Sunday, May 27, 2007

Ah, the DINK* Life

M and I agreed to take the day off yesterday, he from studies, me from work. And what a fine day it was: sleeping in, breakfast at the Pine Cone, one of our favorite old-timey greasy spoons, a visit to the flea market (not well attended on this holiday weekend), a tour of the heritage rose garden that's only open weekends in May, a nap, dinner out, and a movie (Pirates 3 was sold out, so we settled for Shrek 3). The only hitch in the day was the oil changing guys hadn't tightened my coolant cap enough that morning, and it popped off while we were idling at a mini-mart. Thank goodness it happened there and not on my drive to San Jose tomorrow! M did the manly thing and went back to the oil changing place and had the tweakers** who work there make good. He's so good to me.

Smiling at the rose garden
Originally uploaded by suzipaw
Part of what made the day so wonderful was that M had received his grades for the prior semester on Friday, so he wasn't stressed anymore. He did well--even improved his GPA a little. The Bar exam results were also posted this weekend, and his friend didn't pass--again--so M's back at the books today with a vengence. Good motivation to keep at it. A Juris Doctor's life is in limbo until the Bar is passed, this is a lesson we have learned. He smiled more yesterday than he has in the past six weeks, and it's a genuine one, not the grimace he's been trying to pass off lately. We may have another week or so of sincere smiling until the stress for the current semester kicks in. If he fails the class he's retaking this summer that he failed last summer, that's the end of his law studies, so hey, no pressure.

It's a beautiful day today. I spent the morning on household chores--washing the Monster Mobile (it's going into valet parking at the Fairmont tomorrow, so gotta look luxe), tending the roses, a little house cleaning. And a little work. I had publicly stated that I would be working all day today, but surprise surprise, there are just too many other important things to do. And I haven't even run my errands yet, which includes spending some ducats at Borders and Whole Foods, so who know how long I'll be out and about.

Happy birthday season to my kitty girls! They're now old enough to vote, sign up for a tour in Iraq, and finally get those tramp stamps they've been bugging me for.

More from downtown San Jose in the next day or so…

*Dual Income No Kids, for those of you not living the DINK life
**M suspects almost everyone in Sonoma County is addicted to meth


At 7:52 PM, May 27, 2007, Anonymous Politically Lost said...

When you teach many of the lower income individuals in this county, it appears that they all are either current tweakers or ex-tweakers.

At 5:11 AM, May 28, 2007, Blogger Nancy said...

I really wish M the best with his studies. I guess the one good thing about that intense pressure is the contrast when the pressure's off. If only the relief would last a lifetime once he's passed the bar. :-)

At 8:38 AM, May 29, 2007, Blogger K2 said...

For Jo's 3rd (maybe 4th) birthday, I made her a fleece blanket that appears to be nearly identical to the one under your yellow cat. It has purple and blue squares with a magenta back. (the EXACT shades of purple and blue and magenta cushioning the cat)But Jo's has magenta satin quilt binding around the edges, and a maroon velvet heart appliqued to the square that would have covered her 3-year-old heart. (Velvet doesn't wash well. And now she's over 5' 8", so the heart sort of covers her collar bone.) Where'd you get your quilt?

At 9:03 AM, May 29, 2007, Blogger suzanne said...

Grandma Beulah made that quilt in the 70s--it's corduroy and early polyester!


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