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Summertime schedule

Summertime is always a busy season for me. It seems I have something planned that keeps me on the go during the week and especially on the weekends.

This past weekend was more of the same and yet somewhat different. My husband Tim and I planned to see the Iowa Cubs with his family Friday evening. Tim and I have gone to several games with my family, but this would be the first baseball game with my in-laws.

I grew up in a baseball family where going to the ballpark was a regular pastime for us. For as long as I can remember, mom or dad showed my brother, sister and me the ropes of keeping a proper scorecard. Whether it was at my older brother’s little league games or a Major League battle, I remember being there, pencil in hand, keeping track of the game in front of me for as long as my attention span would allow. As a kid, I frequently did my best for the first several innings, but then relied on a parent to finish the scorecard. As I got older, I kept track throughout the entire affair, accepting my baseball nerdiness with pride.

My in-laws are not at all “baseball people” like me. It is always interesting going to the ballpark with people who didn’t have the rules of the game taught to them when they were 4. It’s not a bad thing by any means, it is just a different experience. It was fun to be able to answer questions and share my years of knowledge.

Tim’s dad is a baseball fan, so I was able to talk about the game with him in more detail. It was fun to see him getting as into it as I was. Tim’s mom, sister and cousin enjoyed the atmosphere, and the exciting hits and plays of the game. You don’t have to be a baseball nerd to enjoy time at the ballpark.

Then after Friday night, I encountered something I hadn’t had for a few months — a day without a set plan. It was wonderful. The only thing that had to be accomplished was a short trip to my sister and her husband’s house to check on their cat while they were out of state. Other than that, I was left to my own devices.

Tim was with me for part of the day, but then he had to attend a bachelor party for his best friend. I had the house all to myself. I had so many projects I wanted to get done, but I had to settle on a few I could do without Tim. I did a little yard work and housing cleaning before settling into my first big project.

My goal was to work on my friend’s wedding video. I had agreed to record her ceremony and reception and wanted to piece together a video for her. I have some video editing skills from college, and I enjoy putting them to use every so often. Video projects are never a short task, so that’s one of the reasons it has taken me three weeks to find the time to work on it.

I had the DVD set to burn and then I moved onto my next project — thank you notes from our wedding. It has been nearly four months and the notes were still sitting neatly in their box. I had moved them to several different locations to try to convince myself to write them, but there they sat.

I finally got them out of the box, was all set to begin and then fell asleep on the couch. Getting the cards ready gave me the motivation to complete them Sunday. Tim and I enjoyed a nice Sunday together at home. It was everything we had hoped for when we bought our new house. Life on the go is fun but taking advantage of a slow day home was wonderful. Perhaps I need to schedule days like those more often.

Contact Pam Pratt at
pampratt@newtondailynews.com

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