In April it snowed (10 inches over 2 days in the last week); in May, it snowed; the first part of June had flurries. But then, true to the stories from my mom’s childhood, June 14th rolled around and the yellow roses bloomed and POW, it was summer. It has been in the 80s for the past few days, even hitting 90/91. Okay, right now it is 78. At night it drops down to a nice and comfy temperature so Grant and I don’t swelter. SO NICE!! We don’t need AC, we just need ceiling fans. My room/office/Percy’s new play-room has no such fan, and a window screen that doesn’t even fit the window. No air flow in here. Ew.
Anyways, as for going’s on, work has been work. I’ve digitized a ton of areas in Southern Montana, Grant has started running with our Helena Running Club and doing a few trail races. I’ve attempted to start jogging, and am getting into it. Trails FTW, sidewalk running = B.O.R.I.N.G.
Last weekend we went to the Helena Airshow, also called the Gateway to Freedom Airshow. I’ll put up pictures on Flickr at some point. The Air Force Thunderbirds were there as were the Army Golden Knights (parachuters). It was AWESOME. Food cost way too much, but it was a good time. I’d never been to an airshow before, so this was just the best thing ever for me. Grant was not nearly as happy as I was. The weather was a stunning 78 or so with a steady wind so you didn’t sweat buckets.
Two weekends ago Grant ran the Wulfman Trail Run outside of Butte along the continental divide. It was raining steadily and about 53 F. I found out a friend of mine is pregnant (YAY!!) and had a long chat with my mom. There was a cell phone tower across the road from where I was standing, so there’s no wonder I had reception. The finish line (where I had to wait) was right off of I-90, just east of Butte before the Hodgeman Pass. So the temperature shift from 53 to 83 during the day has been a welcome reprieve.
I’ve even taken to occasionally wearing skirts. Oh yes, that’s right. Some days I just go for girly. Shocking. I’m also getting my chaco tan back. I got the ones with the thin double-straps so I don’t QUITE have the Zorro Tan from my last year in Boston.
Percy, the little spastic ball of fur, is growing up. She’s a full sized cat now, but is just as cute as ever. She no longer fits comfortably in my lap. She has also stopped digging her claws into people’s legs to just look at them. She does it to chairs though. The past few nights she has been BLISSFULLY quiet and we’ve been able to sleep, but for the past few months she has been a right nightmare and Grant and I have had to contemplate various things to do with her overnight. As long as she is good (i.e. we play with the laser pointer, chase her around and make sure she has food and water) we’re alright. . hopefully. We just need to put in some evening effort to keep her wired up so she’ll calm down by 10 pm.
People are coming to visit us too!!! These will be our first non-family guests!! My cousins came for a visit in March, which ended in finding out our Grandfather had died (they drove over to Missoula to see people and him and on their way to the nursing home got the call he had just passed away that morning). But on a happier note, Grant’s friends will be here . . NEXT WEEKEND and then they are off to Glacier and other sites to explore and hang out with us in short doses. Then my friends will be here from Baltimore with their mom. WOOHOO!! So yeah, we are super excited about this.
My Aunt and Uncle will actually come over tomorrow for a late morning-early afternoon visit (they’re in Missoula seeing my grandmother). It’s a good thing we cleaned today!! Our apartment was looking like a pig sty and in the course of several hours it looks like a clean-ish place. We’ve washed A LOT of dishes, and broken down a TON of cardboard. We still have more to do, but it looks 10x’s better than it did.
Now for that mountain of laundry we have to do. . .