The Corona Diaries Week 21 - Third Grade Prep Camp Part 1
The Corona Diaries Week 23 Part 1 - Last Day of Summer

The Corona Diaries Week 22 - Third Grade Prep Camp Part 2

That was it.

The last week of summer vacation. Tomorrow (Monday) will be the last day of summer vacation and I think I'll surprise Harper with a trip to the beach. It's finally hot enough and you can legally go and sit. So we'll give it a shot, take some treats to celebrate.

The week was another pretty summery week of lots of tv and video game playing time.

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I sorta planned our week like this:

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With more third grade prep worksheets. Harper would grumble a bit about doing them, but then really set to work and she finished all six weeks of sheets (it wasn't that much, honestly) in the past two weeks. Her spelling is not great, so that's one thing I know to focus on. She and I played tennis and she won $3 for hitting me with the ball. That's a good thing because it means she aimed and hit her target! I got another solid half hour of hitting against the wall and also serve practice. Now that school is starting, it will be harder to get tennis in but I'll try. Oh also, we didn't bike ride AT ALL. Seriously kind of a lazy week. 

We did turn the tv off, I promise. And she was forced (FORCED!) to figure out stuff to do on her own. One afternoon she asked me to play legos with her, I said, I had work do to, sorry. A while later she showed me this. Nice.

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We also cleaned out her room a bit. I forgot to take before pics as I was just so ready to clean up! But imagine the messy version of what you see here.

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Not quite sure why she saved this for so long (Since last October) but she did and finally said we could toss it. So we did.
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She also wrote a fabulous birthday card for our friend who has a snake. A snake eating a hot dog and a hot dog holding up a rainbow. I love this girl's artistic brain.

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Harper opened up drawers in the hallway and discovered some antiques. Our old cameras and a box of slides I had done for a photography class in the 90's! Then Kurt dug out a slide projector that was his mom's from the 50's! Harper was intrigued.

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The smell of hot light bulb in a projector is something that stays with you.

But that doesn't mean we didn't do stuff outside! Bought a cheap/cheerful sprinkler which was a hit and also inspired friends on the east coast to do the same for their 6 and 2 year olds!

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And some days it was simply float in the pool and eat a popsicle.

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And with shade.
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We had a wide open park play date with Harper's school mates, that was fun for us all. H insisted we bring the wagon (which she rediscovered in one of the No TV times.) Kurt kept saying to be careful with the wagon as it could tip over easily. I pointed out that when we were 8 we would do crazy shit with wagons without a parent or a helmet anywhere near us.
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As it was Third Grade Prep Week (part 2), I made a trip to Ikea to buy a new desk for me as Harper got my old desk/table for her (she needed more space as she will have a school provided laptop and the desktop we already had). This was the line waiting to get in 5 minutes before opening. Eesh. Luckily it didn't take toooooo long and 99% of people had a mask on and were distancing.

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All except this Gucci clad jerk. He had a mask hidden in his hoody so he could get in. The woman that was with him also didn't have her mask on. But no one confronted them in line.
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Here are our new desks. I got a tall one for standing/sitting. The chair isn't ideal, but it's a start. Biscuit likes it.
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Speaking of Biscuit - he got more outside time this week. First it was supervised time.

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Look at that face.
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Then, with Willoughby inside, biscuit got to stroll about on his own. He went under the deck and discovered ALL THE COBWEBS that Willoughby either hasn't found or can't reach. We weren't sure what he would do. Luckily he just slowly explored right around the deck. We'll do more soon.
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I repotted my Italian garden. Lemon and Olive trees. God I miss Italy.
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Harper sported some looks this week. She was a cat one night.

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Then ready to face the world another day.
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Watermelon came in handy this week. I'll get another one as this heat wave will be continuing.

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The city is redoing some corner sidewalks and on my walk the other day I saw this stamped into it. Kinda cool.

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The week ended on Saturday night with some homemade pizza and some home made margarita.

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Fortifying myself for the coming week of school ahead. THIRD GRADE VIA ZOOM!

Cheers?

 

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