Johnny didn't really care for Mr. Boo Boo very much.
Yep. That's me lately. A one trick pony. I think I used to juggle projects pretty well, but since Johnny passed away -- nope. Not anymore. I'm a one project kind of gal. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I have one project going at a time -- hell no. I like to start many projects all at once, big ones too, knowing good and well I can only focus on one at a time. Just when I think things are slowing down or a project might end -- HA! Snafu's, bugs and wrenches come flying right for me. Luckily I was born on the same Island as Wonder Woman -- the wrist cuffs (or gaudy gold bangles depending on what era your from) are standard issue and have really come in handy.
So here's a few tidbits of what we've been doing...
First and most importantly, we are going on a family vacation to Costa Rica! WOO HOO! We've never been before and Mike has always wanted to go. He is so excited about the trip he has been buying clothes (surf trunks) for Joey and himself, had a 'meeting' Saturday night at our house (ahem, my parents...) about the trip with our 40 or so friends that are also going (unfortunately we don't remember to much of the conversations), and then I knew something was up when he called to tell me bathing suits were on sale at the Gap (it's been a few years since I bought a new one). I'm really happy for Mikey. He needs something good to focus on for a change. - We all do!
Before we go to Costa Rica though, Mike and I are going to Washington DC, on behalf of CureSearch to speak to Congress about increased funding for childhood cancer research. Okay, this was totally my idea... but Mike has been a good sport about it. Hey, what can I say? I'm a mom on a mission -- don't get me mad, because I will be all over your ass like fly's on a rib roast.
Our other 'side' projects --
Starting a foundation and getting 501c3 status for JohnnyKicksCancer. HUGE. I had no idea how big the project would be, but it's been fun and definitely worth it. We're still fine tuning everything, but I will keep you guys posted....
Probably the biggest project as well as the most bitter sweet, is the house. We are tearing it down -- actually someone is going to haul it off -- suckers! To demo a house is like 12-15 k -- and that's the 'bro' price, if they take it, it's practically free. Estimates to fix our house are around 80-100k, but if you've ever done any home improvements before, you know that number will increase to at least double the price of your original estimate... It will be interesting to watch them cut the house in half or whatever they do to it to be able to drive it down the highway.
Last week my sister and I packed the house. The whole thing. Everyone, even the place where we bought the packing supplies, thought it would take a minimum of 4-5 days. But like I said, we are moms on a mission -- so get the hell out of our way. Movers are coming this week to take everything to storage and then the 'house movers' will take the house about a week later!
Now all we have to do is find a new place to live... actually we have. Found a builder, house plans and now all we have to do it choose tile and paint colors. Sounds simple enough... that part should go smoothly, right?