Isn't there a saying for parents that the, "days are long, but the years are short"?
For people teaching college it should be, "the semester is short, but the hours at the computer are looooong".
Whether it's grading papers or futzing with a power point for a lecture or returning student emails or grading some more (I had seventy students turn in an assignment today), I usually feel less than awesome when I am done.
There is lots of stretching and often an ice or heat pack for my neck and shoulders, but one other thing I have been relying to feel better is soaking my feet in epsom salts with essential oils.
I simply fill a small jar almost full with salt, sprinkle in several drops of oil, and shake it around to mix it. Oh and then, of course, I just had to make labels for the jars.
These three foot soaks are all my favorites. I have been using this bucket, which was a major upgrade from the empty plastic storage box I used to use. All it takes is about 15 minutes and I end up feeling so much better.
It's been just over two years since I started using oils for headaches, colds, falling asleep and calming the heck down. Sean has had good luck when he's used oils for his allergies, instead of the medication he took for years, so we are both believers at this point.
I am sure you have heard about essential oils just about everywhere at this point...and pretty much the last thing I will could ever be is a sales person. However, if you are interested in trying a couple oils, or ordering a kit like I did two years ago, please email me and I would love to help.
And, traditionally, a bocce court is covered in crushed oyster shells. However, I never wanted sand of any sort because that just seemed like we would be inviting all the cats wandering our neighborhood to a gigantic liter box. We thought of just packing dirt down really well or trying tiny gravel. Then, when we were having the artificial grass installed, we saw the option for a putting green surface.
The company said our idea would work and Sean prepped and painted the wood border. Within a day our bocce ball set had an official home. We also bought a scoreboard to make it extra official...and to track that Sean will pretty much always beat me.
So now all we need is a pool...we have about two square feet left for it.
Sean has dreamt of artificial grass for years, so early this summer we had it installed where the tiny patch of grass was in our backyard. It's been three years since we put in gravel and a fire pit on the other side of the yard. In that time, despite our best efforts, our grass would look awful for most of the summer.
With drought conditions as they are in Southern California we couldn't imagine using the amount of water it would take for new sod. So Sean's dreams came true.
Mine too since this "grass" always looks perfect.
Next week I'll share what we did with the awkward strip of grass the runs along our concrete patio. It's another dream come true...