Yesterday was one of those days. The kids couldn't get along and it was either too hot or too rainy to send them outside. They were bored with their toys, bored with the TV, bored with the food we had in the house, and bored with me. I had loads of laundry to do and even more to put away. I was on day four of painting the living room green. I had been trying to get a moment to clean the ring off of at least one of the four toilets in the house. My seasonal allergies, which seem now to last through all four seasons, have been awful. And the whole house smelled like the cat's litter box.
When Jay came home from work early I thought surely he'd pitch in. But he seemed to be oblivious to all the clues that something was very wrong. He took a nap in his underwear and then brought a giant floor to ceiling bookcase inside and began tinkering with it in the living room. The half painted living room.
Needless to say, I ended up exploding a short while later and we now have one less dinner plate.
Later on that evening, after I had apologized for acting like a crazy possessed demon and Jay had apologized for being a giant dumb ass, I mentioned I wanted zucchini bread. It was one of those casual, flippant statements that I really didn't think much about. I had been reading a blog at the time, saw some fresh zucchini bread, and just thought it looked really good.
Jay said, "Well babe, tomorrow you are going to wake up to the smell of zucchini bread."
I replied, "Whatever. I'll probably just wake up to the smell of your farts." In saying that, I wasn't trying to be mean, it's just that the idea of Jay getting up, trekking to the store for zucchini, and coming home and baking bread all before having to be to work at 9 AM, just seemed impossible.
But Jay did the impossible. He found my zucchini bread recipe all on his own. He waited outside in the dark for the grocery store to open. He made two loaves of zucchini bread, quietly and in the dark, so as not to wake anyone. Sure enough, I woke up to fresh zucchini bread, and it is delicious.
On that note, I'm taking a bit of a blogging break. I've been feeling a little overextended lately. I won't be gone long, just long enough to clean some toilets, hopefully finish painting the living room, watch the rest of Season One of Weeds on dvd, and eat zucchini bread. I just need to relax for a few days and stop thinking so much. I really can't afford to lose anymore dinner plates.
I'll be back in this space probably towards the middle or end of next week. Before I go, I want to announce that next Monday and Tuesday I'll be a guest blogger over at Krafty Kash. I'm honored and thrilled that Kashoan would ask me to write a few words in her little spot on the internet while she's away on vacation, so please follow me over there. And if you haven't checked her out already, she's having an awesome fabric giveaway right now. Do pay her a visit.