*Another movie I've watched lately (about a dozen times-shut up Jay!), has been My Sister's Keeper. I'll admit I originally watched it because Alec is in it for about 15 minutes, but then I watched it again and again because it makes me cry in that body shaking way that is oh so good when you're premenstrual. Now I want to read the book. I've never read any of Jodi Picoult's books before but I know Theresa loves her, and I trust her opinion.
*Did you know that it's against the law in Oregon to pump your own gas? Do you know how exciting this is to me? I've mentioned here a few times that I hate pumping gas. HATE IT. In fact, I've only done it once in my life, as a teenager. Ever since we've been married, Jay's done it for me. It used to be a bit of a hassle because if I went somewhere without him, I had to make sure there was enough gas for me to get where I needed to be. But now that I live in Oregon, I don't even have to worry about it. This is truly the state made for Tammie.
*Thursday was the last day of school here. I have a cabinet full of art supplies. I bought some new games (this one and this one). I found another park just minutes from my house. And I stocked up on sunscreen for daily trips to the pool. Hopefully, I can make it through the summer. It's a bittersweet summer for me, since it's the last one before the girl goes to kindergarten. I want it to be a good one. One where the kids and I aren't screaming at each other day in and day out.
*Along those lines, I've instituted daily reading time for the summer. Once a day the kids and I stop what we're doing and read for 30 minutes or so. The boy reads independently and I read to the girl, unless she'd rather look at books alone. Generally, I don't like to have their at-home time be so structured, but I need to be realistic. The boy will not pick up a book on his own. He needs to be forced. If I leave him to his own devices, he'll do nothing but play Call of Duty all summer. (For what it's worth, I could devote an entire blog post to the mixed feelings I have about finally giving in and letting him play these war-type games. Then I could devote another post to the conversations my son is forced to listen to while he's playing these games: Why did you have to shoot that dog? Don't kill the people in the airport! They're innocents!!) Anyway, once he's given a shove in the right direction, he will read more on his own, but it's as if he needs to be reminded that it's an option and that he kinda likes it.
*The weather here is still pretty cool. We had one day where the temperatures reached the low eighties, but ever since then its been low fifties at night and highs in the sixties during the day. Of course the natives here are getting a bit restless, anxious for some summer weather. I, though, am loving it and can't complain. Back in Gainesville it's been brutally hot. Some days the heat index has made it feel like it was 108 degrees. So yeah, no complaints here. For me, it could be way worse.