If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that it hasn’t been the best of weeks. Nothing horrible has happened… things could definitely be worse. But they certainly could be better.
If we were having coffee, you would know that two out of the past five days have been rainy. I love, love, love rainy days… there are few better things than curling up in a lumpy sweater and reading a good book. When you work on a farm, though, rain gets in the way. We were sent home early twice this week because it was simply too wet to do any of the field work that badly needs to get done. Although the extra free time gave me the chance to catch up on much needed around-the-house tasks, I need the pay.
Still, while cooking dinner last night, the sun came out and there was a beautiful rainbow over the orchard. I was able to get a really beautiful picture:
If we were having coffee, you’d hear about the weird tension in my house this week. Both my parents have had rough times with their jobs. My dad–an apple farmer and also my employer–was discouraged by the rain days and feels behind. Our crop also got hit hard by frost, which is demoralizing. My mom works in politics as a professional lobbyist and legislative session did not end well in Minnesota this year. She represents several small communities around the state and works to get money for projects like bike trails that will help boost tourism. After a week of spending every waking hour at the capitol, she watched two years of work fall apart simply because politicians were too focused on playing power games than actually doing their job. Which is also demoralizing.
Because of this, things have been tense around home. With Dad grumbling about the orchard and Mom being snappy in the wake of the train wreck of legislative session, my younger brother and I have been tiptoeing around the house. He had the dumb idea to pull a simple prank on Mom the other night, which backfired and resulted in the two of us spending a couple of hours deep cleaning bathrooms. (How I got roped into his punishment, I’m not really sure.)
If we were having coffee, I would let you know that I’m really excited for my three-day weekend. Because of Memorial Day on Monday, I don’t have work. In addition, my older brother is home for the weekend, which should diffuse the tension around here. We have all kinds of fun family plans! We’re going to see the new X-Men film this afternoon and have a day trip up north planned for tomorrow. After four months abroad, I’m loving spending time with my parents and siblings.
If we were having coffee, this is the point where I’d turn things over to you. How has your week been? What have you been up to? I look forward to hearing about it in the comments!
This post is part of the Weekend Coffee Share link up at Part Time Monster