Monday, September 14, 2009

Brain Implosion and Other Assorted Goings-On

Brain implosion?? Yes, yes, it's true. I have so much going on in my head these last few weeks that I thought this might actually happen to me. My daughter's first day of pre-K, a craft show, a camping trip, orders at little girl Pearl, extra training for the Delta merger, and more.

Can someone please, please sell me some extra hours of the day? Because the insomnia is great, but it's not quite cutting it. I will pay big bucks, I swear.

All right, let me back up a bit. There is a little something going on for "little girl Pearl", but I cannot jinx it, so suffice it to say that my house needed a major cleaning this week. And I mean MAJOR! If you follow my blog you know that I travel every week, I sew when my daughter is at school, and cook when dinner rolls around in the evening. This does not leave much time for the day-to-day upkeep, let alone the top to bottom sweep that houses require when you have a kid, a black dog, and two adults who have other priorities that don't require picking up a mop.

Luckily for us Augie is not a lab. But he still sheds, I assure you, and those little black hairs along with the dust do create a bit of a mess. So my wonderful "whirlwind cleaner" Mom came over last week to help me focus on the task without being overwhelmed by the monstrosity of our job. I'm seriously not joking. The clutter was everywhere, and it took us the entire day to just finish the upstairs bedrooms and get a start on the living area downstairs. But it gleams, so I thank you Mom because I wouldn't have even known where to start.

My husband finally finished the cubbies in our mudroom storage area so that we could get all the shoes and gear off the floor. This project has been 3 years in the making, and I am so, so relieved it's finished. A place for the mail, car keys, and the detritus of daily life finally have a designated space so they don't wind up on the island in the kitchen. You know what I'm talking about don't you?? The junk mail, bills, etc. always seem to wind up in the kitchen, and I am so hoping this doesn't happen anymore.

And we went camping. Yep, perfect timing. Actually weather-wise it was phenomenal. We went Down East Maine, past Acadia National Park through Machias, Lubec, and Cutler. We saw seals, porpoises, eagles, sea birds, beautiful scenery, and lots of Maine coast. What a great time, and we are looking forward to going again.

This was taken as the moon was rising over our campground spot, right on the headland in Milbridge.

Seal in Reversing Falls in Cobscook Bay

View from Boot Cove trail

A black dog on a black beach

View from Hamilton Cove

West Quoddy Lighthouse in Lubec, Maine
The Easternmost point in the U.S.

Lobster traps in Jonesport, Maine

A gear laden girl

All tuckered out

So yes, we had a great trip, but I had 300 emails waiting for me upon my return to the world of high speed. And all the camping gear added to our clutter-filled mudroom. But as everything was out it was a great chance for us to get organized, and now our house is clean. For at least 5 minutes.

Sorry to be so cryptic in this post, but just keep your fingers crossed for me, and as soon as I can I'll let you know what's happening.

From Detroit,


Johanna said...

Melissa, I have my guesses, but whatever it is, I'm sure it's fantastic. I can't wait to hear!

icicle said...

Good news is always welcome, whenever you can share it. :)
We've been camping up there too -- Cobscooke Bay State Park, site #62. It's so very un-touristy and it's not that hectic "Maine Coast" experience but I think it's just as beautiful as down south. Jasper Beach had the most amazing rocks. Did you get to Raye's Mustard Mill?
Oh, and I finally piped something (a backpack) -- now I know why you love it so. I gotta do more!

Melissa said...

I have an inkling, and I hope I'm right! Let us know the INSTANT you can!

littlegirlpearl said...

Well we didn't get to the mustard mill, but we hit Jasper Beach, stayed at Cobscook, and loved the Cutler Bold Coast trail. And you're right, it was very untouristy. In fact, these really are working fishing towns. There is nothing touristy about them, and yet the scenery is even more stunning because you feel so out there.

So that you're not thinking I'm gonna be on TV or anything, it's a great press opportunity, and I won't say any more 'til I can. Thanks for all the well wishes!!

Anonymous said...

Best of luck! Can't wait to hear what it's all about! Beautiful pictures from your trip! I LOVE Maine!