Wow.  This last week was crazy for us.  Home got to be a mess, since Clayton and I were both out so much.  The internet was on the fritz (which is why I haven't blogged in a while), and the air conditioner stopped working.

At my library, we just started our Summer Reading Program on June 10th, and the 22nd was our first event.  We spent a couple weeks preparing just for this one event.  We had carnival games, a craft, story times, and a story walk.  I'm just super grateful we were able to get a bunch of Marines to help us with setting up, as well as with entertaining the kids.  We would have had even more things going on, but it was raining all day, so we had to go with Plan B.  Next week is a time travel theme, and I'm super excited about it.  In theory, we'll have far fewer things to prepare for that event, but I'm sure we'll think of some project that needs doing this week.  We have a couple other services in the works right now.  I'll be sure to tell all about it if any of them come to fruition.

Last weekend, I found myself with a three day weekend.  The air conditioner and internet were still working, so I decided to shirk the laundry and dishes for a day and hang with Rachel.  We got groceries, and we checked out the mall in Jacksonville.  It's not a bad mall, but it's not a great one, either.  We managed to spend some hours there, though, and it surprised both.  After being out all day, we went back to her and Davy's place to watch one of my Netflix DVDs and make Mojitos (which were delicious).  

This week, I was spending my free mornings trying to get the internet working again. Sometimes the instructions I was told over the phone worked, but mostly they didn't. We scheduled a service guy to come look at our system, but when they called to confirm our appointment, everything was working.  So we canceled.  And even when our appointment would have happened, everything was still working.  Later that night, however, the internet stopped working again.  This time for good.  I concluded, based on my own experience, that the modem needed exchanging.  Yesterday, while I was supervising Marines and small children, Clayton took them modem to the cable store and got us a new one.  Now the internet is magically working again, so I'm going to assume that I was right about the modem, and the cable company just doesn't like to admit that they wear out so easily.  

Of course in the midst of this crazy week, Clayton did it again.  Yup.  He dislocated his shoulder.  Again.  He managed to do it playing football, and his Marines thought it was very lucky that it happened in front of a half dozen Corpsmen.  Surely they knew how to fix him up.  They sure did.  Would they?  No, they were about to head out to the field, and couldn't be tied up with paperwork.  So while one called an ambulance, the others examined Clayton and discussed how one could fix this particular dislocated shoulder.  Even I found this story amusing, since I know how the military works, and I completely get the paperwork thing.  Of course, I found out about this entire series of events only after Clayton had been to the hospital, put under, fixed up, and then dropped off by his Marines on our couch with some pain meds and a sling.  You can imagine how thrilled I was to learn where "notifying the wife" came in the list of things to do when he gets hurt.  Oh well. All is well now.  At least, he's only on light duty and not bed ridden or wailing in pain, so I guess that's good enough.  

Now, for something completely different.  Mothers Day was, of course, in May.  This year Clayton and I ordered something a bit unusual.  We got them each a Diamond Candle.  The concept is this: the company makes completely natural soy wax candles, and they put a ring inside that is worth anything from $10 to $5000.  There is no way of knowing which ring you'll get until you've burned the candle.  Even burning the candles is pleasant, because they have some really good scents.  Anyway, all of this is to say, our moms thought it was pretty neat, and if you're interested in getting one for yourself or a friend, I've got a coupon code that I can share with an unlimited number of people.  Just go to through my link, and you'll get $5 off each candle you buy.  I love unique gift ideas, almost as much as I love things that are on sale, so this sort of thing gets me pretty excited.  

So, now you know what we've been up to.  Wish us luck, because this next week promises to be only slightly better.  Eventually this summer, we'll get a chance to go out and enjoy the relatively mild weather.  Maybe.  ^_^
This past week, Clayton was on the range, qualifying for a new score with his rifle.  Since this range is in a secluded area with its own barracks, Clayton was gone the whole week.  This means that I got to spend a whole week alone with my Merlin.  The two of us had a very productive week.

Some days I got up and cleaned a room from top to bottom.  One day, I used our new label maker to label things in the house.  One night, Merlin got a bath, because everyone loves a nice, clean puppy.  I was glad Merlin wasn't smelly, but he didn't really like getting wet.  When we cleaned the living room, we found Merlin's tennis ball under the television.  Needless to say, he was very excited to find this toy.  

While Merlin and I were folding laundry and cleaning the house, Clayton was on the range, shooting all during a very rainy week.  Somehow, though, he came out with the best score he has ever gotten on the range.  I'm very proud of how well he did this time.  

My job is starting to get very busy indeed.  We're gearing up for the Department of Defense (DOD) Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Summer Reading Program (SRP) 2013.  The theme this year is "Have Book, Will Travel."  The activities we have planned are super cute, and the prizes are pretty decent.  I'm sure the kids are going to have a great time.  Also, I'm starting to create some adult programs on my own.  Once the SRP is over, my coworkers and I are hoping we might be able to implement one or two.  The best case scenario would be to launch one or more new programs and have them be massive successes on this base.  The worst case scenario is that I'll have a binder full of new programs I can take with me to my next library, and that's still a good thing.