The rules for our public aquatic center pool just came out this morning. I appreciate the rules and safety of it all, I honestly do. However I’m not sure if it’s worth it or it will just feel eerie. You need to make a reservation for one of two daily time slots up to 2 days in advance, mask worn at all times if you are not in the water, bring your own chair, and you must stay 6 feet apart when in the pool. What happens when a cute little 8 year old comes up to splash me and my book? Every year we buy a pass and it saves us a ton of money for the amount of times we go. I think this year we will just wait and see? Or maybe I’ll like all the precautions to feel the kids and I are safe? Or maybe become creek people? If anything, 2020 has taught me to be flexible and pivot (insert Ross impression).
Until then we have Bond Pool Getaway. We added a new feature!
We named her Von Talge because it’s one of our favorite streets to go down when doing the Birthday Parade. It’s just fun to say, like salsa. We have two of them and only opened one. I have no idea when we acquired them, I have a feeling it was summer reading program gift? Von Talge is a pool toy and also doubles as a yoga ball. We now have aquatic yoga classes people!
PSA: The maintenance of Bond Pool Getaways is environmentally friendly. Whenever we empty it or take most of the water out we use it to water our flowers and veggies. There is no H2O harmed in the making of Bond Pool Getaways.
I participated in the Ten Year Nap. Meaning I became a stay at home mom for almost ten years. Most of the time I had paying gigs here and there, but my main purpose was being a homemaker wifey mom person. When Sydney started first grade and became a full time student, I started to work at Time For Dinner. It’s a business plan involving customers to come and assemble their own meals. They have all the ingredients, measurements, and containers. You walk in with a laundry basket or big bag and walk out with all your meals ready to put in the oven complete with baking directions. They also have pre-made meals, sides, appetizers, and desserts you can get from their freezers. Every month is a different menu. It was a perfect job going from SAHM to working again. They were so fantastic letting me choose my schedule and allowing me to leave early so I could get the kids off the bus. I was in charge of making the pre-assembled meals in the freezers and let me tell you, that whole process is a well oiled machine. So clean, organized, and efficient. Since March they are only offering the assembled carryout orders due to covid. They also deliver and ship. When I worked there I would bring in packaging from things delivered to our house, like bubble wrap or those air bag thingys for them to re-purpose with their deliveries. I continue to save packaging for them and a couple weeks ago Trent dropped a big bag off. I was thinking about having him pick up a couple meals while he was there, but for whatever reason decided not to. It had me start thinking about their Picnic Potatoes which is absolutely ridiculous. I did not grow up eating casseroles as side dishes. Things like green bean casserole, cheesy hash browns, baked mac and cheese, and corn casserole were not in the Genoni family wheelhouse. I don’t think my mom really made mashed potatoes? Only exception is my family makes the best thanksgiving stuff ever. It’s made only at Thanksgiving and it’s my favorite. Anyway, me thinking about Time for Dinner potato casserole is insane, blaming it on covid brain. In my kitchen I’ve never made it. I’d be happy if it was included on my plate with a brunch item or at a potluck, I mean cheese and potatoes! I went to aldi’s on Monday and along with my huge shopping list I bought provisions to make said potatoes. I got them mixed in my kitchen aide before a zoom with Trent’s family last night and Trent said “I have no idea what you are making but I fully support it.”
I also borrowed another trick from Time for Dinner and made pork tenderloin I marinaded in a dry spice rub. Time for Dinner makes great spice blends and is a huge fan in incorporating paprika in almost all dry rubs. And I made a salad, always salad.
I fill this guy up every morning with lettuce from our garden, clean it, spin it, and have it ready for packing Trent’s lunch and dinner. It’s wonderful. And I’m a rock star at growing beautiful weeds in between all the lettuce.
I went to the high school this morning to help assemble breakfast and lunches. Normally it’s 3 people who volunteer and we are there from 8-1 pm. This morning there were 9 people working in the kitchen. The staff at the Early Childhood Center is working there too. After an hour and a half they said I could go home and I obliged. The girls weren’t expecting me home and I did a crazy ass thing. I ran THREE errands BACK to BACK! I even meandered a bit. Like went down aisles I didn’t need to and looked at stuff I knew I wasn’t going to buy! I wore a mask, followed all the rules, and sanitized often. It felt fucking great. Our credit card company is probably going to call us suspecting fraudulent behavior.