I am home with four kids - two girls, two boys - ages 14, 6, 5 and 3 (and when I started this blog, just a little over two years ago, I had an infant, a 2yr old, 3yr old and 12yr old - feels like a lifetime ago, but it wasn't ;-). Until about four or five years ago, I worked in marketing. I have been and done many things - dancer, magazine "multi-tasker", advertising copywriter, gymnastics coach, resort town waitress, grad student, etc. Now my areas of expertise are different and diverse. I am savvy, efficient, patient and earthy (like it or not). I am a better cook, an Ok herb gardener, an impressive artist to my kids, an active and prolific photographer, a childrens' clothing stylist (in my head), a manager of all things "household" and a news enthusiast (from politics to celebrity). I am more cynical though less of a worrier / hypochondriac than I used to be. I am increasingly proud of what I do with kids, family and home, but I do still present myself as a "freelance writer".
So - tennis is a big theme today. My Olivia and her pal, Olivia, walked to the club -tennis rackets in hand - though got there in time to sit out due to thunder and lightening (oooo..... another sign of summer, eh?). And... have you been watching the French Open? I have - rather enjoy it - marvel at that clay. I caught the Nadal / Melzer match today (Nadal took it). Fun to watch (whilst organizing piles of clothes for Good Will :-). And.... to round out the tennis theme, my three guys played tennis on the Wii for a bit before dinner (Lil was pretty impressive playing lacrosse with big sis today too - for a two year old ;-).
So - light dinner tonight (after the Wii and tennis) - Made some chicken salad. I really like egg salads, chicken salads, pasta, tuna - whatever, so.... experiment a lot. This one worked tonight: Used a couple leftover chicken breasts that we grilled the other night (marinated in lemon, olive oil, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper - another experiment of mine that paid off :-). I chopped the chicken and added the following to taste: drizzle of balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, finely chopped white onion, finely chopped English cucumber, pepper, mayo - really good.
Hmmm... another sign of summer is that the Race Around the Square in my hood (Edgewood / Regent Sq. area) is registering families and individuals right now. Doesn't take place until August, but... a good time to get in on it (while we're thinking of it, right?).
And, finally, photo: My Olivia had been perusing these old ski photos from two years ago, and... I love them all (sooo much fun that trip!), but... grabbed one quickly because I like how calm Lil is - how animated Milo is (as usual ;-), and... how I appear to have SUCH a loving gaze for my two youngests... I may post more of these in the next few days - like all that fog and evergreen behind us :-).
Oh - and DON'T FORGET! Check out Callapitter and That's Church (see my blog list) for updates on Kate and Peter's Treehouse. The meeting is Monday night - 7 pm in the Wilkins School Building off of Braddock...