I've been on vacation and before that I was getting ready for vacation - I'm back now and can get back to real life.
First of all..... Jason. He didn't want to go to the camp where Tom is a junior counselor again this year so he elected to stay home as we refused to drive him to his preferred camp - thus having to drive to two different places in opposite directions twice a day for two weeks. Dan is not traveling this week so he's here with Jason. Today is the first day he was at home instead of school or camp, and this is the conversation he and I had when I got home from work.
Jason: Mom! I've blown through my old record.
Me: that's great babe. What record?
J: of watching TV
M: uh... huh?
J (excitedly): yeah, my record was 8 hours.
M: uh... WHAT?
J: yeah! today I watched 10 hours in a row. (he was very proud)
M: this is not something to be proud of, child!
J: oh, sorry.
M: Can you guess what I'm going to say now?
J: uh, nope.
M: TURN THE FRIKKIN' TV OFF RIGHT NOW!!!!
J: When can I watch TV again?
M: three days.
Then there's Tom. We were on a sunset dolphin cruise on vacation and the captain let all the kids "drive" the boat from the 2 year olds up to Jason and a couple of girls about his age (11/12). He ignored Tom which was just fine with Tom as he's too cool for school these days. After a while the captain called Tommy up to drive. He'd waited until he wanted to tell us about some stuff thinking Tom would be able to handle it well enough for a while - which he certainly could. But as Tommy sauntered (really the only word for it) up to the wheel, the captain said to me "Let me guess... 16?" And I burst out laughing... uh, no. He wishes he was 16, he's only 13. He's awfully broad for 13. Yes, yes he is.
When we got home - after countless alligator sightings, playing with all manner of wild things - alligators, birds, snakes, turtles, etc, watching dolphins play in the wake of the boat, amazing pools, rays flying around him in the gulf, and countless other things... when asked what his favorite thing about vacation was - without a second's hesitation "when Captain Dwight called me 16."
A friend of mine and I decided to get a little more serious about weight loss starting today. I had a pretty good day, it could have been better but it wasn't too bad at all. I threw my back out a couple of weeks ago and it's still healing so I can't really exercise more than a leisurely walk at the moment, but that will come soon.