it continued to simmer. The house smelled AWFUL!! We open the windows, Alan brought out all the fans from the old house, the guys tried to clean the stove. It was awful. Eve went outside to keep doing her school work. After awhile she came back in and said that it was smokier outside than inside. What?! Alan went to look and found the blanket still smoldering, and smoking like crazy! He broke out the hose and went to work while the Geek Squad guys continued to clean up. Sigh. Needless to say, they needed a part they didn’t have, so our microwave still doesn’t work! They ordered the new part and will be back next week to fix it. We will continue living in the dark ages. I don’t know why anyone, ANYONE, chooses to live without a microwave! :)
After that adventure we taped some signs on the car and headed down to DBS to join the HSD parade! In all honesty, I was dreading this. The forecast called for 100% chance of rain today and I was just imagining wet cars, windows up, kids huddled under umbrellas, etc. It seemed awful. Mother Nature, however, cut us a break today! The weather was PERFECT!! We had decorated cars, students and families came out with big signs and even bigger smiles. I felt like a celebrity! Alan came along to drive so I could wave. It was so awesome. I had a huge smile!
When we got back to school, Alan and I sent up the donated tent and got ready for book checkout. After being out of school for two full months, we organized a book exchange for this week. On Monday and Tuesday we accepted book returns. The principal and secretary took turns sitting outside to accept books on Monday and Tuesday. All week I took email “orders” for books. Last night I went in to school and checked in all the books, then “filled” all of the book orders. This afternoon I sat out front and handed out books to the 20 families who had requested new books. It might not seem like a lot, but it was great! So many parents and kids were thrilled. One family, with three avid readers, were arguing over who got to open the bag. Their mom said that book checkout was the highlight of their day. I said, “really? We had the parade today.” She said, “yes, the liked the parade, but they kept asking when they could get their new books.” :) In another car I handed the kindergartner his bag of books and he tore right in to it. He immediately told his mom about all the great books, then handed one to his 2yr old sister in the car seat next to him. I chatted with mom for a few minutes, then said goodbye to kiddo who, nose in book, completely ignored me. Mom apologized. I told her I LOVE seeing kids with noses in books! No need to apologize!
One of my coworkers was there for another purpose (handing out Finding Our Strides t-shirts), so we took this picture and posted it to Facebook to remind families to stop by. We were both smiling, then laughed at ourselves for smiling with the masks on. :)
The weather all week has been iffy, so the director of the parks department, who also has a kid at DBS, offered to let us borrow a tent for our book exchange this week. It was awesome! It kept the rain off the principal and books earlier in the week, and it kept the sun off of me this afternoon! The forecast still said rain, the clouds were dark, but the sun was strong and kept breaking through. I felt very fortunate to have a tent over my head as I sat at a picnic table covered in books!
By the time I got home the forecast had changed from rain to hail, with a tornado warning! I showered (COVID germs all day!) and then sent the kids up for early showers. Then we all watched UP as the storm rolled in. (It has since passed and we didn’t get hail OR a tornado! We did get lots of heavy rain though!)
After months of little to nothing going on outside the house, today felt like a real whirlwind of people and excitement! Last summer this would have been just another Saturday. But on a Friday. It’s a weird world.
We are looking forward to a sunny, no plans Saturday!