YIKES!!! Yes you read that right. My last regatta of the season is this coming weekend. Out of town. TWO weekends in a row! How often does that happen? While some might be thinking "What's the big deal?!?" and some might be thinking "You get to go away ALONE!!!"...it is true that at 19, Riley is better able to cope with me being away. Yet there still is a certain amount of ummm stress for the three of us. For Riley the processing of information starts as soon as he finds out I am going away. This involves updating his visual schedule and talking himself through it.
Last week R updated his schedule because I was stalling before I was able to.
For G it is having to listen to R recite the same script over and over and over for the entire time I am away while at the same time trying to convince R that I have not indeed died. Oish.
For me there is that fine line of when to tell him. “You will be gone. You
are not coming back.” It is so hard for me to hear
every…single…time R sees me before I leave. Do I feel guilty leaving R at
home with G?? Hell no! It just drives me bat sh*t crazy!!! :)
One thing that has worked so well with Riley has been his visual schedule. If it is on the schedule...it is concrete for him and therefore will be happening. He can see what/when and for how long the activity/event will occur and/or whether it is a desirable one (therefore can stay up on his schedule) or well ummmm...not (will be removed ASAP - see photo below).
R removed all evidence that I was ever away (with the exception of McD's).
My only saving grace is that after this weekend, the next time "we" put up going away on R's schedule it will be for a family trip. While R keeps asking/hoping to be going on "the big airplane"...it will unfortunately be a "long drive" (13 hours) kind of vacation. A VERY loooong drive indeed. Not sure who is more disappointed about the long drive...me or R?!?
Although G, R and I all survived the weekend my one and only live plant...well let's just say has seen better days.
Gee...it actually looks rather healthy this picture. :)
To think that Riley could be interested in current
events and further more support a boycott of the fashion retailer...I only had
to look a few shirts further into the pile of destruction to discover t-shirts
by American Eagle, Aeropostale and Quiksilver. Riley, it appeared, was unbiased
and would not discriminate. No retailer was safe.
Whatever his reasons he left me dazed and
confused. OUTWIT me??? Indeed he did.
However after 15 seasons of Survivor: Riley World
Edition…I would persevere. Having almost failed the sewing portion of Home
Economics in Grade 8, I needed to come up with a game plan.
I could throw out all
the t-shirts and go buy new ones but that was hardly practical especially since
some were almost brand new.
I could take them to a
seamstress and have them sew together the pieces but this would be rather
costly and again impractical.
Being the “practical”
person that I am I decided I would thread the needle and repair the shirts
myself. I know. WTH was I thinking?!?!
First I would need a sewing machine. Do you know
how expensive sewing machines can be? I had no idea. Instead I found this
handy, dandy, handheld model. Surely this would do the trick.
Again...WTH was I thinking!!!
Heck I could pull out the "stitching" made by this gizmo with my big toe alone!
Thankfully my sister had a machine hanging around
her house for those little mending jobs and she offered to let us store
use it. It now resides on the corner of our dining room table.
The "Brother" has been no match for R...so far. Eeep!
OUTPLAY?Think this one goes to
For those of you who are questioning WHY??? Why indeed. But if history repeats itself
(and I am pretty sure it will) with all things Riley World as long as it is not
a safety issue…this too shall pass. In the meantime I will keep mending the t-shirt
puzzle pieces together with the exception of ones like this…
I...I...have no words. Yes that is the collar in the middle.
OUTLAST?? I am almost 53 years old and do not care anymorehave pretty much given up have discovered inner peace and serenity now.
You better believe I got this one!
one to give up I decided to scour the house to see if there was anything,
anything at all that could possibly meet the criteria. Sadly…it turns out that everything
in our house is useful/necessary.
Golf Bags. Apparently we have 9. I missed one. R and I do not own our own bag;
J2 has one; we are storing J1’s which leaves ummmmm 7 for G. I am told golf bags
are like underwear…you need a different one for each day of the week.
Guitars. According to J2 all were necessary. Who knew you could play more than
one guitar at a time?!?
frames. I am prepared for just about any size and shape with the exception of
the photos that I want framed. The coloured ones? There are 2 more in the
closet. I bought them when the boys were in preschool. Yes they are still in
the wrapper. I am still trying to decide on my favourite pics to put in them.
hats. Riley and G are the only ones who always wear baseball hats. I will own
up to the pink one and about 3 others in that pile. I could not be bothered to
count. There were still more on the top shelf of the closet. For once I am happy I am short.
dishes. I bought these beauties after Christmas one year for 50% off. It was
during my Martha Stewart wannabe stage. Even though they only hold 1 cracker at
a time they look amazing in the drawer of the china cabinet.
6.Candles. I like options. I have tealights that burn for 2 hours or 4 hours;
votives; tapers; heck…I even have battery operated candles. I am earthquake prepared.
our hostess Stasha wrote “I struggled to find
one in 6 days” which made me feel a whole lot better. Wait. Maybe not. Since I am struggling I will stop at 6 as in 6 things in 1 day. It is summer
sure to check out what Stasha’s husband came up with for her list. It is
awesome and almost made me go back and start over…almost.