This will be brief because I also need to cook for four days of the wilderness after spending all afternoon at the community festival held outdoors with shade. Did I mention that thunderstorms are predicted for the entire weekend? The saving grace is that the kids agreed to the following rule: After we help Mom set up, we are to not bug her until it is time to tear down the campsite. Quarreling and/or unruly children will be left on the interstate.
Gary, in true Old Skewl fashion, laments to presence of the fireplacing Pokemon cards in his house. Gary, you have my sympathies as my oldest was part of the original craze ten years ago.
The Aegean Stable Award (thanks, Gary!) goes to KLee for the 27 trash bags removed from her daughter's room, Kathy A and her tower of tissues, and Margalit for her whole house needing help on account of her home health aide's absence.
The Cluestick Posse has been assembled to deal with Sue's Headache Monster since her medical team hasn't been much help, Purple_Kangaroo's inappropriate neighbor, Amy's humorless OB, Elizabeth's naughty iTunes program, and JenR's dad for keeping her hanging with respect to day care arrangements this fall.
Special honorable mentions go to Madeleine and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad experience with her mother in law's toilet, Liz and her continuing job search, and to Kathy A's family dealing with her mother's failing health.
That's it for this week. Come play next week when crowd-favorite Kathy A takes the whiny helm.