Thursday, May 07, 2015

Strength Through Suffering

This looks to be more fun than HVAC.
You know what I would like?  I would like it if I could just get a break from doing grown-up stuff.  Oh, I don't mind the bathroom cleaning or the bed-making or doing the laundry - I mean, even my kids do that (after a lot of nagging, but still...). No, I mean the real grown-up stuff, like signing contracts that involve spending lots of other people's money or spending a lot of my own money on boring things like HVAC systems instead of trips to Hawaii or even that thing where I have to make myself go to the dentist, because there is no one around to tell me to do it.

I hate all that.

Oh, and if y'all need a good way to get in shape, just get your pre-teen daughter a decent bicycle and then try to keep up with her on a bike ride.  I've done it twice in the past two days, and both times I came home and passed out on the couch.  I'm telling you, it's not pretty being over 50.

And that's all I've got, folks.  Bedtime's a'calling, because apparently my nap wasn't long enough. We'll be hunkering down here for some Purgatory-worthy suffering over the next week, as our new HVAC system won't be installed until the 18th.  So what if it is heading into the 90's on Tuesday? Between the lack of air conditioning and my continuing to force the children to make ice cubes by hand, the whole experience can become a history lesson on how people lived before the mid-twentieth century. Experiential learning, that's what we homeschoolers call it. John Holt would be proud.

[Hawaii photo: ProTravel]


  1. Sounds like it's time for a camping trip -- or at least a visit to an air-conditioned public library!
    I know a teensy bit how you are feeling (physically pfffft). I helped my son deliver flyers door-to-door for a mere 90 minutes yesterday and my feet still hurt. You will know me by my limp.

  2. Hmm. I'm recalling a visit to my parents when I was in my 20s...they wanted to go for 'a nice bike ride', I said sure. 'A nice bike ride' turned out to be 41 miles with a picnic on the top of a nearby mountain in the middle. So this kind of thing can go both ways.

  3. I was just thinking how proud I am of myself, as the sweat rolls down my back, that I have not turned on the AC yet. May is just not the right time for that. I haven't even put away the winter hats yet!

    I am currently in an episode of sciatica. If I had to go for a bike ride of any length, I think I would die from literal pain in the butt.

  4. I hate that I have to make myself go to the dentist. Someone should have to make me do it, I shouldn't be responsible for that!