Thoughtfully it didn't hit the house or the gate and it split so high we could still get our cars underneath, but I'm still mad at it. Then on Friday, after I spent the day at the FBI in Dallas I drove into the driveway to hear a SNAP and a crash and bam, the limb was down. Luckily my car wasn't underneath it, but less luckily it was on the wrong end of the driveway to ever get out again. James got home and used his muscles and a laughably inadequate handsaw to cut the limb into pieces to drag out of the way.
Two hours and many blisters later, my car was free and we decided we needed a chainsaw. Despite regular trimming, tree limbs fall down a lot at our house. A couple hundred dollars and four days later, the sawed up limbs are off our lawn. Sometimes I have to remind myself how much I love the giant trees in our yard, but love them I do.
Other priceyish things that I love are the kids' new lunchboxes. After MUCH adding to my cart and then chickening out over the price and closing out the window, and then reading 100 more blog posts about people's lunch boxes and re-committing to the idea of buying a Rover for Landon and Claire, I finally actually purchased the Planetbox Rover lunchbox sets. I love them and I have been promised they will last forever. They're already helping James pack healthier lunches because those little compartments basically force you to add a fruit AND a vegetable and mock your idea to just throw some leftover pizza in a bag and call it a day.
It's like they've taken my love of organizational bins and made them tiny and adorable and then added food. I want to bring one to work. If I ever actually packed a lunch for work.
(But I do not. Ever. Nachos do not travel well.)
(Also Cora's lunchbox is from Lunchbots and works perfectly for her eating preferences which involve smaller quantities and way less variety; in her perfect world, she would eat only cheese and I have a hard time arguing against that.)
I dropped my camera on our last night in Jamaica, a sad and terrible thing that I basically pretended didn't happen for the first several days we were back. Luckily I only broke part of the lens and not the body. Less luckily it was the part that connected the lens to the camera and fixing it cost as much as re-buying a used version of the same 18-105 lens. So I searched online and upgraded to a used version of the Nikon 18-200 lens and I LOVE it. More zoom! Metal connectors that won't break if I drop it again! (Which I won't because I love that camera more than any other possession in my home and I've had it for 6 years and never dropped it once before and I missed it SO MUCH in the two weeks it was being cleaned and checked out.)
To celebrate my new zooming capabilities I focused in on Cora's hair because she has some now and we're all very proud.
Pigtails are like 9 months away, I can feel it.
I finished all 8 Kate Daniels books by Ilona Andrews in 10 days. They are so goddamned good I'm having a hard time not yelling at everyone I see that they must read them, and also not cursing myself for reading them so quickly because I nearly killed myself for lack of sleep and now there aren't any new Kate Daniels books left for me to read. I've stalked the authors' website and discovered there are two more under contract and I found all the novellas on other characters but I need way more Kate Daniels in my life. I haven't enjoyed a series that much in a long time. Great world building, fantastic heroine- one of the best I've maybe ever read, and super action-y, it's Urban Fantasy and not Romance, though a romance evolves (as it is wont to do) as the story gets going. It's also not YA, so it's way less angsty than some of the books I'd been reading lately. I really can't recommend it highly enough.
(I was literally hiding in the bathroom trying to finish a chapter when Cora found me, closed the door, and stared at me expectantly until I went and read her books instead)
And finally, because there is really no coherent theme to this blog post other than to post some things that I couldn't fit in before, I'm equally obsessed with Ella Henderson's "Chapter One" album. The song "Ghost" is what brought me to her iTunes page and in a rare bit of extravagance I bought the whole album as opposed to the one song and I am SO GLAD. Cora and I danced to all the songs for nearly two hours tonight while I chopped all the things to make a Greek Quinoa Salad for dinner. James and the kids were at his pool, so I could blast the music way beyond his tolerance levels. He said he could hear it when he pulled in the driveway, before he opened his door. Cora and I know how to party.
I LOVE that song; I already worked it into my barre choreography for the class I taught on Monday. Empire, Pieces, and Hard Work are also excellent. The whole album just plays on random while I work all day. I don't know if I've ever revealed this before, but I can be a tiny bit obsessive about things.
Time to go re-read the Kate Daniels. I already re-read books 5, 7, and 8, but I feel like I need to start over and do it properly. If you have any suggestions in this new Urban Fantasy world I'm living in, I'm all ears!