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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Week(s) (02/10/11)

TITLE: I don't know if I can take another week of this
By Barbara Miller
02/16/11


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Oh look, it's raining. It has been raining every day this week. I know that's why we can enjoy the beautiful greenery of lush lawns and thriving gardens. But, that green comes at the cost of wet dog smell, muddy footprints, wet clothes, and a daily schedule of mad dashes from the car to nearest indoors. For Pete's sake, it's summer. If it doesn't stop raining soon I can feel a case of the blues coming on. I don't know if I can stand another week of this. Plus, I have totally run out of ideas for macaroni art projects for the two little ones to do. Then to top it all off, they want macaroni and cheese for breakfast lunch and dinner. Well, with a weeks worth of pasta projects, I am not going to just throw those sculptures away. No, if you scrape the macaroni off the paper into boiling water the glue will melt off. Then any paint that washes off is absorbed into the macaroni. The only problem is, whenever one of my kids goes for a sleep over they'll ask their friend's mom if she ever makes rainbow macaroni. When invariably I am asked the question of where I get rainbow macaroni, I just say that I have a second cousin that works in the Kraft test kitchen in Pennsylvania; and that concept did not meet the necessary approval ratings. So, he gave me the limited stock produced but not intended for resale. He made me promise that I would only use it for my own family. But, if enough people wrote in and requested it they may reconsider the idea.
Oh look, it's not raining today. The skies are blue, the birds are singing and once again children on bikes ride past on their way to friend's houses to go inside and play video games. There will always be tomorrow to vacuum and do laundry. It's so beautiful outside. I think I will make myself a cup of tea and turn to chapter two of that book I borrowed from my sister four months ago.
It's another gorgeous day. The forecast for this week is sunshine and hot. Time to get out the tank top and garden gloves; there is a good hour of weed pulling to do out there. But first, I must make a gallon of ice tea and pour fruit juice into Tupperware freeziepop moulds. Ah, I love summer.
Kids, put the sprinklers on in the garden and in an hour switch it to the front lawn. After that, wash the car. It's so dusty you can write on it. By the way, who wrote "I'm too dirty for my car" on the back window? I think we need to talk about our choice of words. When it cools down, that lawn needs to be mowed too. And don't forget to put sun screen on. I'm going down to Wal-Mart to get another fan. I'll be back in an hour.
It is too hot today to do anything. I just want to sit here in front of the fan with my ice tea and maybe read a book. Laundry and vacuuming will have to wait until it cools off. Or, at least until the kids get home from swimming when there will be no clean towels or dry clothes left in the house. It's too hot to cook. I guess we'll have pizza again tonight. I'm thinking if we just let the lawn die we won't have to water it every day or mow it every four days. I don't know if I can stand another week of this heat.
Oh look, it's raining today, yeh.


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Lisa Fowler02/17/11
Funny and captivating read! Keep writing. Thanks for sharing.
Helen Curtis02/17/11
I love this! I can really relate to what you've written; I've thought so many times of 'recycling' our macaroni art for dinner! And as I'm reading of the 'mad dash' in the rain, I'm also thinking of how to avoid the massive puddles on the road as I drop my son off to kindy - gotta love summer rain! Thanks for the chuckles and for reminding us that our homes/families are probably much the same on the inside!
diana kay02/20/11
great writing some lovely descriptions and i can relate to so much of this. the title is good as it also describes what the piece is about.
one tip..... use some spacing so that your great writing is easier on the eye for poor souls like me who find solid text confusing :-)
Lili Richey Willard 02/22/11
I like this! Great read. I like the flow, from one day to another, showing how things can change and cycle around again by the end of the week! My house used to be just as crazy as this one! Thanks!
Sydney Avey02/23/11
Nice approach to the theme, how changeable we are with the weather! I like the voice of the narrator.

It would help the reader if you broke this into shorter paragraphs.