School started back up for us this last week. My boys are in 5th and 3rd grades and my daughter started Kindergarten. I was excited to gain some structure back in my life after the chaos of the summer months – a predictable routine, the ability to hear myself think again, the astonishing capacity to clean the house and actually keep it clean for hours at a time, and the privilege of being able to take a shower without someone banging on the door, barging in, or hearing a general thundering ruckus that sounds like the house is being torn down. Perhaps my favorite thing of all is that I have the freedom to go to the grocery store again without children in tow. It’s the little things… lots of little things, that when all added up, amount to my sanity. I love my family, I truly do, but I was over summer. School, I am beyond thankful for you. Teachers, you’re the best.
So, what did we do two days after school started? Perhaps the most ridiculous, unlikely, spontaneous thing possible. We got a PUPPY! Maya, what have you done? No. Seriously. What were you thinking?! Goodbye routine. Goodbye hearing myself think again. Goodbye keeping the house clean. Goodbye to the privilege of taking a shower without a general thundering ruckus. I blame it all on summer. I wasn’t in my right mind, clearly. Summertime Mommy Insanity, I say. That’s a real thing, right?
But, would you just look at that face? How can you resist that gushy puppy face? And those floppy, curly ears? I can’t even deal.
His name is Fisher and he’s 8 weeks old. He is a tri-color English Springer Spaniel. And he lays between my feet with his head on my slippers while I sit at the computer and type things like this.
I’m a goner, folks.
In other news, this quinoa is the perfect way to cling to the last remnants of summer. Bursting with freshness and crunch, you can serve this cold or room temp, as a side dish or a salad or as a vegetarian main dish, too. Go crazy.