I just finished my “stay-cation” and now I can go back to work feeling rested and ready to tackle my next goal. Perfection. I don’t know why I think I can radically change my thoughts, habits and circumstances after a week off, but it hits me after every vacation. Just more of my delusions, I guess. I’ll bring that up with Dr. Ima Shrink. I’m sure she’ll have some insights.

I got a lot done during my week off. I finished one and a half jigsaw puzzles, read at least 4 novels, watched a few “Brooklyn 99″‘s (great show- check it out) and took oodles of naps.

I also joined No.2 Sis, No.4 Sis, No.5 Bro and his wife, and No. 9’s wife¬† “J” and daughter “L” for brunch on Thursday. We ate at Ze’s Diner, a red-and-white 50’s diner. Good food, good prices and good service. Check it out if you’re in the Twin Cities. My 3 year old niece, “L”, sang “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” for us after brunch. After an exuberant round of applause, she bowed and said, “Thank you very much. I’ll be here all week”. That got her another ovation.

On Friday we all got together, with the addition of a few more nieces and nephews, for an Independence Day potluck.¬† The only sibling missing was No.4 Sis, since she was hosting her husband’s family down on the farm. We took lots of pictures, because it’s rare for 8 out of the 9 of us to be together at the same time. I think it will become even more rare, as No.9 Bro and family have decided to move to Seattle come August 1st.

Projects, you ask? Ah, yes, I made some more progress on the patio project. No.2 Sis came over on Saturday, after I’d been off work for a week, and helped me sand and paint the patio table. We did find some rusted through pin holes, but all in all, I think the table has maintained structural integrity. We put six coats of paint on it in one day, and it looks marvelous. Now, I need to paint and plant a big pot, and hang the beautiful wind chimes that were a gift from a friend. I’m so, so close to having a finished project!!!

Sunday, my last day at home, I pulled together outfits for work and cooked for the week. I had a hankering for Tater Tot hotdish (casserole for you non-Minnesotans). I got a recipe from Pinterest, and it looked so good. I ate a serving for supper, and about an hour later found myself in some minor gastric discomfort. I brought some of the hotdish to work for lunch on Monday. I had the same gastric distress that afternoon. Damn. I don’t know exactly what’s wrong with it, besides being a food no one over the age of 10 should eat, but it has to be thrown away. Well, it has to go into the freezer until it can be thrown away on garbage day. I don’t want to draw vermin, especially vermin with gastric distress. I think it’s a little sad that I want a bigger freezer just so I can store my cooking debacles.

I’m pretty sure I won’t achieve perfection this week. Maybe next week.

Stay tuned…