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The Corona Diaries Week 25 - It's About Patience

I hate being patient.

Yes, I am also an 8 year old kid this week. And jeez, what was I JUST saying last week? This too shall pass. Well. I was in no mood for that this past week. I tortured myself looking at fantasy real estate I can't afford and vacation rentals I can't go to. Ugh. Why did I torture myself so?

Anyway.

Big excitement last week was that Kurt and I got a new mattress for our bed. The old one was lumpy and needed the heave ho. So we got a mattress in a box from Amazon Basics. We've slept on it for three nights now and it's fine. Not wildly different, but much more even!

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Harper didn't realize she was mimicking Mr. Biscuit behind her.
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We left it in the living room to air out and fluff up. The cats were ON IT instantly.
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Then it came time to switch the old mattress out - which we did. And the cats WERE OBSESSED with the box spring underneath. They would not MOVE.

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I was waiting for the all clear.
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Even after we put down the dust ruffle, the cats were right back on it.
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Cats are so weird. They finally moved and we got the bed back together and made.

Last weekend Harper got some park bike play time and a nice visit with our friend's very very very wonderful dog.

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She came prepared with snacks to give the other girls in a bag that she added handles to. Nice girl.

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Harper is a very very very lucky person. She got two, count them TWO gift boxes this week! One from my friend Kelly who is the Co-Founder of Yellow Scope Science Kits for Girls. I totally dig the kid size safety goggles!

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We have yet to do the experiment in that one yet. Harper also has an amazing grandma - Gammo - who sent a new subscription book box. It also came with an experiment - making a battery out of lemons to light up a little LED light.

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Apparently the lemons we had on hand had run out of juice...No light.
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Harper made a new mocktail creation this week: Rainbow Palooza!

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On Friday afternoon, Kurt and Harper rode bikes over to a friend's house who has a tree with a ton of oranges. They picked so many oranges that it made about a quart of juice! And all of it has been drunk already. But apparently the tree is overloaded so they can go back and get more.

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I did a thing last week. Twice I put on my roller skates and skated back and forth on our little front patio for five minute at a time. I thought I might do this a few times and get my wheels under me and then advance out to the bike path. But you know what? I found I was really not comfortable. Even four years ago when I took lessons every Saturday for a few months, outside the rink, I was not comfortable. The roller skating muscle memory from small kid time just never kicked back in (like it did with tennis). So I tried again and then decided, yup, I'm okay with not roller skating.

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Mr. Biscuit got more outdoor time. He's still cautious and not relaxed out there yet, maybe because we added the Willoughby factor into his outdoor excursions.

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There are birds up there...
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He's just a big galoot.
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Grace recently turned me on to one of my now favorite memes:

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Then I caught this scene in the dining room and it made me laugh, thinking of the above.

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The rangoon, mother.
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Back to his favorite spot.
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And when all the bedding was washed and dried and waiting for us to switch out mattresses, well, someone had to lie in it.IMG_4223
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We ordered in sushi again last week, this time with one extra roll which turned out to be about three pieces too many. Crazy, I know. Sushi is SO GOOD.

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And this last weekend (Labor Day weekend) has been a major heat wave on the West Coast. So of course Harper put on her long sleeved/long panted PJs and made hot tea. ???

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But the next day she made this bathing suit/wet suit combo...
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...and splashed about in the pool (after removing 2/3 of the combo)
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Hot day, cool water, frozen treat.
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We rigged up curtains to block the full west afternoon sun in preparation for an outdoor visit from a friend. I'm not sure if it really helped at all, but shade was much better than full sun. Ooof it was hot. Thank the gods we got AC four years ago.
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School is going along, ramping up to full speed. This was one sweet afternoon as Harper did her grammar/language school work. I look forward to more times spent like this. It gives me the warm/fuzzies.

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Patience.

 

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