Well, this has been a busy week!
John and I got back from Georgetown Sunday evening, and I was right back into summer adventures with the kids the following day, when we visited McClung Museum. This is a mostly unsung treasure on the University of Tennessee campus. The kids have been there many times but it had been a few years. Notable to me is that they now take time to read the descriptions on the displays. We spent two solid hours here. I loved the temporary exhibit, “Pick Your Poison,” an historical treatment of recreational drug and alcohol use, but as always it was the Egypt exhibit that enthralled Lorelei and William.
Tuesday was hiking day, and because we got a late start we kept it very local, heading to Melton Hill Park about ten minutes away. William thought it was beautiful although he decried the level of garbage we encountered along the woodland trails, this being the type of park where teenagers (and others) congregate to do sketchy things. It was also super hot that day and I really thought I might collapse but I soldiered on.
Wednesday, as I mentioned before, we have a standing appointment in the morning. Plus William had yet another dentist appointment that afternoon. So we again kept it close to where we were already going to be and visited the KARM thrift store in Bearden. I don’t know if it’s weird but my kids love thrift stores. On Wednesday I got to have a little summer fun of my own when my cousin quite unexpectedly invited me to go to a Journey/Def Leppard concert! She was nuts about Journey when we were teenagers and I thought she might have a heart attack!
Thursday was animal day this week (Lorelei and William think every day should b e animal day). We went to the zoo. William and I had an appointment at 9:00 a.m. to talk to the volunteer coordinator about his plans to volunteer there next year. This forced us to get there really early and we discovered this is a delightful time to visit the zoo while escaping the afternoon heat. We also experimented with letting William wander around by himself some in preparation for dropping off at the zoo to spend the day there alone sometime soon.
Today, Friday, I begged off because I was lunching with a friend and attending funeral services later, and also needed time to get work done. And tomorrow we are hitting the Farmer’s Market again, this time with Emily along. I think William would enjoy it but I’m not sure whether we will be able to talk him into it. I’m guessing not.
Tune in next week–I’ve got at least one really exciting thing planned!