• Elijah Ricks

Warming Up To Summer

Avey is glad to be done with school. She and I discovered how to check out eBooks through our library directly onto her computer, so now she’s zipping through them like they’re nothing. She’s also working hard to stay in her pajamas for the entire duration of the summer break, so we’ll see how that works out. 

We had a heat wave come through in the last couple of days, so we’re realizing how spoiled we’ve been with the mild winter and cool spring. We’re avoiding turning on the oven at almost all costs, and the air conditioner is running almost constantly, but we still seem to be too hot most days. To try and cool off, we’ve taken the kids to our local splash pad, and done what we can in our own backyard. It’s amazing the games one can imagine with little more than a hose, a wading pool, and a heat-driven desperation. 

Otherwise, we’ve been dealing with a lot of house issues. We’ve been holding ants at bay for several weeks now. They found some way into our dining area, which is a real problem because we can’t seem to keep food off of the floor for more than a couple of minutes. I sprayed a perimeter, and they were gone for about a week at a time, but just in the last couple of days they seem impervious to the same spray. I’ve been trying to find where they are coming in with little success, but I think I’ve narrowed it down. No sign of them today, so they may be waiting for me to let my guard down…

Monday of last week I finally got the stupid clog out of the kitchen sink. It was my fourth attempt with liquid clog remover, but this time it did the trick. It lasted a good long while, but of course there’s a clog today [sigh].

I am finally feeling like I am getting some headway on my course prep, so that’s nice. I was asked to attend a meet-and-greet on campus earlier in the week, where I checked out my new office. It is smaller than my old one, but still plenty large and nice. I’ll move into it sometime in August. There were recently some personnel cuts at my university, and there were some fears that my contract would not be renewed, but those were quashed this week when I received official confirmation that I was not at risk of losing my position. That does not mean I’m guaranteed a renewed contract, but at least I missed the wave of layoffs.

Kira scheduled a trip to visit her sisters in Utah for a well-deserved and overdue vacation. She’s completed work with one set of clients and is advertising for more, so we hope to get that running soon.

Tensions between the kids are high, but there have been no hospital visits thus far, so that’s a plus.


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